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removed from there to Maine and died in Dover,
that state, aboiit the year 1845. He was a soldier
in the Revolutionary army, and was at the taking
of Burgoyne. He married Susanna Chalnjers, of
Boston, Massachusetts, by whom he had three chil-
dren : William Chalmers, Arathusa and Lucinda.
William Chalmers Barrett married Betsey Davis
of Fairfield, Maine, by whom he had several chil-
dren, among whom were John, now deceased, and
Charles, who with one or two brothers reside in
California. William C. Barrett removed from Fair-
field to Dover, Maine, where his death occurred. 2.
Nathaniel, Jr., was a soldier in the Revolutionary
army, and was at the taking of Burgoyne. He mar-
ried (first), Lydia Atwood, of Temple, New Hamp-
shire, by whom he had four sons and four daugh-
ters, all of whom were born in Temple, in which
town he- settled. His sons were : Charles, Oliver,
Alvin and Nathaniel, Jr. Charles settled in Lowell,
Massachusetts, died there, and left a widow and
children. Oliver settled in New Ipswich, Massa-
chusetts. Alvin, supposed by his relatives to be de-
ceased. Nathaniel, Jr., resides in Temple, New
Hampshire. Nathaniel Barrett married (second),
Sybil Spaulding, by whom he had three sons and
one daughter. Flis sons were: Artemas, William
and Hiram. Artemas died in infancy. William
died in the U^nited States army, August 13, 1862,
aged forty-three years. He married Eliza Russell,

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of Norridgewock, Maine, by whom he had five
children, four of whom are now living, one son and
three daughters. Hiram, resides in Clinton, Maine ;
he married Maria Ellis, of Fairfield, Maine, by
whom he has three children now living, one son
and two daughters. Nathaniel Barrett, second son
of Nathaniel Barrett, and father of these children,
died December 29, 1853, aged eighty-nine years. 3.
Levi, who was a captain in the drafted militia in the
w^ar of 1812, and was stationed on the seaboard at
Edgecomb, Maine. He also served as justice of the
peace. He removed from Templeton, Massachu-
setts, to Fairfield, Maine, in 1802, and died there
October 10, 185 1, aged eighty- four years. He mar-
ried Rebecca Sawyer, of Templeton, Massachusetts,
by whom he had two sons and four daughters. The
sons, Joseph and Levi, both died unmarried. 4. Jo-
seph, the subject of the following paragraph.

Joseph Barrett, youngest son of Nathaniel and
Mary (Winter) Barrett, was born in Westford,
Massachusetts, in 1770. He was a captain in the
state militia of Maine. He removed from Temple-
ton, Massachusetts, to Dublin, • New Hampshire ;
from thence to Ludlow, Vermont ; from thence to
Fairfield, Maine; from thence to Canaan, Maine,
where he died January 29, 1817, aged forty-seven
years. He married and had five sons and
two daughters. The sons were: i. Joseph, born March
7, 1798, in Ludlow, Vermont. 2. Silas, born in Tem-
pleton, Massachusetts, August 22, 1800, died in Au-
gusta, Maine, February, 1845, aged forty-five years.
He married Ann Moore, an English lady, by whom
he had fiv^ children, two sons and three daughters ;
the sons were Franklin, died in childhood, and Silas,
now living. 3. Levi, the subject of the following
paragraph. 4. John, died in 1813, aged five years.
5. Harrison, born 1814.

Levi, son of Joseph and Barrett, was

born in Fairfield, Maine, November, 1804. He was
a resident of Canaan. Maine, and active in promot-
ing its welfare and development. He married Lu-
cinda Corson, by whom he had thirteen children,
eight sons and five daughters, namely: Levi S.,
Alonzo C, Albion Dudley, William Henry. Frank
A., Edward W., John W., George F., Lucinda S.,
Caroline L, Louisa O., Isabel A. and Elizabeth P.
Four of the sons — 'Alonzo C. Albion Dudley, Wil-
liam Henry and Frank A. — served in the Civil war,
and all returned home safe and well. William
Henry was a captain and brevet major at the close
of the war.

Levi S., eldest son of Levi and Lucinda (Cor-
son) Barrett, vvas born December 14, 1830. He was
a resident of Canaan, Maine, and was in the lumber
business: He was an exemplary citizen in every
respect, and faithfully performed all the duties al-
lotted to him. He was united in marriage with
Hannah Holmes, of Canaan, Maine, born August 4,
1833, 'ind died January 11, 1888. Five children were
born to them : Kate M., wife of Havilah Burritt
Hinman; Alonzo D., Carrie L, Hattie, died in in-
fancy, and Ensign H. Mr. Barrett is living at the
present time (1907) in Gorham, New Hampshire.

