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and His Descendants 

The Floyd-Jones Family 

With Connections from the Year 1066 






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My Children 

These pages arc lovingly dedicated by their father 
on the 200th Anniversary of their ancestor 


Landing in North America 

J 692— 1892 

Addendum to J 906 


71-73 West 125th Straet 

New York 


On page facing 44, portrait, 1730 should be 1731. 

On page 90 Samuel Seabury Jones, died 1904, should be 1901-02. 

On page 119 Emile should be Emilie. 

On page 138 Lyon should be Lyons. 

On page 141 Dr. P. F. Glentworth, second paragraph after the name 
of Capt. James Budden, should be inserted the words, "who was the son 
of William Budden." 

On page 146 Seobury should be Seabury. 

On page 156 Daniel K. Jones should be Daniel K. Youngs. 

On page 159 Williams should be Williams. 

On page 161 born at 11, should be 15. 


Facing Page 
The Old Brick House Frontispiece ' 

Norwich. England 12 . 

Graves of Thomas Jones and his wife 20 

Fort Neck House 28 

Thomas Jones (Judge) Portrait 44 . 

Mrs. Thomas Jones, Portrait 50 . 

David Richard Floyd (subsequently Floyd-Jones) Portrait 58 ■ 

Home of Lambert Moore 60 

Thomas Floyd- Jones (General) Portrait 66 

Coat of Arms, "Jones" 80 . 

Samuel Jones (Judge) Portrait 84 

Massapequa House and Lake 92 

The Youngs Homestead 100 

Mrs. Thomas Floyd-Jones, Portrait 108 . 

Ancestors Graves 1 12 

David R. Floyd-Jones (Lieutenant-Governor) Portrait 114 

Elbert Floyd-Jones, Memorial Window 158 

De Lancey Floyd-Jones, Library 176 

Grace Church, Massapequa. L. I iSo 


The following record of the origin of the Floyd—Jones family, of 
Massapequa, Nassau County, (formerly South Oyster Bay, Queen's 
County), Long Island, N. Y., coupled with a limited narration of 
associate branches, and of other events appertaining thereto, has 
been derived from various books, periodicals, and documents, now in 
the possession of the family, as also from the author's personal 
knowledge, (he being the eldest of the name), and may be con- 
sidered as near authentic as it is possible to get it. 

This abridged work has been gathered, and issued, with the sole 
purpose of explaining to many of the present, as well as, future gen- 
erations, zvhy and hoiv the double, or hyphenated name of Floyd- 
Jones came into existence; also as a compiled record of births, 
marriages, deaths and names of ancestors, as far as obtainable, and 
their descendants to the present time. Other matter and episodes, 
has been affixed for the interest of those chiefly interested. It may 
also be a guide for any future writer who would desire to continue 
same in years to come, after the present one has joined his fathers. 


The favorite family christian names which occur in every genera- 
tion, and in ahnost every branch of the family, are: Thomas, David, 
IVilliam, Samuel, John and Elbert. 

*Like most of the Welsh surnames, it is plainly derivable from 
the christian name. The primitive orthography "Johnes" is un- 
doubtedly the correct mode of spelling it. 

It is sometimes written "Johns." 

Family traits are as distinctly marked as national characters and in 
part, the former result from the latter. The Welsh origin of the 
family of Jones is evident in other respects than in the peculiarity 
of the name alone. The family of Major Thomas Jones, sometimes 
styled 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 
Merionethshire or Glamorganshire. However that may be, the char- 
acteristics of the Welsh race are plainly discernable 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, inde- 
pendent and honorable, judgment and penetration, with remarkable 
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. 

*W. A. Jones, Memoirs of David S. Jones, 1849. 






The ancestry of the family bearing the foregoing double name of 
Floyd-Jones has been authentically traced back as far as the time of 
King James the Second, in whose brief, but unsuccessful struggle 
for his Crown and Kingdom in the green vales of Old Erin 
they were personally interested, although by direct union with diverg- 
ing parts, antedating this troublous period fully six hundred and 
twenty-six years. 

Thomas Jones, who after the King"s defeat at the Battle of the 
Boyne, fought between the English, under William the Third, and 
the Irish, under James the Second, 1690, emigrated to this country 
from Straubane, Ireland, in 1692, having been a Major in the army 
of the dethroned monarch. 

Major Jones was a Protestant gentleman of Straubane, which is 
in the County of Tyrone. Province of Ulster, in Ireland, about 150 
miles northwest from Dublin, where he was born about the year 1665. 
His family, which was formerly from England, but originally of 
Welsh extraction, had been long seated in the north of Ireland. 

In 1692 he was at Island of Jamaica, at the time of the destruc- 
tion of Port Royal, by the great earthquake of the 7th of July, being 
engaged in one of the numerous expeditions, under "Letters of 
Marque," which in that year swarmed from the French ports, to 
take part in the then war, and in which so many of the English and 
Irish officers of James the Second sought service, after their defeat 
at Battle of the Boyne in 1690.. In the same year this emigre came 
to Warwick, Rhode Island, and gave up a sea life. At this place he 
met and married Freelove Townsend, who was born December 29th, 
1674. She was the daughter of Thomas Townsend, he being the 
second son of John Townsend, a prominent Quaker, who came to 
New Amsterdam early in the 17th century, about 1635, from Nor- 
wich, in Norfolk, England. 

This place over half a century ago was one of the most interest- 
ing and ancient of the Cathedral towns of England. Its great extent, 
the space within the walls being above a mile and a half in length, 
and a mile and a quarter in width, would alone render it imposing. 


But the manner in which that space is occupied renders it far more 
so. In every part of the city are seen groups of rich trees, partly 
screening the forest of gloomy houses, while above every group of 
trees, and from every cluster of houses, a tall dark church tower lifts 
its head. 

Close below Mousehole Hill stands the Cathedral, with its lofty 
spires pointing to the sky. 

Large fragments of the old walls existed at this date, but no en- 
tire portion is left. Part of the fortifications consisted of forty 
towers, several of which remain, but in a ruinous and neglected state. 

The city w^as entered by twelve gates, but not a trace of them now 
remain. Henry the First kept his Christmas at Norwich in 1122, 
when he conferred on the city its first charter. 

It had previously been under the rule of the Constable of the 
Castle, which building was upon the highest hill in the city. By the 
city getting this charter it obtained the same rights, privileges and 
immunities as the City of London. But from 1174 to 1272 plunder, 
rebellion and religious wars, seem to have ran riot among its citizens, 
and this spirit of unrest must have been bred into the people of that 
part of England and continued for several hundred years until the 
Reformation, which was established in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. 
Therefore, it is plainly believed that John Tow^nsend must have 
inherited, to a large degree, that spirit of opposition to the reigning 
powers, and the deductions are, that his prime motive in leaving the 
home of his birth, and emigrating to America, was a religious one, 
results of the Reformation and also to escape persecution. 

The Quaker sect to which he belonged, and most likely prominent 
in their councils, seemed to have incurred the deadly hatred of all 
the other denominations. Their precepts were most antagonistic, 
containing a large degree of mysticism. 

*Tt was about this time that James the First was King of Eng- 
land, succeeding Queen Elizabeth. At his death he was succeeded 
by his son. Charles the First, who was like his father — a zealous 
Episcopalian, and who liked a Papist, better than a Puritan or a 

During the restoration period Quakers were particularly regarded 
as the most despicable of fanatics. 

They hated Episcopacy and the Liturgy, and were classed as 

*]\Iacanlcy's History of England. 




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canting Schismatics. Their opposition was rigorously against all 
forms and ceremonies, such as removing the hat, or conforming to 
the style of dress. Their teachings and practices got them into much 

Refusing to take an oath caused them to be ridiculed, and actual- 
ly persecuted. They were stoned by mobs, imprisoned, and in some 
cases hung. 

This same spirit engendered at his birthplace followed him here, 
and quickly cropped out in the same manner as it had previously 
existed in the mother country. 

*The New England confederation recommended in 1656, that 
all Quakers should be kept out of the Colonies, and the Legislatures 
of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Connecticut, enacted laws to 
this effect. 

Long Island and New Amsterdam, following the example of 
Massachusetts Bay flogged and imprisoned the Quaker preachers. 
Only on Shelter Island, which is at the east end of Long Island, 
far removed from the populous towns of Western Long Island, such 
as Jamaica, Flushing, Hempstead and Brooklyn, and existing for the 
time being, independent of any higher jurisdiction, lived a small 
body of Quakers unmolested. 

Rhode Island gave them a welcome and seemed to be the mecca 
where the sect were safe. They had control of the government there 
from 1673 to 1677 ^^^ furnished the governors and most of the 
deputies,, but were without political influence, and had to be content 
to dwell under a government not of their own making. This agitated 
condition of affairs , as referring to these people, was in a most 
forcible manner shown in the life of John Townsend, after his land- 
ing upon the American continent. 

The presumption is that he must have been a man who stood solid 
for his convictions, and in so doing was evidently knocked from pillar 
to post, in his earnest endeavors to discover in the long journey 
from Norwich, a safe retreat, in the country of his adoption. 

His first residence was in New Amsterdam (later New York) for 
a short period, when he was forced to move to Jamaica, Long Island, 
where he purchased land. In 1656 he was one of the settlers of 
Flushing, Long Island, where he lived for some years, but trouble 
seems to have invaded into this haven, which for a while seemed 

*"The American Nation", by Charles McLean Andrews, Ph. D. 


secure, and in which he became most prominently involved, forcing 
him to again change his home. So with a large number of others 
of the same faith, he joined the band who retired to that safe place 
in their estimation, Rhode Island, where he had previously acquired 
lands. He remained there for some years, where he brought up his 
family. His wife was Elizabeth Montgomery. Subsequently he re- 
moved to Oyster Bay, Long Island, where he died in 1668. 

It is believed that John Townsend's father was Henry Towns- 
end, by his first wife Margaret Forthe, married Nov. 5, 1590. She 
died June 23. 1596. 

Henry was son of Thomas and Elizabeth Periente, married 
June 27. 1558. The family were of great antiquity in Norfolk. 
Their lands being granted them by William the Conqueror. William 
Ad-Extium-Ville, that is Townsend or Tunnerhende, held con- 
siderable lands of the prior of Norwiches lords lief in Taverham, 
Norfolk, in the reign of King John, A.D., 1200. And it is found 
further that upon the Conquest of England by the Normans, in 1066, 
lands in Norfolk were parcelled out by William the Conqueror to 
a certain party, named de Haville. In the year iioo a gentleman 
named Ludoviens (Louis) came from Normandy and married the 
only daughter of de Haville (de Hauteville) named Elizabeth. He 
adopted the name of Townsend. 

The issue of John Townsend, his descendant, and Elizabeth 
Montgomery, was eight children : 

John, Thomas, James, Rose. Anne, Sarah, George and Daniel. 

The name of Thomas Townsend's (the 2d son) first wafe. the 
mother of Freelove Townsend Jones, is unknown. His 2d wife was 
Mary Almy, daughter of Col. Job Almy, of Rhode Island. Thomas 
Townsend died about 1712, at Rhode Island. Issue by ist wife. 
Temperance, Sylvanus. Both died in infancy and Freelove, Sarah 
and John. 

Thomas Townsend. the father of Freelove, in the year 
1695, S^^'^ to Thomas Jones, (my son-in-law, as he expressed it in 
the deed and Freelove, his wife, my daughter) , a large tract of land, 
which had formerly belonged to the *Massapequa Indians, at Fort 
Neck, on the south side of Long Island. First offering it to his son 

♦Thompson's History calls them Marsepeagues. 


John Townsend, (who tradition says was a very handsome man), 
but he refused it saying: 

"Does father zvant me to go out of the world." 

This land was first given by Sachem Tackapousa, and another, 
(who to accommodate the English tongue, kindly called himself 
"Will Chippy"), to twelve Patentees, seven of whom were like 
Thomas Townsend, from Newport, Rhode Island. 

The date of this deed is January 21, 1679. Later, the son of 
"Will Chippy," of the same name, appears to have reconsidered his 
father's free gift, and in September, 1696, he demands as son and 
heir of old "Chippy," deceased, the right of regranting the land to 
Thomas Townsend, said Thomas Townsend having bought out the 
other eleven owners, his heirs, and assigns, for the consideration 
that the said Thomas Townsend, his heirs, and assigns, shall present 
the said Will Chippy on each ist of December one good new cloth 
coat, in each, and every year, of the natural life of said Will Chippy. 
lOn November 27, 1655, seven Indians from Long Island, ap- 
peared before Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch Governor, representing 
the Marsepain, or Marsepingh tribes, whose chief was Tachpausaan, 
alias Meautinnemin, Fort Neck, Queens County, Indians. 

To this vast estate Major Thomas Jones and wife removed in 
1696, where he built a substantial brick house at the head of the 
creek, on that part now known, as the Massapequa Farm. This 
name, as also the name Fort Neck, was derived from the Indian 
tribes, who inhabited, and had their forts on that portion bordering 
on the creeks, and Great South Bay. Many relics of these first 
settlers, such as arrow and spear heads, made of brown stone and 
flint, also any number of supposed Indian teeth have been found on 
this tract. The author when a boy saw many of the former, and 
personally found many teeth on the north side of the Turnpike, just 
west of Little Massapequa Creek, denoting that the land there may 
have been an Indian burial ground. 

Lord Cornbury, Governor of New York, commissioned Thomas 
Jones Captain of Militia in Queens County, October 20, 1702. 

On October 14, 1704, he was appointed High Sheriff of Queens, 
and on April 3, 1706, he was made Major of the Queens County 
Regiment. Governor Hunter, of the Province of New York, ap- 
pointed him Ranger General of the Island of Nassau. 

I From documents in office of Secretary of State, Albany, N.Y., 
Colonial History, by B. Frenow. 


This commission was dated September 4, 17 10. 

Rangers General, were sworn officers of the Crown, to whom 
were granted by the Sovereign, or his representative, the Royal 
rights, or franchises, of waifs, estrays, hunting Royal fish, treasure 
trove, mines, deodands, forfeitures, and the like. This office gave 
Major Jones the monopoly of the whale and other fisheries from both 
the north and south shores of Long Island. 


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Subsequent to Thomas Jones' settlement upon this domain he 
acquired from the Indians and other owners and inheritance by 
his wife from her father, various tracts which incUided the West 
Neck and Umqua properties. By accumulation he was eventual- 
ly the possessor of about six thousand acres of land, all contiguous, 
which at a later date was designated as follows : That part extend- 
ing from or near the Jerusalem South Creek, later called "Verrity's," 
or Atlanticville Creek, now designated as Seaford Creek, to the 
Little West Massapequa Creek, was denominated "West Neck." 
From the West Massapequa Creek to the East branch of Fort Neck 
Creek, was called Fort Neck, and from there East to Carman's Creek, 
running South to Umqua Point, was designated as Umqua. The 
northern boundary of the estate ran very close to the village of 
Hardscrable (now Farmingdale.) 

The dwelling which he erected was for many years the wonder 
of the age. Its cognomen being :"The old Brick House." 

Many strange and weird stories are told to this day relating to 
it, among others, that after the death of the original owner, strange 
noises were heard there, and that a small circular window, seen in 
the gable, could never be closed. Sashes, boards, and even bricks 
and mortar, placed in it were instantly removed by an invisible 
power, equal to that of the rapping spirit, which was so prevalent 
about the middle of the last century. 

This remarkable house was demolished in 1837, and there are 
quite a number now living, who can well remember, that a few years 
after it was torn down, the negroes, male and female, of the family 
house, Fort Neck, always passed this part of the property with the 
greatest fear, expecting ghosts, (as they termed it), to spring up 
in the road at any moment. 

This dread was strongly inculcated by them among the white 
children of the family, the author getting his share to a very large 
degree, being brought in connection with these people daily, as the 
house servants were black women, and the farm hands were their 
husbands, brothers or cousins. Some of them had the name of the 
family, "Jones," while the others came from the Jackson, Corse, 
Seaman, Wood,, Hunter and Payne negro families. Many of these 
came from slave ancestors, slavery being introduced on Long Island 
in 1660. The New York Statute for Emancipation of the negroes 
by gradual means was dated 1799. Males 28 years, females 25 years. 
It ran out July 4th, 1827. 

The inlet from the Great South Bay into the ocean, from that 


time to the present day, has always been known as Jones' Inlet, and 
the long sand dune as Jones' Beach. 

This title being derived from the owner's name of the adjacent 
estate on the mainland. 

Freelove Townsend Jones also received among other property 
from her father, a house and two lots in Oyster Bay, on the North 
side of the Island, which Major Jones sold to George Townsend in 

Thomas Jones died December 13, 1713, and was buried m a small 
grave vard on the banks of the then called Brick House Creek, (now 
called Massapequa Creek.) A brown head stone marked the spot 
on which was the following inscription written by himself : 

"Here Lyes Interd The Body of Major Thomas Jones, Who 
Came From Straubane, In The Kingdom of Ireland, Settled Here 
and Died December, 171 3." 

From Distant Lands to This Wild Waste He Came, 
This Seat He Choose, And Here He Fixd His Name. 
Long May His Sons This Peace Full Spot In joy. 
And No 111 Fate his Offspring Here Annoy. 
Note. — During the demolition of an old barn on the Fort Neck 
property some thirty years ago, a very fine powder horn was found 
between a beam and the rafters, on which was inscribed, "1712." It 
is believed that this valuable relic belonged to Thomas Jones, as the 
inscription on it is one year before he died, David, his son, at that 
time being only 13 years old. This powder horn is now in possession 
of George Stanton Floyd-Jones, his great, great, great, great grand- 

For many years after his death many improbable fictions existed 
in relation to Thomas Jones, and more strange, not to say marvelous, 
legends. This was likely fostered on account of his early sea- 
faring life, coupled with the many rights w^hich were granted to him 
by the Crown, The exercise of his commission to sail a Privateer 
under "Letters of Marque," from the French ports, leading to the 
slander that he was a "Pirate." People were aisposed to cast slurs 
upon his memory, either for mischievousness, or a spirit of malice. 

These myths were cherished for over a century after his death, 
which ignorance and superstition did not fail to magnify. It was 
common rumor, that gold and silver was buried with him. and that 
the fishermen of the Bay had dug up his grave in searching for the 
Treasure Trove. These fables even extended to the middle of the 
past century, as it was reported, *that the baymen had for the second 







Graves of 


and lii> Wife. 


Grace Church ^'ard. Massapequa, l-ono Ishind. 

time molested his grave, about 135 years after his burial Even 
some embryo poet, (Hkely a wag), wishing to leave to posterity 
some product of his ability in this line, scratched with a clam shell on 
the grave stone the following lines : 

I Beneath these stones 
Repose the bones 
Of Pirate Jones, 
This briny well 
Contains the shell 
The rest's in 

It is devoutly to be hoped that the present, as well as future gen- 
erations, will be more charitable, and not so free to disparage, where 
cause has in no degree been shown to exist. 

*Note reported by Major William Jones to his grandson, Rev. 
William Jones Seabury. 

I Note reported by James H. Weeks, of Yaphank, to his nephew. 
Rev. William Jones Seabury. 

His widow, Freelove Jones,, intermarried with Major Timothy 
Bagley, he being a retired British ofificer, who had remained in the 
colony at the request of the General Assembly to assist in its defence. 

She died in July, 1726, and was interred by the side of her first 
husband, Thomas Jones, leaving issue by him of 7 children, 3 sons 
and 4 daughters. 

David, the first child, was only 14 years of age at the time of his 
father's demise. 

Thomas, the second son, was drowned when crossing Long Island 
Sound, from Oak Neck to Rye. He was unmarried. 

William was the third son. 

Freelove, first daughter, married Ezekiel Smith. 

Margaret married Jacob Smith. 

Sarah married Gerardus Clowes. 

Elizabeth married Jeremiah Mitchell. 

Note. The great Jones family in Munsey's Magazine of 
September, 1906. Thomas Jones is mentioned as of Welsh origin. 




Composed By D.wid R Floyd-Jones, About 1837. 

Oh brave old ruin thou hast met thy fate. 
A doom whicli meets ahke the small and great ; 
Thou that has stood so long a stately pride ; 
So long the storm and tempest power defied ; 
So long hath been the all absorbing theme 
Of many a haunted ghost-believer's dream. 

How oft did timid travellers point to thee 
And paint thy life of matchless mystery. 
The frighted listener trembling and amazed, 
Gazed on thy form, and shuddered as he gazed; 
With breath su]:)presscd and wild projecting eyes 
Sees from thy walls dread phantoms fiercely rise. 

Thou hast been food for many a babbler's tongue 
And tattling women have thy wonders sung. 
F5v tales of thee their babes are rocked to rest; 
And drink thy history from their mother's breast 
To what vile uses hast thou been ap])lied. 
Thou noble ruin ; once "the Island pride" ; 

Thy former owner's name, so justly bright 

Ought to have saved thee from the pratler's spite. 

He came from lonely Erin's sea girt strand, 

And sought a home in this, then savage land, 

A noble stranger he ; nor did he come 

An exiled prisoner from his friends and home; 

He left his native land beloved admired. 
His youthful breast by noble impulse fired. 
Unknown by all, but full of hope he came; 
And sought the spot whereon to fix his name. 
Indeed no lovlier scene could meet his eye 
Than Massapc(iua fair as evening sky. 


Robed in the sweetness of the twihght hour; 
Fresh as a fabled Nymph in Sylvan Bovver, — 
This stately house now prostrate with the dust 
Was once his only home, his last and first. 
For many generations free from strife 
His children here have spent a happy life — 

And that fond prayer was answered, which was made 

(When in the tomb that father's form was laid), 

By his successor, heir and eldest son ; 

By him inscribed upon the moss grown stone, 

Which marked that noble parent's lonely grave, 

Placed by the sea, and guarded by its wave. 

From distant lands to this zvild i^'oste he came; 
This seat he chose and here he fixed his name- 
Long may his sons this peaceful spot enjoy; 
And no rude foe his offspring ccr annoy. 



By David R. Fi.oyd- Jones, About 1837. 

A Lament. 


Mis-shapen ruin ; hadst thou found a tongue 

In some distinguished bard of thine own land 
Who would the story of thy fame have sung 

And penn'd thy praises with a master hand 
My eye had never sought Parannas pearly stream. 
Nor from its sun lit glades have caught a passing gleam. 


Eventful ruin could thy bricks but tell 

What happened here a hundred years ago '_ 

They would a tale unfold, I know full well 

Would make the blood within its channels flow 
In swift currents, and the tale that they would tell 
The Indian war whoop echoed, and his beastly yell. 



A noble stranger from a distant shore 

Had bid farewell to those most loved on earth; 

He saw his friends and country never more; 

His father's moss grown grave, his fireside hearth — 

He bid farewell to all, and ocean's perils past. 

Found in this favoured land a resting place at last. 


Oh shapeless ruin, thou wast once his home 

Thou wast his first and only home in this new land ; 

He built thee here amid the forest gloom 

And here for one long century thou didst stand 

And multitudes did gaze upon thee then and fame 

Bore to a thousand ears thine and thy owner's name. 


And he who built thee slumbers in the grave 

His burial place a spot beside the sea, 
The tide hath washed it with its dallying wave 

As though a guardian spirit it would be. 
A moss grown modest stone proclaims his age and name, 
His loved companion and the land from which he came. 


Ah storied ruin couldst thou but unfold 

The deeds of daring that have here been done ; 

How miscreants vile in ruthless pillage bold 
Tore from his father's halls its founders son 

But I forbear, those times of trial, all have passed. 

For years in peace he lived, here died in peace at last. 


His sons for many generations here 

Have lived nor ever felt misfortune's tide 

Dash its stern waves against them — sorrow's tear 
Hath seldom dimmed their eye — aged they died 

Within thy walls no longer shall their children dwell 

Thou hallowed pile ; loved een in ruins, fare thee well. 






David Jones, eldest son of Thomas and Freclove Tovvnsend 
Jones, was born September i6, 1699. He married Anna Willett, 
November 22, i'/22. She was born in 1704, daughter of Colonel 
William Willett. of Willett's Point, and Mary Doughty Willett, his 
wife. Colonel William was the son of Thomas Willett. who was 
the son of James and Grace Frink, his wife. He being the son of 
Col. Thomas Willett. who was born at Barley, in Hertfordshire, 
England. Aug. 29, 1605. and came from Leydon to Plymouth in 
1632. He married Mary Brown. July 6. 1636. She was born in 

irx)4. being the daughter of John Brown and Dorothy 

his wife. 

He became the first Mayor of New York. June 12. 1665, and 
served two terms. His wife died January 8. 1669, and was buried in 
Bullock's Cove Cemetery, Swansea, Rhode Island. Their issue was 
13 children. His second wife was Joanna Prudden. widow of Rev. 
Peter Prudden. of Milford. Conn., married Sept. 19, 1671. Her 
maiden name was Boyse. Thomas Willett died August 4. 1674. and 
was buried by the side of his first wife at Swansea. Rhode Island. 
His widow was remarried to Rev. John Bishop. 

Colonel Thomas Willett's father was Dr. Andrew W'illett, born 
in 1562. married Jacobina Goad, daughter of Thomas Goad. D.D. 
He was Rector of Barley. Hertford. Hertfordshire. His wife was 
buried July ii, 1637. 

Thomas Willett's grandfather, who was great great great great 
grandfather to Anna Willett Jones, was Parson Thomas Willett. and 

was born in 1510. His wife was Elizabeth . She 

was buried 17th March. 1589. He was buried 15th April. I5()8. 

David succeeded to the patrimony in 1737. and later 
was chosen a member of the General .Assembly, continuing 
in that body until 1758, and occupying the honorable position of 
speaker for a period of 13 years. In all the varied positions of a 
long and useful life, he was ever the staunch champion of the rights 
of the people against every species of parliamentary encroachment, 
and no man of his day particii)ated more largely, or more deservedly 
in public esteem and confidence. 

Many anecdotes are still current of his boldness, firmness and 


decision in maintaining what he deemed to be their rights. His 
wife, Anna, died January 31, 1750, leaving issue of six children: 
Anna, born Tuesday, May 11, 1724. 
Sarah, born Saturday, Feby 12, 1728, died April 1728. 
Thomas born Tuesday, April 20, 1731. 
Arabella, born Saturday, Dec. 7, 1734. 
David, born Saturday, April 20. 1737. 
Mary, born Friday, April 29, 1743. 
Anna married John Gale, of Orange County. 
Mary married her cousin, Thomas Jones, son of her uncle 

David was a Lieutenant in the British Army, and died on the 
expedition against Fort Frontignac, (now Kingston, in Canada), 
in 1758. without issue. 

The second wife of Judge David was Margaret, widow of John 
Tredwell, by whom he had no children. 

In 1758 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of the 
Colony, which office he resigned in 1773. and died just as the light of 
liberty began to dawn, departing this life on the nth of October, 


The following epitaph was found upon the head stone at his 

grave, (which was written by himself), in the old burial yard 
on Brick House Creek, where he was interred by the side of his wife : 

Hon. David Jones. 
"Here lies interred the body of the Honorable David Jones, who 
was born September 16, 1699, and died October 11, 1775. Aged 76 
years and 14 days." 

Beneath this lonely spot in peace is laid 

The mouldering fragments of a mortal's frame. 
No busy noise invades this silent shade. 
No vain aspiring longings after fame. 

Like you. I once have trod the maze of life. 
Like you. have labored after empty joys ; 

Like you. have bustled in the stormy strife — 
Been grieved for trifles, and amused with toys. 

As T am now. so you ere long must be. 

Keep this in mind : "You soon must follow me." 
The estate which he inherited from his father, he left to his son, 
Thomas, for life, with remainder to his daughter Arrabella. (children 
by his first wife), in case of failue of issue to Thomas. 



I David Jones of Fort Neck Queens County in the Colony of 
New York, being in perfect health of body and of sound mind and 
memory blessed be God, therefore, but knowing the certainty of 
death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, do for preventing 
disputes after my death, make and publish this my last Will, and 
Testament, in manner following; that is to say principally and first 
of all, I recommend my Soul unto the hands of God, who gave it, 
and my Body form to the Earth, from whence it was to be taken, 
laid out in home spun linnen, put into a plain Coffin, and buried in 
my own Burying Ground, on the left side of my first Wife, in a 
decent and Christian-like manner, but without Pomp, And as 
touching such Worldly Estate, wherein it has pleased God to bless 
me in this life, I give. Devise and Dispose of the same, in the fol- 
lowing manner ; That is to say, that I give and Devise all my lands, 
Tenements, and Hereditaments, Beaches, Marshes, and Ground, 
Covered with Water in Queens County, In the Colony of New 
York, in the manner and to be for the several uses following ; 
that is to say, to and for the use of my Son Thomas Jones, for and 
during his natural life without impeachment of Waste, and from 
and after his death, to and for the use of the first son of the Body 
of my first Son Thomas, lawfully issuing and the Heirs, Male of 
the Body of such first Son for and during their and each of their 
respective Natural lives, without impeachment of waste, and on 
failure of Heirs, Male of the Body of such first Son, to and for the 
use of the Second and Every other Son, and Sons of the Body of 
My said Son Thomas, lawfully issuing severally and respectively, 
and to and for the use of the Several and respective heirs, Male of 
the Body of such Second, and Every other Son and Sons of the 
body of my said Son Thomas, lawfully issuing for and during their, 
and Each of their respective natural lives, without impeachment of 
Waste, each to take in Seniority of Birth and successively one after 
another, the Eldest of my said Sons respectively and the respective 
heirs Male of their bodys always to take before, and be preferred 
to the Younger of the said Sons, and their respective heirs, Male 
of their bod\s, and on failure of heirs Male of the Body, of my 
said Son Thomas. I give devise all my aforesaid Real Estate, to 
and for the use of the first Daughter of the Body of my said Son, 
lawfully issuing for and during her natural life without impeach- 


ment of Waste, and from and after her death, to and for the use of 
the first Son of the body of such first daughter, lawfully issuing 
and the heirs Male of the body of such first Son, for and during 
their and Each of their respective Natural lives, without impeach- 
ment of Waste, taking and using the Sirname of Jones, in addition 
to their names, and on failure of heirs, Male of the Body of such 
first daughter of my said Son Thomas, I devise the whole remain- 
ing of my aforesaid Real Estate to and for the use of the Second 
and Every other Daughter and Daughters of the Body of my said 
Son Thomas, lawfully issuing Severally and respectively and to and 
for the use of the Second and respective heirs Male of the Body of 
such Second and Every other Daughter and Daughters of the Body 
of my said Son Thomas, lawfully issuing for and during their and 
Each for their respective natural lives without impeachment of 
Waste Each to take in Seniority of Birth and sucessively one and 
after another the Eldest of the said Daughters respectively and the 
respective heirs Male of their bodies always to take before and 
preferred to the Younger of said daughters and their respective 
Male of their bodys, Each taking and using the Sirname of Jones, 
I give and devise the whole remainder of all my aforesaid Real 
Estate in Queens County to and for the use of my Grandson David 
Richard Floid. Oldest Son of my Daughter Arrabella for and dur- 
ing his natural life, and after his death to and for the use of the 
First Son of the Body of my said Grandson lawfully issuing and 
to and for the use of the Male of such first Son in Tail forever 
they and Each of them using and taking the Sirname of Jones, in 
addition to their other names, and on failure of lawful issue Male 
from the body of my said Grandson, David Richard Floid I give 
and devise the remainder of all my aforesaid Real Estate in Queens 
County, to and for the use of my Grandson, David Jones, Eldest 
Son of my Daughter Mary, for and during his natural life and 
after his death to and for the use of the first Son, of the body of my 
said Grandson, David Jones lawful issuing and to and for the use 
of the heirs Male of the first Son of my said Grandson lawfull 
issuing in tail forever and on failure of such issue from the body 
of my said Grandson, I give and devise the remainder, thereof 
to and for the use of my own right heirs forever in tail and on a 
total failure of lawful issue from all my children, I give and devise 
all the whole remainder of all my aforesaid Real Estate in Queens 
County unto the Governors of the Colledge of the Province of New 
York in the City of New York, in America and to their successors 


forever to and for the uses and purposes following that is to say 
that the rents issues and profits thereof be forever annually applied 
in the maintenance of Charity Schools in the Province of New York 
for the Education and instruction of such poor children as shall 
from time to time be deemed proper objects of Charity two of the 
said Schools always to be in Queens County, one to be in Jamaica 
and the other in the town of Oyster Bay the Governors of the said 
Colledge and their successors forever annually on the first Tuesday 
in May to deliver a just and true account of all their proceedings 
in relation to the said Charity Schools to the Governor and Council 
of the Province of New York for the time being and to receive 
their directions in relation to their further proceedings. Also I give 
and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margaret Jones all the moneys, 
Debts, Slaves, Goods, Chattels and Effects of what kind or nature 
however which she had as her own proper Estate or was due to 
her at the time of her Marriage with me which may be in being at 
the time of my death with all the increase and profits thereof, the 
large Silver Tankard and Silver Tea Pot which have been made 
since our Marriage and paid for with her Money, my Riding Chair 
and Chair horse and the sum of Five PTundred pounds Current 
Money of New York out of my own Estate to be paid her with in- 
terest from the time of my death to her own proper use benefit and 
behoof in lieu of her Dower in my Estate also I give and bequeath 
unto my said wife the use of my Negro Girl Slave named Lucretia 
to wait and attend on her during her Widowhood. Also I give and 
bequeath unto my Daughter Anna, the use of the sum of one 
thousand pounds Current Money of New York for and during 
the term of her natural life the first payment of interest to be at 
the Expiration of one year after my death as also the use of my two 
Negro Girl Slaves named Charity and Sybel during the same time 
and from and after her death as well the said whole principal sum 
of One thousand pounds as the said two girl Slaves or such of them 
as shall be then living shall go to and be the property of such of her 
Children or their representatives as she by a note in writing executed 
in the Presence of two Credible Witnesses shall order and direct 
and in Case she makes no such disposition, both money and Slaves 
shall be equally divided among all her Children or their representa- 
tive ; Also I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Arrabella the 
sum of Fifteen Hundred pounds Current money of New York to 
be paid her with interest from the time of my death to her own 
proper use benefit and behoof forever together with my Negro 


