Transcript: A History of the family of John Juett

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The following record was found among the family papers and correspondence of Ottis Hill, a 2nd great-grandson of John Juett. It consists of four photocopied pages of typewritten text on what appears to be stationery of The Clarksburg Exponent ("All The News...All The Time" ... Every Morning Except Monday) (C. O. Fluharty, Editor and Publisher; J. G. Juett, General Manager). Clarksburg, W. Va. It's not known which of his cousins sent this to him.

A History of the Family of John Juett
Dictated Sept. 20, 1914 by
David Polk Juett to his
son, J.G. Juett.

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My father's name was John Juett. He had no middle name. He was born in the state of Delaware (I do not recall the name of the county), near the scene of the Battle of Brandywine (New Jersey) on December 22, 1765. His mother's maiden name was Polk. She was a sister of Trusten Polk, who located in Missouri and became, in turn, Governor of and United States Senator from that state.[1] I have no definite knowledge of the history of my ancestors prior to my father and mother, and if I ever heard the names of my grandfather and grandmother Juett I do not remember them.

John Juett, my father, when a young man, and together with his brother David, for whom I was named, moved to Kentucky and located at Lexington, where, he told me, he helped to build the first permanent house.[2] Before leaving Delaware he served as a carpenter's apprentice. I am not certain that my father and his brother David were the first men who bore their name to locate in what is now the state of Kentucky; but I believe they were. But I know that they were more prominently identified with the early development of the state than were any others of the same name. Another of my father's brothers, Robert, settled in Ohio. There was another brother named Frank whose history is unknown to me. There also were several sisters. One of them, Amelia, I believe, married an Otwell, of Kentucky. Another, whose name I do not know, married a Cannon, of Kentucky.

My father and all of his brothers originally spelled their name J-e-w-e-t-t. It was not until after I was born that my father, at the suggestion of a school-teacher who boarded at our home during the school term, changed

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the spelling of the name to J-u-e-t-t. This school-teacher, who was of French descent himself, told my father that all Juetts (or Jewetts or Jouetts) were descendants of French parentage, and that the correct Anglicized spelling of the name was J-u-e-t-t. My father was the only one of the brothers who changed the spelling at that time, however, and, I believe, some of his older children did not change it for some time, if they ever did. Perhaps most of the descendants of John Juett and his brothers now spell it J-e-w-e-t-t.[3]

I do not know how long my father lived in Lexington. Perhaps it was not more than a few years, because he moved to Scott County, near Georgetown, and located on a farm before he married. His first wife was a Miss Jenkins, who at the time of their marriage lived with her parents in Scott County. She also died in Scott County.

By this union there were the following children: Mariah, Eliza, Henrietta, John, junior; William, Thomas and Henry. Mariah married Buford Kendrick. Eliza married Ben Kendrick, brother of Buford. Both lived in Scott County. Henrietta married Reuben McDoniae[?] a Kentuckian. Burford[sic] and Ben Kendrick, with their families, later moved to Ralls County, Missouri. Still later, Ben and his wife moved to Wisconsin. I know no further of either family, except that children were born to Burford and his wife. Reuben McDaniael[sic] and his wife located at Cloverport, Breckinridge county, Kentucky. Four children were born to them. John Juett, Jr. settled in Pike County, Missouri. I do not know the history of his family. William Juett died at Cynthiana, Kentucky. He was the father of several children, one of whom, John Juett (or Jewett), now lives at Cynthiana. Thomas Juett located in Ballard county, Kentucky. He married Emily Koons, of Virginia (now West Virginia). Their only child raised was Mary, who married George Utterback, of Ballard county, Kentucky, and later Judge James D. White, of Ballard county, Kentucky. Thomas Juett died at Bardwell, Kentucky. His only child, Mary, also died in February 1914 at the....[line cut off]

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...county, Kentucky. Henry Juett died in Fayette County, Kentucky. His children were: John W., Martha Juett Glenn, now of Lexington, Ky.; Byron, now of Richmond, Kentucky, and a daughter whose name I do not remember.

John Juett's second wife was a Kendrick. I do not remember her first name. She was a sister of his third wife; also a sister of Burford and Ben Kendrick, who married daughters of my father by his first wife. The Kendrick family came from Culpepper county, Virginia. Children born to John Juett through his second union were: Amanda and Winifred. Amanda married an Ireland. They located in Livingston county, Missouri, and at her death some years ago left three children -- Kate, who married a Glenn; Thomas and Jasper. Winifred married her first cousin, Robert Juett, son of David Juett, of Bourbon county, Kentucky. She had one son, John, of whom I know nothing.

John Juett's third wife was Catherine Kendrick. She was born in Culpepper county, Virginia. To John and Catherine Juett (my father and mother) were born the following children: Emily, Sarah J., David Polk, and Kate. Emily married Henry Francis Milward, eldest brother of Colonel W. R. Milward, now living at Lexington, Kentucky. Emily raised one child, Joseph, who never married, and who died at Lexington in 1912 or 1913. Sarah J. Juett married [?] Nichols, of Lexington, Kentucky. She had two children, Kate, who did not marry and who died in Lexington several years ago, and John, who was in Texas the last time I heard of him. My sister Kate died young. She was not married.

I, David Polk Juett, was born in Scott county, Kentucky, March 20, 1836. My father was 70 years old when I was born. My father died about 1850. My mother died in 1856. Both my father and mother were buried near Oxford, Scott county, Ky. I am not certain in what years my father's first and second wives died. I know that I am the only one of my father's children now living.

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I located in Ballard county, Kentucky, in May 1858. With the exception of several years, I have lived in Ballard county since the above date. I have been married twice, the first time to Victoria A. Cockrill, daughter of John [?] and Clementine C. Cockrill, of McCracken county, Kentucky, on November 6, 1859. To this union were born the following children, now living: May, of Los Angeles, California, widow of R. N. Ashbrook; John [?], now of Denver, Colorado; Edwin H., of Wickliffe, Kentucky; George C., of Atlanta, Georgia, and Kate, now Mrs. R. D. Clements, of Glendale, California. My first wife died. My second wife, now living, was J. Kate Cockrill, sister of my first wife. We were married October 20, 1880. To this union were born the following children now living; Thomas Albert, of Wickliffe, Kentucky, and James Guy, of Atlanta, Georgia.


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  2. Unverified but interesting
  3. Not entirely accurate

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