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2020 Commercial 121 Boxell 02-005 PHPP 1134Seneca G. Ewell (1837-1916) — worth having as a friend just so you could say his name — was a mariner and a Mason. He lived long enough to see his grandson Arthur E. Redfern become the highest-paid thoroughbred jockey in the United States. Seneca’s brother, Ezra Dingley Ewell (1830-1893), was a ship’s carpenter. Ezra’s wife and widow, Melintha Ann (Dyer) Ewell (1935-1917), was active in the Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church at 170 Commercial Street. Two years after her death, the Ewells, Redferns, and Smalls sold this property to the abutting Cape Cod Cold Storage Company.¹ The Ewell house was still standing as late as 1948, used by Atlantic Coast Fisheries — as successor to Cape Cod Cold Storage — as a storehouse and machine shop. It had been demolished by 1954.

¶ Last updated on 18 November 2018.


121 Commercial Street on the Town Map.


Thumbnail image: Postcard view, circa 1910, from the Scrapbooks of Althea Boxell, Book 2, Page 5, on the Provincetown History Preservation Project (Dowd Collection), Page 1134.


Seneca G. Ewell. Find a Grave Memorial No. 137160439.


¹ Hattie E. Small et alia to Cape Cod Cold Storage Company, 13 January 1919, Barnstable County Registry of Deeds, Book 365, Page 283.


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