Friday, December 6, 2013

Remembering Grandfather Charles Newton Cone on the 115th anniversary of his birth.

Charles Newton Cone was born December 6th, 1898 in Worthington, Minnesota. Son of Frederick Naaman and Helen Brown (Newton) Cone. He was their fourth child following older brother William, and sisters Molly and Flora.
Charles Newton Cone in Seattle Circa 1932
photograph from family collection.
Since yesterday was the anniversary of the 1933 passage of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution (it repealed the 18th amendment which had instituted a nationwide Prohibition on alcohol in 1920), I thought it might be interesting to provide a little information about Worthington and why our ancestors chose to live there. The truth is many of our ancestors would not have celebrated the repeal of Prohibition.

John Champion and Lydia (Hornell) Clarke and their daughter and son-in-law Charles Shepard and Mary Elizabeth (Clarke) Newton were among the first families to settle in "National Colony" a community founded on the principles of temperance and education. The Illustrated History of Nobles County, lists them as Charter Members of the Union Congregational Church in Worthington.

Today we might think those who would participate in this kind of settlement as reactionaries. In their time, living in a community focused on temperance and education would have been considered the goal of the educated, liberal class. In an advertisement that appeared in the Thursday, July 20, 1876 edition of the "Worthington Advance" seeking settlers, the community is described as,
"Temperance and Education... were among the chief inducements which brought to this locality the intelligent class of people, who have located here....The educational interests of the town and county are in the hands of advanced men, who appreciate the importance of superior education facilities and who will have them whatever they may cost."
The entire advertisement, including map can be found on the Worthington Minnesota website. It makes quite interesting reading.
This is the site of home of Charles Shepard Newton and family just outside Worthington
photo taken by Granddaughter Cecily Cone Kelly in 2009. House is no longer there.
Though many of the family maintained the temperate ways of the National Colony, Charles was not among them. He continued to enjoy an 'old-fashioned' each evening until the last days of his life.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pilgrim William Bradford

Continuing my posts on how my great grandfather Cone was related to four of those hardy souls who made the 1620 trip on the Mayflower. Today I'm focusing on his relationship with William Bradford one of the most interesting Pilgrims and perhaps the person who first identified their group as such. Below is his relationship with William Bradford:

Frederick Naaman CONE son of
William Warner and Eliza (UTLEY) CONE
William Warner CONE, son of Naaman and Joanna (WARNER) CONE
Joanna WARNER, daughter of Thomas and Rhoda (HOPKINS) WARNER
Thomas WARNER, son of Eleazar and Joanna (HALE) WARNER
Eleazar WARNER, son of Thomas and Delight (METCALF) WARNER
Delight METCALF, daughter of Rev. Joseph and Abiel (Adams) METCALF
Abiel ADAMS, daughter of William and Alice (BRADFORD) ADAMS
Alice BRADFORD, daughter of William and Alice (RICHARDS) BRADFORD
William "The Pilgrim" Bradford

More about William Bradford...

William was born in the Yorkshire English village of Austerfield, the son of William and Alice (HANSON) Bradford. He was baptized in Austerfield March 19, 1589/90. Orphaned very young, he was raised first by his grandfather then shuttled back and forth between a number of uncles. He was about 12 years old when he began attending Separatist services in Scrooby. It was against the wishes of his family that he joined that church when he was 16 becoming close with the family of fellow church member William Brewster.

When James I became King of England he tried to put an end to separatist church movements and imprisoned many of the Scrooby congregation. In 1607, the congregation voted to leave England for the Netherlands where freedom of religion was permitted. Immigration without permission from the Crown was banned. None the less, members of the Congregation singly and in small groups made their escape to Holland. Beginning in Amsterdam, and eventually settling in Leiden.

Bradford arrived in Amsterdam in August 1608, and lived with the Brewster family until he was able to claim his family inheritance when he turned twenty-one in 1611. Those funds allowed him to purchase his own home, to practice the trade of weaving and most importantly marry Dorothy May. Their son John Bradford was born in Leiden in 1617.

The story of the Congregation's decision to leave Leiden for the New World is well known. The 100 foot ship Mayflower with a crew of no more than 40 and 102 passengers must have been dreadfully crowded. The three month voyage probably seemed an unending night mare. They had planned to arrive in Virginia and ended up instead far to the north. Harsh weather prevented them from trying to continue south after their arrival in what would become Massachusetts. It was William Bradford who was responsible for applying the term "Pilgrim" to their party. He wrote in his journal;

     "With mutual embraces and many tears, they took their leaves of one another; which
     proved to be the last leave to many of them... but they knew they were pilgrims and 
     looked not much on those things, but lifted their eyes to heaven, their dearest country
     and quieted their spirits."

During the first harsh winter in Plymouth nearly half of the settlers died. Many do not remember that the first deaths happened before the group had even decided on the location for their settlement. Dorothy (May) Bradford slipped and fell over the side of the Mayflower and drowned in frigid Cape Cod Harbor while William was ashore with the exploration party. It must have been a bitter sweet debarkation for him after that.

