My father used to say that the name originated in the German town of Jevers and when the feudal system ended and people had to take a surname, our ancesters chose the name of the city they lived near. However, when they emigrated to England the language barrier and possibly the literacy of the clerk who recorded their name changed it to Jewers.
Another tale I heard is that it was Gowers and was mutated over time to Jewers by language and the literacy of the census taker of the time.
I have no way of validating either story, but it may give you a place to start.
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