NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Morgan Jones was born in North Wales, in the United Kingdom, Sept. 17, 1811. He married Ann Hughes, who after her husband died came in May, 1852, to America, with her son John Byron Jones, and settled in Lewis county, New York.
John Byron Jones, son of Morgan Jones, was born in North Wales, Sept. 26, 1846. He attended the public schools, and engaged in farming in Lewis county until the beginning of the civil war. He enlisted in the summer of 1863 in Company F, Fourteenth New York Regiment of Heavy Artillery, which entered the service as infantry. He took part in the following engagments and battles:
Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864; Nye River, May 10, 1864; Spottsylvania, May 11-19, 1864; North Anna River, May 23-26, 1864; Tolopotoma Creek, May 30, 1864; Bethesda Church, May 31, 1864; Shady Grove Road, June 2; Cold Harbor, June 2-12; Petersburg, June 16-18; Siege of Petersburg, June 19 to Aug. 19; the Crater, July 30, at which the Fourteenth led the charges; Blicks Station, Aug. 19; Weldon Railroad, Aug. 21, where the fatted skirmish line went out, and of a hundred men but three escaped wounds, capture or death, among them John B. Jones; Pegram Farm, Sept. 30; Second Siege of Petersburg, Nov. 29, 1864 to April 3, 1865; Hatchers Run, February, 1865; Boydton Plank Road, Feb., 1865, where he was captured by the Confederates and taken to Libby Prison, remaining until April 5. He was wounded at Spottsylvania. He was discharged at Albany, N.Y., June 16, 1865. He is now a pensioner of the United States govenment.
After the war he returned to Lowville and resumed the occupation of farming. He continued until 1880 on the homestead, and then entered the employ of M. W. Van Ambler. After four years he resigned. He was for three years with Danet & Pell, at Danetburg. Since then he has been in the employ of the J. E. Haberer Furniture Company, of Lowville, formerly the firm of Haberer Brothers.
He is a member of the Baptist church of Lowville, and of G. D. Bailey Post, No. 200, G.A.R., Department of New York, and he has served as quartermaster for over seventeen years.
He married, Dec. 30, 1869, at Copenhagen, N.Y., Emma Diana Allen, born Nov. 5, 1851, daughter of Waters Allen (see Allen).
1. E. Darwin, born June 12, 1871; superintendent of George H. Crandall factory, Cohoes, N.Y.; married Cora Crosby; children: Mildred E., born Oct 28, 1893, died April 14, 1897; Verah Louise, born Dec. 11, 1898; Norma C., April 26, 1906.
2. Ellen Anna, born Nov. 21, 1873; married Charles M. Garnsey, of Lowville; children: Wellington Miller Garnsey, born March 17, 1897; Mildred Estella Garnsey, April 2 1900; Emma Elizabeth Garnsey, Sept. 12, 1903.
3. Wellington Stroud, born Jan. 31, 1878; now traveling salesman of L. S. Munson, a wholesale dealer, of Albany, N.Y., also conducts a farm known as the M. W. Van Amber homestead.
4. Emma Estelle, born Aug. 3, 1885, educated in the public schools and Lowville Academy, graduate of the teachers' training class, now teacher in Lowville Union Free School.
This surname undoubtedly has been handed down from the Welsh of a period within the twelfth or thirteenth century, and while perhaps the name prevailed among that people for centuries, it eventually spread throughout England, and with the emigration of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries found numerous representatives in America. The name itself is only one of the many derivations of the simple root John. In England there are known at last seventy-three distinct families of the surname Jones, each with its own coat-of-arms, and from these English and Welsh Joneses have sprung the later numerous families of that name in America, now more numerous beyond all question that in any other country of the earth. It cannot be said, therefore, that all the Joneses of America are descended from a common ancestor, or from one of the proverbial "three brothers." There are extant today at least half a dozen Jones family genealogies, each traced to a separate American ancestor of Welsh or English origin, and in no way related to each other except in name, while scores and possibly hundreds of other Jones families of no kin whatever to one another are scattered throughout the United States. Each of these had its own immigrant ancestor, and from each has sprung in later generations a numerous line of descendants until the Jones surname ranks second only to that of Smith in number of representatives.
