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Albany County New York Family Sketches - Surnames I-J

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Albany County New York Family Sketches - surnames I-J, extracted from the Landmarks of Albany County, New York, Edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1897.

JACOBSON, Peter, family Sketch

Jacobson, Peter, was born on his grandfather's homestead, September 24, 1842. Jacob, the founder of the family in America, came from Holland before the Revolutionary war and settled in the town of Bethlehem, where he engaged in farming. His wife was Maria Yeeder, whom he married in his native place. They reared six children Volkert, John, Henry and Simon (twins), Maria, and Jane. Henry, the grandfather, was born in Bethlehem in 1773. He was a lifelong farmer and from the time he was eighteen he lived in Guilderland, where he was fairly prosperous. His wife was Eve, daughter of Henry Apple, who came to America from Germany, and their children were Maria, Jacob L., Harriet, Nancy, Eve, Henry, Simon, Margaret and Jane. He died in August, 1853, and his wife, in 1865. Henry, the father, was born in Guilderland (on the homestead) in 1810, where he spent his entire life. He also purchased another farm where Peter Jacobson now resides. His wife was Susan, daughter of Peter Worraer of Guilderland, and their children were Peter W. and Susan M. His wife died in 1846. His second wife was Catherine Beebe, by whom he had one child, William H. Henry Jacobson died in 1885, and his wife in 1891. Peter W. attended the common schools and remained on the farm, working for his father until his death, w-hen the property was divided and he took his present farm upon which he has since lived, doing general farming and devoting much attention to the breeding of Jersey and other high grade cattle. In 1868 he married Harriet, daughter of Philip Ogsbury of Guilderland, and their children are Charles, Anna, Henry. Susan, and Hattie Kolena. Mr. Jacobson has been treasurer of the Reformed church for eleven years, also has acted as deacon and elder, and has been secretary of the Guilderland Cemetery Association for several years. His wife has been treasurer of the Missionary Society for seven years.

JANES, Franklin H., Family Sketch

Janes, Franklin H., born in Albany, July 19, 1854, is a direct descendant of Guido de Jeanes, a general of the French Confederation, who accompanied Henry H when he left France to assume the English throne, 1154, and who was rewarded by the grant of the manor of Kirtland, Cambridgeshire, England. William Jeanes or Janes, a descendant of Gen. Guido de Jeanes, was born in England, 1610, came to America and arrived at Boston, June. 1637. He was one of the founders of New Haven, the covenant bearing his signature; also of Northampton in 1656; died September 30, 1690. One of his granddaughters was the grandmother of Samuel J. Tilden. William Janes, the father of William G., Charles H., James E. and Franklin H. was born at Janes Corners, 1806; married Mary A. Hawley; was the founder of Janesville. Wis., and a captain of New York militia under Governor Throop. Franklin H. Janes graduated at the Albany Free Academy, 1872. He studied architecture in Boston and Paris, and succeeded to the business of William L. and William M. Woollett in 1881. He was made a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1886. Mr. Janes has designed many notable buildings throughout the United States, and has sent plans to several cities in Europe. His was one of a dozen names mentioned by the Century Magazine as producing the representative types of modern American architecture. In 1881 he married Laura, daughter of David Boyd McHench of Albany, N.Y., and they have one son, David McHench Janes, born October 10, 1882.

JEWETT, Frederick G., Family Sketch

Jewett, Frederick G., son of Harry and Loraine (Goodsell) Jewett, was born in Owego, Tioga county. New York, in 1846. His ancestors on both sides were from New England, though his father was born in Putnam county, and his grandfather and great-grandfather in Dutchess county, New York, the latter (John) having been a Revolutionary soldier. Frederick was educated in the public schools and at the Owego Academy. His first employment after leaving school was in the Owego post-office, which position he left to accept one on the United States Military Railroads m 1864. At the close of the war he accepted service with what was then the Atlantic and Great Western Railway, now a part of the Erie system, where he remained in various capacities until 1883; residing the greater portion of the time at Jamestown, N. Y. Having been engaged in railroad work in Ohio in the mean time, he went to Syracuse, N. Y., in 1890 as manager of the Central New York Car Service Association which was organized by the railroads of the State at that time, and in 1893 came to Albany, the offices of the association having been removed here in September of that year. He is a member of various Masonic bodies; the A. A. O. M. S., and of other fraternal organizations. Mr. Jewett married Lucy, a daughter of Doctor David and lyouisa (Ransom) Earll of Tioga county. New York, Mrs. Jewett being a descendant of Samuel Ransom, a captain in the Continental Army, who was killed at the massacre of Wyoming, Pa., July 3, 1778.

