Composite Charcoal drawing by Terry Bradley of Indianapolis, Indiana. The gents are from left to right-John Henry Jewell, Edgar Jewell, Leonard E. Jewell Sr, Edgar J Jewell and Leonard E Jewell II.. These 5 Jewell men lived during the last nearly 200 years in Kentucky and Indiana.
The earliest found African American Jewell was Hannah who was born a slave about 1795 on land owned by one of two white Jewell families, in Barren County, KY. Hannah had three children, Bowling (1817) Mary Frances (1828 or 1932) and Henry (1835-1918). It is believed that John Henry Jewell, Jr (shown above) is the son of Henry Jewell, Sr and his wife Carolyn.
Henry Jewell (1835- 1919), served in the Civil War as a private in the 115th Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). John Henry Jewell, (1866-1938) and his wife Martha Josephine Carpenter (1872-1933) had only one son, Edgar Jewell (1891-1969). Edgar served in World War I in Company K, 812 Pioneer Infantry. Edgar and his wife, Mary Jane Titsworth (1893-1976) had five boys – Charles (1921-2002), James (1925-1990), Richard (1931-2003), Robert (1933-1992) and Leonard (1936-2008) and one daughter, Mary Josephine (1922-1998). Edgar had another daughter, Lula Victoria (1912- 1977) through a previous relationship with Mattie Strange.