Samuel Jones (1772 - 1840)

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Birthplace: Dunkards Creek, Monongalia Co, VA, USA
Death: Died in Henry Co, IN, USA
Managed by: Victor Varis (Bassi Ciurlionis Thomassen)
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About Samuel Jones

After marriage moved to the current Grafton area, Three Fork Bottom(near No 96 water station on Baltimore-Ohio Railroad). Samuel was a class leader for 40 years with the Knottsville Methodist Church. He led numerous trips by wagon train to Henry County, Indiana. In 1838 he sold his land and moved with Rachel to Henry Ind. where others through his guidance had moved.

The wagon trains from Tygart Valley (Grafton) included the Current, Powers, Lewellen, Shroyer, Gough, and Lake families. Most of these families later became related in marriage to the Jones family.

When Samuel's daughter Rebecca (married to Peter Current) moved to Henry co. from Tygart Peter's father James Current Jr. and her father Samuel traveled on horseback with them for protection and checking out the new land as they went.

Samuel died soon after moving to Henry County. He is buried on the Powers Farm in the Powers Cemetery (two of his sisters, Rebecca and Martha had marred Powers). This cemetery is on private farm land but can be accessed with permission from the current owners.

Samuel,son of Jacob and Dinah Jones,was born on Dunkard Creek,Monongahela County,Va.,Jan. 16,1772. He married Rachel Lewellen,a half cousin on March 13,1794. They had the same grandmother,Hannah. They lived on Three Fork Bottom near what is known as 96 water station of the Baltimore Ohio railroad. There old house was still standing as of 1906. They had twelve children,two dying in infancy,un-named. Samuel taught sunday school for forty years in a log church called Knottsville Church in Grafton,Monongahia Co.,Va. Their home was a spiritual power-house where at the family altar,several of his children were converted and shouted praises to God. On that memoriable night of 1833,when the stars fell,lighting up the universe. Samuel Jones was awakened about three o'clock in the morning and,seeing the phenomenal sight,he,like all who saw it,thought it was the ending of the world or the time of the promised return of Christ. He awoke all his family,calling them to prayer. He made such soul searching supplications that his youngest daughter,Matilda,was converted. When her father arose from prayer and walked back and forth shouting glory,glory to God,she with the rest were a whole family ready to meet the judgement withour fear. Samuel lead wagon trains of settlers to Henry Co.,Indiana. His records shows the trip could be made from Grafton,W.V. to Henry Co.,in 19 days but sometimes it had taken 27 days. He was probably the one who encourage most of his relations to move to Indiana. After seeing his children well established in Indiana,Samuel and Rachel took up residence,first with their son-in-law,Peter Dragoo. They intended to enter land of their own. However it was not to be,for Samuel took sick and died soon after and it was so bitter cold that winter of 1838,that a grave could not be dug for him. Samuel layed in a hallowed out log coffin in the one room cabin,while the family went about their chores until the weather broke and they could bury him.

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Samuel Jones's Timeline

1772
January 16, 1772
Dunkards Creek, Monongalia Co, VA, USA
1794
March 13, 1794
Age 22
1795
September 24, 1795
Age 23
1797
July 4, 1797
Age 25
Monongalia Co., Virgina (now West Virginia)
1799
July 19, 1799
Age 27
1801
July 28, 1801
Age 29
1803
November 9, 1803
Age 31
1805
November 8, 1805
Age 33
1807
November 30, 1807
Age 35
1811
November 17, 1811
Age 39