FAMILY WEB SITES
Jones born 1802
William C. Jones
Milo Jones and
William C. II
Photos by W.C.
Jones II of Russian
Railway Service in
Japan 1917 - 1918
Charles Edward Jones,
Morss - Morse
by W.E. Westrook
Information on these Joneses was taken from a few pages of a document in
the New York Genealogical Society about thirty years ago.. As they did not seem
directly related, I only copied these pages. The document is a small folder of
perhaps 40 pages and titled "Other Joneses". As the quality of the copies was
particularly bad, it may be worth checking the original documents for accuracy.
It is possible that my family from Warwick and Bath are related to this
family but no solid link has been found.
The family starts in 1693 with one Cornelius Jones of perhaps Bristol, Mass.
I will attempt to copy the documents as accurately as I can although they are
b. perhaps in Bristol, Mass. 1 Nov.
1693 -- perhaps twin of Ichabod Jones, sons of Cornelius and Mercy (Corey)
m. Abigail ____________
d. Probably in Dighton, Mass, between 9
Feb. 1744/1745 and April 6, 1747.
r. Tauton, Mass.; Dighton, Mass.
Cornelius Jones, earliest of our Jones ancestors known at this time, first
appears in Tauton (Bristol County, Mass.) land records on 22 Dec. 1722 when he
bought of John Tisdale of Tauton, one acreon the east side of Tauton Great River
(Bristol County Mass. Deeds, 14:411). On March 16 1723/24, he bought a lot in
Dighton from John Kink (Ibid., 15:309). He was living in Tauton on both
occasions, but he was a shipwright of Dighton when he bought land in Berkley,
which he mortgaged on Jan 14, 1742, this mortgage was acknowledged at Newport,
Rhode Island on 9 Feb. 1744/45 (ibid., 31:178).
There is no estate record in Tauton for Cornelius Jones, but on April 6,
1747, George (?) Pitts (?) of Dighton was appointed guardian of Charles Jones,
over 14 years, son of Cornelius Jones late of Berkley deceased (Bristol Co.,
Mass. Probates, 11:237).
Cornelius and wife, Abigail had eleven children recorded in Dighton:
b. August 16, 1718
d. prior to 8
b. April 25,
Served during French and Indian War, returned
dated Feb. 28 1756.
(Samuel H. Emery, History of Tauton, 1893, p.
424) intentions registered 24 Jan, l747 to Deborah Austin
r. Dighton, Mass.; probably Attleboro, Mass, in 1777
Elijah Jones,2 son of Cornelius and Abigail _____ Jones, was
married to Austin in Berkley, Mass, on 9 April 1747 when Deborah was 16 and
Elijah 22. Deborah was born 26 November 1730, daughter of Jonah Austin IV and
____ (Vital Records of Dighton. See "Austin" in Appendix for information on
On 3 April 1765, Elijah and Deborah Jones of Dighton sold
71/2 acres Dighton to Simeon Williams, On
9 April 1777, Elijah Jones of Attleboro, Mass, 60 1/2
acres in Rehoboth to Sarah Sanford (Bristol Co., 65-90). If these are
one and the same Elijah Jones, it would seem likely that Deborah had died by
1777 since her name was not on the deed. Attleboro, Rehoboth, and Dighton are
within about 16 miles of each other (see above map).
Elijah and Deborah's first four children were recorded in Dighton
town These were Elijah, Priscilla, Aquilla, and
Increase. Three other Sons, born in Dighton, are identifiedby
later records: Seth Income, and Benson. there is Oliver -
- a fairly likely candidate for this family, as you will see the evidence.
There are three others about whom we are uncertain enough they are not now
placed in the list of Elijah and Deborah' s children: Comfort, and Charles.
It is through the Revolutionary pension application of Seth's widow, Zither
that we know he was born in Dighton, son of Elijah Jones (application
abstracted in National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 18, p. 48).
Benson was probably born in Dighton. He is established as a brother of
Seth since Benson, having no children of his own, was partial to a nephew--
Philip Jones - a son of Seth (Gallia Co., Ohio, Deeds, 1:22-23).
Our reasons for feeling rather certain that Income belongs in this
famuy are on the word of his gr t.-grandson,- Edson Salisbury Jones of
Providence, Rhode Island, born in 1849. This Edson Jones supplied information
which was used in the Ancestral Dictionary of Rhode Island,
edited by John Osborne Austin (p. 33).