Woman Slave named Rose, with all the children she now has, or 
may have at the time of my death, except her Son named James; 
also I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary, the use of the 
sum of one Thousand Pounds Current Money of New York, for 
and during the term of her natural life, the first payment of interest 
to be at the Expiration of one year next after my death, and also 
the use of My Negro Woman Slave named Lilly, with all such 
Children which she now hath or may have at the time of my 
death except her daughter Sybel, and her Son named Siah, during 
the same time and from and after her death as well the said Prin- 
cipal Sum of One Thousand pounds and the said Negro Slaves shall 
go to and be the property of such of her Children or their repre- 
sentatives as she by a note in writing executed in the Presence of 
two Credible Witnesses shall order and direct and in Case she 
makes no such disposition the said whole sum of Money and the 
said Negro Slaves or such of them as shall be then living shall be 
equally divided among all her Children. Also I give and bequeath 
unto my Daughter Mary all my household goods except my best 
bed and furniture, my writing desk, Scrutor and all my plate and 
utensils of silver to her own proper use benefit and behoof ; Also I 
order and direct that the said Sum of One Thousand pounds for 
the use of my Daughter Anna, and the said sum of One Thousand 
pounds for the use of my daughter Mary shall remain and continue 
in the hands of my Executors or in the hands of the Survivor or 
Survivors of them during the life times of my said Two daughters 
respectively and to be by them lent out on interest thereof to be 
annually paid into the hands of my said Two daughters respective- 
ly; Also I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son David Richard 
Floid Eldest Son of my daughter Arrabella my Negro boy Slave, 
named Morris, my Gold Watch, Gold Sleeve buttons and my Silver 
Shoe and Silver Knee buckles to his own proper use and behoof; 
Also I give and bequeath unto my Grand son, David Jones Eldest 
Son of my daughter Mary, all my lands in Ulster County on the 
Walkill River to be and remain unto him my said grandson and to 
his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple as also my Negro boy 
named Siah and my small Frontenack Gun with the initial letters 
of my Son David's name writt upon a silver plate on the 
stock of the said Gun to his own proper use Benefit and behoof. 
Also I give and bequeath unto the Charge and the Care of the 
Church Wardens of the Parish of Hempstead in Queens County 
aforesaid at the time being and for the Charge and care of their 


Successors forever annually chosen by Virtue of an act entitled an act 
for settleing a Ministry and raising maintenance for them in the City 
of New York. County of Richmond. West Chester and Queens 
County, the Sum of three Ihmdred pounds Current money of New 
York to be lent out on Interest on Good Land Security and the said 
Interest annually applied forever in the Education and instruction 
of such poor Children, belonging to the town of Oyster Bay as the 
said Church Wardens for the time being shall deem proper Objects 
of Charity, the said Church Wardens once in Every year on the first 
Tuesday in May to deliver unto the Vestry of the Parish of Hemp- 
stead Annually Elected by virtue of the said act a just, true 
and Circumstantial Account on oath of all their proceedings in 
relation to the distribution and application of the said Interest 
monev and how and to whom the Principal sums are lent and to take 
the directions of the said Vestry with respect to their further proceed- 
ings therein. Also I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Jones 
all the whole residue and remaining part of all my whole personal 
and Movable Estate of what kind or nature soever or wheresoever 
to his own proper use benefit and behalf after all my just debts and 
funeral Expenses are first paid out of it and my wife su])plied 
with provisions and Fire Wood for herself and her domestic Ser- 
vants and Provender grass and hay for her horse as long as she 
shall think proper to continue with my family after my death not 
exceeding the term of One Year and during her Continuance with 
them she shall have the use of my Young Negro Woman Slave 
named Nanny, and the use of my Negro Boy Slave named Jacob 
to wait on and attend her. Lastle, I nominate and appoint my Son 
Thomas Jones. My Son in Law Richard Floid and my friend 
William Nichols, Esquire, Jun'r. Executors of this my last Will and 
Testament. In witness whereof I the said David Jones have here 
unto set my hand and seal this Twenty-sixth day of July in the 
Year of our Lord Christ, 1768. The words (and on failure of 
issue) writt on a rasurc on the Twenty-fifth line from the top and the 
word "such" between the twenty-fourth and the twenty-fifth lines 
from the top and the word "David" between the Fourty-second and 
the Fourty Third lines from the top the word "all' between the 55th 
and the 56th lines from the top were all done before the publication 
of this Will. DAVID JONES, (L. S.) 


Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said David Jones 
as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us. 



I David Jones of Fort Neck in Queens County in the Colony 
of New York having made and published my last Will and Testa- 
ment dated the Twenty-sixth day of July in the present year of 
our Lord 1768 but on reconsidering the same I think proper, now 
to vacate and revoke such part thereof and such part only as relates 
to the disposition that I have therein made of all my lands. Tene- 
ments and Hereditaments that I have in Queens County aforesaid 
And in Lieu and stead of that disposition, I now, by this Codicil, 
give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner that is 
to say, I give and devise all my said lands, tenements and heredita- 
ments in Queens County aforesaid unto my Son Thomas for and 
during his natural life without impeachment for waste with re- 
mainder to William Nicols, Esq'r., Jr., of Suffolk County and 
Samuel Clowes, Esq'r., of Queens County in the Colony aforesaid 
and their heirs during the life of my said Son Thomas to preserve 
the Contingent remainder herein after limited with remainder to 
the first Son of my Son Thomas for life, with remainder to the said 
Trustees their heirs during the life of the said first Son of my said 
Son Thomas to preserve the contingent remainders herein after 
mentioned to witt, with remainder to the first and Every other 
Son and Sons of the Eldest Son of my said Son Thomas, success- 
ively according to their Seniority, the Elder to be preferred to 
the Younger to hold the same in Tail male and in case of the death 
of the first Son of my said Son Thomas without such issue then I 
devise the said lands. Tenements and Hereditaments to his Second 
Son and the issue Male of such Second Son in the same manner 
as if I had repeated the above devise to his first or Eldest Son with 
like devises to the said Trustees for preserving contingent re- 
mainders intending to give an Estate for life only to such Second 
Son with a tail to his issue Male successively and so to Every Son 
of my Son Thomas and the issue of such Son successively upon the 
like contingencies and in default of issue male of my said Son 


Thomas I devise the said remainder to the first or Eldest Daughter 
of my said Son Thomas for life without impeachment of waste 
with remainder ikn-ing the life of such first daughter to the said 
Trustees and their heirs in Trust to preserve the contingent re- 
mainders herein after mentioned with remainder to the first and 
Every other Son and Sons of my said Son's first or eldest daughter 
successively according to their Seniority the Elder to be preferred 
to the Younger to hold the same in Tail iSIale and in Case of the 
death of the first Daughter of my Son Thomas without such issue, 
Then I devise the lands. Tenements and Hereditaments aforesaid 
to his Second Daughter and the issue IMale of such Second 
daughter in the same manner as if I had repeated the above devise 
to his first or Eldest daughter with like devise to the said Trustees 
for preserving the contingent remainder intending to give and 
Estate for life, to such second daughter with a Tail to her issue 
Male successively and so to Every Daughter of my said Son 
Thomas, and the issue Male of such Daughter upon the like con- 
tingencies and in default of issue Male and female of my said son 
Thomas and their Male issue as aforesaid, then I devise the said 
lands. Tenements and Hereditaments in remainder to my Daughter 
Arrabella, for life without impeachment of waste with remainder 
to the said Trustees and their heirs during the life of my said 
Daughter Arrabella in Trust to preserve the Contingent remainders 
hereinafter limited, with remainder to the first Son of my said 
Daughter Arrabella for his life without impeachment of waste 
with remainder to the said Trustees and their heirs during the life 
of the first Sen of my said Daughter Arrabella to preserve the 
Contingent remainders hereinafter mentioned to Witt, with Re- 
mainder to the first and Every other Son and Sons of the first or 
Eldest Son of my said daughter Arrabella successively according 
to their seniority the Eldest to be preferred to the Younger to hold 
the same in tail Male and in Case of the death of the first Son of 
my said daughter Arrabella without such issue, then I devise the 
lands. Tenements and Hereditaments aforesaid to the Second Son 
and the issue Male of said Son in the same manner as if I had re- 
peated the above devises to the first or Eldest Son with like devise 
to the said Trustees for preserving the Contingent remainders in- 
tending to give an Estate for life only to such second Son with a 
Tail to his issue Male Successively and so to Every Son of my 
daughter Arrabella and the issue of such Son successively upon 
the like contingencies and in default of such issue of my said 


Daughter Arrabella then I devise the said lands, Tenements and 
Hereditaments unto my daughter Mary and to her issue and their 
issue in the same manner as I have already devised them to my 
daughter Arrabella and her issue and their issue with like devises 
to the said Trustees for preserving the Contingent remainders, and 
in default of such issue of my daughter Mary, then I devise the 
said Lands. Tenements and Hereditaments, unto my Daughter 
Anna and to her issue, and their issue in the same manner as I 
have already devised them to my daughter Arrabella and her issue, 
and their issue with like devises to the said Trustees for preserving 
the Contingent remainder, and in default of Male issue in all my 
daughters, I devise the said lands, tenements and hereditaments to 
the issue females of my said daughters respectively and their issue 
in the same manner as I have devised them to the issue female of 
my Son Thomas, with like devises to the said trustees for preserving 
the Contingent remainder and all the devises to the issue of females 
in the manner above mentioned, are upon this Express Condition 
that the devisee taking the Estate shall at the Age of 21 years and 
always afterwards take upon him or her and use the Sir name of 
Jones in addition to his, or her own, and that my meaning may be the 
better understood and to give a Key for the better Exposition of my 
will I think proper to declare that after considering my estate and 
family I think it will be best not only to intail the Estate aforesaid 
but to prevent the hasty docking of such entail, and therefore it is 
my general intent to continue the Estate first in the male decendants, 
decendants of my Son Thomas, then in the issue Male of his 
daughters, and then in the issue male of my own daughters, and in 
default of such issue to the issue female of my own daughters, and 
that it shall not be in like power of any of my decendants before my 
great grand children to Cut off the intail, and further I declare it 
to be my will that in Case my family be totally Extinct, that all my 
aforesaid lands, tenements, and hereditaments, shall go to and be 
vested in the Governors of the Colledge of the Province of New 
York, in the City of New York, in America, and their successors, 
forever in trust for the following use. that to say that the rents, 
issues and profits thereof, shall be annually imployed in the main- 
tenance of Charity Schools in Queens County, in the Colony of New 
York, one of the said Schools always to be at Jamaica, and one at 
Hempstead, and one other at Oyster Bay South, on or nigh Fort 
Neck, the Governors of the said Colledge once in Every Year on 
the first Wednesday in the month of May to deliver upon Oath, 


unto the Governor and Council of the Province of New York, for 
the time being a true, just and minute account of all their proceed- 
ings in relation to their hiring out of said Estate and of the rents, 
issue and profits thereof and in what manner they have disposed of 
the money for the use of said Charity Schools and to take and 
observe their directions in relation to their further proceedings 
In witness whereof I the said David Jones have to this Codicil 
to mv last will and testament sett my hand and seal this third day 
of October in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred 
and sixty Eight. 


Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said David Jones 
a? and for a Codicil to his last will and testament in the presence 
of us who in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses 
hereto : 


Republished the i6th day of June in the Year of our Lord, 
1769, by the aforesaid David Jones as and for a Codicil to his last 
v,i\l and testament in the prsence of us Sarah Cebra. Benjn. 
Hinchman, James Hinchman. 

Whereas in and by my last will and testament dated the Twenty 
sixth day of July in the Year 1768 I have given unto my wife 
Margaret Jones the use of my Negro girl slave named Incretia 
during her widowhood but having since disposed of her otherways, 
I now revoke the said bequest and instead thereof I give unto my 
said wife the use of my two Negro Slaves to witt Elenor and 
Jacob, to wait and attend on her so long as she Continues my widow. 

Also I give unto my Daughter Mary, the use of all my lands 
in Ulster County on the Wallakil River, for. and during her natural 
life, she Committing no waste thereof with remainder to her heirs 
and assigns for Ever. 

Also I give unto my said daughter Mary, the sum of two hun- 
dred pounds, to build a house, thereof together with all my part of 
the Cattle left on the said lands, in the hands of Andrew McDewel. 

Also I give unto my Grand Son David Jones, and to his heirs, 
and assigns, forever, all the meadow ground which I have on Oyster 
Bay, West Neck. 


In witness whereof I have thereunto set my hand, and Seal, 
this twenty first day of December, in the year of our Lord Christ, 
one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy one. 


PubHshed and declared by the said David Jones, as. and for a 
Codicil to his last will, and testament, in the presence of us, 


I David Jones of Fort Neck, in Queens County, and Colony of 
New York, being in full health of body, and of sound mind and 
memory, do by this Codicil to my last will and testament, declare 
it to be my will that my Son Thomas Jones shall dwell and reside 
with my family, on that part of my plantation called Fort Neck, 
yearly during his natural life, for the space of three months at a 
time, and if he shall neglect or refuse to dwell and reside there with 
his family at any time for the space of three Calender months, at a 
time, then all my aforesaid real Estate, shall immediately vest in, 
and be the property of such person, to whom it ought to go, if my 
said Son Thomas, was naturally dead. 

Also I give my daughter Mary the sum of one hundred pounds 
to be laid out in utensils of silver, and marked with my name. 

In witness whereof, I have to this Codicil set my hand and Seal, 
this ninth day of January, in the year of our Lord Christ one 
thousand Seven hundred and Seventy-two. 


Signed and declared by the said David Jones, as and for a 
Codicil to his last will, and testament, in the presence of Micha 
Past, Thomas (no mark) Pidgeon. P»en'j. Post. 

That the words and "Colony of New York" in the upper part 
of the first line were inserted before the publication of this Codicil 
was republished this third day of May 1773 by the testator in the 
presence of us, 



Recorded in Surrogates Court. Queens County, Nov. 7, 1775. 
in Surrogate Court, New York City, in Liber 30 of Wills, Page 31 
to 49. 


Benjamin Birdsall.. James Pool, John Jones. 

* * * * City of New York. js. : Be it remembered that on the 
twenty-seventh day of October, one thousand seven hundred and 
seventy-five, personally came and aj^peared before me, Cary Ludlow, 
Esquire. Surrogate for the Province of New York. Christopher 
Codwise. of the City of Xcw York, hat-maker, who being duly sworn 
on his oath declared that he saw David Jones sign and seal the within 
written instrument, purporting to be the Will of the said David 
Jones, bearing date the twenty-sixth day of July, one thousand seven 
hundred and sixty-eight, and heard him publish and declare the 
same as and for his last Will and Testament, that at the time thereof 
he. the said David Jones, was of sound disposing mind and memory 
to the best of the knowledge and belief of him. the deponent, and 
that his name subscril)ed to the said Will is of his own proper hand 
writing, which he subscribed as a witness thereto in the testator's 
presence and that he, the deponent, likewise saw John Rapalje and 
Michael \'andervoort. the other witnesses to the said Will, subscribe 
their names as witnesses to the same in the testator's presence. 


Queens County, js. : 

Be it remembered that on the first day of November, one thou- 
sand seven hundred and seventy-five, personally came and appeared 
before me. John J. Troup. Surrogate of the said County. Xehe- 
miah Deane. of said County, yeoman, and being duly affirmed, 
declared that he did see David Jones sign and seal the within 
written instrument, purporting to be the Codicil of the said David 
Jones, bearing date the third day of October, one thousand seven 
hundred and sixty-eight, and heard him publish and declare the same 
as and for a Codicil to his last Will and Testament, that at the time 
thereof he, the said David Jones, was of sound disjiosing mind and 
memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of him, the deponent 
and that his name subscribed to the said Codicil is of his own re- 
spective proper hand writing, which he subscril)ed as a witness to the 
said Codicil in the testator's j)resence. and that he. the deponent, saw 


William Kirbe and Benjamin Townsend, the other witnesses to the 
said Codicil, subscribe their names as witnesses thereto in the 
testator's presence. 


Queens County, js. : 

Be it remembered that on the second day of Novem- 
ber, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, per- 
sonally came and appeared before me, John J. Troup, Surrogate of 
the said County, James Hinchman. of said County, yeoman, and be- 
ing duly sworn on his oath declared that he did see David Jones 
sign and seal the within written instrument, purporting to be the 
Codicil of the said David Jones, bearing date the sixteenth day of 
June, one thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine, and heard him 
publish and declare the same as and for a Codicil to his last Will 
and Testament, that at the time thereof he, the said David Jones, 
was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowl- 
edge and belief of him, the deponent, and that his name, subscribed 
to the said Codicil, is of his own respective proper hand writing, 
which he subscribed as a witness to the said Codicil in the testator's 
presence and that he, the deponent, saw Sarah Cebra and Benjamin 
Hinchman, the other witnesses to the said Codicil, subscribe their 
names as witnesses thereto in the testator's presence. 


Queens County, js. : 

Be it remembered that on the first day of November, one 
thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, personally came 
and appeared before me, John J. Troup, Surrogate of the said 
County. Samuel Carman, of said County, yeoman, and being 
duly sworn on his oath declared that he did see David Jones sign 
and seal the within written instrument, purporting to be the Codicil 
of the said David Jones, bearing date the twenty-first day of Decem- 
ber, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-one. and heard him 
publish and declare the same as and for a Codicil to his last Will 
and Testament, that at the time thereof he. the said David Jones was 
of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and 
belief of him, the deponent, and that his name, subscribed to the said 
Codicil, is of his own respective proper hand writing, which he sub- 
scribed as a witness to the said Codicil, in the testator's presence, 


and that lie. the deponent, saw Thomas Pidgeon and Benjamin Post, 
the other witnesses to the Codicil, subscribe their names as witnesses 
thereto in the testator's presence. JOHN J. TROL'P. 


Queens County, js. : 

Be it remembered that on the first day of November one 
thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, personally came and 
appeared before me. John J. Troup. Surroj^ate of the said County. 
Benjamin Birdsail. of said County, yeoman, and being duly sworn 
on his oath declared that he did see David Jones sign and seal the 
within written instrument, purporting to be the Codicil of the said 
David Jones, bearing date the third day of May. one thousand seven 
hundred and seventy-three, and heard him publish and declare the 
same as and for a Codicil to his last Will and Testament, that at the 
time thereof he, the said David Jones, was of sound disposing mind 
and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of him. the 
deponent, and that his name, subscribed to the said Codicil, is of 
his own respective proper hand writing, which he subscribed as 
witness to the said Codicil in the testator's presence, and that he. 
the deponent, saw James Pool and John Jones, the other witnesses 
to the said Codicil, subscribe their names as witnesses thereto in the 
testator's presence. 



His Excellency. William Tryon. Esquire. Captain General and 
Governor-in-Chief in and over the Province of New York and the 
Territories appending thereon, in America. Chancellor and \'ice- 
Admiral of the same, to all to whom these presents shall come or 
may concern Sendeth Greeting. Know ye. that at the City of New 
York, on the twenty-seventh day of October last past before Cary 
Ludlow. Esquire, and at Queens County, on the first and second days 
of November, instant, before John J. Troup. l'-S(|uire. thcrc'.nto 
delegated and appointed the last Will and Testament of David Jones, 
deceased. A copy whereof is hereunto annexed was proved and 
is now approved and allowed of by me. And the said deceased ha\ ing 
whilst he lived and at the time of his death goods. Chattels and 
Credits within their Province by means whereof the proving and 
registering the said Will and the granting Administration of all and 
singular, the said goods. Chattels and Credits, and also the auditing 
allowing and final discharging the account thereof doth belong unto 

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me. The Administration of all and singular, the goods. Chattels and 
Credits of the said deceased and any way concerning his Will, is 
granted unto Thomas Jones, Richard Floid and William Nicolls, 
Junr., Esquires, the Executors in the said Will, named, they being 
first duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to 
make and exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular, 
the said goods. Chattels and Credits, and also to render a just and 
true account thereof when thereunto required. 

In testimony whereof I have caused the peerogative seal of 
the Province of New York to be hereunto al!ixed. at Fort George, 
at the City of New York, the Seventh day of November, one 
thousand seven hundred and seventy-five. 

SAM. BAYARD. Jun'r.. D. Secry., 
Probate Office, City of New York, May 8th, 1784. 

The preceding is a true Copy of the Will of David Jones, de- 
ceased, of the Codicils, thereto, of the several Certificates of the 
proof thereof, and of the Letters, testamentary granted thereon. 
The words (and their issue) in the tenth page, and the words (in 
the City of New York), in the third page, being first interlined. 


Note This copy of the original Will is in the possession of the 
Floyd-Jones family. 







Thomas Jones, who was called "The Young Judge," was also a 
Judge of the Supreme Court of the Colony and the latter part of his 
life was a record to him of stirring events, both before and during 
the Revolution. 

He married Anne, a daughter of Lieutenant-Governor James De 
Lancey, December 9, 1762. She was the aunt of the Right Rev. 
Bishop Wm. Heathcote De Lancey, of Western New York, and also 
aunt to the wife of James Fennimore Cooper, the celebrated Ameri- 
can novelist. She was born in 1745. 

The ancestry of Anne De Lancey is accurately traced back to 
1432. The family belongs to the "Isle de France," the old French 
Province, of which Paris was the Capital, and to that part of it 
adjoining Picardy, anciently and sometimes still, termed the Laon- 
nois from its chief city of Laon. 

The first of the name of whom there is any authentic record was 
Guy De Lancey, Ecuyer Vicompte de Laval, Et de Nouvian, (Nou- 
vion), who in 1432, held of the Prince Bishop of Laon, the fiefs of 
Laval and Nouvian villages and territories, a few miles south of 
that city. His wife was Anne de Marcilly. 

Had a son John, who succeeded in 1436, he being succeeded 
by his son John, in 1470. He was succeeded by his son Charles ist, 
in 1525, whose ist wife was Vicole St. Pere. Issue one daughter. 
Second wife was Marie de Villiers, issue 2 sons, Charles 2nd and 
Christophe. created Baron de Raray. 

Charles 2nd succeeded in 1535 as 5th Vicompte. His wife was 
Isabeau Branche, daughter of Furie Branche Ecuyer, Sieur de 
Brean. Married 15th April, 1534. 

They had 3 sons, Charles 3rd, Jacques and Claude, and one 
daughter, Barbe. Charles 3rd married ist Madeleine Le Brun, July 
21, 1569, and 2nd on 15th January, 1593,, Claude de May. 

Jacques, the 2nd son of Charles 2nd, was the father of Jacques, 
of Caen. The latter married Marguerite Bertrand, daughter of 
Pierre Bertrand, of Caen, in Normandy. 

Etienne De Lancey, his only son, born at Caen, in 1663, was 
the first of the family to come to America. Being a Huguenot he 
was obliged to fly from France, coming to New York June 7, 1686. 


He married January 23, 1700, Anne, daughter of Stephanus, Van 
Cortlandt. and Gertrude Schuyler, his wife, daughter of Philip 
Pieterse Schuyler and his wife Margaretta van Slechtenhorst. He 
died November 18, 1741, and was buried in the family vault, the 
one in the middle aisle nearest and partly under the chancel, Trinity 
Church, New York. 

Hie left four sons. James, Stephen, Peter and Oliver. James De 
Lancey, the eldest, was born November 2^, 1703. He was Chief 
Justice, 1744. and Lieutenant-Governor of New York, 1747. His 
wife was Anne, daughter of Hon. Caleb Heathcote, of the Manor of 
Scarsdale, Westchester County, at one time Mayor of New York. 
James De Lancey died July 30, 1760. His wife died November, 1778. 
Their issue was 4 sons and 4 daughters. James, born in 1732, married 
Margaret Allen, daughter of Hon. Wm. Allen, Chief Justice of 
Pennsylvania. He died in 1800. 

Stephen, married Hannah, daughter of Rev. Joseph Sackett, of 
Crom Pond, Westchester County. He died May 6, 1795. Heathcote 
the 3rd son, died young before his father. 

John Peter, 4th son, born July 15. 1753, married Sept. 28, 1785, 
Elizabeth, daughter of Col. Richard Floyd, of Mastic. He died 
Jan. 30, 1828. Issue 3 sons and 4 daughters. Thomas James, born 
Aug. 12, 1789, died Dec. 22, 1822. Edward Floyd, born June 18, 
1795. died Oct. 19, 1820. Wm. Heathcote. born Oct. 8, 1797, was 
married to Frances Munro, daughter of Peter Jay Munro. of West- 
chester County. Died April 5, 1865. Issue 5 sons and 3 daughters. 

Of the four daughters of John Peter De Lancey, Anne 
Charlotte, the eldest, was born 17th Sept., 1786, married Dec. loth, 
1827. was the 2nd wife of John Loudon McAdam. She died 29th 
May, 1852. No issue. Susan Augusta, the 2nd daughter, born 28th 
January, 1792, was married January ist, 181 1, to James Fennimore 
Cooper. She died January 20, 1852. He died Sept. 14 1851, leav- 
ing one son and four daughters. Of the four daughters of Lieut.- 
Gov. James De Lancey, Mary, wife of William Walton, of New 
York, died in 1767. Susannah, born i8th November, 1737, died un- 
married in 1815. 

Anne, 3rd daughter, born 1745. was wife of Judge Thomas 
Jones. Died 1817. 

Martha died unmarried in 1769, in her 19th year. 
The father of Thomas built in 1770 on another part of the estate 
a splendid mansion which he named Tryon Hall in honor of Gover- 
nor. Tryon. It faces the Great South Bay, and has a frontage of 


90 feet. The great Entrance Hall is 36 feet long by 23 wide. Over 
the door leading to the stairs is a large pair of antlers, presented 
by Sir William Johnson, taken from a buck in the Mohawk Valley. 
The name of the house was subsequently altered to Fort Neck, after 
the original name of the place. This grand house still remains in 
existence, being the largest, best built, and most substantial looking 
residence in its vicinity, having been the Homestead of the family 
from that time. This was the summer home of Thomas Jones, his 
winter or city residence was at Fort Pitt, where Pitt street now is. 
It was called in those days Jones' Hill. In the Revolution Thomas 
remaining loyal to the Crown was attainted and his property con- 

*This Act of Attainder was passed by the New York Legislature, 
held at Kingston in Ulster County, October 12, 1779, and affected 
56 men and 3 women of the most prominent American and English 
residents here, who were loyal to the Mother Country, and their 
King, George the Third. 

The persons mentioned therein were attainted, their estates, real 
and personal confiscated, and themselves proscribed. 

The Second Section declaring; That each and every one of 
them who shall at any time hereafter be found in any part of this 
State, shall be and are hereby adjudged and declared guilty of felony, 
and shall suffer death as in case of felony, without benefit of clergy. 
The crime charged is, "An adherence to the Enemies of the State." 

General Silliman had at this time been taken by the Tories from 
his home in Fairfield County, Connecticut, across Long Island Sound 
and was a prisoner at Oyster Bay. 

The Americans possessed no British prisoner of equal rank with 
Silliman to offer in exchange, but they soon procured one. the Hon. 
Thomas Jones, being selected as the victim. 

*NoTE. This act is printed in full in Thomas Jones' History of 
New York, edited by Edward Floyd De Lancey, Page 510. This 
work gives the information that the persons attainted were all 
Episcopalians, while the attaintors were largely Presbyterians. 

Note. Benjamin D. Silliman, a distinguished Jurist and prom- 
inent citizen of Brooklyn, who was born September 14. 1805, and 
died January, 24. 1901, was a grand son of General Gold Selleck 


On the evening of the 4th of November, 1779, twenty-five volun- 
teers crossed the Sound from Bridgeport to Stonybrook and marched 
directly towards the house of Judge Jones, some 25 miles distant. 
They remained concealed in the woods one day and the following 
night at nine in the evening were before the stately mansion. The 
Judge was entertaining an evening party and the young people 
were engaged in dancing, when the assailants knocked at the front 
door. Their summons received no reply, and Capt. Kawley broke 
open the door by knocking in one of the panels, seized Judge Jones, 
whom they found standing in the passage with a young man named 
Hewlett, and hurried them off before an alarm could be given, al- 
though the Judge halloed out, but was threatened with death if he 
repeated it. 

They laid concealed in the woods the next day, and the following 
evening, prisoners and captors arrived safely at Fairfield, except six 
who loitering behind were captured by pursuers. 

Judge Jones was kindly entertained at the house of General Silli- 
man by his lady, until removed to Middletown. 

The following May, 1780, he was exchanged for General Silli- 
man. After this in June 1781 he went to England, where he died 
July 25, 1792. 

The intimacy and kind feeling of which existed between the 
families of Jones and Silliman, of the Revolutionary period, being 
kept up by their descendants, which was nobly illustrated by the act 
of Benjamin D. Silliman, bequeathing, in 1901, to Jeannie Floyd- 
Jones Robison, daughter of William Floyd-Jones, a beautiful silver 
loving cup, on which was inscribed : 

Hon. Benjamin D. Silliman, 

From His Friends in the Brooklyn Club, 

September 14, 1894. 

The following inscription is on the monuments of Thomas Jones, 
and his wife Anne Jones, in Broxbourne Parish Church, Hertford- 
shire, England. 

From Thomas Jones' monument : 

"Near this place lies interred Thomas Jones, Esq., late one of His 
Majesty's Judges of the Supreme Court, for the Province of New 
York, in North America, who having suffered severe hardships and 
great personal injuries, during the trouble in America, for his firm 
attachment to the British Constitution and loyalty to his present 
Majesty, under whom he had held different Civil Commissions, came 


to England for the recovery of his health and being by an act of 
attainder, passed in the State of New York, deprived of his large 
property and prevented returning to his native country, settled at 
Hoddeston, in this Farish. and having by the ])olite and friendly at- 
tention of the inhabitants found it a most desirable residence. He 
died there July 25th, 1792. aged 61 years. His widow from tender 
respect to his memory, erected this monument to an affectionate and 
indulgent husband, a sincere friend, a kind master, a benevolent mem- 
ber of society, and a loyal subject. By strangers honored and by 
strangers mourned." 


From Mrs. Anne Jones' monument : 

"Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Anne Jones, of Hoddeston, 
widow of Thomas Jones, Esq., wdio after life passed in the exercise 
of every christian virtue, died universally lamented on the first of 
December, 1817, in the 72nd year of her age." 

These epitaphs were copied from the monuments themselves, 
which are mural tablets on the South wall of Church at Broxbourne. 

Between them is the Jones Escutcheon, having the Jones Arms 
blazoned in full in their appropriate color. This church is about 400 
years old. 

The bodies are under the main aisle, which is considered a mark 
of great distinction. 

Edward Floyd De Lancey, editor of Thomas Jones' History of 
New York, during the Revolutionary War, issued in 1879, i" his 
panegyric of Thomas Jones, writes in this pathetic strain : 

"Thus ended, in a distant land, the life and career of Judge 
Jones. His correspondence shows that though his English domicil 
was a pleasant one, and he enjoyed it much, still, it was only an exile's 
home. To his native land his eyes always turned with affection, and 
his heart ever beat true. He died as he had lived, an American, and 
a son of New York. His warm and strong words to his kindred 
still remain to show how glad, had it been possible, he would have 
come back to his loved home across the sea, and spent his last days 
beneath the bright skies and in the pure air of his own Long Island ; 
that Long Island, which he little thought, when its last blue line 

Note. The seizure of Judge Thomas Jones by the Americans 
furnished the subject of a historical novel, edited in 1904, by C. C. 
Hotchkiss, entitled, "For a Maiden Brave." 


faded from his sight as his vessel sailed away, he should never see 
again. But so it was to be. Sad does it seem that high principle, 
honesty of belief, freedom of opinion, fealty to lawful government, 
and loyalty to conscience and the oaths he had sworn to maintain, 
should have condemned an honored American, unheard, to banish- 
ment and an exile's grave. 

