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Notes for Jonathan JONES

They were married by Rev. Thos. Barton of St. James' Church, Lancaster, Pa. Margaret, daughter of John and Mary Davis, was born 10, 2, 1736; d. 9th mo., 1819, at the house of her son, Calcb Jones, a bachelor, who lived at the foot of the Welsh Mountain, near Morgantown, Pa. Jonathan and Margaret Jones settled in Berks County, Pa. He was a strong Whig and a firm friend of freedom for the Colonies. He served in the Revolutionary War as Captain, Major, Lieutenant-Colonel, and Colonel. He was with the expedition to conquer Canada, and made his will 10, 20, 1776, at Fort Ticonderoga on his way from Quebec. The exposure during that disastrous campaign undermined his health to such an extent that he was obliged to give up his commission and return to his home, where he died from paralysis in 1782. His wife survived him 38 years, and is buried beside him in Bangor Churchyard, at Churchtown, Lancaster County, Pa.

Col. Jones assisted as escort to Martha Washington upon her coming to Philadelphia. He also marched to Westmoreland County to assist in protecting the people against Lord Dunmore. He was with Arnold in pursuit of the British after the Battle of "The Cedars," and took part also in the Battle of The Three Rivers, and shared the distresses and privations of the army in its retreat to Ticonderoga. When obliged to evacuate Quebec, his commanding officer discovered that he had left behind some valuable papers which, had they fallen into the hand of the enemy, would have brought disaster to the cause. These Colonel Jones volunteered to return for, which he did, and brought them back at the risk of his life. It is related that in one of the battles in which the Americans were retreating, he was wounded and fell from his horse, and lay all night upon the ground during a heavy fall of snow. When found he was covered with snow to the depth of three feet, with but a small aperture for breathing. He said he was warm and comfortable except for his wound.

Another incident in his experience occurred at his brother Caleb's tavern in Morgantown. The Amerlcans and British had been skirmishing near-by with disaster to the Americans, when, shortly after, a British soldier came in and remarked, rather boastingly, that the British had gotten the best of it. Colonel Jones drew back his left hand and knocked the braggart down. The officer sprang up and immediately begged his pardon, saying: "Colonel Jones, I supposed it was your brother to whom I was speaking." His brothers Caleb and John were inclined to sympathize with the Tories.

Margaret Davis, the wife of Col. Jonathan Jones, was daughter of John and Mary Davis, who resided on what is now the Alms Honse Farm of Berks County. John Davis was the son of William and Margaret Davis--Margaret being the daughter of John Hughes of Cumru Township, Berks County. William Davis was the eldest child of William Davies of Radnor. Margaret Davis then being great-granddaughter of William Davies of Radnor, and Jonathan Jones a grandson of same person, it follows that Jonathan Jones and Margaret Davis were second cousins.
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