The name Fifield is a contraction of
FIFIELD "finefield," the place by which the first

Fifield lived, first using the expres-
sion "finefield" to designate his place of residence,
and later as his surname. The Fifields of this
sketch are not shown by the records to be con-
nected with the pioneers of Massachusetts from
whom they are probably descended.

(I) John Fifield was born in Brentwood, New
Hampshire. May 27, 1799. About 1840 he removed

from Brentwood to Fayette, Maine, where for many
years he was engaged in farming and carpentering.
He died in February, 1882. He was a man of
strong religious convictions and a member of the
Baptist Church. He married, November 14, 1826,
Mary Morrill, of Brentwood, who was born April
25, 1798, and died October 4, 1861. She was a de-
scendant of Captain William and Marv (Gordon)
Morrill, of Brentwood. (See Morrill, VII). Their
children were: Sarah, John Morrill. Mary Ann,
Hubbard, killed in Civil war. The only living child
is Mary Ann Watson, of West Boxbury, Massa-

(II) John Morrill, son of John and ^lary (Mor-
rill) Fifield, was born in Brentwood, May 6, 1830.
He was educated in the public schools of Fayette,
and at the Maine Weslcyan Seminary at Kents Hill,
Maine. He engaged in trade at Mount Vernon,
where he remained twelve years. In 1866 he went
to Portland, where he was associated with different
dry goods firms, including Locke, Meserve & Com-
pany. Deering^ Milliken & Company, Locke, Twitch-
ell & Company, and Twitchell, Chapman & Com-
pany, having an interest in some of these firms, and
in others serving as a clerk or commercial traveler.
For Albion, Little & Company he was collecting
agent for four years. About iS'87 when the store of
Twitchell, Chapman & Company was burned, he re-
moved to Conway, and there in company with F. W.
Davis and H. B. Fifield purchased the store of Ros-
coe Flanders, and from that time till his death,
October 7, 1896, he carried on business with them
as partners, under the name of J. M. Fifield &
Company. He married, December 14, 1854, Eliza-
beth A. Boardman, who was born in New Sharon,
Maine, May 6, 1832, and who is now living in
Conway. She is the only surviving child of Holmes
Allen and Betsey T. (Titcomb) Boardman, of New
Sharon. Five children were born of this union,
three of whom died in infancy, and only two of
whom are now living. Holmes B.. who is mentioned
below, %nd Horace P., who was born June 28. 1862.
For a number of years he was a clerk in his father's
store, following that employment up to the time of
the death of his father. Afterward he was man-
ager of the business, of which he was part owner.
In 1904 he removed to Lynn, Massachusetts, where
he is now in business as general merchant. He
married Alice Ward Burnham, daughter of Albert
W. and Ellen (Ward) Burnham, of Lowell, Massa-
chusetts. They have two children : Dorothy B. and
Donald Morrill.

(HI) Holmes Boardman, eldest surviving child
of John Morrill and Elizabeth A. (Boardman)
Fifield, was born in Mount Vernon, Maine. Decem-
ber 22. 1855. He attended the common and high
schools of Portland, and at the age of twenty en-
tered Bowdoin College, from which he was_ grad-
uated in 1879. During the six years following he
was employed as a clerk in a wholesale dry goods
house in Portland. In 1884 he went to Conway,
New Hampshire, and there formed a partnership
with Frank W. Davis under the firm name of Davis
& Fifield, dealers in dry goods and men's clothing.
This partnership continued thirteen years and then
dissolved, each partner taking certain lines and con-
tinuing in business. Mr. Fifield was one of the firm
of Fifield Brothers, grocers, till 1904. and since that
time is of the firm of H. B. Fifield & Co. He was
president of the Conway Water Company for sev-
eral years, and is now one of its directors and was
for several years vice president of the Conwav Sav-
ings Bank, 'in politics he is a RepubHcan. He has
filled the office of moderator three years, was a



member of the legislature in 1893, has been a mem-
ber of the board of education for six years, and
special justice of the police court since its estab-
lishment. He is a member of the Congregational
Church at Conway and has been its clerk for twen-
ty-three years. Fraternally he is a member of Mt.
Washington Lodge, No. 87, Free and Accepted
Masons, of North Conway, of which he is a past
master; of Signet Royal Arch Chapter, of North
Conway; of Swift River Lodge, No. 84, Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows, of Conway. He mar-
ried, June 20, 1888, Helen M. Gibson, who was
born in Paris. Maine, 1864, daughter of James M.
and Martha (Eastman) Gibson. (See Gibson,
VH). Mrs. Fifield is a member of Anna Stickney
Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of
North Conway. The children born to Mr. and Mrs.
Fifield are : Ernest G., Martha B., Lillian and Mil-

