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Full text of "Memorial of the late Honorable David S. Jones. With an appendix, containing notices of the Jones family, of Queen's county"

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Honorable david s. joiNes, 



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INTRODUCTIU?^. 



In making u)) this little volume, the principal object of 
the present writer was to collect together the differ- 
ent obituary notices of his late honored Father, in a 
form less ephemeral than those in which they originally 
appeared. iVnd in addition, to reprint the biogra- 
phical sketches of the more prominent members of 
the family of Jones, of Queens County. 

The memoir which precedes the obituary notices 
may be regarded as an illustrative commentary upon 
them, a simple statement of facts, necessary to a more 
complete view of the career of the subject of such 
sincere and hearty eulogium. 

The influence of the character of Mr. Jones, was 
as extensive as the knowleda^e of it ; and a record 
of the testimony of the best judges to his purity^ 
integrity, and elevation, is justly due to his good 
fame — the richest legacy he has left his children. 



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So circumscribed, however, is professional repu- 
tation, more especially in the case of the able lawyer, 
than in that of the popular divine, or skilful physician, 
that unless connected with distinguished political 
standing, it appears to be comprehended almost 
entirely within the limits of the profession. The 
iastance of Mr. Jones, furnishes no exception to this- 
position. He was known chiefly to the elder mem- 
bers of the Bar, his contemporaries, (for whom this 
tribute is especially prepared,) and to the best por- 
tion of the society of New- York. But he should be 
known to many more, and it is hoped that this slight 
memorial may bring others acquainted with his name 
and sterling attributes, who might not otherwise 
have become acquainted with either. 

W. A. Jones. 
June 20th, 1849. 



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David S. Joxes, the sixth son of Hon. Samuel 
Jones and Cornelia Haring, (a highly respec- 
table old New- York family,) was horn at his 
father's country-seat, West Neck, South Oys- 
terbay. Queens county, November 3, 1777. 

At an early period he came up to New- 
York to school, and after the usual preparation 
entered Columbia College, the head of his 
class, a position he maintained throughout 
his college course, graduating with the high- 
est honors, a member of the class of 1796.^ 

* May 4. — The sole surviving members are Andrew 

Garr, Esq., and Dr. AYm. Turk, at one time, a surgeon in 

the navy. 

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To his latest days the effects of a thorough 
early training were evident ; in his literary 
taste, correct and elegant ; a memor}^, strong, 
quick, and ready, full of classic instances ; a 
love of exactness and simplicity in language, 
and a judgment naturally clear and pene- 
trating, rendered still clearer and stronger by 
the study of mathematics, to which, no less 
than for philological nicety, he had a natural 
fondness. 

Soon after leaving college he was appoint- 
ed private secretary to Crov. Jay, (between 
whom and his father there existed a strong 
and intimate affection,) and in whose family 
he resided, at Albany, between two and three 
years. 

On his return to New- York, Mr. Jones 

became a student at law, in the best possible 

school, that of his father, and eldest brother.^ 
It is needless to inform any person who is 

at all acquainted with the history of the New- 

^ At present, one of the Judges of the Court of Appeals. 



York Bench and Bar, for the hist century, of 
the professional celebrity of this name. In 
Thompson's history of Long Island, under an 
historical memoir of Hon. Samuel Jones, may 
be found a succinct but clear account of the 
ancestry of Mr. Jones, two of whom were 
ante-revolutionary judges of the supreme 
court of the colony. And since their day 
there have been three generations of able 
lawyers, preserving the succession of legal 
eminence, amongst whom are to be counted 
three judges, with distinguished political par- 
tizans in the senate and assembly of this state. 

At that epoch of New- York society, (New- 
York was then a country town, the northern 
boundary of which, within the memory of the 
subject of the present sketch, was St. Paul's 
church,) every gentleman occupied that place 
to which he was justly entitled from birth, 
education, talents, professional skill, and per- 
sonal character. 

First, among the first, Mr. Jones was pro- 



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minent as a gay and accomplished man of 
fashion, a character he sustained with spirit 
and vivacity. He took part in all the current 
amusements and popular associations of the 
day : as a young man, and ever afterward '' a 
knightly, gallant worshipper of the ladies."— 
New- York has now grown to be a large city, 
a cosmopolitan metropolis, a western London 
and Paris combined, of course very consider- 
ably smaller than either, and less elegant than 
the latter ; yet possessing something of the 
characteristic traits of both great cities, with 
scarcely anything of Nieuw Amsterdam left 
to declare its original. In some wards, it is a 
German colony ; in others, a French faubourg ; 
here a Jews' quarter, and there a confused 
mino'lino' of the various British races. Of 
Americans residing here, a large body is from 
New England ; and, it must be confessed, 
there are few Knickerbockers left — but few 
veritable New-Yorkers, in New- York. 

Local feeling is weaker here than perhaps 



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in any city of the Union. A little band at- 
tempt to keep alive the spirit, but it is almost 
extinct. Two of the latest addresses before 
the St. Nicholas Society, on the last two an- 
niversaries, by Mr. C. F. Hoffman and Presi- 
dent Duer, show what might yet be done to 
keep fresh the memory of the days and the 
men that are either gone, or rapidly passing 
away. A history of the colony and state, by 
the first gentleman, and which would come 
fitly from him, would crown an already en- 
viable reputation, literary and personal, by 
superadding the graces of historical narration 
to the united talent of the agreeable poet and 
spirited prose-writer ; who is at the same time, 
what so few American writers can justly 
boast of being, an accomplished, liberal- 
minded gentleman. President Duer is pre- 
eminently well fitted to write the social 
history of the city, not only of the last quar- 
ter of the last century, but of this first half 
of the present. No person has had better 



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opportunities tlian he of a wide and intimate 
acquaintance with the first men of his day, 
and with the various, changing history of the 
city and of its society. 

We may have gained vastly as to wealth 
and the increase of business, in trade and 
manufactures, in the arts of life and elegan- 
cies of living, hut we have lost ground in 
some particulars. The old gentry are almost 
all gone, the glories of the Bar have become 
matters of tradition. The stateliness and 
ceremonial of the old school of manners, are 
considered unmeaning and ridiculous ; the 
pleasing courtesies of conversation are met 
rarely, save in a still lingering specimen of 
the same old school, or in one of those few 
gentlemen by nature, " God Almighty's gen- 
tlemen," who commence new families, and 
are almost as rare as men of genius. 

But the present writer, is altogether too 
young a man to have a right to talk thus ; he 
xepresents the views of current conversation 



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of his elders, whom he has been accustomed 
to defer to; and although he does not feel 
quite at liberty to dissent from their judg- 
ment, should not, perhaps, incur the censure 
of being " laudator temporis acti," until his 
head is greyer than it is now. 

Before the Revolution, there existed un- 
questionably an aristocracy, which gave the 
tone to the colonial society, at the head of 
which stood the chief officers of the crown, 
the highest almost invariably being of no- 
ble family, at least, of gentle blood ; and 
immediately after them ranked the most emi- 
nent professional characters, the clergy and 
law almost on the same footing, and in ad- 
vance of the faculty ; the great landholders, 
or patentees ; and the merchants, of the first 
class. The bar, however, was pre-eminently 
then the profession of a gentleman, and the 
republican road to political influence. 

The profession of the law, is, and always 
has been, the leading profession of the coun- 



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try, from Boston to New Orleans, and partic- 
ularly here in New- York, even in this com- 
mercial metropolis. A good reason for this, 
is found by the most sagacious foreign critic 
of our government, De Tocqueville, in the 
fact, that the bar forms essentially the bul- 
wark of political liberties, that it is pre-emi- 
nently the intelligent and fearless defender 
of political rights ; at the same time, the true 
conservator of law and order ; and while most 
in harmony with the spirit of the best Repub- 
licanism, ^' the most powerful existing security 
against the excesses of the democracy." 

It has given the ablest orators, the finest 
writers, the most sagacious statesmen, to the 
country. Of our presidents, we believe, nine 
out of the twelve had either been lawyers in 
practice, or at least read law, with a profes- 
sional object. 

The profound speculatist quoted above 
explicitly declares, '' If I were asked where I 
placed the American aristocracy, I should re- 



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ply, without hesitation, that it is not com- 
posed of the rich, who are united togetlier by 
no common tie, but that it occupies the judi- 
cial bench and the bar." 

The Bench and Bar of that era, and of the 
period preceding it, presented a galaxy of 
talent since unequalled. From an interesting 
discourse by President Duer, before the St. 
Nicholas Society, last winter, we transcribe a 
retrospection : 

" In my attendance upon the courts, I 
witnessed some of the best efforts of some of 
the greatest men that ever adorned the bar. 
I have listened in blind admiration to the 
black letter learning of the elder Samuel 
Jones, and with breathless emotion to the 
lucid and impassioned eloquence of Hamilton. 
I have sometimes felt in danger of fascination 
by the imposing self-possession and sententi- 
ous brevity of Burr, and actually captivated by 
the graceful rhetoric of the classic but sarcas- 
tic Harison, the candid ingenuity of Brockholst 



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Livingston, and the legal acumen and Nisi 
Prius tact of the elder Ogden Hoffman. 
Nor did I the less appreciate the more homely, 
but not less forcible, logic of Cosine and 
Troup ; the special dry pleading of Caleb S. 
Riggs ; or the elaborate arguments of the in- 
defatigable Pendleton, my old master, to whom 
I was indebted, not merely for my professional 
education, but for a friendship extended to 
me when most needed, and ending only with 
his life." 

And, also, from an eloquent and discrimi- 
nating tribute, by Daniel Lord, Esq., to the 
memory of Chancellor Kent, on the occasion 
of his decease, at a meeting of the bar, Dec. 
14, 1847, we extract the following fine pas- 
sages : — 

" The Bar who surrounded the court of 
that day, our honored predecessors, were men 
not to be forgotten. There was the sagacious, 
the complete Hamilton ; the honest-minded 
Pendleton; Harison, the learned, the elaba- 



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rate; Hoffman, that ingenious, polished master 
of the advocate's art; the deeply learned, 
wide-searching Riggs ; — these were the bar 
over whom this youthful judge was to pre- 
side, the conflicts of whom he was to govern, 
upon whose arguments he was to decide. 

" And, coming to a later j^eriod, there was 
a scarcely less brilliant array of mighty spirits. 
Not daring now to name the living, now pre- 
sent with us, (and long may it be before it 
shall be allowed to us in this way to name 
them,) let me bring up to your view Emmet, 
whose enlarged and extensive learning was 
equalled by his child-like simplicity of heart ; 
Golden, the polite scholar, the speculative 
philosopher, the able lawyer; also that model 
of all that is venerable in our memory, Van 
Vechten, Avhose teeming eloquence was Ci- 
ceronian, and charmed every heart ; the terse, 
the highly gifted Henry ; the younger Jay, 
full to abounding in every noble trait ; and 
that union of scholar, law^^er, orator and gen- 



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tleman, John AVells. These were the men 
whom the times brought forth, and who re- 
flected and also gave an illustrious light. 

