Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Working to establish the connections....

Sorry, I have been neglecting this blog as I travel and research. I'm still hoping to untangle some of the relationships among Cones and prove some of the connections that William Whitney Cone was unable to make in his "Some Account of the Cone Family in America: Principally of the Descendants of Daniel Cone." This book is available at

Among the relationships he was unable to prove are the descendants of Elijah Cone and his wife Elizabeth Stuart. William Whitney Cone states they, "undoubtedly lived at Millington, Conn., as seven of their children were bapt. in the Cong. Ch. in that place." He reported that by family tradition, "Elijah lived at Millington, in the town of East Haddam, and left there in the year 1795 to find a location for a home in the eastern part of New York State. That he bought land in Otsego county, N. Y., and while on his return, in attempting to cross (the) Hudson river on the ice, was drowned."

My 4th great-grandfather Ira Cone was one of Elijah's sons and he can be found in the 1800 census of Otego in Otsego County New York with his presumed brother Elijah.

Ira Cone married Lydia Hayes about 1795. She is said to have been born in New London, CT 02 Feb 1771 and died in Laurens, Otsego, New York, 22 Dec 1842. No researcher has been able to discover her parentage. William Whitney Cone has Ira and Lydia settling in Laurens in 1796 which would match the family story of Elijah's death.

Hopefully, other descendants of Daniel Cone will be able to supply the missing bricks in this wall.

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