Jones/Johns Ancestors - Descent from Charles Jones/Johns of Berks Co. PA

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This is the line from Charles Jones/Johns that I descend from. I have some information on the other families in this file and will be glad to share anything I have with others who are interested in this family. Feel free to let me know of any corrections or additions to this family. I have placed some of my sources at the end of this page. E-mail to Ginny Deagan (NEW E-MAIL:[email protected])

Charles Jones/Johns may have been the Carl Jones born in Reading, PA on 11 June 1782. No parents were listed. His name is often found in records as Carl and his surname is sometimes found as Johns. In fact, in the church records for baptism of some of his grandchildren the name is listed as “Tschons”. Charles was married in 1803 in Longswamp Township, Berks County, PA to Elizabeth Geist . After Elizabeth died Charles was married again to Margaretha Mertz who was born 1 April 1786. She died 6 February 1863 in West Brunswick, PA.

Charles and Margaretha moved to West Brunswick, Schuylkill County, PA where Charles followed his trade as shoemaker and farmer. His old account book dating back to 1801 was in the possession of his grandson, Reuben in 1883. Charles left a will which was written in German, dated 14 August, 1850. He added a codicil to the will on October 16, 1850. He died 7 May 1855 and is buried at Zion’s Red Church, West Brunswick, PA.

Children of Charles and Elizabeth (Geist) Jones:

  1. George Jones, b. 9 June 1804. Marr. Catherine Fulmer. Died 20 Dec 1879 in Clarion Co., PA.

  2. Catherine Jones , b. 1805. Marr. George Master . Died 1890 in Clarion Co. PA.

  3. Johannes Jones , b. 21 Apr 1807. Marr. Elizabeth Boger . Died 14 Dec 1885.

    Children of Charles and Margaretha (Mertz) Jones:

  4. Maria Jones , b. 28 Dec 1811. No further information.

  5. Reuben Jones , b. 26 Aug 1813. Marr. Salome "Sally" Heister. Died 9 Jan 1894.

  6. Daniel Jones , b. abt. 1817. Marr. Eliza , surname unknown. Lived in Tazewell Co. IL.

  7. John Jacob Jones , b. 30 Oct 1818. Marr.Sarah Mertz. Died 14 Dec 1885.
  8. Rebecca Jones , b. 22 Jun 1822. Marr. Nathan Gerber . Died 12 Feb 1889 in Schuylkill Co., PA.

  9. Caroline Jones , b. 12 Sep 1826. Marr. Gideon Kramer . Died 23 Dec 1860.

George Jones was born 29 June 1804 in Berks County, PA. (According to his age at death on his tombstone, his birth was in 1809, but since his first son was born about 1824, this is unlikely). He was the son of Carl "Charles" and Elizabeth (Geist) Jones . He was married about 1823, to Catherine Fulmer. She was born 7 October 1803 and died 23 Jan 1866. Her parents are not known. George and Catherine moved to Clarion County, PA in 1832 where he was a farmer. After Catherine's death, George was married again in 1869 to Eleanore, surname unknown, possibly a widow. She was nearly thirty years younger than George according to the 1870 census.

George died 20 December 1879 at about age 75 in Richland Twp., Clarion County, PA. He died intestate with a personal estate of $1,275 plus two farms and two tracts of land in Salem Township totaling 175 acres. Eleanore Jones claimed to be the widow. She had three children, Seans E., Sarah Amanda and Laura Bell who are heirs to George Jones. She released her children's claim for $500.00.

George and Catherine are both buried in the Richland Presbyterian Cemetery, known as "Old Brick". near Salem, Clarion County, PA.

Children of George and Catherine (Fulmer) Jones:

  1. Charles Jones b. abt. 1824. Wife was Esther.

  2. William E. Jones b. 30 Oct 1825. Marr. Matilda Master.. Died 15 Jan 1906.

  3. Harrison Jones (my ancestor), b. 29 Sep 1827. Marr. Elizabeth Shoup. Died 9 Dec 1916.

  4. Mary Ann Jones, b. abt. 1833. Marr. Mr. Hale .

  5. Daniel Jones, b. abt. 1837. Died 3 Jul 1877.

  6. Catherine J. Jones , b. abt,1843. Marr. 1 Jan 1863, William Burchett[?].

  7. George Jones , b. abt. 1848. Wife's name was Hannah.

Harrison Jones was born 29 Sep 1827 in Long Swamp Township, Berks County, PA. He was the son of George and Catherine (Fulmer) Jones. He was christened in the Long Swamp German Reformed Church. His sponsors were his aunt, Catherine (Jones) and her husband, George Master.

Harrison was married 18 March 1849 in Clarion Co. PA to Elizabeth Shoup. Family members who remembered Harrison said that he spoke with a thick German accent. He served in the Civil War as a Private in Co. G, 56th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. He served from 15 March 1865 to 1 July 1865. He received a pension in his later years of $21.00 per month.

Harrison Jones died 9 December 1916 at age 89. The cause of death was listed as aortic incompetence due to old age. He is buried in St. Petersburg Cemetery.

Children of Harrison and Elizabeth (Shoup) Jones:

  1. Mary "Polly" Jones, (my ancestor), b. 3 Sep 1852. Marr. William A. Master. Died 1936. ( See Master page for children)

  2. John Calvin Jones , b. 11 Mar 1857. Wife's name was Mary. Lived in Sharon, Mercer Co.,PA.

  3. Emanuel Oliver Jones , b. 10 Jan 1860. Wife's name was Mildred O. Died 9 Dec 1925.

  4. Emma Matilda Jones , b. 17 Dec 1862. Marr. in 1879, Joseph Conver. Died 2 Apr 1930.

  5. William E. Jones , b. 16 Sep 1867. Mar. 2 Aug 1900,Myrtle Edinger. Died 1953.

  6. James T. Jones , b. 19 Jul 1869.