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Nom de l'objet : box
Catégorie de l'objet : Distribution & Transportation
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Container
Matériaux : wood with pegs
Numéro d'accession : 1974.488
Pays d'origine : USA
Province d'utilisation : New Brunswick
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Culture : American
Date de fin de production : c. 1780
Commentaires : One of the most fascinating characters from Queens County's Loyalist period is grand old Jesse Jones. In 1974 a wooden box was donated by his great-granddaughter, Marjorie Golding Green. The box is typically 18th century and in the Pennsylvania Shaker style. The box is completely wooden, possibly maple (it is relatively heavy) with the oval bands, top and bottom pegged into place. The side has a very interesting 3-point notch joint with ten securing pins. The greenish-gray finish is undoubtedly original to the piece as well. Jesse Jones was born in 1771, the son of Edward Jones (1743-1831) and Eleanor Davis. According to family tradition, Eleanor Davis was an aunt of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Edward Jones was from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and served with the Bucks County Volunteers during the American Revolution. This group of Loyalists ?Adherred to their Duty and Allegiance to the Best of Kings?, as it says in a 1786 petition for financial relief and compensation by some members, and fought in and around Philadelphia, the Patriot ?capital?. As a consequence of their loyalty, the volunteers were accused of treason and when the British evacuated Philadelphia in 1778, the Bucks County men went with them north to New York. In 1783, the Jones family were part of the Loyalist migration northward. As a twelve year old, what did young Jesse bring in the box? Some books? A favourite game or toy? Or perhaps treasured family possessions that have been lost to history? We don?t know, but the box survives. The Jones? settled very near the Queens and Kings County lines at present day Evandale and Wickham and began farming. To this day several Jones families live and work in this area. Some time before 1793, Jesse married Martha Adams (born c. 1774), the daughter of Connecticut and New York Loyalists Nathaniel Adams (1744-1818) and Mary Owen. Together they produced a family of 13 children: David born 1793, Edward, John, Owen, Walter, Nathaniel, Samuel, Robert, Martha, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Jesse and Asa, born 1817. Martha?s death date is unknown at this point, but certainly she had passed away by 1838 when something extraordinary occurred. On 10 September 1838, 67 year old Jesse Jones married 27 year old Susan (or Susanna) Cameron, a spinster from Wickham, Queens County. In 1840 Jesse found himself the father of Ann, followed by Mehitable about 1842 and finally, Rachel about 1844; Jesse being about 73 at the time of the this last birth. One can only imagine what went on within the Jones family. How did the children of his first marriage feel about these developments of biblical proportions? Or was there a ?scandal? at all? After all, it was not that unusual for men in the 19th century to marry a much younger woman the second time around. That said, marrying someone young enough to one?s granddaughter was a little unusual. Fortunately, Jesse Jones lived long enough to see his three young daughters blossom into young women before his death 15 January 1861. According to the New Brunswick Courier, he was aged 92 but to date we have not found his burial place. Later, his daughter Mehatible married a Kimber from Carleton County and his daughter Rachel married a John Carpenter. The eldest daughter of the second marriage, Ann (1840-1914), married Charles Cameron (1841-1887) of Upper Hampstead about 1870. In 1871, Charles and Ann lived in Hampstead Parish (probably Upper Hampstead since that is where they are buried), had a newborn son, Jesse, and had Ann?s sixty year old mother, Susanna, living with them. Following the 1871 Census Susanna disappears from the official record and her burial place, like that of Jesse, is unknown. Ann and Charles Cameron had several other children, including Gertrude Sheloa (1881-1959) who married Clifford Alden Golding (12 March 1872-25 August 1950) the son of Albert Venning Golding and Elethear Clarke of New Jerusalem and Hibernia. Gertrude and Clifford Golding had three children: Albert, Pearl, and the donor of the box, Marjorie (1898-1989). Marjorie married George A. Green 24 July 1924 and lived in the village of Hampstead.
Hauteur : 16.5
Largeur : 42.5
Profondeur : 32
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
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Ville de l'établissement : Gagetown
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
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