We know from church records that on Christmas Day in 1809 he married Hester Jones who was 22. She had emigrated to America from Bristol, England just five years earlier. It isn’t clear how they met, but we do know that she was already pregnant with their first child. In contrast to his wedding day, John may well have been thinking of Christmas Day 1802 when the Boston rounded Cape Horn and his Pacific adventures began. At 26 John had already lived several lives. It may be for this reason, that he didn’t simply settle down into “happily ever after” mode.
The couple had three more children in quick succession and moved to the Hartford area of Connecticut. Rather than focusing on a steady job and raising a family, it turns out a good portion of John’s time and attention was occupied with getting his Journal published. It is likely that a large part of his mind was still immersed in his experiences with the Nootka people.
The story of John’s capture and rescue was well-known around the Boston area, and his Journal proved to be a popular publication. Much like today, it never hurts to get your book out there on the heels of a newsworthy event. When it came to the attention of Richard Alsop who reworked it into the Narrative, sales at $1 a copy took off... and so did John -- on a book tour. It seems the life of a published author hasn’t changed much in 200 years.
In fact, rather than wind up his book tour and return home, John’s creative side took over, and he set out to have his story turned into a play -- “The Armourer’s Escape” -- in which he performed the starring role. It was evident from his time in captivity that John had always to some extent had a theatrical bent. In Gilbert Sproat’s 1868 “Scenes and Studies of Savage Life” the Nootka described him as “a well-made youth with a mirthful countenance, who often recited and sang in his own language for the amusement of the ‘savages’ and whose dress latterly consisted of nothing but a mantle of cedar-bark.”
The Playbill that accompanied the performance describes the scenes... “Jewitt the Armourer Sings the Nootkian War Song... The Armourer is compelled to select a WIFE and chooses the Princess YUQUA... Dance of Young Nootkian Girls...” etc. One can only imagine what this theatrical production must have been like!