Jones Family Genealogy, part II

Continued from Jones Family Genealogy, part I

Trying to find family further back than Cyrus was impossible, though, until I plugged “Cyrus Jones” into the DAR website. A Cyrus Jones did come up…but not mine. It was his father! Now I had Cyrus, Cyrus Sr., Cyrus Sr.’s wife, Mary Ladd, and Cyrus’s parents: Elijah Jones and Patience Fisher. Elijah is my Patriot! I did eventually use all this information to join the DAR, but I still had a great deal to prove. Even though someone had joined DAR using Elijah Jones as their patriot, the last one to come in using his information was back in 1900! So, the modern times DAR now requires substantive proof…as they should.

Back to Cyrus and Cyrus, then. Using the familysearch.com site, I was able to find connections and proof linking all three generations to each other, and back to Lewis.

So here’s the summary: Cyrus Jones was born in 1823, In Kennebec County, Maine. He married Sarah McLaughlin in 1846, Old Town, Maine. Cyrus died in Lee County, Illinois, in 1860.

Cyrus’s father, Cyrus Jones, was born in 1796, in Penobscot County, Maine. He married Mary Ladd in 1818 in Penobscot County, and he died in 1842, though I do not know where.

Cyrus Jones, Sr.’s parents were Elijah Jones and Patience Fisher. Elijah was born in Cumberland, Rhode Island in 1756. He married Patience in 1781, in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Elijah died in 1808 in Brewer, Maine.

fold3.com was a wonderful site when it came to finding out more information on Elijah’s service. Apparently, it’s fairly straightforward to find patriots listed on attendance sheets. But what made Elijah’s case unusual was that he had died early enough on that his service wasn’t accepted first time through. So his widow enlisted the help of a lawyer to argue the application. This was great on two particular accounts: one, more evidence was gathered than would normally be required, which meant the interesting information that Elijah had been present when the British officer who had been in cahoots with Benedict Arnold was hanged at West Point. This bit of trivia would have been lost if not for the need to beef up the evidence. The second instance was that the attorney hired by Elijah’s wife had signed a section of the application, H. Hamlin. Which started me thinking. Wasn’t Lincoln’s first vice-president Hannibal Hamlin? And wasn’t he from Maine? After looking him up and satisfying myself that both points were correct, I continued examining each page of the document. And there it was: Hannibal’s full signature!

Now, that was cool.

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