Thomas W. Jewell was born 197 years ago – April 3, 1815 – in Maine. Thomas was the son of Ebenezer Jewell and Patience Quimby. Thomas married Zillah Ward in 1846. They moved their family west to Schuyler County, Illinois, and finally to Fillmore County, Nebraska. Thomas and Zillah had 9 children: Thomas T., Lucinda Amanda, Julia Mirand, Charles T., John C., Ebenezer Ward, Enoch Sumner, Elmer E. and Parkhurst Jewell.