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GEO. N. BATES - HISTORY OF SALEM (CT) - 1935 (manuscript CT State Library):
Thomas Gustin sold 287 acres to Capt. Jabez Jones in 1759 ... Capt. Jabez Jones divided these lands among his sons.His son Asa presented to the town in 1765, a small lot west of the Governors Road for a meeting house and burying ground (apparently the Wesley - Brown Cemetery); and Jabez & Abijah Jones later erected a saw mill, fulling mill and ash works on the adjoining land, west of the church, which they sold to Elias Peck in 1775.(apparently the property referred to below)
FROM HISTORIC HOMES AND PROPERTIES MAGAZINE
1760 Post And Beam House And Tavern Saved By Dismantling Team - an article from Antiques & the Arts Online by David Kendall
SALEM, CONN. -- There are many ways to gauge the antiquity of an historic house, according to Brian Cooper of Early New England Restorations.Are sawn timbers straight -- or rotary-cut?Where are the baking ovens in relationship to the main chimney box? And how close is the structure to the nearest road?
With the Jabez Jones Homestead in Salem, Conn., one only has to look at the position of the dwelling on its lot; the spacious two-story center chimney building stood but a few feet from the old Norwich Turnpike, now designated Route 85.
The reasons were simple. In the Eighteenth Century, snow plowing was done by horse or oxen teams if it was done at all; frequently snowy roads simply were rolled to pack the surface for sleighs, commercial sledges and pungs.
Moreover, a scant 15 years after its initial construction, the early owners capitalized on their road-near location to build a 17 by 35 foot, two story ell, known as the Peck Tavern.With its own kitchen room, buttery and a tiny tap room, the Tavern would have presented a welcome stop for travelers bound from Norwich up country after 1775.
By the time Brian was interviewed on-site by Historic Homes and Properties, the Peck Tavern had been dismantled piece-by-piece, numbered like a giant jigsaw puzzle, and shipped to its new location in New Hampshire. It was the diminutive size of that tap room that was the cause of some discussion at that time, in fact. We were able to contribute the lore that some early dispensaries of liquid comfort (in pre-DUI days!) were known as "jug taverns" - establishments at which a traveler might stop to have his jug refilled before resuming his journey home.
Inside, the house had nearly been totally gutted, but it was still possible to see its outlines and amenities. With five rooms up and five rooms down, plus the ell, attic and cellar, the Jabez Jones house was spacious for its period. In fact the main structure measured a full 30 by 40 feet, as capacious as many barns of that era.
The large keeping room would have been an advantage either to a large family, or to the keepers of the Peck Tavern. And the full, eight-foot ceiling height eliminated much of the cramped, "hunched" feeling one gets in even broader, longer Colonial dwellings with a lower second floor joists.
"The construction here," Brian pointed up, "is all post-and-beam with girts (cross beam-ed) that are a full 30 feet long. It's very unusual.
"What's even more unique," he continued, "is that the frame generally is straight, plumb and square to an unheard-of degree in a house that's over 230 years of age."
WILL OF JABEZ JONES - dated June 25, 1798 - Colchester, Connecticut
In the Preference of God AmenI Jabez Jones of Colchester in the County of New London State of Connecticut Being in Bodily Health and of sound mind and memory (blessed be God) but calling to mind the mortality of my Body do make this my last will & testament.
Imprimis I give my Soul to God it's Author and my Body to the Earth from whence it came to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my Executors hereafter named nothing doubting but I shall receive the same at the resurrection of the Just through the merits and mediation of my Lord and Saviour Jesus ChristAnd being desirous to settle my Worldly Estate with which it hath pleased God to Bless meI hereby give and dispose of it in the manner following (viz)
To my faithfull Wife Mary Jones the use and improvement of my real Estate consisting of the farm which I now Live upon together with the farm which I bought of Jabez Jones Jr. together with one half the dwelling House which I now live in meaning the East front Rooms with the chambers owed it the bed room chamber and the garret over the same rooms with the priveledges of doing her work in the kitchen so long as she remains my Widow And further I give to my said Wife Mary two of my best feather beds and furniture and two cows which she shall choose for her to have and dispose of as she pleases--And further I give my wife Mary the interest of fifty pounds Lawfull Money during Her natural Life-- And at the Decease of my well beloved Wife Mary I give and bequeath thirty five pounds L. M. out of the above mentioned fifty pounds to Spencer Rathbun -- And out of the remainder I direct my executors to purchase grave Stones for me and my wife Mary and if any of the fifty pounds before mentioned remains after purchasing the grave stones then it is my will that my Executors purchase two Necklaces one for Luisa Jones and the other for Fanny Lucinda Jones daughters of Daniel Jones .I further give and bequeath to Bela Jones Son of Daniel Jones all the farm I purchased of Jabez Jones Jr to have as his own proper Estate after the Demise of my Wife Mary -- Provided nevertheless that if Daniel Jones will give his Son Bela a College Education together with a good Horse Saddle and Bridle (if said Bela Chooses them in preference to the before mentioned Land) then it is my will that Daniel Jones have the before mentioned farm given his son Bela and in that case I hereby give and bequeath the same to the said Daniel JonesAlso I give to Jabez Jones son of Daniel Jones my home lot which I live upon consisting of all the Land I owned before I bought the farm of Jabez Jones Jr after the demise of my Wife Mary together with the half of the House not given to my sd Wife to Hold as his own proper Estate -- Provided nevertheless that if Daniel Jones will give his son Jabez Jones a warrantted deed of one half the farm he bought of Thomas Gates when the sd Jabez shall arrive at the age of twenty one years then in that case it is my will that Daniel Jones have the before mentioned Land given to Jabez Jones and I hereby in that case do give the same together with the half of the House not given to my wife to the said Daniel Jones to hold as his own proper Estate.
And I also give to Bela Jones my silver Shoe ____ buckle.
And further my will is and I hereby give to Daniel Jones all my personal Estate and wearing apparel not already disposed of together with the half of the House given to my wife Mary after her Demise to have as his own proper Estate.
And further my Will is that my Executors hereafter named pay out of my personal Estate six shillings Lawful Money to each of my brothers and to the two oldest male Heirs of my two sisters deceased (viz)
To Thomas Jones six shillings, to Amos Jones six shillings, to Israel Jones six shillings, to the Heirs of Hazael Jones six shillings, to Asa Jones six shillings to Ariel Jones six shillings, to the heirs of Abijah Jones six shillingsTo Jehiel Jones six shillingsTo Ichabod Chapman Jr. six shillings and to Alpheus Ransom Jr. six shillings.And further I do by these presents constitute ordain and appoint my Beloved Wife Mary Jones & Daniel Jones Executors to this my last will and testament.
And I do hereby utterly disavow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments Will Legacies bequests and Executors by me in any wise beforementioned will and bequeathed; ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament and no other -- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 25 day of June 1798
Signed and Sealed in Presence of
Anna WorthingtonJabez Jones
Will approved October 6, 1798
(Volume 6, page 299)