Income's line of descent is listed there as "Income (Elijah, Cornelius,
Cornelius?)." Other sources, in addition to this one (Annals of Brattleboro
Vermont, by Cabot, 1895, p. 154: and Income's Revolution pen on
aplication-18905) state that Income was born in Dighton, Mass, on 16 June
1757. Income resided in Swansea ane then Rehoboth before 1800,
Three of his children were Benjamin, Elijah, and Benson-- "Elijah" and
"Benson" 'were names also of two of Elijah and Deborah's sons, and "Benjamin"
was also the name of Elijah's brother.
Allowing Income as a son of Elijah and Deborah means that we must open the
door to Oliver. Oliver and Income moved to Brattleboro, Vermont
in 1797 and 1799, respectively--Oliver from Castelton, Vermont, and
Income from Rehoboth, Mass. Their farms in Brattleboro were almost
adjoining, and they are buried in adjoining plots in the West Brattleboro
Cemetery. If Oliver was a member of this family, it seems likely that he was a
twin to Income, We have the information that Oliver died 24 Dec. 1832 at 74
years of age; this, then, places his birth in the 12 months prior to 24 Dec.
1758. But the age given on his pension application places his birth in the 12
months prior to 20 April 1758. With Income' s birth established as
June 1757, there seems no other way for Oliver to be a member ot the family
than as a twin to Income We do not know Oliver' $ place of birth, but his
widow in 1839 declared that he had enlisted in 1775 at Rehoboth,
Mass.-when he was 17 or 18 years old, Income, on the other hard, had enlisted
in 1778. (missing sentence) But even if their father lived in Attleboro in
But, even if their father lived in Attleboro, Swansea and Rehoboth are not
many miles away.
Increase Jones, who we are sure was a son of Elijah and Deborah (Dighton
town records), moved from Rheboth, Mass. To Putney, VT sometime between 1776
and 1781 when his first child was born. Similar locations further substantiate
Oliver's being a member of this family; in 1790. Increase had lived in Putney
until around 1788, when he moved to Granville, N.Y. Sometime between 1791 and
1796, Oliver moved to Castleton in Rutland County, Vermont -- a distance of 14
miles from Granville, N.Y. But in Nov. 1797, Oliver moved from Castleton back
to within 10 or 12 miles of Putney -- to Brattleboro. It was 2 years later --
in December 1799 -- that Income Jones bought the second lot north of Oliver's
property and sometime after that moved there from Rehoboth, Mass. (Brattleboro
Deeds, D:68, 262; f:150, 152, 153; L:378).
Now concerning the three who might be of out family -- Deborah, Comfort,
Perhaps the Deborah Jones who married in Dighton, Daniel Bowen of Rehoboth
on 7 Oct. 1773 was a daughter of Elijah and Deborah; here would be from for
another child between Increase 1752, and Seth 1755.
It is tempting to place comfort Jones in this list tentatively because he
lived in Granville, N.Y. in the 1790's when Increase did (Early Settlers of
New York State: Their Ancestors and Descendants, 3 vols., collection of
monthly publications, ed. Janet Wethy Foley, July 1934 - June 1937, p. B83).
With a son over 16 in 1790, Comfort must have been born before 1755 -- so he
also would "fit" between 1752 and 1755.
It would seen the on way Charles' birth date could fit into this family is
provided he was a twin of Seth. The reasoning for this is that his application
for Revolutionary pension (#W 21482), dated 5 August 1823, stated that
Charles' age as 67, Charles lived in Rehoboth during the Revolution and
enlisted there is 1776. By 1779, when he married, he was living in Putney,
Vermont (James Richard Joy, Thomas Joy and His Descendants, 1900, p. 75; and
Putney VT. Deeds, 2:185, 209) and he was still there is 1790. Within the next
10 years, he moved, but none of the ensuing places of residence was in the
vicinity of other Joneses mentioned here.
Despite Their locations, these three -- Deborah, Comfort, Charles -- may
very well have been of another family. For there were other Jones families
living in Rheoboth, Swansea, Berkley and Dighton; one was Robert Jones who
moved to Rehoboth before Sept. 1654 and his many descendants (Melvin Elijah
Jones, Descendants of Robert Jones, 1934.)
