Biography of R. D. Jewell
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R. D. Jewell is a native of St. Albans, Franklin Co., Vermont, and was born Sept. 1, 1817. His father, Ephraim Jewell, was a native of New Hampshire. Mr. Jewell was reared on a farm and educated within one mile of St. Albans Bay. He resided in Cleveland in 1833-'34, when he engaged in farming four miles south of that city, remaining there five years. He came to Grand Rapids in 1837, but returned to Ohio in 1839. He went to Columbus where, Sept. 29, 1838, he married Miss Laura Rice, by whom he has had eight children; of these, six are living, viz.: Charles, Silas, George, Amy, Lucy and Laura. In May, 1863, he removed with his family to Plainfield tp., and to Algoma in 1865, and settied on sec. 26. Two of his sons, Henry and Charles, were soldiers in the late war; the former died of disease after he returned. Mr. Jewell helped survey the first road from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven.

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