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Vermont, and was buried there. They were the
parents of seventeen children, and thirteen of these
followed his body to the grave. He built the house
in which his descendants have lived, and which was
kept in the family until very recently. It then
passed into the hands of Captain George Long, and
was destroyed by fire in September 1906. His farm
lay on the banks of the Connecticut river. He was
a soldier in both the Colonial service and the Revo-
lutionary war. His children were: Asa, born July
18, 1762; Josiah, August 28, 1763; Sally, March 5,
1766; Jcrusha, July 28, 1767; Jabez, November 10,
1768; Eunice, July 30, 1770; Lovice, November 13,
1771 ; Edward and Lucy, January 24, 1775 ; Thomas,
December 25, 1778; Ansom, July 6, 1782; Ramson,
July 23, 1784; Anne, May 3, 1786. Some of his
sons were graduates of Dartmouth Colege, and one
of these, Thomas, of Chelsea, Vermont, was a
lawyer, a fine scholar and business man. The home
stead passed by deed of gift to the eldest son May
4. 1787. In this deed the father is styled "gentle-
man" and the son, "yeoman."

(VI) Asa (2), eldest child of Asa (i) and Sarah
(Treadway) Jones, was born July 18. 1762, in Col-
chester, Connecticut, and was six years of age when
the family settled in Claremont. He received from
his father's estate a tract of land on which now
stands the Claremont Junction Station, of the Bos-
ton & Maine railroad. He was a fine business man,
and added to his inheritance. He was married Jan-
uary 20. 1783, in Claremont, to Mary Pardee, daugh-
ter of Benjamin (2) and Hannah (Beecher) Par-
<lee, of New Haven, Connecticut. The last named
was a daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Farring-
ton) Beecher, a relative of Rev. Lyman Beecher.

They were the parents of eleven children: Worces-
ter, born November 8, 1783; Zabina, June 20, 1785;
Asa, February 22, 1787; Mary, October 18, 1788;
William, February 11, 1791 ; Augustus, June 6,
1793 ; Fanny Beecher, April 28, 1795 ; Sally Rosetta,
Julv 13. 1797; Nancy Malinda, September 17, I799;
Phi'lander, August 13, 1801 ; Eliza Maria, March 9,


(VII) William, fourth son of Asa (2) and
Mary (Pardee) Jones, was born February 11, 1791,
in Claremont, New Hampshire, and lived on the es-
tate inherited from his father, to which he added
until it embraced about four hundred acres. He
was active in securing the completion of the Sulli-
van railroad, whose station stands on his farm. In
1854 he built a large brick house on the side of the
original homestead. While on a visit to his eldest
daughter, Harriet P. Jones, he died in West Salis-
bury, Vermont, July 24, 1874, and his body was in-
terred in the Union churchyard at West Claremont.
He married (first), Harriet Patrick, who bore him
two children, and was married (second). May 19,
1830, to Elisabeth Mary Mann, daughter of Stephen
and Alice (Ainsworth) Mann. Stephen Mann
came from Randolph, Massachusetts, and was one
of the first settlers in Claremont. She was the
mother of four children Harriet Patrick, born Feb-
ruary 6, 1833 ; Lucien Eugene, May 26, 1834 • Alice
Ainsworth, January 9, 1836; Helen Elisabeth, Au-
gust 29, 1838.

(VIII) Lucien E., only son of William and
Elisabeth M. (Mann) Jones, was born May_ 26.
1834, in Claremont, New Hampshire, and remained
on the parental homestead where he died January 3,
1891. He was married, May 26, 1869, to Ellen Jor-
dan McLoughlin, widow of Francis Chase Mc-
Loughlin, and daughter of Charles P. Jordan, of
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She survives and
resides with her youngest son, on the homestead,
where three generations have lived their entire lives.

