Williamson genealogical page (James Hewlett and others)

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NYPL ID number: 1819710
Page 11 from "Genealogy of the Family of George Lyons, 1st, 17__ and its various branches commencing with George Lyons, 2nd, 1783"


Harry A. Williamson


Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations
This single page from the Harry Albro Williamson papers at the Schomburg Research Center gave me quite a bit of information about my family's genealogy. My great-great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hewlett, married a man named Joseph Marshall who came from Maraicabo, Venezuela. Her brother, James Hewlett, became a "play actor," and since that was considered a disreputable line of work at the time he was disowned by the family.

Elizabeth and Joseph Marshall had four daughters, one of whom, Rebecca, married my great-great-grandfather, Peter Guignon in 1840. She is my great-great-grandmother. Elsewhere in Williamson's papers I discovered that Rebecca's sister, Mary Joseph, married Albro Lyons, also in 1840. Their daughter, Maritcha (my great-grandaunt), wrote a memoir that's preserved in the Williamson papers. He was Williamson's aunt, and the two seem to have been very close.


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Harry A. Williamson, “Williamson genealogical page (James Hewlett and others),” Black Gotham Archive, accessed July 10, 2018, https://archive.blackgothamarchive.org/items/show/25/.