Sunday, December 14, 2014

1923 Letter from Pastor S.L. Jewell to Brud Moran

Letter to Charles "Brud" Moran from Samuel L. Jewell, pastor, M.E. Church, South.  

S. L. Jewell was born about 1860 in Kentucky and served as a pastor in several towns including Dresden, McKenzie, and Trenton.  You can see a picture of him here when he was pastor at Trenton. In April of 1923, the Dresden M.E. Church, South, had purchased an organ from a church in Memphis.  Letters and bill of sale can be seen in an earlier blog post.  He appears in the 1900 Census for Mayfield Kentucky, age 43, married 12 years, occupation Minister.  His wife was Daisy Redd Jewell, age 32.  They had two sons: William Redd Jewell age 10 and Samuel L. Jewell Jr age 5.  The family appears again in the 1910 Census living in Clinton, Kentucky.  By 1920 Samuel Sr and Daisy were living in Barlow Kentucky.  A nephew, Allan Redd age 15, was living with them.  Samuel and Daisy move to Memphis and appear in City Directories for 1932-1935 living at 1779 Glenview Ave. Their son Samuel Jr was the sales manager at Kirkpatrick Coal.

William Jewell married married Ida Porter Clark of Hickman Kentucky.  William died in Ohio in 1979 and is interred at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Samuel Lewis Jewell Jr married Rowena Wyatt.  He died in 1995 and is buried at Forest Hill Midtown in Memphis.

Daisy Redd Jewell died in 1939 in Evanston Illinois and is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Trenton.

In addition to their two sons, Sameul and Daisy had a daughter named Vivian who died at the age of 4 from burns received in a fire.  She is buried at Oakland Cemetery with her mother.

It is unknown at this time what happened to Rev. Samuel L. Jewell.

Conway Ark.
June 21 1923

Dear Brother Moran

I have Dr. Jones's telegram informing me that you have let the contract for the church at satisfactory price.  I am certainly happy to know it.

I am writing you in regard to the organ committee. Would it not be well to suggest to the committee to get their funds in at once so as to enable the good women to pay their subscription immediately?

Dr. Jones gave me no details of the contract.  When they begin to gravel the lot, please have the concrete side walk removed in unbroken squares. We will need that at one side of the building.  I think they can prize it up and shove it into the ditch and we can have it moved.

I am revolving in my head some plans to enclose the subscription list to enable us to finish the auditorium. Will lay them before you when I get home.  We are well and enjoying our visit.  Hope you are well.

S. L. Jewell


  1. Hi Mary,
    The Reverend Jewell is my great grandfather, and William Redd Jewell my grandfather. I'm delighted to find this information. I would like to email you with some additional information about him, if you are interested. My wife and I just visited Clinton TN while on a trip from Maine where we live. It's such a coincidence to find your site.

    My preferred email is


    Dave May
    Scarborough, ME

    1. Dave, I'm so sorry I haven't replied sooner. I've been on a hiatus since February and am just now getting back into my family history work. If you are still out there I'd like to receive whatever information you'd like to share for inclusion in the blog. I can be reached at Hope to hear from you soon.