One of the very old families of New Hartford is represented in the person of James Grove Jewett, whose
grandfather located in this town in 1795. His great grandfather Jewett was a member of General Stark's brigade
in the Revolutionary war, the first American Jewett having emigrated from the mother country settling in America
in 1638. Mr. Jewett was born in Sangerfield, Oneida county, on the 29th of January, 1829, and is a son of David
L. and Ann (Kellogg) Jewett.
The boyhood and youth of James Grove Jewett was Spent amid the scenes with which he has been associated during
his entire life, his preliminary education being acquired in the public schools of New Hartford. After the completion
of the course he enrolled in the Sauquoit Academy which he continued to attend until 1853 at which time he was
graduated. After the completion of his education he returned to New Hartford township where he engaged in agricultural
pursuits for sixteen years. At the expiration of that period he learned the carpenter's trade with which he continued
to be identified until 1884, at which time he established a loan and mortgage business.
On the 31st of August, 1854, was solemnized the union between Mr. Jewett and Miss Maria H. Stillman, of Clark Mills,
this county. Mrs. Jewett passed away in 1899, and three years thereafter Mr. Jewett was married the second time
his choice being Miss Jeanette Emily Nichols, of Eaton, New York, a daughter of Benjamin G. and Julia (White) Nichols,
their marriage being celebrated on the 3d of March, 1902.
Ever since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Jewett has given his political support to the men
and measures of the republican party, never having been himself an aspirant to public honors or the emoluments
of office, however. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of which organization
he is a past grand master. Having reached the venerable age of eighty two years Mr. Jewett is now living retired,
spending his latter days among the familiar scenes and faces of his boyhood which have become endeared to him through
the association of the passing years.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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