David Hewes was born May 16, 1822, in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He came to California in 1850 and worked as a storekeeper.
In 1852, he moved to San Francisco and entered into a contracting business, grading and leveling hills and filling in the
San Francisco Bay. In 1881, he moved to Tustin, California, where he operated a fruit ranch. He died in Orange, California,
July 23, 1915.