Obviously, from the information found in Les Bowser's book, this is NOT the origin of MY line of Jones',
however, this would certainly be a starting point for other Jones lines, so I left this information here.
In 1681, a man named William Penn acquired land in America. Penn was a Quaker Leader
in much sympathy with the oppressed and persecuted Welsh. The British Authority accepted
no church as legal except for the Church of England and specifically not the Quakers.
Quakers irritated the English by refusing to take up arms, except in self defense,
or to take oaths of allegiance to any other church or military service. Penn himself,
although a member of the Aristocracy, was not popular for his views. King Charles II had
owed Penn's father a large sum of money for helping him gain the throne, but Penn Senior
died before the debt was paid. With William as the heir to the debt, he offered to take
a grant of land in the New World as payment. King Charles quickly agree. Why not, he thought,
here is an easy way to settle my debt and end a rebellion. Let Penn take the Quakers to America
- let him worry about them!
It was about 1701, when Welsh Quakers from Marionshire County, Northwestern Wales were led by
Edward and William Jones to 5,000 acres of picturesque and fertile land along the Schuylkill River
to settle in a place now known as Marion, one of the garden spots of America and where the first
proven history of our Jones ancestors is found. William Penn went on to plan and name Philadelphia
and it is he for whom Pennsylvania is named.
Edward and William Jones, who brought the settlers to Marion, might have been ancestors or even
remote cousins, but at this late date, unfortunately, it is impossible to know for certain.
As part of the emigration wave of the early to mid 1700's from Germany, Johann Carl Schantz,
his brother Jacob, Matthias Sommer and Jacob Treitz were just four of the Germans who travelled from the
general region of Gondelsheim, Baden in 1749, under rather dismal conditions to seek a better life for
themselves. Gondelsheim, is a small town of just over 3,000 and it can be found 23km northeast of the city of
Karlsruhe, in the county of the same name.
They sailed aboard the ship "Lydia", captained by Captain John Randolph. They sailed from Rotterdam
and arrived in Philadelphia, by way of Cowes, on October 09, 1749.
Obviously, Carl, Jacob Treitz and Matthias Sommer continued their friendship after leaving Germany.
For 17 years later they embarked on another adventure into the unknown, to seek a better life.
by the Pioneer Settlers destined for the Moncton area of New Brunswick.
It lists what they were allowed to bring on their
voyage, including weapons, planting seed, tools, etc. and the responsibility
of the settler.
(New Brunswick was not yet established). The voyage was made on a Sloop,
under the watchful eye of Captain John Hall.
Heinrich Steeves(Stief) and wife Rachel
Jacob Trites and wife Christiana
Matthias Somers and wife Christina Null
Michael Lutes(Lutz) and wife
My Colpitts Family Connection