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Part 2: Family ties run deep in Spencer County

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VanDyke, Jewell families tracked in Spencer County since late 18th century

By Tom Watson

Editor’s note: The following is a continuation of Tom Watson’s column last week, which looks at Spencer County family names and the history associated with them.

J. G. VAN DYKE was born in Spencer County in 1825, the first of two children born to Richard and Sarah (Green) Van Dyke. Richard was a son of Peter Van Dyke, was born in what is now Spencer County in 1790, and died in 1868. He was an extensive farmer and also followed the milling business. Peter Van Dyke came to Kentucky from Culpeper County, Va., about 1785 and was descended from a Dutch family, who settled in New Jersey, afterward moved to Culpeper County, Va. and were among the first settlers of the colony. Peter was twice married and became the father of fourteen children. He had a landed estate of 1,400 acres and left 100 acres to each of his children, besides giving to each two slaves. Sarah (Green) Van Dyke was the daughter of Lebur Green, who came from Virginia to Nelson County about 1785.
She was the third of a family of four, was born in 1784, and died in 1852. Mr. Green was a farmer and the owner of a large and valuable property near Bloomfield, Nelson Co. He died about 1830.
Richard Van Dyke was a Jeffersonian Democrat and he and his wife were life-long Baptists.
Our subject has followed farming pursuits exclusively and is the owner of 1,900 acres of land in Spencer, Shelby and Jefferson Counties, his residence being on the Louisville and Taylorsville Pike, about eleven miles from Taylorsville and 21 from Louisville.  
In 1859 he married Mary A. Johnston, of Spencer County.  Her father William Johnston moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio and thence to Spencer County about 1825.
William Johnston was born in 1807, and died in 1873; was a son of Joseph  Johnston, of Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Van Dyke’s mother was Indiana Pruett, daughter of Joseph Pruett, a Virginian, who was among the early settlers of Kentucky.  Mrs. Van Dyke was born in Spencer County in 1832.  She is a member of the Baptist Church. Four children have blessed their union: William Lee, Richard, Eugenie and an infant deceased.

ISAAC F. JEWELL was born in Spencer County, Aug. 12, 1861, the third of three children born to Jackson and Sarah F. (Read) Jewell. His paternal grandfather, William Jewell, was born in Virginia, but moved to Kentucky in 1775 and settled on Elk Creek, in what was then Shelby County, but now Spencer.
He was a farmer, became the father of ten children, and died in 1844. Jackson Jewell, father of Isaac F., was born in 1816 in Shelby, now Spencer County, married in 1843 Sallie Jane Robison, daughter of William Robison, of Jefferson County, Ky.
Of their five children, three are now (in 1887) living:  James R., Martha and Robert F.  Sallie Jane Jewell was born in 1816 and died in 1854.
Jackson Jewell married for his second wife, in 1855, Sarah F. Read, of Barren County.  She was born in Fauquier County, Va. in 1834 and moved to Kentucky in 1847. Her father, William Read, was born in Virginia in 1814 and died in 1866. He was an Englishman, a farmer and resided near Glasgow in Barren Co. where he died. The children of Jackson and Sarah F. Jewell are Annie L., Rice B., Isaac Franklin, Laura and Ella.  
Jackson Jewell is a farmer, is now (1887) 71 years old and resides on the farm where he was born.
He is a member of the Elk Creek Baptist Church, of which his wife, who is now 52 years old, is also a member. Isaac F. Jewell was reared on a farm and educated at Elk Creek Academy.
At the age of 21 he went to Jefferson County where he remained two years; then returned to his native county and in January, 1866, opened a livery, feed and sale stable in Taylorsville.
He has a number of fine rigs and fast horses, many of which can trot a mile in less than three minutes. He married, Sept. 29, 1881, Carrie Ashby, of Jefferson County, daughter of John R. Ashby.
Two children have blessed their union: Zella, born March 13, 1883 and Webber, born May 18, 1887.
Remember, if you have family information, old photos, identified or not, historical documents, maps or other interesting history, call 502 252-9991 or write: Tom Watson, 5225 Little Union Road, 40071. The email is twscribe@yahoo.com.
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