William Bradford went on to become Governor of the Plymouth Colony. He was remarried to Alice Carpenter Southworth and had three children including our ancestor William Bradford. Much of what we know about the Plymouth colony comes from William. His Of Plymouth Plantation, a history of the colony from 1621 to 1646 and his Journal were published. The Pilgrim Hall Museum website  has a wonderful article on William Bradford including passages from his journal.The museum also contains a chair attributed to William Bradford that descended through the Bradford and Hedge families.
Among the legion of William Bradford's descendants celebrating Thanksgiving 2013        
                                                      Ed and 10th great grand daughter Cecily (Cone) Kelly with                                                 grandchildren Cooper and Cassidy (12th generation descendants)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Another Mayflower Passenger in the Cone Family Tree - Edward Doty

Yesterday I mentioned my great grandfather Frederick Naaman Cone's membership in the Mayflower Society which was traced to William Brewster. Today I add his descent from Edward Doty.

Frederick Naaman Cone son of
William Warner and Eliza (Utley) Cone
Eliza Utley, daughter of Philip and Harriet (Pratt) Utley
Harriet Pratt, daughter of Jeremiah and Jennet (Pratt) Pratt
Jeremiah Pratt, son of Edward and Mary (Pratt) Pratt
Edward Pratt, son of Daniel ad Mercy (Doty) Pratt
Mercy Doty. daughter of Edward and Sarah (Faunce) Doty
Edward Doty, son of Edward and Faith (Clarke) Doty

If one describes the passengers on the Mayflower as two groups "Saints and Strangers", then Edward Doty would have fallen in the later group. He is often listed as the servant of fellow passenger Stephen Hopkins. Some interpretations are that he was apprenticed to Hopkins. He was included in the signing of the Mayflower Compact.

His birth place and parentage in England have not been discovered. It is generally presumed that he was born some time between 1597-1602 based on his inclusion in the Compact but his exclusion from the distribution of lands. Claims that he was baptized May 14, 1598 have been discredited.

Edward had a bit of a temper, which he may or may not have passed on to his descendants, and was involved in 1621 in the only duel fought in the Plymouth Colony. He and Edward Leister (another servant to Stephen Hopkins) fought each other with swords and daggers. They were both wounded before others were able to separate them. Sentenced to be tied together at their heads and feet for one day, their piteous condition and continual pleadings led to their separation after only an hour.

He was declared a 'freeman' in 1633 so by then had obtained some stature in the community. William Bradford records that he was married twice but the name of his first wife is unknown. He married Faith Clarke January 1635 in Plymouth. She had arrived on the ship Francis with her father Thurston in April 1634. Edward and Sarah were the parents of nine children.

He died August 23, 1655 in Plymouth and is buried in the Plymouth Burying Hill.

For those who would like to pursue their relationship to Edward Doty, in addition to the Mayflower Society, there is also The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society
Edward Doty's oil lamp on display at the Mayflower House Museum
from the Pilgrim Edward Doty Society website

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mayflower Ancestors

     As Thanksgiving approaches, my thought turn to Plymouth and the story of the Pilgrims feast of thanksgiving with the Indians. I do not remember when I first learned that I was descended from some of the Pilgrims but I certainly knew as early as elementary school. My grandfather's brother William Lawrence Cone had produced an extensive Cone Genealogy which mentioned several of the Mayflower passengers but I did not know that he and his father were members of the Mayflower Society.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (commonly called the Mayflower Society) was organized in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1897 in an effort to honor the memories of their Pilgrim ancestors. Membership is limited to those who can prove descent from one of the 102 passengers who arrived aboard Mayflower in 1620. I had always assumed that the Cones had traced their lineage to Stephen Hopkins for the acceptance into the Mayflower Society. My great grandfather Frederick Naaman Cone's great grandmother was Rhoda Hopkins and direct descendant of Stephen and Giles Hopkins. Today I was reading "Mayflower Ancestral Index, Volume 1" compiled by Milton E. Terry, PhD. and Anne Bordin Harding published by the Society in 1981 and discovered that they had proven their descent from William and Mary Brewster.

So for interested Cones out there, I will repeat the lineage here.

7859 Frederick Naaman Cone son of William Warner and Eliza (Utley) Cone*
7866 William Warner Cone, son of  Naaman and Joanna (Warner) Cone
36787 Joanna Warner daughter of Thomas and  Rhoda (Hopkins) Warner
17896 Rhoda Hopkins*, daughter of  Elisha and Drusilla (Conant) Hopkins
23368 Elisha Hopkins, son of Nathaniel and Abigail (Merrick) Hopkins
23368 Abigail Merrick, daughter of Joshua and Lydia (Mayo) Merrick
23197 Lydia Merrick, daughter of Thomas and Barbara (Knowles) Mayo
23261 Thomas Mayo, son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Prence) Mayo
27343 Hannah Prence, daughter of Thomas and Patience (Brewster) Prence
4708 Patience Brewster, daughter of William and Mary (?) Brewster, Pilgrims

William Brewster was born circa 1566 some sources suggest Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England and others Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. The son of William and Mary (Smythe) (Simkinson) Brewster, joined a large family of half siblings. His father William was the postmaster in Scrooby for some time. He was the third William Brewster in a line going back to William Brewster 1510-1558 and his wife Maud Mann(1513-1558).

