Genealogical Record: Robert Smith Chew

Self Parents Grandparents GGParents GGGParents
Robert Smith Chew

*1848 10 10 Washington DC, USA
+1923 01 13 USA

Listed in 1900 Census, Washington Co., D.C., Roll 159 Book 1, Page 193a, Line 73; living at 1912 H Street, employed as a bank clerk.

(From JJC 10003) Started as a clerk at the Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C. Eventually became head of the credit department. Bought a 'cottage' in Jamestown, R.I. where his wife and children spent their summers growing up.

Listed in 1880 Census of Washington, see ERS 10044.


Robert Smith Chew
Civil servant

*1811 11 04 VA, USA
+1873 08 03 Washington, DC, USA

[portrait from painting of signing of Alaskan treaty]

Brief biography listed in Appleton's 1886 Encyclopedia, is mentioned elsewhere for his roles as aide to Seward (was present at signing of Alaskan treaty in 1867, painted by Emanuel Leutze, an excerpt of which is shown above) and wartime special messenger for Lincoln.

1834 07: Joined State Department (according to sworn testimony, p. 117 of Congressional Globe, 40th Congress, 2nd Session at

1844 03 02: Is mentioned in National Intelligencer as an Assistant Marshal on horseback at the funeral for the late Secretary of State, the Hon. Abel P. Upshur, killed when a gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded during a demonstration.

1861 04 06: Carried a famous message (which survives, and can be viewed at from Lincoln to Governor Pickens at Charleston.

1866 07: Promoted to Chief Clerk of the State Department.

1868 04 04: Testified before Senate in impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson (

1880: widow listed in Washington, DC, USA census.

Should investigate Seward papers at U of Rochester.

Library of Congress has some correspondence with Hamilton Fish as part of the latter's archives (LC mm 78020602).

According to family lore, when his brother was captured in the Civil War, RSC negotiated his release into house arrest at RSC's home.

10043 <71:6

Robert Smith Chew
Court Clerk

*1779 09 26 Spottsylvania Co., VA, USA
+1826 11 02

Succeeded his father as Clerk of the Hustings Court for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg, some of whose signed certificates 1812 07 14-1820 02 26 survive.

Is listed at LDS IGI 442426.35.25657.

Month and date of birth and death from, which lists interment at Masonic Cemetery, Fredericksburg VA, is source of father-in-law's profession and gives date of marriage as 1802-10-20.

S. Bassett French confirms career. but gives date of death as 1825-11-23.

Dora C. Jett (see RBC 14139) gives the text of his tombstone, confirms his date of death, says his will was dated 1821-10-17 and left property to his wife, his sister and his sons RSC 10043, JJC 11661 and an unknown son George French Chew. I would very much like to see this will.

RLC 14093 gives year of marriage as 1802.

10051 <84:7

John Chew
1753-1806 02 12
10067 <86:8
Robert Chew
10069 <127:9 >48:20
Mary (Molly) Perrott
10070 <127:9 >11:4
Elizabeth Smith
1759-1806 05 21
10068 <86:8
John Morris Smith
10071 >2:2
Mary Chew
10072 >48:20
Elizabeth (Betsey) French


10052 <84:7

George French
1751-1824 06 01
Anne Brayne Benger
John Benger
10087 <87:9 >12483:77
Elizabeth (Betty) Johnston
10088 <87:9 >37:20
Elizabeth Ringold Smith

*1815 03 24 Washington, DC, USA?
+1899 02 23 Washington, DC, USA

Listed in 1880 Census of Washington, DC, USA as widowed, living with sons Robert, John and Walter, sister Louisa and servants Kittie Walker, Caroline Green and Elenora Buckner.

A portrait of her, painted by Charles Bird King, is in the online collection of the Smithsonian, their object #DC990444

Some sources spell her middle name Ringgold.

JJC 10005 had her birth year as 1818.

Buried at Chapel Hill, Lot 538, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

10044 <71:6

Richard Smith

*1786 Washington DC, USA

10053 <73:7

Walter Smith
Clement Smith
10097 >91:25
Barbara Sim
10098 >71:25
Hester Belt
Joseph Belt
10099 >9:3
Esther Smith
10100 >1720:78
Covington Mackall

*1796 Washington DC, USA

10054 <73:7

Leonard Covington Mackall
10121 <76:8
Benjamin Mackall
10123 <82:9 >10:3
Rebecca Covington
10124 <82:9 >126:23
Catherine Beall
10122 <76:8
Brooke Beall
10125 <82:9 >99:26
Margaret Johns
10126 <82:9 >24:4


Mary Emott (Minnie) Cady

*1862 09 14 Brooklyn NY, USA
+1943 01 05 Norfolk, VA, USA

LDS: R8LZ-3P. Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC, USA; Chapel Hill Lot 538.

Per autobiography of JC 10003, died in an automobile accident.

10034 <2043:81

m. 1886 04 28 Washington DC, USA
Robert Smith (Rob) Chew
Captain, USN (SC)

*1887 03 04 Washington DC, USA
+1985 12 26 Jamestown, Newport, RI, USA

US SSN 038-24-0256

(From JJC 10003) "At least one of his children was born in Guantanamo, I think it was Bobby."

(From BC 15310) Beatrice and Mary were both born at Guantanamo.