"Look also at the bench during the period 
p{ which we speak. The ingenious, polished 
Livingston ; the sound and judicious Rad cliff; 
Thompson, the honest, steady, and stanch 
friend of all that was true and just; Van Ness, 
the accomplished man of genius ; Piatt, the 
sedate, the sober-minded ; and last, him, who 
in every trait and lineament, in every part 
and member, was every way a giant, Spencer. 
AVith these associates; as competitors and co- 
adjutors, did Judge Kent dispense justice. Tq 
whom of them all was he unequal ?" 

In the quasi war with France, Mr. Jones 
was first lieutenant in a volunteer company, 
commanded by Peter A. Jay. 

About this time, Mr. Jones was a member 
of a literary society, (of which the late Peter A. 
Jay was president,) composed, among others, 
of Nathan Sand ford, Charles Baldwin, John 



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Ferguson^ Jas. Alexander, Rudolph Bunner, 
.Goveunieur Ogden, the first Philip Hamilton^ 
William Bard, Wnj. A. Duer, Philip Church, 
John Duer, and Beverley Robinson ; of ^yllOln 
the last five are the only survivors. 

" For several years after his marriage," 
writes President Duer, in a letter valuable for 
its personal details, and still more for the 
generous and kindly spirit it breathes, ^' he 
observed a prudent but liberal economy in his 
household and personal expenditure, and was 
rewarded for his self-denial and forbearance 
by such an increase of the fortune he in- 
herited,^ and that subsequently acquired by 

* From his father's marriage mto the Herring family, 
he became, through his wife, heir to a noble estate, of which 
Mr. Jones's share was large. Of that property, now so 
valuable, he died owning not one foot. He had made many 
purchases, from time to time, of real estate ; but all that 
^e held at the time of his death lay m other sections of the 
city. To give a general idea of the extent of the old Her- 
ring estate, it will be only necessary to mention, that the 
farm enclosed upwards of a hundred acres, m the very best 



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his own industry and exertions, as enabled 
him freely to indulge the generous impulses 
of his nature." 

The same true friend writes thus of the 
personal character of his old associate, with 
whom he preserved an " intimacy cemented 
hy personal intercourse, and which soon ri- 
pened into mutual esteem and confidence, 
uninterruptedly continuing for nearly half a 
century. I had, therefore, ample means of 
knowing the character of your father, and the 
more I learned of it the more I learned to 
respect, esteem, and love him. ^ ^ ^ 
I can safely affirm, that from his youth his 
moral character was unimpeachable, and that 
he was early distinguished for that high 
and nice sense of honor that accompanied 
him through life. It was, no doubt, as much 

part of the city ; and that, at the time of its division among 
the heirs, in 1784, it ranked as the second landed estate in 
the city. The Bayard farm alone exceeded it in value : the 
Stuyvesant farm was very far inferior to it. 



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to this chivalrous trait as to his professional 
skill, that he owed the confidence so unre- 
servedly reposed in him by his clients, in 
cases of the utmost delicacy and importance." 

Duelling- was, then, a fashion. Custom 
had rendered it imperious to accept a chal- 
lenge or to incur the penalty of exclusion 
from society in the event of a refusal to fight. 
And hardly a lawyer of respectability, or gen- 
tleman of mark at that day can be mention- 
ed, who had not been engaged in an affair of 
the kind. 

A comparatively trifling' cause led to a 
hostile meeting between Mr. Jones and an 
eminent advocate, and which, happily, result- 
ed in no serious injury to either party. It 
was in compliance with the requirements 
of public sentiment that Mr. Jones became 
involved in an encounter of this nature. 
The practice Avas then considered not only 
defensible, but essential, on the ground of pre- 
serving a nice sense of honor and of cherish- 



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inor a delicate re^fard for the feelinors of others. 
It served as a check upon familiarity and 
rudeness, and inspired sentiments of generosi- 
ty and devotion. 

The estimation in which Duelling was 
then held exists still in certain districts of 
the vSouth, where a condition of things is to 
he found similar to that which prevailed: 
here in New- York formerly, and which gave 
the tone to the manneTs of that period. 

Masonry, too, was then a fashion. Mr. 
Jones became a Royal Arch Mason, Master 
of his Lodge, and Templar. In a prudential 
and social point of view, this was a good school. 

'' Had the Institution of Masonry," says 
Dr. Hosack, (Memoir of Dewitt Clinton,) 
^' been otherwise than the means of diffusing 
the blessings of benificence and of that cha- 
rity, that best of virtues, that binds man to 
man, it would never have received the uni- 
form support of men distinguished for their 
intelligence, integrity, and piety ; on the con- 



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trary, could it even tacitly haye sanctioned 
any departure from the strictest rules of recti- 
tude or honor, it would long since haA'e been 
abandoned by the yirtuous and ^yise. 

While quite a young man, Mr. Jones's per- 
sonal intimates ^yere Peter A. Jay, Maltby 
Gelston, Beyerly Robinson, Rudolph Bunner, 
Philip Church, "William A. Dner, John Duer 
and Elbert Herring. The friends of his 
youth were the friends of his age, and those 
with whom he had been early familiar, re- 
mained his nearest friends to his latest mo- 
ments. In later life, the names of John 
Wells, and of Clement C. Moore in particu- 
lar, with that of Peter A Jay, ought to be 
added to his list of near friends. 

With profess'ed authors or artists he asso- 
ciated little, saye those with whom he had 
been early connected in New York society. 
Irying and Cooper were among his personal 
friends. Cooper, ^the actor, he often met in 
society when young, and from him deriyed a 



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taste for elocution admirable for its impres- 
siveness and dignity. 

"With some of the gentlemen above men- 
tioned, and certain others with whom he was 
hardly less intimate, Mr. Jones was connected 
in Columbia College and the City Library, ^ 

^ The New- York Society Library is one of tlie few old 
JN'ew-York Institutions still remaining. The Charter was 
originally dra-sMi up hy^the Hon. Samuer Jones, in 1754; (a 
collection havmg been in existence for nearly half a century 
before, but had never been incorporated by an Act of 
the Legislature.) During the war the Society was 
broken up and most of the Books dispersed. So, that, at 
the peace, only fragments remained of the former collection. 
A few years after the Charter was confirmed by a special 
Act, since which time the advancement of the Library has 
been steady. With the exception of a locum tenens of one 
year, and a longer interregnum^ during the minority of the 
present able and worthy Librarian, when liis uncle occupied 
the office, the duties of it have been fulfilled by father and 
son, exclusively, smce its creation. For both of these gen- 
tlemen Mr. Jones entertained a strono: feeling of esteem and 
confidence, which was warmly repaid by a genuine feeling 
of respect and admiration. — This Library has been, and 






(of which his father had drawn up the origi- 
nal charter,) two old New- York Institutions, 
as Trustee ; in the former Institution, from 
1820 to the day of his death; and in the lat- 
ter, from 1817 to 1836, with the intermission 
of two years — 1832-34, 

A list of Mr. Jones's intimate associates, 
(which should also number all of his clients, 
who adhered to him throuo^h a lonof career, 
and cherished a strong personal regard, be- 
side the early friends he never forsook during 
middle life and up to the day of his death,) 
would enibrace the names of the first lawyers 
of his time, and the foremost public characters 
of the day in politics, the church, and general 
society. 

With reofard to the intercourse that sub- 
sisted between his most attached and confi- 

should remain, the City Librar}^ and ought to be Uberally 
sustained by prominent and wealthy individuals. It pro- 
perly serves as an upper college to the alum.nus, and 
unites also an agreeable resort for the general reader. 



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dential friends among these, and himself, we 
may quote the remark of Emerson — " I know- 
nothing which life has to offer so satisfying 
as the profound good understanding which 
can subsist, after much interchange of good 
offices, between two virtuous men, each of 
whom is sure of himself and of his friend." 

With regard to the efficiency and value of 
his labors in the College Board of Trustees, we 
quote the emphatic language of ex-President 
Duer, which occurs in an address before the 
alumni, July 24, 1848, critically just andwarm. 
from his heart : — '' There are others more re- 
cently deceased, who in their lives acquired 
an honorable fame, and in their deaths w^ere 
deeply honored by their contemporaries — a 
second Jay, an Ogden, and a Jones ^ — 
all of the same profession, and pursuing 
the same walks in it ; preferring its more re- 
tired and confidential, to its more prominent 

m 
* Peter A, Jay, T4ios. L. Ogden, and David S. Jones, Esqs. 



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and litigious paths. The intercourse and 
sympathies of business drew closer between 
them the ties of personal friendship. They 
were more than able lawyers — they were 
Christian gentlemen and scholars ; and in 
their lives and deaths exemplified those cha- 
racters. They were not only among the most 
meritorious of the Alumni of this Colleofe, but 
among the most useful and active of its trus- 
tees ; and the counsel and support I received 
from them in its superintendence vividly ex- 
cited my gratitude, encouraged me in diffi- 
culty, brightened the chain of mutual friend- 
ship that had existed between us from early 
youth, and justify, whilst they prompt, this 
passing tribute to their memory." (Page 25.) 
And in a paragraph of the address before the 
St. Nicholas Society, December 1, 1848, the 
following generous tribute occurs, prompted 
by the cordial friendship of the same distin- 
guished gentleman, to the memory of Mr. 
Jones. The orator had been recordino- the 



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deaths of associates of the society during the 
past year. '' The other, (David S. Jones,) a 
chivah^ous and polished gentleman, a kind- 
hearted and devoted friend, and a skilful prac- 
titioner in the more private and confidential, 
though not less arduous and responsible, 
branches of the law." 

From early manhood, Mr. Jones was a 
churchman and a federalist ; though, at one 
period, so infrequent in his attendance at 
church, that Bishop Hobart, who admired him 
extremely, was accustomed to speak of him, 
for his zeal and liberality, as a pillar of the 
Church, but an outside pillar. When at his 
country seat on Long Island, however, his 
attendance was more constant, and he was 
generally seen every Sunday morning, in his 
pew in St. George's Church ; the Rev. Dr. 
Carmichael, Hempstead, then rector. For 
many years (from 1821-29 inclusive, with 
the exception of the year 1822) he was a lay 
delefifate from St. Mark's Church, New- York. 



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to the Diocesan Convention. He ^vas a trus- 
tee of the General Theological Seminary from 
its final establishment in New- York in IS 22. 

At the time of his decease he was senior 
warden of St. Saviour's Church at Maspeth, 
L. I., which church he contributed greatly to 
establish. 

