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Cornelius Jones (b. April 20, 1727, d. April 23, 1803)Cornelius Jones (son of John Jones and Abigail Holbrook) was born April 20, 1727 in Milford, Massachusetts712, and died April 23, 1803 in Whitehall, Washington County, New York.He married Sarah Brown on Abt. 1750 in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, daughter of Daniel Brown and Mehitable Sanford.
Notes for Cornelius Jones:
Cornelius Jones graduated from Harvard University in 1752 and was ordained a minister.Jonathon Edwards preached at his ordination service.He became the first pastor of the Congregational Church in Sandisfield, MA where he married his first wife, Sarah.
Harvard University Archives-
Class of 1752-Cornelius Jones
Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of Revolutionary War, Vol. VIII
Cornelius Jones:In Capt. Oliver Avery's Co. which marched Apr 21, 1775 in response to the alarm of Apr 19, 1775, service 17 days, reported returned home, also reported a minister; also Private in a detachment from Myrifield Co. commanded by Sergt. Nathaniel corbet, marched Aug 15, 1777, service 7 days; detachment marched to Bennington Aug 14, 1777 by order of Gen. Stark; also Capt. Seth Howard's Co., Col. David Wells (Hampshire County) Reg. enlisted Sept 22, 1777; discharged Oct 18, 1777; service 1 mo. 2 days in Northern Department, including travel home.
Article about Cornelius Jones written by Nancy Williams, Rowe Historical Society, 1987 says that in 1762 he bought 10,000 acres of land at auction in Boston of land that became known as Myrifield.He then sold this land at cheap prices to encourage others to join him in the new town.In 1779 he sold all his lands at Myrifield and removed to Whitehall, NY in 1803.
Weis-Colonial clergy of New England, p. 118 "Cornelius Jones, A.M. b. Milford, Apr. 20, 1727, son of John, Jr. and Abigail (Holbrook) Jones; Harvard College, 1752, A.M.;Ordained Sandisfield, Feb. 24, 1756; settled Sandisfield 1756-1761; settled Rowe 1770-1781; he owned most of the present township of Rowe where he began a church in 1770 and preached himself; died Whitehall, NY 1803.
Cornelius Jones was a supervisor in Whitehall, 1792 (newspaper clipping)
1790 Whitehall, Washington County, NY-Jones
Cornelius 2 m, 2 male under 16, 4 females
Oliver (next door to Cornelius) 1m, 1 male under 16, 3 females
William 1m, 1 male under 16, 3 females
Isaac1m, 2 males under 16, 2 females
Will of Cornelius Jones:
Will of Cornelius Jones:
In the name of God Amen, I Cornelius Jones, of the town of Whitehall in the county of Washington and the state of New York being weak in my body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form.Following towit I comment my soul unto the Hand of Almighty God who gave it to me and my body to the earth to be decently interred in hopes of a Joyful Resurrection through the merit of my Saviour Jesus Christ--and as to my worldly estate with which it has pleased God to bless me I dispose through in manner and form following:
First I will that my beloved wife Allice Jones shall have her dower paid her as the law dictates or, as she she agree with the executors of this will.And also I give and bequeath to her one bed and bedding and I reserve to her as long as she shall continue my widow the use and benefit of one of the south rooms of the house at her election the chamber and yard above it and the use of the kitchen and cellars as much as shall be thought needful for her accommodations.Further, it is my will that the dower of Allice my wife be made up to the amount of $200 til the youngest heir arrives to the age of 11 years.I give to my 4 daughters born of Allice my wife, towit Elizabeth, Lucy, Allice, and Sophia Jones to ask of them the sum of $211.25 to be paid to them when they come to be the age of 18 years.
I give and bequeath to James, Hannah, Sally, Minor, and Jerusha Jones, the children of my son Oliver the sum of $292.20 to be paid by my executors in land for their use and benefit.
I give and bequeath to my son, John Jones, the sum of $196.20.
