Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marriage Records for Charles Newton and Hazel (Allen) Cone and Frederick Naaman and Helen (Newton) Cone - Woman's History Month Post #4

Still following Liza Alzo's "Fearless Females Blogging Prompts" alternating between my "Cone Chronicles" and "Letters to My Grandparents" blogs. The 4th prompt asks us to post marriage records for our grandparents and great grandparents.

Above: Cover for Marriage Certificate
Chas N. Cone to Hazel Allen
August 31, 1926
Images were obtained from Shelby County Register of Deeds
My grandparents, Charles Newton Cone and Hazel Bynon Allen, were married Saturday, 4 September 1926 at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Memphis. They applied for the marriage license the Tuesday before. Their ages are listed as 27. That was true for Charles but Hazel had turned 30 February 5th. She was always sensitive about being older that Charles so we do not know who provided the incorrect age.

Image of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis Tennessee
Great grandparents, Frederick Naaman Cone and Helen Brown Newton, were married on Wednesday, 29 May 1889 at the Congregational Church in Worthington, Minnesota by her family minister Franklin L. Fisk. Her grandfather, John Champion Clarke, was one of the founding members of the church. Fred was 30 and Helen was only 18.

Original Marriage Certificate is in collection of great granddaughter Cecily Cone Kelly
Photograph of Tenth Street, Worthington with Congregational Church in the background
taken by Edward F. Buchan (1845-1941) about 1890
from Minnesota Digital Library's Minnesota Reflections Collection
Tomorrow I'll cover the 5th prompt, the stories of how they met.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shared Names: Post 3 for Women's History Month: Flora Maria Cone

Those of you who read my other blog "Letters to my Grandparents", know that I am trying to follow Lisa Alzo's "Back for the Sixth Year: Fearless Females Blogging Prompts" writing about female ancestors to celebrate their lives and National Womens' History Month.  Today we are prompted to write about a female ancestor with whom we share a name. I am named for an ancestor, my mother's father Cecil Oscar Werst. Cecily is the English feminine for Cecil. Writing about that does not seem to be in keeping with the spirit of these prompts. Instead, I thought I would write about a name, Flora, that was passed down on the female Cone side.

From collection of her great niece Flora Lee (Dunlap) Long
Flora Maria Cone was the first child and only daughter of William Warner and Elizabeth "Eliza" Harriet (Utley) Cone. Her parents married 30 November 1854 in Hornellsville, Steuben county, New York. Flora was born there fourteen months later on 7 February 1856. Three years later, the little family was complete with the birth of her brother and my great grandfather Frederick Naaman Cone 29 March 1859.

The family moved to Guilford, Chenango county, New York before 1 July 1863, when William is registered as a brick maker by the local draft authorities. Flora lost her mother before she was ten and according to my grandfather Charles Newton Cone's recollections of his father (Flora's brother Frederick) remembrances became a sort of surrogate mother to her younger brother. The family situation may have been complicated by William's frequent absences during passenger pigeon hunting trips. A large clan of their mother's family, Pratts and Utleys lived nearby, so the children may have been cared for by relatives during William's hunting trips.

On 6 December 1867, 40 year old William married Eliza's younger sister Hannah Utley age 24. This marriage allowed Flora to train as a teacher, a career she pursued until retirement. Most often, as a single teacher, Flora lived with extended family members. In 1875 she is teaching in Masonville, New York and living with her mother's sister Alice Temperance (Utley) Teed's family. By 1880 she is in Worthington, Minnesota teaching school and boarding with John C and Lydia (Hornell) Clarke (the Clarke's granddaughter Helen Brown Newton would eventually become her brother's wife). By 1895, Flora is back in Masonville teaching at the Pleasant Hill Academy and living with her father and step-mother.

Flora never married but family was very important to her. She was an avid genealogist, tracing her heritage back to passengers on the Mayflower. Certainly she was pleased when her brother named his second daughter, born 26 April 1894, Flora Harriet Cone.