In politics, too, though he took a decided 
stand, he was anything but a politician, in 
the common sense, for he always preferred 
any sacrifice of ordinary advantages, rather 
than resign his personal independence. Once 
only, we believe, he, in common with others 
of the same political faith, voted for the de- 
mocratic candidate for President. If we do 
not mistake, he voted for General Jackson, 
impressed as he was by the force and energy 
of his personal character, which he could not 
but admire. 

Mr. Jones held few public offices — but we 
shall mention that in 1812-13 he was ap- 
pointed Corporation Attorney, an office then, 



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perhaps, of greater labor and responsibility 
than at present. About this time, or a little 
earlier, probably in 1806, during the first pro- 
fessional visit of the artist to New York, his" 
portrait was painted by Sully, one of his ear- 
liest pictures in New- York, and a spirited 
head full of power. ^ 

He was married three times — first, to 
Margaret Jones, of an entirely distinct family, 
daughter of Dr. Thomas Jones, t and grand- 

^ This head, considered by many as a defective like- 
ness, the writer had intended to procure an engraving of, 
but desisted, in comphancc with the opinion of those who 
knew the origmal, early in life, and who pronounced it un- 
faithful as a resemblance. 

•}" Dr. Thomas Jones was, perhaps, more eminent as a 
whig than as a physician. He was a man of fortune, had 
married a Livingston, and afterwards confined his practice 
very much to his family connexions. He was a brother of 
Dr. John Jones of Philadelphia, of revolutionary celebrity ; 
and both were distinguished among their contemporaries as 
scholars and gentlemen. — From " Reminiscenes of an Old 
New Yorker," number five, a series of capital papers, full" 



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(laughter of Philip Livingston, the Signer, one 
of whose sisters became, afterwards, the se- 
cond wife of De Witt Clinton. Second, to 
Susan Le Roy, daughter of Herman Le Roy, 
of the old firm of Le Roy, Bayard &: Co., 
whose younger sister became the second wife 
of Daniel Webster ; and third, to Mary Clin- 
ton, eldest daughter of De Witt Clinton. 

By these several marriages Mr. Jones had 
eighteen children, of whom nine are now 
living. 

of character and incident, and pleasant retrospection, pub- 
lished in the American Mail during the months of June, 
July, and August, 1S47. 

Dr. John Joxes, " ever to be remembered as a physi- 
cian to AYasliington, and the surgeon to Franklin." — Dr. 
J. "\Y. Francis — Anniversary Discourse before the New- 
York Academy of Medicine. 

Dr. Jones was one of the first Professors of Surgery in 
Columbia (N. Y.,) College, under the Royal Charter, 1767- 
1776 ; and also one of the Founders of the Xew-Y'ork Hos- 
pital. He was a medical writer of some eminence, and a 
promment pohtician. His life has been written by Dr. 
Mease, Dr. J. AY. Francis, in Ency. Americana, &c. 



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After a long and laborious professional 
life, (of nearly fifty years, including the years 
after his return to the bar,) Mr. Jones left 
the city of New- York, April 1836, to realize 
a project cherished from his youth, of passing 
his latest years in retirement, amid the favo- 
rite scenes of his boyhood, and on the pater- 
nal soil. He bought an extensive property, 
on .which he built a noble mansion, and 
made many and judicious improvements. 
He called his domain Massapequa, after the 
Indian name of the region. But owing to 
disastrous circumstances, the fall of real 
estate, and consequent pecuniary embarrass- 
ment, he lost heavily; gave up the place, 
and returned to town and to the practice 
of his profession during the winter of 
1840. 

Few men have displayed equal manli- 
ness in meeting a change of fortune : at 
once he made an alteration in his style of 
living, and applied himself to business with 



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the diligence of a young practitioner commen- 
cing his career. Just previously he had been 
appointed Judge of his native county, which 
office he retained but one year. Subsequently 
he 'received the title of LL. D., from Alle- 
ghany College, Meadville, Pa. 

In the country he occupied himself chiefly 
with building and laying out his grounds. 
He was fond of making designs, and had the 
eye and judgment of a good architect. These 
employments kept him much in the open 
air, and stood in place of the more customary 
rural occupations. The only country amuse- 
ment, out of doors, he cared for, was trout fish- 
ing ; a legal sport, involving an exercise of the 
meditative subtilty, congenial to the mind of 
an equity lawyer and conveyancer. '' Idle 
time," as Sir Henry Wotton says, '' not idly 
spent." To indulge this taste, he had formed 
a noble pond, almost a lake, from a small 
stream, the Massapequa Brook, ^ that ran 

*Massapequa. — The name of this Brook is an obvious 



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through his farm. Exercise, in the common 
sense, Mr. Jones never took. At no period 
of his life a pedestrian, and though fond of 
horses in earlier years, yet latterly compara- 
tively indifferent ahout either riding or driving. 
In his house the apostolic injunction of 
hospitality was now, as ever, fully carried 

memorial of the Massapequa Tribe, who formerly occupied 
this territory. It is said that the import of this name has 
been recently ascertained, and is supposed to have origina- 
ted from the exclamation of some cliild of the forest, who 
after slaking his thirst' in the purling stream, arose from 
his hands and knees, with this expression — "Massapequa ; 
I have drank enoush, and more than enoufilir — Prime's 
History of Long Island. 

The Massapequa, or Marsapeague Tribe, had their 
principal settlement at the place called Fort Neck ; and 
from thence eastward to the bounds of Islip, and north to 
the middle of the Island ; being the usual boundary of all 
the tribes by a kmd of common consent. The only remarka- 
ble battle between the whites and Indians was fought with 
this tribe, when their fort was taken and demolished by a 
force under the command of Captain John Underhill, about 
the year 1653. — Thomiiwn. 



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out. He always loved to see a house and table 
full of guests, whom he well knew how to 
entertain. 

For the south side of Long Island, as his 
birth-place and the seat of his ancestors for 
several generations, he cherished from boy- 
hood a peculiar predilection. Strangers gene- 
rally find it uninteresting : it is remarkably 
level, and lacks variety : being near the sea, 
it has few trees, and is altogether unpicturesque. 
But it had its distinctive charms for Mr. Jones. 
He greatly preferred a champaign to a hilly 
country, in all probability from early associa- 
tion, and partly, no doubt, from the character 
of his mind, which was comprehensive and 
liberal. A pleasing sense of solitude and' re- 
moteness from the bustle of the city, '• the 
busy hum of men ;" the bracing salt air, de- 
lightfully cool in summer, and invigorating 
at all seasons ; the admirable roads ; to say 
nothing of the warm hospitality of the family 
connexions, and a common local interest in 



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the place ; rendered it an agreeable residence 
for several years. 

The last four or five years of Mr. Jones's 
life were divided between his town residence 
and his country seat at Maspeth, (the former 
seat of De Witt Clinton.) It is a charming 
spot, cool and sequestered, overshadowed by 
noble trees, and situated in the midst of a 
pleasant country. Mr. Jones employed himr 
self here as at his former place, Massapequa, 
though upon a very much smaller scale. One 
of his very latest wishes was to visit this place, 
and he confidently expected to become well 
enough to go there for the summer, only a day 
or two before his death ; while, indeed, he 
was dying. 

He died Wednesday, May 10, 1848, in his 
71st year, at his residence, 77 Fifteenth-street, 
after a very brief illness. He had been at his 
office on the previous Saturday, but looking 
miserably, and, as he confessed, feeling far 
from well. Yet neither his family nor him^ 



35 

self had the least conception of the nearness 
of his death. A violent cold, giving rise to a 
peculiar affection of the throat and lungs, 
(Typhoid pneumonia, according to Dr. J. W. 
Francis, and fatal in three days,) acting upon 
an exhausted frame, was the proximate cause 
of his decease. Anxiety of mind, in relation 
to business concerns, in particular, had a large 
share in hastening the progress of his disease, 
which was fearfully rapid. 

During his illness he uttered not a com- 
plaint : having little or no faith in medicine, 
he occupied his mind with matters of serious 
import and reflection ; though, up to within a 
few hours only of his departure, he had no 
idea of its extreme closeness. He su^ered 
comparatively little (to all appearance) in 
body, except from extreme debility, and his 
mind was unclouded and clear to the last. 
His death was without ostentation, though 
marked by an unaffected dignity. 



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*' And wliich is best and happiest yet, all this, 
AYith God not parted from him, 
But favorins: and assisting; to the end. 
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail. 
Or knock the breast ; no weakness, no contempt. 
Dispraise or blame — nothing but well and fair, 
And what may quiet us, m a death so noble." 

He Avas happy in the circumstances of his 
death : it came with comparative suddenness. 
But when is death other than sudden, how- 
ever long expected ? It almost always gives 
a shock. This mode of death he had always 
desired, and used to say that he could not 
join heartily in that petition of the Litany 
against '' sudden death." The nohle passages 
of Shakspeare against fear of death were among 
his favorite quotations. (Julius Caesar, act 
iii.j scene Snd, and Measure for Measure, act 
iii., scene 1st.) He would die, if Heaven 
pleased, with no long illness preceding ; not 
enfeebled by age and misery ; in full vigor of 
mind; with manly decorum. The infirmities 
of age he dreaded, and never lived to experi- 






ence. Death-bed repentance with the ^yisest 
and best he justly held to be doubtful and 
tardy; that a man would be judged by the 
general tenor of his life and conduct : and 
that when it came to the last, we were in the 
merciful hands of our Almighty Father, on 
whose providence we might safely rely, if 
seriously repentant. He thus died, himself 
realising the motto of the Jones family — 
" Trust in Grod." 

Premature burial alone he ever expressed 
a natural horror of; and his request, stated 
repeatedly for years previous, that his body 
should be kept for three full days and three 
nights, was observed beyond the letter. He 
expired AYednesday, May 10, seven a.m., and 
was buried the succeeding Saturday, five p.m. 

His funeral was '* an old New- York fu- 
neral," as some one remarked at the time, 
and attended by the best portion of the bar. 
The pall bearers were — Professor Clement C. 

Moore, LL.D., Hon. John L. Lawrence, Hon. 
6 



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John Duer, Hon. David B. Ogden, Hon. Philip 
Hone, Hon. John A. King, General Edward 
W. Laight, and Beverly Robinson, Esq. 

The full funeral services were performed 
by Bev. Drs. Seabury and Wainwright, and 
Bev. Messrs. Southard and Walsh, in' St. 
Mark's Church. His body was deposited in 
the family vault in the churchyard. 

After the admirable characters drawn of 
Mr. Jones, -and which appeared shortly after 
his decease, it would seem almost a work of 
supererogation to attempt any thing further of 
the same kind. This the present writer has 
no thought of doing ; but even so slight a 
sketch as the foregoing appears to demand a 
few words in addition, to be derived from 
personal reminiscence. 