I give to my daughter Sarah Johnson, the sum of $59.34.
I give to my daughter Abigail Bartholomew the sum of $73.
I give to my daughter Hannah Jones the sum of $116.
I give to the legatees of this will the sum of $102 being the sum bequeathed in my former will to my daughter Mary, deceased, to be equally divided according to the legatees in equal proportion.
I give to my son Oliver Jones all my wearing apparel, great Bible, and psalm books.
I give to my daughter Johnson 1 cow.
Item I give all my household stuff I was in proceeds of when my first wife deceased to the three daughters of her body in equal proportions.
Item I give to my son Ezra Jones all my Latin Greek and Hebrew schoolbooks.
It is my will and desire that all my books on divinity be kept in the most central place for the use and benefit of all my heirs.
I give to my son Daniel Jones the sum of $496.20 in cash or land equivalent to cash (?) to make a farm when he attains the age of 21.
I give to my son Reuben Jones all my (Concord ? Canada?) property (With ?) the farm I now live on containing about 300 acres situated and (?) as the deeds of said land specify and all the buildings there on.(?) with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging and all my (?) of (?) cattle, horses, sheep, and hogs, all my farming utensils.I give him also all the cash I have on interest in the public funds.All and every article above mentioned I give and divise to my (?) son Reuben and his heirs forever provided the said Reuben, his heirs or (assigns) pays out the several legacies to the legators above specified.
Yet nevertheless in cases of loss and misfortune by unforeseen providence such loss or losses shall be born by the legatees in proportion to the sums willed them.
And I do make and ordain my wife Allice to be executor and my sons Oliver and Reuben Jones to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me-In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 28th day of Feb. in the year of our Lord 1803.
A codicil to my last will and testament made at the time above mentioned--whereas it is necessary for a time of payment to my adult heirs in this my last will and testament to be mention that is to pay $100 yearly them most in arrears to be paid in neat cattle or grain equivalent to cash.
The legacies to the children of my son Oliver JOnes mentioned in this my last will and testament is to be paid to the executors of this my will to be paid out in lands for their use of their but advantages and benefit.The same reference is to be had to the children of my son Oliver Jones as to the adult heirs respecting time and payment in this codicil.This codicil was added to my last will and testament this 8th day of March in the year of our Lord 1803.
Signed by witnesses Elisha Bentley, William Bartholomew, and Amos Austin.
Look for this book:Jackson, Mary-Marriage notices from Washington Co. NY newspapers, 1799-1880.May have some of his children.
See History of the desc. of John Whitman by Farnam 1889, p. 225.
Couldn't find Allice Jones on the 1810 NY census.
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #3132, Date of Import: Nov 5, 1998]
Graduate from Harvard University in 1752 - studied Ministry and was ordained in a barn in 1756. Also held M.A. from Harvard.
Served Capt. Oliver Avery's Company which marched 21 Apr 1775 - 17 days
Private in Myrifield Company, commanded by Serget Nathaniel Corbet:
marched 15 Aug 1777 - service 7 days Marched to Bennington NY 14 Aug 1777 by order of Gen. Stark: also Capt. Seth Howard's Co., Col. David Wells (Hampshire Co.) Regt. Enlisted 22 Sep 1777 and discharged 18 Oct 1777with service 1 mo. 2 days in Northern Dept.
Founded Rowe,Ma. and Church of Christ in Rowe, Ma. Previoulsy a Preacher in Sandisfield,Ma at Conngregatonal Church in 1757.
Purchased 10,000 acres at action in Boston,Ma. 02 Jun 1767 for 380 pounds - named it Myrifield: later renamed to Rowe, Ma. Feb 1779 he sold land in Ma and moved to Whitehall(called Skenesborough) NY.