Flora Harriet (Cone) Brim
born 26 April 1894 Worthington, MN
died 1 November 1990 Ephrata, WA
photograph from collection of granddaughter Flora Long
Flora Maria Cone also lived long enough to know that Flora (Cone) Brim continued the tradition naming her second daughter Flora Elizabeth Brim.

Flora Elizabeth (Brim) Dunlap
born 23 August 1920 Kirkland, WA
died 12 February 2013 Elmer City, WA
photograph from the collection of Flora Long

The tradition did not end there, as Flora Dunlap named her youngest child Flora Lee.

Certainly Flora Maria Cone would be proud of all the Floras who followed her.

 5 March 2015 Update

Flora Lee Dunlap Long has let me know that in fact there is a 5th Flora. She named her first child Flora Marie. She added that her grandmother Flora Harriet (Cone) Brim gave her a tintype of Flora Maria Cone when she was a young girl. I'm certain the original Flora Cone would be especially pleased to know of all the Floras who followed her.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Searching for Cone Cousins at RootsTech

In a departure of my usual topics about the Cone family and research, today I am fortunate to be attending the world's largest Family History Conference called Roots Tech held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. More than 20,000 will attend the three day program that this year is being held in conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference.
Since my grandfather Charles Newton Cone and his siblings grew up about an hour south of here in Mapleton, and his brother William L. Cone lived, worked and raised his family in Salt Lake, I expect I am not the only Cone in attendance. The problem is... how will we find each other? Cousins, if you see this comment on the post and we will figure out how to make contact.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Ebenezer Cone veteran of the French and Indian War

In going through my files, I came across a sheet of paper printed 17 August 2002 from Submitted by researcher Melinda McGibony under the heading Revolutionary War Rolls of 1775-1783. The listing is:

Ebenezer Cone   Serjeant   page 259     List of men detached from Capt. Olmsted's Company of
Roll Box 27 & CT Soldiers, French & Indian War, 1755-1762

More than 13 years after I printed this piece of information, I am a much better researcher who would be asking for a more detailed source citation.  Of course, I tried to access the page again but it is no longer available. However, is available. What I found today provides some additional information.

Connecticut Historical Society, Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French and Indian War, 1755-1762, Volume 9, Hartford, Connecticut, 1903. Digital images,, accessed 30 March 2014.

Beginning on page 258 and ending on page 259


[The following appears to be a list of the men detached from the company of Capt. William Olmsted of East Haddam, Aug. 10, 1757]


Joshua Smith                      Uriah Clarke
Deliverance Waters            John Chamberlin Jr.
Asabel Taylor                    Aaron Griswold    impressed
Nathanel Taylor                *Ebenezer Cone         "

*Also called Ebenezer Cone, Jr.

Though this information seems to come from the same page, it does not mention Ebenezer's rank. In fact, it implies that he was impressed into service. Impressment is not like registering for the draft and being called to serve. It is more like being kidnapped from one's everyday life and being forced to be part of the troops. Wikipedia quotes Gary Nash writing in The Urban Crucible, The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1986, "One of the largest impressment operations occurred in the spring of 1757 in New York City, then still under British colonial rule. Three thousand British soldiers cordoned off the city, and plucked clean the taverns and other gathering places. All kinds of tradesmen and Negroes were hauled in, nearly eight hundred in all. Four hundred of these were "retained in the service."

Given East Haddam's close proximity to New York City it is hard to know if Ebenzer was caught in New York or in Connecticut. The timing of his release from the company of Capt. William Olmsted on 10 August 1757 could indicate that he was picked up during one of the large impressment operations earlier that spring.
This painting of an impressment gang was executed by Luke Clennell
image is from 
It is not difficult to imagine why Ebenezer Cone volunteered to be the Moderator at the first meeting of the citizens of East Haddam held 26 March 1770, "to take into consideration the weighty and dangerous controversy subsisting between the Colonies and Great Britain." Reported by William Whitney Cone in Some Account of the Cone Family in America, Principally the Descendants of Daniel Cone who settled in Haddam, Connecticut in 1662, 1903, page 117 available at

Now the question remains, which Ebenezer Cone is the one who served in Capt. Olmsted's company?
There are three candidates in my family tree.