"Sad, yet strange and striking too is the fact, that that American 
instead of sleeping with his fathers by those fair shores, where 
the deep roar of the surges of ocean, sounds ever their eternal 
requiem, should lie in the heart of a foreign land, beneath the 
marble pavement, and under the vaulted roof of an ancient fane of 
the haughty Templars. 

"The same sun, however, which at morn through sculptured 
mullions, and glowing panes, lights up in tinted splendor the sacred 
vault of the old church of the warrior monks, and falls gently on 
the exile's tomb at eve, illumes in greater radiance, and deeper 
colours, and more splendid lines, a far grander vault, and tinges with 
its reflected glories the pure waters beneath it, which surround the 
green graves where his fathers slumber." 

Judge Thomas, and Anne De Lancey Jones had no children, so 
they adopted the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. John Peter De Lancey, 
of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, N. Y., she being the one to 
whom Mrs. Jones bequeathed all her property. 

John Peter De Lancey was the youngest brother of Judge Thomas 
Jones' wife Anne 1 )e Lancey, and his wife was the eldest daughter 
of Arrabella Jones Floyd, the Judge's sister. This adopted daughter 
was Anne Charlotte De Lancey, who subsequently became the second 
wife of the distinguished engineer, John Loudon McAdam, whose 
system of making roads has immortalized his name. He was a loyal- 
ist in the Revolution ; a New York merchant until he left America. 
He died in Scotland, Nov. 26, 1836. and was buried in the church 
yard of the Established Church of Scotland at Moffatt, in Dumfries- 
shire. His wife died at Hoddeston, May 29, 1852, and was buried 
there by the side of her adopted parents. 

John Loudon McAdams' first wife was Glorianna, daughter of 
William Nicoll, of Islip, a first cousin of the mother of his second 




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Arrabella Jones, sister of Tliomas Jones, was born on Saturday, 
December 7th, 1734. was married to Richard Floyd, of Mastic, Suf- 
folk County, L. I.. Wednesday, November 2nd, 1757. He was born 
Feby. 26th, 1731, being a first cousin of William Floyd, one of the 
signers of the Declaration of Independence, and who was first Sena- 
tor from New York in the United States Congress. His first recorded 
ancestor was Richard Floyd, who was a native of Brecknockshire, 
Wales. He came to this country in 1650 to settle at Setauket, Long 
Island, and to become one of the fifty-five original proprietors of 

His wife was Susanna , who was born in 1626. 

He died in 1700. His wife died in 1706, leaving issue, Richard 

He was born in 1664, the very year that Amsterdam became New 
York, was appointed County Colonel in the troubled days of King 
William's War. and was retired to the Snug Haven of the Court of 
Common Pleas, by grace of thq. Queenly relict "Anne." 

His wife was Margaret Nicolls. married in 1686, daughter of 

Colonel Matthias Nicolls and Abigail . She was born 1662 

and died in 1718. 

Colonel Nicolls was Secretary of the Colony of New York, and 
many years Judge of Suffolk County. He died in 1687. 

The following inscription is upon the tomb of the Second 
Richard Floyd at Setauket, Suffolk County, L. I., and is as clear as 
though cut ycsterda}' : 

"Here lies ye body of Richard Floyd, Esqre.. late Collonel of this 
County, and a Judge of ye Court of Common Pleas, who deed. 
Febry 28. 1737, in ye 73 year of his age." 

He left a son who was also called Richard, was born in 1703, 
and married Elizabeth Hutchinson, who was born in 1709- She 
was the daughter of Benjamin Hutchinson and Martha Hutchinson. 
Benjamin Hutchinson's father was Thos. Hutchinson. Richard died 
April 21. 1 77 1, and his wife died in 1778. Their issue was Richard, 
Elizabeth. John Margaret, I'enjamin. Gilbert. William Samuel, and 
Mary, who married William Ellison, and Anna. Richard Floyd, the 
husband of Arrabella Jones, was fourth of the name. He .settled 
upon the estate left him by his father at Mastic. Suffolk County. 


Long Island, and he was considered the most generous man that ever 
lived in the county. All ranks of people were most courteously en- 
tertained by him, and he kept one of the most plentiful tables on 
Long Island. He never failed in extending his generosity to the 
poor, and distressed. In short his character was, that no man ever 
went from his house either hungry or thirsty. 

He was a rank Tory during the American Revolution and who 
also was one of the proscribed individuals, (same as his wife's 
brother, Thomas Jones), who came under the Act of Attainder, and 
was obliged to leave the United States to save a portion of his 
property. The remainder, including the family place at Mastic, was 
confiscated. His wife succeeded to the property of her father. 

Col. Richard Floyd was also related to the late lamented General 
Nathaniel Woodhull, ,of the American Army, who married Ruth 
Floyd, the first cousin of Richard, and were near neighbors at Mas- 
tic, in Suffolk County, L. I. 

The Battle of Long Island was fought on Aug. 27, 1776, in which 
the British were victorious. Nathaniel Woodhull was appointed 
Brigadier General and Commander-in-Chief of all the Militia on Long 
Island. Before he reached Jamaica with less than 100 men the battle 
was decided, so he remained there at an inn kept by a man named 
Carpenter, about 2 miles East of the village, for reinforcements, 
which he could not get, as the American army had escaped from 
Long Island, leaving the enemy in possession. *The British received 
information where he was and surrounded the house, making him, 
and his party all prisoners.. This was on the evening of Aug 28, 
1776. Not a gun was fired. The General, favored by the darkness 
of the night, attempted to make his escape, .but being discovered by 
the sentries, while attempting to get over a board fence, he received 
several strokes from their broad swords, particularly one upon the 
arm. He was carried on board a Man of War and treated with 
hospitality. The surgeons advised amputation. To this he would 
not consent. The wound mortified and he died in a few days, Sept. 
20, 1776, aged 54 years. 

It was a most unfortunate ending to a grand and brave man, an 
afifectionate husband, good master and kind parent. He left one 
child, a daughter named Elizabeth, born in 1762. She married 
(*) Henry Nicoll. of Sufifolk County, who was born in 1756, and died 
in 1790, leaving issue four children. 

(*)Great grand parents of Hon. De Lancey Nicoll, formerly 
District Attorney of New York. 


His widow. Elizabeth Woodhull Nicoll. then married i General 
John Smith, she being his second wife. He was born Febv. 12, 1756, 
and died June 25, 1816. Elizabeth died Sept. 14, 1839. leaving issue 
4 children by last marriage. 

In 1783 Arrabella Floyd wife of Colonel Richard F"loyd desired 
Ruth Woodhull. (the General's widow), to take into her care, the 
last Will and Testament of her father. David Jones, esq., deceased, 
who died at Fort Neck. Oct. 11, 1775. The Will was actually de- 
livered to her by Mrs. Floyd, in a paper sealed. She declaring that 
it was her father's Will. Mrs. Woodhull put this Will in a seal skin 
trunk, together with her late husband's, (Gen. Nathaniel Wood- 
hull's), Will, who had now been dead some 7 years. 

On April 5, 1784. Mrs. Woodhull's house took fire, and the trunk 
with both Wills, was consumed. The reason of depositing David 
Jone?" Will, with Mrs. Woodhull was. that there was reason to be- 
lieve that it was safer in her home from being plundered by the 
Americans, who about that time frequently landed at or near the 
place of Mrs. Floyd, and committed depredations on such persons 
who were supposed by them not to be well attached to their cause. 

Col Richard Floyd in 1783 left his home on Long Island for 
Connecticut, from there he went to Nova Scotia and died at Mauger- 
ville. New Brunswick. Jime 30. 1791. and was buried there. 

Arrabella. his wife died Alav 29. 1785. and was buried at Mastic, 
L. I. 

Their issue was 3 children. 

Elizabeth Floyd, born Aug. 8, 1758. married John P. De Lancey, 
Sept. 28. 1785. She died May 7, 1820. 

David Richard Floyd, born November 14. 1764. 
Anne Willett Floyd, born August 17, 1767. married Samuel 
Benjamin Nicoll, Dec. 3. 1784. She died June 8. 1813. 

I Uncle of Wm. Sidney Smith, of Longwood. who married 
Eleanor Jones of Cold Spring Harbor. 

Note. The family Bible of Richard Floyd, which was printed 
by John Baskett, London, 1735, and in which are many entries written 
by himself and his descendants of Births and Deaths, as also his 
domestic medicine book issued in London, i7(V). arc now in the 
possession of the writer, his great great grandson. 

NoTK. *From Thomas Jones' History of New York, edited by 
Edward Floyd De Lancey. 



I came to the spot where this exile slept, 

And pensively stood by his tomb; 
From the lone stillness a soft whisper crept. 

How sweetly I sleep here alone. 

The tempest may howl, and thunders may roar. 
And storms fierce and black, may arise, 

Yet calm's the exile, his sorrow's are o'er, 
The tears are all wiped from his eyes. 

Blood hounds of war growled in his ears, 

And lighted the faggots to flame. 
That fearfully burned, regardless of tears. 

And threatened to blot out his name. 

The exile in vain the land of his birth 

Besought for relief, from his foes. 
But. lo ! there was left him scarce upon earth, 

A shade of retreat for repose. 

Brunswick's dreary desolate shore, 

Then welcomed this exile to come. 
Where shafts thick and deadly should haunt him no more, 

In his lonely wilderness home. 

His spirit departed, his ashes are sleeping 

Beneath this rough stone in their heather clad rest. 

While the light of his life, its vigil is keeping. 

Till liis dust is reclothed and crowned with the blest. 
Rearranged by T. F.-J. 











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Died 1S26. 


David Richard Floyd was married to Sarah Onderdonk on Sept. 
20, 1785. slie being the third (huitihter of llcndrick Onderdonk. who 
was born December 11, 1724. and married on May 20, 1750, Phoebe 
TredwelJ, who was born July 12, 1730. 

Hiendrick Onderdonk was member of Committee of Safety, 
Queens County, L. 1.. during the Revolution. He died March 31, 
1809. Hs wife died December 19, 1801. 

Their issue was 12 children, 

1st Benjamin Onderdonk. born April 13. 1751, died November 

17. 1771- 

Gertrude Onderdonk, born Feby. 11, 1753. 

1st Phoebe Onderdonk, born Aug. 2, 1754, died July 2, 1758. 

Andrew Onderdonk, born May 6, 1756. 

Sarah Onderdonk, born March 26, 1758. 

Hendrick Onderdonk, born Feby. i, 1760. 

Maria Onderdonk, born Nov. 26, 1761, died Feby. i, 1841. 

John Onderdonk, born Aug. 22, 1763. 

2d Phoebe Onderdonk, born June 2, 1765, died Oct 2, 1780. 

William Onderdonk, born Jan. 12 1767. 

Samuel Onderdonk, born Aug. 31, 1770, died Oct. 7, 1780. 

2d Benjamin Onderdonk, born Jan. 25, 1776, died April 15, 1834. 

Of the foregoing John Onderdonk married Eliza Fargie, March 
14, 1784. She died June ii, 1786. He then married his second 
wife, Deborah Ustick, March 13, 1788. 

He died Aug. 23, 1832. Deborah, his wife, died April 28. 1837^. 

Hendrick Onderdonk. the 3rd son, married Sally Van Kleeck, 
Feby. 7, 1795. He died March 29, 1800. 

it has been proverbial in the lives of our ancestors, in all the three 
families of Jones. Floyd and Floyd-Jones, that their marriages were 
generally into those of the oldest families of the country. This is 
clearly elucidated by the marriage of Gertrude Onderdonk, sister 
of Sarah Onderdonk Floyd to Lambert Moore, August 17. 1774, 
she being his second wife. 

*He was born Nov. 14,1727, son of John Moore, being a de- 
scendant of Francis Moore, of Fawley, in England, who is reliably 

*KoTK. From Moore, of Fawley, by David Moore Hall. 


traced back to 1350. His residence was "White Hall," which was 
corner of Front and Moore Streets, in New York City. This house 
was erected before 1661 by Peter Stuyvesant, last of the Dutch 
Governors, and was purchased later from the Corporation of New 
York. Lambert Moore was Comptroller of his Majesty's Customs 
previous to 1776, afterwards Deputy Supt. of the Port of New York ; 
was a Loyalist during the American Revolution. He married his 
first wife, Jane Holland, in 1757. She was the daughter of Hon. 
Edward Holland, who was Mayor of Albany for a long time, sub- 
sequently becoming Mayor of New York. Their issue was Francis 
Moore, John Moore and Magdalen Mary Moore. 

Lambert Moore died June 24, 1805. His wife, Gertrude Onder- 
donk Moore, died Oct. 8, 1786. 

Their issue was Phoebe Moore, who married David Bailie, and 
Jane Moore, who married Adam Tredwell, of Brooklyn. He being 
the grandfather of the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Tredwell Onderdonk. D.D., 
Bishop of New York, who died in 1861. and of the Rt. Rev. Henry 
Ustick Onderdonk, D. D.. Bishop of Pennsylvania, who died in 1858. 
Jane Moore Tredwell died Oct. 23, 1837. And in addition Andrew 
Onderdonk. the brother of Gertrude and Sarah, married Magdalen 
Mary Moore. January 22, 1787. the daughter of Lambert and Jane 
Holland Moore, his first wife. 

Andrew Onderdonk died Sept. 24. 1797. 

Magdalen Mary Moore Onderdonk died Oct. 30, 1836, age 74 

By Andrew Onderdonk's marriage to Magdalen Mary Moore, 
he became son-in-law to his brother-in-law, Lambert Moore. 

This brings the Floyd-Jones family in close relation to the old 
Moore kindred, which at a later date was further cemented by con- 
nection with the Glentworth family, of Philadelphia, Margaretta 
Glentworth, born 1795. sister of Emily Glentworth. wife of Elbert 
Floyd-Jones marrying the Rev. David Moore, D.D.. Rector of St. 
Andrew's Church, Richmond. Staten Island. Born 1787. who was the 
son of Rt. Rev. Richard Channing Moore. M.A.M.D.. D.D.. Bishop 
of Virginia; born 1762. died 1841. He being the son of Thomas 
Moore, who was the brother of Lambert Moore. 

Rev. David Moore being 14th in line of descent from Francis 
Moore of Fawley. He died in 1856. His wife died in 1881. 

Again further united by the marriage of William Floyd-Jones. 
Massapequa. to Caroline Amelia Blackwell, whose mother was Eliza 
Jane Moore, (daughter of Nathaniel Moore), she being a direct 





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descendant. \'iz. : great, great, great grand-daughter of the Rev. 
John Moore, of Southampton. L. I., who was born in 1620; married 
Margaret Howell, who was born in 1622. He died at Newtown, 
Long Island, in 1657. 

Another direct descendant was Judith Moore, daughter of 
Samuel Moore, of Newtown, who was 2nd cousin of Nathaniel, 
(Eliza Jane Moore's father), and great, great grand-duaghter of 
Rev. John Moore. 

Judith w^as married to Rev. Thomas Lambert Moore, who was 
Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, L. L He was born in 
1758, died 1799. His wife died in 1834. 

Rev. Thomas Lambert Moore was own uncle to Rev. David 
Moore. D. D., of Richmond, Staten Island, brother-in-law to Elbert 
Flovd-Jones. and still more remarkable, at the death of the Rev. 
John Moore, his widow Margaret Howell Moore, married Francis 
Doughty, Junior, son of the Rev. Francis Doughty, who was born 
in 1605. and came to America from England in 1633, and to New 
Amsterdam in 1642. he being the first one to preach in the English 
language there, and was granted by Kieft, the Dutch Governor- 
General, some 13,000 acres of land at Mespath. (Maspeth), which 
embraced most all of Newtown and part of Flushing. 

He married Bridget Stone, who was born in 1610. Died 1645. 

His grand-daughter Mary, daughter of Francis Doughty, Jr., 
was married to Colonel William Willett, the Father of Anna Willett, 
w^ho was the first wife of Hon. David Jones, of Fort Neck a>id 
lastly, which brings us back to the beginning of this unusual part of 
this narration. The ancestor of the Onderdonk family was Adriaen 
Van der Donck, who emigrated to America from Breda. Holland, 
previous to 1641, (family subsequently called Onderdonk). 

He lived in New Amsterdam, and was a very prominent man 
there, being bitterly opposed to the administration of Peter Stuyve- 
sant. the Dutch Director General. 

In T649 he sailed for Holland with a memorial to the govern- 
ment there, demanding changes and asking them to assume direct 
control of afifairs at New Netherlands. After many reverses, success 
attended his efiforts, and many wholesome changes was ordered by 
the States General. He published a description of New Netherlands 
in 1653, which created an interest in America hitherto unknown on 
the Continent of Europe, which d'-^w a swarm of colonists to New 

He was married in 1645 to Maria Doughty, daughter of the 


Rev. Francis Doughty. She being a». aunt of Mary Doughty, who 
married WilHam Willett, and who was the mother of Anna Willett, 
wife of Hon. David Jones, whose grand son, David Richard Floyd, 
married Sarah Onderdonk. 

David Richard Floyd took possession of the Fort Neck estate 
about 1782 to 1783, it being with his mother's consent, and that of 
his uncle. Judge Thomas Jones, when the latter became civilly dead 
by reason of the Act of Attainder. To perpetuate the name of Jones 
the family name of the mother of David Richard Floyd, and a- 
appertaining to the vast estate which he inherited from her, coming 
by entailment from Thomas Jones, his first American ancestor of 
this surname. In conformity with Will of her father ; that her eldest 
son 7niist take the name of Jones in addition to his. He, therefore, 
affixed the name to his own by act of Legislature of the State of 
New York, as per the following bill : 

Chap. 75 of the New York Laws of 1788 ; an act to enable David 
Richard Floyd to add the name of Jones to his surname, passed 
March 14th,' 1788; 

Whereas, David Richard Floyd by his petition to the Legislature 
has prayed that the surname Jones may be added to his present name. 

Therefore, Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York, 
represented in Senate and Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the 
authority of the same, that the surname of Jones be and the same is 
hereby added to the name of David Richard Floyd, and that at all 
times hereafter he shall and may take upon himself the name David 
Richard Floyd-Jones, and by the same name be known and called in 
all cases whatsoever. 

This bill was also enacted : 

Chap. 10 New York Laws of 1790, An act to vest in David 
Richard Floyd-Jones, the estate therein mentioned. Whereas, David 
Jones, late of Fort Neck, in Queens County, Long Island, deceased, 
being at the time of b'ls death seized of an estate of inheritance in 
the county aforesaid, did by his last Will and Testament devise the 
same to the use of his son Thomas for life, with several contingent 
remainders over ; 

And, Whereas, The interest of the said Thomas Jones in the same 
estate by his attainder became forfeited to and vested in the People 
of this State, and whereas, David Richard Floyd-Jones is the next 
remainder man to whom the estate is limited upon the death of said 
Thomas Jones, and whereas, it is represented to the Legislature, that 


the premises aforesaid are much impaired to the great injury of those 
in remainder ; 

Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York, etc., That 
all the right, title, and interest of the People of this State, of. is, and 
to the estate aforesaid by virtue of the attainder aforesaid be and the 
same is hereby vested in the said David Richard Floyd- 
Jones and his legal representatives, for and during the 
natural life of the said Thomas Jones. Any law, usage, or 
custom to the contrary notwithstanding, and the said David Richard 
Floyd-Jones is hereby released, and forever discharged off and from 
all arrearages of rent from him due on the estate aforesaid. 

*David Richard Floyfl-Jones died February lo. 1826. His re- 
mains as also those of his wife. Sarah Onderdonk Floyd-Jones, who 
died Feby. 29, 1844. were interred in the Fort Neck Burial Ground 
and his descendants, the Floyd-Jones family, still retain most all the 
real estate and the double name. 

Their issue was David Thomas Floyd, born April 25, 1787, died 
June 12, 1787. 

Andrew Onderdonk Floyd-Jones, born Jan. 9, 1794, died Feby. 
II, 1794. 

Arrabella Floyd- Jones, born Feby, 6, 1790, died May 5 1790, 
and 2 surviving sons. 

Brigadier General Thomas Floyd-Jones, born July 23, 1788. 

Major General Henry Onderdonk Floyd- Jones, born Jan. 3, 1792. 

Note. *Copy of the original act now in possession of George 
Stanton Floyd-Jones. 

♦His Masonic Jewels of high degree in the Order, he being a 
member of Huntington Lodge No. 26. were left to his great grand- 
sons, Coleman Gandy Williams, and the author. 



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Died i.S:;[. 



Thomas Floyd-Jones, the eldest succeedinj^^ to the estate, some 
6.CXXD acres of land. He commanded a company of detached militia. 
in the Second Rcg^iment of New York State Infantry commanded by 
Colonel Daniel Bedell, at Fort Green, Brooklyn, Kings County, in 
the war with England. 1812 to 1815. 

He was a thoroughly representative man of the gentry of Queens 
County and greatly esteemed by every one. In the year 1837 a 
citizen of New York State, traveling abroad, wrote a number of 
letters home to prominent residents of the city and State. These 
were published at the time in *2 volumes, (book form), under the 
title, "England by an American," but no author's name is given. 
I From an authentic source it is proven beyond the possibility of 
doubt that they were written by James Fennimore Cooper, who re- 
sided at "Angcvine," Wcstcliester County, which place belonged to 
his wife Susan Augusta, second daughter of John Peter De Lancey, 
sister of Anne Charlotte, adopted daughter of Thomas Jones 
Among those whose names appear as having been the recipient of 
these interesting cpistks, were Thomas, Floyd-Jones and his brother, 
2Henry Floyd-Jones, of Fort Neck. The first is viz. : 


When ^^•e first arrived here from Paris. I was disposed to deny 
that the streets of London were as crowded as it is usual to pretend. 
My opinion was formed too soon. What was then true, is so no 
longer. London, or rather Westminster, in the height of the season, 
and Westminster out of the season, so far as the movement in the 
streets is concerned, are not the same town. When I was here in 
1826, I saw no essential difference between Regent street and Broad- 
way, as regards the crowd, but now. that we have passed the Easter 
holidays, every one appears to be at his post, and so far from having 
ever seen, any where else, the crowds of people, the display of rich 

*From library of George Forrest Johnson of New York. 
I Furnished by William Heathcote De Lancey. 
2The letter to Henry Floyd-Jones is in latter part of this book. 


equipag^es, the incessant and grand movement that adorn and be- 
wilder the streets of London. I had never even pictured such a 
sight in my imagination. They who have not been here at this season 
of the year, know nothing of the place. There is a part of the day, 
between one and six( when it is actually a matter of risk for a 
pedestrian to cross the streets. I live near Piccadilly, which is not 
wider than Broadway, if quite as wide, and I have occasion to cross 
it frequently. You know I am no laggard, and am not deficient in 
activity, and yet I find it convenient to make my first run towards 
a stand of coaches in the middle of the street,, protected by which I 
take a fresh departure for the other side. Regent street is still 
worse, and there is a place at Charing Cross, that would be nearly 
impracticable, but for a statue of Charles II., which makes a capital 
lee for one on foot. As for Broadway, and its pretended throng, I 
have been in the current of coaches in what is called the city, here, 
for an hour at a time, when the whole distance was made through 
a jam, as close as any you have ever seen in that street for the space 
of a hundred yards. Broadway will compare with the more crowded 
streets of London, much as Chestnut street will compare with Broad- 

I frequently stop and look about me in wonder, distrusting my 
eyes, at the exhibition of wealth and luxury that is concentrated in 
such narrow limits. Our horses have none of the grand movement 
that the cattle are trained to in Europe generally, and these of Lon- 
don seem, as they dash furiously along, as if they were trampling 
the earth under their feet. They are taught a high carriage, and as 
they are usually animals of great size as well as fleetness. their 
approach is sometimes terrific. By fleetness, however, I do not 
mean that you, as a Queen's county man, and one who comes of a 
sporting stock, would consider them as doing a thing "in time," 
but merely the fleetness of a coach horse. As to foot, I have little 
doubt that we can match England any day. I think we could show 
as good a stock of roadsters, both for draught and the saddle, but 
we appear to want the breed of the English carriage horse ; or, if 
we possess it at all, it is crossed, dwindled, and inferior. 

The English coachmen do not rein in the heads of their cattle to- 
wards each other, as is practised with us. but each animal carries him- 
self perfectly straight, and in a line parallel to the pole. I found this 
unpleasant to the eye, at first, but it is certainly more rational than 
the other mode, and by the aid of reason and use I am fast losing 
my dislike. The horses travel easier and wider in this way than in 


any other, and when one ^ets accustomed to it. I am far from certain 
the action does not appear nobler. The superiority of the En^Hsh 
carriages is equal to that of their horses. Perhaps they are a little 
too heavy ; especially the chariots ; but every thing- of this sort is 
larger here than with us. The best French chariot is of a more just 
size, though scarcely so handsome. You see a few of these carriages 
in New York. Ixit with us. they are thought clumsy and awkward. 
One of our or(linar\ carriages', in Regent street. 1 feel persuaded 
would have a mob after it, in derision. There is something steain- 
boatish in the motion of a fine English carriage — I mean one that 
is in all resepcts well appointed — but their second class vehicles do 
no better than our own. though always much heavier. 

The men. here, are a great deal in the saddle. This they call 
"riding" ; going in a vehicle of any sort is "drii ng." The distinc- 
tion is arbitrary, though an innovation on the language. Were one 
to say he had been "riding" in the park, the inference would be 
inevitable, that he had l)een in the saddle, as I know from a ludicrous 
mistake of a friend of my own. An American lady, who is no longer 
young, nor a feather-weight, told an acquaintance of hers, that she 
had been riding in the Bois de Boulogne, at Paris. "Good Heavens!" 
said the person who had received this piece of news, to me. "does 

Mrs. actually exhibit her person on horseback, at her time of 

life, and in so public a place as the Bois de Boulogne?" 'T should 
thing not. certainly; pray why do you ask?" "She told me herself 
that she had ben 'riding' there all the morning." I defended our 
countrywoman, for our own use of the word is undeniably right. 
"Why if you ride in a coach, what do you do when you go on a 
horse?" demanded the lady. "And if you drirc in a carriage, what 
does the coachman do. out of it?" 

The English frequently make the abuse of w^ords the test of 
caste. Dining with Mr. William S])cncer. shortly before we left 
Paris, the subject of the difference in the language of the two coun- 
tries was introduced. We agreed there was a difference, though 
we w-ere not quite so much of a mind, as to which party was right, 
and which was wrong. The conversation continued good humouretl- 
ly. through a Icie-a-tctc dinner, until we came to the dessert. "Will 
you have a bit of this tart?" said Mr. Sjiencer. Do you call that a 
tart. — in America we should call it a pic." "Vow. I'm sure I have 
you — here. John." turning to the footman behind his chair," what is 
the name of this thing?-'" The man hesitated anil finally stammered 


out that he "believed it was a pie." "You never heard it called a 
pie, sir, in good society in England, in your lite." I thought it time 
to come to the rescue, for my friend was getting to be as hot as his 
tart, so I interfered by saying — "Hang your good society — I would 
rather have the opinion of your cook or your footman, in a question 
of pastry, than that of your cousin the Duke of Marlborough." 

To put him in good humour, I then told him an anecdote of a 
near relative of my own, whom you may have known, a man of 
singular readiness and of great wit. We have a puerile and a halfbred 
school of orthoepists in America who. failing in a practical knowledge 
of the world, affect to pronounce words as they are spelt, and who 
are ever on the rack to give some sentimental or fanciful evasion to 
any thing shocking. These are the gentry that call Hell Gate, Hurl 
Gate, and who are at the head of the rooster school. A person of 
this class appealed to my kinsman to settle a disputed point, desiring 
to know whether he pronounced "quality," "qual-i-ty," or "quol-i- 
ty." "When I am conversing with a person of quality," she an- 
swered gravely, "I say quol-i-ty, and when with a person of qital- 
i-ty, I say qual-i-ty.'" As the wit depended in a great degree, on the 
voice, you will understand that he pronounced the first syllable of 
qiial-i-ty, as Sal is pronounced in Sally. 

You will be very apt to call this digression bolting, a qual-i-ty 
that a true Long Islandman cordially detests. Revenoiis a )ios 

I have told you that the men are a great deal in the saddle in 
London. The parks afford facilities for this manly and healthful 
exercise. It is possible to gallop miles without crossing one's track, 
and much of the way through pleasant fields. But galloping is not 
the English pace. The horses appear to be hunters, with a good 
stride, and yet it is quite rare that they break their trot. The common 
paces are either a fast trot or a walk. During the first, the rider in- 
variably rises and falls, a most ungraceful and m my poor judgment 
ungracious movement, for I cannot persuade myself a horse likes to 
have a Mississippi sawyer on his back. Nothing is more common 
than to see a man, here, scattering the gravel through one of the parks 
leaning over the neck of his beast, while the groom follows at the 
proper distance, imitating his master's movements, like a shadow. I 
have frequently breakfasted with \'oung friends, and found three or 
four saddle-horses at the door, with as many grooms in waiting for 
the guests, who were on the way to one or the other of the Houses. 
Nothing is more common than to see fifteen or twenty horses, in 


Old Palace Yard, whose owners are attending to their duties within. 

We appear to possess a species of saddle horse that is nearer 
to the Arabian, than the one principally used here. The colours 
most frequent are a dull bay and chestnuts, very few of the true 
sorrels being seen. It was said the other day, that this word was 

American, but Lord H n replied that it was a provincial term, 

and still in use. in the north, being strictly technical. Johnson has 
"Sorel; the buck is called the first year a fawn; the third a "sorcl." 
He cites Shakespeare as authority. Can the term, as applied to a 
horse, come from the resemblance in the colour? I leave you to 
propound the matter to the Jockey Club. 

England is a country of proprieties. Were I required to select 
a single word that should come nearest to the national peculiarities, 
it would be this. It pervades society, from its summit to its base, 
essentially affecting appearances when it afifects nothing else. It 
enters into the religion, morals, politics, the dwelling, the dress, the 
equipages, the habits, and one may say all the opinions of the nation. 
At this moment. I shall confine the application of this fact to the 
subject before us. 

It would not be easy to imagine more appropriate rules than 
those which pervade the whole system of the stable in England. It 
is so perfect, that I deem it worthy of this especial notice. One 
might possibly object to some of the carriages as being too heavy, 
but the excellence of the cattle and of the roads must be considered, 
and the size of the vehicles give them an air of magnificence. What 
would be called a showy carriage is rarely seen here, the taste inclin- 
ing to an elegant simplicity, though, on state occasions at court, car- 
riages do appear that are less under laws so severe. 

The king is seldom seen, but when he does appear it is in a style 
as unlike that of his brother of France, as may be. I have witnessed 
his departure from St. James's' for Windsor, lately. He w^as in a 
post-chariot, with one of his sisters, another carriage following. 
Four horses were in the harness, held by two postillions, while two 
more rode together, on horses with blinkers and collars, but quite 
free from the carriage, a few paces in advance. Four mounted 
footmen came in the rear, while a party of lancers, cleared the way, 
and another closed the cortci^e. There was no qiquenr. He went 
oflf at a slapping pace. On state occasions, of course, his style is 
more regal. 

Five and twenty years since, families oi rank often went into 
the country with coaches and six, followed by mounted footmen. I 


have seen nothing of this sort. now. Post chariots and four are 
common, but most people travel with only two horses. The change 
is owing to the improvements in the roads. It is only at the races, 
that the great "turn outs' are now made. 

Most of the fashionable marriages take place in one of two 
churches, in London ; St. James's. Piccadilly, or St. George's, Han- 
over Square. We are at no great distance from the first, and I have 
several times witnessed the Hegiras of the happy pairs. They take 
their departure from the church door, and the approved style seems 
to be post-chariots and four, with the blinds closed, and postillions 
in liveries, wearing large white cockades, or bridal favours. The 
sight is so common as to attract little attention in the streets, though 
I dare say the slightest departure from the established seemliness 
might excite newspaper paragraphs. 