In New England the surname Jones has been known for at least two and a quarter centuries [this written in 1910] and represents probably a dozen families not related, and each traces descent from a distinct head, although in many instances the line of descent from the ancestor to the present generation of his representatives is broken by imperfect family and parish records and the wide separation of the branches of the parent tree during the period of colonization and settlement of regions remote from the seat of the ancestor.
One of the notable Jones families of New England was that seated in Woburn (later on in Berlin) Massachusetts, during the first half of the eighteenth century, and whose descendants are now scattered througout the land.
(I) Hugh Jones, the first of the family known in America, born in England, about 1635, came to New England and settled at Salem, Mass. in 1650. He died there in 1688, exact date not known. A deposition on record shows that he came from Wincanton, a small parish in Somersetshire, England. After his marriage, and on Nov. 18, 1661, he received fromthe town a homestead grant which he sold to William Robinson, April 22, 1673. On April 13, 1674, he purchased other lands from Thomas Gardner in the "North Neck."
He is described in the records as a planter. A large number of his descendants have been very active in the military service. The inventory of his estate was made in 1688, and an additional inventory was filed in 1690. In 1694 his widow removed with some of the children to Woburn, Mass.
Hugh Jones married (first) June 16, 1660, Hannah, daughter of JOhn and Margaret Tompkins, of Salem. She was born Feb. 20, 1641, and died May 10, 1672. He married (second) Dec. 31, 1672, Mary, daughter of John and Martha (Tompkins) Foster, a cousin of his first wife. She was baptized March 29, 1650, and died in Woburn, May 19, 1717.
Children of first wife:
Hannah, died young.
Sarah, died young.
Sarah, died young.
Elizabeth, Mary, John, Deborah and Samuel (mentioned below). Children of second wife:
Hannah, Rachel, Sarah, Hugh and Lydia.
(II) Samuel, second son of Hugh Jones and youngest child of his first wife, Hannah, was born April 30, 1672, in Salem, Mass., and was twenty years of age when he removed with his family to Woburn. He resided there throughout his life, and died in 1753, aged over eighty years. His will, dated Oct. 18, 1733, was probated Dec. 24, 1753. He was a farmer.
He married, about 1695, Abigail, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Wilson) Snow, of Woburn. She was born April 4, 1677.
Samuel (mentioned below), Ebenezer, Jonathan, Abigial and Joshua.
The second son was a captain of colonial troops, and was killed in the French and Indian war of 1758.
(III) Samuel (2), eldest son of Samuel (1) and Abigail (Snow) Jones, was born Nov. 19, 1696, in Woburn, and died April 3, 1769, in Berlin, Mass. He resided in Woburn until 1731, when he removed to Berlin, and was a farmer residing in the southern part of that town. He was a selectman in 1747, and commissioned captain of a local military company.
He married, May 23, 1722, in Woburn, Susanna, daughter of Captain Edward and Sarah (Walker) Johnson, of that town, born Jan. 14, 1701, and granddaughter of William and Esther (Wiswall) Johnson, of Woburn, the former a son of Captain Edward Johnson, a pioneer of New England, and one of its most distinguished citizens in his time.
She died Sept. 17, 1795, in Berlin.
Susannah, born Jan. 30, 1723.
Samuel, mentioned below.
Esther, Dec. 14, 1727.
Ichabod, died young.
Lieut. Ichabod, 1736.
Lieut, Timothy, 1740.
The first four were born in Woburn.
(IV) Samuel (3), eldest son of Samuel (2) and Sarah (Johnson) Jones, was born Aug. 24, 1725, in Woburn, and died Jan. 23, 1797, in Berlin, where he was an active and widely known citizen. In 1748 he purchased one hundred and thirty-seven acres of land which included most of the present central village of Berlin, and the next year built a tavern, which was long known as "Jones' Inn," built in 1749. At this house, the incorporated town of Berlin was "virtually born" April 7, 1779. When trouble came with the mother country this house was the meeting place for those who took up arms and provided means to fight for freedom.
He was a member of the Bolton church, called the meeting for its organization and was one of its first officers, and held many town and county offices.
He married (first) April 5, 1748, Mehitable, daughter of Joseph and Comfort (Biglow) Brigham, of Marlboro, born July 14, 1729, died 1762.
Mehitable, born Aug. 17, 1749.
Samuel, died young.
Solomon, died young.
Captain Samuel, Feb. 14, 1757.
Sallie and Solomon (twins)(Solomon, mentioned below).
