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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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MARION B. JEWELL, of Wayne, Schuyler County, well known throughout this portion of the state, deserves representation in this volume. He is the owner of the Wayne Hotel, to the management of which he gives his entire time and attention, The hotel is well patronized by the traveling public, as it is both neat and attractive in appearance and moderate in price.

Our subject was born in Wayne, Steuben County, this state, April 6, 1850. His father, the late Nelson Jewell, and his mother, formerly Hannah Van Houten, were both born in this state, the latter in Steuben County. They settled in the above locality very shortly after their marriage, and there the father worked at his trade, which was that of a blacksmith. Afterward, however, he abandoned this in order to give his time to farming, and made this the vocation of his life. Many years previous to this time he conducted a hotel at Hammondsport, being engaged in this business for twelve years. He lived to be sixty-eight years of age, and died in Wayne, June 10, 1883. His good wife still survives and makes her home in the latter village.

The parental family included six children, of whom the eldest, bearing the name of Marion B., died in childhood; Mary N. became the wife of Josiah Ingersoll, and departed this life in Wayne, February 6, 1894; Sarah A. married Addison Damoth, but she died at Barrington, Yates County, March 15, 1893; Elizabeth J. is the wife of Edson Bisby, and makes her home in Wayne; Hessel M. married Miss Mary Benner, and they make their home in Bath, N. Y.

Marion B., the second to bear the name and the subject of this sketch, was the youngest of the household. He remained under the parental roof until his marriage, which event was celebrated March 13, 1872, at which time Miss Eliza Benner became his wife. She was a daughter of Timothy Benner, and was born in Hammondsport, April 14, 1850. After their union the young people settled on a farm near Wayne, Steuben County, and made that place their home for three years. At the end of that time they changed their location to Tyrone, Schuyler County, and for two years were identified with the interests of that community. We then find them residents of Wayne, where Mr. Jewell was engaged in the manufacture of baskets and where he also ran a sawmill for several years. Most of the time since 1884, however, he has operated the Wayne Hotel, located in the village of that name.

Our subject and his estimable wife are the parents of a son, Clyde H., who was born May 8, 1886. Mr. Jewell is active in public affairs, and in him the community finds a faithful and unswerving friend, ever on the alert to serve its best interests. His first Presidential vote was cast for a Republican, to which party he has given his adherence ever since.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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