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became a servant of the Winthrops, a leading Puritan family in New England, Joe was able to discover "enough primary historical documents to construct a dramatic account of Daniel's life in these early years in the American colonies."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.