(VIII) Helen Elisabeth, youngest child of Wil-
liam and Elisabeth M. (Mann) Jones, was born Au-
gust 29, 1838, in Claremont, New Hampshire, and
was married, August 9, 1865, to George Franklin
Davis, of Windsor, Vermont. He was a son of
Daniel Davis, who was born in Springfield. Ver-
mont, a son of John and Elizabeth (Herrick) Da-
vis, Chelmsford, Massachusetts. His mother, Alice
Morgan, was born in Wethersfield, Vermont, a daugh-
ter of Colonel Samuel and Sybil (Huntington)
Morgan, of Windham, Connecticut. The last named
was a daughter of Eliphalet Huntington, who was
born April 24, 1737, and died in Windham. Con-
necticut, June 15, 1799. Mr. Davis died in Windsor,
Vermont, May 18, 1900. He was a very active busi-
ness man all his life, and- dropped dead at eight
o'clock in the morning, while directing his men about
some farm work. He was a breeder of fine stock, for
which, he found a ready market in Illinois and Mis-
souri, at whose fairs he received numerous prem-
iums. He spent the summers of 1869-70-71-72 in
Kansas and Missouri, buying up large quantities of
wool which he shipped to the Boston market. His
first trip to the west was made at the age of six-
teen years. In 1856-57 he resided in Springfield,
Illinois, where his eldest child was born. After the
death of his father he settled on the paternal acres
in Windsor. At one time he had forty choice colts
of his own breeding. He traveled much in New
England and Canada, and was a noted story-teller.
As he left his door for the last time, he turned
back to relate a pleasing anecdote. Of his three
children only one is living, namely:

(IX) William Jones Davis, born October 2,



1S66, in Springfield, Illinois. He resides with his
mother, on the estate of his father in Windsor, one
of the old landmarks of that town. It includes five
hundred acres lying on the west bank of the Con-
necticut river, and extending to Mount Ascutney.
(Third Family.)
. This name is very numerously repre-
JONES sented in New Hampshire and has
borne no inconsiderable part in the de-
velopment of the state and its best interests. Its
representatives have been modest and have made
few claims to public attention, but the name has ,
always carried with it respectability, faithfulness to
duty and a firm standing in behalf of principle.

(I) Robert Jones is supposed to have been born
about 1633. It is quite possible that he was a son
of Thcmas Jones, who was at Newbury in 1637, and
Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1650. Robert Jones
was granted a "township" in Amesbury, Massachu-
setts, in 1666, and the next year received "chil-
dren's land" for his son. He appears of record as
a commoner and holder of a meeting house seat in
1667, and in the same year "Goodwife Jones" had
a seat. He served under Captain Turner in King
Philip's war, and participated in the Falls Fight in
16S6. He signed a petition in 1630, and the records
show himself and w'ife to have been living in 1686.
He is referred to as Robert Jones Senior, in 1710.
This is "the last record of him, and his death does
not appear. He was married about 1658 to Joanna
Osgood, daughter of William and Elizabeth Os-
good, pioneer residents of Salisbury, ]Massachusetts.
She was bom about 1638. Their children were :
William, Robert, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary, Hannah,
Samuel and Jonathan.

(II) Joseph, third son and fourth child of Rob-
ert and Joanna (Osgood) Jones, was born October
7, 1664, in Salisbury, and resided in Amesbury. The
inventory of his estate was made in 1689, indicating
that he was at that time deceased. He was mar-
ried before 1689 to Mary Gould, daughter of Na-
than and Elizabeth Gould, of Amesbury. She was
born June 24, 1661, and "lived at some time in the
service of George Carr, of Amesbury. She sur-
vived her husband, and w-as still living in 1714.
Their children were : John, Damaris, Hannah and

(III) John, eldest child and only son of Joseph
and Mary (Gould) Jones, resided in Amesbury.
The record of his birth does not appear. He was
married (first), April 27, 1706, in Amesbury, to
Hannah "Hoege" of that town. His second wife
was Susanna Fowler (intention of marriage pub-
lished April 28, 171 1, at Amesbury). daughter of
Samuel and Hannah (Worthen) Fowler, grand-
daughter of Samuel Fowler, and great-granddaugh-
ter of Philip Fowler, of Ipswich, who was born
before 1600, and died in 1678. She was born March
10, 1679, in Salisbury, and was still living in 1727.
The will of Joseph Jones was made January 16,
1750, and proved June 25 following, which indicates
the time of his death. His children were : Ebene-
zer (or Eleanor), Hannah. Abigail, Mary, Ann,
Nathan, Lydia, Joseph, John, Susanna, Abner and
Ezekiel. (Joseph and descendants receive mention
in this article).

(IV) Nathan, eldest son and sixth child of John
Jones and son of his second wife Susanna Fowler,
was born, 1717, in Amesbury and settled in Kings-
ton. New Hampshire. His wife's name was "Alias"
and they were identified with the first church of

(V) Jonathan, son of Nathan and Alias Jones,
was born September 2, 1756. in Kingston, and set-

tled in Danville, New Hampshire. His wife's name,,
as appears on the vital records of New Hampshire,
was Nanney. He must have had two wives, as the
records of South Hampton show his marriage, Au-
gust 23, 1781, to Judith Jones, whose maiden name
may or may not have been Jones. The records
show the births of the following children : Jacob,
Daniel, Jonathan, Ezekiel, and perhaps others.

