Biography of Aaron Dewy
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Dewy, Aaron, Louisville, was born in Canada in 1839. He was a son of James, a native of Vermont, whose parents were Ezekiel and Elizabeth (Goodell) Dewy, of New England stock, who had a fanñly of four sons and three daughters, all now deceased. They went to Canada when James was a boy. Mr. Dewy was a farmer and innkeeper. His wife and daughter were accidentally burned to death. Three Sons came to the United States; two settled in Fort Covington, and James came to Louisville and bought 120 acres of land, which is now in possession of the widow of the subject of this sketch. The wife of James was Martha Priest, of Hammondsford, who bore him four sons and four daughters, of whom one son and two daughters are now living. James and Amos were soldiers in the late war, and both died in the South. This so grieved their father that on hearing of the death of his second son, he fell sick and soon died; his death occurred in September, 1863. The subject, who was at this time in the West, came home and rented the homestead for three years, and then bought it. He spent his boyhood days on the homestead farm and attended the schools of Louisville. He was on the road for a time as a speculator and worked on a farm a while in Wisconsin. Mr. Dewy was an active, energetic man, and was largely engaged in speculating. He added forty acres to the old homestead, and left in all 160 acres of land unincumbered to his family. He died suddenly qf heart disease, April 27, 1886. April 22, 1867, he married Nancy, daughter of Amos and Isabel (McMurphy) Short, both of New England. The grandparents were John and Eleanor (Emerson) Short, and Samuel and Jane (Beaty) McMurphy. The father of Jane was a weaver. To Mr. and Mrs. Dewy were born one son and two daughters: Bertha A., born July 10, 1869. died August 12, 1889; Ada I., born February 3, 1871, educated at Massena, and is a teacher; William A., born January 8, 1877, has had charge of the farm for three years. They have 160 acres of land and keep a dairy of twenty five to thirty cows and a few sheep. They also have a one fourth interest in a farm of 177 acres in Massena, where they furnish six cows; this farm is rented. The parents of Mr. Dewy were Methodist, and the family attend and support the M. E. church.

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