To preserve the truth of portraiture, it is 
but just to display the different qualities of 
the same character; and, to obviate the cen- 
sure of those who may consider concealment 
of even venial faults to be equally a defect 



39 

with over-praise, we do not hesitate to speak 
of the defects of his character. 

Vices he had none ; of meanness he was 
utterly incapable ; but he had his weaknesses, 
and a portion of those failings, some (more or 
less) of which fall to the lot of every human 
being. In temper Mr. Jones was quick and 
irritable, the effect of temperament, and the 
accompaniment of a generous and impulsive 
character ; but malice or illiberality found no 
place in his heart. Though choleric and hasty, 
he was prompt to atone for the least error of 
speech or act; and sought to repair the ill 
effect, even of unconscious prejudice. Self- 
consideration he appeared sometimes to carry 
to excess ; but his frank, genial egotism could 
offend none who knew his genuine merit. 
Like most cordial men, he often talked freely 
of his affairs and opinions, and seemed to lay 
too much stress upon them ; but his vanity 
never exposed him to assumption of undue 
importance. He occupied no position the 



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duties of which he did not exactly fulfil. He 
rated himself justly ; though he could not hut 
feel an instinctive superiority within himself 
over the majority of mankind. 

He was proud, and with good reason, of 
his family, his profession, His standing in it 
and in society, and of his chosen friends. 
Content with the esteem and affection of these, 
he cared little for popular applause, (much as 
he was gratified hy the just and cordial ap- 
prohation of the wise and the good,) and was 
perhaps a little careless in expressing his low 
estimate of it. Hence, he passed with many 
for a proud and haughty man. That he was, 
in truth, very far removed from this character, 
we may appeal to the hest witnesses, the 
friends of. his youth, the friends of his man- 
hood and of his latest years. Of the features 
of his character, on which they have expati- 
ated, and with so much sincerity and warmth, 
and generous devotion to his memory, we 
shall not attempt to draw a sketch ; only 



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adding our personal testimony to the perfect 
genuineness of the picture, painted in such 
lively and lasting colors. 

Mr. Jones was eminently a lover of home, 
its quiet and comforts. Except, however, at 
dinner, he saw little of his family, as most of 
his time was spent in his study, (this was 
more especially the case before he left town, 
in 1836, for Long Island,) hard at work, often 
protracting his labors until late in the night. 
His habit was to sit at least an hour at dinner, 
at which he loved to indulge in conversation. 
He talked much and well, with readiness, 
spirit, and variety of resources. His table was 
a school for his children, vrhere he souofht not 
only to teach the minute decencies of etiquette, 
but took occasion to impress principles and 
lessons of manly duty and generous conduct, 
which he illustrated in his own life. 

As a host he was imrivalled. Few men 
could so skilfully harmonize the sometimes 
discordant materials of a largfe formal dinner. 



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He kne^y the proper place of every guest, and 
gave liim that attention and courtesy which 
was his due. 

But his dinners, professional or general, 
were so managed as seldom to require tact of 
this kind ; and without effort, at the head of 
his table, among chosen friends, he was gay, 
friendly, and sincere. 

All the minor accomplishments of an ac- 
complished gentleman were possessed by him, 
and served to fill up the intervals of repose 
or recreation from business, 

The dependents of his bounty never felt 
the weioiit of obli oration from his un^acious- 
ness or assumption. In giving aid or counsel, 
generosity of spirit, and considerate manner 
always accompanied a generous act. 

He was beloved by his personal atten- 
dants, with whom, without art, and in spite 
of occasional defects of temper, he, in almost 
every case, became an object of admiration as 
well as of gratitude. 



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The personal appearance of Mr. Jones^ 
was commanding, emphatically that of a gen- 
tleman. His head was cast in a classic 
mould, and his features finely cut. His eye 
was remarkable for intelligence and expres- 
siveness ; it com_bined sweetness with spirit, 
and reflected every emotion of his soul. His 
figure was above the ordinary height, and 
so formed that all the movements of it were 
graceful without design. His carriage was 
stately, his manners dignified, and his pres- 
ence noble. 

His voice was uncommonly clear, deep, 
and sonorous, well adapted to grave oratory, 
and had not his legal genius taken a different 
bent, and the important trusts confided 
to him, engrossed his attention, he might 
have attained the first rank of forensic repu- 
tation. As it was, he was an impressive 
speaker, especially in the Court of Chancery, 
or before the Bench of the higher Courts. 

His reading was eminently fine, spirited, 



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and impressive, (lacking, perhaps, a little in 
flexibility of tone,) especially in the Bible 
and Shakespeare; the pointed couplets of 
Dryden and Pope, he gave with effect. In or- 
dinary conversation, the tones of his voice 
were varied and musical. 

Mr. Jones was thoroughly well read in 
Shakespeare and the English poets, from Dry- 
den down, and, in a word, he had that ac- 
quaintance with classical and modern litera- 
ture, Vvith history and the topics of general 
good conversation, possessed by well educated 
gentlemen of his own standing. In the current 
literature of the day, except in the very light- 
est works of amusement, he took little inter- 
est. And the very modern poetry had little 
attractions for him. His reading lay more 
peculiarly among the Augustan writers of 
Anne and George III. For purely Belles-let- 
tres studies, since early manhood, he had not 
found time; and except for a few masterly 
writers, hardly retained a predilection. 



45 

His opinions on moral, political, social, 
and religious questions were invariably sound 
and just. He took up no idea or theory 
hastily ; had no crude fancies. His mind 
was eminently practical and clear. No man 
of his class and rank, spoke or wrote with 
less irrelevancy or with less of point and di- 
rectness. His letters were altogether occu- 
pied with business : (Mr. Jones had no taste 
for origina;l composition ; he had travelled 
little ; only on occasions of business, and on 
the fashionable excursions of summer tourists,) 
and he preferred talking upon politics and 
about books and individuals, to writing on 
either of those subjects. Hence the material 
of his correspondence is wanting in general 
interest. The style of his letters was brief, 
pointed, and direct. He was peculiarly direct 
and perspicuous in his law papers, also : which 
were models of their kind. In his case, chiro- 
graphy served as a true test of character, and 
which was marked by decision and strength. 



46 

We do not know that we can better con- 
clude this brief sketch than by quoting the 
following admirable portraiture of Mr. Jones 
in his judicial character, from the pen of A. 
J. Spooner, Esq., well known both "kt the 
New- York and Long Island Bars, and also, in 
his connexion with the Brooklyn Star, for cour- 
tesy, intelligence, and genuine worth : — 

''In his character as judge he had one 
merit, which is ahvays a leading qualifica- 
tion—decision. He invariably decided every 
thing submitted to him while the matter was 
freshly in mind; and I do not recollect an in- 
stance where for any reason he kept hope de- 
ferred, or delayed to pronounce a judgment 
for fear of offence. His mind was eager, his 
attention close, his conclusions rapid, and 
promptly uttered, with the reasons which en- 
forced them. I have no recollection of any 
judgments of his which were found to be 
erroneous on review. I had the opinion — and 
this, I know, was entertained by several of 



47 

the Bar of Queens — that his former exclusive 
devotion to chancery practice had left him 
more limited in the ready knowledge of the 
common law and its practice than would 
otherwise have been tliQ case. A strong lean- 
ing towards equity would always manifest 
itself; though, when the rule of law was ren- 
dered clear by authority, he was ready to 
admit and adopt it. Had he lived in the day 
of the present reformed practice of the courts, 
his attainments upon the Bench would have 
found wider scope, and been generally ac- 
knowledged. 

" One thing is certain. On the County 
Bench, no sinister influence dared approach 
Judge Jones. I believe his integrity to have 
been perfectly crystalline, and it gave him 
the confidence of the Bar and of the county. 

'' There was, it is true, a seeming imperi- 
ousness and self-will about Judo^e Jones. It 
was difficult for him to submit his judgment 
to that of the lay members of the Bench, in 



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a very few cases where they overruled him: 
He did not hesitate, however, to pronounce 
their judgment courteously, while he expressed 
his own dissent, and his self-love soon relaxed 
into the most cordial kindness and good will. 
*' He was most careful to enforce and pre- 
serve all the decencies and proprieties of a 
court of justice. He was rigorous in exacting 
of grand jurors and others a strict attention 
to their duties. He evidently desired fully 
and conscientiously to do his duty; and I do 
not know that in his brief judicial career he 
was ever charged with, or suspected of, sacri- 
ficing the public business to his own private 
affairs, or an inclination to consult his own 
ease." 



OBITUARY NOTICES. 



OBITUARY NOTICES. 



From Courier and Inquirer, (C. Kixg, Esq.) May lltli, 

1848. 

In announcing the decease of David S. Jones, 
we are called upon to-day to record the death 
of an old and valued friend, of an able and 
upright lawyer, of a zealous and spirited 
citizen, of a man of honor, and a gentleman, 
in all the best acceptations of these words. 
Mr. Jones was so widely known as to render 
any general notice of his career superfluous. 
Identified wdth this city from his earliest 
youth, taking a deep interest in its prosper- 
ity and improvement, and himself largely 
interested therein, he has witnessed, and con- 
tributed not a little to its grow^th, from a 
villaofe to a metropolis. 



52 

As a lawyer, and especially in the prepa- 
ration of legal instruments, upon the accuracy 
and fidelity of which the rights of property 
so largely repose, Mr. Jones was of approved 
skill, caution, and regularity, and he was con- 
sequently widely consulted and employed. 
In the higher departments, too, of the profes- 
sion, as advocate and counsel, his practice 
was large ; and in the discharge of his duties 
as a lawyer, not less than m the daily inter- 
course of life, he was guided invariahly by 
the same high principles. He stooped to no 
unworthy or questionable practices, and was 
as incapable of trick as of treachery. A man 
of sound understanding, of strong attach- 
ments, of most liberal and generous conduct, 
of frankness and manly speech, of approved 
integrity, and acting always under a lofty 
and conscientious sense of duty to God and to 
man, he has left behind him on earth not one 
of whom, more truly than himself, can be said, 
thei'e teas a Man. 



53 



From Coimiiercial Advertiser, May 13, 1847. 

'' The late David S. Jones. — At a meeting 
of the Bar of the city of New- York, called for 
the purpose of testifying their respect for the 
memory of their deceased friend and brother, 
David S. Jones — whose funeral is to be at- 
tended to-day — David B. Ogden, Esq., was 
called to the chair ; George Griffin, George 
Wood, Beverly Robinson, and David Codwise, 
Esqs., were appointed vice-presidents ; and 
Francis B. Cutting, J. Prescott Hall, and 
James Lorimer Graham, Esqs., secretaries. 