Pilgrim Brewster was an educated man who had studied at Peterhouse, Cambridge and then entered the service of diplomat William Davison. His skill in Latin proved extremely useful in his travels with Davison which included the Netherlands. Unfortunately, his employ was terminated when his mentor was imprisoned and William returned to Scrooby and was able to obtain the position of postmaster once held by his father.
It was in Scrooby that he became a member of the Separatist Congregation. Perhaps his earlier experiences in Holland helped him recommend that the Congregation relocate to that country.

While living in Leiden, William taught English at Leiden University and also printed pamphlets on religion directed at the English market. It was his publication of a pamphlet that criticized the English king and the royal effort to seize Brewster that led to the congregations decision to depart for the New World. Brewster was the lay leader of the congregation that sailed on the Mayflower and was accompanied by his wife Mary and sons Love and Wrestling. He remained the congregation's religious leader until Pastor Ralph Smith arrived in 1629.

The Brewsters moved to Duxbury in 1632 and began to farm there. His daughters Fear and Patience both died in the smallpox epidemic of 1634. William lived until April 10, 1644. He is buried in Burial Hill, Plymouth.

Eliza Utley Cone and Rhoda Hopkins have other lines to the Mayflower but those are stories for another day.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Deacon Cephas Cone, Revolutionary Soldier and Descendant of Daniel Cone of Haddam

My last three posts on Cones who served in the American Revolution, sparked an interest in further investigating each of those who served. How many of them, I wondered, could be traced back to the man acknowledged as the first Cone in America, Daniel Cone of Haddam. I'll begin by exploring Cephas Cone.

Cephas Cone was born 10 Oct 1756 in East Haddam, Connecticut. I found a reference to him in the U. S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Collection available at His great great grandson, Robert D. Cone, had applied for membership in the SAR based on Cehpas' service. Robert had documented his descent beyond Cephas to Jonathan Cone, son of Nathaniel Cone born in 1674 in Haddam, Connecticut and his wife Sarah Hungerford.

I turned to my well-worn copy of William Whitney Cone's "Some Account of the Cone Family in America: Principally of the Descendants of Daniel Cone who settled in Haddam, Connecticut in 1662", for information on Nathaniel's line. On page 13, there is a list of nine children of Daniel Cone, including "Nathaniel, baptized June 4, 1675, m Sarah Hungerford;; d. about 1730." On page 161, the offspring of Nathaniel and Sarah Hungerford Cone are listed including the youngest "Johnathan, b. Jan. 11, 1716, m Ann Chapman; d. June 1, 1757. The children of Jonathan and Ann Chapman Cone are listed on pages 164-5, including "Cephas, b. Oct 10, 1756, m. Sarah Gates; d. Feb. 27, 1834."

Cephas seems to have been a man of some standing in his community. In Sept. 1788 he is listed as a Tax Collector.  He is listed as a Representative to the Connecticut Legislature for Colchester in 1822.  In a notice published in the Norwich Courier, on Wednesday October 2, 1833, his house is listed as the site where taxes for the town of West Chester will be collected at "3 o'clock, P. M.' (These sources were found at Genealogy Bank and are part of their collection).

Cephas is buried in the Westchester Cemetery, New London, Connecticut. Frank Grimes posted a photograph of his headstone at Find A Grave. Normally, I would not post the photo on my blog without receiving written permission from the photographer. Alas, Frank has passed away so I am hoping he will not mind my including his photograph.

Monday, July 8, 2013

People with surname Cone who served in the American Revolution, Part III

This is last of three posts for people with the surname Cone who served in or supported the American Revolution as listed in the Daughters of the American Revolution data base. This is by no means a complete listing of all Cones who served in the Revolution, these are only the names of those whose descendants have proven their service and qualified for membership in the DAR.

  • Solomon Cone
    • Born 1757 in Haddam Connecticut
    • Died 1816 in Guilford, Connecticut
    • Service - Sergeant for Captain Willey and Colonel Joseph Spencer, Lexington Alarm and East Haddam
    • Spouse - Sally Richmond

  • Sylvanus Cone
    • Born 21 Jan 1734 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 3 May 1812 in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut
    • Service - Corporal Militia 1779
    • Source - Bates, Rolls and Lists of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, Vol. 8, P 211
    • Spouses - Hannah Ackley, Mary Elizabeth Graves, Eunice Spencer

  • Timothy Cone
    • Born 25 May 1735 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died 19 Dec 1800 in E. Haddam, Connecticut
    • Service - Sergeant 5th Regiment
    • Spouse - Abigail Dickson

  • William Cone
    • Born 14 Mar 1733 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died 22 Apr 1793 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Service - Captain, soldier for Captains Meigs and Sumner, Captain Militia
    • Spouse - Elizabeth Bailey

  • William Cone
    • Born 6 Apr 1755 in Middletown, Connecticut
    • Died 1834 in Odstock, Vermont
    • Service - Private for Captains Return and Jonathan Meigs
    • Spouse - Abia Atkins