Mr. Jones married (second) Dorothy, daughter of General John and Mary (Carter) Whitcomb. She died April 25, 1818, having been a widow more than twenty-one years.
Anna, born 1764.
Dolly, March 25, 1766.
Lieut. Silas, Feb. 21, 1768.
(V) Solomon, fourth son of Samuel (3) and Methiable (Brigham) Jones, was born Aug. 19, 1758, in Berlin, Mass., where he resided during the revolutionary war, after which he removed to Waterford, Maine, and there spent the balance of his life. He was a soldier in Captain Artimus How(e)'s company, and responded to the Lexington alarm of April 19, 1775. Later he served as a member of the Continental army.
He married Hannah Gates, born April 3, 17459, in Rutland, daughter of Zaccheus and Sarah (Andrews) Gates.
Rosamond, born Oct. 22, 1784.
Pelatiah, March 18, 1787.
Solomon, April 27, 1789, died in Ogdensburg, New York.
Timothy, mentioned below.
Lucy, Aug. 12, 1797.
(VI) Timothy, third son of Solomon and Hannah (Gates) Jones, was born Aug. 25, 1791, in Berlin, and resided a short time, while a young man, in Boston. He settled in the town of Lisbon, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., where he was a farmer, and died at Ogdensburg.
He married, about 1810, Elizabeth (also known as Betsey), daughter of Caleb and Mary (Goddard) Fairbanks, born Nov. 25, 1793, in Berlin, died Dec. 29, 1865, in Ogdensburg.
At the time of the marriage he was called "of Boston," probably because he attended school there.
Sally, born Aug. 21, 1811.
Lucy, March 21, 1814.
Samuel, Aug. 25, 1817.
Oliver, Aug. 15, 1819.
Artimus, mentioned below.
Timothy, Jan. 12, 1823.
Betsey, died young.
Betsey, born Feb. 15, 1828.
Mary, May 1, 1831.
Elizabeth or Betsey Fairbanks, was a direct descendant of Jonathan Fairbanks, of Dedham, Mass., who came to this country in 1633, and who was the ancestor of the Fairbanks in this county.
(VII) Artimus, third son of Timothy and Betsey or Elizabeth (Fairbanks) Jones, was born Nov. 9, 1821, in Lisbon, N.Y. and died in 1881, in Lisbon. He was a Congregationalist, and an active member of the "White Church" in Lisbon, and a Republican.
He married (first) at Worcester, Mass., Feb. 22, 1848, Abigail M. Garfield, who died July 15, 1851. He married (second) in Lisbon, Dec. 20, 1852, Sarah A., daughter of William H. and Margaret (Rowan) Randles, of that town, born Oct. 9, 1830, died Nov. 18, 1896, in Lisbon.
Children (by first wife):
Herbert A., a resident of Worcester.
Ella S., living in Lisbon.
By second wife:
Alpheus H., a resident of Worcester.
Lucretia W., died June 4, 1898, unmarried.
Frank R., of Lisbon.
Lucy A. (Malby), of Ogdensburg.
Isa M., of Ogdensburg.
Jessie H. (Spears), died April 13, 1895.
Caroline R. (Toye) of Lisbon.
Linda A., died Oct. 18, 1890.
Hannibal L., of Ogdensburg.
Nettie J., died Oct. 24, 1887.
Edwin A., mentioned below.
Delbert W., residing on the paternal homestead at Lisbon.
(VIII) Edwin Artimus, fifth son of Artimus and Sarah A. (Randles) Jones, was born May 27, 1872, in Lisbon, and began his education in the country schools of the town. After attending the Ogdensburg Free Academy he engaged in teaching school in his native town, subsequently taking up the study of law at Ogdensburg, and was admitted to the bar Feb. 15, 1894, at Albany. For a time he engaged in practice at Ogdensburg, being connected with the office of Malby & Lucey, of that city. In July, 1896, he went to New York City and became a law clerk in the offices of Nadal, Smyth, Carrere & Trafford. This firm has undergone several changes in personnel and Mr. Jones became a member of it May, 1902, the style now being Nadal, Jones & Mowton.
