VIRTUAL MUSEUM: The Ox Bell

July 16th, 2021

SUBMITTED BY BRIAN HEWITT

Henry H., Jr. and Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt’s 1843 Ox bell 🛎 worn by their lead ox 🐂 named “Doc”. This ox bell was entrusted to me by my Grandfather, Derrel D. Hewitt. He was entrusted with it by his Grandfather, Daniel Matheny Hewitt, as a young boy, as was I. Daniel received this from Henry H. Hewitt, Jr., his father as a young boy. Henry, Jr. & Elizabeth, his wife, were the original owners of Doc and this bell.

I was told by my grandfather the brass bell was new when they left Missouri and upon arrival in Oregon the corner of the bell had worn through as seen today. This is simple proof attesting to the roughness and jostling of the Oregon Trail, and why many chose to ride horseback or walk rather than ride in a Conestoga type wagon.

Of all Hewitt family heirlooms this and the hair wreath are the most highly prized and sentimental in my eyes. I suppose the fact that it was present from Missouri to Oregon and handed down from generation to generation is what makes it so precious to me and is a tangible reminder of the magnitude of the undertaking that the crossing of the plains and crossing the rivers and mountains really was for our ancestors and their contemporaries.

VIRTUAL MUSEUM: Hair Wreath

July 16th, 2021

SUBMITTED BY BRIAN HEWITT


The wreath was made by Daniel Matheny Hewitt’s wife, Henrietta “Etta” Miller Hewitt [Etta’s father was George Miller. He was our Henry, Jr. and Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt’s neighbor on the adjoining donation land claim. …Etta’s sister also married one of the Hewitt brothers as I recall.] The wreath contains the actual hair of our family members.

The portrait in the center of the wreath is of Early Ellsworth Hewitt (E.E) the oldest Hewitt grandchild of Henry, Jr. and Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt . Early was Daniel and Henrietta’s first born and was my Grandfather, Derrel D. Hewitt’s (a.k.a. D.D. Hewitt) uncle. E.E. was the older brother of Guy Glenn Hewitt ( a.k.a. G.G. Hewitt) who was Derrel’s father. Daniel and Henrietta Miller Hewitt had only two sons, E.E and G.G.

The wreath contains braided hair from circa 1876-1886 of the following:
1. Henry H. Hewitt, Jr.
2. Elizabeth Matheny Hewitt
3. Daniel Matheny Hewitt
4. Henrietta Miller Hewitt ( also a lot of her immediate family members of Millers and Elkins )
5. Early Ellsworth Hewitt (grandson of Henry, Jr.; shown in picture in center of wreath
6. Guy Glenn Hewitt (brother to Early and my Grandpa, Derrel D. Hewitt’s, father)

Members of the Thornton family

A large number of other names I cannot decipher with 100 percent certainty due to the fading and age of the name tags and poor visibility through the old glass.

VIRTUAL MUSEUM: The Henry and Elizabeth Hewitt Family Bible

July 16th, 2021
SUBMITTED BY BRIAN HEWITT


Dr. Loren Leroy (L.L) Hewitt married Lena Miller the niece of Henrietta Miller Hewitt. Lavelle Miller Hewitt was Loren and Lena’S son, as was Owen who died at 2 yrs old and Lois Elizabeth Hewitt ( Pomeroy). Lavelle is whose possession was the Henry Hewitt family Bible. Lavelle was born in 1901 my grandfather in 1905. The Bible was, per Henry and Elizabeth Hewitt, to pass to the oldest living Hewitt in perpetuity. Constance “Connie” Whitney Hewitt, the wife of Lavelle, gave the Bible to their son who in turn gave or sold the Bible to a museum out of state. I found the Hewitt Family Bible online years ago and wrote to the curator and received no reply after numerous attempts. I cannot remember now for certain where the museum is-was located.