You have not the smallest conception of what a livery is. A 
coat of some striking colour, white, perhaps, covered with lace, red 
plush vest and breeches, white stockings, shoes and buckles, a laced 
round hat w-ith a high cockade, a powdered head and a gold-headed 
cane constitute the glories of the footman. A shovel-nosed hat and 
a wig, with a coat of many capes spread on the hammercloths. in 
addition, set up the Jehu. Two footmen behind a carriage seem in- 
dispensable to style, though more appear on state ceremonies. 
Chasseurs belong rather to the continent, and are not common here. 
But all these things are brought in rigid subjection to the code of 
propriety. The commoner, unless of note, may not afifect to much 
state. If the head of an old county family, however, he may trespass 
hard on nobility. If a parvenu, let him beware of cockades and 
canes ! There is no other law but use, in these matters, but while 
an Englishman may do a hundred things that would set an American 
county in a ferment of police excitement, he cannot encroach on the 
established proprieties, with impunity. The reckless wretch would 
be cut as an Ishmaelite. \^anity sometimes urges an unfortunate 
across the line, and he is lampooned, laughed at, and caricatured, 
until it is thought to be immoral to appear in his society. 

The arms are respected with religious sanctity ; not that men do 
not obtain them clandestinely as with us, but the rules are strictly 
adhered to. None but the head of the family bears the supporters, 
unless by an especial concession ; the maiden appears in the staid 
and pretty diamond ; the peer in the coronet ; not only every man, 
woman and cbild seems to have his or her place, in England, but 
every coach, every cane, and every wig! 


Now. there is a great deal that is deadening- and false, in all this, 
mixed np with something that is beantiful. and much that is con- 
venient. The great mistake is the substitution of the seemly, for 
the right, and a peculiar advantage is an exemption from confusion 
and incongruities, which has a more beneficial effect, however, on 
things than on men. But, I forget ; we are dealing with horses. 

England is tlie country of the wealthy. So far as the mass can 
derive benefits from the compulsory regulations of their superiors 
(and positive benefits, beyond question, are as much obtained in 
this manner, as fleets and armies and prisons are made more com- 
fortable to their personnels by discipline) it may expect them, but 
when the interests of the two clash, the weak are obliged to succumb. 

The celebrated division of labour, that has so much contributed 
to the aggrandizement of England, extends to the domestic establish- 
ments. Men are assorted for service, as in armies; size and appear- 
ance being quite as much, and in many cases more, consulted, tiian 
character. Five feet ten and upwards, barrmg extraordinary ex- 
ceptions, make a footman's fortune. These are engaged in the great 
houses ; those that are smaller squeeze in where they can. or get into 
less pretending mansions. All the little fellows sink into pot-boys, 
grooms, stable-men, and attendants at the inns. The English foot- 
man I have engaged, is a steady little old man, with a red face and 
powdered poll, who appears in black breeches and coat, but who says 
himself that his size has marred his fortune. He can just see over 
my shoulder, as I sit at table. If my watch were as regular, as this 
fellow, I should have less cause to complain of it. He is never out 
of the way, speaks just loud enough to be heard, and calls me master. 
The rogue has had passages in his life. too. for he once lived with 
Peter Pindar, and accompanied Opie in his first journey to London. 
He is cockney born, is about fifty, and has run his career between 
Temple Bar and Convent Garden. I found him at the hotel, and 
this is his first appearance among the finality, whose splend tur 

acts forcibly on his imagination. W caught him in a perfect 

ecstacy the other day. reading the card of an Earl, which had just 
been given him at the door. He is much contemned. T find, in the 
houses where I visit, on account of his dwarfish stature, for he is 
obliged to accompany me occasionally. 

It is a curious study to enter into the house, as well as the 
human, details of this capital. As caj^rice has often as much to do 
with the decisions of the luxurious as judgment, a pretty face is 


quite as likely to be a recommendation to a maid, as is stature to a 
footman. The consequence is, that Westminster, in the season, pre- 
sents as fine a collection of men and women, as the earth ever held 
within the same space. The upper classes of the English are, as a 
whole, a fine race of people, and, as they lay so much stress on the 
appearance of their dependents, it is not usual to see one of diminu- 
tive stature, or ungainly exterior, near their dwellings. The guards, 
the regiments principally kept about London, are picked men, so 
that there is a concentration of fine forms of both sexes to be met 
with in the streets. The dwarfs congregate about the stables, or 
mews as they are called here, and, now and then, one is seen skulk- 
ing along with a pot of beer in his hand. But in the streets, about 
the equipages, or at the doors of the houses, surprisingly few but 
the well looking of both sexes are seen. 

As strangers commonly reside in this part of the town, they 
are frequently misled b}- these facts, in making up their opinions of 
the relative stature of the English and other nations. I feel per- 
suaded that the men of England, as a whole, are essentially below 
the stature of the men of America. They are of fuller habit, a 
consequence of climate, in a certain degree, but chiefly, I believe, 
from knowing how and what to eat ; but the average of their frames, 
could the fact be come at, I feel persuaded would fall below our 
own. Not so with the women. England appears to have two very 
distinct races of both men and women ; the tall and the short. The 
short are short indeed, and they are much more numerous than a 
casual observer would be apt to imagine. Nothing of the sort exists 
with us. I do not mean that we have no small men. but they are not 
seen in troops as they are here. I have frequently met with clusters 
of these little fellows in London, not one of whom was more than 
five feet, or five feet one or two inches high. In the drawing-room, 
and in public places frequented by the upper classes, I find myself a 
medium-sized man, whereas, on the continent, I was much above that 

In America it is unusual to meet with a woman of any class, 
who approaches the ordinary stature of the men. Nothing is more 
common in England, especially in the upper circles. I have fre- 
quently seen men, and reasonably tall men too, walking with their 
wives, between whose statures there was no perceptible difiference. 
Now such a thing is very rare with us, but very common here ; so 
common, I think, as to remove the suspicion that the eye may be 
seeking exceptions, in the greater throngs of a condensed population, 


a circumstance against which it is very necessary to guard, in mak- 
ing comparisons as between England and America. 

It is a received notion that fewer old people, in proportion to 
whole numbers, are seen in America, than are seen here. The fact 
must be so, since it could not well be otheriwse. This is a case in 
point. b\ which to demonstrate the little value of the common-place 
observations of travellers. Even more pretending staticians fre- 
quently fall into grave blunders of this sort, for the tastes necessary 
to laboured and critical examinations of facts, are seldom found 
united with the readiness of thought, and fertility of invention, that 
are needed in a successful examination of new principles, or of old 
principles environed by novel circumstances. No one but an orignal 
thinker can ever write well, or very usefully of America, since the 
world has never before furnished an example of a people who have 
been placed under circumstances so peculiarly their own. both 
political and social. Let us apply our reasoning. 

To be eighty years old one must have been born eighty years 
ago. Xow eighty years ago the entire population of America may 
have been about three millions, while that of England was more tlian 
seven. A simple proposition in arithmetic would prove to us. that 
with such premises, one ought to see more than twice as many people 
eighty years old in England, than in America; for as three are to 
seven, so are seven to sixteen and one-third. Setting aside the quali- 
fying circumstances, of which there are some, here is arithmetical 
demonstration, that for every seven people who are eighty years old 
in America, one ought to meet in England with sixteen and one- 
third, in order to equalize the chances of life in the two countries. 
The qualifying circumstances are the influence of immigration, 
which, until quite lately, has not amounted to much, and which 
perhaps would equal the allowance I have already made in my 
premises, as England had actually nearer eight than seven millions 
of souls, eighty years since ; anrl the effect of surface. 1 say the 
effect of surface, for a mere observer, who should travel over a 
portion of America equal in extent to all England, would pass 
through a country that, eighty years ago, had not probably a popula- 
tion of half a million, and this allowing him, too, to travel through 
its most peoplerl part. 

The comparative statistical views of Europe and America, that 
have been published in this hemisphere, are almost all obno.xious to 
objections of this character, the writers being unable to ai)]ircciate 
the influence of facts of which they have no knowledge, and which 


are too novel to suggest themselves to men tramed in other habits of 

I see no reason to believe that human life is not as long in our 
part of America, as it is here, and. on the whole,, I am inclined to 
believe that the average of years is in our favour. I do not intend 
to say that the mean years of running lives is as high with us, as it 
is here, for we know that they are not. The number of children, 
and the facts I have just stated, forbid it. But I believe the child 
born in the state of New York, caetcris paribus, has as good a chance 
of attaining the age of ninety, so far as climate is concerned, as 
the child born in Kent, or Essex, or Oxford, and so far as other 
circumstances are concerned, perhaps a better. The freshness of 
the English complexion is apt to deceive inconsiderate observers. 
This, I take it, is merely the effect of fog and sea air. and, except in 
very low latitudes, wdiere the heat of the sun deadens the skin, as 
it might be to protect the system against its own rays, is to be seen 
every where, under the same circumstances. There is something in 
the exhalations of a country newly cleared, beyond a question, un- 
favorable to health, and this the more so, in latitudes as low as our 
own ; but I now speak of the older parts of the country, where time 
has already removed this objection. I can remember when it was 
not usual to see a woman with a good colour, in the mountains 

around C n, while it is now unusual to find girls with a 

finer bloom than those of the present generation. At my residence 
at Angevine in Westchester, a few years since, I could count ten 
people more than ninety years old, within ten miles of my own door. 
One of them had actually lived as a servant in the family of Col. 
Heathcote, of whom you know something, and who figured in the 
colony, at the close of the seventeenth century ; and another was Mr. 
Augustus Van Cortlandt, a gentleman who drove his own blooded 
horses, at the ripe years of four score and ten. The old servant actu- 
allv laboured for mv oldest child, making five e"enerations of the same 
family, in whose service she had toiled. 

The notion of the comparative insalubrity of our climate, how- 
ever, is not quite general, for, making a call, the other day. on Lady 
Affleck, a New York woman, well advanced in life, she expressed 
her conviction that people lived to a greater age in America, than in 
England ! She had been making inquiries after the members of the 
old colonial gentry, such as Mrs. White.* John Jay, Mr. John de 
Lancey, Mrs. Izard, Mr. Van Cortlandt, Mr. John Watts. Lady 
Mary Watts, and divers others, most of whom were octagenarians, 


and several of whom were drawing near to a century. It appeared 
to me that the good old lady wished herself back among them, to get 
a mouthful of native air. 

Though Westminster, in the season, has the peculiarities I 
have mentioned. I do not think that the population of London, as 
a whole, is remarkable for either size or freshness. I have else- 
where said that, in my opinion. Paris has the advantage of London 
in these particulars, though certainly not in good looks. The English 
female face is essentially the same as the American, though national 
peculiarities are to be observed in both. It is a delicate office to 
decide on the comparative personal charms of the sex in different 
communities, but as you and I are both beyond the hopes and fears 
of the voung. on this point, a passing word is no more than a tribute 
due to the incontestible claims of both. Were it not for the females 
of Rome. I should say that the women of England and America 
might bear away the palm from all other competitors, on the score 
of personal charms, so far as we are familiarly acquainted with the 
rest of the world. There is a softness, an innocence, a feminine 
sweetness, an expression of the womanly virtues, in the Anglo-Saxon 
female countenance, that is met with only as an exception, in the 
rest of Christendom. As between the English and American 
divisions of this common race, I think one may trace a few general 
points of difference. The English female has the advantage in 
the bust, shoulders, and throat. She has usually more colour, and, 
on the whole, a more delicacy of complexion. The American is 
superior in general delicacy of outline, as well as in complexion ; 
she has a better person, bust and shoulders excepted, and smaller 
hands and feet. Those who pretend to know much on this subject, 
and to make critical comparisons, say. that it is usual to see most 
truly beautiful women in England, and most pretty women in 
America. Real beauty is an exception every where, and it must be 
remembered how much easier it is to find exceptions in a crowded 
population, than in one scattered over a surface as large as a third 
of Europe. Of one thing I am certain ; disai^rceablc features are less 
frequently met among the native females of America than among any 
other people I have visited. I must hesitate as to the ]:)()ints of beauty 
and prettiness, for. judging merely by what one would see in London 
and New York, I think there is truth in the distinction. The English 
women appear better in high dress, the Americans in demi-toilettes. 
One other distinction, and I shall quit the subject. I have remarked 
that faces here, which appear well in the distance often fail in some 


necessary finesse or delicacy, when closer, and I should say, as a rule, 
that the American female, certainly the American girl, will bear 
the test of examination better than her European rival. I do not 
mean, by this, however, under a fierce sun, that direful enemy of 
soft eyes, for there is scarcely such a thing as a bright sun, or what 
we should call one, known in England. 

It would pollute this page, were I to return to the horses. I 
may, however, say, for the subject is, to a degree, connected with 
the ladies, that sedan chairs appear to have finally disappeared from 
St. James's street. Even in 1826, I saw a stand of them, that has 
since vanished. The chairs may still be used, on particular occasions, 
but were Cecilia now in existence, she would find it difficult to be 
set down in Mrs. Benfield's entry, from a machine so lumbering, 
Thank God ! men have ceased to be horses ; — when will the metamor- 
phosis be completed by their relinquishing the affinity to the other 
quadruped ? 

VOL. I. 12 

VUlv. 1. lii 

*This lady is just dead, in her ninety-ninth \ 


This brings the foregoing branch of the family down to the vear 

The property had come by "Entailment" to the last possessor, 
and this law having been abrogated, some years previous to this date, 
the entail was now considered broken. 







Coat i)f Arms. 


I will now g^raft out to William, the brother of David Jones, and 
third son of the first Thomas, and Freelove Townsend Jones. 

William Jones was born April 25, 1708, and married Phoebe 
Jackson, daughter of Colonel John Jackson, of Hempstead, Queens 
County, Long Island. 

William died Aug. 29. 1779. Phoebe, his wife, died May 10, 
i8cx), both being interred in the burial plot on South side of turnpike, 
West of the Massapequa Lake. It was called the "Jones" West 
Neck P>urying Ground. 

Their issue was, David, Samuel, William, Thomas, Gilbert, John, 
Walter, Richard, Hallett, Freelove, Elizabeth. Margaret, Phoebe and 

Freelove married Benjamin Birdsall. 

Elizabeth married Jacob Conklin. 

Margaret married Townsend Hewlett. 

Phoebe married Benjamin Rowland. 

Sarah married John Willis. 

Thomas and Gilbert went to Orange County and settled there. 
Richard settled near Rochester, New' York. The other sons settled 
on Long Island. John, the 6th one, born T755, located at Cold 
Spring Harbor; married Hannah Hewlett, born 1762. He died 
1819. His wife died 1850. Plis sons William IT., John H., born 
1785: married Loretta Hewlett, born 1791. and Walter R. Jones, 
established and carried on extensive woolen manufactories and 
flouring mills at this place ; also being largely engaged in the whaling 
business. They had a fleet of eight ships sailing from that port. 

Later Walter R. founded the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Com- 
pany of New York, the largest and most successful Marine Insur- 
ance Company in America. He was its first president. John II. died 
1859. His wife died 1838. Walter R. died 1855. 

Two other sons of John were Joshua and Charles IL, 
both being successful merchants. John also left several daughters. 
A .son of William H.. who was Oliver 1 1. Jones, born 1801, married 
Louisa Livingston, born 1826, was the president of one of the larg- 
est Fire Insurance Companies in New York.( New York Fire In- 
surance Company). He died in 1870. His wife tlied in 1876. 






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Second son of William Jones, was born on July 26 
1734. was one of the most (listing;uishe(l lawyers that New York 
has produced. In his early life for a time he followed the sea, but 
meeting with a serious accident on a ship, he abandoned that calling 
and devoted himself to the study of the law. One of his youthful 
text books entitled, "The Mariner's Compass Rectified," (now in the 
possession of his groat grandson. Rev. Dr. William Jones Seabury), 
has the following quaint legend on the lly leaf : 
Samuel Jones his book. 
God give him grace herein to look ; 
Not only to look, but understand.. 
For learning is better than house or land. 
When land is gone and money spent 
Then learning is most excellent. 
Samuel Jones was considered a ])atriot during the Revolution, 
(although Thomas Jones' History calls liim a Loyalist), being a 
member of a committee of "One Hundred'" appointed in New York, 
May I, 1775. to direct the movements of the people of New York, 
for the protection of the citizens and to resist the attempt of Great 
Britain to subdue the Colonv. (Refer archives in State Library, 
Albany, N. Y. ' 

He married Ellen Turk, daughter of Cornelius Turk. She died 
about 1766, soon after marriage, without leaving issue. He then 
married Cornelia Haring, daughter of Elbert Haring. and Elizabeth 
Bogart of New York. 

Elbert Haring. Cornelia's father, was born March 3. 1706. He 
married Catharine Lent, Dec. 14. xjiC^. She died Oct. 6. 1731, leav- 
ing issue 3 children: 

Catharine, born Oct. 20, 1727, died Aug. 20, 1728. 
Catharine, born May 26. 1729. married George Brinckerhoff ; 
married second husband Philip Kull. Dec. 12 1759. 
Margaret, born March 1. 1731. died Oct 12. 1731. 

Note. Some silver that belonged to Samuel Jones and his first 
wife. Ellen Turk, marked "S. 1 /i.." Samuel and Ivllen and some 
that belonged to him and his second wife. Cornelia Haring, marked, 
"S. 1 C.!' Samuel and Cornelia, as also a number of pieces of old 
mahogany furniture that belonged to them, is now in the possession 
of Charles Jones. Wau])un. Wisconsin, their great grandson. 


Elbert Haring's second wife was Elizabeth Bogart, of New York, 
who was born Sept. i. 1714, (being a daughter of Klaas Bogart, who 
was born March 16, 1672, and Margaret Consulyea.) 

They were married in New York City, Sept. 17, 1732. He died 
December 3. 1773, leaving issue 13 children by his second wife: 

Margaret, born July 6th, 1733, married Cornelius Roosevelt. 

Elbert, born Aug. 12. 1735, died August 18, 1736. 

Elbert, born April 7. 1737, died December 8, 1762. 

Peter, born Dec. 2y, 1738. married Catharine Blauvelt, A])ril 21, 


Cornelia, born Febv. 15. T741. married Samuel Jones, July 7, 

Elizabeth, born Feby. 21, 1743. married John De Pevster, Sept. 
II, 1769. 

Annetje. born Dec. 31. 1744. married Samuel Kip. June 7, 1764. 
Hie died May 4, 1804. She died May 30, 1801. 

Nicholas, born July 28. 1747, died August 13, 1747. 

Nicholas, born August. 1748. married Ann Bogart, Feby. i, 1777. 

Abraham, born June 11. 1750. died July 20. 1750. 

Mary, born July 13, 1751 married John Haring. son of Abraham 
Haring. Oct. 30, 1773. Died 22 October, 1825. 

Sarah, born May 5, 1753, married Gardner Jones, March 14, 
1774. They were the grand parents of Rear Admiral Melancton 
Smith, U. S. Navy, who died at Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1893. and 
was buried there. 

Abraham, born April 16. 1755. married Greetjie Blauvelt. Feby. 
1st. 1770. 

Elbert Haring's ancestry is reliably traced back to the year 1525, 
viz. : 

*His father was Pieter Janzen Haring, who was born August 13, 
1664, married at Haarlem, Dec. 4, 1687, to Margrietje Jans Bogart, 
daughter of Jan Louwe Bogaert. of Schoenderwoert, Holland, who 
was born in 1630. His wife was Cornelia Evertse. 

He emigrated to America in 1663 in the ship Spotted Cow, and 
settled first at Brooklyn, subsequently removing to Haarlem. He 
was the son of Louens Comelisan Bogaert. 

The issue of Pieter and Margrietje Jans Bogart Haring was 12 
children, viz. The loth one l)eing "Elbert Haring." 

"''Furnished by Rev. Irving McElroy Bellport. L. I., descendant 
of .Abraham and Elbert Haring. brothers. 


Margaret, born Sept. 8. 1688, married Klass Van ITontcn. 

Cornelia, born Feb\ . 24, 1690. married Richard Truman. 

Bridg^et. born June 19, 1692, married Garritt Smith. 

Stillborn. May 25, 1695. 

I'ietertje. born Jan.. i(x)6, married Jacob Abrahamsse Blauvelt. 

Jeanetje. born Jan. 24, i6(;8. married Teard Karel de Baan. 

John Peterson, born April 15, 1700. 

Catharine, born 1702. married Adol])h Myere. 

Abraham, born .\pril 9. 1704. married Martvntje Bogart. March 
27. 1724. 

Elbert, born March 3. 1706. married Catharine Lent,; Eliza- 
beih Bogart, 2nJ. 

Tennis, born Jul\' 12. 1708. 

Klaatje, born April 21, 1711, married Adolph Lent. 

Pieter Janzen Ilaring's father was (John) Jan. Pieterson Hat- 
ing of Hoorn Castle. Holland. He was born Dec. 26. 1633. and 
married Margrietje Cozine. ( Margaret Cozine). a widow. The cere- 
mony took place on WMiitsuntidc. at St. !\[ark'.s Church, 2nd Avenue 
and Toth Street, N. Y.. in 1662, by Rev. Henry Solgus. 

They were the first couple married in that Church, when it was 
first erected. 

John died Dec. 7. 1683. His widow became the wife of Daniel 
de Clarke. She lived to the age of 90 years. 

The children by Jcihn Haring, besides Pieter, Vvbo was their first 
child were : 

Wontje. born March 3, i6C)7. married Tennis Quick. 

Cozine, born Afarch 3. 1669 (son), married Margaret Blauvelt. 

Cornelius, born March 4, 1672, married Catharine Tidroes. 

Flridget. 1)orn Jul\- 4. 1675. 

Maretje. born Sept. 27, 1679. 

Abraham, born Nov. 24, 1681. 

Bridget Haring married Tennis Talema. Maretje Haring 
married Jacob Flicrl)oom. 2^^(\ Douwie Bouse Tallman. 

John Haring's father was Pieter, (Peter), born at 1 loom, in 
North Holland, 1605. He being the .son of Abraham ITaring, who 
was born in 1581. 

His father was John Haring. born at Hoorn Castle, North Hol- 
land, in 1551, whose father is i)elieved to ha.e l)een John Ilaring, 
born about 1525. 

This last John flaring is referred to in Motley's Rise of the 


Dutch Republic. Volume 2, Pages 104-147, and his tomb, a full- 
length armor clad figure, is in the Cathedral at Haarlem, Holland. 
Margaret Consulyea. who was the mother of Elizabeth Bogart, 
wife of Elbert Haring, and grandmother of Cornelia Haring, wife 
of Samuel Jones, was daughter of Jan. de Consulyea. and Fytje 
Schutz, who was widow Von Tilburg, a Huguenot, who emigrated 
to America in 1662. 

Samuel Jones, being in course of time admitted to the Bar. was 
speedily engaged in an extensive and lucrative practice. His high 
character for talent, industry and moralit}' caused him to be looked 
upon as a model for all who aimed at honor and distinction in pro- 
fessional life. 

Students eagerly sought admission to his office, and he instructed 
De Witt Clinton, and many others, who afterwards arose to high 
and well deserved distinction. His appellation was "Father of the 
New York Bar." 

He was frequently elected to the General Assembly and in 1778 
was chosen a member of the Convention which adopted the Con- 
stitution of the United States, the President of which body. George 
Clinton, was his most intimate friend. In the same year he was 
concerned with Richard Varick in the revision of the Statutes of 
the State — a work which he chiefly executed with uncommon ac- 
curacy and dispatch. 

In this same year, also, he was appointed Recorder of New York 
City, which office he held until succeeded b}' Hon. James Kent, in 
1797. At the request of the then Governor John Jay he organized 
the office of Comptroller in 1796, and w^as the first one to hold that 
office in this State. He died on the 21st of November. 18 19. 

His wife Cornelia, died July 29. 1821. Both are interred in the 
West Neck Burial Ground, ^lassapequa. L. I. 

Their issue w-as 7 sons : 

The first child William died in infancy, aged one year and five 

The youngest. Walter, died in infancy, aged 6 months. 

The surviving ones were: Samuel. William. Elbert Haring, 
Thomas and David S. 

The first of these. Samuel Jones, was born May 26. 1770. entered 
Columbia College, where he remained for some time, subsequently 
entered the Senior Class at Yale, where he graduated in 1790. 
He filled the honorable position of Chancellor of the State of New 
York. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of this Metropolis, and 


a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of N. Y. His portrait 
now hangs upon the wall with those of other eminent Jurists in the 
Court of A])peals Chamber of the State Capitol at Albany, N. Y. 

He married Catharine Schuxler. of Rhinebeck. N. Y.. in 1816. 
She was the dauj^hter of Philip J. Schuyler and grand daughter of 
Major Genl. Schuyler, of the revolutionary times. 

She died November 20. 1829, and was buried at Rhinebeck. 

Samuel Jones was one of the organizers of the St. Nicholas 
Society of New York. Feby. 28. 1835. and was President of same 
1846 and 1847. -^t his death August. 1853. his remains were interred 
by the side of his wife at Rhinebeck. 

Their issue was 4 daughters and one son: 

jMary Ann Schuyler Jones, who became the 3rd wife of Rev. 
Samuel Seabury. She died Feby. 6th. 1890. Remains interred in 
Trinity Cemetery, New York, leaving issue one daughter. 

Sarah Rutsen Jones. Catharine. Cornelia Jones. Catharine 
Schuyler Jones, and Samuel Jones. The latter ranked high in the 
legal profession. He filled tlic position of Judge of the Superior 
Court in New York City, 1866 to 1872. His wife was Martha Barn- 
ard, of Poughkeepsie. whose brother. George Barnard, .(Judge), 
married a daughter of John Anderson, the great tobacco merchant. 

George Fjarnard's daughter married Alfred Wagstaff. 

Judge Samuel Jones died August 11, 1892. 

Flbert Haring Jones, born Aug. 7. 1773. was a twin. Married 
Margery Fleet Youngs, of Oyster Bay in 1825. She was born in 
1808. being a daughter of Samuel and Hannah Fleet Youngs, and 
niece of Kezia Youngs Jones. 

Elbert resided at Oyster Bay Cove, and died there Sept. 5, 1854. 
His remains are in the Youngs' Burial Ciround. Oyster Bay, L. I. 

Their issue was 13 children: 

Elbert Haring Jones, born 1827. died 1862. 
Susan Cornelia Jones, born 1828. married Elijah I'eck. 1S47. 
She died in 1852. He died 1856; issue 3 children. 

George Washington Jones, born, 1830, died 1854; unmarried. 

Samuel Youngs Jones, born 1832. died 1858 ; unmarried. 

Sarah Eloise Jones, born 1834. died 1850. 

William E. Jones, born 1836, died 1883; unmarried. 

Thomas E. Jones, born 1838. 

John Jay Jones, born 1840. 

Twin with John Jay, died in infancy in 1841. 


Eleanor Turk Jones, born 1842, married James M. Burtis, 1862. 
Issue 3 children. 

Frederick Francis Jones, born 1844. 

Marianna Frances, twin with Frederick Francis, born 1844, mar- 
ried Alfred S. Jewell. 

Samuel Seabury Jones, born 1846. married Maud Mathews in 
1877; issue 3 cliildren. He died in HJ04. 

Thomas Jones, the twin brother of Elbert Haring Jones, was born 
Aug. 7. 1773. died B'eby. i. 1852. His wife was Elizabeth Jackson, 
daughter of' General Jacob Seaman Jackson. She was born Feby. 
I. i7(/), and died Nov. 17. 1868. Both buried in the Jones' Burial 
Ground, West Neck, South Oyster Bay, leaving 6 children: 

S. Jackson Jones, who married Rebecca Titus Jackson, daughter 
of Obadiah and Sarah T. Jackson.. She was born Nov. 27, 181 5, 
died June 4, 1887. 

Thomas, married Mariam Jackson, daughter of Samuel T. Jack- 

Samuel, unmarried. 

Mary married Admiral Melancton Smith. 

Phebe, married Milderberger Smith. 

Cornelia, married Henry C. Rabineau. of N. Y. 


The sixth child and youngest son of Samuel and Cornelia 
Haring Jones, was born at his father's country seat. West Neck, 
South Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, on November 3, 

He graduated from Columbia College, ( which was then on 
College Place, now Park Place), in 1796; was Corporation Counsel 
of New York City in [812-13, and a later period Judge of Queens 
County. Also one of the first members of the St. Nicholas Society, 
which he joined at its organization, February 28, 1835. 

He was a man of strongly marked character, of noble and gen- 
erous svmpathies, of high sense of honor, vigorous intellect, and 
inflexible integrity, inheriting many of his father's traits of character, 
and trained under his eye to the legal profession, he formed in early 
life those liabits of discrimination and research, of accuracy and 
promptitude in business, which paved the way to his professional 


As a natural C()nsc(|uence he became eminent in tliat department 
of law, to which his attention was chietly directed. 

The soundness of his le^al opinions, the disi)atch and ])rompti- 
tude. the accuracy and fidelity of iiis l)nsiness liabits. combined with 
his lofty inicf^rity. gave him a distinguished position in society and 
rendered his profession a source of emolument and honor. 

After a long and laborious ])rofessional life of nearly 50 years, 
at the zenith of his career, he desired to return to his birthplace, the 
hotne of his youth. South Oyster Bay. L. 1.. and settle there for the 
balance of his days. 

In carrying out this desire he ac(|uired a portion of the 
Massapequa farm, and in April. 1836. erected near the site of the old 
"Brick Ifcnise." what was conceded to be at that ])eriod the finest 
mansion on Long Island. There being few to surpass it in the State. 
being massive in size and luxuriant in all its appointments. 
The large doors on the main Hoor were of St. Domingo mahogany. 
They were made at Huntington by a man named Hlbert Walters. 
He took them across Long Island to the South Side in a wagon. 

Mr. Jones improved the place by making an immense lake of 
some 100 acres in extent, at the head waters of Brick House Creek, 
which he accomplished by filling in a dam across the stream, having 
its source a few miles below the centre of Long Island. The dam 
was about a quarter of a mile in length and wide enough for two 
teams to go abreast. This lake was always considered the largest 
and finest trout preserve in the world. In the centre of this large 
expanse of water rests an i.sland called "Mary's," named for David 
S. Jones' last wife 

His city residence was at Xo. 2 Bond Street, which, with Great 
Jones Street, was in the early half of the last century, one of the 
most aristocratic residential portions of New York City. The latter 
street was named after his father. Samuel Jones. This was adjacent 
to the large flaring (or Hering as the name was also termed), farm, 
which was the largest, next to the De Lancey farm, on Manhattan 

The Haring farm included in its boundaries Great Jones and 
Bond Streets, extending from Houston Street on the South, nearly 
to Astor Place on the Wjrth. and from the Bowery on the Ivast. in 
an irregular line to the North River on the W' w bile the De Lancey 
farm extended from the Bowery to the P^ast River, with Stanton 
Street as the North l)ounflar\- anrl Division Street on the South. 
Soon after the completi(jn of his new country house at Massape(|ua, 


the bad times of 1837 came on and he was so badly affected in his 
financial affairs that he was forced to relinquish all that he had im- 
proved and let it revert back to the original owner of the land, 
Thomas Floyd- Jones. 



He first married November 2, 1802, Margaret Jones, a daughter 
of Dr. Thomas Jones, M.D., Philadelphia, Pa., of an entirely distinct 

family and Livingston, his wife, a daughter of Philip 

Livingston, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Her 
father was a man of wealth, a surgeon of high reputation and on 
General Washington's staff as surgeon during the Revolutionary 
War. His brother. Dr. John Jones, M. D., a surgeon of great re- 
nown, was a close friend and physician of both Washington and 
Franklin, and after the war Professor of Surgery in Columbia 
College. Benjamin Franklin made him the following bequest in his 
Will, viz.: "I give twenty guineas to my good friend and physician, 
Dr. John Jones." 

Catherine Livingston Jones, a younger sister of Mrs. David S. 
Jones, became the second wife of De Witt Clinton. April 21, 1819, 
whose first wife was Maria Franklin, daughter of Walter Franklin, 
a Quaker merchant residing at Maspeth, L. I. 

De Witt Clinton was born in 1769, and was the celebrated 
Governor of New York in 1818. under whose administration the Erie 
Canal was Iniilt, which was finished in Oct.. 1825. 

*The second Mrs. Clinton, known as Kittie Jones before she 
was married, was a maiden lady of great pride and haughtiness, 
which was greatly increased by this marriage. She gave name to 
the barge called "Lady Clinton." which formed one of the Governor's 
canal fleet as he came through the whole length of the Erie Canal, 
when it was opened. 

He died February it, 1828 and was buried at Greenwood. 
His widow was exceedingly eccentric. She stanmiered in her speech 
and her great peculiarity was said to have been her intense pride at 
being the widow of De Witt Clinton. In her later days she would 
come out from a reception and get into one of the finest establish- 
ments she could see. and order the coachman or footman to drive 

*From George Alfred Townsend's article in New York Sun, 
May TO, 1 89 1. 


her to her house. If he objected without orders from his employer 
she would say: "1 am Mrs. De Witt Clinton." in her stammering 
way, "drive on." and it was generally sufficient. She would never 
have any fire in her house, it was said, in the winter, except in the 
kitchen, and De Witt Clinton's youngest daughter Julia died sudden- 
ly of a cold contracted, it was supposed, in going out on foot in 
stormy weather to take a music lesson at the mstance of her step- 
mother. She was a beautiful young lady of about 21 years of age. 