He fought in Revolutionary War at the time of Burgoyne Invasion. He and son, Daniel involved here. Son, Daniel, killed at the Battle of Stillwater. Battle dates:(1) 19 Sep 1777 - 312 US vs. 500 Engl. at Bemis Heights. (2) 07 oct 1777-,150 US vs. 700 Engl.
This is from Rootsweb:
there is a JONES ref. regarding Rev. Cornelius JONES,
who emigrated from Sandisfield, Berkshire Co., in 1760
(history to follow at a later date), back to Heath connection-
about his participation re: ".......On
one occasion, Rev. Mr. JONES of Rowe came to deal with
Mr. LEAVITT for his religious, or political heresies. Mr.
JONES, armed with a bayonet fastened to a rake's tail,
marched at the head of his parishioners, who were also
armed, but what success they met with does not appear."
From Paul Allred, Rootsweb:
1. Rev. Cornelius JONES was born in Bellingham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He died in Whitehall, Washington, New York. The History of Rowe, Massachusetts, by Percy Whiting Brown, 2d edition, Privately Published, 1935, Cleveland, Ohio, Printed by A. D. Williams Company.
p. 26 - In 1762, Rev. Cornelius Jones emigrated from Sandisfield in Berkshire where he had been the minister of the Congregational Church since it formation in 1756. The Sandisfield parish must have been small, for his ordination was held in a barn a year before the erection of a meetinghouse, and the congregation the first year totaled only fourteen. Holland states that Mr. Jones was dismissed from the Sandisfield Church in 1761.
p. 27 - The Reverend Mr. Jones acquired title to a tract of land four miles square whither he moved his family comprising his wife, two daughter and several sons. * (*Charlemont appointed him preacher from May to October 1763 which indicates his presence in this region at least within a year of his land purchase.) The grant reads as follows:
"A Tract of Land bounded North on the Province Line, East on Land belonging to Messrs. Green and Walker and Bulfinch, South partly on Charlemont, to extend West to make the Contents of Ten Thousand acres to Cornelius Jones for Three Hundred and eighty Pounds, and have received of him Ten Pounds, and taken his Bond, with John Chadwick for Three Hundred and seventy Pounds." The act is dated June 11, 1762.
A petition to the General Court in September 1779 (Acts and Resolves of Prov. Laws) describes a "tract of land called the Ten Thousand Acres, alias Myrifield. Mr. Jones original purchase, gives the spelling in two places, Merryfield; while in an old Charlemont grant of 1774 the spelling is Murryfield.
p. 28 - "About 1777 a long series of difficulties commenced between Rev. Mr. Leavitt (of Heath) and the people of Charlemont. Some thought Mr. Leavitt preached Arminianism. His political sentiments were generally disliked. He did not seem to share in his people's zeal for the Revolution. On one occasion, Rev. Mr. Jones of Rowe came to deal with Mr. Leavitt for his religious or political heresies. Mr. Jones, armed with a bayonet fastened to a rake's tail, marched at the head of his parishioners, who were also armed, but what success they met with does not appear."
Mr. Jones was a native of Bellingham and a graduate of Harvard College in the Class of 1752. In February 1779, he conveyed to William Parkhurst and Company, of Brookfield, all the lands he then owned in Myrifield, some 4000 acres, for the sum of 9,000 pounds in continental money which was never redeemed. (The deed is dated Feb. 19, 1779. The 400 acres included all his land west of the Deerfield, the barren land on the east slope of the river, and an irregular strip, which included his farm, the site of the old fort and part of the swamp lands now comprising Pelham Lake.) The Rev. Jones removed to Whitehall, N.Y. where he died a poor man.
More About Cornelius Jones:
Burial: Unknown, Bartholomew Cemetery, Washington Co NY.
More About Cornelius Jones and Sarah Brown:
Marriage: Abt. 1750, Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
Children of Cornelius Jones and Sarah Brown are:
- +Reuben Jones, b. Abt. 1767, Massachusetts ?, d. August 22, 1840, DuPage County, Illinois.