Biography - Jeduthun Newell

Jeduthun B. NEWELL, retired farmer, P. O. Girard, son of Asahel and Elizabeth (BUSHNELL) NEWELL, was born in Rome, Oneida Co., N. Y., April 13, 1811; the family came to Greene County, Ill., in 1832; they moved to Calhoun in 1834, where they remained about ten years, during which time the mother died; after the death of his wife, Mr. NEWELL's father lived among his children during the remainder of his life; he died December 8, 1877; they both lived to a good old age, he dying in his eighty-fourth year, and she in her sixty-fifth; they were members of the church, and each had the reputation of being a devoted Christian. Mr. NEWELL bought his first land in Calhoun County, a tract of ninety-eight acres, lying on the banks of the Illinois River. November 27, 1834, he married Miss Eunice, daughter of Chuza and Sarah (BACON) BUSHNELL, by whom he had four children - William and Sarah, died in infancy; Ira B., died at forty years of age; and Alonzo C. His second wife, Lucinda UNDERWOOD, was born in Harrison County, Ky., February 5, 1817, daughter of Francis and Margaret (JARVIS) UNDERWOOD, he a native of Shropshire, England, died in 1853 she, born in Fayette County, Ky., in 1784, died in 1857; from this second marriage, four children have been born to them - Moses A., a teacher by profession; and Mrs. Mary A. HOOVEBECK, both of Harvel Township, Montgomery County; Lucy E. and William R. died in infancy. In 1844, Mr. NEWELL sold his farm in Calhoun County, and bought another farm in Greene County about five miles southwest of Carrollton, on which he moved, and where he resided till 1852, at which time he came to Montgomery County, Pitman Township, buying a farm of 280 acres of land where he now lives; this farm is well improved, and has a fine, rich, productive soil. Mr. NEWELL and wife are both members of the Methodist Church, in which denomination they have good standing; as citizens, they rank high. Mr. NEWELL has been, and is yet, rather a prominent man in society, and whose judgment is revered; he served three terms as Justice of the Peace while in Calhoun County, and three terms since in Montgomery County; in fact, he held the office as long as he would have it at all; his judgments were generally sustained in higher courts. The NEWELLs are supposed to be of English origin; it is not now definitely known when they came to this country; they were here, however, before our independence as a nation. Mr. NEWELL's grandfather, Solomon NEWELL, lived and died in the State of Connecticut. March 4, 1784, Asahel, Mr. NEWELL's father, emigrated, after his marriage, to Oneida County, N. Y., about 1807; he raised a family of seven children - Isaac, Jeduthun, Mrs. Elizabeth (Alonson) TWITCHELL, Asahel, Mrs. Clarissa (Thomas) REYNOLDS, Mrs. Louisa (Charles) THURP and Mrs. Ruth (Solomon) DESPAIN; Isaac died when about twenty-three years old; three of these children are now living - Jeduthun, Mrs. REYNOLDS, of Macoupin County, and Mrs. DESPAIN, of Granite City, U. T.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 264.

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