Mr. Jones is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, of the Society of Medical Jurisprudence, filling for some years the chair of that science in the New York Homeopathic Medical Collge. He is vice-president of the St. Lawrence County Society in New York, secretary of the Republican Club of the City of New York in 1901, and president of Patria in 1907-08; is now president of the Brotherhood of the Presbytery of New York (an organization of Presbyterian laymen of fifty-seven churches in Manhatta, Bronx and Richmond); a member of the West End Association, St. David's Society, of Chancellor Walworth Lodge, F. and A.M. of New York, and Elijah White Lodge, I.O.O.F., of Ogdensburg.
He married, in New York, Sept. 8, 1902, Mabel Evelyn Gardner, a native of that city, daughter of Thomas A. and Martha Elmira (Youngs) Gardner, a descendant of Rev. John Youngs, of Southold, Long Island.
They have a son, Artimus Whitaker Jones, born Nov. 12, 1905.
Mr. Jones, on the paternal side, is descended from twenty-two ancestors who took part in the colonial wars, and four who served in the revolution, three of these taking parat in the very first conflict - Lexington.
On the maternal side he is a direct descendant of Andrew Randles, of the Charlotte county militia. (see Randles).
The name Jones is of Welsh origin, being in the possessive case, so to speak, and is derived from the Christian name John. The Welsh distinguished themselves one from another by employing the Welsh preposition "ap," which literally rendered means "the son of." If a Welshman named John had a son named Thomas, the son was called, for distinction, "Thomas Ap Jon," or Thomas, the son of John. Later an "s" was added, also an "e" inserted, for the sake of eupony, and the "h" dropped (Johns, Johnes, Jones). The great warrior and crusader, Sir Hugh Johnys, or Jones, derived his name in this way. Jones, or Ap John, was the name of one of the princely tribes of the Cimbri. They ruled as independent princes when Wales was free. This was the name of one of fifteen noble or princely houses of Wales. Their possessions were in the north of Wales, chiefly in Denbigh. Here they lived for several generations, and in the time of Henry VIII were active in public life during the troubles that arose so thickly about the latter part of King Henry's reign. A part of the family went into England, others went to Ireland, and in the history of the Jones family in Ireland, we quote:
"The family of Joneses were able men in every department of public life, great statesmen, great prelates and victorious generals. There is that equal blending of the physical, mental and moral never found but in pure races of people." The transmission of physicial conformation and facial experssions of the Jones family has been an interesting study to the philosopher. In some families one can trace for centuries the same expression, features and color. Captain Jones, Royal Navy, M.P. for Londonderry; Rear Admiral Sir Tobias Jones; the Rev. Thomas J. Jones, of Armagh Diocese, all have the same class of features, type of expression, etc.
The family herein considered is of recent origin in America, but has borne no inconspicuous part in preserving the integrity of the nation.
(I) Thomas H. Jones, of Welsh ancestry, was born Sept. 10, 1810, in Lachine, Canada, and resided for a time in Lancaster, Ontario. His father kept a hotel in Lachine and later in Montreal. After 1834 Thomas H. Jones removed to Brasher Falls, St. Lawrence county, New York. For several years he was a successful farmer in Burke, Franklin county, N.Y., where he died.
He was an Episcopalian, and filled several town offices.
He married, in Lancaster, Canada, Oct. 3, 1833, Annie Bell Gunn, born in Montreal, daughter of Walter and Barbara (Southerland) Gunn, of Scottish birth, residing in Montreal.
William Alexander, mentioned below.
Martha, born 1836, wife of Truman Billings, now (1910) resides in Malone, N.Y.
Barbara, 1838, married Daniel Horne, and died at Wolfboro, New Hampshire.
Isabel, 1839, married Hubbard Kelsey, and died in Haverhill, Mass.
Mary, 1841, wife of D. W. Coon, resides in Butte, Montana.
Anna Bell, Ellen and Thomas died in infancy.
Thomas H., 1850, is a citizen of Winchester, New Hampshire.
Robert F., 1852, lives in Minneapolis.
