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Jemima and Mark, ca. 1815 in Belmont County, Ohio
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: August 08, 2011 at 14:58:14
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I am seeking information about Jemima "Juit" (most likely Jewett), who married William Howell in Belmont County, Ohio in 1815. According to Belmont County marriage records, as extracted and submitted to the International Genealogical Index (Batch M513101, North America), available throught the Latter Day Saints database, at

WILLIAM HOWELL - International Genealogical Index Gender: Male Marriage: 16 FEB 1815 , Belmont, Ohio

In the 1820 census for Union Township, Belmont County, Ohio I found a William "Howel" (probably Howell) with the following statistics: 0-0-0-1-0-0; 3-0-1-0-0. William was 18 to 26, and I believe he was about 28, having been born ca. 1792 to Benjamin and Lydia (Gregg) Howell, who had moved from Loudoun County, Virginia to Belmont County, Ohio somewhere around 1804. William Howell's wife was 16 to 26 in 1820, and so born between 1794 and 1804. They had three young girls, all under 10, who can reasonable be inferred to be daughters, born late in 1815, in 1817 and in 1819. Therefore, William's wife was likely between 22 and 26 as of 1820 (and so born between about 1794 and 1798). I believe this was Jemima (Jewett) Howell.

Jemima Jewett was almost certainly living somewhere in or very near to Belmont County as of 1814, so that William Howell could meet, court and marry her. If she was between 16 and 24 at the time of marriage, then she was likely born between about 1791 and 1799, place unknown. I would guess that she lived with family (most likely parents) up until she married. Her father could have been born anytime between about 1741 (so no more than 50 at the earliest likely date for Jemima's birth) and 1779 (to be at least 20 by the latest possible date of birth for Jemima). Jemima's mother would most likely have been born between 1751 and 1781.

So I checked the 1820 census for Belmont County and found this:

JEWET MARK OH BELMONT RICHLAND 1820       0-1-0-0-0-1; 0-0-0-0-1

IF there was no census error, this Mark (probably Jewett) was over 45, and so born in or before 1775. The same holds for his wife. Mark Jewett seemed to have just one child still at home, a male age 10 to 16, so born between 1804 and 1810. IF (big assumption), this son was the youngest (or "baby" of the family), then the other children were likely born before and had either died or had left home (e.g., through marriage). If Mrs. Mark Jewett was approaching 40 when this last son was born, then she was likely born close to 1770, and Mark would likely have been born within a few years before or after.

Thus, Mark Jewett and his wife were old enough to be the parents of Jemima, born between 1794 and 1798.

I believe that this Mark Jewett MIGHT be related to the Mark Jewett born ca. 1762 in New Hampshire, married Patience Varney, had a large family, and then about 1838 migrated to Steubenville, in Jefferson County, Ohio, immediately North of Belmont County. Apparently this Mark Jewett was the son of Moses and Mary (Meade) Jewett, and the grandson of Mark and Mary (Chute) Jewett. Mark and Mary had another son, James Jewett, born ca. 1745, who married Molly Gage (daughter of John and Elizabeth (Haynes) Gage) in Grafton County, New Hampshire. According to the 1790 census, James "Jewet" had a family composition of 2-4-5. This translates to James himself and one male (likely a son) over 16, four males (likely more sons) under 16, and five females, likely Molly and four daughters (no ages specified but the daughters probably all under 20). I have been able to find reports that James and Molly (Gage) Jewett had AT LEAST the following children:

Sarah Jewett, b. 15 JAN 1774
Phoebe Jewett, b. 24 MAY 1776
James Jewett, b. 18 JAN 1777
John Jewett, b. 24 APR 1778
Haynes Jewett, b. 16 MAY 1781
Elivira Jewett, b. 04 FEB 1783

Per the census of 1790, there should ALSO be a son born before 1774 and another son born between 1785 and 1790 and another daughter. Also, the births of Phoebe (in May 1776) and James (in January 1777) are less than nine months apart, a biological impossibility, and so there are some mistakes here somewhere.

My current working THEORY is that James and Molly (Gage) Jewett had a son born about 1772, named Mark (after James's father). This would be the Mark Jewett who was in Belmont County, OH in the 1820 census.

There is some information that William and Jemima (Jewett) Howell also had a son John born ca. 1822/1823, who married Eliza Mount in Belmont County in 1844. There was also a marriage of a Rebecca Howell and a Samuel Mount in Belmont on 30 MAY 1839. I believe this Rebecca could be one of the three daughters of William and Jemima (Jewett) Howell who were born between 1815 and 1820.

I believe (but I am not sure) that Jemima (Jewett) Howell died before 1850, because in 1850, William Howell was living with his widowed sister-in-law, Eleanor (Mercer) Howell (her husband John Howell had died June 10, 1844).

Does anyone have any information about the other children of William and Jemima (Jewett) Howell, or about the parents of Jemima Jewett, or about the Mark Jewett of the 1820 Belmont County, OH census? If so, please share by posting here, or contact me directly at

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