(VI) Ezekiel, son of Jonathan and Nanney
Jones, was born January 19, 1790, in Danville and
died in Lakeport, 1874, aged eighty-four years. He
settled first in Lakeport, and later was engaged in
farming in Center Harbor. In politics he was a
Republican, and in religious faith a Baptist. He
married (first), Louise Timothy, and (second),
Cynthia Clark, who was born in Moultonborough,
July I, 1817, and died in Lakeport, November 17,
1898, aged eighty-one years. By his second wife he
had two children : Samuel Robinson and Eben

(VII) Samuel Robinson, elder of the two sons
of Ezekiel and Cynthia (Clark) Jones, was born in
Center Harbor, August 13, 1834, and died January
13, 1901. He attended the common schools, and
then served as a locomotive fireman on the Boston,
Concord & Montreal railroad, running principally
between Concord and Woodsville, New Hamp-
shire. Later he was promoted to engineer and ran
an engine while he remained in the service. He
then became a mechanic in the employ of the Con-
cord & Montreal Railroad Company, and for
twenty-seven years worked in their shops at Lake-
port. Subsequently he engaged in the grocery busi-
ness at Lakeport, wdiere he did a profitable busi-
ness. In 1879 he opened a branch store at Gilford,
and carried on the two until 1898. He married
Sarah Jane Durgin (deceased), who was born in
Sanbornton. June 26, 1837, and they had one child,
Herbert A., the subject of the next paragraph.

(VIII) Herbert Almon, son of Samuel R. and
Sarah Jane (Durgin) Jones, was born in Lakeport,
April 18, 1861, and attended the common schools of
his native village and the Tilton Seminary, taking
a commercial course at the latter institution. At
the close of his school attendance he entered his
father's store at Gilford, where he was employed
as a clerk until 1898, when he bought out both his
father's stores, and has since conducted them as
sole owner. Mr. Jones is one of the leading mer-
chants of his town, and has the confidence and re-
spect of his townsmen. In politics he is a Repub-
lican. He was assistant postmaster nineteen years;
trustee of the town library three terms, and town
clerk since 1894. He married, June 24, 1883. Lizzie
Emma Hunter, who was born in Gilford, Septem-
ber II, 1861, daughter of Heman and Mar\' Jane
(Folsom) Hunter. They have three children:
Gardner Hunter, born in Gilford, June 3, 1888;
Helen Maj-, born July 27, 1890; and Carrie Maud,
born October 10, 1897.

(IV) Joseph (2) second son and eighth child
of John Jones, by his second wife, Susanna Fowler,
w^as born 1722, in Amesbury, and settled in Kingston,
New Hampshire, where he was married, January 11,.
1744, to Abigail Flanders. Their children were:
Philip, Richard, Johanna, Joseph and James.

(V) Richard, second son and child of Joseph (2)
and Abigail (Flanders) Jones, was born February
19) 1750, in Kingston. He was a resident for many
years in that part of Gilmanton, New Hampshire,
which is now Belmont. He was married there,
September 12, 1774, to Anna Weed, who bore
him four children : James, Nicholas, Anna and
Susan. After 1760 he removed to the wilderness of



Carroll county and settled in Wolfboro, where he
cleared up land and established a home. He was a
devout member of the Society of Friends, and was
one of the four persons who formed a meeting of
Friends in Gilmanton about the year 1780. He was
an upright and modest man, and gave his attention
to making a home for himself and family, paying
no attention to political affairs. As a consequence
very little is found of him in the records.

(VI) James, son of Richard and Amia (Weed)
Jones, was born August 31, 1775, in Gilmanton, now
Belmont, New Hampshire. He was faithful to the
religious instruction of his parents and all his life
walked honestly as a consistent member of the So-
ciety of Friends. In the same manner lived Nicholas,
his brother, who appears to have shared with James
the fortunes of life during his earlier years. James
Jones was both a tiller of the soil, and a manufac-
turer of linseed oil at Jones Mills, Gilmanton, New
Hampshire, and as a Friend probably took small
interest in the affairs of the town in which he lived.
James Jones married Ruth Hanson of Franconia,
New Hampshire, and had four sons, Richard, Amos,
James and William Jones.

