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History of Ashtabula County, Ohio

with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
of its
Pioneers and Most Prominent Men.
by Publ. Philadelphia - Williams Brothers -
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)



Res. of
J. P. Jennings,
Ashtabula, Ohio

Source: 1798 History of Ashtabula County, Ohio with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Pioneers and Most Prominent Men by Publ. Philadelphia - Williams Brothers - 1878 - Page 246


Source: 1798 History of Ashtabula County, Ohio with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Pioneers and Most Prominent Men by Publ. Philadelphia - Williams Brothers - 1878 - Page 246

Samuel Jones
Deborah Jones
Linus H. Jones
Anson Jones
Samuel Jones, Jr.

Res. of
Rollin L. Jones,
Wayne Tp.,
Ashtabula Co., O
Lucy Jones
Rollin L. Jones
Lovisa Margaret Jones
Rolllin Flavel Jones

Wayne Twp. -
     Among the many worthy citizens of Ashtabula County, none stand higher in the estimation of his acquaintances than Samuel Jones, Sr., of Wayne township, at this date (1878) in his ninety-seventh year.  Upright in business, cheerful and hopeful in manner, of sound judgment, and of irreproachable morals, he enjoys the respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens when the frosts of ninety-seven winters have left their impress upon his head, visible in the silver which crowns it honorably and becomingly.  He was born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, June 29, 1781. May 11, 1803, he married Miss Deborah Hayes, of Hartford, Connecticut.  Both of these were school-teachers in their native State of Connecticut.  Mr. Jones’ father's name was Samuel, and his grandfather’s, Israel.  His mother’s name was Ruth Ackley.  He was a member of a family of three sons and four daughters.  Elijah Jones, one of the brothers, was a member of the Connecticut legislature, and Lucien C. Jones, a nephew, was a member of the Ohio senate in 1872.  Deborah Hayes’ family was composed of four sons and three daughters.  Her father, Titus Hayes, was a soldier in the army of the Revolution.  Her family suffered from exposures and necessities incident to that struggle.  All of her brothers—Richard, Titus, Linus, and Lester—were soldiers during the War of 1812, Richard being colonel of the regiment that marched through Ashtabula County for the frontier during that war.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones, with five small children between the ages of one and seven years, left Old Connecticut for the New on Sept. 10, 1811, and in ten years from that very day they started on a visit to their native State of Connecticut in company with Hon. Jonathan Tuttle, of Williamsfield.  On their arrival at the place now known as Kelloggsville, they were met by Mrs. Jones’ brother Titus—afterwards known as Hon. Titus Hayes—with a team of oxen.  They pursued their way through the forest, a rude road having been cut, part of it being but a little more than a blazed-tree path, over brush, across logs, fording streams, and, what was worse, getting through the mud, Mr. Hayes carrying the second son, Flavel, a boy of five years, across a stream by taking hold of his coat-collar with his teeth.  They arrived, at the close of the second day, at the house of Mr. Zadoc Steele, in Andover.  Near the close of the third day they arrived in sight of Mr. Hayes’ cabin, accomplishing the journey from Kelloggsville to Wayne in three days.  A few months after their arrival in Wayne they settled upon lot 28, where they continued to reside until after the death of Mrs. Jones (Sept. 5, 1863); since which he has lived with the families of his children.
     Mr. Jones was well pleased with the new country after he settled upon his own land, and was never homesick; but his wife used to stand in the door of their cabin looking towards the east with tearful eyes.  Mr. Jones was drafted for service for the War of 1812, but was excused by Dr. Peter Allen, on account of lameness caused by cutting his ankle. In the late Rebellion, all of his grandsons who had arrived at sufficient age, with a single exception, were in the service for long or short terms, and nearly all met with the casualties of war.