JOHNSON, James C., Family Sketch

Johnson, James C., is of English and Dutch descent and a son of Peter and Abigail (Verplank) Johnson, and was born in Greene, Chenango county, N.Y., August 28, ISiJO. His grandfather, Isaac I. Johnson, was a farmer in New Scotland. His mother was a daughter of David I. and granddaughter of Isaac Verplank and a cousin of Hon. C. J. Colvin, the father of Verplank Colvin, the present State surveyor. Mr. Johnson was educated in the common schools of New Scotland, Albany county, where the family settled about 1837, and in Albany, whither they moved in 1843. His father died at Schodack Landing in February, 1881. Pursuing his studies at the Albany Academy he finished his education at a private school kept by Mr. Helm. He read law with Crawford & Phelps of Cohoes, and with Cole & Geissenheimer of New York city, and was admitted to the bar in 1853, in the same class with Chester A. Arthur. He practiced law in New York and Cohoes until 1856, when he came to Albany, where he has since resided, being associated at different times with W. C. McHaig and Hon. Galen R. Hitt. In politics he is a Democrat. In October, 1857, he married Lydia A. Palmerton of Ballston, N. Y., who died in 1866, leaving one child, since deceased. He married, second, in January, 1871, Loretta C. Markle, of New Salem, Albany county, and they have two children: James Howard and Mary Loretta.

JOLLEY, Hugh, Family Sketch

Jolley, Hugh, who was born in Galway, Scotland, in 1721, came to this country in 1772. He kept the Abbey Hotel during the Revolutionary war. He had three sons; Samuel, James and Hugh, who was born in Scotland in 1770 and came to this country with his father and was a minister. He had three sons: Henry S., Hugh B. and James W. Henry S. was born in 1807; he married Elizabeth Ten Eyck and settled the place known as the Crystal Hill farm in Bethlehem; he died in 1845, leaving three sons: Samuel, Hugh R. and James H. Samuel was born in 1833; he married Caroline V., daughter of Frederick Rosekrans. He still remains on the farm. He has two sons: Orville H. and Harry S., who is on the farm with his father. Orville H. was born in 1862 and resides in New York city; he has one son: Orville Blaine Jolley.

JONES, Andrew B., Family Sketch

Jones, Andrew B., son of Benjamin G. and Almira E. (Morhouse) Jones, was born in Whallonsburg, Essex county, N. Y., May 19, 1840, and when very young moved with his parents to Clintonville, Clinton county, where he received a district school education. When thirteen he entered a general store as clerk, and when sixteen spent about six months at the Keeseville Academy. In 1858 he became a clerk in a general store in Shushan, Washington county, and later was a clerk for George Bristol & Co., dry goods dealers in Troy, where in 1862 he became bookkeeper and cashier for Moore & Nims, booksellers, with whom he remained eight years. In the spring of 1870 he engaged in the wholesale millinery business in Albany, as a member of the firm of Heller & Jones, but five years later sold out and became a partner in the Hudson Valley Paper Company, wholesale paper dealers. In the year 1862 Mr. Jones enlisted as a member of Co. G, 24th Regt. N. G. N. Y., and was later appointed successively quartermaster-sergeant, commissary of subsistence, and quartermaster of the regiment. He is a vestryman of St. Paul's P. E. church of Albany. In 1871 he married Alice Louise, daughter of Pomeroy Tucker of Palmyra, N. Y.; she died June 10, 1891, leaving four children: Lucy Elizabeth, Alice Frances, Florence Juliette and Sydney Tucker.

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