Linus H. Jones
Samuel Jones, Jr.
Rollin L. Jones,
Ashtabula Co., O
Rollin L. Jones
Lovisa Margaret Jones
Rolllin Flavel Jones
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THE JONES FAMILY
SAMUEL JONES, SR. 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
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
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
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
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,
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
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