Dr. Chester Dewey was born on the 28th of January, 1825 in Genessee Co., New York, U.S.A. It is believed that he received his M.D. status in the United States before immigrating to Canada.
He married Lomila Aubery who was born in Ohio, U.S.A.
Their son Byron Chester Dewey was born on the 16th of March, 1851 in Genessee County, New York.
Between 1851 and 1853 Dr. and Mrs. Dewey moved to Kent Bridge, Ontario. Their son, Lorenzo A. Dewey was born on the 22nd of January, 1853. Lorenzo died on the 6th of July, 1854 and he was buried at the Shaw Cemetery in Kent Bridge, Ontario. Dr. Dewey travelled a great deal to see his patients. According to a 1919 publication in the Kent Historical Society papers, Dr. Dewey, ‘Enjoyed a quiet practice and was greatly given to bleeding people’.
A third son was born to Dr. and Mrs. Dewey in 1855. His name was Oscar A. Dewey. This little boy, was an infant when his father died on the 23rd of August, 1855 at the age of 30. Dr. Dewey was buried at the Shaw Cemetery.
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Dewey married Ebenezer Hearns. According to the 1861 census, she was living in Chatham with his children, Thomas and Alice Hearns and her children, Oscar and Byron Dewey. Mr. Hearns was a stone cutter. In 1869 Ebenezer Hearns married Mary Jane Merrifield. It is believed that Lomila Dewey Hearns had died. According to the 1871 census her sons were living with Alonzo and Sarah Aubrey in Bothwell.
Dr. Dewey’s surviving sons, Byron and Oscar both became harness makers.