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William Samuel Jewell was born on Oct. 21, 1867 in Wood
County, OH, the son of William L. and Pera
(Minerd) Jewell. He appears to have been named in part for his maternal
grandfather, Samuel Minerd.
|William and Alvira Jewell
On Oct. 25, 1891, when he was age 24, William married
19-year-old Rachel "Alvira" Kring
(1872-1944). She was the daughter of Peter and Martha J. (Swinehart) Kring.
The Jewells had six children -- Earl Edwin Jewell, Myra Edna Jewell, Walter
R. Jewell, Ethel "Marie" Kirian, Florence Esther Jewell and Helena Lucille
Sadly, two of their daughters died in infancy -- Myra in
February 1895 of scrofula, a type of tuberculosis in the lymph nodes of the
neck, and Florence in April 1910.
According to the excellent 1996 book by Ivan Stearns, The
History/Genealogy of John and Nancy McCullough Jewell, the Jewells resided
in Liberty Township and Metamora, OH. They were farmers.
When the federal census was enumerated in 1900, the William
and Alvira and their three children made their home in Center Township, Wood
County, where William labored as a farrmer. Boarding in their home that year was
43-year-old Joseph Carroll, a farmer laborer.
In 1903, the Jewells resided in Deshler, Henry County, OH. Will's mother
came for a visit, and before leaving telephoned a niece to tell her about the
upcoming trip. Wrote the niece:
They are planing to stay a wk. but I bet
they won't. My I'd hate to eat Vira's cooking a wk. Don't tell what I
The 1910 census shows the Jewells living on a farm in Liberty
Township, Henry County, where William is labeled as a farmer doing general farm
Seen here is a rare old postcard photograph of Deshler's Main Street from the early 1900s. Note the telephone poles as well as the horses and buggies along the street.
In about 1915, the Jewells relocated again to the village of
Grand Rapids in Wood County. It's said they wanted to live nearer to Alvira's
mother, who was very ill. The 1920 census shows them in Grand Rapids, where
William was the proprietor of a "racket" store. Also living in their
household that year were their son Earl and his wife Hope, and daughters Marie
and Helena. Earl and Marie both worked in sales at the store.
In the early 1940s, the Jewells resided at 579 Damascus Street
in Liberty Center, near Deshler.
William suffered from stomach cancer. At the age of 77, he passed away from
its effects at home on New Year's Day 1944, just two hours and 15 minutes after
midnight. He was laid to rest in Union Hill Cemetery.
Adding to the
family heartache, 10 months later, Alvira died in October 1944, at the age of
72. They are buried together in Union Hill Cemetery in Wood County. Daughters Florence and
Edna also rest for eternity in the family plot.
Farmer's grain elevator in Deshler, a site the Jewells
would have known.
~ Son Earl Edwin Jewell ~
Son Earl Edwin Jewell (1892-1974) was born in 1892.
|Earl and Hope Jewell
He was joined in wedlock with married Hope Shedron
(1898-1975) on Oct. 25, 1916, when he was age 24, and she was age 21.
As a young adult, when he registered for the draft
during World War I, Earl worked as the manager of his father's store in Grand
He later labored as a "custodian at the Wood County Courthouse,
the City Building, Rogers Drug Store, the old Montgomery Ward Store and the
Nawthorn-Mellody Dairy," said his newspaper obituary.
They produced one
daughter, Martha Jane Jewell.
Earl passed away in his home in Wood County at the
age of 82 on Oct. 7, 1974, and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green.
Hope died the following year, on Oct. 20, 1975, in Wood County Hospital, at the
age of 77.
Daughter Martha Jane Jewell ( ? - ? ) married Frank Richard Howe (1920-2005). They resided in Southern California in Orange, Orange County, and had two children, Carolyn Howe and Gary Howe
Earl Jewell (seated) in what
appears to be an automobile repair garage. Notice the undercarriage of a
vehicle and tires hanging from the ceiling.
~ Daughter Ethel Marie (Jewell) Kirian ~
Ethel "Marie" Jewell (1900-1989) was born in 1900.
She wed Cornelius M. "Neil" Kirian ( ?
- ? ). Despite their difference in religion (she was Protestant, he Catholic),
they were married on June 19, 1922, and Marie joined the Catholic faith. Their
elaborate Wood County marriage certificate is seen here.
They lived in Toledo,
They became the parents of three children -- Norbert "Bert" William Kirian Sr.,
Donald Frederick Kirian and Doris Grajczyk.
Neil was a mechanic and landscaper
during his working life. Marie was a seamstress and expert in everything she
tried, having made her own dresses since the age of 17. During the Great
Depression, they lost their garage business after extending credit to customers
who could not repay their debts.
The Kirians celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary in 1972 with a trip to Norfolk.
She passed away at the age of 89 on
April 6, 1989, in Toledo Hospital.
Son Bert Kirian (1923-1991) married Leocadia A. "Laura" Skibinski (1926-1988). He was a building inspector in Toledo, and she was a production worker at Woolson Spice Company, retiring in the 1950s
Daughter Doris Kirian married Carl Grajczyk and lived in Michigan.
Son Donald Frederick Kirian (1926-1988) married Virginia Mae West (1926-2001). They lived in Norfolk, VA, where he was an insurance salesman and later a truck driver.
Marie Kirian and Helena Wilcox in a
~ Son Walter R. Jewell ~
Daughter Helena Lucille Jewell (1904-1954) was born in 1904.
|Helen and Stanley Wilcox
She married Stanley G.
Wilcox (1901-1971) on Dec. 7, 1921.
Three sons born to the pair were Herbert W. Wilcox, Robert J. Wilcox and Clifford R. Wilcox.
The year before marriage, Stanley lived in
Pontiac, Oakland County, MI, where he worked in a factory.
As a married couple,
they resided in
Bowling Green, Grand Rapids and Liberty Center, OH.
Helen passed away at the young
age of 50 on Dec. 5, 1954.
Stanley worked as an assembler in an automobile
factory, and outlived his wife by 17 years. He died in 1971.
Son Herbert W. Wilcox (1923-1980) married Ginny (?) and Mary Rentz
Son Robert J. Wilcox (1925- ? ) married Eileen Leonard. He is said to have served as the captain of the US Navy vessel Joyiidin during the military occupation of Japan.
Son Clifford R. Wilcox married Erma (?) and Deloris (?).
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