Joseph Jewel


Based on subsequent and ephemeral information, Joseph Jewel (Jewell) was born before 1766 and possibly in 1759. He may have been from New Hampshire - his family having emigrated to Boston in 1639. However, his name is absent from Jonathan Tenney's New England in Albany.

We seek information on his activities during the War for Independence. A Lieutenant Joseph Jewell served in the third regiment of the Orange County militia.

In February 1783, he (Joseph Juwell) married Nancy Dennels (perhaps Daniels) at the Albany Dutch church. Their son, "Volkert Dawson" Jewel, was christened at the Lutheran church in Albany in August 1786. Another son, Jeremiah, became an Albany resident.

In 1788, his house and property in the first ward were valued on the city assessment roll. In 1790, his household included six people.

His name does not seem to appear on the Albany census in 1800.

In 1810, his Albany household included an older couple and three young people.

Joseph Jewel seems to have died in 1812. The year following, his widow Hannah was listed in the first city directory at 86 Fox Street.

Joseoph Jewell's widow, Ann, may have died from Cholera in August 1832 at the age of eighty-one.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Joseph Jewel has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

In 1805, Reverend Joseph Jewel commenced a Methodist mission in Ontario County, New York. Probably another same-named individual was a pharmocological innovator during the early 1800s. A number of Revolutionary War senarios bear investigation as well. A different namesake also lived in Greene County.

first posted: 3/5/10