Can anyone help me find any information or living descendants of my family.We have been looking for a long time.Here is what we have so far:
ERASMUS JONES was born in 1789 in Maryland.He had at least two siblings...Lemuel and Rachel perhaps others...Philip, Nelson, Joseph.They traveled to Washington Township, Licking County and Miller Township, Knox County in Ohio from Maryland.Erasmus enlisted in Captain Samuel Dunnavan’s Company Ohio) to fight in the War of 1812 as a private.He served from July 31 through September 5, 1813. He served also served in Ohio for Captain John Connor's Company (Ohio Militia). Erasmus married RACHEL CLARK on March 13, 1813.Their first child, Nelson was born in Falling Waters (in the panhandle of...now...West Virginia...at that time it was probably Maryland) in 1816.There were three sons and seven daughters born to the couple (Nelson, Joseph, Rhoda, Allen, Mary, Angeline, Rachel, Harriet and Caroline).Erasmus and Rachel owned a 200 acre farm near Utica, Ohio.Erasmus and Lemuel’s sister Rachelher husband Joseph Penn and children moved to Ohio in November, 1811.Rachel began having children in Ohio in 1818.Her grandson, George Walter Stevens would become the President of Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.Erasmus Jones died 29 November, 1862 and is buried at Utica Cemetery North.He was 73.Rachel Clark Jones was born in 1796 and died 17 January 1872.She is buried at her husband's side.
RACHEL JONES was born in Maryland March 16, 1788.Little is known, at this point about her childhood.It is possible that the family owned farmland in Falling Waters, Md., where her brother Erasmus, lived and farmed during his early marriage.She was married to Joseph Penn in Baltimore, Maryland on November 5, 1806.Their first two children were born in Baltimore (Rebecca in 1808 and William in 1810).In November, 1811 twenty-five adults and several of their children departed for Ohio and settled in Licking County near Utica.Her brothers, Erasmus and Lemuel joined her after the War of 1812 and settled in the area.Joseph and Rachel were the parents of six more children during their marriage (Joshua, 1813 - Mary, 1818 - Julia, 1820 - Rachel, 1823 - Miriam, 1826 and Eliza, 1831).The first cabin school house was built in 1814.Joseph died on January 1, 1859 at age 78.Rachel continued to live in her home that was built in 1813 until her death in 1874.She was 86 years old.Her son, Joshua along with his wife, Rachel and her daughters Miraim and son William (who was blind at age 60) all lived in the large home in Washington Township in Licking County at the time of her passing.She was the oldest member ofThe Methodist Church and the last adult survivor of the Maryland Pioneers of 1811.
LEMUEL JONES was born in Maryland.He is the brother of Erasmus and Rachel Jones (Penn).Lemuel arrived in Licking County, Ohio some time after 1811 and prior to 1814.He married Nancy Clark (sister of Rachel Clark) in Licking County 16 April 1818.He served in the War of 1812 under Captain Snowde (Maryland Militia).
NELSON MATHIAS JONES was born 4 October 1816 in Falling Waters, West Virginia, the oldest child of Erasmus and Rachel Jones.Young Nelson and his father cleared 200 acres of wooded land to create their farm.They formed a chalice made from the wood of the seven hardwood trees that they harvested.He married Christina Fry (b., 20 July 1820) on 17 June 1840.They had eight children during their 22 year marriage: Mary Ann, William P., Abraham, Euphema, Joseph, Christina, Ersamus and John W.There was an epidemic in the fall of 1860.The disease killed Nelson’s 15 year old daughter, Euphema on October 6.On November 1, 1860 he lost his 17 year old son, Abraham and his 40 year old wife Christina.Nelson married CAROLINE E. REYNOLDS, daughter of AMOS (A.J.) REYNOLDS AND SOPHIA (HOUCK) REYNOLDS.Her parents both died (mother when she was three and father when she was four) and she was raised by her grandparents, JAMES AND SARAH (SHADLEY) HOUCK.James was an original pioneer of Knox county.He lived to be 99 years old (one month short of his 100th birthday).Nelson and Carrie migrated to Illinois in 1863 shortly after the death of Erasmus II.They settled first in Randolph and then in Piatt County, Illinois.They arrived in Foosland, Bement Township 1868 and later lived on Stringtown Road.They had four children, Frank, Anna, Edgar and Roy.Nelson died on 30 March 1897.Carrie died 10 June 1912.
JULIA PENN is the daughter of Rachel Jones Penn and Joseph Penn.She was born in 1820 in Washington Township, Licking County, Ohio, the fifth of eight children.She married James Stevens.Her obituary follows:
FUNERAL OF MRS. STEVENS
Utica, O., April 14, 1909 ---The funeral of Mrs. Julia Stevens, who died on Monday, April 2, was held at the Methodist Church this place, on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock.The services were conducted by the Rev. R. C. Beechley; and the remains were laid to rest in the North cemetery beside those of her husband, who departed this life years ago.
Mrs. Stevens was one of the pioneer women of Licking county.The following children survive; President George W. Stevens of the Chesapeake & Ohio railway; Mrs. C. A. Berit, Mrs. R. B. Aladorf, of Utica; and Mrs. O. C. Mehurin, of Staunton, Va.Besides these; fourteen grandsons, four granddaughters and one great granddaughter survive.Mrs. Stevens had been in poor health for some time, and on Friday, March 26, celebrated the 89th anniversary of her birth, her son, George W. Stevens being present at the celebration.That was the last time he ever saw her alive, as he as unable to reach her bedside before she breathed her last.
GEORGE W. STEVENS is the son of James Smith Stevens and Julia Penn Stevens.He was born in Licking County, Ohio.George was the President of The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O...Chessie and now, CSX) Railway.Stevens Yard in Silver Grove Kentucky was named for George Stevens and several improvements were made under Stevens term as President. George W. Stevens was the general manager of the C&O from 1889 to 1899 and then president from 1899 to 1920. 1899 was the year that the C&O expanded to Cincinnati and was rebuilt with the financial assistance of J.P. Morgan and Vanderbilt financial interests.He is the visionary credited with rebuilding the C&O as left behind by C. P. Huntington and with the major expansion of the C&O into the coal fields of WV and KY.He also made the connection from Cincinnati to Chicago and access to the Great Lakes through the acquisition of Hocking Valley Railway