Mr. Duer,^ from the committee appomted 
at a previous meeting of the Bar for that pur- 
pose, reported the resolutions that follow, 
which he introduced with some appropriate 
remarks in relation to the professional and 
personal character of the deceased. 

He spoke, in substance, as follows : 

* Hon. John Duer, at present one of the Judges of the 
Superior Court of tliis city. 
8 



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We have lost, Mr. Chairman, one of the 
oldest and most valued of our personal friends, 
and the Bar one of its most esteemed and 
honorable members — David S. Jones. We 
are now assembled to testify our respect to 
his memory, and for that purpose I have been 
instructed to offer a series of resolutions, that 
I doubt not will be found to express the sen- 
timents of all who are present. Before the 
resolutions are read, however, there are a very 
few words that I wish to say. I do not mean 
to offer a formal eulogy on our deceased friend, 
but there is a tribute of praise to which he is 
most justly entitled, and which, as one of the 
oldest of his friends, I feel it my duty to ren- 
der. I shall not dwell upon his professional 
merits and attainments, but I am sure that 
all to whom he was as well known as to you 
and to myself, will bear me out in saying, 
that as an equity lawyer, and a real-property 
lawyer, he had few superiors in our profession. 

" There was none to whom the difficult 



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and responsible task of drawing a complex 
will, or an intricate marriage or family settle- 
ment, could be. more safely entrusted. There 
was no man more cautious and vigilant in 
watching over the interests of his clients ; 
none who had a deeper sense of the responsi- 
bility which the relation of lawyer and client 
creates ; none who was more conscientious, 
more arduous, or more faithful in discharging 
the duties which the relation imposes. But 
it was chiefly of his personal qualities that I 
meant to speak, and, if I mistake not, there 
is a single word, that, properly and fully un- 
derstood, will be found to express his character 
— the character that all admitted him to pos- 
sess, and which, throughout his life, and under 
all circumstances, he uniformly sustained. 

'' David S. Jones was emphatically a gen- 
tleman. He was so in the truest and fullest 
sense of the term. I mean that he was not 
merely a man of polished manners, attentive 
to the best forms and observances of society, 



56 

but that his feelings were pure and lofty, his 
sentiments refined and elevated — I mean that 
he was a man of a delicate sense of honor, of 
stainless integrity and perfect truth. Nor was 
this all : he was a man of warm and generous 
affections — of strong and enduring attach- 
ments — exemplary in all the private relations 
of life, and to those who possessed his esteem* 
and confidence, a steady, zealous, devoted 
friend. Nor was he merely a sunshine friend. 
In the hour of trial and difficulty, and the day 
of adversity, he shrank from no personal sacri- 
fices that the claims and duties of friendship 
seemed to demand. In short, Mr. Chairman^ 
we hav^e lost a man whose character and vir- 
tues rendered him car ornament to society, 
and an honor to our profession ; and we should 
be forgetful of our duties, and recreant to our 
honor, if we failed to render a suitable tribute 
of respect to his memory. It is with this con- 
viction that I offer the following resolutions, 
and move their adoption : — 



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The resolutions were then read, and being 
duly seconded, were unanimously adopted : 

Resolved, That the members of the Bar 
of the city of New- York have heard with deep 
regret of the sudden and unexpected decease 
of their respected friend and brother, David 
S. Jones, who has for many years held a dis- 
tinguished rank in the profession, and an 
elevated position in society, for his high-toned 
integrity, his generosity and benevolence, and 
the possession of all those qualities and attri- 
butes that constitute the character of a gen- 
tleman. 

Resolved, That the members of the Bar 
deeply sympathise with the family of the de- 
ceased in their berea, anient, and wear the 
usual badge of mourning for the ensuing 
month. 

Resolved, That these proceedings be pub- 
lished, and a copy of the resolutions, signed 
by the presiding officers, be transmitted to the 
family of the deceased." 



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From Tlie Churchman, (Rev. Dr. Seabury,) 
May 20, 1848. 

^' It becomes our painful duty to record 
the death of the Hon. David S. Jones, who 
expired, at his residence in this city, on Wed- 
nesday, May 10th, in the 71st year of his age. 

Mr. Jones was a man of strongly marked 
character, of noble and generous sympathies, 
of high sense of honor, vigorous intellect, 
and inflexible integrity. A son of the Hon. 
Samuel Jones, " the father of the New- York 
Bar," inheriting many of his father's traits of 
character, and trained under his eye to the 
legal profession, he formed in early life those 
habits of discrimination and research, of accu- 
racy and promptitude in business, which paved 
the way to his professional eminence. Before 
the age of twenty-one, he was appointed by 
Gov. Jay, his private secretary, a delicate and 
responsible office, which Mr. Jay had himself 
filled in the eventful period of the Revolution. 
In this situation, Mr. Jones was brought into 



59 

intercourse with some of the most distin- 
guished men of the day, and laid the founda- 
tion of intimacies and friendships which were 
afterward the pride and solace of his life, and 
were continued with unabated warmth until 
they were interrupted by death. 

But, though favored by his early advan- 
tages and associations, Mr. Jones did not rely 
on them to build up for himself a factitious 
reputation ; but, devoting himself to his pro- 
fessional pursuits with indomitable energy and 
imtiring industry, he fairly earned the sterling 
reputation which he enj oyed. During the fifty 
years that he was at the Bar, he never failed 
a day to be at his office, except on days which 
religion has consecrated to higher purposes, or 
on which he was detained at home by a death 
in his family. As a natural consequence, he 
became eminent in that department of law to 
which his attention w^as chiefly directed : the 
soundness of his legal opinions, the dispatch 
and prompitude^ the accuracy^ and fidelity of 



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his business habits, combined with his lofty 
integrity, gave him a distinguished position 
in society, and rendered his profession a source 
of emolument and honor. 

In ecclesiastical affairs, Mr. Jones took an 
active and conspicious part, and enjoyed the 
full confidence of the late Bishop Hobart, as 
well as of the present Bishop of this Diocese^ 
for his sound, orderly, and conservative views. 
For many years he was a lay delegate from 
St. Mark's Church, in this city, to the Dio- 
cesan Convention. He was a trustee of the 
General Theological Seminary, from its final 
establishment in this city in 1822, and until 
his removal from the city, a few years since^ 
one of its Standing Committee. At the time 
of his decease, he was Senior "Warden of St. 
Saviour's Church, Maspeth, having been 
chosen to that ofiice, at the organization of 
the parish, last year. He was also, for the 
last twenty years of his life, one of the most 
faithful and efficient members of the Board 



61 

of Trustees of Columbia College, of which 
institution, he was an Alumnus. In all these 
appointments, he was remarkable for his 
regularity, punctuality, and diligence, in the 
discharge of the duties which they devolved 
on him. Those who have been associated 
with him in the conduct of these institutions, 
or who have had occasion to confer with him 
confidentially on their affairs, will bear wit- 
ness to the penetration and solidity of his 
judgment, and to the inflexible honesty of 
purpose which determined him to the pursuit 
of their true interests, even when they came 
(as they sometimes did) in collision with his 
cherished personal predilections, or the soli- 
citations of friends. 

Like most men of strong natural feelings, 
Mr. Jones acted much from impulse ; but his 
impulses were not capricious ; they neither 
interfered with the steadiness of his friend- 
ship, nor warped his convictions of truth and 
equity. They were the impulses of a gener- 



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ous mind recoiling from disguise and decep- 
tion : of one— 

Whose tongue and heart did not turn backs ; but went 
One way, and kept one course with what he meant. 
"Who used no mask at all, but ever ware 
His honest inchnation open-faced ; * 

and whose sympathies freely flowed forth in 
behalf of every meet object that appealed to 
his benevolence and humanity. His gener- 
osity was remarkable : Avhen applied to by 
the Bishop of the Diocese, for the furtherance 
of a good object; he has been known to send 
a blank check with his signature, to be filled 
up with any amount which the applicant 
chose to insert ; and when obliged, in his 
latter years, to retrench his expenses, he has 
been often known to say that the Church, 
and its institutions, should be the last object 
from which his benefactions should be with- 
drawn. 

Mr. Jones's health was such, as to allow 
him to attend to his usual professional duties 



63 

until a few days before his death. He re- 
tained the full possession of his mental facul- 
ties to the last ; he was perfectly conscious 
of his situation ; received, at his own request, 
the Holy Communion ; and met his death 
with composure, resignation, and christian 
faith. 

Since the above was written, the follow- 
ing appropriate resolutions have been sent us 
for publication. 

At a meeting of St. Saviour's Church, 
Maspeth, L. I., convened on the 15th day of 
May, 1848, the following Preamble and Re- 
solutions were unanimously adopted : 

Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God 
in his wise Providence to remove ,from our 
midst our late respected Senior Warden ; 

Resolved, That in the death of our late 
Senior Warden, David S. Jones, the members 
of this A^estry mourn the loss of a sincere 
Christian^ a warm friend, a kind neighbor, 
and an estimable and upright man. 



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Resolved, That the eminent virtues of Mr. 
Jones, his integrity, liberality, and truthful- 
ness, and a.bove all, the zeal, disinterestedness, 
and energy, manifested in his efforts, happily 
successful, to establish the Church in our 
neighborhood, claimed our admiiation and 
respect while he was living, and endear to us 
his memory now that he is taken from us. 
^ Resolved, That we tender our kindest 
sympathies to the bereaved widow and family 
of our departed friend, in their deep affliction. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, 
signed by the Rector and Clerk, be trans- 
mitted to the widow and family of Mr. Jones. 

A cojy?/. 

Jaime s Maurice, Clerk of the Vestry.. 



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The Rev, Mr. Walsh, in the A^ery first sermon preached on 
the completion of (St. Saviour's) the Maspeth parish 
church, on the Sunday but one immediately succeedmg 
Mr. Jones's death, paid the following heartfelt and sin- 
cere tribute to the memory of the deceased. The refer- 
ence occurred in a sermon, the text of which was the 
7th verse of the o6th chapter of the Book of the Prophecies 
of Isaiah. 

 ' But while we have every reason to be 
thankful to our heavenly Father, who has so 
far blessed and prospered our undertaking, 
yet there is one circumstance which is justly 
calculated to sadden our joy, and to lessen the 
satisfaction we cannot but feel, in celebrating 
our first services in this church. You doubt- 
less anticipate me, in referring to the loss of 
our senior warden, Mr. David S. Jones, who, 
if not now ' absent from the body,' would, 
in all probability, have joined with us in the 
services of this day ; but who, removed from 
us by a few days' illness, is, we trust, ' present 
with the Lord.' 



