George Rea, a well known and highly respected Irish citizen, took up his abode in the country with the intention of remaining with us. He had not been here long until he found a Jewel more dear to his heart than anything he had left in Old Ireland, or anything else he had found in America. But alas! in later years he lost his Jewel, and for many years he has “trodden the wine press alone.”
Jack Baber, Early History of Greene, Indiana: as taken from the official records, and compiled from authentic recollection, by pioneer settlers… (Worthington, Indiana: N.B. Milleson, 1875), 32; digital image, Internet Archive (https://archive.org : accessed 4 Decmeber 2013).
What an eloquent little piece….I assume that Jewel was his wife. Graceful style of writing.
Yes, George Rea’s wife was Sarah Ann Jewell. Call me sentimental, but I thought the reference was precious.
I loved it too!