Are William and Mary Ann the same folks as the parents of Adelaide Bancroft who married Fitch Dewey? Dewey genealogy and family history. Compiled by Louis Marinus Dewey, We stfield, Massachusetts, 1898. Page: 603
Men of Northwestern Ohio : a collection of portraits and biographies of well known men in this section of the professional, business and commercial world : prefaced with historical sketches and full page views.. Bowling Green, Ohio: C.S. Van Tassel, 1898.Pages 92-93.
“Fitch Dewey, president of The Dewy Stave Company, the largest stave manufacturing concern in the United States, was born in 1825 in Beemersville, (Sussex County) New Jersey. His father, William Fitch Dewey, was born in Oneida County, New York in 1797. The family of ‘Dewey’ is an old and honorable one. Fitch Dewey’s father was county auditor of Lucas when the county seat was stationed at Maumee, Ohio. From 1840 until 1849, Fitch was his deputy. But then he got the gold fever and went to California, returning home with a considerable fortune some three years later. Fitch intended to make a second trip to the West, but in the meantime met and married Adelaide Bancroft of Sylvania, Ohio. Adelaide was the daughter of William and Mary Ann Bancroft, Her mother was the first white woman to settle in Sylvania. Her father was a civil engineer, and the surveyor of Bancroft Street in Toledo which was named for him. Fitch and Adelaide married in 1852 and Mr. Dewey embarked in the mercantile business, which he conducted for three years. Next Fitch moved to Blissfield, Michigan, where he started the first barrel stave factory west of Buffalo, New York. After twenty years Fitch removed to Adrian, Michigan and lived there for a couple of years before moving to Toledo. He has been constantly engaged in the stave business. From the one factory started in Blissfield, the plant has grown to be the largest in the United States. The ‘Dewey Stave Company’ owns and operates thirty-five factories. And the business amount to a half million dollars annually. The shipments of one year, if placed in line as a single train, would cover 33 miles of railroad track. Fitch Dewey was for sixteen years (1876 to 1892) connected with ‘Dewy, Rodgers & Company’ in the wholesale shoe business. During his early life he help many public offices in the State of Michigan and has always been an ardent Republican in politics. He is a very genial gentleman, and has a host of warm, person friends. Fitch has been a hearty supporter of charitable and public enterprises all his life. The only ruling passion of his, outside of business, is the passion he has for fishing. No greater disciple of Izaak Walton could be found. Fitch fishes some three months of each year at Sand Lake (Michigan) where he has a cottage, and frequently goes to the Catalina Islands of Los Angeles, in California, for the same purpose. Fitch and Adelaide have five children, four of whom are living. Three lived in Toledo- Wm., Rodney, and Adelaide. Ella married Uriel R. Sigler, resides in Cleveland.
I am not a relative, just doing research on folks from Sylvania, Lucas Co., Ohio.