Hiram Dewing was born in Woodstock, CT as was his brother, Clark Leonard. Clark and another brother, Seth, were partners in the hat business in New York City. Clark died at the age of 30, Hiram went to Charleston, South Carolina in 1837 to work in the clothing store of Dewing and Thayer which became a large mercantile establishment.
Hiram and his first wife, Susan Burkett of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, had a son, Clark. Later Clark and his father had a brokerage firm in New York as well as other businesses in Charleston and New York City. Hiram and his family had a home in Stamford at 116 Atlantic Street where they lived for almost thirty-eight years.
Following Susan’s death in 1877, Hiram later married Charlotte Ann Quintard Beach in 1881.
Fortunately, for historians, Hiram was a prolific letter writer in addition to keeping detailed diaries and business records. The Society was recently the recipient of several archival boxes filled with materials which will keep Dewing researchers occupied for many years.
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