Edward  P.  Jewett

            Edward P. Jewett. The subject of our sketch is a native of Wayne County, Ind., born in the city of Hagerstown on the i8th day of July, 1857.  His paternal ancestors came from England many years ago and settled in New Hampshire, in which State his father,  Parker Jewett, was born December 26th, 1809.  Parker Jewett was by occupation a blacksmith, and worked at his trade for several years in Cincinnati, having located in that city about the year 1825.  Subsequently (1833) he moved to Randolph County, Ind., and still later to Wayne County, where his death occurred in 1873.  The subject's mother,  Jane (Bowen) Jewett, was born in Lebanon, Ohio, March 26th, 1820, and is still living, making her home at this time in Wayne County, Ind.  Edward P. Jewett is the elder of two children by his father's second marriage.  He received a good education in the schools of Hagerstown, Ind., and at the age of seventeen began learning the stone cutter's trade, in which he soon acquired great proficiency, doing his first work in the city of Connersville.  In 1879, he came to Shelbyville, and for sometime thereafter was in partnership in the marble business with  J. H. Enos, the firm thus formed continuing until 1881.  Since the latter year he has been alone in the business, having in the meantime built up a large and constantly increasing trade, his shop at this time being the largest in Shelby County, and one of the most extensive in this part of the State.  Mr. Jewett is a skillful workman and as such enjoys much more than a local reputation.  He has been quite successful in his business, and is none the less prominent as a citizen, having the confidence and respect of the community around him.  He cast his first vote for   James A. Garfield, and since that time has been an earnest supporter of the Republican party, though in no sense an office seeker.  He was married in 1882, to  Miss Alma Aten, daughter of  Abram and  Eliza (Thompson) Aten, of Johnson County, Ind.  Mrs. Jewett was born in the year 1859, and is the mother of two children, viz.:  Charles W. and Chester A. Jewett.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches,"  page 493.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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