Another daughter. Mary, married David S. Jones, by direction 
of her step-mother. She died at Poughkeepsie at the house of this 
step-daughter, July i. 1855. leaving no issue. 

The children by the first marriage of David S. Jones were as 
follows : 

Henry Philip Jones, born August 9, 1803. died March i, 1883. 
Never married.^ 

Cornelia Catherine Jones, born June 24, 1S05. ^^^^ 1818. 

Samuel Jones, born July i. 1807. died in mfancy. 

Ellinor Jones, born May 5, 1809, ^^'^d March 30. 1812. 

Philip Livingston Jones, born Sept. 24. 181 2. died Oct. i, 1883, 
married Elizabeth W., daughter of Edward L. Kellogg, Esq. No 

Renssalear Westerlo Jones, born April 30, 181 5, died in infancy. 

William Alfred Jones, born June 26, 1817, died May 6. 1900, 

married ist. Mary E.. daughter of Bill. Dec. 15. 1841, 

who died March 14, 1872. No issue. 2nd, Mary J., daughter of 
Davidson, Sept. 4. 1873. ^^'l^^ survived him. No issue. 

Clinton Jones, born Se])t. 27. 1820. died Aug. 2. 1822. 

De Witt Clinton Jones born Dec. 23. 1824. died May 28. 1825. 

Margaret Jones, wife of David S. Jones, died April 27. 1825. 

His second marriage took place February 13. 1827, to Susan Le 
Roy. a daughter of Herman Le Roy and Hannah Cornell, his wife. 
One of her sisters. Caroline Bayard Le Roy. was the second wife 
of Hon. Daniel Webster. 

The children of this marriage were as follows : 

Herman Le Roy Jones, born October 23. 1827. died November 
24. t88o. married April 15. 1868, Augusta L.. daughter of Ambrose 
C. Kingsland. She survived her husband, who also left three children 
— two sons and one daughter him surviving. 

Margaret Livingston Jones, born March 2nd, 1829. died March 
5. 1832. 


Mary Le Roy Jones, born May 25. 1831, died April 29. 1880. 

Susan Le Roy Jones, wife of David S. Jones, died May 26. 1832. 

His third marriage was on June 11. 1833. to Mary Clinton, 

elder daughter of De Witt Clinton and Maria Franklin, his first wife. 

The children of this marriage were as follows : 

De Witt Clinton Jones, born June 30. 1834, married, Dec. 18, 
i860, Josepha, second daughter of William Henry Crosby and 
Josepha Neilson, his wife. She died Aug. 4. 1904. leaving four 
children and four grand-children, her surviving. 

John Jay Jones, born Nov. 10. 1835, died Oct. 13. 1836. 

David Thomas Jones, born March 13, 1837, died March 21, 


Walter Franklin Jones, born Feb. 16, 1840, married , 

186 — , Henrietta, a daughter of Daniel Glover. Esq.. by whom he has 

three children, a son and two daughters. 

Julia Catherine Jones, born Sept. 6. 1842. died Aug. 29, 1903, 

Florence Clinton Jones, born March 14, 1847. thed Jan. 7, 1899, 

Mary Clinton Jones, wife of David S. Jones, died Aug. 10, 1872. 

David S. Jones died at his city residence, at that time in East 
15th Street, on May 10. 1848. His remains were interred in St. 
Mark's Church Yard, Second Avenue and loth Street, New York. 
Two of his sons by his last wife, viz. : John Jay Jones and David 
Thomas Jones, were interred in the old Brick House Creek Grave 




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The second son of the first Samuel (Major VViHiaiii as lie was 
called) born October 4. 1771. was for several years a useful and 
intelligent member of the Legislature of Xew'Vork State. 1816, 
1818. 1820, 1824. 1829. 

He was of naturally strong intellect, coupled with a more than 
ordinary knowledge of things which none ever doubted, and an 
outrightness of speech which ever disarmed suspicion, and above all 
frankness, energy and indomitable will gave to his opinion great 
respect. He had a very large circle of acquaintances during his 
active life. His personal friends and associates were those of the 
most distinguished men of the period, among whom were Martin 
Van Duren. eighth President of the United States; Governors 
Tompkins and Clinton. General Cadwalader and Colonel Bond, of 
Maryland. He was specially noted for his fondness for thoroughbred 
horses, with which his stables were well filled and his name will go 
down in the annals of horse racing as one of the fathers of the sport, 
as it existed nearly a century ago. Tliev we -e from the very best 
stock in the world and all bred on Long Island. 

Among the many well bred ones was Rnal, bv the great 
Eclipse, h. h. J'crtuiiiiiiis. brother to Sidi Haiiict; b. h.' Mistake, by 
Andrezc. dam Princess; b. c. Commodore Trnxton, by Imp. Bare- 
foot, dam Princess: cli. f. Zenobia. bv Roman, dam Doze- b c 
Treasurer, brother to Zenobia: gr. f. fleetfoot. bv Barefoot, dam 
Doze. Also Lady Flirt (a good one). 

The rarest of all in his stable were Princess, foaled in 1817. by 
Defiance, dam Empress, by Imp. Baronet, her dam by Imp Mes- 
seni^er. gran danif a thoroughbred mare) by Snap, dam Jenny Anter, 
by 7 rue Briton, her dam Quaker Lass bv Juniper, dam Moll'y Paco- 
let. her g. g. dam. by Old .Spark, g. cr\ jr. dam. Queen Mab <r p- 
g. g. dam. Miss Caldwell. ~ ^ ^ ^" 

b. h. Sidi Hamet. foaled 29th April. 18:50. l)v Eclipse dam 

gr. m. Doz'c. foaled May. 1817. bred bv General Nathaniel Coles, 
of Dosons. L. I. She was bv Duroc. dam Romp, (sister to Miller's 
Dam.^el. the dam of Eclipse), bv Imp. Messeni^er. gran dam an im- 
ported mare by Pot Ros. g. g. dani by Cimcrack. 


Gr. i. Young Doic. foaled 31st of March, 1838, by Imp. Trustee, 
dam Dove. 

b. f. Emily Glcntzvorth; foaled 23rd of Feby.. 1838, by Imp. 
Trustee, dam Princess. This mare of grand pedigree, was named 
after Major Jones, grand-daughter, Emily Glentworth Floyd Jones, 

*A handsome silver cup was awarded to Major William Jones, 
in recognition of this mare's good qualities, by the American In- 
stitute Society, held at Castle Garden, on the Battery, New York, in 
the year 1846. 

The cup has engraved upon it the followmg: 

"Awarded by the American Institute, October. 1846, to Wm. 
Jones, for the best thoroughbred brood mare." 

(*) Another cup was awarded to him in 1850 in recognition of 
the good points of the gray mare" Young Dove." It has engraved 
upon it the following inscription : 

"Azvarded by the American Institute at the 2yd Annual Fair, 
1850 to Wm. Jones, for the best blood mare. "Young Dove." 

This trait of Major Jones brought him in close association with 
turfmen of high and honorable repute. He acquired considerable 
celebrity in 18 18 by making a wager with Colonel Bond, of Mary- 
land, at a jockey club dinner given in Baltimore, that he would agree 
to produce a horse that would trot a mile in three minutes in harness, 
for a stake of $1,000. This is believed to be the first recorded bet 
ever made on a trotting race, as previous to this period very little 
attention was paid to the speed of the trotter, the running horse 
being most altogether in vogue. 

The horse named by Major William Jones was called "Boston 
Pony," was 15^-^ hands high, called a pony at that time. He had 
him brought from Boston in a sloop, or schooner. The race was 
trotted on the turnpike, just west of Jamaica, L I., and the bet was 
won by him. Prior to his demise he was very fond of relating the 
foregoing facts, being proud of the part taken by him in tlie matter. 

*This cup has been the property of Emily Glentworth Floyd- 
Jones Giles, since 1846. It having been presented to her in her in- 
fancy, by her great grandfather. She presented this relic to the 
author, her brother, on the 65th anniversary of his birth, March 21, 

(*)This cup is now in the possession of his great grand- 
daughter, Cornelia Jones Miller Chadwick, wife of Rear Admiral 
F. E. Chadwick. 


Major Jones married into one of the oldest families on the 
North Shore of \.(»u<^ Island. His wife was Kezia Young-s. to whom 
he was married on Oct. 4. 1790. at the Younfj^s' Mbmestead. Oyster 
Bay Cove, by Rev. .Andrew Fowler, of the Episcopal Church ' She 
was born Feby. u. 1773, being the second child of Captain Daniel 
and Susanna Kelsey Youngs. 

xThe name of Kezia ^'oungs' last resident English ancestor, 
and the first whose identity has been ceriainlv ti.xed is on the register 
of the University of Oxford as follows: 

Christopher Yongc, supplicated for B. A. 14th June 156^4 
admitted 24th feby. Supplicated for M. A. June, 1566. 4th July 
incepted. 8th of July, elected. IVas elected Chaplain of Windsor 
6th March, 1567-8. on the resignation of John Hood. 

His birth place, and date of birth, are probablv lost to history, 
at least diligent search has failed to discover them. Rut circum- 
stantial evidence from the dates given, fixes bevond reasonable doubt 
his birth at or near 1545. From the beginning of his Chaplaincv of 
Windsor, in 1567-8 to his induction as Vicar of Revdon, and South- 
wold Sufl-'olk County. England, no record of him' has been found. 

This should cause little surprise, as political and religious 
thought were in a ferment of agitation, and the records of the\ime 
are so filled with matter pertaining to these, that individuals, except 
those conspicuously active, were for a time ignored as unimportant 
factors in the popular tumult. 

Epitaph on brass tablet in Chancel floor of Church at Reydon : 
Mr. Christopher Younges zvho departed this life 
the Anno Domini, 1626. 
// good man full of fay the icas he 
Here preacher of God's zcord. 
And manic by his Ministrie 
U'eore added to the Lord — Acts 22:24. 

Rev. John Yonges. son of Christ(^pher and Margaret Yono-es 
was born in 1597-8. He married Joan lleringt(Mi. of Southwold' 
England, m 1622. and likely came to Salem, .\merica. in 1636. It 
IS stated in the Xew Haven record that he came there in 16^8" This 
IS the ancestor ..f Kezia ^'oungs. that emigrated to America 
Hfc died at Southold. L. I.. i(,7i. and was buried there The monu- 
ment is still over his grave. It appears that he spelled his name 
} oungs atter he came to the new world. 

xNoTK. Taken from book issued by Daniel K. NOungs. in 1890, 


His second son was named Thomas. He was born in 1625 at 
Southwold. England, and went to Oyster Bay, in 1652, and about 
that time built the *Youngs' homestead there. His wife was Rebecca 

He left issue a 3rd son named Samuel, who was born in 1680; 
married Penelope Allen in 1714. Their issue was 3 children: 
Thomas. Daniel and Rosanna. 

Daniel, their second son, was born in 1718; married Hannah 
Underbill in 1746. She died in 1769. 

Their issue was 3 children : Daniel, Samuel and Penelope. 

Daniel Youngs, the eldest, born in 1748. was married to Susanna 
Kelsey, of Huntington, L. I., who was born in 1752. and died about 
1847. leaving issue 4 children: Hannah. Kezia, Samuel and Daniel. 

The old Youngs' Homestead at the (Cove) Oyster Bay. is a 
prominent relic of the period of the American Revolution. General 
George Washington passed a night there, on Friday, April 23. 1790, 
when he was on his excursion through Long Island, on his Presi- 
dental tour. The hostess on this occasion iMrs. Daniel Kelsey 
Youngs, who lived many years afterwards, stated to her children and 
grandchildren that Washington seemed pleased with everything and 
wished to avoid giving trouble. 

His colored servants, however, did the aristocratic for the whole 
Presidential Party. They ordered the host's darkies to do the 
President's work. This brought on rebellion, correction and finally 
restoration of order. 

Kezia Youngs, a daughter of the family, always declared that 
when President Washington left their house the next morning, that 
he gave her a good hearty kiss. She was at that time 17 years of age. 

Mrs. Youngs distributed the furniture, which was in the room 
occupied by this good and great man among her grand-children. 

This trip was made by President Washington in his coach, which 

* Still owned by members of the Youngs family, 

I Was told by Susanna Kelsey Youngs to Sarah Maria Floyd- 
Jones, her great grand-daughter, (prior to 1839). 

2N()TK. A cane made from one of the oaken rafters of the 
School House is now in the possession of Charles Jones. Waupun. 
\\' isconsin, a grand-son of William Jones. He also has a window 
chair that was in Washington's room at his great grand-father's 



At Oyster Bay (Cove), L. I. Birthplace of Kezia Youngs Jones. Original 

part erected in 1662. 

was drawn by four g^ray horses, with outriders, and lie was attended 
by his suite of officers. They beinj^ nearly a week on their jaunt. 
H'is route was from Brooklyn along the South Turnpike, through 
Jamaica, Hempstead and South Oyster I5ay, to Patchogue ; then 
across the Island tt) Smithtown and hack along the .Xorth Shore, 
through Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor to Oyster l>ay. The 
records show that he halted at the old 2School House, near where 
St. John's Church is at Cold Spring Harbor, cnid heli)ed to raise a 
timber, aiding in its constructiiMi. he leaving one dollar to buy a 
gallon of Jamaica rum to treat the workmen. .Ml of the children of 
William Jnnes attended this country school in their youth, it was 
torn down in 1899. 

Washington in his diary described the tour as follows. It is 
dated .-Xpril 21. i/^o. he residing at the time in New York: 

The morning being clear and pleasant we left Jamaica about 8 
o'clock and pursued the road to South Hempstead, passing along the 
south edge of the plain of that name; a plain said to be 14 miles by 
3 or 4 in breadth, without a tree or a shrub growing on it excejit fruit 
trees ( which do not thrive well ) at the few settlements thereon. The 
soil of this plain is said to be thin and cold. and. of course, not pro- 
ductive, even in grass. We baited in South Hemjistead ( 10 miles 
from Jamaica) at the house of one John Simonson. formerly a tavern, 
now a private entertainment for money. From thence, turning ofT 
lO the right we fell into the South Road at the distance of about five 
miles, where we came in view of the sea and continued to be so 
the remaining part of the day's ride, and as near it as the road could 
run. for the small ba)s, marshes and guts into which the tide tiows at 
all times rendering it imi)assil)le from the height of it by Easterly 
winds. W'e dined at one Ketchum's ( Capt. Rebulon Ketcham 
Huntington South)" which had also been a i)ublic house, but now a 
I)ri\ate one — received pay for what it furnished. This house was 
about 14 miles from South Hempstead and a very neat and decent 
one. .After dinner we proceeded to '4 Squire Thomp.son's ; such a 
house as the last, that is one that is not public, but will receive pay 
for everything it furnishes in the same maimer as if it was. 

The road in which 1 passed to-day. and the coinitry here is more 
mixed with sand than yesterday and the soil of inferior quality, yet 
with dung which all the corn ground receives, the land yields on an 
average 30 Inishels to the acre of ten more. Of wheat tliey do not 
grow much on account of the Fly. but the crops of rye are good. 

*Xow .Amitvville. 


The Tovvnsend Homestead at Oyster Bay, which was built 
about 1740, is another relic of these times. It was the headquarters 
of Colonel Simcoe, Commander of the Queens Rangers. 

Miss Sallie Townsend was a great favorite with the British 
officers, who visited Colonel Simcoe. Among these was Major 
Andre. On one occasion he showed his playful and gallant spirit 
by slipping into the dining room and hiding the tea biscuit, and he 
once made on the sly a sketch of Miss Sallie, and put it under her 

The young lady was too much incensed at this British compli- 
ment to eat her supper. Major Andre was afterwards captured as a 
spy in the American lines on the Hudson River and was executed 
by hanging at Tappan, X. Y. The Townsends intermarried with 
the Youngs as well as the Jones families. 

Daniel Youngs, who married Maria Baker, in 1815, was the 
youngest brother of Kezia Jones. He remained at the homestead. 

His son Thomas Youngs (3rd child), lived with him and cared 
for his parents" property. He gave Thomas 150 acres of land 
situated on Cove Neck, which Thomas sold to Theodore Roosevelt, 
who at the present time, iyo6, is the 25th President of the United 
States. The last owner erected a handsome house on the property, 
which is called Sagamore Hill. 

Major William Jones, after marriage resided, until 1793. at his 
father's house. West Neck, South Oyster Bay. He afterwards re- 
moved to Cold Spring Harbor. L. I., where he built a fine residence 
on the west side of the harbor directly opposite the sand beach, 
which divides the inner from the outer harbor. 

Both of these houses in which he lived are still in existence at 
present time. 1906. His wife died May i, 1847. ^^ Mural Tablet was 
erected to her memory by her children in St. John's Episcopal 
Church, Cold Spring Harbor. Major William Jones died Sept. 16, 
1853, at an advanced age. His remains as also those of his wife are 
interred in the "Jones" Burial plot. West Neck, South Oyster Bay, 
L. I. The writer attended his funeral. 

They left behind them a name of which their surviving de- 
scendants are justly proud, leaving a large family of sons and 

Their issue was 8 children : 

Samuel W. Jones, born July 6, 1791. He was a graduate of 
Union College, Schenectady ; studied law in the office of his uncle. 
Chief Justice Samuel Jones, in New York City. He married Maria 


Bowers Duanc, of Schenectady. November 26, 1816. She was the 
(laughter of James Chatham Duane. and Marianne l^)Owers Duane. 
The latter being- a grand daughter of the i Ion. James Duane and 
Maria Livingston Duane. 

James Duane was a member of the Continental Congress from 
1774-17S4. and the first Judge of the 1st District Ct)urt of the 
I'nitcd States, api)i)inted by President Washington, lie was also 
the first Mayor of New York after the Revolution. 

i^amuel W. Jones was for several years Mayor of Schenectady; 
also Judge and Surrogate of the County of same name, and for a 
short i)eriod at the latter part of his life he held the very responsible 
position of Custodian of the Public U. S. Stores on Stone Street, 
New York, under the administration of President Fmiklin Picrc •. 

He died in .\ew York Dec. i. 1855. and was buried in the 
Jones \\' Xcck lUirial Ground. South Oyster Bay. 1.. I. I Tis 
wife died at Geneva. N. Y., Dec. 2^, 1858. anc^ was buried in St. 
George's Church Yard. vSchenectady. issue 7 children. 

David \V. Jones was born May 3, 1703. He was one of the 
successful of the farmers and stock raisers in Queens County, re- 
siding most all liis life on his place at Cold Spring Harbor, situated 
close to his father's, at top of the hill overlooking the harbor. He 
was married to Dorothy Adams. July 4. 1822. She was born in 
England. December 30. 1792. 

David W. Jones was a man who commanded the greatest respect 
from all with whom he came in contact. Inheriting strongly from 
his father, the family characteristic — the kn-e of all field sports and 
games of chance. He was a fine looking man, had a ])owerful 
mind, well culiivated. and was a dignified and graceful sj^eaker. 
Had the ai:)]:)earance of one who was a gentleman l)y nature, and 
who had well improved all his gifts. It was a rare occurrence to 
see a finer assemblage of personal and intellectual qualities, culti- 
vated to the best effect than were seen in this gentleman. 

In the waning years of his life it was his greatest pleasure to 
have a meeting two or three times a year, of what might be termed 
the '( )ld Guard of his close Friends and Relatives." These dear 
companions would assemble at his house and remain for a couple of 
days. They would play "Brag," and when short of counters send 
out to the crib to get an ear of corn. When there was but a half 
dozen or so together they played "all fours." sometimes called "old 
.sledge." This aggregation was composed of luhvard IVarsall. of 
New '^V.rk : I'.dward I Unr\- Smith, of Smithtown; Caleb J. Smith, 


of Comae ; Edward K. Bryar, of Huntington, and the South Side 
nephews. David R. Floyd-Jones, WilHam Floyd-Jones, Elbert 
Floyd-Jones and his cousin S. Jackson Jones. 

It would remind you. on seeing these honorable citizens of 
old Queens and Suffolk together around the festive board, of that 
grand old plav of the great actor of those davs ''"'Blake," entitled 
"The Last Man." 

David W. Jones died July 6. 1877. His wife died May 7, 1885. 
Both interred in the "old" burial ground. Cold Spring Harbor. 
Issue 6 children. 

Cornelia Haring Jones, born April 22. 1796. 

Susan Maria Jones, born April 20, 1802, married James H. 
Weeks, of Yaphank, L. I., Dec. 10. 1818. He was born July 28, 
1798. Died 1879. His wife died Jan. 24, 1888. Both are buried 
in the Church Yard of St. Andrew's, at Yaphank. Issue one son. 
Elbert W. Jones, born July 17. 1803, unmarried. Died Jan. 14, 
1826. Buried at West Neck, Massapequa. 

Eleanor Jones, born May 7, 1805, married William Sidney 
Smith, of Longwood. Suft'olk County. L. I., ^lay 7. 1823. Died 
April 29. 1884. He was born July 1796 and died Januar}- 19. 1879. 
Both are buried in family burial ground on the Longwood Estate. 
Their issue was 10 children. 

Hannah Amelia Jones, born June 10. 1807 was married on 
November 17. 1835 to Rev. Samuel Seabury, D. D.. who was born 
June 9. 1801. she being his second wife. His first wife was Lydia 
Huntington Bill, married may 17, 1829. Died April 16, 1834. leav- 
ing issue 2 daughters. 

Samuel Seabury died Oct. 10, 1872. Hannah Amelia Jones 
Seabury died Sept. t8. 1852. Their issue was 4 daughters and one 

Daniel Youngs Jones was born July y). 1809. married Eliza 
Hall in 1848. He died March 10, 1903 and was buried at West 
Neck Burial Ground. Their issue was 2 daughters. 

L']) to the last few days of Daniel Jones' life and when he knew 
the Great Destroyer, Death, would soon claim him as his own, 
memory took him back to his boyhood, and it was his expressed 
wish that the folU^wing brief description of the famous race between 

'■■-Xo'i'i:. William Rufus Blake played at the old Broadway 
Theatre between Leonard and Pearl Streets, about 1859. He is 
buried in Greenwood Cemetery in a plot adjacent to Harry Placide. 


the great American *Bcli(^sc, who was the property of a Mr. Van 
Ranst. associated witli John E. Stevens, of New York, and the as 
well celebrated Henry, controlled In Colonel Win. R. Johnson, of 
Petersburg. Va., be recorded, while he lived which was duly inscribed 
by his grand daughter. Miss Rose Aldworth. as it came from his 
lips, he considering with good reason that he was the last known 
sur\ivor. who witnessed this great heat race and desired to leave 
this knowledge to those following him for reference viz. : This 
never to be forgotten contest took place on the Old Union Course 
on Long Island in 1823. Mr. Jones was only T3 years old at this 
time, and during the race he stood beside Mr. Randol])h. of Roan- 
oke. Virginia, who presented quite a unique appearance in powdered 
queue and knee breeches. In giving this account Mr. Jones was 
very ])articular to impress u])on his listener and scribe, that although 
nearly one hundred years old. he possessed all his faculties and 
was com])etent to perfectly describe each heat as it occurred, tell- 
ing it in a forcible manner. How Henry set the pace and won the 
first heat. 

Then it was that tiie owner of Kclipse secured his regular 
jockey to ride the second and third heats, he having previously re- 
fused to ride. On resuming Henry pursued the same tactics, setting 
a hot pace in the sand for three and a half miles, but Ecli])se drew 
away in the last half and won handily both Iicats. giving him the 

This race was a battle between North and South. It is said 
that $200,000 changed hands on the result. The foregoing is 
authentic, having been copied from the original manuscript by the 

This ends the record of the eight children of William and Kezia 
Youngs Jones, and it is deemed fitting in this connection that a sinall 
eulogistic reference should be here made to their memory.. 

With the greatest pro])riety it can be truly said that most of 
the .sons, and daughters, in a most strenuous way. inherited the 
uoblest characteri.stics of their ])rojenitors. and on all occasif^ns 
sustained the good name and re])utati()n of the family from which 
they si)rung. They were full} versed on all the i)rincipal topics of 

*NoTK. Eclipse was a chestnut stallion bred 25th of May. 1X14. 
at Dosoris. L. I., on the farm of General Nathatiiel Coles. The 
great race between Eclipse and Henry took place on the 27th of 
May, 1823. 


the day and were citizens of rare character and abihty, honored 
in every particular, generous to a fault, and good christian people, 
who were highly respected by their neighbors at home and friends 
and relatives abroad for their extreme liberality and kindness. 

1 06 





Born i7</). 


(Conu'Ii.i ll..rini; .hiiL-s.) 

(l-"r'Oii iirijfiiial i)<irtr;.ii h\- S. A. Mdiiiu.) 

|)uil iS,^9. 


Cornelia Haring Jones, the first daughter and third child of 
William and Kezia Youngs Jones was married on January 28, 181 2, 
to General Thomas Floyd-Jones, of South Oyster Bay, L. I. the 
descendant of David Jones. This marriage between Thomas Floyd- 
Jones, second child of David Richard and Sarah Onderdonk Floyd- 
Jones, of South Oyster Bay. to Cornelia Haring Jones, his 3rd 
cousin, daughter of William and Kezia Youngs Jones, of Cold 
Spring liarbor, L. 1.. brings the joining of the families of the 
two brothers, David and William Jones, sons of the first Thomas 
Jones, after a period of over one hundred years. 

Cornelia died December 29. 1839. 

Thomas died August 23, 1851. Both were interred in the Fort 
Neck Burial Ground. A memorial window was inserted to the 
memory of Thomas Floyd-Jones, in Grace Church, South Oyster 
Bay, Long Island. 

The issue of this union was David Richard Floyd-Jones, Wil- 
liam Floyd-Jones. Elbert Floyd-Jones. Sarah Maria Floyd-Jones. 
These four children at the death of their father then came into pos- 
session in equal shares of the large estate before mentioned, and 
which had come to him by entailment, which law was now obsolete. 

At a dinner given at Fort Neck December 12. 1851. by Elbert 
Floyd-Jones to his three uncles. David \V. Jones, of Cold Spring 
Harbor; James H. \N^eeks. of Yaphank. and William Sidney Smith, 
of Long\vood. who were appointed by the heirs of Thomas Floyd- 
Jones, to divide the wood land, to equalize the estate to the heirs, 
the folUjwiug toast was given by their nephew, David Richard 
Floyd-Jones : 

Health and happiness to the gentlemen H'honi we selected to 
dh'ide the estate. They hate discharged their embarrassing duty 
7visely. justly, conscientiously, unbiased by personal partiality for 
any, and zi'ith a single e\e to the rights and interest of all. May ive 
he furnished the opportunity to dispense, and they long li^'c to par- 
take of our hospitality. Drank standing. 

David \y. Jones then ofifcred the following toast : 
The present 07cners of fort Neck, may they enjoy in health, 
peace, and prosperity their inheritance, and transmit it to sons 


possessing the characteristics which so eminently distinguished its 
former ozvners: The perseverance, indomitable spirit and pozverful 
mind of the First; the intellcctuaL practical and prudential of the 
Second: the gentlemanly manners, refined taste and independent 
spirit of the Third, the stern dignity, benei'olence and liberality of 
the Fourth, the honesty, firmness, noble bearing and distinguished 
hospitality of the Last. Also drank standing. 

At the time of the death of Thomas Floyd-Jones there were quite 
a number of relics of the Jones and F'loyd families, which were the 
accumulation of about 150 years. 

The question which came up was. how to divide them among 
the four heirs. It was finalW agreed between them that the major 
part should be put in four separate parts and apportioned that way. 
The family portraits, and some old trunks, which were in the garret, 
containing old papers excepted. They were disposed of as follows: 

The portraits were drawn for by chances, being won by the 
sister, Sarah Maria. It being understood (she agreeing) that they 
should always remain in the Fort Neck house, as long as that house 
or place remained in the Floyd-Jones family. 

The trunks were put up at auction. David Richard, tlie eldest 
brother, acting as auctioneer. Contents were unknown. Some of 
these held old deeds, commissions, letters, etc., etc. Each bid as 
interested. William getting the bulk of the lot, no very great value 
being put upon them at the time, but they are now considered valu- 
able as family heirlooms. 

The plain gold cased watch of Thomas Floyd-Jones, which was 
imported from England in 1810. was presented to Henry Onder- 
donk Floyd-Jones, as a remembrance by the children of his brother 
in 1 85 1, with the accompanying letter. 
Dear Uncle : 

As the only 1)rother of our deceased Father we feel 
that we could in no way better conform to his wishes if he 
were living, and in no res])ect more appropriately indicate our own 
than to beg your acceptance of the watch, which in liis lifetime he 
valued so highly., and whilst it would be as hostile to our own sense 
of pro])riety, as we feel it would be indelicate in itself and to vou, 
to attempt to impose restrictions upon the disposition, which vou 
may hereafter make of it. yet we feel cannot but express senti- 
ment, that you will not regard it, as neither offensive or matter of 
surprise, if we indulge the hope, that upon your death, it mav come 

1 10 

into the possession of the only orrandson who hears our Father's 





To which they received the following reply : 

My D'r. Neph's. and Xiece : 

It was with feelings of no ordinary nature, that I read your 
kind note accompanied with your Father's watch, as a present to me. 
I need not say that I appreciate your feelings. It is a treasure to 
me from the fact that it belong'd to my Brother and your Father. 
In relation to the final disposition of this relic your views are in 
unison with mine, and it shall be carried out to the letter. Believe 
me vour attach'd L'ncle, 


NoTK. The letter signed by the children was composed by 
David R. Floyd-Jones, who made a rough draft of it on the back of 
a paper signed by Thos. Floyd-Jones, which was used to obtain 
pensions. War of i<Si2. The name of pensioner being omitted. 
This paper was in the handwriting of Elbert Floyd-Jones. 

Henry Floyd-Jones on many occasions informed his grand 
nephew. Thomas Floyd-Jones, that at his death, the watch would 
be left to him, and on December 2T,. 1862, Edward Floyd-Jones, on 
behalf of his brothers and sisters, carried out the wishes of their 
father and presented the watch to the writer. 

His sword, scabbard, epaulets, chapeau and *rosters of his 
Command War of 1812, as also his Hint lock gim, are now in the 
writer's possession. 

The gun which Thomas Floyd-Jones used in grouse shooting 
on Long Island, about 1815, he presented personally to the writer 
al)out 1849. W'ho harl it changed to a percussion lock, which was done 
by Ebenezer Kellum. the old gunsmith, of Hem])stead in 1852. 

*NoTi:. The two Rosters of Command Capt. Thomas l"'lo\(l- 
Jones were presented to the De Lancey Floyd-Jones Library, Mass- 
apequa. L. I., June 10, 1901, by the author. 


Ancc'Sti irs' Gr;i\cs 



(ir;u-(.- (luiirli \',ir<l, .\i ;iss;i))i'(|n;i. I.'>ni4 IsI.iikI. 






Fort Neck. 

Born 1813, 

Died 1871. 


The first named to whom descended the old 1 lomestead of his 
ancestors was born on the 6th of April, 1813. at the family mansion, 
and seems to liave received the mantle of his projcnitors. at least, in 
full measure. 

He received the rudiments of his education at Christ Church 
Academy, Manhasset, L. 1., and entered Sophomore Class of Union 
College. Schenectady, in 1829. Graduating in 1832, he com- 
menced the study of law with Judge Samuel \V. Jones, of that place, 
and commenced practice in New York in 1835. ^^ ^'^^ partner of 
James P. Howard. 

He continued the practice of law until 1840. when he was 
chosen a member of the Assembly of New York, re-elected in 1841 
and again in 1842. 

In his entire career in that body he showed himself a capable 
and faithful representative. 

In 1843 '^^ ^^'i^ elected to the Senate from the first District, 
which then comprised the Counties of New York. Kings and Rich- 
mond, and was also a prominent and influential member of the 
Constitutional Convention, of 1846, from the City of New York. 

During this term he married, on June 25, 1845, Mary Louisa 
Stanton, of Albany, daughter of George W. and Sallie Morgan 
Stanton. Mary Louisa Stanton was born Aug. 7. 1818. 

There is a legend connected with this marriage which is quite 
interesting and worthy of mention. It is well known that the tcnvn 
of Albany. Xew York State's Capitol was built u])on a series of 
hills and many \ears ago the citizens of tliat ancient j^Iace were 
very ])articular to keep their side walks clear of snow and ice in 
the winter season, so as to afford a passalile foothold for pedestrians. 