Other names and places which draw our attentions are:
(1) the federal census of 1790 of Whitehall, N.Y. (Not far from Granville)
lists two Joneses next to each other, each the head of a family -- Cornelius
Jones and Oliver Jones; Also listed in that Whitehall census were three other
heads of families -- Ruben Jones, William Jones and Israel Jones.
(2) The list of Revolutionary soldiers who lived at some time in
Brattleboro, Vermont included -- besides Income Jones and Oliver Jones --
Elias Jones and Israel Jones (Hemenway's Vermont Historical Gazetteer, Vol. 5
pp. 51, 53).
(3) A Cornelius Jones was in the service for 14 days in October 1781 from
Castleton, VT. (Goodrich, Vermont Rolls of Soldiers Rev. War, 1904). These
show some of the difficulties in pinning down our specific family.
Children of Elijah and Deborah (Austin) Jones, then, so far as we have been
able to determine, the first four recorded in Dighton town records:
(1) Elijah Jones
b. 24 Nov. 1747 in Dighton, Mass.
(2) Priscilla Jones
b. 16 August 1749 in Dighton
Sept. 1773 Elisha Johnson of Taunton, Mass.; Mar. intentions registered in
Dighton on 25 June 1773
(3) Aquilla Jones
b. 10 March 175]. in Dighton
(4) Increase Jones
b. 8 May 1752 in Dighton
registered April 1776 to Hannah Bowen (b. 19 Aug 1759), dau. of Vinton and Mary
Bowen of Rehoboth
d. 18 Dec. 1825 in Minerva, N. Y.; bur. Ninerva cem. Jones.
r. Dighton, Mass.; Rehoboth, Mass, in 1776; Putney, Vermont; to Granville,
N. Y. ca 1788; to Minerva, N. Y. ca 1804.
(5) Seth Jones
b. 28 Sept. 1755 in Dighton
m.. (1st) at
Dighton 27 Sept. 1778 Sarah Pitts (1757 1810), dau. of Henry and Sarah (Pitts)
Pitts; (2nd) in Meigs Co., Ohio, 26 August 1810 Esther (Adams) Ford, Seth was
her second husband and, after his death, she married (3rd) John Kountz. He died
d. Meigs Co., Ohio on 10 Sept. 1824 r. Enlisted in Dighton
to serve 3 times in Revolution between 1775 and 1779; Newfane, Vt. (near Putney
in 1790; moved in 1797 to Ohio--first Middleport, later to Letart, Meigs County
(National Genealog icalical Quarterly, Vol. 26).
By two wives, Seth had 18
children born between 1780 and ca 1825.
(6) Income Jones
b. 16 June 1757 in Dighton, Mass.
20 Feb. 1779 Mary Kingsley (1757-1825), dau, Asa K,
d. 19 Jan. 1845 bur. W.
Brattleboro, Vt. cemetery
r. Enlisted twice during Revolution at Swansea,
Mass.; Rehoboth, Mass, in 1790; Brattleboro, Vt. in 1800. Had 5 sons, 2
daughters--mentioned in 1845 will.
(7) Oliver Jones
b. twin of Income or b. 1758
March 1782 Susannah Smith (b. 1747-48, d. 2 March 1840--92 years) (Brattleboro,
Vt. Probates 16:45)
d. 24 Dec. 1831--74 years old; buried in plot adjoining
Income Jones, W. Brattleboro cemetery
r. Enlisted three times during Rev,
between 1775 and 1782--twice from Rehoboth and once at Townshend, Vt.; Putney,
Vt. in 1790; Castleton, Vt., Rutland County in 1797; 1800 in Brattleboro, Vt.;
1819 in Guilford, Vt, (near Brattleboro).
Had 1 son, 3 daughters.
(8) Benson Jones
b. ca 1760 in Dighton, Mass.
m. before 1790
Lucy _____ (b, 1770-75; d. 1830-1833)
d. Salisbury Township, eigs Co., Ohio
in 1830 or 1831,
r. Sea captain of Ptitney, Vt, in 1790; Ohio in 1796 or
1797, with his brother, Seth.
Increase Jones3 (Elijah Jones,2 Cornelius
b. 8 May 1752 in Dighton, Mass.
m. intentions registered in Rehohoth, Mass, on 14 April1776 to
Bowen (19 Aug. 1759 -- 25 May 1830), dau. of
Vintori and Mary Bowen of
Rehoboth, and granddaughter
of Daniel Bowen. d. 18 Dec. 1825.