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" It is not my intention, in referring to our 
departed friend, to speak of his character, 
either as regards liis public or social life. 
Those tributes of respect have already been 
paid to his memory ; and all of you were suf- 
ficiently acquainted with him to appreciate 
his excellence and worth in these relations. 
I cannot, however, but refer to his character 
as a member of the Church, and as an officer 
of our parish. Born and educated in the 
Church, Mr. Jones had been, from early life, 
a devoted friend to its interests. He became, 
in maturer years, the friend and counsellor of 
the late Bishop Hobart, and, up to the time 
of his decease, was an efficient member of 
various Church institutions. His endeavors 
to do good were warmly manifested in his 
generous responses to all meet appeals to his 
benevolence. He was indeed noble in his 
liberality. During the past year, I incidentally 
learned from his own lips, that it was his 
custom, even in the time of his greatest pros- 



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perity, to set aside nearly a tenth of his in- 
come for charitable and reliirious uses ; and I 
have also heard, from a clergyman, of ^Yhose 
parish he was formerly a member, that he 
had expressed to him the opinion " that it was 
too often the case that Christians, in the day 
of adversity, retrenched their offerings for the 
poor and for the Church, rather than their 
personal expenses ; that the contrary should 
be the rule ; and, for his own part, his gifts to 
the Church should be the last item on the list 
of his expenditure which should be reduced.' 
It was therefore a matter of principle with 

him to do good to all men, and especially unto 
them that are of the household of faith ; and 
the manner in which he acted upon it was a 
plain mark of the sincerity and conscientious- 
ness which stamped his Christian character. 
As an ofScer of our parish, Mr. Jones mani- 
fested, from its organization, by his exertions 
as well as his counsel, the liveliest interest in 
its prosperity. All who have been associated 



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with him can bear witness to the fidelity and 
punctuality Avith which he met all his en- 
gagements, and to the zeal and energy with 
which he interested his personal friends in 
contributing to the erection of this edifice. 
His great desire, often expressed within the 
last few months to many of us, was to be 
allowed to witness its completion, and to 
assemble with us on this occasion. 

" But it has pleased God in His wisdom to 
order events otherwise ; and we now mourn 
the loss of one who was a devoted friend to 
the welfare and prosperity of our parish. 

" His closing hours were befitting the 
Christian. He yielded with resignation to 
the will of God, trusting to realize, through 
the merits of our Saviour's atoning blood, the 
blessed hope of everlasting life. 

"AVhile our loss, therefore, casts a shade 
over our present joy, it should also admonish 
us to renewed exertion and to greater devotion 
in the Christian life. Our life is but short : 



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eternity is long. May we so strive for those 
true joys which are to be found at God's right 
hand, that, when summoned to leave this 
world, we may \vith joy and hope enter upon 
the eternal." 



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APPENDIX. 



NOTICES 



OF THE 



JONES FAMILY, OF QCEEN'S COUNTY. 



APPENDIX. 



Memoir of Hon. Samuel Jones, from Thompsoris 
History of Long Island. 

Hon. Samuel Joxes.* — The first American ancestor 
of this gentleman was Major Thomas Jones, who 
emigrated from Ireland to Rhode Island in 1692, and 
married Freelove, daughter of Thomas To\\Tisend, 
from whom, in 169G, they received a large and valu- 
able tract of land on Lonsr Island, called " Fort 

* The memoir by Mr. Tliompson is retained, in preference to an 
original notice drawn up by a most competent hand, in which certain 
points were omitted which i\Ir. Thompson had included ; and, indeed, 
after examining all tlie family records we could procure, and aided by 
the best lights, we do not see how, so far as exactness and perspicuity 
is concerned, it could be improved. Mr. Thompson had a peculiar 
turn for such researches, and had sifted his materials pretty thoroughly : 
he has left us httle to glean. It is true, he has mingled tradition and 
history ; but it is, in some cases, difiScult to separate them ; and he 
has invariably stated where he reHes purely upon the former. 



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Neck."-\ Here Mr. Jones erected a dwelling, which 
stood 140 years, and was known to travellers as the 
" old brick house.'' 

f The most interesting portion of this part of the town is that 
known by the name of Fort Nech, so called on account of two old 
Indian forts, the remains of which are still very conspicuous. One 
of these is situated on the most southerly point of land adjoining 
the salt meadow, and is nearly, if not exactly, a square, being about 
thirty yards on each side. Tlie breast-work or parapet is of earth, 
and there is a ditch or moat on the outside, -wliich appears to have been 
about six feet wide. The other fort was on the southernmost point 
of the salt meadow adjoining the bay, and consisted of palisadoes set 
in the meadow. The tide has -worn away the meadow "where the 
fort stood, and the place is now a part of the bay, and covered 
■with water. In the bay, between the meadow and the beach, are two 
islands, called Squaw Islands ; and the uniform tradition of the Indians 
was, that the forts were erected by their ancestors, a great while ago, 
for defence against their enemies ; and that upon their approach, the 
women and children were sent to these islands, which occasioned 
them to be so called. The first and most substantial dwelling 
erected here by the white people was the old bricJc house, said to 
have been built by Major Thomas Jones in 1695. It was doubtless 
considered a more than ordinary specimen of architecture in that day, 
and finished in a superior style. Many improbable fictions in relation 
to the owner of the mansion have been preserved, and more strange, 
not to say marvellous legends, have been cherished and circulated in 
regard to the edifice itself, which ignorance and superstition have not 
failed to magnify, and sufficient to fill the lonely and benighted tra- 



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Of the many traditions in relation to tliis extra- 
ordinary personage, very little can be relied upon. 
That he was in some way connected with the buca- 
neers of that period is not improbable, for he had 

veller with fear and anxiety. A con-espondent of the N'ew-York 
Mirror, (noTV known to be the late ingenious William P. Hawes, Esq.) 
a few years since, speaking of the hricTc house, says : " This venerable 
edifice is still standing, though much dilapidated, and is an object of 
awe to all the people in the neighborhood. The traveller cannot 
fail to be struck with its reverend and crumbling ruins, as his eye 
first falls upon it from the turnpike ; and if he has heard the story, 
he will experience a chilly sensation, and draw a hard breath whUe 
he looks at the circular sashless window in the gable end. That 
window has been left open ever since the old man's death. His 
Bons and grandsons used to try aU manner of means in their power to 
close it up. They put in sashes, and they boarded it up, and they 
bricked it up ; but all would not do : so soon as night came, their 
work would be destroyed, and strange sights would be seen, and 
awful voices heard." This curious and venerable relic of bye-gone 
ages stood for a period of more than one hundred and forty years, 
imscathed, except by the hand of time ; and until 1837, when it was 
removed to make way for the extensive improvements of David S. 
Jones, Esq., near which he has erected one of the most costly and 
magnificent mansions in the state. The appendages to this splendid 
establishment are in keeping with the principal edifice, and do credit 
to the liberahty and taste of their opulent proprietor. — ThompsoTCs 
History of Long Island. Town of Oyster-Bar/. 



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been a soldier at the famous battle of the Boyne, 
fought between the English under William III., and 
the Irish under James II., in 1690; and as an ac- 
knowledgment for services rendered by him, he re- 
ceived from his royal master a commission to cruise 
against Spanish property, which, in all probability, 
he made a liberal use of, and thereby accumulated 
considerable v.^ealth. Some trophies of his enterprises 
are still preserved among his descendants. He en- 
tered largely into the commerce of that day, the 
taking of whales along shore, which gave much em- 
ployment to the Indians, who were very expert in 
that business. In 1704 he was commissioned by 
Lord Cornbury, sheriff of Queens county, and in 1710 
was appointed ranger general for the island of Nassau. 
He died in 1713, and, agreeably to his own desire, 
was interred near the creek, at the bottom of the 
upland, on his own farm, and not far from one of the 
old Indian forts. The inscription at his grave, written 
by himself, is as follows : 

" From distant lauds, to this Tvild waste he came, 
This seat he choose, and here he fixed his name. 
Long may liis sons this peaceful spot enjoj, 
And no ill fate their offspring e'er annoy." 

His widow after his death intermarried with Ma- 



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jor Timothy Bagley, a retired British officer, and 

died- in July, 1726. Major Jones left issue David, 

Thomas, William, Margaret, Sarah, Elizabeth, and 

Freelove. Of these, Thomas was drowned in the 

Sound unmarried ; Margaret married Ezekiel Smith ; 

Sarah married Gerardus Clowes ; Elizabeth married 

Jeremiah Mitchell ; and Freelove married Thomas 

Smith. 

David Jones, eldest son, was born Sept. 1G99, and 

to him was devised, in tail, most of the paternal estate. 

Being educated for a lawyer, and possessed of a 

powerful intellect, he became greatly distinguished 

in his profession, and was esteemed a man of very 

superior juridical attainments. In 1737, he was 

chosen to the provincial assembly, and was continued 

in that body till 1758. For thirteen years he filled 

the office of speaker, and had the firmness on one 

occasion to close the doors of the assembly against 

the governor, until a bill then under discussion could 

be passed, and which his excellency intended to defeat 

by prorogation. He married Anne, daughter of Col. 

William Willett, by whom he had issue Thomas, 

David, William, Arrabella, Mary, and Anne. She 

died January 31, 1751. His second wife was Mary, 

widow of John Tredwell, by whom he had no children. 
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In 1758, he was appointed a judge of the supreme 
court of the colony, which he held till 1773. His 
death occurred October 11, 1775. During his whole 
life, and in every situation, he proved the unyielding 
advocate of the rights of the people, and few men 
ever shared more largely in the public confidence 
and respect. 

By suffering a common recovery, his life estate was 
converted into a fee, which he devised to his eldest 
son Thomas for life, with remainder, on failure of 
issue, to the testator's eldest daughter Arrabella, and 
her issue in tail. The said Thomas Jones (commonly 
called Judge Jones) was admitted to the bar in 1755, 
and in 1757 was appointed clerk of Queens county, 
which he held till 1775. He was made recorder of 
New- York in 1769, which he retained four years, and 
was succeeded, a few years after, by his nephew, the 
subject of this notice. His wife was Anne, daughter 
of Chief Justice De Lancey. The stately mansion 
now occupied by General Thomas Floyd Jones, was 
completed by Judge Jones a short time before the 
Revolutionary war. He was appointed a judge of 
the supreme court, which office he held during the 
war by royal commission, which probably led to the 
confiscation of his estate, and his own expatriation. 



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He went to England, where he remained till his 
death, many years after. His brother David was a 
lieutenant of horse in the British service, and died at 
Fort Frontenac in 1758. His sister Mary married 
her cousin Thomas Jones, son of her uncle William, 
and Anne, her sister, became the wife of John Gale, 
of Orange county. William Jones, third son of 
Major Thomas Jones, born April 25, 1708, married 
Phebe, daughter of Colonel John Jackson, by whom 
he had sixteen children, fourteen of whom lived to 
have families ; David, Samuel, William, Thomas, 
Gilbert, John, Walter, Richard, Hallet, Freelove, 
(married Benjamin Birdsall,) Elizabeth, (married 
Jacob Conkling.) Margaret, (married Townsend^ 
Hewlert,) Phebe, (married Benjamin Rowland,) and 
Sarah, (married John Willis.) all of whom left issue, 
which are now very numerous. 