  • William Cone
    • Born (circa) 1745 on the Pee Dee, North Carolina
    • Died (post) 24 Jun 1816 in Bulloch County, Georgia
    • Service - Patriotic Service
    • Source - O'Kelley & Warren, Georgia Revolutionary Land Records, P 26 and Hemperley, Military Certificates of Georgia 1776 - 1800, P 15.
    • Spouse - Keziah Barber

  • William Cone
    • Born 14 Oct 1757 in Guilford, Connecticut
    • Died (ante) 27 Nov 1827 in Grand Island, New York
    • Service - Corporal, also Private for Captains Mills, Walker, Colonels Patterson, Voss
    • Spouse - Roxanna Chadwick

  • William Cone
    • Born circa 1758 in North Carolina
    • Died 1820 in Saunderville, Washington County, Georgia
    • Service - Private in Richmond Company
    • Spouse - X Beacham

  • William Cone
    • Born circa 1734 in North Carolina
    • Died before 20 Feb 1801 in Martin County, North Carolina
    • Service - Patriotic Service, soldier for Captain Samuel Allin, Colonel John Bradford
    • Source - Haun, North Carolina Revolutionary Army Public Accounts 1775-1776, Vol A, P 100; Pruitt, Abstracts of Land Entries, Martin County 1778-1795, P 72
    • Spouses - Elizabeth Morris, X X Hirst

  • Zachariah Cone
    • Born 23 Feb 1739 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died circa 1802 in Hebron, Connecticut
    • Service - Private, Civil Service, Member of Grand Jury, Hebron
    • Spouse - Mary Gilbert

If you are a descendant of one of these men and interested in becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, or the Children of the American Revolution  please follow the links above to contact the organization directly so that they may refer you to a local resource. Each prospective member is responsible for proving their own descent and each organization has resources to help.

Cecily Cone Kelly

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cones who served in the Revolution Part II

Continuing the list of people with the Cone surname who served in or provided support for the American Revolution as found in the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System data base of ancestors. This is by no means a complete list of Cones who served. It is a list of Cones who have been proved by their descendants to have served.

  • Jonah Cone
    • Born 7 Mar 1721 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died 24 Jul 1809 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Service - Minute Man responded to the Lexington Alarm
    • Spouse - Elizabeth Gates
    • Note- As no descendant of this man has been proven since the very early days of the DAR, a new applicant would need to prove his service again.

  • Jonathan Cone
    • Born 27 Sep 1729 in Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died after 1781 in Grafton County, New Hampshire
    • Service - Private in Companies of Captain John Willoughby, and Colonels Webster and Chase.
    • Source - Hammond, Rolls of Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, New Hampshire State Papers, Vol. 15, P. 124
    • Spouses - Elizabeth Smith, Elizabeth Bartlett

  • Joseph Cone
    • Born 20 Mar 1711 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 1 Feb 1804 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Service - needs to be proven because of confusion with following Joseph Cone
    • Spouse - Mary Smith

  • Joseph Cone
    • Born 26 Jan 1794 in Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 1779 in Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Service - Patriotic Service, took Freeman's oath September 1777 at Haddam
    • Spouse - Susanna Wells

  • Joseph Cone, Jr.
    • Born 2 Nov 1735 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died 1779 in Naval Station
    • Service - Private in Naval Service
    • Spouse - Martha Brainard Spencer

  • Joshua Cone
    • Born 1 Sep 1757 in Middletown, Connecticut
    • Died 22 Jul 1807 in Reading, Connecticut
    • Service - Sergeant, also Private, and Corporal for Colonels Meigs and Webb
    • Spouse - Mehitable Blinn

  • Joshua Cone
    • Born circa 1761
    • Died 8 Jul 1806 in Westminster, Windham County, Vermont
    • Service - Private for Captain Benjamin Whitney and Colonel Bradley, Militia
    • Spouse - Mary Wright

  • Lemuel Cone
    • Born circa 1755 in Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • After 20 Apr 1826 in Wheatland, Monroe County, New York
    • Service - Private for Captains Benjamin Whitney, Joseph Hatch, Michael Gilson, Colonel Bradley
    • Source - Goodrich, Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783, PP 35,266,807,833.
    • Spouses - Susannah Norton, Dolly Parker

  • Nathaniel Cone
    • Born 22 Jun 1748 in Millington, Connecticut
    • Died 27 Jun 1826 in Chatham, Connecticut
    • Service - Private for Captain Timothy Percival, Colonel Jedediah Huntington
    • Spouse - Margery Adams

  • Oliver Cone
    • Born 2 Dec 1755 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 4 Dec 1844 in Shelby, Orleans County, Vermont
    • Service - Private for Captains Holmes, Willey, Jewett, Dutton
    • Source - Pension S12525
    • Spouse - Anna Sterling

  • Oliver Cone
    • Born in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died after 1830 in Haverstraw, New York
    • Service - must be proved again
    • Spouse - unknown

