Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Hampshire 1679

Partly an offshoot of Massachusetts, New Hampshire was given a separate status in 1679.

The first JONES found in the records of Durham, N.H. is a Stephen Jones.  He is listed as a "Culler of Pipestaves".  Listed as an inhabitant of Oyster River, he took the freeman's oath 15 May 1672.  He received land at Johnson's Creek in 1672 and was living in 1680.  It appears he died before 1682 for his widow was taxed in 1682.

"Live Free or Die" it states on the N.H. quarter per above.  Stephen Jones certainly would have been one of those "Old Man of The Mountain".

References:  History of the Town of Durham, N.H. (Oyster River Plantation), by Everett S. Stackpole & Lucien Thompson, (c. 1913/14)

                     Jones Journeys, Vol. 12, 1984 - 1985, p. 875.


  1. I have an ancestor John Snell of Lee 1748-1773 who married Elizabeth Jones whose dates i would like to have. They had a son John who i am descended from also. I have Elizabeth's father as Benjamin d. 1794 and Anne b. 1751. Can you help me with the dates?

  2. Hello Teri...lots of hunting going on here. Have you been able to locate Benjamin (d. 1794) in the 1790 census?

  3. No I did not locate him in the 1790 census. I was hoping you had found my Elizabeth in your research. I think she died young as my John Snell married two more times after their marriage. Any Jones histories or stories of life in early New Hampshire been written?

  4. Hi again Teri...there have been a number of text regarding New Hampshire:
    Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. By Sybil Noyes
    Inhabitants of New Hampshire, 1776. By Emily S. Wilson
    Colonial Gravestone Inscriptions In The State of New Hampshire, by Goss
    Roll of NH Soldiers At The Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777, by Gilmore
    Families of Antrim, NH, by Cochrane
    The Vital Records of Kingston, NH 1694 - 1994, by Arseneault
    Plymouth, NH Famiies, by Stearns

    some of these may be helpful, all have been republished by the Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc try and check their site to see if still available?

  5. I guess I assumed you had Jones geneology information from your own research. Thanks for the resources.

  6. Have some 50+ yrs of Jones genealogy information...see my blog :

  7. This is alot of information for sure. I dont' see any about New Hampshire Joneses. Can you direct me to a section about the northern Joneses?