"The first death in this town was that of Oren Jones, an infant a few months old, son of Nehemiah Jones, and brother of the author, who died March 29th, 1788. At the time of writing the notices of Kirkland, and of the death by drowning of Miss Tuttle, it was supposed that hers was the first death of a resident within the county, but the precise time cannot be ascertained, nearer than that it was in the same spring, and probably later than that of this infant. The writer's mother has often said in his hearing, 'that leaving her friends in New England, and enduring all the privations of the new settlement, never caused her a tear, until after the death of her babe, and then the reflection that it must be buried without a coffin, as boards could not be procured nearer than the German Flats (and from the breaking up of winter, the roads and streams were nearly or quite impassable), caused her to weep.' But her trouble, on this account, was of short duration, for Esquire Ephraim Blackmer soon put her mind at ease, by telling her, that he had the sleigh box in which they removed into the country, and which he would use for the purpose, and from it he made a very decent coffin." (1)
"The first death in this town [Westmoreland] was that of Orin Jones, an infant son of Capt. Nehemiah Jones, who died March 20, 1778 (sic). As no coffin could be procured it was buried in the sleigh box, in which they had removed from Massachusetts, Esquire Ephraim Blackmer making out of it a very decent coffin." (2)
1. Jones, Pomroy, "Annals and Recollections of Oneida County," published by author, Rome, Oneida Co., New York, 1851; Ch. XXVIII, p. 734.
2. Wager, Daniel E., "Our County and Its People, A Descriptive Work on Oneida County, New York," The Boston History Company, Boston, 1896; p. 610.
A SOLDIER OF
DIED DEC. 19, 1838,
DIED OCT. 8, 1844,
ORIN THEIR SON B & D 1778
Gravesite Details On what is obviously a monument made years after the events, birth & death year are incorrect by a decade. Orin's parents weren't married until 1785.