     Mr. and Mrs. Jones united with the Congregational church in Wayne previous to the year 1819.  Mr. Jones, when called upon to aid in any worthy benevolent enterprise, asked only one question, —What is my part? or, What ought I to give for this? and cheerfully and liberally responded. Benevolence was Mrs. Jones’ crowning virtue, and it can be truly said of her, “She hath done what she could.”
     Very few men have lived a long life, more respected as useful and influential citizens, than “Uncle Sam,” as he was familiarly called.  He was no aspirant for office or places of distinction; did not encumber his mind with the provisions of the statute-book, except as necessary in the ordinary transactions of business, and sometimes as supervisor or township trustee.  Yet in matters of public improvement and the promotion of the common interests of the community, and in the adjustment of differences where interests came in conflict, the judgment of no man was more readily accepted and approved than his.
     Linus Hayes, oldest son of Samuel Jones, was born in Barkhamstead, Litchfield county, Connecticut, Feb. 5, 1805, and came to Ohio with his parents in the fall of 1811.  The winter following a school was taught in a part of the dwelling occupied by Titus Hayes, of which Linus and a younger brother, Flavel, formed the first class.  His opportunities for education then were confined to the common schools of the district, with a finish of a few weeks of private instruction in the old log meeting-house of sacred memory.  In December, 1824, he commenced teaching a common school, the same employment being pursued for eight consecutive winters, and in each spring returning to the labors of the farm.  After this, not satisfied with the monotony of farm life in winter, the teaching of “singing-schools” furnished the needed stimulus to keep the mind in action, which was followed for several consecutive winters in different parts of Ashtabula and Trumbull counties.  These services were fully appreciated.  Although his qualifications as teacher were greatly below what are required in these later days, yet they were much beyond what could often be found in any “home-made” Ohioan.
     In the spring of 1826 he commenced cutting down the forest upon lot No. 66, where Mr. D. T. Beardsley now resides. Nov. 11, 1827, he married Miss Mary P. Phelps, who died Sept. 15, 1828.  This bereavement caused him to change his plans for a home, and by the advice and an arrangement with his father, he changed his location, and settled upon the north part of lot No. 28, where he has continued to reside since his second marriage.  Jan. 20, 1830, he married Miss Eliza Seager, an orphan, formerly of Ontario county, New York, who died Jan. 15, 1840.  She was the mother of one child, Deborah Elizabeth, born May 21, 1837, and died Nov. 23, 1839.  Oct. 28, 1840, he married Mrs. Lucy Ackley Rowe, widow of Dr. Albert G. Rowe, who died at Corydon, Indiana, Sept. 10, 1838, aged twenty-nine years.  The husband and wife were formerly from Hartford. Trumbull county, whose children were Cornelia Ann, born Mar. 25, 1835, who married David Smilie, of Wayne, Feb. 7, 1856.  Their children are William Albert, born Dec. 21, 1858; Emily Lucy, born Jan. 19,1863; Linus David, born Oct. 21, 1870; Ralph Bliss, born Jan. 22, 1877.  The step-son, Albert Gallatin Rowe, was born Apr. 7, 1839, and was a respected member of the Congregational church of Wayne.  He enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifth Ohio Infantry in the autumn of 1862, and after nearly two years of faithful service was mortally wounded while on the skirmish line near Kenesaw mountain, Georgia, June 14, and died at the field hospital, June 16, 1864.  He was highly respected by his officers and beloved by his comrades.  He was buried in the National cemetery at Marietta, Georgia, in grave numbered seven hundred and eighty-two.  The children of Linus H. and Lucy A. Jones were: Flavel Erasmus, born in Wayne, Dec. 23, 1841; served three months in the Eighty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry; he has been a school-teacher, and is a surveyor and farmer by occupation; he married Miss Sylvia A. North, Sept. 15, 1863, who died Mar. 13, 1865, leaving an infant daughter, Sylvia North, born Mar. 8, 1865.  Feb. 24, 1869, he married Miss Mary A. Hezlep.  Their children are Charles Hezlep, born Jan. 11, 1870; William Cowdery, born Oct. 3, 1871; Benjamin Samuel, born Nov. 30, 1873.   Linus Brainard, second son of Linus H. and Lucy A. Jones, was born Feb. 26, 1844; married Miss Rhoda M. Woodworth; June 20, 1866, enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventy-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was in the battle at Cynthiana, Kentucky.  Their children are Katie Maria, born Apr. 30, 1867; Mabel Elizabeth, born Nov. 20, 1868; Albert Rowe, born Sept. 26, 1870; Franklin Palmer, born July 27, 1877.  Willie, third son of Linus H. and Lucy A. Jones, was born Dec. 1, 1850; died Sept. 11, 1854.  Mary Caroline was born Oct. 18, 1855, who married Emery F. Treat, of Colebrook, June 15, 1876.  Their only child, Willard Hayes, was born in Austinburg, Ohio, Aug. 18, 1877.
