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Guide to the Jones Family Papers, 1817-1964

Collection number: MC 223

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About the Jones Family

Levi Jones was a farmer, businessman, innkeeper, and prominent mason of Milton, N.H. He was born in 1771 and died in 1847. He married Sally Worcester Wallingford (1799-1863), marriage date unknown, and they had one child, Charles, born in 1834. Charles married Betsy Varney (1836-1878) in 1856 and died in 1873. They bore three children, Fred P. (born about 1860), Nellie V. (born about 1862), and Charles Dana (b.1863; d.1908). Charles married Pauline Hart (b. 1966) and the couple bore five children – Katherine Mary (b. 1887), Russell Hart (b. 1893), Levi Dana (b. 1891), Hanson Varney (b. 1899), and Dorothy (b. abt. 1900). Fred married Emma Jane Cowell and had at least two children, the second of whom was Robert Edmond (b. 1887; d. 1958).

The Jones Farm now forms part of the New Hampshire Farm Museum on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, N.H. and was gifted to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF). A companion parcel, 322 acres in size, located on Piggott Road in Milton, was gifted to the University of New Hampshire by the Jones family. In the past, it was used extensively by forestry classes for management exercises. The variation in vegetative makeup and terrain made it ideal for educational study and for wildlife habitat management. The property is multi-use, so is open to the public for most forms of non-motorized recreation including hunting, fishing and all forms of pedestrian traffic.bottles from the dairies that once proliferated throughout the New Hampshire countryside.

About the Jones Family papers

The Jones family papers include account books kept by Levi Jones that provide a picture of the family farm operation, a series of deeds, land records, and receipts, two wills (those of Joseph Plumer, a neighbor, and Betsy G. Varney), as well as a speech delivered in 1834 by Levi on the subject of temperance. One incidental item is the transference to Elizabeth Jones in 1964 of the royalties to be earned by the work of set designer Robert Edmond Jones, one of the most influential figures in 20th‐century American theatre. He was the son of Fred P. and Emma (Cowell) Jones of Plummer’s Ridge, Milton and the great-grandson of Levi Jones.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jones Family Papers, 1817-1964, MC 223, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Multiple accessions: #7944 (purchased from the Manuscript Co. of Springfield, March 17, 1980); #2009.07; #2012.13 (purchased from Shelley Cardiel, Kirkland, WA)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Levi Jones account book. Mostly running accounts from the operation of the family farm, 1817-1834
Box 1, Folder 2 Levi Jones account book. Mostly running accounts from the operation of the family farm, 1833-1847
Box 1, Folder 3 Levi Jones Militia/Justice of the Peace record book, 1813-1845 and estate inventory and account book, 1847-1860
Box 1, Folder 4 Levi Jones, speech on temperance, 1834
Box 1, Folder 5 Levi Jones deeds (9), 1817-1847
Box 1, Folder 6 Joseph P. Jones deeds (6), 1827-1838
Box 1, Folder 7 Sally Jones deeds (3), 1849-1859
Box 1, Folder 8 Charles Jones deeds (9), 1845-1859
Box 1, Folder 9 Charles Jones deeds (9), 1860-1864
Box 1, Folder 10 Charles Jones deeds (9), 1865-1868
Box 1, Folder 11 Charles Jones deeds (6), 1869-1871
Box 1, Folder 12 Miscellaneous deeds (3): Samuel Wallingford, Joshua G. Hall, and Fred P. Jones, 1820, 1870, 1885
Box 1, Folder 13 Miscellaneous land records (5). Agreements on property line, fence construction, and maintenance between owners of the Jones property and the owners of neighboring properties, 1824-1869
Box 1, Folder 14 Milton, NH tax receipts, 1865-1868
Box 1, Folder 15 Levi Jones receipts (2), 1817
Box 1, Folder 16 Charles Jones receipts (25), 1864-1869
Box 1, Folder 17 Miscellaneous receipts (2), 1868-1869
Box 1, Folder 18 Wills: Joseph Plumer and Betsey G. Varney, 1821 and 1869
Box 1, Folder 19 Charles Jones, miscellaneous documents. Include an essay on geography, 2 merit rewards, and one share in the Dover Library, 1844-1875
Box 1, Folder 20 Jones family timber management and sale, 1951-1952
Box 1, Folder 21 Elizabeth Jones, royalty transfer from Robert Edmund Jones, 1964
Box 1, Folder 22 Lydia Worcester, Sally Jones silver coffin plates, 1863
Box 1, Folder 23 Photo card of Nellie V. Jones, prob. in her twenties (taken at the Phelps Studio, 942 Chapel Street, New Haven, Conn.), ca.1880s