The search for William Blewett, b. possibly of Cornwall, England between 1706 and 1719.How did he get to the Colonies?Who were his Father and Mother?
Information Known!Not much information to go on nor allots of book to find material one needs to complete the search.What is found is sometime evades the searcher.For most Libraries you must know the book you want to research in before you can receive the book.So where does one start such a major undertaking.With the only thing he has to work with family stories.Everyone knows what trouble that can get one into.Sometimes true, sometime close, and sometimes no where in the area of being true.Even though most sound good, at first, many lead to dead ends.Here are the ones I started with and about all I have to go on at this time.
1.William Blewett, came or was sent to the colonies when about 9 years old for the trivial offence of cutting a switch off a baron tree and thrashing at a sound that turned out to be the Barons daughter and her lover.The story goes that at dust (early evening) when passing the baron's gate one could hear strange sounds and sometimes were very scary.One night William was walking home and had to pass the barons property he heard the sound and broke a switch off and trashed at the sound.It turns out that the baron's daughter was meeting her lover behind the tree near the gate and William started trashing at the sounds.As his punishment it was agreed to or the courts send him to the colonies about 1719.
2.The story goes that a ship was wreaked and no one survived but the Captain and a small boy.The boy being blue and on identification on him, the captain called him Blue Boy.
3.Yet, another story is told that a family of Blewetts were coming to the states/colonies when the ship was wreaked and no one survived but the captain and a boy with a note pin to the inside of his coat with the name of William Blewett.
In all the stories, William grew up in Philadelphia, PA about 1719, in the tailor trade.He late married Sarah Garton in Wilmington, DE and later settled in NC on the Pee Dee River.
Searching ships that wrecked during that period has came up empty.No such stories can be or has been found to date.Books on English courts in the States have been lacking.
Search of Prisoners from Newgate, England bound for the Colonies. I found one who when the ship docked, William escaped and found a ship bound to England.He returned and was found and hung.
So I started with the books that I could find and have been working from there.Trying to put this puzzle together.I have read many stories about early Blewett's having put together the family tree only to get frustrated and throw everything away.Also, I have read many letters that confirm that number one above is a true story.But todate can not find the court records.
Any help aide or assistance would be greatly appreciated.