  • Ozias Cone
    • Born 8 May 1747 in Haddam, New London County, Connecticut
    • Died 6 Mar 1823 in Paris, Oneida County, New York
    • Service - Private for Captain Prior, Colonel Bradley in the Connecticut Line
    • Source - Pension S43341
    • Spouse - Mary Doane

  • Phineas Cone
    • Born 27 Sep 1752 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 1833 in New London, New London County, Connecticut
    • Service - Corporal in 2nd Regiment, General Joseph Spencer's, Invalid Pensioner
    • Source - Johnston, Connecticut Men in the Revolution, PP 8, 45, 649.
    • Spouse - Azubah Stocking

  • Robert Cone
    • Born 1758 in Saybrook, Connecticut
    • Died 20 Oct 1821 in Colerain, Massachusetts
    • Service - Private for Captains Ely, Kirtland, Shipman, Colonels Parsons, Wolcott, Ely, Cook
    • Spouse - Sarah Cook

  • Robert Cone
    • Born in 15 Dec 1759 in Middletown, Connecticut
    • Died in 19 May 1804 in Middletown, Connecticut
    • Service - Private for Captain Savage and Colonel Sherburne
    • Spouse - Margaret Paget

  • Roswell Cone
    • Born 29 Oct 1753 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 27 Jun 1830 in Hadlyme, New London County, Connecticut
    • Service - Private for Captain Eliphalet Holmes; Colonel Samuel Selden
    • Source - Johnston, Connecticut Men in the Revolution, P. 404
    • Spouses - Sarah Spencer, Lydia Hungerford

  • Rufus Cone
    • Born 10 Oct 1737 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 27 Aug 1776 in service probably
    • Service - Private for Captain Jewett, Colonel Huntington's Regiment, reported missing after the Battle of Long Island 27 Aug 1776.
    • Source - Johnston, Connecticut Men in the Revolution, P. 102.
    • Spouse - Esther Stewart

  • Samuel Cone
    • Born 20 Feb 1748 in East Haddam, New London, Connecticut
    • Died 22 Apr 1825 in Leyden, Lewis County, New York
    • Service - Private for Captains Osborn, John Shipman, Abraham Tyler, Colonels Jonathan Baldwin, Huntington, Ely
    • Spouse - Betsey Wadsworth

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cones who served in the Revolution, Part 1

Yesterday I posted on my other blog "Letters to My Grandparents" some information about my ancestors who had served in or supported the Revolutionary War. I thought today, I would focus on people with the surname Cone who had participated in the American Revolution. This information comes from the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System. This site is public and available for research. Information on applications associated with a particular ancestor can be purchased on line for download for $10 each. These will be posted in three parts.

The following individuals with the Cone surname are listed on the DAR website. This does not mean that they are the only Cones who served. These individuals' service has been proven by a descendant and recognized by the DAR.

  • Cephas Cone 
    •  Born 10 Oct 1756 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    •  Died 27 Feb 1834 in Colchester, probably New London, Connecticut
    •  Service - Private in Captain Eliphalet Holmes Company of Minute Men
    •  Source - Johnston, Connecticut Men in the Revolution, page 611
    •  Spouse - Sarah Gates, Falla Roberts

  • Conant Cone 
    • Born 6 July 1760 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died  1799 Princeton, Probably New Jersey
    • Service - Private in the Companies of Captain Eliphalet Holmes and Regiment    of Colonel Jedediah Huntington
    • Spouse - Alice Houghton

  • Cyrus Cone
    • Born 28 Jul 1761 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 14 Oct 1825 in Middlefield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
    • Service - Private in Colonel McClellan's Regiment
    • Source - Bates, Rolls & Lists of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, Vol. 8, P 185.
    • Spouse - Ludy X

  • Daniel Cone
    • Born 7 July 1759 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died  28 Jun 1842 in Peru, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
    • Service - Private in Captains Eliphalet Holmes' and Nehemiah Rice's Companies
    • Source - Pension S17352
    • Spouse - Olive Ackley

  • Daniel Hurlburt Cone 
    • Born 16 Jul 1753 in Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 16 Apr 1841 in Winchester, Litchfield County, Connecticut
    • Service - Private in Captain Abner Prior's Company, Colonel Philip Bradley's Regt.
    • Source - Pension S36473
    • Spouse - Elizabeth Atkins

  • Elijah Cone 
    • Born 11 Aug 1723 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 16 Sep 1793 in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut
    • Service - Provided clothing for soldiers, 1778
    • Source - Connecticut State DAR, Non-Military Service in the Revolution, Vol. 1, P 52
    • Spouse - Elizabeth Cone

  • Elisha Cone
    • Born 1 Dec 1726 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died 10 Jan 1783 in East Haddam, Connecticut
    • Service - Private in the Companies of Captains Cornelius Higgins & Charles Pond
    • Spouse - Abigail Olmsted

  • Elisha Cone  
    • Born 3 Dec 1735 in Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died 16 Jul 1794 in Middlefield, Connecticut
    • Service must be proved as it has been confused with the Elisha Cone above.
    • Spouse - Martha Bates

  • George Cone, Jr.
    • Born 3 Jun 1738 in Millington, Connecticut
    • Died 3 Jan 1801 in Millington, probably Connecticut
    • Service - Lieutenant of the 14th Company of Trainband, 25th Regiment
    • Spouse - Elizabeth Brainard, Demaris Saxton

