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The following passage is skanned and copied from a book written by Rev. Henry E. Jewett a memoir on the life of Israel Edson Dwinell, D.D. published in 1892. I found this book among a trunk of geneology material my great aunt Olive Dwinell collected before she died. The author, Rev. Henry Jewett, included a note to my great grandfather (L. E. Dwinell, I think his first and middle name was Luellen Edson) inside the cover. I think Israel Edson Dwinell was either my great great grandfather or my great great uncle (not sure which). According to the book he was born in Calais, Vermont; mother Phila (Gilman) Dwinell. He married Rebecca E. A Maxwell in 1848. My grandfather's name was Henry
Luellen Dwinell, he had one sister Olive and a brother Rollo. None of my grandfather's siblings married or had children. He had a daughter Catherine and two sons, Charles and William. William was my father.
COPIED FROM CHAPTER ONE PG. 7-8
REVERENT recognition of God and gratitude to Him for the" Outward Estate yt God hath given mee " char¬acterized Michael Dunnel, the Huguenot, first of the Dwinell family in America. He came to this country after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in 1685, while others of the family settled in England.
The family," we are told upon good authority, "bear the title of Count, and were seated in France, near Rochelle. "
ISRAEL EDSON DWINELL, belonged to the seventh generation, being the son of Israel, who was the son of Archelaus, Jr. Archelaus, Sr., was the son of Jonathan, who was the son of Thomas, fourth of the nine children of Michael.
Throughout these generations, during a period of over two hundred years, there appear evidences of Christian faith, patriotism, personal worth, and a fair degree, at least, of worldly prosperity.
Coming to America in his early manhood, Michael Dunnel lived in Massachusetts, dying, as is supposed, at Topsfield, in 1717.
Scarcely any two of his children spelled the family
name like their father, or like each other. Duenell, Doenell, Dunell, and Dwinell are some of the names by which the births of his children are entered on the records of Essex Co., Mass.
During the French and Indian and the Revolutionary wars, the name in some of its many forms appears often on the rolls of the country's defenders. Israel Dwinell first appears in the third generation, in the person of a
young patriot, who yielded up his life at the battle of Crown Point in 1760. Later on in the generations, six by the name of Israel are found, one of whom was the father of Dr. Dwinell. This good man lived to the advanced age of eighty-eight years. It was said of him at his funeral: "He was one of a very few old men, whose bodies have not outlived their minds. He retained in a remarkable degree the strong mental power,:; which were his natural endowment. For him the winter of age was not a time of fruitlessness. When he felt that mortal disease was upon bim, and realized that through suffering he must be born into tbe life of Heaven, he said, 'Pray that God's will-not mine¬be done.'" It was a state of mind that reappeared in yet more marked degree of sweetness and resignation in the closing days of his son, whose life these pages commemorate. Dr. Dwinell's mother, Phila (Gilman)
Dwinell, was a woman of beautiful character and of superior intelligence. Like her husband, she was " strong in the faith of the gospel." At every remem¬brance of her, "her children arise up and call her blessed."
To such an ancestry Israel Edson Dwinell did
honor. The best they had to transmit he appropriated. The best that was in him, whether inherited or acquired, he imparted to all around him.