Genealogies...from the Maryland Historical Magazine 975.2 M369 v.1
John Chew came to Virginia in the Ship "Charity" or "Chartie" in 1621 or 1622 and his wife Sarah came about a year later in the "Sea Flower". Both were living at Hog Island, opposite Jamestown, in 1624 (Hotten's "Emigrants", Pate 237). He was a merchant and was evidently a man of substance since he owned a house at Jamestown shortly after his arrival, as is shown by a grant in 1624 to "John Chew, merchant", of one rood, nine poles, near his dwelling house in James City (Va. Mag., I. 87). In 1636, he had grants for some 1200 acres "in the County of Charles River," later called York County and had probably been living in that locality for some years previously. (Va. Mag., V.341-342).
He represented Hog Island in the Virginia House of Burgesses 1623-1624 and 1627 and was a member for York County 1642-1644 (Colonial Va. Register, pgs. 53, 54, 63). He was also one of the justices of York County in 1624 and 1652 (Va. Mag., I.197). His first wife Sarah died before 1651 and in that year he executed a deed (recorded in York County) in view of his intended marriage with Mrs. Rachel Constable (Va. Mag., I. 197). His sons Samuel and Joseph CHEW are mentioned in the York County Records 1657 and 1659 respectively, and it appears from the same records that in 1668 John Chew was dead and his son Samuel was living in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.