  • Giles Cone  
    • Born 1741 in Middletown, Connecticut
    • Died 25 Oct 1785 in Middletown, Connecticut
    • Service - Soldier in 1775 under Captain Giles Hall, sailor on Brigantine Minerva  and Galley Trumbull
    • Spouse - Margaret X

  • Henry Cone  
    • Born 1744 in Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 15 Dec 1827 in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut
    • Service - Private in the companies of Captains Champion and Miles
    • Source -  Widow's pension W25432
    • Spouse -  Waistill Champion
  • Ichabod Cone
    • Born 1757 in Middlesex County, Connecticut
    • Died 9 Oct 1831 in Preble, Middlesex County, Connecticut
    • Service - Captain Eliphalet Holmes' Company
    • Spouse - Anna Holmes

  • Israel Cone
    • Born 21 Dec 1749 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 4 Nov 1825 in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut
    • Service - Private in Captain Holmes Company also Sergeant, Paymaster in Colonel Huntington's Regiment
    • Source - Pension S36477
    • Spouse - Lucy Ackley, Sarah Holmes

  • James Cone
    • Born 3 Sep 1729 in Haddam, Connecticut
    • Died 31 Oct 1814 in Haddam, Connecticut
    • Service - Soldier in Continental Troop
    • Spouse - Deborah Smith

  • James Cone
    • Born 4 Sep 1742 in East Haddam, Hartford County, Connecticut
    • Died 24 Jan 1797 in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut
    • Service - Private in Captain James Green's Company
    • Source - Johnston, Connecticut Men in the Revolution
    • Spouse - Alice Crocker

  • Jared Cone, Jr.
    • Born 24 Jun 1769 in Bolton, Connecticut
    • Died 7 Mar 1842 in Columbia, New Hampshire
    • Service - Private in Lieutenant Olmstead's (company) Colonel Sherman's (regiment).
    • Spouse - Elizabeth Wells, Caroline Wales Webb

  • Jared Cone, Sr.
    • Born 31 Dec 1733 in Bolton, Connecticut
    • Died 11 Apr 1807 in Bolton, Connecticut
    • Service - Captain under Colonel Wells, also Lt. under Capt. Thomas Pitkin
    • Spouse - Christiana Loomis

  • John Cone
    • Born 25 May 1746 in Bolton, Connecticut
    • Died 5 Oct 1777 in Spencertown, New York
    • Service - Private in Captain Joel Loomis' Company of Light Horse, also under Captain James Smith and Colonel Meade
    • Spouse - Patience Strickland

  • John Cone
    • Born circa 1754 in Northumberland County, Virginia
    • Died before 25 Mar 1837 in Robertson County, Tennessee
    • Service - Sergeant for Captain Wm Brinkley, Col. Samuel Jarvis and 1st Regiment
    • Source - Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution, P 623
    • Spouse - Fanny Taylor

  • John Cone
    • Born Circa 1752
    • Died before 13 Jun 1813 in Beaufort County, North Carolina
    • Service - Soldier in New Bern District Militia
    • Source - North Carolina DAR, Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution P. 330
    • Spouse - Mary X

Please note: This is the first part of a list containing 56 entries. There has been some confusion resulting from the similarity of names. If your Cone ancestor is not on the list, that does not mean that he was not part of the Revolution. It means that none of his descendants has used his service to join the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Speculation would indicate that those men originally from the East Haddam area of Connecticut are descendants of Daniel Cone, one of its founders, who died in Haddam in 1706. Interesting that there are Cones born in Virginia in the 1750s. I do not know if they are also descendants of Daniel.

Cecily Cone Kelly

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Welcome to the newest member of our branch of the Cone Family

Yesterday, my niece Kristen Cone Dominguez, gave birth to her second son. Charles Alan Dominguez is named for his grandfathers Charles Newton "Rusty" Cone and Alan Moore. His arrival was more poignant because my sisters, brother and I had gathered in Golden, Colorado for a memorial service for our mother Betty Werst Cone on Friday. Charlie arrived a few weeks early but his timing was impeccable as June 8th is also the date of this great grandfather Charles Newton Cone, Jr.'s birth.

Charles Alan Dominguez
Charles Newton Cone with son Charles Newton Cone, Jr. about 1934
Congratulations on the newest member of our family Kristen and Raul.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Remembering Frederick Allen Cone

My cousin Lauryn Cone Mac Gregor reminded me in a Facebook post today that it has been 4 years since her father passed. Frederick Allen Cone was my father's (Charles Newton Cone, Jr.) younger, by six years, brother. Born 29 Sep 1933 in Portland, Oregon to Charles Newton and Hazel Allen Cone. He was named Frederick for his paternal grandfather, Frederick Naaman Cone and Allen from his mother's family.
Hazel and Fred circa 1934

Big brother Chuck with his arm around Fred
Portland, Oregon circa 1937
from the Baby Book kept for Chuck by his mother.