Increase and Hannah were married when he was almost 24 and she 16
1/2. Their children:
(1) Deborah Jones
b 8 March 1781 in Putney, Vermont
Williams probably before 1802
r. Probably Granvifle, N. Y.; possibly
(2) Increase Jones
b. 22 March 1784 in Putney, Vermont
r. Said by Morris Flinn to have gone to Neigs Co., Ohio--probably
(3) Charles Jones
b. 17 Feb. 1786 in Putney,
probably the Charles mentioned in Minerva Baptist Church records,
r. Meigs Co., Ohio (Morris Flinn rec.) baptised 1808 Meigs Co., 1820 census
lists Chas. Jones -- age 26-45.
b. 1789 probably in Granville, N.Y.
26 Aug. 1810 Polly West (b. July 1792 in Vershire, Vermont), dau, of Nathan and
Martha (Titus) West (See "West" Family in Appendix)
d. after 1871
Minerva, N, Y.; Granvil1e, N. Y.
(5) Elias Jones
b. 8 Aug. 1790 in Granvii1e, N, Y.
(6) Patty Jones
b. 9 July 1792 in Granville, N.Y.
_______ Perrin, according to Morris Flinn's records. Perhaps he was the son of
Thomas Perrin, listed in 1790 census of Granville with 2 sons 16 and over, 2
sons under 16 and 3 daughters.
r. perhaps in Granville,
(7) Hannah Jones
b. 4 May 1794 in Granville, N.Y.
________ Smith, according to Morris Flinn's records
r. perhaps in
(8) Daniel Jones
b. 12 December, 1795 in Granville, N.Y.
before 1819, Barbara _______ , b. Wash. Co. (N.Y.) 1801
r. Minerva, N.Y. in 1820; Pawlet, Vt. in 1830; Granville, N.Y. in
1835; Chester (Igerna), N.Y. 1844
(9) James Jones
b. 23 Oct. 1795 in Granville (probable --
but not recorded)
m. Polly ______ (b. 1799 -- d. after 1865)
d. 28 Dec.
1863; burried in Sherman, N.Y. (Chau. Co.)
r. Minerva, N.Y.; in 1832 to
French Creek, N.Y.
(10) Levi Bowen Jones
b. 1800 (probably Granville, but not
m. ca. 1824 Hannah Mathews (1804 -- 1880)
d. 1878; buried
r. Said by Morris Flinin to have gone to IvIeigs Co., Ohio
Increase and Deborah registered their children in Granville, N. Y. on 8 March
1796 as follows: "Born in Putney, Vermont.-.-Deborah, Increase, and Charles;
born in Granville, N, Y. -- Elias, Patty, Hannah, and Daniel," This 1796 listing
omitted the name of Elijah, born in 1789 and, of course, those born after 1796,
But there is such to indicate Elijah' s being a child of Increase and Deborahg
Elijah Jones, b. 1789, is listed in the census records of Minerva and he and
Increase owned ad.joining lots in Ninerva, also Elijah named one of his sons
From Granville, Increase moved to Minerva, N. 1. about 1804. Until 1817,
Minerva was part of the Town of Schroon and was sometimes referred to as
Dominick, since Francis Dominick owned much of the land. Increase bought the
easterly half (100 acres) of lot 39 In what is now Bailey Patent in
Township 25, Totten and Crossfield Purchase It was then owned by John Woodworth
and It was from him that Icrease bought. Lot 39 extends from the Grant Road on
the north past the present John Curtis place and It may be that he lived about
where they do now. This lot lies on both sides of the highway but mostly on the
west side. Increase's son, Elijah, later bought the westerly half (100 acres) of
lot 39. Map, p. 24a shows lot divisions In Dominick and Bailey Patents.
Increase's wife, Hannah, joined the Baptist Church on October 18, 1807 - the
day after It was organized and she was baptized that day. However, she was
excluded in 1815 because of her neglect of the church. There is no record to
show that Increase was a member, although he had a grandson named Increase who
was given a license to preach in the Mirierva Baptist Church (p. 101).
The 1810 census or Schroon (copy loaned to me by Mrs.Hargreaves of Schroon)-
Minerva was part of Schroon then -ó lists Increase Jones with 6 children at home
3 males 10-15 [Daniel, James and Levi],
2 males 15-25 [probably Elias and
1 daughter 15-25 [probably Patty had married and this was
Hannah at home].
