I have some info concerning Deacon Samuel Hewes of Boston and his descendants.He was from Wales who married Nancy Hill.They had six children,two sons and four daughters.One married Edward Jones,one married a Newman,and one married William Gardner from Portsmouth,N.H.I do not have record of whoe the fourth daughter married but it is said all were prominant men.Newman and William Gardner gave a warship to the Colonial cause.One son,Samuel Hewes was married first to Margaretti Milliquet of French extraction and their children
were William Gardner(my gg grandfather),Margaret,Samuel Hill,and Nancy or Ann as she preferred to call herself.The second wife was Martha Bliss and their children were Mary,Edward,Henry and Sarah.Deacon Samuel Hewes in his early life was a merchant engaged in the East India trade,but for the last thirty years of his life held an office in the Boston city government.He died in 1844.
His son William Gardner Hewes came to Louisiana about 1815,Margaret followed soon after and married Robert Layton.She died in 1878 leaving only one son,Robert.Ann married in Washington City to a George Poindexter,then a senator from Mississippi.They had no children.Son Samuel lived in Tuscola,Michigan and had a large family.Edward died of cholera in New Orleans in 1832 and Mary died some fifteen years later.Henry settled in Calcutta as a merchant and died there about 1851.Sarah lived in Boston.William Gardner Hewes was a very prominant merchant in New Orleans and prior to 1842 had acquired a large fortune and virtually retired from business,entrusting all to a partner.that partner with no evil intent,endorsed,in the firm's name for a brother of his,for over $200,000.The first intimation that William had of the matter was a demand upon him as endorser.It was a panic year and property could not be sold.For instance he was forced to sell the Orleans Cotton Press,for which he had paid
$27,000,for $17.000,in order to pay the debts.His struggle was fruitless and he was forced to give up all.Such was his character that offers to loan him money exceeded one million dollars.He declined all aid and when secession came he had again become worth some $30,000.When Butler entered New Orleans,he left and moved to Opelousas,La.He originated the Water Works,Co.,and was it's first president,was president of several banks and insurance companies and at the time of his death was president of the New Orleans,Opelousas and Great Western Pacific Railroad,and of the Bank of America.
I have more info concerning this line of the family if you are interested.