Born into a musical family (Dad was a talented baritone, Mom played piano, Chuck played violin and sang base) Fred chose viola and excelled. I have found a number of articles from the Oregonian Newspaper mentioning his participation. Among them, Feb. 4, 1951 on page 51, "The concert in B-minor for viola and orchestra... will have stellar position in the Junior Symphony's February 17th concert.... Fred Cone, member of the orchestra, will be the featured soloist."

Fred was also a talented vocalist. While he was a student at University of Portland, he was a frequent soloist in Portland area chorales. Genealogy Bank has one of the notices for the Portland Oregonian that contains a very nice photograph Stars in "The Messiah". He later went on to sing with the Stanford University Chorale in 1955-6. He continued to sing and perform throughout his life.

My first memories of "Uncle" Fred come from the time my Mother and I lived with my Grandparents in Portland while my Dad was away with the Navy. He was always mortified by having someone my age call him 'Uncle'.
Fred Cone age 19

Another of my vivid memories of Uncle Fred was his wedding to Rebecca Chidlaw. They had met while both were students at Stanford. The wedding took place in Claremont, California. We were living about an hour away in La Habra. It was quite a project to get my sisters and I (ages 6, 5 and 3) dressed appropriately for an evening wedding preceded by an hour's car ride. Some how we managed to arrive in one piece with flower covered bandeaux in our hair. The photo below is from the receiving line, 7 Sep 1957.

Fred's vocation may have been the law, however his avocation was always music. His melodious tones were featured at many family celebrations including my sister's wedding May 8, 1993. This was very special for us as our father had died the previous October and we were still devastated.

Fred singing at the wedding of
Leslie Cone and Hugh Riecken
May 8, 1993 Roswell, New Mexico
There was a strong family resemblance between Fred, Chuck and their father Charles Newton Cone. Seeing Fred in the years after my father had died were always heart warming. He had so many of the same mannerisms, it brought my Dad's memory closer. I always wondered if there was a genetic component to their gestures.

Three Cone men February 1985 Florida
Have not been able to figure out how to make this photo of Charles with sons Fred and Chuck larger without degrading the quality. They met in Florida to watch Charles' receive an award from the Forest Products Research Council.

Fred your talent, personality and joie de vivre are missed by family and friends especially today.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cones buried in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia

Always on the lookout for the surname CONE, I was researching on for Inga Iverson Christensen and stumbled on to the following Cones:

Ben Otis Cone                b. Nov. 6, 1906     d. May 12, 1971
David Wilton Cone        b. unknown           d. Sep. 9, 1978
Frank G. Cone, Sr.         b. Mar. 11, 1911   d. May 1, 1989
Laurence Perry Cone     b. Nov. 14, 1871   d. Sep. 19, 1933
Linton Cone                   b. Nov. 5, 1873     d. Oct. 22, 1904
Margaret A. G. Cone     b. Apr. 19, 1854    d. Jan. 16, 1937
Margaret M. Cone         b. Oct. 2, 1903      d. Sep. 20, 1993
Mary Muller Cone         b. Jul. 23, 1874    d. Mar. 23, 1955
Sarah E. Cone                b. Feb. 26, 1914   d. unknown
William H. Cone           b. Dec. 22, 1850   d. Jan. 31, 1931

All of these cones are buried in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.
Findagrave says "Bonaventure started as the Evergreen Cemetery Company which was privately owned but sold to the City of Savannah in the early 1900s and renamed Bonaventure."

I do not know if these Cones are related to the Haddam, Connecticut clan. Perhaps, one of their family members will see this post and let us know.

Unfortunately, I still have not found Inga Iverson Christensen's burial site.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Charles N. Cone and Patents

      In talking to my cousin Bob Brim about how his grandfather Frederick Naaman Cone had learned to read German to help my grandfather Charles N. Cone with the products he was developing for the plywood industry, I began wondering about the information I could find on my grandfather's inventions. How wonderful to be living in the Internet era! In just a few seconds I found his U. S. Patent number 3956860 with a Filing date of Mar 23, 1973 and Issue date of Jun. 29, 1976
     As children, my sisters, brother and I spent a good deal of time each summer visiting our grandparents in Oregon. An integral part of each visit with our Cone grandparents was a trip to Pacific Adhesives, Inc first in Beaverton and then in Hillsboro. We remember seeing railroad cars emblazoned with the PACO logo, the intricacies of the labs and of course the stacks of 50 pound bags of dried animal blood in the warehouse. Alright, to be honest, we remember most the smell of those bags YUCK!
     We were proud of the work our grandfather was doing. Many conversations centered around how things were going with what my grandmother (Hazel Allen Cone) termed "Old Foamy." The more than three years between the filing and issue dates for "Plywood Manufacturing Using Foamed Glues" does not begin to speak to the time and resources Charles N. Cone invested in this process. In fact, he had filed and then abandoned two previous patent applications, one in 1969 and one in 1970 for "Old Foamy." Grandaddy was 77 when the patent was issued.
     Blessed with an inventive mind, Old Foamy was not Charles' first effort to patent his ideas and developments. On Nov 6, 1931, he filed for Patent number 1976436 "Adhesive and Process of Making Same" which was issued in 1934. The first paragraph states, "My invention relates to the process of making a laminated construction unit, the laminated product of said process, the process of making the adhesive for such unit and the adhesive product of said last process."
      The key to why the "Old Foamy" patent was so important to Charles can be found on the first page of his earlier patent. "Charles N. Cone, Seattle, Wash., assignor to I. F. Laucks, Inc., Seattle, Wash., a corporation of Washington." This statement meant the any income or royalties derived from this process belonged to Charles' employer, not to him. From the employer's point of view, they were providing the employment, facilities, and resources for the development of the process. Grandfather understood that but it planted the seed of necessity to develop and own the rights to his inventions. It was not until 1956 that he founded Pacific Adhesives, Inc. At age 58, he was determined to own the fruits of his mind.
     His father, Frederick Cone, did not pass until December 1957 so I'm certain that he was proud of his son's accomplishments. Grandaddy (Charles) worked until his 89th birthday still contributing to the development of the plywood industry. He died a month later. I have many photos of the older Charles Newton Cone, but the one below shows his confidence and determination, even as a young man.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Lyman and Naaman Cone Agriculture Census 1850