The name Jones is of Welsh origin,
JONES 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 euphony and the "h" dropt (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 nobles, 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 the Eighth 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 the
moral, never found but in pure races of people."
The transmission of physical conformation and
facial expression of the Jones family has been an
interesting study to the philosopher. In some fami-
lies 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 Dio-
cese, have the same class of features, type of
expression, etc.

(I) Lewis Jones, born 1600, and Ann his wife,
came to Roxbury, Massachusetts, from England,
about 1640, bringing with them two children. The
late Amos Perry said they came from county Berk-
shire, England, in the ship, "Increase." Their names
arc on the records of John Eliot's church in Rox-
bury. Lewis lived in that part of Roxbury called
"the Nookes, next Dorchester." In 1650 he moved
his family to that part of Watertown called "the
Farms," and now part of the town of Weston,
where he had commercial transactions, bought and
sold land and owned much real estate, some of
which is still in the hands of his descendants. A
monument has been erected by his descendants to

his memory in Mount Auburn cemetery, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. He made his will January 7. 1678,
and died April 11, 1684. His wife died May i, 1680.
He brought from England a silver tankard, on
which is engraved a coat-of-arms, which is now in
possession of a descendant, Mrs. Octavius Newell,
of Kenosha, Wisconsin. His children were : Lydia,
Josiah, Phoebe and Shubael.

(II) Josiah, first son and second child of Lewis
and Ann Jones, was born about 1640. He married
Lydia, daughter of Nathaniel and Sufferance
(How) Treadway, of Watertown, Massachusetts,
October 2, 1667. He procured a tract of land near
the center of the town of Weston, Massachusetts,
which was then a part of Watertown. He was ad-
mitted freeman April 18, i6go. Bond's "History of
Watertown" says : "About 1691-2 the town was di-
vided into three military precincts. The third was
the precinct of Lieutenant (Josiah) Jones's com-
pany of those who belonged to the Farmer's pre-
cinct, now Weston." He was later appointed cap-
tain of the militia. He was one of the original
members and one of the first deacons of Weston
Church, to which office he was elected January 4,
1709-10. He was selectman in 1685-87-90, 1702-09.
The record of Captain Josiah's grandchildren and
great-grandchildren contains numerous facts of in-
terest. A good number of his descendants were
graduates of New England colleges and some were
benefactors. Josiah died October 3, 1714, aged sev-
enty-four years. His widow died September 16,
1743, aged ninety-four years. His children were:
Lydia, Josiah, Mary, Nathaniel, Samuel, James,
Sarah, Anna, John and Isaac.

(III) Samuel, third son and fifth child of Jo-
siah and Lydia (Treadway) Jones, was born July
9, 1677. He married Mary Woolson, daughter of
Thomas and Sarah (Hyde) Woolson, of Weston,
May 19, 1706. He settled on the east side of his
father's farm. His will, dated January 14, 1717,
was proved April 9, 1718. He died January 6,
1718. On his gravestone he is called "Ensign."
His children were : Samuel, Moses and Mary.

(IV) Moses, second son and second child of
Samuel and Mary (Woolson) Jones, was born in
Weston, June 20, 1709. Married Hannah Bemis,
July 20, 1737. He died July 21, 1755. His children
were : Moses, Joseph, Solomon, Mary, Hannah.

(V) Solomon, third son and child of Moses and
Hannah (Bemis) Jones, was born April 20, 1742.
Married, March 14, 1764, Beulah Stratton, daugh-
ter of Jonathan and Dinah (Bemis) Stratton. He
was a sergeant in the Revolutionary war, after
which service he moved to Hillsboro, New Hamp-
shire, where he died February 18, 1806. His widow
died in Washington, New Hampshire, June 28. 1832.
His children were: Moses, Lydia, Sally, Solomon,
Joseph, Martha, (died eight months old).

