Biography of Seth Jones
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Jones, Seth. - The Jones family in Kendall traces its ancestry to one John Jones, originally named Shon David Shon Thomas Shon Roderick, who was born in Wale8 early in the eighteenth century, was a lineal descendant of that 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 British 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 surname of Jones. The family spring from brave, honest ancestors, whose allegiance to their country was defended and upheld in deeds of blood. Large in stature and 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 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 in Bloomfield, N. Y., but returned, and died in Philadelphia, Pa., January 20, 1819. In religion both were Baptists. 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 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 on the farm now owned by his son, Seth. He subsequently removed to the place now owned by D. L. Jones, where he died January 26, 1869. He was the first settler in the west part of the town. He bought his land on time, cleared it and became wealthy. February 24, 1824, he married Cynthia, daughter of Major General Bascom Whitney, and their children were: Susan Jane (died July 28, 1841), Claudius, who married Harriet Weed; Thomas (deceased), Almiretta S. (Mrs. C. G. Root), Seth, Cynthia Ann (Mrs. James R. Whitdey), ELiza (died February 5, 1835), and D. L. Mrs. Jones died October 30, 1871. 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, o( 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 Jot 33. which was settled by his uncle, Ethan Graham, in 1817. The latter died on this farm September 2, 1861. Seth Jones owns 400 acres of land in the town of Kendall.

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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