 Brothers Lyman and Naaman Cone are both listed on the 1850 Agricultural Census taken 03 Oct 1850 in New Lisbon, Otsego County, New York.

Lyman reported the following:

160 improved acres
100 unimproved acres
$5,200 cash value of farm
$200 worth of farm implements and machinery
2 horses
12 milch cows
20 other cattle
30 sheep
8 swine
$525 total value of livestock
20 bushels of wheat
100 bushels of rye
300 bushels of Indian corn
120 bushels of oats

Naaman reported the following:
150 improved acres
33 unimproved acres
$3,000 cash value of farm
$100 worth of farm implements and machinery
8 horses
7 milch cows
2 working oxen
11 other cattle
40 sheep
6 swine
$875 total value of livestock
30 bushels of wheat
100 bushels of Indian corn
150 bushels of oats

Lyman and Naaman were the sons of Ira and Lydia (Hayes) Cone. Lyman was born 18 Apr 1799 in Otsego County, New York. He married Mary Santley 12 Mar 1820. Lyman died 30 Mar 1888 in Laurens, Otsego County, N. Y. aged 87 years. In "Some Account of the Cone Family in America, William W. Cone describes him as;
        "An honest, conscientious and deeply religious man, and a member of the
        Society of Friends. In political matters he voted with the Whigs, and with the
        Republican after the Republican party was formed. His house was a station
        on the "Underground Railway" and he assisted many slaves to escape."
        (page 457).

Photo from the collection of Flora Dunlap Long

Naaman was born 11 Sep 1804 and married Joanna Warner, the daughter of Thomas and Rhoda (Hopkins) Warner 17 Nov 1825.  Naaman, after a long career in education, moved on to Hornellsville in Steuben County. He was Poormaster at Hornellsville at the time of his death 29 Oct 1855. I do not know why he moved to Hornellsville.

One of the genealogical coincidences is that Naaman Cone's grandson, Frederick Naaman Cone (son of William Warner Cone),  married Helen Brown Newton (daughter of Mary Elizabeth Clarke, daughter of Lydia Hornell, daughter of George Hornell, Jr., son of George Hornell)the second great granddaughter of George Hornell the man for whom Hornellsville was named.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cone Grandchildren on Oregon Beach 1935

Frederick Naaman Cone
Born 29 Mar 1859, Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York
Died 29 Dec 1957, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Through, I've recently connected with my second cousin, grand daughter of my grandfather's sister Flora Harriet Cone. Also named Flora, she has been sharing some wonderful photographs of the extended Cone family. Our mutual great grand father Frederick Naaman Cone is pictured above.

Great grandfather Cone's life journeys took him from New York state to Worthington, Minnesota; to Mapleton, Utah; to Salem, Oregon and finally to retirement in Portland. A farmer, from the mid 1920s to mid 1930s, he raised prunes somewhere in Marion County outside Salem. We're trying to determine exactly when he moved off the farm and though Marion County land records are probably the quickest answer, we have not located those on-line.

During the time period in question, all but one of his children also lived in the Portland - Salem area.
Daughter Molly and her husband Rev. Thomas Acheson were in Salem where he was pastor of the Jason Lee Methodist Church. Daughter Flora and her husband Charles R. Brim were also farming in rural Marion County in 1934. Son Charles Newton Cone and his wife Hazel Allen Cone were living in Portland where he was working as a chemist in the plywood industry. Only oldest son William Laurence Cone and his wife Rhea Wauneta Watts Cone and their four daughters remained in Utah.

Cousin Flora sent a wonderful photograph of the Northwest based Cone grandchildren lined up by age on the beach at Neskowin, Oregon in 1935. If the inserted caption is too difficult to read, the grandchildren are from left: Bob Brim ( he wants us to notice that he was standing on his toes to seem taller), Josephine Brim, Helen Acheson, Barbara Brim, Fred Brim, Mary Acheson, Chuck Cone, Flora "Lally" Brim, and Tom Acheson.