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Pardon T. Jewell
And we will take the same approach to the life of Pardon Jewell -
letting what was said at the end of his life in this clipping from an
unidentified local paper sum up his contribution to this area during his
Franklinville, January 28, 1880
"In this place, January 23, 1880 of paralysis of the heart, died
Pardon T. Jewell, aged 84 years, 7 months and 21 days.
As one of the pioneers and primitive inhabitants of the county,
justice to his memory claims something more at our hands than a passing
notice of his departure from earth. Pardon Taylor Jewell was born in
the town of Dudley, Worcester County, Mass.,
June 2d, 1795.
Here the years of his childhood glided smoothly by until 1803 when
parents removed to the town of Pomfret,
Conn., upon the very ground made
memorable by the adventures of Gen. Israel Putnam and the wolf, an
animal with which he was destined to become more familiar during his
subsequent experience as a pioneer of the then 'Far West'.
After a brief stay in Vermont, his parents removed to the town of
Sherburn, Chenango County, N. Y. where
the subject of this sketch
remained as a dutiful son until he attained his majority in the ever
memorable 'cold season' of 1816.
We next find him as a student in the Middlebury Academy, Wyoming
County, N. Y., where he graduated with creditable honors in the autumn
of 1818, and during the following winter, taught school in the town of
Perry, in the same county.
In the spring of 1819 he came to this town (then Ischua) and
obtained employment as a farm laborer with Solomon Curtis, Esq., since
which time, as a teacher, surveyor, husband and father, public officer
and private citizen, he has been intimately identified with the
development, prosperity and well being of his adopted town up to the
very day of his death.
Genial and unobtrusive in his intercourse with society his presence
was ever the harbinger of good fellowship and lighted the social,
secular or religious circle by the glow of sunshine which ever radiated
from his heart.
As a teacher of the olden time, he was equaled by few and surpassed
by none, governing by the magic power of kindness, he won the obedience,
confidence and respect of all, and many a one, now bent with the
experience of three score years, becomes young again, as memory, by
counter revolutions, turns backward the wheels of time, to where 'Uncle
Pardon' was the presiding genius of the old log school house where they
first mastered their English conjugations and first saw the hitherto
hidden mysteries of the cube root.
In 1823, soon after the organization of the lodge in this town, Mr.
Jewell became a member of the Masonic fraternity, maintaining a full and
honorable relationship until the time of his death.
During the winter of 1838 he made a public profession of religion,
and on the 17th of February of that year, he united with the
Presbyterian church, and during a period of 42 years, was an active,
zealous and worthy member, and died as he had lived, in full faith of
the sufficiency of the atonement wrought by a crucified Redeemer.
He was ever a zealous worker in the cause of temperance, social
reformn, religious and secular education. He was twice married, leaving
an aged widow, besides two sons and two daughters by his first marriage,
to lament the departure of their counsellor and friend.
Mr. Jewell was honorably represented in the army by a young and
hopeful son, who laid down his young life at Petersburg, July 30th,