(VII) Amos, second of the four sons of James
and Ruth (Hanson) Jones, was born at Jones jNIill,
at Gilmanton, New Hampshire, May 18, 1816, and
died there April 16, 1849. He too was a Friend, and
married in that faith. In 1848 he moved with his
father's family to Dover, New Hampshire, He mar-
ried Hannah Bean Bassett of Wolfboro. She was
born there March 18, 1816, and died March 13, 1889.
Their children were John Gurney, Daniel Wheeler,
Charles Amos, James Edward and George Wash-
ington Jones. The latter died in infancy.

(VIII) Charles Amos, third child and son of
Amos and Hannah Bean (Bassett) Jones, was born
in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, March 31, 1844,
and was four years old when his father died. As a
boy he attended the public schools at Gilmanton and
Weare. He lived in the family of his grandparents
in Gilmanton until old enough to begin work on
his own account. When fourteen years old he went
to Weare and found employment in the woolen
mills. He was quick to learn, faithful in the perfor-
mance of every duty given to him and in the course
of a short time became well acquainted with the de-
tails of the work in the several departments of the
factory. In one capacity and another Mr. Jones con-
tinued his connection with the mills in Weare more
than twenty years, and during that time formed an
excellent acquaintance with the people of the town
and became interested in various local institutions.
He is one of the charter members of Mt. William
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and still
is in good standing with that organization. For
several years he served as member of the school
board and in 1879 represented Weare in the lower
house of the state legislature. In 1879 he was offered
and accepted the position of superintendent of the
Contoocook Mills at Flillsborough, New Hampshire,
and soon afterward moved to that town. There,
as in Weare, he has become identified with the best
interests of the locality. He is a member of the
Congregational Society of Hillsborough and has
held the office of treasurer of that society more than
twenty-five years.

On October 2, 1867, Mr. Jones married Anna
Maria Sawyer of Weare, who was born May 3,
1847. She is a daughter of the late Allen Sawyer,
born August, 1803, and died March 15, 1867, and
Mary B. (Peaslee) Sawyer, born in Henniker, New
Hampshire, December 26, 1819, and died February
26, 1882. The children of Charles Amos and Anna

Maria (Sawyer) Jones are Helen Mabel, born Sep-
tember 16, 1878; Anna Alice, born April 7, 1871,
and died June 7, 1871 ; and Chauncey Giles, a son
by adoption, born December 7, 1875.
(Fourth Family.)
This surname undoubtedly has been

JONES handed down from the Welsh of a
period within the twelfth or thirteenth
centurjr, and while perhaps the name prevailed
among that people for centuries, it eventually spread
throughout England with the emigration of the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries found num-
erous representatives in America. The name itself
is only one of the many derivations of the simple
root John. In England there are known at least
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 than in any
other country of the earth. It cannot be said, there-
fore, that all the Joneses of America are descended
from a common ancestor, or from one of the prov-
erbial "three brothers." There are extant today at
least half a dozen Jones family genealogies, each
traced to the 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 what-
ever to one another are scattered throughout the
United States. Each of these has its own immi-
grant 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, and repre-
sents 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 settle-
ment of regions remote from the seat of the ancestor.
One of the notable Jones families of New England was
that seated in Woburn, Massachusetts, during the
first half of the eighteenth century, and whose de-
scendants are now scattered throughout the land ;
but little is known of them or the family history
except that they were settled in Wilmington about
the time mentioned.

(I) Hugh Jones, the first of the family known in
America, was born about 1635, and was located in
Salem, Massachusetts, in 1650. He died there in
1688. A deposition on record shows that he came
from Wincanton, a small parish in Somersetshire,
England. He was apprenticed to Robert Gutch,
with whom he came across the water at the age of
fifteen years. After the expiration of his appren-
ticeship he was employed for some time by Thomas
Gardner. About tjie time of his marriage he received
from the town a homestead grant of three acres.
This he sold to William Robinson, April 22, 1673.
On April 13, of the following year he purchased
from Thomas Gardner five acres in the "North
Neck." He was a small farmer and is described in
the records as a planter. It is evident that he had
a hard struggle in life in riearing his large family,
but he left a race of hardy descendants who have
been noted as farmers and blacksmiths, conspicuous
for their vigor and long lives. 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 i6go. In 1692 Elizabeth Booth testified that the
ghost of Hugh Jones appeared to her, and said Miss
Elizabeth Proctor had killed him for a "poght of
syder." About 1794 his widow and some of their
children removed to the northern part of Woburn.
On JNIay 7th of that year, William Butters and Sam-
uel Snow, Jr., gave bonds in the sum of one hundred
and fifty pounds to indemnify the town of Woburn
against the risk of supporting Mary, John, Sarah,
Rachel and Hugh Jones. These men had married
daughters of Hugh Jones, the elder, and were thus
interested in behalf of the family. Hugh (i) Jones
was married (first), June 26, 1660, to Hannah,
daughter of John and Margaret Tompkins, of Salem.
She was born February 20, 1641, and died May 10,
1672. He was married (second), December 31, 1672,
to Mar}-, daughter of John and Martha (Tompkins)
Foster, a cousin of his first wife. She was baptized
March 29, 1650, and died in Woburn, May 29, 1717.
There were eight children of the first wife, namely :
Hannah (died young), Sarah (died young), Sarah
(died young), Elizabeth, Mary, John, Deborah and
Samuel. The children of the second wife were :
Rebecca, Abigail, Hannah, Rachel, Sarah, Hugh and