(VI) Moses (2), first child of Solomon and
Beulah (Stratton) Jones, was born in Weston. June
20, 1765, and married (first). May 12, 1786, Flepzi-
bah Dillaway. Directly after his marriage he moved
to Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and after residing a
short time on Bible Hill, settled in the same town,
on the highlands, a mile and a half south of East
Washington Village. The farm, though long since
deserted, is still known as the "Tenney Place." In
1817 he removed to the east part of Washington.
His wife died in Hillsboro, January, 1801. and he
married (second), Catherine, daughter of Deacon
William Graves, of Washington, New Hampshire,
February 9, 1802. He died in Washington, May 7,
1840. Catherine, his wife, died January 21, 1865.
His children were: (first wife) Moses, Charles,


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William, Isaac, Mary, Martha; (second wife) Solo-
mon E., Simon W., Nathaniel G., Hiram, Catherine
M., Amos B. and Eliza A. (Mention of Solomon
E. follows in this article).

(VII) Charles, second son of Moses (2) and
Hepzibah (Dillaway) Jones, was born in Hillsboro,
New Hampshire, September 25, 1789. Married
Abigail Seaverns. of Westford, Massachusetts., re-
siding a short time after marriage in Roxbury,
Massachusetts, but removed to Washington about
the year 1812, and settled on the hill, two miles
south of East Washington. He was the first settler
on the farm, -and was a respected and prominent
citizen and often held town office. A short time
before his death he removed to Hillsboro with his
son, William F., with whom he resided, and died
there December 12, 1872. His wife died in Hills-
boro, October 4, 1878. His children were : Abigail
S., Adaline B., Charles, Samuel. Martha, Catherine,
William F., Henry D., Joannah, Mary D., Joseph C,
Nancy A. Eliza N. and Moses G.

(VIII) Joseph Clark, fifth son and eleventh
child of Charles and Abigail (Seaverns) Jones, was
born in Washington, New Hampshire, May 25, 1825.
Married Clara H. Dow, of Washington, January 28,
1847. She died in Washington, September 16, 1865.
He married for his second wife, Mrs. Mary F.
(Carr) Morrill, October 16, 1866. He resided many
years in Washington, where he was an influential
citizen. He served as selectman 1861-62-64, also as
town clerk 1859-60, and represented the town in
the legislature 1866. He was a captain in the state
militia. He moved to Manchester, New Hampshire,
and carried on the grocery business until his second
marriage, when he removed to Claremont, New
Hampshire, where he still resides, and has been en-
gaged in the meat, milk and cattle business. He is
a noted sportsman, and few are his equal with the
gun and rod. His children were: (First wife)
Clark C, born in Washington, December 28. 1847,
died November 14, 1859. Mary E., born in Wash-
ington, August 4, 1852. Fred D., born in Wash-
ington, November 6, 1861, died April 29, 1863.

(IX) The only child of the second wife,
Gertrude B., born in Claremont, New Hampshire,
September 9, 1871, married, December 17, 1890,
Charles H. Bartlett, son of Gustavus and Susan A.
(Nichols) Bartlett, of Milford, New Hampshire.
Was educated in public schools in Claremont, New
England Conservatory of Music and Boston Uni-
versity. Upon her marriage she went from her na-
tive town to Manchester, New Hampshire, where
her home was until 1895, when she removed to Bos-
ton, and has since resided there. She has taught
music for many years, and her compositions have
been well received by music publishers. She is a
member of various organizations, among them the
Manchester Musical Club, where she held the office
of president ; New Hampshire's Daughters' Club, in
which she has held office, and is a member of the
Portia Club of Boston, an organization composed
of women lawyers of Massachusetts.

(VII) Solomon E., fifth son of Moses (2) Jones,
and eldest child of his second wife, Catherine
Graves, was born September 12, 1803, in Hillsboro,
and removed to East Washington with his parents
in youth. There he spent the remainder of his life.
In early manhood he was a successful and popular
teacher in the district schools of Washington and
vicinity. For a short time he was engaged in
farming, and purchased a store at East Washington
of Cooledge, Graves & Company, which he con-
ducted successfully. He was an influential citizen,
and always took a deep interest in everything that

pertained to the town of Washington, and was
called to fill all the important offices of the town.
He was the friend and promoter of all worthy
causes, and was cordial with all whom he met, thus
winning their respect and love. He died July 19,
1871, near the close of his sixty-eighth year. He
was married June 9, 183 1, to Harriet Louise Smith,
of Sharon, Massachusetts, who survived him more
than twenty years, dying early in January, 1892.
Following is a brief account of their children : Har-
riett A., the eldest, died at the age of three years;
Amos B., the second, graduated at Dartmouth Col-
lege, was an officer in Berdan's famous regiment of
sharp shooters during the Civil war, and has been
engaged in various mining and railroad enterprises
in the southern states of this country and in Mex-
ico. He resided for a time in Duluth, Minnesota,
in Seattle, Washington, and is at present in Havana,.