     Except as a teacher, the active life of Linus H. Jones has been spent in his own township.  He was for many years teacher and leader of the choir of the First Congregational church of Wayne, and has served in various offices of the township, such as clerk, trustee, assessor, captain of the militia, and justice of the peace, and for many years has been connected with the school interests of the township, and now, at the age of seventy-three years, would be looked upon as an old man but for the greater age of his father.
     Flavel, second son of Samuel Jones, was born in Barkhampstead, Connecticut, Feb. 16, 1806; died in Wayne, June 9, 1842. Oct. 27, 1833, he married Miss Orrilla Hart, who married S. P. Burton, Nov. 1, 1853, and died at her residence in De Witt, Clinton county, Iowa, Jan. 29, 1868, aged fifty-eight years.
     Calvin C. Wick, Esq., of Ashland, Ohio, an old friend of Flavel Jones, says, “Probably no man in my history retains such a hold on my memory as Flavel.  He was my friend and my adviser.  We had great confidence in each other.  He was the only man I ever found who was unselfish, and was actuated in all he did by right motives.  His intelligence was far in advance of his day.  Sound on all public questions, he investigated them thoroughly and intelligently, and had he lived would have no doubt filled important positions in the State and nation.”
     The children of Flavel Jones are Ellen, born in Wayne, Dec. 22, 1835. Rollin Lucien, born in Wayne, Feb. 5, 1839; was an apprentice to the printing business with James Reed, Sr., of Ashtabula, Ohio. Aug. 26, 1861, enlisted in Company C, Twenty-ninth Regiment Ohio Infantry, served during the war, and participated in the battles of Port Republic, Virginia, June 9, 1862, where he was taken prisoner by the enemy, and was held at Lynchburg and Belle Isle, Virginia, until Sept. 7, 1862; Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 1, 2, and 3, 1863; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1, 2, and 3, 1863; Dug Gap, Georgia, May 8, 1864; Resaca, Georgia, May 15, 1864; New Hope Church, Georgia, May 25, 1864; and was seriously wounded in an assault upon the enemy’s intrenchments at Pine Hill, Georgia, June 15, 1864; promoted to the office of captain while at Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 6, 1865; discharged at Cleveland, Ohio, July 22, 1865.  He is a member of the International Typographical Union, Giddings post, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Masonic fraternity. Jan. 1, 1867, he married Miss Lucy C. Palmer, of Vernon, Trumbull county. Children,—Rollin Flavel, born in Vernon, Ohio, May 7, 1869; Lovisa Margaret, born in Wayne, Ohio, June 23, 1877. Edward Herbert, youngest son of Flavel Jones, was born in Wayne, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1840.  Enlisted Aug. 30, 1864, in Company I, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Ohio Infantry, and served to the close of the civil war.  June 11, 1873, he married Miss Hannah Wright.  Their children are Orrilla Hart, born in Wayne, Aug. 20, 1874; Hayes Wright, born in Wayne, Aug. 21, 1876; Harriet Belle, born in Wayne, Aug. 21, 1876.
     Statira, eldest daughter of Samuel Jones, born in Barkhampstead, Connecticut, May 25, 1807, maried Lovel E. Parker, Jan. 29, 1830; died May 23, 1869.