Increase Jones was the only Jones among the 23 families living in that part
of Minerva. The census lists the looms and the number of yards of cloth made;
Increase had no loom and made no cloth.
On September 29, 1825, Increase sold his farm to his two Sons Daniel and
James for the sum of $100. He died December 18th of that same year at the age of
73 and was buried in the Minerva Baptist Cemetery, His stone is the oldest one
now standing. The inscription on It reads:
Hark from the tomb a doleful sound,
My ear attend the cry.
living men come view the ground
Where you must shortly lie.
Hannah lived five years longer and died May 25, at the age of 71. She was
buried beside her husband
Levi Bowen Jones4(Increase Jones3, Elijah
Jones,2 Cornelius Jones-1),
according to our records,
was the youngest child of Increase and Hannah Bowen Jones
b. ca. 1824
Hannah Matthews (1804 - 1880)
r. Minerva, N. Y.; North East, Pa.;
Minerva, N. Y.
From the records of the Ninerva Baptist Church, it is known that Increase and
his family were living in Ninerva in 1807 when the church was organized, as
Hannah (Levi's mother) was taken in for baptism the day after it was organized.
About 1824, Levi married Hannah Matthews, sister of Rachel Matthews who
married David Gates David and Rachel Gates and family moved to Ninerva in 1824
or earlier, Levi and Hannah were both baptized in the spring of 1830. The
following September they were given letters of dismission, as they were going
"West." Several other families from Minerva went about the same time--among them
James Jones and his wife, Polly, who settled in Chautauqua County,
Levi and Hannah went to North East, Pa. and several of their children were
born there. In 1838, Levi became so homesick that he left his family, perhaps in
Oayuga County with Matthews relatives, and rode horseback to Minerva in time to
plant his crops. Elias, the oldest child, who was then 13, drove the covered
wagon home, bringing the family.
Levi, for a time, owned what was later known as the King place and he may be
the one who built the house there (behind what is now the Minerva Hill Hotel).
Emil Kraeling saw the house before it was torn down and he says it was a very
well built house. Levi later bought the place now occupied by John Curtis, but
the house is not the same.
Levi and Hannah had the following children:
b. 27 June, 1825 in Nirierva, N. Y.
Diantha Gates, dau. of David and Rachel Matthews Gates (March 22, 1828 - 1903)
d. 15 Jan., 1861
r. North East, Pa.; Minerva, N. Y.; Adirondack, N.
b. 1828 in Minerva, N, Y.
m. 18 April, 1847
d. in Nielsv:Llie, Wisconsin; buried in Christie, Wise.
Minerva, N, Y.; Christie, Wisconsin
b. Jan., 1830 in Minerva, N.Y.
in 1853 Ruth N. West (1834-1908), dau. of Levi G. and Rhoda Smith West,
great-granddaughter of Increase and Hannah Jones through daughter Deborah.
d. 17 March, 1911, buried in Salem, Oregon
r. Minerva, N Y. Christie
Wisconsiní Salem, Oregon
(4) Levi Philonzo
b. 23 Feb., 1834 in North East, Pa.
m. 12 Dec., 1852 Almira Gates, dau. of David and Rachel
d. 20 Nov., 1865
r. Minerva, N. Y.
b. 1836 in North East, Pa. In census record she said
m. William Flinn
r. Erie, Pa,
b. 1 May, 1841 in Minerva, N. Y.
m. 26 May,
1863 Diantha Gates Jones, his brother, Eliasí widow.
d. 10 May, 1917
Minerva, N. Y.
(8) Freeman b. 1845 in Minerva, N.Y.
m. (1st) Helen
Morse (1855-1874), dau, of William C.and Jane Chambers Morse, (Sister of
(2nd) Emeline Shaw, dau. of John Shaw, Jr. and sister
r. Minerva, N. Y.
Following is Leviís last will and testament:
In the name of God.
I Levi B. Jones of the town of Minerva, County of Essex, and state
of New York, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of
this life, do make, ordain, publish, and declare this to be my last will and
testament, that is to say:
First, after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath
the sum of $25 to my daughter Dardana Flinn, to be paid at the expiration of two
years from my decease.
Secondly, I also give and bequeath to my grandson, David Jones, the sum of
$50 to be paid when he arrives at the age of 21.
Third, I give and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my property
both real and personal, except the interest of my wife Hannah Jones therein, to
my sons Byron and Freeman, to be divided equally,
Levi B. Jones
Hannah are both buried in Minerva.