Methodist Episcopal Church

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            Frank F. Jewell, D.D., was born November 9, 1830, at Floyd, Oneida County, New York.  He is one of five children, and the only son of Erastus and Phenie (Miner) Jewell.  He was reared on the farm and educated in the public schools and select academies until the age of eighteen years, when he began teaching in his native county.  For nine years he taught, and during that time pursued farming on his father’s farm two years.  After becoming of age he was elected to, and held, minor township offices, and in 1855 was elected Justice of the Peace, holding that office by re-election four years, and during that time studied law.  Before completing his law course he was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Orwell, Oswego County, New York, after which he abandoned the study of law and took up theology.  In 1859 he was placed in charge of the church at Heuvelton, St. Lawrence County, New York, that being his first pastorate.  He then filled consecutively the pulpits at Malone, Franklin County, Adams, Jefferson County, Ilion, Herkimer County, and Oswego city, New York.  He was then, in 1872, transferred to the Howard Street Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California, filling that pulpit three years.  In 1875 he was placed in charge of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, and in 1878 the Methodist Episcopal Church at San Jose, California.  In 1881 he was returned to the Howard Street Church at San Francisco, where he remained three years, when, in 1884, he founded the Simpson Memorial Church of San Francisco, which was organized with a membership of only eighteen, and with no house of worship.  The membership at the end of his term in 1887 numbered about one hundred, and a church edifice, one of the finest in the city, had been erected, at a cost of $40,000.  In September, 1887, he was returned to the pastorate of the First Methodist Episcopal Church at San Jose.  Before coming to California, he, from 1868 to 1872, was Secretary of the Central New York Conference, and in 1872 was elected a delegate by that Conference to the General Conference at Brooklyn, New York, and in 1884 was sent by the California Conference as a delegate to the General Conference at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 1874 the University of the Pacific conferred upon him the degree of D. D., being the first conferred upon any by that institution.

            In 1849 Mr. Jewell was married, at Orwell, New York, to Miss Charlotte M. Brooks, daughter of Charles and Fidelia (Strong) Brooks, of that place.  Three children were born to them:  Octavia S., wife of C. J. Moyes, died at San Francisco in 1882, aged thirty years; Orla H., late member of the San Francisco Produce Exchange, died in San Francisco in 1884, aged thirty years; and Estella, wife of Thomas G. Walkington, a member of the San Francisco Produce Exchange, and a resident of that city.

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.

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