( )n January 10. iS/i;. there ap]:)eared in TJic X ci\.' York Tele- 
gram an article from their Albany correspondent, headed : 

I'lic Roiiiaiilic Le}^eiid of Ployd-Joucs' Marriuoe. 

Viz.: '"In a certain house, however the exact locality of which T 
shall not for obvious reasons point out, there lived two maiden ladies 
who had long passed their teens. Careless as to what harm nu'ght 
befall the men, none of whom had displayed ent^ugh taste to marry 


them, they allowed the snow, and the hail, the slush and the rain to 
work their sweet will upon the walk in front of their door. 

It was in the time when David P'loyd-Jones was Lieutenant- 
Governor, and as the story is recorded, that Honorable gentleman, 
while passing the domicile of the ladies mentioned one cold night, 
lost his balance upon the icy flagging and was precipitated into a 
position not at all becoming for a high official of a great State. 
This, however, was not the worst effect of the accident. When he 
attempted to rise he found that he had broken a leg and was per- 
fectly helpless 

"What could the two ladies, at whose door he lay do, but help 
him into the house, and finding their victim was of so distinguished 
a position, could they do less than notify his friends, and provide 
him with the best accommodations the house afforded. 

"That their domestic economy was satisfactory to the Governor 
is evident because he remained there and was nursed by his Hos- 
tesses until he was able to bear removal. But being cured of one 
hurt, the chivalrous convalescent found that he had received another 
and that was in a more vital part. 

"The pitying eyes of one of his kind nurses had struck to the 
obdurate heart of the old bachelor and he fell deeply in love. 

"The reader of current novels, of course, can give the formula 
for the romantic conclusion. 

'The lady who had neglected to shovel the ice from her side- 
walk became the bride of the Lieutenant-Governor and went to live 
in a big house on the top of the hill. 

"The most diligent scrutiny of musty documents in the State 
Librarv fails to show any record as to whether her maiden sister 
thereafter had the snow carefully removed from the fatal sidewalk 
of the house where she dwelt alone. There are indeed slanderous 
persons who declare, belated pedestrians making their way home in 
the dark winter midnight had caught glimpses of a figure resembling 
hers slyly pouring water from a bucket upon the freezing flags. 
But these stories have not obtained credence. 

'However, that may be. it is certain th'it all the maidens of 
advanced years in town made kindling wood of their snow shovels 
when they heard of the marriage, and protested that it was useless 
to attempt to prevent the ice and snow from accumulating on tlieir 
doorsteps. The sad results that often follow one false step is a 
frequent theme of preachers and the present narrative will doubt- 
less serve many a divine to point that moral." 


That sing^le slip of old David Floyd-Jones has kopl all the g-ood 
people of Albany, as well as the stran.q;ers within her grates, slipping- 
and falling upon .\lban\ sidewalks through all the years since that 
unhappy esipode. much to the profit, doutbless of local surgeons. So 
great, even to this day, is the influence of the maiden ladies of this 
good city in the management oi public affairs that the sidewalks have 
never been cleared of ice from that time to the i)rescnt hour. 

Author's note. David R. Floyd-Jones was State Senator at 
the time he broke his leg. subsequently Lieutenant-Governor. He 
was 7,2 years old and his bride was 27. In those days a man re- 
maining unmarried over 30 years was considered getting toward 
an old bachelor and women over 25 toward an old maid. 

Very soon after the expiration of his Senatorial term, closing 
with the year 1847, '^^ was, on the death of Jesse Oakley, appointed 
Clerk of Superior Court of this City, b\- Chief Justice (^aklew Judges 
Sandford and X'anderpool, which office he filled faithfully and suc- 
cessfully, until 1852 when he resigned and returned to his native 
place, on the death of his father. In 1858 and 1859 he held the posi- 
tion of President of the Oueens County Agricultm-al Scx'iety, being 
as successful in agricultural ]iursuits as he had previously been in 
law and politics. 

In i85ri hv allowed himself to be again lured from his retire- 
ment to represent his Count\- in the lower Hall of the Legislature. 
In the subsefiuent session he was the Democratic candidate for the 
speaker's chair, and was again a most active and useful member of 
that bodv. 

H'e was nominated with great unanimity of sentiment for Sec- 
retary of State by both wings of the Democratic ])arty at their 
State Convention in the fall of i85(). and after being ratified by the 
American Convention at Utica. he was most triumi)hantly elected, 
holding the position at the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion 
in 1861, co-operating heartily with Governor Morgan in enlisting 
and sending forward troops being ardent and i)atriotic in his sup- 
port of the Government and in favor of the continuance of the 

He spoke on this subject in llir language of true patriotism, iti 
an oration delivered on the 4th of July. 1862. and published at the 
time. He set forth his views upon the crisis which then marked our 
national history, in el(X|uent and forcible language. It C(jncludes 
with the following timely invocation: 

"Disunitm and secession cause ruin to the seceding States, and 


injury to the loyal ones. Let us use every effort to put a speedy 
end to both, and when the time shall come, and God grant it soon 
may, that our rebellious fellow citizens of the Southern States, 
shall see, as we do, the madness and fatuity of the course they liave 
been for the last eighteen months pursuing, and shall be willing" to 
submit to the paramount authority of a Government, which is theirs, 
as well as ours. Then in a spirit of unselfish and enlightened 
liberality, we hold ourselves ready to receive back into the Union, 
those of them, who have not been prominent actors in the guilty 
drama, and after administering the severest punishment to the 
leaders of the rebellion, we shall strive to forget its amazing and in- 
explicable folly, and wickedness, and looking forward with hope 
to the future, and controlled by a generous emulation, unite with 
those who may have been forced into this unnatural conflict, and 
who have become heartily disgusted with their designing leaders, 
and evince sense of returning loyalty and dutiful obedience, and 
co-operate with them in a patriotic effort to repair as far as may be, 
the evils and injuries of the past, and jointly contribute to the 
happiness and prosperity of our common country." 

In the fall of 1862, a few months after the delivery of these 
patriotic sentiments, he was elected to the office of Lieutenant- 
Governor of the State( on the ticket with Horatio Seymour), the 
duties of which he discharged with unswerving devotion to the 

On the meeting of the Legislature in January of 1863, being Ex 
Officio President of the Senate, he addressed the latter body at its 
opening session on the 5th of January, in a strain of unimpassioned 
and independent patriotism, which should embalm him in the grate- 
ful memor}^ of everv lover of his Countrv. 

"Senators." is his language, "let us in all that we do strive to 
be honest men. and earnest patriots, ever bearing in mind that in this 
mighty and exhausting struggle of the Country to subdue a wicked 
rebellion, designed to subvert the Constitution and overthrow the 
Government, incorruptible integrity and loxalty become the highest 
virtues of the Christian legislator. A crushing weight of obloquy 
will, in my judgment rest upon that man. no matter to what party 
he belongs, nor whether in official or private station, who in this 
crisis impelled by selfish motives, or seeking the attainment of 
partisan objects, imperils the reunion of all the States, whose 
emblems still glitter in our "Starry Flag," and from which neither 


the abstractions of fanaticism, nor the unconstitutional dogmas of 
secession, have been able to erase a single one of them." 

He served during 1863 and 1864 after which he held no official 

He was a firm and consistant Democrat of the old school of 
Jefferson and Jackson, a good citizen, a good friend, and a wise 
adviser, and at the close of the War tended most powerfully to keep 
the Democratic party in this State true to its allegiance to the na- 
tional cause. 

In iSfx) he went to Europe for his health, returning in \ovem- 
ber of that year still very much enfeebled. On December 1. 1870. he 
attended the wedding of his nephew^ the writer, at Stuyvesant 
Square, New York, being one of the last places visited by him for 
pleasure. He died January 8. 1871. and was buried in the family 
grounds on the Fort Neck estate, among his ancestors. His funeral 
being one of the largest ever seen on Long Island, friends coming 
from all parts of the State to pa\- the last sa.l mark of respect to 
his memory. His painted portrait is on wall in office of the Secre- 
tary of State, Albany, New York. His wife died July 22, 1906, the 
funeral taking place at Grace Church, Massapequa. Her remains 
were interred by the side of her husband. 

The issue of David Richard and Mary Louisa Stanton Floyd- 
Jones was seven children : 

Stanton, born 1846, died February 17.184S. 

George Stanton, born December 25, 1848. 

Thomas Richard, born 1852, died February 4, 1857. 

Mary Louisa, born September 29, 1853. 

Henrietta, born Nov. 22. 1855, died November 13. 1897. 

Sarah Hall, born September 15, 1857. 

Thomas Langley, born 1859, died August 30, t86i. 

The remains of Stanton, Thomas. Richard and Thomas Lang- 
ley were interred in the Fort Neck burial ground. 


The second child and only surviving son. married Anita Owen, 
February, 4, 1880, at Christ Clnuch, New York. She was born May 
3, 1855, being the daughter of Thomas J. and Emile K. Piatt Owen, 
of New York. He built a very handsome house on the Fort Neck 
property, where he resides at the present time. 


The following was written by Henrietta Floyd-Jones, daughter 
of David Richard and Mary Louisa Stanton Floyd-Jones, and 
appeared in The Churchman, April ii, 1885: 

The Convent of "Santa Maria Maddalina in Pazzi," Florence, 

By H. F-J. 

A convent wall deserted stands. 

Within is heard no sound of feet ; 

The stir of life, the busy hum. 

Is silent as the pulse's beat 

Of those who filled long since the hall 

With prayer and praise at festival. 

They leave no record of their days, 

Naught tells for what they hoped and strove. 

Of high desires, of upward aims. 

Of desperate reach toward heavenly love, 

Nor what a round of petty strife 

Lay hid beneath the holy life. 

The walls speak not, save one that shines 
In softened fresco, with a light 
Of hallowed meaning still undimmed. 
Though centuries of day and night 
Have seen the fervid writing there, 
And felt the influence of the prayer. 

'Twas Perugino's hand that traced 
Upon the walls those colors soft ; 
They gained from that inspired touch 
A power to raise the soul aloft. 
Like hymn impassioned chanted there. 
Or like a consecrated ])rayer. 

The picture in its three-fold form, — 
Put off thy shoes, 'tis holy ground ! 
None should intrude with careless tread, 
, Unhallowed thought irreverent sound ! — 

Shows Christ upon the uplifted Cross, 
And breaking hearts that wail their loss. 


The centre of tliis triptych holds 
The sufFeriiif^ figure hanging l)aro. 
In speechless grandeur. Tlie full woe. 
To touch upon I wouUl not dare ! 
Let there be silence as we gaze. 
Let us admire in reverent praise! 

A woman kneels beneath the Cross, 
The Magdalen, whose soul is borne, 
Through contemplation thus divine, 
Beyond the grief with which 'twas torn 
At first, into a trans])ort blest. 
That sees the work complete — the rest! 

In one division on the side 
I'reathcs the supernal mother-love ; 
The hands in agony are clasped — 
She dares not raise her eyes above. 
The sword has pierced her heart, her woe 
No other human soul may know. 

Kneeling beside her. with eyes fixed 
In tenderest love upon the Cross. 
The Saint, in monklv habit dressed. 
Reads there his greatest gain and loss. 
His faith has pierced the shadows mirk, 
And patience has her perfect work. 

So with the pilgrim aged sad. 
That in the third division kneels. 
His life of work is well-nigh done, 
He grasps at what the Cross reveals. 
T(i make his active life complete 
He rests now at the Sacred feet. 

But that ra])t figure standing by 

In agony of love and i)ain ! — 

The hands oul-tlung in breathless woe, — 

The head thrown back, the teardrops* stain, 

The beauty and the holiness 

Intensified by jiassion's stress. 


All these lay hold upon the mind. 
And fix the eye on that one saint. 
Devotion rapt, and noblest power 
Had stirred the artist's hand to paint 
In holy John's inspired face, 
A grief that gave his beauty grace. 

And all the while the fleeting years 
Roll into centuries and die. 
While lives unfold and pass away, 
And ideas swell to triumphs high. 
While busy feet tread up and down, 
And idle laughs and words resound. 

While morn, for many thousand times. 
Swells bright into the glowing day. 
While eve, as many thousands more. 
Fades into night and slips away, 
This holy, lovely saint stands there. 
With upturned eyes and flowing hair. 

In the same rhapsody of woe. 

With the same passionate sorrow fraught, 

As erst, when Perugino's hand 

To mediaeval cloister taught 

The lesson of a love as deep 

As soul could grasp, or heart could keep. 

O, silent walls that speak so loud, 
O, master dead, that livest yet — 
How can we turn us from that place 
Such heaven-touched sorrow to forget? 
The (juiet throbs with mournful power. 
And shall we watch but one sliort hour? 


Fifth child and youngest daughter was married on June 28, 
1892, in Grace Church. \lassape(|ua. L. I., by the Rector, Rev. Wm. 
Wiley, to Nathaniel Walter Barnardiston, Captain in Duke of 
Cambridge's Own, Middlesex Regiment. 


He is the eldest son of Colonel and Lady Florence Barnardis- 
ton. On his mother's side, he is a grand son of the Earl of Dart- 
mouth. His father's family is an old one. They owned land in 
Suffolk at the time of the Norman Conquest, and take their name 
from a village that was on their domaiil at that time.. Their issue 
is one daughter. Joan Barnardiston, born January 31, 1897. 

It is a remarkable coincident and exemplifies strongly that old 
adage, "That the world is very small after all." which is demon- 
strated in a most striking manner by the marriage of Nathaniel 
Walter Barnardiston, a native of England, to Sarah Hall Floyd- 
Jones, a native of the United States. He being a descendant of a 
family who resided in the County of Suffolk in the time of The 
Normans, 1066 to 1189. 

She being a descendant of a family who had their home at 
Norwich in the adjoining County of Norfolk at the same time; as 
also a descendant of a family who resided in Southwold, about 1545, 
which is in Suffolk, the same County from which her husband's 
ancestors came. 








The second sou was born March lo, 1815, and married Caro- 
line AmeHa Blackwell Nov. 16, 1847. She was born July 31, 1822, 
being the dau,c:hter of Robert Blackwell and Eliza Jane Moore 
Blackwell. of New York. After a very successful mercantile career 
in the City of New York William retired to that part of the estate 
which fell to his lot, which was the Massapequa house and farm. 
His character was that of the highest order, and most lovable kind. 
The deep affection which existed between him and his brother 
Elbert, after the death of David (whom they both revered) was 
most marked. The youngest looking up to the elder one for advice, 
the same as to a parent. This continued even in their declining 
years. During the latter part of William's life the Brooklyn Water 
System acc|uired. by purchase from him of the Massapequa Lake 
and stream, which had up to this time always been used as a trout 
preserve, which had been fished on by his guests, many of them 
being noted men. who were expert anglers. .A.mong them were 
Chester A. Arthur. 21st President of the United States; Daniel 
Lord, the celebrated Lawyer; Ro\al Phelps, the New York mer- 
chant, and Judge George C. Barrett, of the Supreme Court, N. Y. 

William Floyd-Jones" wife died December 9. 1886. A Mem- 
orial Window to her memory wes erected in Grace Church, Massa- 
pequa, L. I., the following inscription being upon same: "Her 
children arise and call her blessed." 

The attending was published at her death : 


Knterefl into the rest of Paradise on Thursday morning. De- 
cember g, 1886, at the residence of her daughter. 24 East 54th 
Street, New York, Mrs. Caroline .A... wife of William Floyd-Jones, 
Senior \\'arden of Grace Church. South Oyster Bay, Long Island. 
A devoted wife, a loving mother, a true hearted friend and a faith- 
ful daughter of the Church. She passed to her rest peacefully, and 
without a struggle, leaving a very marked example of a lovely 
and blameless character and of a consistent and christian life; 
"So he giveth TTis beloved sleep." 


"Alas ! how life divides itself, 

The Left., and the departed ; 
Like funeral files, in double row, 

The Dead, the Brokoi Hearted." 

William Floyd-Jones died February 7, 1896, in New York City, 
and a Memorial Window was also erected to his memory in Grace 
Church. Both are buried in the family ground, Grace Church 
Yard, Massapequa. Their issue was five sons and three daughters. 


The first child and eldest daughter, was born April 3, 1849; 
married on June 28, 1870, at her father's residence, Massapequa, 
to Charles Duncan Leverich. He was born October 29, 1840, being 
son of Charles P. Leverich, of Newtown, L. L. and Matilda Duncan 
Gustine Leverich. They have three daughters : 

Carrie Duncan Leverich, born December 11, 1875; married on 
December 12, 1900. to John L. Riker, 2nd. They have one 
daughter, Frances Leverich Riker, born December ist, 1905. 
Baptized May 27, 1906. 

The other daughters of Charles Duncan and Fannie Floyd- 
Jones Leverich are Mathilde Gustine Leverich, born Dec. 10, 1880; 
Gertrude Riker Leverich, born Oct. 28, 1887. 


The first son of William and Caroline Amelia Blackwell Floyd- 
Jones was born August i, 1850. 


The second daughter, was born June i, 1852; married to Wil- 
liam Carpender, at her home Massapequa, by Rev. S. S. Stocking, 
of Grace Church. November 26, 1878. Wm. Carpender was born 
January 30, 1844. He was the son of Jacob Stout Carpender. born 
in 1805, and died in 1882, and Caroline Neilson Carpender, born 
1807. died in 1888. 

Ella Floyd-Jones Carpender died October 9, 1892, and was 
buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Brunswick, New Jersey, leav- 
ing four children. 


Edith, the eldest, was born April i, 1880; was married to Ed- 
ward Henry Floyd-Jones, on November 22. 1905, at 33 West 46th 
Street Xew York. 

Xoel Lispenard. the only son. was born May 6, 1882 ; was 
married to Isabel Thacher Gourlie. at Calvary Chnrch, New York, 
on April 24, IQ06. Her father was John H. Gourlie, of Kingscraig, 

Jeannie Floyd-Jones Carpender was born November 29, 1887. 

Ella Floyd-Jones Carpender. the youngest, was born October 
9, 1892. 


The third daughter of William and Caroline Amelia Blackwell 
Floyd-Jones, was born December 28. 1853. and was married at her 
home, Massapequa. L. I., Nov. 9. 1880. to William Robison. He 
was born Aug. 7. 1851. being son of John A. Robison and Mar- 
garet Ten Eyck Robison. They have one daughter, Margaret Robi- 
son. who was born October 31, 1881, and was married at Grace 
Church. Massapequa. by Rev. Elbert Floyd-Jones and Rev. Wm. 
Wiley, to Samuel Armstrong Walsh, Jr.. of New York, on June 7, 
1905, he being the son of Samuel A. Walsh. 


The second son was born December 7. 1855, and married Pep- 
pina Avezzana at the Church of the Transfiguration, New York, on 
June 16, 1903. She was born April 11. 1864. being a grand 
daughter of General *Guiseppe (Joseph) Avezzana. the great Italian 
Patriot, who was a close friend of Garibaldi, and was presented 
with a sword in New York in 18 — as an acknowledgement of his 
noble career. 

On the maternal side the Avezzana family intermarried with 
the English (later Irish) family of Plowden, who were great 
Catholics and were descended from Roger, the Crusader, who was 
at the Siege of Acre, 1194. 

*NoTiv. His portrait and history of his life are in the book 
entitled "Christian Magazine." of 1852. in library of .Mfred Beers 
Sturges, Nutley, New Jersey. 


Peppina Avezzana had a son by a previous marriage named 
Roy Avezzana Silverman, who was born June 19, 1891. He has 
adopted the surname of his step father, "Floyd-Jones." 


The third son was born May 10, 1859 and died March 18, 
1900, in New York. He was buried in the family plot, Grace 
Church Yard, Massapequa, L. L 


The fourth son was born December 7, i860, and married 
Florence L. Conrow, of Orange, New Jersey, April 12, 1882. She 
was born June i, 1863, and died February 29, 1888 without issue. 
He married his second wife, Rachel English Leavitt, in Grace 
Church, New York, October 5, 1905, the Rev. Wm. R. Huntington 
officiating. She was widow of Henry Y. Leavitt and daughter of 
William Smiley English. She was born December 12, 1874, 


The fifth son and youngest child, was bo'n February 11, 1867. 
He was married to Lillian Isabel Ferris, in 1896, at 38 West 36th 
Street, New York, by the Rev. Wm. Grosvenor, Rector of the 
Church of the Incarnation. She was born November 8 1868, being 
the daughter of Eldael Holmes Ferris, M. D., and Emma M. 
Baldwin Ferris. He died in New York, December 16, 1899, and was 
buried in the family plot, Grace Church Yard, Massapequa L. I. 
Issue one son, William Floyd-Jones, born September 2, 1898. 







The third son of Thomas Floyd-Jones, and Corneha Haring 
Jones Floyd-Jones, was born Feby. 7, 1817. Educated at Lott Cor- 
nelius" School, Locust Valley, L. L, as also at Clinton Academy, 
East Hampton L. L He remained with his father at the Home- 
stead, and was brought up to follow agricultural pursuits. 

The family characteristic, fondness for that noblest of all 
animals, the trotting horse, was especially exemplified in him dur- 
ing his whole life. He bred and owned many, which achieved re- 
nown, both on the turf, and in the stud. His knowledge and opinion 
was of the highest character in this respect leading to his being 
consulted and chosen arbitrator on many disputed questions. He 
married Emily Glentworth. of Philadelphia, Penn, June 5. 1838, 
at the parsonage of St. George's Church. Hempstead, L. L. the 
Rev. William M. Carmichael officiating. 


By D.wid R. Floyd-Jonks. 

Let not an eye be dim this bridal eve 

Hymen forbids his votaries to grieve 

The P.ride looks solemn, none can well deny 

But joy hath snatched the dew drop from her eye 

Love is ashamed to weep, when fate hath brought 

The cherished object which its fondness sought 

Let sighs and sorrows now be given o'er 

For dreams of bright and happier days in store 

May those fond dreams be realized, and may 

Thy future life be one unclouded day 

Of sunshine and of bliss; may it be thine 

To draw rich treasures from the i)riceless mine 

Of deep and fervent love, Be thou, fair bride. 

Thy husband's hope, his noblest source of pride: 

And should keen anguish ring his soul with grief, 

Be thou his sweetest solace and relief, 


Hover about his couch ; be ever near 

To sooth each sorrow, wipe away each tear ; 

Hush the deep throbbings of his troubled breast 

And calm his ruffied passions all to rest. 

Thus wilt thou prove throughout this changeful life 

God's noblest ivork — a pure and perfect zvife. 

She was born in 1815, and was connected with some of the 
first families who were established in this country in its early 
history as a colony, and her ancestors were prominently identified 
with the Revolutionary struggle which resulted in its independence. 
The Glentworth family in the United States are believed to be of 
Irish origin, although originally English. 

No one in America has a right to this name except the de- 
scendants of Thomas Glentworth, who settled in Philadelphia in 
the Seventeenth Century, and in England few or no one bear this 
name except the family of Lord Glentworth, who was born January 
17, 1840 and died in 1897. He was the son of the late Earl of 
Limerick, William Hale John Charles Pery. ( See Debrett's & 
Burke's Peerage). 

It has always been believed that the Pery family was an old 
Devonshire one who settled at Limerick, Ireland, and were enobled 
1600 or earlier. But Burke's Peerage states that the noble family 
of Pery came from Brittany, in France, into Ireland, about 1600. 
Edmund Pery was the first to come that there is any record of. 
He died in 1655, left by Susannah, his wife, only daughter of 
Edmund Sexton, who died in 1671, a son, viz.: Col. Edmund Sexton 
Pery, of Stackpole Court, County Clare, who died in 1721. being 
succeeded by his eldest son. Sexton Pery, wlio died in 1780, suc- 
ceeded by his brother, the Rev. Stackpole Pery, M.A., who married 
in 1716 Jane, daughter of Ven. Wm. Twigge. M. A., Archdeacon of 
Limerick, by Diana, his wife, widow of Rev. Peter Rilands, M. A., 
of Limerick, and daughter of Sir Drury Wray Bart, whose mother, 
Hon. Albinia Lady Wray, was daughter of Edward Viscount 
Wimbleton, son of Thomas Lord Burleigh, Earl of Exeter, K. G., 
by Dorothy Neville, his wife, daughter and co-heir of Lord Latimer 
and a direct descendant of the Royal House of Plantagenet by Jane, 
his wife. The Rev. Stackpole Pery had with other issue, Edmund 
Sexton Pery, born in 17 19, speaker in Ireland 1 771 -1785, who re- 
ceived upon retirement the unanimous thanks of the Commons at 
whose express solicitation he was elevated to the Peerage, Decem- 


ber 30, 1785, as Viscount Pery. of Newton Pery Co.. Limerick. 
His Lordship married first in 1756. Patty, youngest daughter of 
John Martin and second in 1762. (liis first wife having died issueless 
in 1757) Elizabeth, daughter of John Lord Knapton and widow of 
Robert Hancock, and had issue Diana, Frances. William Cecil, 
Dymplania, Lucy and Jane. 

The second son, the Right Rev. William Cecil Pery, (ist Lord 
Glentworth), born July 26, 1721, consecrated Lord Bishop of 
Killaloe in 1781, and P.ishop of Limerick in 1784. claimed the title 
through his great grandmother. Lady Diana. No male heir could 
be found so he was created Baron Glentworth of Mallow, 21st of 
May, 1790. for his father being 3 times speaker of House of Com- 
mons, this latter title being a ccnirtesy one and hereditary. His 
Lordship married first in 1755. Jane, eldest daughter of John 
Minchen Walcott, of Crough. She died June 20, 1792. As a con- 
sequence of this creation the Glentworth Arms also descended to the 
Reverent gentleman and his h.eirs, hence the Arms of Pery and 
Glentworth are one and the same thing. 

The males of the American family of this name, Glentworth, 
who took such a prominent part in the American Revolution against 
Great Britain, abjured themselves completely from any chance of 
inheriting the title which evidently from their acts they did not 
crave. Quite a number of notices relating to the Glentworth family 
have been found in the library of the British Museum by a *de- 
scendant of the x^merican ancestors of this name. 

The Coat of Arms of this family is as follows: 

Arms quarterly gu and or on a bend ar three lions passant sa. 

Crest. — A fawn's head. Erased ppr Supporters Dexter a lion 
Erm Sinister a fawn ppr ducally gorged or. Motto \'irtute non 
Astutia, (meaning by Courage not by Craft). 

Rev. Wm. Cecil Pery left issue Edward Henry, second Baron, 
(second Lord Glentworth), born 8th January, 1758, was created 
Viscount Limerick, 29th December, 1800, and Earl of Limerick, 
22nd January, 1803, and enrolled amongst the Peers of the United 
Kingdom as Baron Foxford. August 11, 1815. Married 29th Jan. 
1783, to Mary Alice, only daughter of Henry Ormsby, of Cloghan 
Co. Mayo, by Mary, his wife, who died June 13. 1850. He died 
December 7, 1844. Issue Henry Hartstonge. Lord Glentworth. born 
26th May, 1789; married iith May. 180S, Annabella, second 

*Louis de Vaudrie Glentworth, of Vienna Austria. 


daughter of T. Edwards, of Old Court, Co. Wicklow. He died 
7th August, 1834. She died September 18, 1868. Issue Edmund 
Henry Lord Glentworth, born March 3. 1809, married October 8, 
1836, Eve Maria Villebois, second daughter of Henry Villebois, of 
Marham House, Co. Norfolk. He died *d. s. p., 16 February, 1844. 
His widow married second, December 29, 1847, Col. Hugh S. 
Bailie, Royal Horse Guards, was succeeded by \Vm. Henry Tenni- 
son, second Earl, born October 9, 1812; married "First" Susannah 
Sheaffe, of Cornwall, April 16. 1838, who died 21st August 1841. 
Issue a son, William Hale John Charles. 

Wm. Henry Tennison, second Earl, married "Second" on April 
6, 1842, Margaret Jane, only daughter of Nicholas Horsley, County 
Durham, who died Nov. 25, 1875. Hfe died January 5, 1866, being 
succeeded by eldest son William Hale John Charles Pery, third 
Earl of Limerick, born January 17, 1840. 

Married "First" August 28, 1862. Caroline Maria, daughter of 
Rev. Henry Gray. She died January 24, 1877. He then married 
on October 20, 1877, Isabella, daughter of the Chevalier, James de 
Colquhoun. He died in 1897, leaving issue by first wife, Lord 
Glentworth, William Henry Edward De Vere Sheaffe, born i6th 
September, 1863, married 23rd July, 1890, May Imelda Irwin. She 
was the daughter of J. Burke Irwin, a squire of County Limerick. 
He was at that time Viscount Glentworth. They have two children 
at their home, Dromore Castle, Viscount Glentworth and Lady Mary 
Victoria Pery. 

There was also another party that history records in this con- 
nection, viz. : Colonel Thomas Dongan, who was born in 1634, at 
Castledown, County Kildare, Ireland, being the youngest son of John 
Dongan. On September 30, 1682 he was appointed by Charles II. 
Colonial Governor of New York. He held this office after Charles 
II. died under the regime of James II. He was a strong Roman 
Catholic in his religion and proved to be one of the very best of the 
Colonial Governors. His home was on Staten Island, where he 
owned an immense tract of ground, called Manor of iCassiltowne, 

•^The Countess excels as a pianist, and when Queen Victoria 
was in Ireland she played for her every night. 

*Died sine prole. 

ON. Y. World, April 6, 1902. 

I Now Castleton, S. I. 


also owned a farm at Hempstead, Long Island. In 1688 he gave up 
the position of Governor, (being succeeded by Major Andros), and 
sailed for England, in 1691. 

His brother, who had been made Earl of Limerick in 1685, 
died in 1698. The title then passed to Thomas Dongan. He died 
December 14, 1715. in London. His remains were interred in St. 
Pancras Church Yard, Middlesex, and on his tomb stone appears 
the following inscription. 

The Right Honourable Tliomas Dongan, 
Earl of Limerick. 
Died December 14th, Aged Eighty-One Y'ears. 1715. 
Requiescat in Pace, Amen. 

Therefore it may be inferred that Thomas Dongan belonged to 
the Early Pery family, as he was born early part of 1600. and died 
75 years before Rev. Wm. Cecil Pery, D. D., claimed the title. 


On the paternal side, the great, great grandfather of Emily 
Glentworth. was born in the City of London, Great Britain, and was 
married to Mary Green, who was also born in the City of London. 

Thomas Glentworth, her great grandfather resided in Phila- 
delphia in the 17th Century. His wife was named Bankson. an off- 
shoot of a Swedish family, spelled Bancson. ( Bengston). 

Philadelphia in its early days was largely peopled by emigrants 
from Sweden and very many of the families in that city trace their 
origin to that nationality, and are exceedingly proud of their 
Swedish blood. It was said that the Bankson family gave the land 
for the Church of the "Gloria Dei." which was erected in 1^)75. at 
(Wickakoe), Philadelphia. A special Cort was held by Go'r. at 
New Castle, in Deleware River, 13th and 14th days of \Iay , 1675, 
was a Cort to raise a tax for its building, it being the Episcoi)al 
Church to be built in the State of Pennsylvania. The iianksons 
also endowed it. 

The first one of this name that there is any record of is Andus 
Bengston (Andrew Bancson). who was born about \C^o, married 
his wife, Gertrude November 22. 1668. She was born October 19, 
1650. Their issue was Peter, Catharine, John. Jacob, I'regitta, 
Daniel and Joseph, .'\ndus Bengston's name appears as one of the 
6 Trustees of this Church in 16S9. 



Her grandfather was born in Philadelphia, July 22, 1735. 
Having selected medicine as a profession, and in furtherance of the 
study, he visited Europe in 1758, receiving the title of M. D., and 
attended lectures at the University of Edinburgh, returning the 
same year to Philadelphia. He was appointed a Junior Surgeon in 
a regiment of British troops and served to the close of the French 
and Indian War. (See British Army Register; also History of 
Philadelphia, Vol H., Page 1582, by J. Thomas Scharf and Thomp- 
son Westcott). 

In the Revolution he was a patriot. On November 4, 1776 the 
Council of Safety of Pennsylvania awarded him three pounds, one 
shilling and nine pence, for attending sick soldiers belonging to 
Colonel Miles' Battalion. In the year 1777 he became First Regi- 
mental Surgeon at Philadelphia, and subsequently was Senior 
Surgeon, and Director General of the Southern Department, ap- 
pointed by the First Continental Congress. He was on duty at the 
Headquarters of the American Army at the Battle of Brandywine, 
September 11, 1777, and helped to extract the ball from the wound 
received by the Marquis Lafayette. The operation was performed 
at the Indian Queen Tavern, South Third Street, Philadelphia, and 
some of the instruments used on that occasion are now in possession 
of the Hall family, Richmond, Virginia, coming from Margaretta 
Moore ( nee Glentworth) of Richmond, Staten Island. The balance 
were presented to a Medical College or Hospital in 1863, by James 

B. Glentworth, the brother of Emily. 

This member of the family claimed to have in his possession 
the original ball, which his grandfather extracted from Lafayette's 
leg. He carried it in a blue silk handkerchief and on several oc- 
casions in 1863 exhibited it to his daughter, Mary Glentworth (Mrs. 
Lyon) subsequently Mrs. Dumler, and also to his son, Horatio de 
Vaudrie Glentworth. who was United States Consul at Rome during 
the Buchanan Administration, and who died at Vienna, Austria, 
January 5, 1905, at which time he was a retired Major of the 
Austrian Army. James B. Glentworth died at Wiesbaden in t866, 
but no trace of this valuable relic has been found since that p'eriod. 

