Pioneers Of Historic Bramwell
1847 - 1903
Colonel John D. Hewitt Sr. was born in 1847 in Lancashire, England and came with his parents to the United States in 1852. They located in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, where he attended school and later found employment in the antracite coal mines. During the Civil War he served in the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry for two years. In 1886 he brought his family to the Flat-Top Coal Fields. When Colonel Hewitt came to Bramwell he brought his wife, formerly Miss Nancy Katharine Reedy of Pennsylvania , whom he had married in 1876. They had six children, Maude, Frank, Dick, Florance, Stevenson and John.
In 1886 John D. Hewitt, Sr., B. Moore, J.B. Stevenson and William Mullin organized the Hewitt Coal Company, later changed the name to the well known Buckeye Coal and Coke Company. Mr. Hewitt became President and General Manager of this company. As manager of the Buckeye Coal & Coke Company Mr. Hewitt drew $100 per month; the mine foreman drew $75 per month. John Rickman, the blacksmith, got $2 per day.
When Colonel Hewitt first brought his family to Bramwell, they resided over the Buckeye Store in Freeman until they purchased property on Bramwell's Main Street. After his death, Mrs. Hewitt completed their historic stone "Hewitt House" on Main Street in the Town of Bramwell. Following Colonel Hewitt's term as The Town of Bramwell's first Mayor he became a member of the Republican State Executive Committee. He was a member of the Ivanhoe Commandery, Knights Templar, Benl Deden Shrine and a member of the Episocal Church. His death came in 1903.
As has happened with so many of Bramwell's pioneer families, the fourth and fifth gererations followed careers that did not take them far from home.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, October 10, 11 1903 Submitted by June White: COLONEL JOHN D. HEWITT (1847-1903) Col. John D. Hewitt, whose death was noted in yesterday's Daily Telegraph, will be buried at Bramwell. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 o'clock.
The body will arrive from Philadelphia this afternoon on No. 1. Mrs. Hewitt arrived in Philadelphia before the Colonel's death. Messers. Harry Bowen, John J.Tierney and J. C. Pack were with him during his illness. It seems that he was in Philadelphia on a business visit to Castner, Caran & Bulitt and was taken ill at the hotel. Colonel Hewitt had been ill but a short time and had gone to a sanitorium in Philadelphia to be treated for appendicitis. Pneumonia set in and his condition became alarming. His family were notified by Mr. Pack, who had accompanied Hewitt to Philadelphia. Mrs. Hewitt left for her husband's bedside Thursday afternoon on No. 2. Shortly after she had gone, a message was received that the end had come 11 o'clock yesterday morning.
Col. Hewitt was prominent in the social and business life of this section and state. He took an active interest in politics and for fifteen years has been a member of the Republican State Committee. He was on Governor' Atkinson's staff and on the staff of Governor White. He was the party's nominee for state senate in 1898 and has always been high in the councils of the party.
Col. Hewitt was born in Lancaster, England, in 1847, and came with his parents to the United States,locating in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where he found employment in the anthracite coal mines. Afterwardx he went to Blossburg, Troga County, PA, and at the time the Civil War was breaking out, he enlisted into the 13th Pennslvania Cavalry and served nearly two years. At the expirement of his enlistment, he went into the PIttsburgh coal field, where he remained until 1886, when he came to the Flat Top Field.
He was among the first to appreciate the great future in store for the Flat Top Field, identified himself with it, and became one foremost of the energetic men who developed this great region. He was president of the Buckeye Coportation and an officer in the Keystone Corporation and was interested in several other operations. He was a member of the Ivanhoe Commandry, Knights Templar, and of Beni-Kedetu Temple of Shriners. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. Col. Hewitt leaves a wife and five children, several of them grown. To those who knew Col. Hewitt, there was no better man. He was a steadfast friend, a good citizen,an indulgent father and husband. His life should be an incentive to every boy who aspires to be successful. By energy and honesty he made his way as a miner to mine owner, and to affluence, wealth, and sincere esteem of a community and state.
MAYOR JOHN D. HEWITT'S WIFE
MAYOR JOHN D. HEWITT'S SON
COL. JOHN HEWITT'S BURIAL SITE