Born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.
According to the 1880 US Federal Census, both Jane's parents were born in England. That Census also shows them in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so at some point they came down from Canada.
A coincidence that could mislead some genealogists: the 1891 English census has a Jane Howes, born about 1853, living in Norfolk with a son named John. This is not our Jane Russell.
Possible lead on Jane's father:
The 1871 Canada Census  has a Jane Russel born about 1854 in St Johns, New Brunswick. At the time of the census, she was living in Albert Ward, St Johns. The census has a William Russel, 53 yrs old and born in England and also lists Elizabeth Russel, 14, and George H Russel, 10, both born in New Brunswick. This could be Jane with her father and siblings. Of note, William is the middle name of her youngest son as well as the first name of his oldest son.
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