Mr. Jones was a highly respectable and intelligent 
farmer, and resided at West Neck, where his grand- 
son, Thomas Jones, now lives. His death took place 
August 29, 1779, and that of his widow May 10, 1800. 

Samuel Jones, the subject of this notice, was the 
second son of the above named William, and was 
born July 2Gl 1734. His education was quite limited ; 
and while young, he chose the occupation of a sailor, 



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in which capacity he made several voyages to Europe 
in the merchant service. He was ultimatelv deterred 
from prosecuting the business further by the impres- 
sions made upon his imagination in a dream, in which 
he fancied the loss of the vessel in which he was 
about to embark upon another voyage. He was next 
placed in the office of William Smith, the historian, 
an eminent lawyer of New- York, subsequently chief 
justice, and w^hose son was afterwards a judge in 
Canada. Mr. Jones was in due time admitted to the 
bar, and in a surprisingly short period found himself 
surrounded bv friends and honored with an extensive 
and lucrative practice. For his exemplary industry, 
high attainments, and great purity of character, he 
presented a model for the imitation of all who aimed 
at distinction in jurisprudence. His office was sought 
by students, and, besides the late De Witt Clinton, 
he instructed many who afterwards rose to much 
distinction. At the dawn of the Revolutionary con- 
test, he was called into the public councils, and con- 
tinued to ffil important and responsible offices till age 
admonished him to retire to private life. He spent 
the remainder of his days upon his farm at West 
Neck, indulging his taste for reading and observation, 
the fruits of which was communicated to the world 



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through the medium of the press. Such was the 
estimation in which he w^as held by the legal profes- 
sion, that his opinions were generally acquiesced in 
for their accuracy and justice. lie was often in the 
assembly ; and in 1778 was a member of the conven- 
tion that adopted the constitution of the United 
States, of which body his intimate friend, George 
Clinton, was president. It is well known that much 
contrariety of opinion prevailed in that body, and 
that the result was a matter of expediency and com- 
promise among the members. He drew most of the 
amendments proposed, and which were subsequently 
adopted as a part of that instrument. He was, in 
short, indefatis^able in everv situation : and nothing 
was ever perm.itted to interrupt the performance of 
anv imblic dutv. In 1789, he was associated with 
the late Richard Varick in revisins^ the statutes of' 
this state, which was executed principally by Mr. 
Jones, Avith uncommon accuracy and expedition. 
He was the same year appointed recorder of Xew- 
York, the duties of which were discharcjed with 
ability and integrity, till he was succeeded, in 1797, 
by the Hon. James Kent. In 1796, he was requested 
by Governor Jay to draft a law for establishing and 
regulating the office of comptroller, to which he w^as 



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appointed, and which he retained for several years. 
" I rely," says the late Dr. Hosack, " on the testimony 
of others, when I speak of the legal talents of the late 
Samuel Jones : common consent has indeed assigned 
him the highest attainments in j\irisprudence, and 
the appellation of the father of the New-York bar. 
He justly ranked among the most profound and en- 
lightened jurists of this or any other country, and 
acted a useful and conspicuous part in organizing 
our courts and judiciary system after the Revolution. 
He was a liberal and enlif]^htened whig, and advocated 
the cause of Independence with zeal and success." 
" No one," says Chancellor Kent, " surpassed him in 
clearness of intellect, and in moderation and extreme 
simplicity of character ; no one equalled him in his 
accurate knowledge of the technical rules and doc- 
trines of real property, and in familiarity with the 
skilful and elaborate, but now obsolete and mysterious, 
black-letter learning of the common law." 

He was distinguished for coolness, candor, and 
deliberation in debate, and sousrht the substantial 
rather than the showy part of an orator. He was 
twice married — first, to Ellen, daughter of Cornelius 
Turk, who died soon after ; and second, to Cornelia, 
daughter of Elbert Herring, Esq., of New- York, by 



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whom he had issue Samuel, William, Elbert H., 
Thomas, and David S. Jones.* He died November 
21, 1819, and his widow July 29, 1821. 

* The first (William) and seventh ("Walter) sons, died in infancy. 



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Of the Brothers of Hon. Srunuel Jones. 

In the descendants of Samuel Jones the elder we 
are, of course, more particularly interested ; but we 
should by no means omit to mention, in connexion 
with his name, those of his brothers, whose descend- 
ants have kept alive a strong family feeling, and 
have, in different walks, sustained the name and 
reputation of the family : the remaining sons of 
William Jones, senior, who alone of his three brothers 
left issue, and who is therefore to be regarded as the 
head of that branch of the Jones family, whose his- 
tory we are tracing. Thomas and Gilbert went to 
Orange county, and settled there : Richard settled 
near Rochester. The other brothers remained upon 
Lono- Island. 

William, another of the sons of William Jones, 
had two sons, Townsend and vSamuel, who have both 
died without issue. The latter, by his will in 1836, 
established in the town of Oyster Bay a fund called 
the " Jones fund, for the support of the poor,'' for 
which public trustees were appointed by an act of 
the legislature, passed 18th April, 1838. (Laws of 
1838, p. 312.) — John, another son of William Jones, 



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removed to Coldspring harbour, on the north side 
of Long- Island, having married Hannah Hewlett, 
(a daughter of John Hewlett, Esq., and sister of the 
late Judge Divine Hewlett.) who is now living, his 
widow, at an advanced age. He became interested 
in mills and water privileges at that place, formerly 
possessed by his father-in-law, and, besides several 
daughters, left five sons, who are all now living, — 
William H., John H., Walter R., Joshua T., and 
Charles H. The three first named sons have estab- 
lished and conducted for many years manufactories 
at that place. The eldest, William H., a farmer, 
has assisted in the superintendence of the manufac- 
tories, and performed the duties of his situation, as a 
justice of the peace, and in other capacities, public 
and private. The second son, John H., besides at- 
tending to the manufactories, has engaged himself in 
various other pursuits, and has pursued, among others, 
that undertaken by the first founder of the family in 
this country — ^the whale fishery. He and his brother, 
Walter R., have been part owners, and he the active 
manager and agent, of eight whaling ships, fitted out 
from Coldspring harbour, measuring more than 3000 
tons, carrying about 250 men, and costing, with their 

outfits, about 8227,000. These, instead of confining 
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themselves near our coasts, from which the whales 
have been mostly frightened away, make longer 
voyages than Captain Cook did in circumnavigating 
the globe. Walter R. Jones, above named, the third 
son of John, at an early age engaged himself in an 
insurance office in New- York, and now, as president 
of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, stands 
confessedly at the head of the underwriters of New- 
York. His brothers, Joshua T. and Charles H., are 
also engaged in various commercial pursuits. The 
two oldest brothers, William H. and John H., have 
each large families. Oliver H., one of the sons of 
the first, is known as president of the New- York Fire 
Insurance Company ; and John D., one of the sons 
of the second, for some tim^e secretary, has recently 
been appointed a vice-president of the Atlantic Mu- 
tual Insurance Company. 

The sons of Walter, wdio also resided at Cold- 
spring, came up to towui early in life, — John J., de- 
ceased some years since, a most estimable gentleman : 
William Townsend, who has retired from business, 
and spends a large portion of the year in the pleasant 
village of Southampton, Suflblk county. 

This wdll suffice to show the wide-spread branches 
and extent of the Jones familv, descended directlv 



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from the first settler. Neither our limits nor the 
scope of our subject permits a more extended notice 
of the collateral branches of the family. 



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Judge Thomas Jones. 
Jones, Thomas, of New- York. — By his marriage 
with a daughter of Lieutenant-Governor James De 
Lancey, and a sister of the wife of the celebrated Sir 
WilKam Draper, he became connected also with the 
families of Sir Peter Warren, of the British navy, 
and of Sir Wilhani Johnson, of New- York. At the 
revolutionary era, he vras a judge of the Supreme 
Court, and, in consequence of his adherence to the 
royal cause, lost his estate, under the confiscation 
act. In 1779, in retaliation for the capture of Gen. 
Silliman, by Glover and others, a party of whigs de- 
termined to seize upon Judge Jones at his seat on 
Long-Island. Twenty-five volunteered, under the 
command of Captain Daniel Hawley, of Newfield, 
(now Bridgeport.) Connecticut. Hawley and his 
associates crossed the Sound on the night of Nov. 4, 
and reached Judge Jones's house (a distance of 52 
miles) on the evening of the 6th. There was a ball, 
and the music and dancing prevented an alarm. 
The Judge was standing in his entry when the assail- 
ants opened the door, and w^as taken prisoner, and 
borne off. A party of royal soldiers was near, and 
Jones, in passing, hemmed very loud, to attract their 
attention. Hawley told him not to repeat the sound ; 



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Inat he disobeyed, and was threatened with death, 
unless he desisted from further endeavors to induce 
the soldiers to come to his rescue. 

Though six of the whigs were captured by a troop 
of horse, the remainder of their party carried their 
prisoner safely to Connecticut. The lady of General 
Silliman invited the Judge to breakfast, and he not 
only accepted of her hospitality for the morning, but 
continued her guest for several days. But he re- 
mained gloomy, distant, and reserved. In May, 
1780, the object of his seizure was accomplished ; 
the British commander having at that time consented 
to give up General Silliman and his son, in exchange 
for the Judge and Mr. Hewlett, — the whigs, how- 
ever, throwing in, as a sort of make-weight, one 
Washburn, a tory, of infamous character. Judge 
Jones retired to England, and there passed the re- 
mainder of his life, and, as it is believed; in retire- 
ment. — Biographical Sketches of American Loyalists, 
hy Loi-enzo Sabine, pp. 404-5. Boston, 1847.* 

* A fine portrait of Judge Jones (commonly called the young 
Judge, to distinguish him from his father, Judge David Jones,) is now 
hanging in the parlor at Fort Neck. 



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Some Fui'tJier Particulars regarding the Jones 
Famibj, of Queens County. 

" The Jones family has now furnished legislators and jurists to the 
coloiiy and state moi'e than a century." * — /. K Cooper, Esq., in a 
Letter to the Home Journal, May 6, 1848. 