     Almira, second daughter, was born in Connecticut, Sept. 27, 1808; married Horace F. Giddings, Dec. 15, 1833.  Children,—Frederick Merrick, born in Cherry Valley, Ohio, Oct. 29, 1834, who enlisted iu Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Ohio Infantry, in the autumn of 1862; was wounded in action at Perryville, Kentucky.  Oct. 8, 1862; died of disease at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Apr. 21, 1863, aged twenty-eight years.  He was a young man of unusual intelligence and popularity, and his death was greatly lamented by his comrades and numerous friends.  Albert C., born Mar. 15, 1838, married Miss Sarah Ellen Stanley, Sept. 18, 1860.  Their children are Horace Edwin, born Aug. 14, 1861; Almira E., born Apr. 27, 1866; Stanley Albert, born Nov. 5, 1868; Claude W., born Aug. 13, 1877.  Statira Eliza, only daughter of Horace F. and Almira Giddings, was born Mar. 3, 1840; married Henry S. Simpkins, May 16, 1861. Children,—Frederick Merrick, born Sept. 22, 1862; William Herbert, born Oct. 1, 1864; Ernest J., born Mar. 30, 1868; Frank A., born June 8, 1870; Carlton H., born Jan. 4, 1872; Roy Howard, born May 29, 1873.
     Anson Jones, third son of Samuel Jones, was born in Hartland, Connecticut, Mar. 31, 1810.  He was married to Miss Fanny Barber, November, 1838, who died Jan. 3, 1865.  June 7, 1866, he married Miss Margaret Jane Beatty, of Mercer county, Pennsylvania.  His children are Hannah Barber, born Aug. 17, 1840, who married William B. Smilie, of Wayne, Oct. 30, 1860.  Roderick Merrick, born Aug. 5, 1842, who enlisted in August, 1862, in Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He served to the close of the war, and was captured twice by the enemy, being paroled once, and making his escape at the second capture.  Jan. 17, 1867, he married Miss Charlotte R. Wilcox, of Wayne; their only child, Fanny, was born Jan. 19, 1873, and died in Wayne, July 19 of the same year.  Emma Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Anson Jones, was born Sept. 23, 1854; married Charles H. Smith, of Wayne, Mar. 26, 1876. Their only child, Walter Anson, was born in Wayne, in June, 1877.
     Emily J., youngest daughter of Samuel Jones, married Dr. Thomas E. Best, Oct. 22, 1839, who served in the War of the Rebellion as surgeon Forty-fourth Wisconsin Infantry, and died at Agency City, Iowa, Oct. 5, 1877.  Her children born in Wayne were Hannah P., graduate Lake Erie female seminary, and now a teacher at Burlington, Iowa, born July 29, 1841; E. Swift, born Oct. 31, 1842, who, at the outbreak of the Rebellion, enlisted in the Second Wisconsin Infantry, was severely wounded and taken prisoner at first battle of Bull Run, and confined in various prisons nearly a year,—leaving the service, was admitted to the bar in 1864; Deborah Jane, born Feb. 4, 1846, died June 12. 1851; Edward Thomas, born Jan. 17, 1848, died Aug. 27, 1849.  The family removed to Wisconsin in the spring of 1849, settling at Portage City, where the following children were born: Edward Thomas (2d), born Feb. 22, 1850, printer, publisher of Chariton, Iowa, Leader; Samuel Jones, born Aug. 23, 1853, died Sept. 3, 1853; Almira Fanny, bora Sept. 10. 1854. died June 20. 1855; Charles Jones, born Jan. 4, 1858, now editor Agency City, Iowa. Independent.  In the spring of 1866 the family removed to Iowa, settling at Agency City, where they now reside, except as stated above.
     Samuel Jones, Jr., was born in Wayne. Ohio, Dec. 6, 1822; married Miss Samantha L. Fobes.  who died Jan. 9, 1866.  Feb. 21, 1867, he married Miss Sophrona Beckwith, of Colebrook, Ohio.  He was a farmer until February, 1867, when he commenced merchandising at the centre of Wayne, the firm-name being Jones & Way, then S. Jones & Son.  He was commissioned postmaster at Lindenville, Ashtabula County, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1871, by Hon. John A. J. Creswell, postmaster-general, and has served his township in that capacity to the present time.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.  The children of Samuel Jones, Jr., are Estella Theresia, born in Wayne, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1851; married Elmore H. Wilcox, of Colebrook, Ohio, Dec. 23, 1869.  Their children are Lilean, born Dec. 17, 1870; Perry Hyde, born Mar. 23, 1872; Maud, born Mar. 14, 1874.  Willis Edwin, oldest son of Samuel Jones, Jr., was born in Wayne, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1853; married Sept. 29, 1877.  Miss Sarah G. McNeilly, who was born in Ellsworth, Ohio, Apr. 20, 1856.  Jennie Lucinda, youngest daughter of Samuel Jones, Jr., born in Wayne, Jan. 19, 1871. Ralph Hayes, youngest son of Samuel Jones, Jr., born in Wayne, Sept. 1, 1875.
Source: 1798 History of Ashtabula County, Ohio with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Pioneers and Most Prominent Men by Publ. Philadelphia - Williams Brothers - 1878 - Page 246





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