*In June, 1781, Dr. George Glentworth signed a Memorial of 

*From letter of Mr. J. M. Toner, Historian, Washington, D. 

C, to the author. 


the Hospital officers to Congress, on the subject of depreciation of 
pay. (See records in Department of State. Washington, D. C.) 
In 1783 he received a settlement for his services in the Revolution, 
with interest for his depreciated certificates. (See Penn. Col. 
Records. Vol X. Page -j-j-j; \'ol. XL, Pages 152 and 154; Vol XIII., 
Page 557; \'ol. XI\'.. Pages 417 and 616). 

Copy of original ■Memorial, January 17, 1791 : 

OTo the Honorable. The Congress of the United States of 
North America. 

The Memorial of Doctor Geo. Glentworth, late a Senior 
Physician, and Surgeon to the Hospitals of the Armies of the 
United States, most respectfully showeth. that in the Autumn of 
1776, your memorialist attended the duties of his profession, with 
his apprentices in relieving the distressed Soldiers of our Army ; 
then belonging to the flying Camp, a service which from its nature, 
was not only prejudicial to the health of those concerned thereon, 
but also in the event proved fatal to some of your Memorialists, 
Colleagues and in which he expended the whole of his medicines. 

That for the purpose of rendering his personal Services for 
the good of his Country, your Memorialist sacrificed an extensive and 
valuable practice in the City of Philadelphia. 

That your Memorialist faithfully served the duties of his ap- 
pointment from the loth day of April, 1777, to the 20th day of 
September. 1780, under a Commission from the Honorable Con- 
gress of the United States, and that during the above period, he 
also presided as Director of the Middle Department, during the 
suspension of Dr. Shippen, without compensation. 

Your Memorialist most respectfully conceives that he hath not 
received sufficient or adequate compensation for the time he was 
engaged in the service ; he therefore, humbly prays that the Honor- 
able Congress would take his case into consideration, and make him 
such allowance for his commutation, as your Honorable Body may 
in your wisdom deem requisite, and as in duty bound. 

Your Memorialist will forever pray. 

January 17, 1791. 

ONoTK. A copy of this letter in Doctor Geo. Glentworth's 
hand-writing is in the possession of his great grand-daughter, 
Caroline E. Glentworth, Newark, New Jersey. 


*Upon an old bounty land Record in the Department of the 
Interior, Bureau of Pensions, his name exists, showing that he re- 
ceived 450 acres of land for his services in that war, as a surgeon 
in the General Hospital service. This warrant was issued May 9, 

I This warrant was old series, and issued in favor of Surgeon 
George Glentworth. 

The papers in the case were destroyed by the burning of the 
War Department building in 1800. 

2Warrant 2584 for 450 acres in favor of Surgeon George 
Glentworth. It with others, amounting to 4,000 acres. Is Embraced 
in the Patent for the first quarter of the Second Township, in the 
15th Range of the Tract appropriated for satisfying warrants for 
military services in the United States Military district of Ohio, 
which issued to Daniel Marsh, 2nd of April, 1800. The land is in 
Licking County, and Newark is the County Seat. 

Dr. George Glentworth's wife was Margaretta Linton. They 
were married in December, 1764, by the Rev. Dr. McCleneshan. 
His wife was born at Philadelphia, Penn., June 7, 1743, being the 
daughter of John and Martha Linton. 

Dr. George Glentworth died November 4, 1 792, in Philadelphia, 
of that most dreaded disease. Yellow Fever, it being a scourge at 
that time. No funerals v^^ere held for the public attendance either 
in churches or homes, and the dead were largely gathered and 
buried by the authorities. The dead wagon rumbled through the 
streets at all hours of the night. The driver screaming out : Bring 
out your dead! Bring out your dead. This was the situation when 
this patriotic man met his end and his family were in a quandary 
how to protect their beloved husband and father. They met the 
situation in a most novel way which really seems incredible, but 
are the facts. 

*NoTE. From letter of Hon. Wm. Lochren. Commissioner of 
Pensions, Department of the Interior, February 28, 1894, to the 

I Note. From letter of Hon. H. Clay Evans, Commissioner 
of Pensions, Washington. D. C. February 23, 1898, to the author. 

2N0TE. From letter F. W. Montell, Acting Commissioner, 
General Land Office, Washington, D. C, March 3, 1898, to the 


His grave was dug at the solitary time of midnight, in the 
Court Yard of their residence, by his devoted wife, assisted by the 
minister of her churcii. the Rev. Dr. Joseph Pihnore. of St. Paul's, 
she getting upon her knees and scooi)ing out the earth with her bare 
hands. After depositing his remains in this crude sejjulchre the 
clergyman, at this most solemn hour, read over same, the most im- 
pressive of all services, that of the Episcopal Church. 

The Rev. Joseph Pilmore. D. D.. was the assistant minister 
January. 1786 to February, 1794; Rector, March, 1803 to February 
8, 1821. old St. Paul's Church. He was formerly a Methodist 
minister and came to America in 1769. Died in Philadelphia July 
24. 1825. 

Dr. Glentworth's body remained in this temporary tomb for 
about seven years, when it was suggested and thought proper that 
it should be disinterred and deposited in the family vault in St. 
Paul's Church Yard. Philadelphia, which was accordingly con- 
summated. The vault is No. 35 ; the first one at right hand corner 
of the church as entered from Third street. 

His wife died October 30. 181 5, and rests by his side, being 
buried November 4, 18 15. 


Plunkett Fleeson Glentworth was the son of George Glent- 
worth and the father of Emily Glentworth Floyd-Jones, was born in 
Philadelphia. Penn., about 1768. Married in 1794 to the widow of 
a wealthy planter of the Island of Barbadoes, by name, '-'Bostock." 
Two children were born to her first marriage. Benjamin, who mar- 
ried a Miss Lightbourne, of Bermuda, and Frances, who was the 
wife of Hon. William Halsted, of Trenton. New Jersey, who 
was born in 1795 and died in 1878. 

Doctor P. F. Glentworth's wife's maiden name was Harriet 
Budden. daughter of Captain James Budden. of Philadelphia, and 
Marguerite de Vaudric, his wife, of Philadelphia. 

*A representative of the family of de Vaudrey, Anglicized, 
Vawdrey. came into England with Hugh Kcvilioc, Earl of Chester. 

Note. The author possesses the amethyst and silver sleeve 
links which formerly belonged to Dr. George Glentworth. 

*Bv Louise Moore, from the genealogy Book Moore of Fav.-- 
ley, edited by David Moore Hall, Richmond, Va. 


and acquired lands in Boden Parish, Cheshire. Vawdrey, of Tush- 
ingham Hall, Co. Chester, traces decent from the above. In 
Reserche de la Noblesse de Champagne is a pedigree of Charles 
Louis Ann de Vawdre3% Marquis de St. Phalle. with proofs from 
deeds, commencing 1440. Gilliott's 'Xa Vraye Et parfaite Science 
des Armories" Paris, 1664, states (page 266) Guillaime de Vaudrey, 
Lord of Motte, a gentleman of the Franche Comte, was knighted 
by letters patent May 3, 1586. He was of the ancient house of de 
Vawdrey of Comte de Burgoyne, of which some were Lords of St. 
Fallen Champagne. De Vaudrey Arms obtained from Parsonage 
house, Richmond, Staten Island, indicate the descent of Marguerite 
Budden from this ancient family. 

James Budden's sister Susan married in 1783, Richard fourth 
Viscount Barrington. Her name is in Debrett's Peerage, Vis- 
countess Barrington of Ardglasse, and Baroness Barrington, of 
New Castle. She died in 1830 without issue. 

On the maternal side Emily Glentworth's grandfather was 
James Budden, a large ship owner and merchant of the City of 
Philadelphia, who was largely engaged in foreign commerce, and 
was Second Lieutenant in the First City Troop of Horse, composed 
of citizens of character, and wealth, raised for the protection of 
American rights. Captain Samuel Morris, Commandant, Phila- 
delphia, 1776-1781. 

On By Laws of First City Troop, Page 33, James Budden 
joined the troop November 17, 1774, was promoted Second Lieuten- 
ant for bravery at Battles of Trenton and Princeton where he took 
a party of the enemy greatly superior in number to his own. 

This Corp, the First City Troop, was present at the Battle of 
Trenton, and Germantown, and formed part of the bodyguard of 
General Washington while at Trenton. His name appears first 
on the memorial in the State of Pennsylvania, denying allegiance 
to George the Third. 

Refer Penn. Archives Vol. HI., Page 8, and Penn. Associates 
and Militia Vol I., Page 26. 

The chime of bells of Christ Church, Philadelphia, the first 
brought to this country, came in the ship Matilda, owned by Capt. 
Budden. He brought them free of all charges for freight. They 
were cast at the foundry of Lester and Peck, Whitechapel, London, 
in 1754. Christ Church was built of wood in 1695, afterwards re- 
built of brick. The steeple was finished in 1754 at a cost of 2100 
pounds sterling and the bells cost 900 pounds sterling. The Cor- 


poration of Christ Church at the time passed Resolutions of tlianks 
to Mr. Budden declaring that at the death of himself or any of his 
descendants the bells should be tolled free of charge, and they 
paid him the compliment of ringing them whenever any of his ships 
arrived. The first time these bells were tolled was the "occasion" 
of Gov. Anthony Palmer's wife, the mother of 21 children, all of 
whom died of consumption. One of the bell ringers on that oc- 
casion died by his ignorance and ill judged management of the bell 

These bells were taken down in 1777 to keep them from fall- 
ing into the hands of the British, and were hung again after Evacua- 
tion of City. 

Their last melancholy compliment to the Budden family was 
paid to the remains of James Buddens, grand son Doctor Edward 
Hopkinson Glentworth, a brother of Emily, during the funeral 
services at the neighboring parish of St. Paul's, in 1858. Xo more 
fitting honor could have been rendered to the sad ceremony of inter- 
ment, than was paid by the solemn tones of that funeral chime, 
which united in their mournful music, the memory of an honored 
ancestor with that of a descendant, who in life had kept a pure and 
perfect faith, and dying left no spot upon his name. 

James Budden died January 7, 1788, aged 44 years and was 
buried from his home on Chestnut Street, between loth and nth 
Streets, on Jan. 10, 1788. The City Troop of Horse walked after 
the mourners. Remains interred in Christ Church Yard, Phila- 
delphia. Epitaph on his tomb : 

My Soul was zvcary of my life 
By reason of my pain. 
I called upo)i my God 
And he hath delivered me. 

Copy of original letter referring to Doctor P. F. Glentworth. 

Philadelphia, April 20, 1797. 
My Dear Sir : 

Thanks to the kind attention of my esteemed friend. Dr. Glent- 
worth, of this City, than whom no nobler man and skillful physician 
ever lived, I am now restored to my usual state of health. 

I decline allowing for the present your son to go to the barracks, 
but shall hope to hear well of him. Your affectionate friend, 



This letter is now in the possession of CaroUne E. Glentvvorth, 
of Newark, N. J. 

Doctor Phinkett Fleeson Glentworth di>l January 31, 1832. 
His wife died in October, 1834. Ages of both about 64 years. Their 
remains are interred in family tomb, St. Paul's Church Yard Phila- 
delphia. Their issue was eight children : 

George, married Sophia Louisa, daughter of E. C. and Eliza- 
beth Dunant. 

Margaretta, married Rev. David Moore, of Richmond, Staten 

Harriet, married Rev. William M. Carmichael. of Hempstead. 

L. I. 

James Budden, married Emma Freeman, of New York. 

Horatio Nelson, married Caroline E. Richards, of Portsmouth. 
N. H. 

Edward Hopkinson. unmarried. 

Emily, married Elbert Floyd-Jones, of South Oyster Bay, L. I. 

Alexander Hall, unmarried. 

In 1844 Elbert Floyd- Jones was nominated by the Democratic 
Party as their candidate to represent Queens Ccunty in the Legisla- 
ture of the State of New York, at Albany. The Whigs nominated 
on their ticket as his opponent a Mr. Cornell, of Hempstead, but he 
withdrew shortly before the election, as there was likely small 
hopes of his being successful, the County being strongly Democra- 
tic. To fill the gap the Whig Party (now the Republican) sub- 
stituted I Mr. Daniel K. Youngs, of O^'ster Bay. It was a forlorn 
hope which Mr. Youngs accepted. But he stood adamant in the 
breach until the last gun was fired. 

Note. Doctor P. F. Glentworth is mentioned in the Historical 
novel. "Hugh Wynn," edited by Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, of Philadel- 
phia, in 1904. It is also a singular coincidence that the grand- 
parent of Hugh Wynn is mentioned by Dr. Mitchell in his ro- 
mance, as being born in Merionethshire. Wales. This is one of the 
Counties that tradition proclaims from which the Welsh ancestors 
of Thomas Jones came. The steel engraving of Joseph Bonaparte, 
King of Spain, (Napoleon's brother), which was presented to P. 
E. Glentworth by Joseph Bonaparte, is in the possession of Harriet 
Tousley Hamilton, of Kansas City. Missouri, a great, great, grand- 


The two candidates were close relations, about the same age, 
and warm jDcrsonal friends. The canvass was a hot one but con- 
ducted with dignity. The objection to Mr. Floyd-Jones was his 
youth, (being 27 years old), and against Mr. Youngs was his be- 
lieved temperance ideas. 

The real fact being that Mr. Floyd-Jones was some five months 
older than his competitor, and Mr. Youngs' temperance prejudice 
was entirely fictitious, as both of them could take a glass of wine if 
they wanted it at any time. 

Mr. Floyd-Jones proved the victor and no one congratulated 
him more heartily than his opponent. The election district extended 
from the East River to the Suffolk County line and every member 
of the Legislature of 1844-45 was a native American. Horatio 
Seymour was the Speaker and during a short absence of illness Mr. 
Floyd-Jones acted in his stead. Mr. Seymour was afterwards 
Governor of the State of New York and the Democratic candidate 
for President of the United States, in 1868. 

ElbertFloyd-Jones' political career at that time was brief as he 
was called home before the end of the session by the death of his 
wife, April 29, 1845, aged 30 years. Her remains were interred 
in the family plot at Fort Neck. The issue of Elbert and Emily 
Glentworth Floyd-Jones was four children : 

Cornelia, Thomas, George and Emily Glentworth. They were 
all born in the old Fort Neck House, at South Oyster Bay, Long 


The first child was born April 23, 1839. Baptized July 13, 1839. 
At the time of her birth she had five grandparents living, viz. : a 
great, great grandmother, Susanna Kelsey Youngs : great grand- 
parents Major William and Kezia Youngs Jones, grandparents 
General Thomas and Cornelia Haring Jones, Floyd-Jones, and 
both her parents were alive, which gave her a line of living pa- 
rentage seldom equalled, she being the fifth living generation. She 
was married to Richard \'an \\'\ck Thorne. Jr.. of lirooklyn, at 
her father's residence, Umqua. South Oyster Bay, L. L, January 11, 

iNoTK. An election ticket of this grand contest between the 
two cousins is now in the possession of Hon. Wm. J. Youngs, 
United States Attorney, son of Daniel Kelsey Youngs. 


1 857- Cornelia died in New York, November 24, 1890. Her 
husband, who was born September 13, 182 1 died in Brooklyn, April 
5, 1875. Their remains are interred in Greenwood Cemetery, 
Brooklyn, L. I. 

Their issue was two children. Richard, died in infancy and 
Ellen Coxe Thorne, born September 12, 1859, married to Frank 
Washbourne, Jr., of Brooklyn, February 17, 1881. He was born 
September 9, 1855, and died October 20, 1891. Their issue was 
Marguerite Glentworth Washbourne, born July 24, 1882. 


The first son was born March 21, 1841. Baptized at Fort 
Neck House, April 7, 1842, by Rev. Wm. M. Carmichael. Sponsors 
General Thomas Floyd-Jones and the parents. 

At five years of age he attended school in the Old School 
House on the Fort Neck property, West of Grace Church. This old 
primer was removed about 1852 and a new one built on the same 
site (since removed). Subsequently attended the Hempstead Semi- 
nary, and Rev. Mr. Edwards' Episcopal School, Cold Spring Har- 
bor! L. I. 

He was married to Julia, eldest daughter of Napoleon J. and 
Mary Esther Husted Haines, on Thursday, December i, 1870, at 
305 East 17th Street, New York, by Rev. Dr. William Jones Sea- 
bury, Rector of the Church of the Annunciation. 

Julia Haines Floyd- Jones was born May 31, 1850. Baptized 
December 21, 1872. Issue one son and two daughters. 

Maud Glentworth Floyd-Jones, the first daughter, was born 
January 5, 1872, at 305 East 17th Street, New York. Baptized 
December 21, 1872. on the Feast of St. Thomas,, at the Church of 
the Annunciation, West 14th Street, New York, by Rev. William 
Jones Seabury. She was married to Alfred Beers Sturges Novem- 
ber 18, 1897, at St. James' Episcopal Church, Fordham, N. Y., by 
the Rev. Dr. Charles Holt. 

Alfred Beers Sturges was born at Danbury, Conn.. July 30, 
t868, being the eldest son of Alfred Perry and Margaret Beers 

Thomas Linton Floyd-Jones, the first son, was born August 5, 
1875, at T07 East 54th Street, New York, and was baptized Decem- 
ber I, 1875, by *Rev. Dr. William Jones Seobury, at 107 East 54th 


Street. Married Sarah Nettie Boese September 24, 1901. She 
was born June 17, 1874. Daughter of Alonzo Boese and Christina 
Boyce. of Xew York. Issue one son. 

Thomas Linton Floyd-Jones, Jr., born May 2, 1904, in Xew 
York City. 

Grace Floyd- Jones, the youngest daughter, was bom June 8, 
1879. at ^2 West 58th Street. New York. Married to Oscar Bay- 
nard, of Edisto Island, South Carolina, March i, 1897. He was 
born February 8, 1873. Son oi James Swinton Baynard. of Edisto 
Island. S. C, and Jennie Marie Riordan, of Washington, D. C. 
Issue one son, James Swinton Baynard. Jr.. born in New York, at 
201 West 142nd Street, December 28, 1897. Baptized Easter Sun- 
day, 1898. 


The second son was born on the 31st of December, 
1842; baptized August 18, 1843; ^^'^s educated at Brinkeroflf's Aca- 
demy, Jamaica, L. I., and at Lot Cornelius' School, Locust Valley, 
L. I. He married Antoinette Wood January 18, 1865, at Hemp- 
stead, L. I. She was born September 6, 1844, being the daughter 
of Royal Wood and Charlotte Kortright, of Sufifolk County, L. I. 
Their issue was three children : George, born October 29, 1865, died 
April 16, 1866; Emily Glentworth, born December 22 1869, died 
October i. 1870; Glentworth born July 25. 1876, died June 26, 1890. 
All were interred in Fort Neck Burying Ground. 


Fourth child and youngest daughter of Elbert and Emily Glent- 
worth Floyd-Jones, was born April 18, 1845, and married Howard 
Malcolm Giles January 7, 1869, at St. Bartholomew's Church, La- 
fayette Place, New York, by the Rev. Dr. Cooke. Howard M. Giles 
was born at New Market, New Jersey. July 7. 1842. He died in New 
York October 17, 1900. Interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, New 
York. Their issue was six children : 

*NoTE. Rev. Dr. William Jones Seabury was the only son of 
Rev. Samuel Seabury, D. D.. and Hannah Amelia Jones, and father 
of the present Samuel Seabury, Judge of the City Court, New York, 
who was born February 22, 1873. and his brother William Marston 
Seabury, who was born March 18, 1878. 


Clara Butler Giles, born October 5, 1869, died June 13, 1878. 

Robert Malcolm Giles, born January 28, 1875, died July 24, 
1875. Both interred at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

John Randolph, Giles born September 26, 1876, married 
Jeannette Cecil, of Sumit, New Jersey, September i, 1900. She 
was the daughter of George and Annie Henriques Cecil. They have 
one child( Elizabeth, born August 8, 1903, in New York. 

Howard Glentworth Giles, the youngest son, was born on April 
26, 1879, married Alice Wiley Lockwood, of Patterson, N. J., 
December 4, 1900. She was born May 3, 1877, being daughter of 
Frank Lockwood and Mary Wiley Lockwood. They have two 
children, Marion Giles, born December 7, 1901, and Howard Lock- 
wood Giles, born August 29, 1902. 

Gertrude Evelyn Giles, born July 8, 1881, died March 3, 1882. 
Interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, N. Y. 

Lillian Willard Giles, born February 19, 1885, married Sidney 
Bloom Taylor, of Brooklyn, L. L, November 9, 1904, at East 
Orange, New Jersey. He was born July i, 1878. 







H'e married his second wife Mary Caroline Wig^ham. January 
25. 1848. She was born April 16. 1828, being- the daughter of 
Isaac W'ighani and Alary Seaman Wigham, of New York, who 
were married June 4. 1818. 

Mary Seaman Wigham was born May 11, 1799. being the 
daughter of Zebulon Seaman and Mary Seaman, of Jerusalem. 
Long Island. The father of Mary Zebulon's wife was Thomas 
Seaman, they being of Quaker lineage. 

On the death of his father in 185 1, Elbert removed from the 
Homestead. Fort Neck, to his part of the estate, comprising 1015 
acres of land, which was called the Umqua farm, after the Indian 
tribe of that name. Here he erected a substantial house, and barns, 
devoting himself to the life of a farmer. On account of his wife's 
ill health he sold this portion of his property in 1865 or 1866 and 
removed to Fishkill, and later to Poughkeepsie, N. Y., where he 
erected a house. After it was finished and ready for occupancy 
his wife Mary Caroline died, which was on November 19, 1867, at 
Poughkeepsie, and was buried in the Fort Neck Burial Ground. 
The marble font in Grace Church. Massapequa, was presented by 
her sister, Elizabeth S. Wigham Underbill, to her memory. Their 
issue was six children : 

William, born January 24, 185 1, baptized July 5, 185 1, died 
October 14, 1857. 

Mary Wigham. born August 2. 1853, baptized December 25. 
1853. (lied June 16. 1855. Both were interred in Fort Neck Burial 

Elizabeth Underbill Floyd-Jones, born March 31. 1858, baptized 
September 12, 1858. 


Was born October i. 1860. baptized September 15. 1861. He 
married Margaret Dufif, of Brooklyn. L. I.. April 17. 1894. She 
was born October 9. 1869 and died November 24. 1900. Buried in 
Greenwood Cemetery. Brooklyn. Their issue was Kenneth, born 
February 7. 1895, ^"d Constance Muriel, who was born June 24, 


i899> died April i8, 1900. Remains interred in Greenwood 

Arthur Flovd- Jones, born October 31, 1862, was baptized Dec. 
5, 1862. 


Who was the youngest child, was born at Pough- 
keepsie. New York, April 7, 1867, baptized in Christ Church there, 
June, 1867. He was a graduate of Columbia College in the Class of 
1889 Ordained in 1893 to the Diaconate, and in 1894 to the Priest- 
hood of the Protestant Episcopal Church, being now 1906 Rector 
of St. Mary's Church, at Cold Spring on the Hudson. He is the 
only one to adopt Holy Orders in the history of either the Jones, 
or Floyd-Jones name of his family, although by intermarriage in 
previous generations they were very closely allied to clergymen of 
the Church, prominent among wdiom were Right Rev. Samuel 
Seabury, D. D., of Connecticut, the first American Bishop, (who 
was consecrated in 1784). Through the marriage of his grandson 
elsewhere mentioned. Right Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, D. D., 
Bishop of New York ; Right Rev. William Heathcote De Lancey, 
D. D., Bishop of Western New York ; Right Rev. Richard Channing 
Moore, D. D., Bishop of Virginia, consecrated May 18, 1814; Right 
Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, D. D., Bishop of Pennsylvania, and for 
generations the major portion of the family have been of the same 
faith represented by these Bishops ; that of the Episcopal Church. 







Was married to his third wife. Martha A. Thome, 
at Middletown. Conn.. October 21, 1869. she being a descendant of 
the early Townsend family, of Long Island. She died October 17, 
1870. at INIiddletown, Conn., and was buried m Fort Neck Burial 
Ground. South Oyster Bay, L. L 

Issue one child. Sarah Thorne Floyd-Jones, born October 9, 
1870. died October 12. 1870. Interred by side of her mother. 

These verses were published in a Long Island Journal at the 
time of their death : 

Lines suggested at the funeral of Mrs. Martha Floyd-Jones, 
wife of Mr. Elbert Floyd-Jones, at Grace Church. South Oyster 
Bay. October 21. 1870. 


One year, only one year 

To-day, and Martha stood. 

In all the bloom of womanhood, 

A bride : and now that bier, 

That casket, lying here 

Before the chancel rail. 

Holds her death-robed and pale. 

Just like a bride asleep, and pure, beautiful 

And dear ; 

One year, only one year. 
To-day. and we have come. 
From many homes as one. 
To mourn around her bier. 
And shed a silent tear. 
For this dear precious friend. 
And now as hymn and service end, 
We bear her, with her babe, to yon lone 
Grave vard near. 


One year, only one year. 
To-day how bright the scene ! 
How full of joy I ween ! 


But now, a sob, a sigh, a tear, 

Tell more than words, how dear 

She was, how loved, how blest ; 

And lo ! she is at rest, 

A Saint as pure as any in the Spirit Sphere. 

W. M. C. 
Hempstead, October 26, 1870. 

He married his fourth wife, Elizabeth Morrison Smith, at the 
Church of the Annunciation, New York, on J&nuary 17, 1872, the 
Rector, Rev. William Jones Seabury, officiating. She was born 
July 5, 1838, being the daughter of Jeremiah Smith, and Emiline 
Van Nortwick Smith, an old New York family. Through her 
mother she is a lineal descendant of Nicasius de Sille, who was born 
in 1610, and married Cornelia Meulmans. He was one of the High 
Council of New Netherlands, 1654, composed of four men: 
Petrus Stuyvesant, Nicasius de Sille, La Montange and C. Van 

They made their home in a house which Elbert erected in 1870, 
on land purchased by him from his brother William. 

In 1876 the Republicans nominated the strongest and most 
popular man that they could select, which was Samuel Willetts, to 
represent the First District of Queens County in the Legislature. 
The Democrats, knowing that to make a success they must find an 
equally strong candidate, selected Elbert Floyd-Jones, who after a 
retirement of over thirty years, consented to again enter the political 
arena. An exciting canvass ensued and Elbert Floyd- Jones proved 
the victor. 

His manly and straight forward course (being placed on many 
important committees) led his constituents in 1877 to again nomin- 
ate him, same being by acclamation. His opponent, the Republicans 
nominee, withdrew before the election, leaving no opposition. In 
1878 he was again renominated by acclamation. The Republicans 
nominated one of the strongest and most popular men of their party 
in the County. This was Mr. William J. Youngs, of Oyster Bay, 
the only son of Daniel K. Jones, of 1844. The Democrats had in- 
ternal dissentions over their County Treasurer. This drawback 
coupled with the strength of the opposing candidate could not 
be overcome by Mr. Floyd-Jones. 

The same gentlemanly canvass ensued similar to that of the 
rivals of 35 years before and Mr. Youngs proved the victor, thereby 


squaring up political balances between the two families, and defeat 
was accepted in the same spirit as was shown by the manly opponent 
of a generation before. 

Elbert Floyd-Jones died in New York February 17. 1901. At 
the time of his demise he was the oldest living ex-Assemblyman in 
the State of New York. His remains rest in the family plot, Grace 
Church Yard, Massapequa, L. I. 

A very handsome Alemorial Window to his memory was erected 
in Grace Chuurch. Massapequa. September 17. 1905. by his surviv- 
ing wife. Elizabeth Morrison Smith Floyd-Jones. The subject of 
this Window is "The Angel of \'ictory." as the palm and the cross 
surmounting the head signify. The colors :)f the drapery of the 
figures also have their spiritual meaning in art. Red or ruby 
symbolizing Divine Love, violet or purple, Truth, and yellow or 
gold, the Goodness of God. 

The Window is made of opalescent glass. The text and in- 
scription on same are as follows : "Thanks be to Cod, zvhich giz'eth 
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" I. Cor., 15:57. 

To the glory of God and in loving memory of Blhert Floyd- 
Jones, horn February 7, 1817, died February 17, 1901. Erected by 
his zvife Elisabeth M. Floyd-Jones. 








The youngest child and only daughter of Thomas and Cornelia 
Haring Jones, Floyd-Jones, was born December lo, 1818. She 
remained with her father and after the death of her mother, took 
charge of his house. It was rumored at the time, she being an only 
daughter, that he did not want her to marry, which she did not do 
until after his death. She was a woman who was adored by every 
member of the family, and when Emily, the wife of her brother 
Elbert died in 1845. ^^''''o ujwn her death bed said to her. "Sarah 
Maria take care of my children," she took the tiust, and fulfilled the 

She was married in 1854 at the Fort Neck House to Coleman 
Williams, a New York merchant, who was born at Halifax Court 
House, Virginia, in 1805. She was his second wife. He was a son 
of William Williams and Mary Lewis Williams. She erected a very 
substantial house on her portion of the land inherited from her 
father, calling the place Sedgemoor, which was the Western part 
of the Fort Neck farm and extended North close to Farmingdale. 

Coleman Williams died December, 1891. Sarah Maria Floyd- 
Jones Williams, his wife, died January 2, 1892, both dying within the 
same week at their New York house, in East 66th Street. Their 
remains are interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. 

Their issue was one son, Coleman Gandy Williams, born at 1 1 
West 22nd Street, New York, December 24, 1858. He married 
Edith Hawley. daughter of Henry E. Hawley, in 1804, and died 
May 28, 1900, being buried in the family plot, Grace Church Yard, 
Massapequa, L. I. 

Their issue was two daughters and one son : 

Sarah Floyd-Jones Williams, born February 5, 1895. 

Edith Williams, born May 3, 1896. 

Coleman Hawley Williams, born March 3, 1898. 

His widow, Edith Hawley Williams, married John Van 
Schaick Oddie, February 28, 1905. 







Third son of David Richard and Sarah Onderdonk Floyd-Jones, 
married Helen M. Watts, March 4, 1816. She was born Nov. 24, 
1792. being daughter of Charles Watts and Katharine Baird, of South 
Carolina. His brother Thomas deeded to him (for love and affec- 
tion), a good *farm on the Eastern part of the Fort Neck 
property, between the two branches of the Fort Neck Creek, on 
which was a good sized house, which was rebuilt and the place was 
callefl "Rosedale." and here he resided pursuing the calling of a 

In 1829 and 1830 he was a member of New York Assembly, 
and in 1836-1840 was a member of the State Senate; also held the 
position of Major General of the Queens County Militia. 

He was a highly respected man in every way and was of 
commanding appearance, and courtly manner. 

*NoTE. A copy of the original Deeds, 128 acres more or less 
July 4. 1826, and 293^ acres December 30. 1826. of the transfer of 
the property at Fort Neck to him. is now in the possession of Ed- 
ward }]. Floyd-Jones, his grandson. 

The following letter was written to him in 1837. which was 
published in the same book with the one written to his brother 
Thomas entitled. "England by an American." (by James Fenni- 
moore Cooper.) 


Our connexion, Mr. McAdam,* who resides in Hertfordshire, 
has just taken me with him to his house. 

*The intelligence of the death of this gentlemen has reached America, 
while this book is printing. John Loudon ^fc.^dam was a native of 
Scotland, of the proscribed family of McGregor. He was in the line of 
descent to a small estate called Waterhead; but being cut off from his 
natural claims, by the act of attainder, he came early to America, as the ad- 
opted son and successor of an uncle, who Iiad married and established him- 
self in New York. Here he received his education, and continued seven- 
teen years, or down to the period of the peace of 1783. Returning to 
Great Britain, he established himself at Bristol, near which town he 
commenced his experiments in mads, more as an amateur, than with any 
serious views of devoting himself to the occupation. Meeting with iin- 


looked for success, he gradually extended his operations, until he finally 
transformed most of the highways of the island, into the best of the 
known world. For the last five-and-twenty years, his whole time, and 
all his studies were directed to this one end. 