The name^ of Jones is so common, that different 
famihes and individuals bearing it are frequently, 

* Beside those already mentioned in the preceding sketches, may 
be enumerated Samuel Joxes, jun., formerly chancellor, for many 
years chief justice of Superior Court, and at present one of the 
judges of the Court of Appeals; and his brothers, Major William 
Jones, of Coldspring, (a member of the Assembly, 1816-1818, 1820, 
and 1824-29,) and Elbebt Hekring Jones, Esq., formerly in the 
Senate of the State, and delegate with Rufus King, and N. Seaman, 
to convention to amend constitution of the State, 1821 ; — Samuel W. 
Jones, Esq., (son of Major "William Jones,) formerly surrogate of 
Schenectady county, mayor of the city, and, for some years past, first 
judge of that county ; — of the Floyd Jones branch, Henry Floyd 
Jones, member Assembly 1829 and 30, in Senate 1836-40 ; David 
Richard Floyd Jones, his nephew, Assembly 1841-48, in Senate 
1844-8, at present clerk of the Superior Court of this city ; and his 
brother, Elbert Floyd Jones, Assembly 1845. 

f The favorite family Chi-istian names which occur in every gene- 
ration, and in almost every branch of the family, are Thomas, David, 
William: Srimuel and John are the next most frequent during the 
last three generations. 



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and sometimes unpleasantly, confounded with eacii 
other. This obliges one to use much more of par- 
ticularity in speaking of the different persons that 
bear it than in the case of a more unusual patr3'o- 
nymic. Like most of the Welsh surnames, (Davids, 
Richards, Hughes, Williams, Edwards, &c., &c.,) 
it is plainly derivable directly from the Christian 
name. The primitive orthography, Johnes, retained 
by the latest (we believe) translator of Froissart, 
and to be found even in this city, is undoubtedly 
the correct mode of spelling it. It is sometimes 
written Johns, evidently a contraction of the for- 
mer, and which, again softened, appears as one of 
the standard names of the Welsh race and of 
Englishmen at home, and their descendants in the 
United States and all other parts of the world. 
The historical personages who have given character 
to the name are too well and universally known 
to require recapitulation here. — As an evidence of 
the extreme commonness of the name, (which is its 
sole defect, for it is not liable to a pun, a circum- 
stance Shenstone congratulated himself upon as to 
his own name,) we find, in a note in Cottle's Re- 
miniscences of Coleridge and Southey, the remark 
of the slight diversity of the Welsh names. Thus, 



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in a list of subscribers to Owen's Welsh Dictionary, 
(which only Welshmen would take,) there are to be 
found of the letter J, fourty-four names, and all of 
them Jones. 

Apropos of this subject, we may transcribe a 
pleasant anecdote that occurs in the letter of an 
accomplished legal gentleman of this city, who had 
himself married into the Long-Island Jones family, 
a branch of that highly respectable portion of it 
settled at Coldspring. 

*' Within a week past, I had occasion to read 
the evidence on a trial of a collision suit between 
an American vessel and a Welsh one, from Caer- 
navon. The captain of the latter, a part owner, 
was John Jones, who said it would take a good 
while to tell the names of all the other Joneses who 
were part owners. He named half a dozen of our 
family name, and said the ow^nership was a family 
concern. And although the name is so common, 
it appeared quite probable that he was from the 
same old stock, without going back so far as Adam." 

Family traits are as distinctly marked as national 
characters, and, in part, the former result from the 
latter. The Welsh orinrin of the familv of Jones is 
evident in other respects than in the peculiarity of 



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the name alone. The family of Major Thos. Jones, 
sometimes stvled the chevalier, and of whose descent 
from a noble Irish family, which intermarried with 
one from Wales, there is a tradition, is supposed (but 
without any certainty) to have originated in Meri- 
onethshire or Glamorganshire. However that may 
be, the characteristics of the Welsh race are plainly 
discernible in almost every member of the family, 
and are very marked in all of those who have become 
prominent in any walk of life. Almost to a man, 
choleric, sanguine, social, hospitable, independent, 
and honorable. Judgment and penetration, with re- 
markable memory, have distinguished the leading 
members of the family. A fondness for genealogies 
marks the elder members of the family, no less than 
local and personal pride, and that clannish feeling 
which is so prominent among the Scotch and the 
people of New-England. 

The extent of the family is remarkable. The de- 
scendants, from the common ancestor to the present 
(seventh) generation, his lineal posterity, are to be 
counted by hundreds. Many of the descendants of the 
third generation have almost become heads of tribes. 
The direct descendants of the Hon. Samuel Jones 

the elder, grandson of the first settler, to commence 
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with the tJiird generation, (and to confine ourselves 
to the descendants of but one of fourteen children, 
who all had families, and several of them large fami- 
lies.) and those of his five sons, number nearly one 
hundred. This fact may give some idea of the num- 
ber of the descendants of Major Thomas Jones, to 
compile a perfect list of whom^ at this late date, may 
be considered as next to impossible. 

The majority of those whom we have not noticed 
particularly, are engaged in agricultural pursuits ; a 
few having inherited handsome estates, and content 
to enjoy their patrimony amid the pleasures of a 
country life, without any desire of increasing it, but 
the larger number embarking in rural occupations, 
as a means of independent livehhood, from the nar- 
rowness of their fortunes. 

In point of doctrinal belief and Church govern- 
ment, a singular fact is to be noticed. The whole 
family, with very few exceptions, is to be divided into 
the very opposite ranks of Churchmen and Quakers. 
In politics, we believe most are whig, although all of 
the present generation who have taken any public 
stand, or filled oflice.. have been, if we are not mis- 
taken, democratic. Since the death of the second 
David Jones, but one of the family has been in active 



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service — Lieutenant De Lancey Jones, a son of 
Henry Floyd Jones, Esq., and who displayed gal- 
lantry and skill in all the actions of the forces under 
General Worth during the Mexican war. 

In this uncommonly extensive family, so far as 
we can learn, there is not, nor ever has been, but one 
physician, (Dr. Philip Livingston Jones,) until very 
lately ; and not one clergyman, or artist, or w^riter by 
profession, with the exception of the present writer. 

Longevity is a characteristic trait of the family ; 
and, to illustrate this position, we have collected a 
few instances. The subject of the preceding bio- 
graphical sketch died in his 71st year, the youngest 
of five brothers, the four elder still surviving. His 
father died in his 85th year ; his grandfather in his 
71st, whose elder brother, David, died in his 7Gth. 
The fourteen married children of William lived to a 
great age, in many instances. Of these we have the 
ages at about which ten of them died. David, 78 ; 
Samuel, 85 ; William, 85 ; Hallett, 73 ; John, 64 ; 
Walter, 71; Freelove, 79; Margaret, 74; Phebe, 
83 ; Sarah, 84. The period of the decease of the 
remaining four was late, and their career is supposed 
to have been of the same average length as those of 
their brothers and sisters. Their children, in turn, 



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have, in many cases, already lived to that period 
when it is presumable, with the vigorous health they 
enjoy, that they will reach advanced age. Several 
have passed middle life ; some have deceased at a 
mature age : and a few mav now be ranked with the 
patriarchs of the family. In a word, this general 
rule holds in the family, that death occurs rarely 
in youth or middle life, and that most of the name 
have died in early infancy, or have lived to a green 
old age. 

Great age is a peculiarity of the Herring family 
also. The second wife of Samuel Jones, the elder, 
died at the age of 80, and her mother at 73. The 
father of Judge Herring, (to whom I am indebted 
for these and other interesting details,) her brother, 
was 84 years old at the time of his death, and his 
wife deceased at ninety. At a family dinner given 
by this gentleman, were present his four married 
sisters : the host was the youngest of the party, and 
his age at that time was not far from 70. 



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Of the Fa?7iili/ of Floyd Jones. 
Of the family of Floyd-Jones, now occupying the 
estate of the first common ancestor of the name, 
the first European settler upon Fort Neck, some 
particular account is requisite, as of an important 
branch of the family. For this purpose, we trans- 
cribe, from a genealogical notice of the Floyd family, 
in Thompson's History of Long-Island, the following 
section, which will account for the origin of the 
patronymic : — 

Richard Floyd,* fourth, eldest son of Richard, 
third,! of whom an obituary notice is given under 

* Floyd is an ancient Welsh name. Tlie first ancestor of the 
Floyds of Long-Island emigrated, in 1656, from "Wales, and died 
about lYOO. Some portion of his large real estate is owned by his 
descendants of the sixth generation. The family has, in its direct 
and collateral branches, produced, and been connected with, many 
distinguished names. Among these are General "Wilham Floyd, one 
of the signers of the Declai-ation of Independence, and Gen. Nathaniel 
Woodhull. 

f Of this gentleman there is an account in Sabine. From the 
obituary notice we extract the following character, as an example of 
liberality of sphit that does honor to human nature : — " "We think 
ourselves bound, in gratitude to the memory of this worthy gentle- 
man, to acknowledge the many favors we and the public have re- 
ceived in and through his means during the late war, when he 
commanded the mihtia in Suffolk. This gentleman was one of the 



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article Brookhaven, settled upon his father's estate 
at Mastic, which he forfeited by his adhesion to 
the British cause in the Revolution. He removed 
to St. Johns, New-Brunswick, where he died in 
1792. He married Arabella, daughter of the Hon. 
David Jones, by w^hom he had children — 1st, Eliza- 
beth, born August 8, 1758, and married John Peter 
Delancey, . son of Lieutenant-Governor Delancey, 
and died May 7, 1820, having had three sons, Thos. 
James Delancey, Edward and William Heathcote 
Delancey, (Bishop of Western New- York,) and five 
daughters ; Anna, who married John Loudon Mc- 
Adam ; Susan, wife of James Fennimore Cooper ; 
Caroline, Martha, and Maria ; 2d, Anne Willet, who 
married Samuel Benj. Nicoll in 1784 ; 3d, David 
Richard Floyd, born November 14, 1764, married 
Sarah, daughter of Hendrick Onderdonk, vSeptember 
20, 1785, and died Feb. 10, 1826, leaving a widow, 
and sons Thomas and Henry. Mr. Floyd, in accord- 

most generous that has ever lived in this country. All ranks of people 
■were most courteously entertained by laim, and he kept one of the 
most plentiful tables upon Long-Island ; and he never failed in ex- 
tending his generosity to the poor and distressed. In short, his cha- 
racter was, that no man ever went from his house either hungry or 
thirsty." 



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ance with the will of his grandfather, and in pursu- 
ance of the act of March 14, 1778, added the surname 
of Jones, and the family are now known by the pa-- 
tronymic of Floyd Jones. Mrs. Jones was born 
March 26, 1758, and is still living, at the age of 85.* 
Her sons are Brigadier Thomas Floyd Jones, born 
July 28, 1788, who married Cornelia, eldest daughter 
of Major William Jones ; and Major-General Henry 
Floyd Jones, born January ^, 1792, and married 
Helen, daughter of Charles Watts, of South Carolina. 

* Since deceased. 



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