(II) William Alexander, eldest child of Thomas and Annie B. (Gunn) Jones, was born Sept. 25, 1834, in Williamstown, Ontario, and was a small child when brought by his parents to New York. He was educated in Franklin Academy, Malone, and at an early age became clerk in a grocery store in that village. He enlisted as a solider of the Union army Sept. 5, 1862, entering as a private in Company D, 142d New York Volunteers, and was discharged as a lieutenant-colonel of the same regiment June 7, 1865. He was associated with William D. Brennan in recruiting the company and was elected its captain Sept. 5, 1862. He was commissioned major Nov. 17, 1864, and for gallant service was brevetted lieutenant-colonel, in fact, Jan. 25, same year, and was subsequently brevetted colonel, the commission being dated the same day as his lieutenant-colonel brevet. Colonel Jones saw arduous and continuous service. He was engaged in the defense of Suffolk, April and May, 1862, and served in the Peninsular campaign under General Dix in June of the same year. He joined the army of the Potomac at Berlin, after the battle of Gettysburg, and marched to Warrington. Subsequently he was ordered to Charlestown, South Carolina, and participated in the operations against Fort Wagner in the fall of 1862. He was in an engagement at Jones Island, South Carolina, and in April, 1864, was transferred to the Army of the James, with the Tenth Corps. He was in the battle of Drury's farm, May 16, 1864, and participated in the resistance of Beauregard, May 20-21 that year, being transferred to the Army of the Potomac, Eighteenth Corps, under Genearl Baldy F. Smith. He took part in the advance on Petersburg, Jan. 15, 1864, and was in line at Petersburg, Bermuda Hundred, and in the subsequent operations north of the James. He was in the battle of June 30, at the time of the mine explosion, and the assault on Fort Harrison, Sept. 29, 1864. He was with the Tenth Corps in the battle of Derbytown road, in December, under General Butler, and at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. In January, 1865, he was at the same place under General Terry, and participated in the battle of Fort Fisher, Jan. 15, 1865. He was subsequently with the Tenth Corps in the operations against General Johnston, until the final surrender of the rebel armies.
At the close of the war he returned to Malone, and engaged in farming. Having been appointed a clerk in the New York custon house, he removed to the metropolis, and was subsequently deputy naval officer and deputy collector of the port, for twenty years in charge of the New York public stores. About 1895 he retired from business acitivities and continued to reside at Richmond Hill, Long Island, where he died Dec. 12, 1909.
Not only was Colonel Jones an able military man and civil official, but he was also successful in business, being the owner of several farms in and near Malone, and of valuable real estate in Richmond Hill, where he was a member of the Protestant Episcopal church, and was a member of U.S. Grant Post, No. 327, G.A.R., and of the Loyal Legions. He was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, and was an earnest supporter of Republican principles and policies in the conduct of civil affairs.
He married (first) Nov. 9, 1859, Susan E. Abbott, of Malone, who died Feb. 5, 1868, and he married (second) Jan. 5, 1869, Sarah Alzina Beman, born Sept. 23, 1836, in Malone, daughter of Aaron and Sarah (Erwin) Beman.
By the first marriage there were two sons:
William A. (mentioned below) and Walter M., the latter now deceased.
Two children, Robert and Caroline, died in infancy.
Walter Moses Jones, the second son, was a soldier in the Spanish war.
There are two daughter of the second marriage:
Annie B., wife of William H. MacColl, of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth L., whose home is at Richmond Hill.
Both are graduates of Packer Institute.
(III) William Abbott, surviving son of William Alexander and Susan E. (Abbott) Jones, was born Nov.2 3, 1861, at Malone, where his youth was spent. He graduated from Franklin Academy, Malone, in 1879, and subsequently was a student at Goettingen and Heidelberg, Germany. He was graduated from Columbia College, New York, in 1885, and from the Columbia Law School in 1886. He was immediately admitted to the bar, and began practice in New York City in the office of Asbel P. Fitch. After two years he became partner of Alden S. Crane, under the firm name of Jones and Crane. This firm was dissolved in 1892, and since then Mr. Jones has continued in practice alone with marked success.
He is a member of the Queens County Bar Association, New York Law Institue, Lawyers Club, Republican Club of the City of New York, Richmond Hill Club, and Loyal Legion. For two years, from 1890 to 1892, he represented the first congressional district on the state Republican committee. He has never desired or sought political honors for himself, but has contributed much to the success of his party.
His religious affiliation is with the Church of the Resurrection (Protestant Episcopal), Richmond Hill.
He married, Nov. 16, 1892, Caroline L. Graves, born in Greenwich, Conn., daughter of Orlow and Ida (Smith) Graves. The only son of this marriage, Alden Graves, died at the age of eleven years. There are two daughters, Louise Elizabeth and Margaret Abbott.
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