The first possibility is Ebenezer Cone, Jr. son of Ebenezer and Sarah Olmsted Cone, born about 1698 in East Haddam, Connecticut. He married Elizabeth Willey about 1720 and was the parent of Elijah (1723 - 1793, Ebenezer (1724 - 1804), Hannah (1726 - 1751) who married Shubael Fuller, Jr., Elizabeth (1730 - ?) who married Joseph Warner and Timothy (1735 -1800). In his fifties, he may have been considered too old for service in the militia. However, militia service did include all able bodied men and Ebenezer continued to be active in local affairs into his seventies.

The second is Ebenezer's son Ebenezer who married Mary Brainard 8 January 1746 in East Haddam. He would have been in his early thirties, a prime target for service in the militia.

Ebenezer and Mary Brainard Cone also had a son Ebenezer born 30 January 1748. He was probably too young to have been impressed. Ironically, he lost his life 5 October 1778 with the Continental Army at Upper German Flats, New York. 
This map from show the approximate locations
of Forts Herkimer and Dayton. September 17, 1788 Joseph Brant
attacked the American troops under Colonel Bellinger. It is uncertain
if he was wounded in that raid, the retaliatory raid in early October
or if he died from wounds suffered in the earlier fighting.
This information about his death in the Revolution is unsourced. It comes from several online family trees and the date varies from 5 October 1776 to 1778. I chose to use the 1778 date as it coincides with the operations conducted around German Flats.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Man Named Daniel

A Man Named Daniel by Joseph Cone, a tenth generation descendant of Daniel Cone of East Haddam, Connecticut, tells the story of the 'Scottish prisoner captured in the bloody last battle of the English Civil Wars and deported to New England in 1653."  Because Daniel became a servant of the Winthrops, a leading Puritan family in New England, Joe was able to discover "enough primary historical documents to construct a dramatic account of Daniel's life in these early years in the American colonies."  Daniel's story comes alive in Joe's rendition. The book is available from
A Man Called Daniel cover
A descendant of Daniel Cone's youngest son Caleb, Joseph Cone is a writer, editor, documentary film maker and science communication researcher who is the assistant director of the Oregon Sea Grant program at Oregon State University. He was raised in New Haven, Connecticut, earned degrees from Yale and the University of Oregon. He has lived in Oregon since 1975.
Joseph Cone, 10th generation descendant of Daniel Cone
through his youngest son Caleb.
Joe invites questions and comments about A Man Named Daniel. You can email Joseph Cone here.

My family members will quickly understand why I included Joe's photograph in this post. There is definitely a family resemblance between Joe and our grandfather Charles Newton Cone, a descendant of Daniel Cone's
son Ebenezer.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cones listed in Hornellsvelle Rural Cemetery

I've been doing some research on the cemeteries around Hornellsville (now Hornell) Steuben county, New York. My great grandfather Frederick Namaan Cone was born there 29 March 1859. His grandfather and namesake, Namaan Cone died there 29 October 1855.

Looking at Painted Hills Genealogical Society's web site, I found several Cones in the listing for the Rural Cemetery for the Town of Hornellsville. This cemetery is maintained by the Rural and Hope Cemetery Association (PO Box 177, Hornell, NY 14843, phone 607-276-6268. Among the updated listing of burial, I found the following Cones:

CONE, Catherine L , Born 1909 , Died 1979 
CONE, Dorr T , Born 1895 , Died 1943 
CONE, Edoth T , Born 1873 , Died 1955 
CONE, Gary P , Born 1936 , Died 1987 
CONE, Lela V , Born 1902 , Died 1972 
CONE, Leroy , Born 1894 , Died 1965 
CONE, Mildred , Born 1907 , Died 1976 
CONE, Nelson W , Born 1871 , Died 1927 
CONE, Paul W , Born 1909 , Died 1992 
CONE, Pauline , Born 1939 , Died 1989 

There are also Cones in the Panama Union Cemetery:

CONE, Betsy E.   Born 1827 Died 1898           
CONE, Celista Melissa     Died 10-26-1850 Age 14y10m23d    - Dau of David & Sarah Whitcomb Cone       
CONE, David Spouse of Sarah W  Born 1792 Died 1898           
CONE, Delancey D. Spouse of Julia L. P  Born 1842 Died 1920      - Vet-CW Co G 15 Reg NY Eng GAR star       
CONE, Julia L. (Palmer) Spouse of Delancey D.   Born 1850 Died 1939           
CONE, Luther     Died 4-19-1849      - Son of David & Sarah Whitcomb Cone       
CONE, Sarah (Whitcomb) Spouse of David   Born 1795 Died 1878           

And in the East Ripley Cemetery off Route 20 in Ripley, New York:

CONE, Almira T. Pratt Spouse of Charles P.   Born 7-09-1856 Died 2-23-1887 Age 30y7m14d    - Dau of Richard Edward & Mary Ann (Doan) Pratt, b. Crowland, Welland, Ontario, Canada LOT 22W        
CONE, Ellen            - One data--assume dod  LOT E46        
CONE, Mr.             - Book record 1919 LOT E46        
CONE?, H.            - May be Harvey Cone, recarved on old creek stone LOT E46   

And in Bath National Cemetery:   
CONE, Patricia A. , spouse of Raymond J. , died 29 Sep 2010 nee Castner
CONE, Raymond J. "Ray" , Spouse of Patricia Castner , born 3 Oct 1919 , died 7 Feb 2009 s/o Jay & Clara

Have not yet been able to determine if any of these Cones are related to my family.

Cones in the Apprentices of Connecticut 1637-1900

Researching in the library this morning, I came across Apprentices of Connecticut 1637-1900, compiled by Kathy A. Ritter and publishing by Ancestry Publishing, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1986.  There were three listings for Cones in this volume.

Page 6. "Bab, William of Middletown, aged about 11, child of Benjamin Bab dec. of Middletown bound to William Cone of Middletown until 21 which will be on 04 Nov 1781 to learn the trade of shoemaker."

Page 35. " Cone, Lucinda, of Middletown, child of Joseph and Sarah Cone, bound to Clarissa Redfield of Middletown until age 18, which will be on 25 Dec 1809 to learn the trade of housewifery."

Page 35. "Cone, Elijah, ran away from David Townsend, Jr. of Hebron. Elijah is age 17. Reward 3 pence."

Childhood was not about fun and games. 17th century children were expected to work and learn a trade either at their own home or to be bound out to someone else until the trade was perfected. If you were unlucky enough to be orphaned, the town leaders would insure that you were bound to someone to learn a trade, in return for your support. Thereby ensuring that you would not become a ward of the community.

In the case of Lucinda Cone, I have found another source. Maria R. Miller, writing in The Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution, University of Massachusetts Press, 2006,  includes the following,

                  In 1804, Middletown selectmen bound an impoverished thirteen-year-old
                  Lucinda Cone, to the widow Clarissa Redfield, who promised to "give said
                  Apprentice a Bible, and to Board her whilst learning a Trade. (page 73)

Lucinda's father died in 1804. She was the fifth and youngest daughter among Joseph and Sarah (Starr) Cone's ten children. Her three younger brothers probably remained with their mother.

Originally, I thought Elijah Cone, the runaway apprentice, might be my 5th great grandfather. His age seems to indicate that he is the son of that Elijah Cone and brother to my 4th great grandfather Ira Cone. Searching on, I found the image of the advertisement placed in the Connecticut Courant (Hartford) Monday, January 30, 1792 transcribed below:

                Run-away from the subscriber the 5th inst. an apprentice boy named Elijah Cone,
                17 years of age; had on when he went away an orange coloured coat, knit
                vest pattern, black sattinet breeches and felt hat. Whoever will take up said
                run-away and return him to the subscriber shall have Three Pence reward
                and no charges paid. All masters of vessels and others are forbid harbouring
                or carrying off said apprentice on penalty of the law.
                                                                               DAVID TOWNSEND, jun.
               Hebron, Jan. 10, 1792.

Hebron is less than 20 miles from East Haddam.