(VIII) Julia Ann, youngest child of Solomon
E. and Harriet L. (Smith) Jones, was born January
3, 1841, in Washington, and graduated at New Lon-
don Literary and Scientific Institution (now Colby
Academy) in 1861, as valedictorian of her class.
She was class historian two years later. For some
time she was principal of the Rumford Grammar
School in Concord, New Hampshire. She has been
frequently invited to speak before women's clubs
and teachers' associations, and has met with very
flattering success in that line. She has traveled ex-
tensively, has resided in Washington. D. C. ; in
Brooklyn, New York; and Englewood, New Jer-
sey. Since 1900 her home has been in the Borough
of Manhattan, Greater New York. She was mar-
ried, December 25, 1867, to General Samuel A.
Duncan, a native of Meriden, New Hampshire, a
distinguished and brilliant man, who died October
I7> 1895. Their children were: Frederick S., Rob-
ert J., Mabel T., Alice B. and Ruth H. The first
is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia
Law School, and is a practicing lawyer in New
York. The second son died at the age of thirty-
five years, and the eldest daughter in her twentieth
year. The second daughter is the wife of Mc-
Gregor Jenkins, who is connected with the manage-
ment of the Atlantic Monthly.. The youngest mar-
ried Judge John' Duff, of Boston, Massachusetts.
(Second Family.)

Many branches of this family are scat-
JONES tered throughout the United States,

while but few lines can be traced to the
original American ancestor. The one herein treated
is among the oldest, and has contributed many use-
ful citizens to New England and the United States.

(I) Thomas Jones, of Gloucester, Massachu-
setts, was born about 1598, probably in England or
Wales, and is found in Gloucester as early as 1642,
when he owned a house near the burying place in
that town. He was made a freeman in 1653, and
died September 2, 1671, leaving an estate valued at
£147, 15s. He went to New London, Connecticut, in
1651, and returned the same year. His wife Mary,
daughter of Richard and Ursula North, survived
him about ten years, and died February 4, 1681-82.
Their children included Thomas, North and Ruth
(twins)," Samuel, Ephraim, Benjamin, Remember,
Susanna and two other daughters whose names are
not preserved.

(II) Thomas (2), eldest child of Thomas (l)
and Mary (North) Jones, was born March 15,
1640, in Gloucester, and died August 6, 1718, in New
London, Connecticut, where he was buried. He dis-
appears from the records of Gloucester soon after
attaining his majoritj', and probably removed at that



time to New London. He lived at first near Alewife
Cove, but moved to the north parish. He was
among the original proprietors of Colchester, same
colony. He was married, June 25, 1677, to Cather-
ine, daughter of Thomas Gammon, of Newfound-
land. They were the parents of a son Thomas and
two daughters, and probably others about whom the
records are silent.

(HI) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) and
Catherine (Gammon) Jones, was born probably in
New London, Connecticut, and settled in Colches-
ter, where he died October 27, 1729. He married,
Mary Potter, and their children were: James, Ja-
bez, Jonathan, Joshua, Rachel, Sarah, Susannah,
Mary and Lucy.

(IV) Jabez, second son of Thomas (3) and
Mary (Potter) Jones,, was born in Colchester
Connecticut, and undoubtedly passed his life iri that
town. He was married in 1730 to Anna Ransom,
and they were the parents of the following chil-
dren : Thomas, Jabez, Amos. Anna. Israel, Asa,
Hazel, Jehiel, Ariel, Sarah and Abigaih

(V) Lieutenant Asa, fifth son of Jabez and Ann
(Ransom) Jones, was born January 9, 1739, in Col-
chester, Connecticut, and was married April 19,
1761, to Sarah Treadway, who was born March 3,
1742, daughter of Josiah and Emma (Foot) Tread-
way. He removed to Claremont, New Hampshire,
in 1768, being one of the pioneer settlers of that
town, and died there June 19, 1810. After the Rev-
olution, with his family he became affiliated with the
Union Church at West Claremont, and his body
was buried in the churchyard there, where five gen-
erations of his descendants also lie. The follow-
ing is the inscription upon his tombstone : "Here
lies Lieutenant Asa Jones, one of the first settlers
of the town of Claremont. who died June 15,
1810, aged 71 years." Sarah (Treadway) Jones
died at the home of her son Edward, in Richmond,

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