In placing the early Jewitts on a map of Lincolnshire it is fairly easy to observe that the family settled in the most settled parts of the area. (Unfortunately, we won't find any unique history to grab onto there!) These more populated areas are marked by the red boundaries: Lincoln is to the center and west of the county. North Scarle to the southwest and Saxilby to the northwest of Lincoln are practically suburbs, not more than 10 or 20 miles away. Grimsby is represented by the red area on the coast northeast of Lincoln; and Boston, which figures prominently in later Jewitt history, is represented by the red area near the coast southeast of Lincoln. Grimsby and Boston themselves are no more than 40 or 50 miles from Lincoln and from each other, so the Jewitts did not venture far from home.. at least not at first.
What about the history of these towns? The 12th century is key for all of them: North Scarle is a village on the River Trent with a parish church dating from the 12th century. Saxilby has a 12th century church dedicated to Saint Botolph, as does Boston, which is said to be where the saint was given a grant of land to build a monastery in the 7th century. According to the history books, Saint Botolph was one of the earliest and most revered of East Anglian saints, and became known as the patron saint of wayfarers. Grimsby was a busy port and fishing village in the 12th century, but by the time our ancestors arrived in the late 17th - 18th, the town had suffered a decline. However, by the late 18th century the town is said to have revived a bit, and a new town hall was built. Maybe the Jewitts had something to do with that! This and more is what we hope to find out as our research continues.
A BBC news headline from 2013: "Geocache Hunter Trampled by Cows in North Scarle Field" actually an interesting story accompanied by another beautiful image of the wolds, complete with a textbook example of a verge.
And apparently a less than flattering movie entitled "Grimsby" directed by the infamous Sacha Baron Cohen is set to be released in 2016. Grrrrr.... already, I feel protective of this unfairly derided town... home to our ancestors. How dare they!
Links to Related Sites
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Rod Collins - Lincolnshire Thro' History, Life, Lens and Words
The Old Palace Lincoln - Elegant Bed and Breakfast
National Portrait Gallery - London
College of Arms
The Jewett Family of America
History and Geneaology of the Jewitts of America
Marvinas Bay Lodge
First Peoples of Canada