(H) Samuel, second son of Hugh Jones and
youngest child of his first wife Hannah, was born
April 30, 1672, in Salem, Massachusetts, 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.
As a prudent and foreseeing man, he had made his
will October 18, 1733, and this was proved December
24, 1753- He was a successful farmer. He was
married about 1695 to Abigail, daughter of SamueJ
and Sarah (Wilson) Snow. She was born April 4,
1677. Their, thildren were: Samuel, Ebenezer,
Jonathan, Abigail and Joshua. The second son was
a captain of the colonial troops, and was killed in
the French and Indian war in 1758.

(III) Lieutenant Jonathan, third son and child of
Samuel and Abigail (Snow) Jones, was born July
26, 1702, in Woburn, and resided in the northern part
of what is now Wilmington in 1730. He died there
May 24, 1753. He was a farmer and a man of enter-
prise, and became an extensive land holder in Wil-
mington, and in Monson, New Hampshire. He
served as a lieutenant in the militia. His will was
made the day before his death. He was married
August 7, 1721, in Woburn, to Elizabeth, daughter
of William and Ruth (Richardson) Russell of Salem
Village. She was a granddaughter of William Rus-
sell, of Salem, whose wife Elizabeth Nourse, was a
daughter of Rebecca Nourse, 'a victim of the witch-
craft delusion in 1692. Lieutenant Jonathan Jones's
children were: Elizabeth (died young), Jonathan,
William, Caleb, Martha, Mary (died young), Joshua,
Josiah, Samuel (died young), James, David, Eliza-
beth, Samuel (died young), Mary, Samuel (died
young), and Samuel. (Mention of Josiah and de-
scendants appears in this article).

(IV) William, second son and third child of
Jonathan and Elizabeth (Russell) Jones, was born
August 23, 1724, in Woburn, Massachusetts, and was
a very early resident of Hillsboro, New Hampshire.
His name appears in the early records, and he is
m-entioned as a soldier of the Revolution, and prob-
ably came to Hillsboro before 1775. He was married
March 25, 174S, to Rebecca Jenkins, probably of
Woburn and they had four sons and five daughters.

(V) James, fourth son of William and Rebecca
(Jenkins) Jones, was probably born in Woburn, but
no record of his birth appears in either Woburn or

Hillsboro. He died in the last mentioned town, July
18, 1839. For some time after his marriage he re-
sided in Billerica, Massachusetts and came thence
to Hillsboro, where he was engaged in farming.
He was married in Hillsboro about 1778, to Anna
Coolidge, who was born August 5, 1757, in Weston,
Massachusetts, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah
(Parker) Coolidge. She survived her husband
nearly four years, and died in Hillsboro, March 30,
1841, having borne him twelve children: Jonathan,
born September 3, 1778, died March 5, 1810; Anna,
February 18, 1780, March 18, 1829; James, December
9, 1782; Silas, March 6, 1784, October 6, 1832; Cool-
edge, February 4, 1786, February 9, 1856; Sarah,
March 22, 1788, July 3, 1788; Nathaniel, May 3, 1789,
August 19, 1867; Ebenezer, February 7, 1892, Decem-
ber I, 1864; Parker, February 13, 1794, Alay 28,
1861 ; Solomon, born February 7, 1796, died August
23, 1842; Warren, born February 3, 1798, March 21,
1868; Silas P., June 7, 1801, November 3, 1844.

(VI) Ebenezer, eighth child and sixth son of
James and Anna (Coolidge) Jones, was born in
Billerica, Massachusetts, February 7, 1792, and before
settling permanently in Hillsborough lived for sev-
eral years in Unity, New Hampshire, where he was a
farmer. Subsequently he returned to Hillsborough
and bought the Nathaniel Johnson farm, where he
lived until the time of his death, December i, 1864.
He married, October 6, 1816, JNIary Turner Carr,

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