(From SJC 15305) "My mother, Mary Cady Chew [11644], was born at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A couple of years ago [as of 2003] during a driving tour of Conanicut Island, my Aunt Beechie told me Uncle Bobby was born in Jamestown at the Pollock's house. She pointed it out as we drove by in Shoreby Hills."

Wedding reported in New York Times 1921-06-05 on p. 22


Beatrice Hale (Bee) Pollock
1901 06 01-1966 12 31

Spelling corrected from Pollack by SCJ 15305.

Buried at Cedar Cemetery, Jamestown, RI, USA.

11642 <1:1

m. 1921 06 04 St. Mathew's Episcopal, Jamestown, RI, USA
Beatrice (Beechie) Chew

15310 >2:1

Mary Cady (Mahie) Chew

11644 >3:1

Robert Smith (Bob, Bobby) Chew

15315 >3:2

Mary Heard Chew

*1889 12 11 Washington, DC, USA
+1977 06 19 Wakefield, RI, USA

Not to be confused with a similarly named person US SSN 221-50-9510, born 1889-11-25 died 1972-08 New Castle Co. DE

Find-A-Grave gives interment at New Fernwood Cemetery, South Kingstown, RI, USA.

(From JJC 10003) Middle name was probably Heard, her grandmother's family name.

Middle name confirmed as Heard in an acknowledgment by the Rhode Island Historical Society of her bequest in 1977 of the William Davis Miller papers. Interred at New Fernwood Cemetery, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States.

Drove an ambulance for the British Red Cross in France during World War I.


Gardiner Hubbard Bell
1889 05 07-1912 09 02

nephew of Alexander Graham Bell

(From JJC 10003) Mary's first husband, married around 1912, died two years later of a ruptured appendix on a train to Boston.

Find-A-Grave reports interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC, USA.

11649 <8:3

m. 1910 06 22 Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD, USA
William (Billy) Davis Miller
1887 11 05-1959 07

(From JJC 10003) Became Mary's second husband sometime after 1917.

Lived at Deepwell, in Wakefield, RI.

Lived in Wakefield, RI, but died in Massachusetts per Rhode Island Historical Society, citing an obituary in the Providence Journal on 1959-07-07.


John James Chew
Captain, CEC, USN

*1893 03 18 Washington DC, USA
+1984 03 02 909 Hillwood Avenue, Falls Church, Fairfax, VA, USA

Studied engineering at Cornell, tuition paid by a client of his father's. Also held a reserve commission in the Army. Buried at Arlington Cemetery.
US SSN 226-54-1432.

Is the Lieut. J. J. Chew listed as superintendent of public works on page 64 in the 1928 USGPO publication "American Samoa: Joint hearings before the Committee on territories and insular possessions...".

Enumerated in 1940 census in Brooklyn, Assembly District 9, 68 85th St. as the 47-year-old male head-of-household naval captain living with his wife, two children, and two parents-in-law. They reported that five years previously they had been living in the Canal Zone, Panama, and their in-laws had been in Mountain Lake, NJ.

Awarded Legion of Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Director of Finance and Operating Department, Bureau of Docks, from 15 December 1941 to 1946".

Is the Captain John J. Chew (CEC) listed as the Inspector General of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, living in D.C., on page. 188 of the "Official Register of the United States" (1951, 1954 and no doubt other editions).

Is the Captain J.J. Chew who signs a letter on page 228 of the "Investigation of Military Public Works: Hearings... 82d Congress, 2d Session" in 1952.


Jessie Katherine Lobdell
1888 08 04-1975 10 01

US SSN 225-66-4636

JC 10003: had cousins named "Big Bill" Rutan and "Cousin Dorothy" Rutan McMaster (sp?). Dorothy visited us in Toronto, and is listed as DR 110460 pending connection to the main tree.

Alzheimer's Disease.

Listed in 1900 census in Paterson, Passaic Co., NJ, with parents and brother.

1920 census in Boonton, Morris Co., NJ, USA mentions Dorothy Rutan as her parents' niece.

Marriage announced in Army-Navy-Air Force Register and Defense Times, Volume 72

10004 <88:16

m. 1922 10 __ Mountain Lakes NJ, USA
John James (Jack) Chew

10003 >24:3

Jean MacPherson Chew

10022 >5:2

Richard Smith (Dick) Chew
Captain, USN CEC

*1895 03 30? Washington DC, USA
+1984? 03? __ Montgomery Co., PA, USA?

US SSN 161-10-4188?

(From JJC 10003) "Uncle Dick married Aunt Skip. Uncle Dick served in the Navy during WWI. He worked for Prudential Insurance in Philadelphia. So did Aunt Skip, who was Dick's boss! [...] Uncle Dick also acquired a house in Jamestown [RI], as did of course, [his brother] Rob. So Jamestown is rather special in our family's history. [...] Uncle Dick died in Philadelphia."

Is the Dick "Sailor" Chew who is chronicled in Earle Looker's book, The White House Gang, about the antics of Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt and his group of friends.


Mary (Skip) Smith

(From JJC 10003) "Aunt Skip died in a highway crash while we were in Saitama 1972-73."


William Davis Miller (Billy) Chew

15325 >3:2

Richard Smith (Ricky) Chew

15323 >2:1

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