Beside the Waters is a study of the genealogy, beginning in late 1600 and early 1700, of two parallel lines of Dewell and Deuell families in Virginia, in the counties on the south side of the James River, and in the Peninsula on the north side. It begins with some Dewells in England and Virginia in the 1600’s. Beside the Waters includes colonial, national, and state history blended with the tribulations and triumphs of the Dewells of Virginia. Again and again in the profiles of family members, that combination of probative facts, coincidence, and pure drive open mysteries to believable interpretations. Part of its support shows that "probably" is the right word in some conclusions. This honest word is as reassuring as the notes that support the narrative and the extensive appendix. The well placed and identified photographs and selected documents add genetic and cultural as well as legal heft to the accumulating story. Numerous other family details are included that were uncovered through interviews with living relatives.
Gene Dewell is a native of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was born in Newport News in 1931. At the age of seventeen, he left home to attend college. His college studies were interrupted by service in the U. S. Air Force at the end of the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. It was at the University that he became interested in genealogy. In Indianapolis he met and married his wife, Jeanette, and they were blessed with three children. Gene joined IBM in Indianapolis and worked there in sales as a systems engineer. After seven years he was transferred to Raleigh, North Carolina. He now lives in Cary, North Carolina. He retired, after 24 years with IBM, in 1991. He spends his retirement visiting relatives in The Commonwealth, serving in The Church, traveling, reading history and presidential biographies, and researching his ancestors.