One of the last items I can share about the Trewins–at least for the time being–is the enclosed letter of condolence which was written for “Brother and Sister Trewin” on the sad occasion of their 20-month-old son Joseph’s passing on 9 April 1833. The letter, written by someone named J.J. Featherstone (perhaps their church pastor), is disintegrating, and today’s scan has finally preserved it once and for all, for it will surely not survive another 178 years!
Now, who was this baby Joseph Trewin? He would have been born in 1831, which would make it unlikely that this was the son of Thomas J. Trewin (b. 1817) and his wife Mary Anne Phillips (b. 1820). As you may recall from a previous post, this was the Trewin couple who departed England on the ship Ion in 1857 to relocate to Canada and later settle in NJ. I can only assume at this point that Joseph was Thomas J. Trewin’s brother and that the letter was written to the two boys’ parents, Thomas and Sarah Trewin who in 1831 were living in England, probably still in the Woolwich area, and probably still parishoners of the same Wesleyan Methodist Church in which Thomas J. Trewin had been christened in 1817.
This letter obviously meant a great deal to the family as it was passed down for many years. Was J.J. Featherstone someone of importance? Someone important in the Wesleyan Methodist Church? A writer of hymns? I’ve tried to find out more, but so far have come up empty-handed.
It is my hope to learn more about the Trewin family’s English roots, beginning with Thomas and Sarah Trewin and going as far back as possible, and, of course, to learn more about Mary Ann Phillips’ roots as well. We have other family lines traced back to 1500s/1600s and one or two even farther back than that. So I have my work cut out for me with the Trewins. On some genealogy sites, I’ve noticed quite a few Trewins in Cornwall, England. Perhaps there’s a link there, but I have yet to confirm that. If anyone out there reading this has information to share, please let me know!