Mr. McAdam was twice offered knighthood, and once a baronetcy; 
distinctions that he declined. His second son, however, has recently 
received the former honour, and is the present Sir James McAdam. As 
this gentleman is much employed about London, he is usually mistaken 
for the father. 

Mr. McAdam was twice married. His first wife was a daughter of 
William Nicoll, proprietor of the great manor of Islip, Sulifolk county, 
Long Island, the collateral representative of Col. Nicoll, who took the 
colony from the Dutch, in 1663, and its first English Governor; his 
second wife was the eldest daughter of John Peter De Lancey, of 
Mamaroneck, West Chester, New York. 

Mr. McAdam was a man of a singularly calm and contemplative 
mind, mingled with an unusual degree of practical energy and skill. Quiet, 
modest, intelligent, upright, few men were more esteemed in private life; 
and while few men have conferred more actual benefit on Great Britain, 
scarcely any man has been less rewarded. Conscientious and proud, he 
was superior to accepting favours that were beneath his claims, or to 
soliciting those which were his due. 

It was something to find myself on an English high-way, seated 
by the side of the man who had done so much for the kingdom, in 
this respect. We travelled in an open gig, for my companion had an 
eye to every displaced stone, or inequality in the surface. The 
system of roads, here, is as bad as can be ; the whole country being 
divided into small "trusts," as they are called, in a way to prevent 
any one great and continued plan. I should say we went through 
four or five gates, absolutely within the limits of the town ; obstacles, 
however, that probably still exist, on account of the great growth 
of London. Although Mr. McAdam had no connexion with the 
"trusts" about London, we passed all the gates without contribution, 
in virtue of his name. 

We had much conversation on the subject of roads. On my 
mentioning that I had found some of them much better than others, 
a few. indeed, being no better than very many of our own, Mr. Mc- 
Adam told me that there was a want of material in many parts of 
England, which had compelled them to have recourse to gravel. 
"Now." said he. "the metal of this very road on which we are 
travelling, came from the East Indies !" The explanation was 
sufficiently simple ; stone had been brought into the India docks, 
as ballast, and hauled thence, a distance of several miles, to make the 
bed of the road we were on. Gravel-pits are common in England; 


and there is one open, at this moment, in Hyde Park, that is a blot 
on its verdure. 

We took the road into Hertfordshire, which is the great north- 
ern highway, as well as being the scene of John Gilpin's race. 
We passed the "Bell, at Edmonton." where there is now a sign in 
cemmemoration of John's speed, and bottom, and wig. By the way, 
the coachmen have a more classical authority for the flaxens than 
I had thought. 

Waltham cross was an object of still greater interest. Edward 
I. caused these crosses to be erected on the different spots where the 
body of his wife reposed, in its funeral-journey from Alilford Haven 
to London. Charing-cross, in the town itself, was the last of them. 
They are little gothic structures, with niches to receive statues, 
and are surmounted by crosses, forming quaint and interesting 
memorials. I believe we passed two of them between London and 
Hoddesdon, by which it would seem that the body of the queen 
made short stages. The cross at Charing has entirely disappeared. 

At Hoddesdon. we were on the borders of Essex; and the day 
after our arrival, Mr. McAdam walked with me across the bridge 
that separates the two counties, to look at Rye-house, the place so 
celebrated as the spot where the attempt was to have been made on 
the life of Charles H. The intention was to fire on the king, as he 
returned from Newmarket, on his way to London. The building is 
certainly well placed for such an object, as it almost projects into 
the road, which, just here, is quite narrow, and which it enfilades in 
such a way, that a volley fired from its windows would have been 
pretty certain to rake the whole of the royal cortege. The house, 
itsrlf. is a common brick farm building, somewhat quaint, particular- 
ly about the chinmeys, and by no means large. T suspect a part of 
it has disappeared. It is now used as a poor-house, and, certainly, 
if it is to be taken as a specimen of the English poor-houses, in 
general, it is highly creditable to the nation. Nothing could be 
neater, and the inmates were few. 

The land, around this place, was low and level, and quite devoid 
of landscape beauty. I was told there is evidence that the Danes, 
in one of their invasions, once landed near this spot, though the dis- 
tance to the sea cannot now be less than twenty miles ! Mr. Malthus 
has overlooked the growth of the island, in his comparative estimates 
of the increase of the population. 

Some boys were fishing on the bridge, near Rye-house, wearing 
a sort of uniform, and my companion told me they were cadets study- 


ing for the East India civil service, in an institution near by. The 
New-river, which furnishes so much water to London, flows by this 
spot, also ; and, in returning, we walked some distance on its banks. 
It is not much larger than a race-way, nor was its current very swift. 
If this artificial stream can even wash the hands and faces of the 
cockneys, the Croton ought to overflow New York. 

Hoddesdon was selected as a residence, by several of the American 
emigrant families, that were driven from their own country, and lost 
their estates, by the revolution. Its comparative cheapness and 
proximity to London, must have been its recommendation, as neither 
the place itself, nor the surrounding country, struck me as particularly 
attractive. The confiscations were peculiarly hard on individuals ; 
and in some instances they were unmerited, even in a political point 
of view ; but if it be true, as has lately been asserted, that the British 
ministry brought about the struggle under the expectation of being 
able easily to subdue the colonists, and with a view to provide for 
their friends by confiscations on the other side, retributive justice 
did its usual office. The real history of political events would scarce- 
ly bare the light in any country. 

If any American wishes to hear both sides of the great contest 
between the colonies and the mother country, I would recommend a 
short sojourn in one of the places where these emigrants have left 
their traditions. He will there find that names which he has been 
taught to reverence are held in hereditary abhorrence ; that his heroes 
are other people's knaves, and other people's prodigies his rogues. 
There is, in all this, quite probably, the usual admixture of truth and 
error, both heightened by the zeal and animosities of partizanship. 

I had, however, in our connexion, strong evidence of how much 
the mind, unless stimulated by particular motives, is prone to rest 
satisfied with its acquisitions, and to think of things changeable in 
their nature, under the influence of first impressions. He is a man 
of liberal acquirements, sound judgment, great integrity of feeling, 
and of unusually extensive practical knowledge, and yet some of his 
notions of America, which were obtained half a century since, almost 
tempted me to doubt the existence of his common sense. An acute 
observer, a countryman long resident here, told me soon after land- 
ing that "the English, clever, instructed, fair-minded and practical 
as they commonly are, seem to take leave of their ordinary faculties, 
on all subjects connected with America." Really. I begin to be of 
the same way of thinking. 

Our connexion here, was as far from vapouring on the subject 

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of England, as any man I knew ; of great personal modesty and 
simplicity, he appears to carry these qualities into his estimates of 
national character. He is one of the few Knglishmen. I have met, for 
instance, who has been willing to allow that Kapoleon could have 
done any thing, had he succeeded in reaching the island. "I do not 
see how we should have prevented him from going to London." he 
said, "had he got a hundred thousand men fairly on the land, at 
Dungenness ; and once in London, heaven knows what would have 
followed." This opinion struck me as a sound one. for the nation is 
too rich, and the division between castes, too marked, to expect a 
stout resistence. when the ordinary combinations were defeated. 
I have little doubt, that the difference in systematic preparation and 
in the number of regular troops apart, that a large body of hostile 
men. would march further in England, than in the settled parts of 
America, all the fanfaronades of the Quarterly, to the contrary, 
notwithstanding. lie looks on the influence of the national debt 
too, gloomily, and is as far from the vapid indifference of national 
vanity, as any one I know. But, the moment we touch on America, 
his mind appears to have lost its balance. As a specimen of how 
long the old colonial maxims have been continued in this country, 
he has asked me where we are to get wool for our manufactures? 
I reminded him of the extent of the country. This was well enough, 
he answered, but, "the winters are too long in America to keep 
sheep." When I told him the census of 1825. shows that the single 
state of New York, with a population of less than 1.800.000. has 
three millions and a half of sheep, he could scarcely admit the validity 
of our documents. 

All the ancient English opinions were formed on the political 
system of the nation, and men endeavoured lustily to persuade them- 
selves that things which this system opposed could not be. The 
necessity of enlisting opinion in its behalf, has imposed the additional 
necessity of sometimes enlisting it, in o])position to reason. 

There is a small building in Moddcsdon, called Rcndon-house, 
that has exceedingly struck my fancy. It is not large for Europe, not 
at all larger than a second rate American country house, but beauti- 
fully quaint and old fashoincd. T have seen a dozen of these houses, 
and I envy the English their possession, much more than that of their 
Blenheims and Eatons. I am told there is not a good room in it, 
but that it is cut up. in the old way, into closets, being half hall and 
stair case. The barrenness of our country, in all such relics, give 
them double value in my eyes, and I always feel, when I see one, as 


if I would rather live in its poetical and antique discomfort, than in 
the best fitted dwelling of our own times. I dare say a twelvemonth 
of actual residence, however, would have the same effect on such a 
taste as it has on love in a cottage. 

I returned to town in a post-chaise, a vehicle that the cockneys 
do not calumniate, when they call it a "post shay." It is a small 
cramped inconvenient chariot without the box, and, like the inferiors 
of the ordinary stage-coaches, does discredit to the well established 
reputation of England for comfort. Those who use post-horses, in 
Europe, usually travel in their own carriages, but these things are 
kept, as pis allers for emergencies. 

As we drove through the long maze of villages, that are fast 
getting to be incorporated with London itself, my mind was in- 
sensibly led to ruminations on the growth of this huge capital, its 
influence on the nation and the civilized world, its origin and its 

To give you, in the first place, some idea of the growth of the 
town, I had often heard a mutual connexion of ours, who was 
educated in England, allude to the circumstance that the husband 
of one of his cousins, who held a place in the royal household, 
had purchased a small property in the vicinity of London, in order 
to give his children the benefit of country air ; his duties and his 
poverty equally preventing him from buying a larger estate further 
from town. When here, in 1826. I was invited to dine in the 
suburbs, and undertook to walk to the villa, where I was expected. 
I lost my way, and looking up at the first corner, for a direction, 
saw the name of a family nearly connected with those with whom 
we are connected. The three or four streets that followed had also 
names of the same sort, some of which were American. Struck by 
the coincidence, I inquired in the neighborhood, and found I was 
on the property of the grandson of the gentleman, who, fifty years 
before, had purchased it with a view to give his children country air ! 
Thus the poverty of the ancestor has put the descendant in possession 
of some fifteen or twenty thousand a year. 

I should think that the growth of London is greater, relatively, 
than that of any other town in Europe, three or four on this island 
excepted. Many think the place already too large for the kingdom, 
though the comparison is hardly just, the empire, rather than Eng- 
land, composing the social base of the capital. So long as the two 
Indies and the other foreign dependencies can be retained, London 
is more in proportion to the power and wealth of the state, than 


Paris is in proportion to the power and wealth of France. The 
day must come, ( and it is nearer than is commonly thought) when 
the British Empire, as it is now constituted, must break up. and then 
London will, indeed, be found too large for the stale. In that day, 
its suburbs will probably recede quite as fast as they now grow. 
Mr. iSIcAdam considers the size of London an evil. 

The English frequently discuss the usefulness of their colonies, 
and moot the question of the policy of throwing them off. They 
who support the latter project, invariably quote the instance of 
America, as a proof that the present colonies will be more useful to 
the mother country, when independent than they are to-day. I have 
often smiled at their reasoning, which betrays the usual ignorance of 
things out of their own circle. 

In the first place. England has very few real colonies at this 
moment, among all her possessions. I do not know where to look for 
a single foreign dependency of her's, that has not been wrested by 
violence from some original possessor. It is true, that time and ac- 
tivity have given to some of these conquests the feelings and char- 
acters of colonies ; and Upper Canada, Nova Scotia, Jamaica, New 
Holland, and possibly the Cape, are more or less. ac(|uiring the title. 
I thought Mr. McAdam rather leaned to the opinion, that the country 
would be better without its colonies than with them. He instanced 
our own case, and maintained that we are more profitable to England 
now, than when we were her dependants. 

All of the thirteen states of America were truly English colonies. 
One only was a conquest, (New York), but more than a century of 
possession had given that one an English character, and the right of 
conquest meeting with no obstacle in charters, a more thoroughly 
English character too. by means of a territorial aristocracy, than 
belonged to almost any other. The force and impression of this 
strictly colonial origin, are still be traced among us, in the durability 
of our prejudices, and in the deference of our opinions and ha';iis to 
those of the mother-country ; prejudices and a deference th^'t half 
a century of political facts, that are more antagonist to those of 
England than any other known, so far from overthrowing, has 
scarcely weakened. 

In reviewing this subject, the extent and power of the I nitcd 
States, are also to be remembered. Our inflei)endence was recognized 
in 17<S3. In 1793 commenced the wars of the French revolution. 
About this time, also we began the cultivation of cotton. Keeping 
ourselves neutral, and profiting by the national aptitude, the history 


of the world does not present another instance of such a rapid re- 
lative accumulation of wealth, as was made by America between the 
years 1792 and 1812. It would have been greater, certainly, had 
France and England been more just, but, as it was, centuries will 
go by before we see its parallel. Our naval stores, bread stuffs, 
cotton, tobacco, ashes, indigo, and rice, all went to the highest 
markets. Here, then, our colonial origin and habits, stood England 
in hand. Nineteen in twenty of our wants were supplied from her 
workships. Had we still been dependants we could not have been 
neutral could not have been common carriers, could not have bought, 
for want of the ability to sell. 

Now, where is England, in her list of colonies, to find a parallel 

to these facts? H the Canadas were independent, what have they 
to export, that we could not crush by competition? England may 
take lumber exclusively from British America, as a colony, but were 
British America independent, w^e would not submit to such a regula- 
tion. Our southern woods, among the best in the world, would drive 
all northern woods out of the market. Having little to sell, Canada 
could not buy, and she would begin, in self-defence, to manufacture. 
Our manufactures would deluge the West-India islands, our ships 
would carry their produce, and, in short, all the American possessions 
would naturally look up to the greatest American state as to their 
natural head. 

In the east, it would be still worse. All the world would come 
in, as sharers of a commerce that is now controlled for especial 
objects. England would cease to be the mart of the world, and 
would find herself left with certain expensive military establishments 
that there would no longer be a motive for maintaining. Were 
England to give up her dependencies, I think she would sink to a 
second-rate power in twenty years. Did we not exist, the change 
might not be so rapid, for there would be less danger from com- 
petition; but do exist; number, already, nearly as man}- people as 
England, and in a quarter of a century more shall number as many 
as all the British isles put together. 

Can England retain her dependencies, in any event? The 
chances are that she cannot. It is the interest of all Christendom to 
overturn her system, for it is opposed to the rights of mankind, to 
allow a small territory in Europe, to extend its possessions and its 
commercial exclusion, over the whole earth, by conquest. The view 
of this interest, may be obscured by the momentary interference 


of more pressing concerns, and the alliance of Great Britain purchase 
temporary acquiescence, but as the world advances in civilization, 
this exclusion will become more painful, until all will unite, openly 
or secretly, to get rid of it. Men are fast getting to be of less im- 
portance, in Europe, and general interests are assuming their proper 

It is probable that England will find herself so situated, long 
ere the close of this century, as to render it necessary to abandon 
her colonial system. When this is done, there will no longer be a 
motive for retaining dependencies, that belong only to herself in their 
charges. The dominion of the east will probably fall into the hands 
of the half-castes ; that of the West Indies will belong to the blacks, 
and British America is destined to be a counterpoise to the country 
along the gulph of Mexico. The first fleet of thirty sail of the line, 
that we shall send to sea, will settle the question of English 
supremacy, in our own hemisphere. 

Were these great results dependant on the policy of America, I 
should greatly distrust them, for, no nation has less care of its 
foreign interests, or looks less into the future, than ourselves. 
We are nearly destitute of statesmen, though overflowing with po- 
liticians. But the facts of the republic are so stupendous as to over- 
shadow every thing within their influence. This is another feature, 
in which the two countries are as unlike as possible. Here all 
depends on men ; on combinations, management, forethought, care, 
and policy. With us, the young Hercules, is stripped of his 
swaddlings, and his limbs and form are suffered to take the propor- 
tions and shape of nature. To be less figurative — it is a known fact 
that our exertions are proportioned to our wants. In nothing is 
this truth more manifest, than in the difference which exists between 
the foreign policies of England and America. That of this country 
has all the vigilance, decision, energy, and system that are necessary 
to an empire so factitious and of interests so diversified, while our 
own is marked by the carelessness and neglect, not to say ignorance, 
with which a vigorous youth, in the pride of his years and strength, 
enters upon the hazards and dangers of life. One of the best argu- 
ments that can be adduced in favor of the present form of the British 
government, is its admirable adaptation to the means necessary for 
keeping such an empire together. Democracy is utterly unsuited to 
the system of metropolitan rule, since its maxims imperiously require 
equality of rights. The great consciousness of this fitness, between 
the institutions and the empire, will probably have a great effect on 


the minds of all reflecting men in England, when the question comes 
to serious changes ; for the moment the popular feeling gets the 
ascendancy, the ties that connect the several parts of this vast collec- 
tion of conflicting interests, will be loosened. The secrecy of motive, 
and the abandonment of the commoner charities that are necessary 
for the control of so complicated a machinery, are incompatable with 
the publicity of a popular sway and the ordinary sympathies of 
human nature.* 

Were London to fall into ruins, there would probably be fewer 
of its remains left in a century, than are now to be found of Rome. 
All the stuccoed palaces, and Grecian facades of Regent's- 
street and Regent's Park, would dissolve under a few changes of the 
season. The noble bridges, St. Paul's, the Abbey, and a few other 
edifices would remain for the curious ; but, I think, few European 
capitals would relatively leave so little behind them, of a physical 
nature, for the admiration of posterity. Not so, however, in matters 
less material. The direct and familiar moral influence of London is 
probably less than that of Paris, but in all the higher points of 
character, I should think it unequalled by that of Rome, itself. 

Henry Onderdonk Floyd-Jones died December 20, 1862. His 
wife died July 18, 1872. Remains of both were interred in the Fort 
Neck Burial Ground. His name was inserted on the Memorial 
Window, conjointly with that of his brother Thomas, in Grace 
Church, Massapequa. The issue of this union was four sons and 
three daughters. 


The first child was born at his father's home on the 
Fort Neck estate in the year 181 7. He adopted Civil Engineer- 
ing as a profession, and in the West became very prominent, being 
considered a man of rare ability in this line. He was the Civil En- 
gineer who laid out the route of the Illinois Central R. R. 

*A proof of the truth, is to be found in the law emancipating the 
slaves of the islands, a step which is the certain forerunner of their loss. 
It is well known to all near observers, that this measure was dictated 
to parliament by the sympathies of a public, to which momentary causes 
had given an influence it never before possessed. Mr. Cobbett, how- 
ever, openly affirmed it was owing to a wish to convulse America, by 
re-acting on public opinion here! One is not obliged to believe all that 
Mr. Cobbett said, but such a surmise, even, proves something. 


He married in 1825 Isabcll Mizner. of Elsah, Monroe County, 
Illinois. She was born January 23, 1828. Their home for many 
years was at Vandalia, Illinois, but later in life they removed to 
St. Louis, where Charles died, December 25, 1874. His wife died 

November 3. . Their remains were interred in Bellefontaine 

Cemetery. St. Louis, Missouri. 

Issue three sons: Robert H. Floyd-Jones, the first child was 
born at Vandalia, Illinois, April 18. 1858. He married Marie P. 
Flanagan, of St. Louis, April 15, 1885. She was born in St. Louis, 
July 20, 1865. The issue of this union was one son and five 

Francis Floyd-Jones, the only son and first child, was born 
in St. Louis, Mo.. January 14, 1886. 

Helen Watts Floyd-Jones, was born at Helena, Montana, Oc- 
tober 12, 1888. 

Katherine Sarah Floyd-Jones was born at Helena, Montana, 
September 13, 1890. 

Emilie Felecite Floyd-Jones, (called Minnie), was born at 
Helena, Montana, June 25, 1892. 

Marie De Lancey, (called De Lancey), was born at Helena, 
Montana, May 20, 1896. 

Semple Floyd-Jones, the second child of Charles and Isabel! 
Mizner Flovd-Jones, was born at Vandalia, Illinois, November 15, 

He married Julia Belle Shorb January 14, 1885. She was born 
at St. Louis, August 11, 1864. He died October 6, 1891, at St. 
Louis, Mo., and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in that 

Their issue was three children : 

Isabel Helen Floyd-Jones, born at St. Louis, Missouri, April 
5, 1886. 

Shorb Charles Floyd-Jones, born at St. Louis, Missouri, Mav 
29, 1888. 

Julia De Lancey Floyd-Jones was born at Nokomis. Illinois, 
April 23, 1891. 

Julia Belle Shorb Floyd-Jones, widow of Semple, married 
Frank Wright, of Auburn, N. Y., October 22 1901. 

Edgar Floyd-Jones, the third son of Charles and Isabcll Miz- 
nrr Floyd-Jones, was born at X'andalia, Illinois and now resides at 
Brookline, Mass. 


The other children of Henry Onderdonk and Helen Watts 
Floyd- Jones were : 


The first daughter, born October, i. 1818, died August 
10, 1900, buried in family grounds, Grace Church Yard, Massa- 
pequa.. A Memorial Window to her memory was erected by her 
niece Louise Floyd- Jones Thorn and nephew Edward Henry Floyd- 


The second son, born March 10, 1820, died February 20, 1849, 
and was buried in Fort Neck Burial Ground. 


The third son of Henry Onderdonk and Helen Watts Floyd- 
Jones was born at South Oyster Bay, on January the 26th. 1823, 
being educated at Jamaica and East Hampton schools. 
He adopted Civil Engineering as a profession, which he followed 
for some years. He was an original "Forty Niner" to California, 
going there around Cape Horn, and made his home there until about 
1868, when he returned to Long Island, his birthplace. 

He married Mary Lord, of Greenport, December 10, 1862, 
daughter of Frederick W. Lord and Louisa Ackerley. She was 
bom December 14, 1839 and died May 23, 1874 at San Francisco, 
California, on her way to the Sandwich Islands, for her health. 

He represented the First District in the State Senate at Albany 
in 1892 and died January 23, 1901. Their remains are in family 
plot, Grace Church Yard, Massapequa. They left issue of three 

Helen Watts Floyd- Jones was born at Greenport, L. I., Sep- 
tember 9, 1863. 

Louise Floyd-Jones was born at Hempstead, L. I., September 
13, 1867. Married to Conde R. Thorn, of New York, October 30, 
1889. Issue of this union : 

Edward Floyd-Jones Thorn born at Easthampton, Long Is- 
land, August 16. 1890. 

Conde Raguet Thorn, Jr., born in New York February 20, 
1898, died April 19, 1901, and was buried in family plot, Grace 



















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Church Yard. Massapcqua. A Memorial Window was erected in 
Grace Church In his parents to his memory. 

Katharine De Lance) Thorn was horn in New York. Novem- 
ber 19. 1900. 

Edward Henry Floyd-Jones was horn ai TTempstead, Long 
Lsland. January 2. i86<). Married Edith Carpender November 22, 
1905. in New York. She was the daughter of William and Ella 
Floyd-Jones Carpender. 


Was the fourth son of llenry Onderdonk and 1 Iclen Watts 
Floyd-Jones, and was born on the 20 of Januar}-. 1826. He be- 
ing the only one of the name of Floyd-Jones or the Long Island 
Jones family to graduate from the Military Academy at West 
Point. After graduating at an early age. which was in June. 1846, 
he was a])p()inte(l in Septemher. 1846. a Second Lieutenant in the 
jlh Inl'aniry .\rniy of the Lnited States and took a very active part 
in the Mexican War and later the Indian Wars on the frontier. 
In the Civil War he was true to the L nion and served from 1861 
to 1865 and was promoted for gallantry on several occasions. In 
1868 was brevetted Brigadier General in the Regular Army and in 
1879 was retired after 33 years of active service. 

He married twice. His first wife was Jennie Whitney, a 
daughter of George Whitney, of Rochester. N.Y., whom he married 
in June. 1852. She died early in her married life and was buried 
at Rochester. Tlis second wife was .Minnie ( )gk'shy, of New 
Orleans, to whom he was married in 1878. 

General De Lancey Floyd-Jones was a member of the Military 
Order of Foreign W^ars. The .Aztec Society. The Loyal Legion. 
Colonial Order. St. Nicholas Society and was the foimder of the 
De Lancey Floyd-Jones Free T^ibrary. which he built at Massa- 
pec|ua, L. L. and endowed. H'is remains rest m family plot. Grace 
Church Yard. Massapequa. 


The second daughter of llenry Onderdonk and I Id en Watts 
Floyd-Jones was born December 9. 1827. died July 25. 1855. and was 
buried in Fort Neck P.urial Ground. 



The third daughter and youngest child of Henry Onderdonk 
and Helen Watts Floyd-Jones, was born at her father's home, South 
Oyster Bay. L. I., August 17, 1832. She married John Devine Jones 
June 9, 1852. He was born at Cold Spring Harbor, L. L. August 15, 
1814, being a descendant same as his wife, of the first Thomas Jones. 

They were therefore cousins far removed. He was President 
of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company of New York for 40 
years. His connection with this organization covered a period of 
66 years. He died September 22, 1895. His wife died November 
1 5' ^^905- Their remains rest in the new Jones family burial plot 
at Cold Spring Harbor, L. I. 

During the life of both they were noted for their philanthropy. 
One of the last good acts of Josephine Katharine Floyd-Jones Jones 
previous to her demise was the presentation to the Cathedral of 
St. John the Divine in New York, of one of the Granite Monoliths 
for the Chancel, in memory of her husband. 






Massai)c'i|n;i. l.ini.; isi;iiul 


Grack Church, Massape(|ua. L. I., was j)r()jcctc(l in i«^44. 
"Lender date of Au.ijust 20. i<'^44, the follow ini^ rcsohuioii apjiears 
among the Arcliives of theCliurch : 

The \\'ardens and X'estrynien do hereby accept of a donation of 
land made to the said Church by Thomas Floyd-jones. Thomas 
Lawrence and Thomas Floyd- b'nes appointed as LUiilding Commit- 

Elbert Floyd-Jones apjxtiiitcd lit be the Collector to collect the 
subscri])tions from persons having subscribed for the erection of 
Grace Church. Under date of September 21, 1844, Vestry accepted 
report of iluilding Committee and authorized to proceed forthwith 
to contract for the building called (^iracc Church. 

The congregation of Cirace Church and those who held i)ews at 
the time of its consecration were of the following families : Thomas 
Jones. James ^Icincll, S. Jackson Jones. Lawrence Fish. Samuel S. 
Jones. General Thomas Floyd-Jones. Elbert Floyd-Jones, General 
Henry Floyd-Jones, Samuel J. Jones. Thomas Lawrence. Tredwell 
T. Carman. Mrs. Freelove Kortright, lfenr\ llonc. Henry Purdw 
Henry Mathews. Ann T^ouise Mathews. 

Under date of June 13. 1846: Resolved that the ])ews be rented. 

Grace Chiucli was consecrated July 9, 1846. 

The Rev. William .\. Ciu'tis was invited to take the pastorial 
charge of the Church in June. 1846. 

He resigned in March. i84(), and the Rev. J. \V. Mcllwaine. a 
deacon, was in charge later ]iart of 1840. 

The Rev. David G. Rarr l)egan services ns Priest in charge of 
Grace Church July 13. 185 1. followed by the Rev. S. S. Stocking 
for a few months. He was followed by the Rev. S. C. Thrall. July 
'7- '^.S.3- ^^'if^ resigned in .March, 1835. The Rev. II. C. Stowel be- 
came Rector in December, 1856. Tn May. 1862. the Rev. S. S. 
Stocking took temporar\' charfrc and in 1867 he was elected Rector 
and was connected with this Church for nearly 30 years, lie died 
May 24. 1896. 

The present Rector of the Church ( i<)06). is Rev. William 
Wile\'. who resifles at the jiarsonage opi)osite the Church. Me be- 
came Rector September, i8r)o. 



The following matter of interest should be inserted at this 
part of this little history, viz. : In the month of May. 1893, by con- 
currence of the members of the family. 42 of whom possessed the 
surname of Floyd-Jones, with 19 others, whose parents formerly 
were of the same name, the remains of all buried in the Fort Neck 
Burial Ground, as also those in the Burial Ground on the Massa- 
pequa Creek, were removed to a beautiful laid out cemetery, which 
is on ground north of and adjoining Grace Church Yard. The land 
formerly belonged to Coleman Gandy Williams, Massapequa. L. I., 
which was donated by him for this purpose, it having been inherited 
from his mother. This property was conveyed to the Rector. 
Wardens and Vestrymen of Grace Church, Massapequa, to be held 
by them in trust, as a place of burial for the descendants of the 
First David Richard Floyd-Jones, and such others as shall be ap- 
proved by them. 

Families of David Richard Floyd-Jones, William Floyd-Jones, 
Elbert Floyd-Jones, Coleman Gandy Williams, Henry Onderdonk 
Floyd- Jones. The ancestors being buried in the Centre Section. 


To George Stanton Floyd-Jones, Mrs. William Robison, Ed- 
ward H. Floyd-Jones, Rev. William Jones Seabury, Rev. William 
Wiley, De Witt Clinton Jones. Charles Jones, Waupun. Wis., ; 
David Moore Hall. Richmond, Va. ; Rev. Irving McElroy, Bellport, 
L. I.; Mrs. Major Dumler, Darmstadt, Germany; Mrs. J. 
Linton Glentworth. Newark. N. J., and Mrs. De Lancey 
Nicoll, of New York City, I desire to tender my most heartfelt 
thanks for the good help given me by them in furnishing family 
records, episodes, etc.. and in ending this limited genealogical work 
as relating to our family. "The Floyd-Jones, of Nassau County, 
Long Island." I can say, without fear of contradiction, in conjunc- 
tion with the encomium of Edward F. De Lancey that the history 
of the Jones and Floyd-Jones, of the foregoing County, which I 
have cndeavbrcil in my humble way to portray, is one of most 
striking interest, and one which it is believed cannot be paralleled 
in America, for continuous natural ability and continuous jniblic 
service, steadih' maintained horn its first ancestor who landed on 
Long Island sea girt shore to the present day ; and that too. united 


always with high social cininence and an equally continuous and 
continuing success, in all the walks of private life. 

Xcarly 60 years ago janies Fenniniore Cooper, (America's 
great Historian), said in referring to the "Jones" family in a public 
letter, viz. : 

"The Jones family has now furnished Legislators and Jurists 
to the Colony and the State for more than a century." 

And from his days to ours it has still continued to do so. It 
is the only family it is believed, not only in New York "but in 
America" which under the British and the American Governments 
has from the beginning of its existence in America, from genera- 
tion to generation, continuously preserved and maintained its 
prominence in political life, and high public position. In New York 
and two or three other of the old Colonies, a few families — but a 
very few — have done so, either under one rule or the other, but 
except in this instance. "Not one of them under both." 


Lineal Descent Previous to Year J 705. 

De Haville, Year 1066. 
Towiisend, Year 1 100. 
Willetts, Year 1510. 
Periente, Year 1535. 
Goad. Year 1540. 
Forthe, Year 1560. 
Brown, Year 1575. 
Doughty. Year 1605. 
Stone, Year 1610 

Montgomery, Year 16IO. 
Onderdonk, Year 1615. 
Howell, Year 1622. 
Nicoll, Year 1635. 
Floyd, Year 1640. 
Frink, Year 1640. 
Hutchinson, Year 1665. 
Jones, Year 1665. 
Tredwell, Year 1705. 

Branches and Connections Previous to the Year J 750. 

Barnardiston, Year 1066. 
Moore, Year 1350. 
De Lancey, Year 1432. 
De Vaudrie. Year 1440. 
Haring, Year 1525. 
Youngs, Year 1545. 
Herington. Year 1600. 
Bogart, Year 1610. 
De Sille. Year 1610. 
Meulmans, Year 1615. 
Mapes, Year 1625. 
Evcrtse, Year 1630. 
Cozine, Year 1635. 
Bankson, Year 1640. 
Consulyea. Year 1650. 
Schutz. Year 1650. 
Smith, Year 1655. 

Glentworth, Year 1680. 
Green. Year 1680. 
Jackson, Year 1685. 
Allen, Year 1690. 
Clowes, Year 1709. 
Mitchell. Year 1712. 
Budden, Year 1720. 
Linton, Year 1720. 
Gale. Year 1724. 
Seabury. Year 1725. 
Underhill, Year 1725. 
Kelscy. Year 1730. 
Roosevelt. Year 1733. 
Blauvelt. Year 1738. 
Dc Peystcr, Year 1743. 
Kip. Year 1744. 
Seaman, Year 1750. 

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