Biography of Seth & David L. Jones
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Jones, Seth and David L. - The Jones family in Kendall traces its ancestry to one John Jones, originally named Shon David Shon Thomas Shon Roderick, who was born in Wales in the 18th century, was a lineal descendant of the celebrated Welchman, Roderick Dhu. Possessed of sterling patriotism and great ancestral pride he keenly felt the humiliation of his race when Wales, through treachery and oppression, was permanently united to the English crown, and with characteristic loyalty to native traditions he petitioned for a legal change of name, which was granted, and ever since he and his descendants have borne the name of Jones. The family sprung from brave, honest ancestors, whose allegiance to their country was defended and upheld by deeds of blood. Large in stature aud strong in physique, pursuing quiet but respected callings, they always evinced a strong public spirit, great intellectual development, and strong personality. The first to come to America was John Jones, Dolepult, a son of the John above mentioned, who embarked with his wife and seven children on the ship Velvedear, Captain White, and landed at Perth Amboy on June 18, 1801. He settled at Tuckertown, N. J., where his wife died in 1803. aged thirty seven. Then for a time he lived at Bloomfield, N. Y., but returned and died in Philade]phia, Pa., January 20, 1819. In religion both were Baptist. David Jones, their son, was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales July, 17, 1792, and when eighteen came to Ontario county, where he was bound out to a wheelwright. Not liking this he started westward, and for two years he worked near Sodus, N. Y. He served three months in the war of 1812. In the fall of 1814 he came to Kendall and the following spring settled permanently on the farm now owned by his son Soth, where he died January 26, 1869. He was the first settler in the west part of the town. He bought his land on credit, cleared it, and became wealthy. February 24, 1824, he married Cynthia, daughter of Major General Bascom Whitney, and their children were Claudius (who married Harriet Weed), Thomas, Almiretta S. (Mrs. C. G. Root), Seth, Cynthia Ann (Mrs. James R. Whitney), and David L. Seth Jones was born April 30, 1832, on lot 45, on which his father settled in 1815, and which he still owns. December 6, 1860, he married Sylvia A. Shelley, of Gaines who was born June 26, 1835. Their children are Eliza J., George S., who married Florence Crowder; Fred T., who married Helen M. Balcom; Sylvia N., and William G. Mr. Jones now resides on lot 33, which was settled by his uncle, Ethan Graham, in 1817. The latter died on this farm September 2, 1861. Mr. Jones owns 400 acres of land in the town of Kendall. David L. Jones married Lucy A., daughter of Julius S. Chase, of Kendall. He was supervisor in 1889 and 1890.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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