Welcome to Jewell County Kansas Genealogy Research


Jewell County G.A.R. circa 1900

 My name is Bob Jenkins
and I created this website to provide genealogy
 information and links to genealogy information  to assist people in researching
 their Jewell County Kansas ancestors.

 I would appreciate any contribution that you would like to make  to this site:
 biographies, obituaries, birth, marriage, death info,  grave info, photographs....etc


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   Jewell County Data

 Brief History from Kansas State Historical Society:

 Jewell County was organized on July 14, 1870, by William Harshberger and John Furrows. Cheyenne Indian raids in 1866
 and 1867 forced these men and others to leave the county. The last Indian raid in the county occurred in 1870. On May 13,
 1870, the early settlers built a fort of sod and lived there until June 1870 protected by the "Buffalo Militia." The county was
 named for Lieutenant Colonel Lewis R. Jewell, who died during the Civil War. It contains the cities of Jewell, Burr Oak,
 Mankato, Esbon, Formoso, Webber, and Randall.

 In 1910 land speculation drove the population up to over 18,000 persons, the largest in the county's history. The first church
 was the Evangelical United Brethren of Jewell, 1871, and the first county fair was not held until August 1979, at Mankato.
 The first school was formed east of Jewell City in 1871

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