Emanuel Jones was born before 1692, likely in Wales, and immigrated to Chester County in the Pennsylvania Colony before 1720, when he first appears on tax lists for Whiteland Township (307). He resided in Charlestown Township of Chester County until his death in about 1757.

Emanuel Jones was born before 1692, likely in Wales, and immigrated to Chester County in the Pennsylvania Colony before 1720, when he first appears on tax lists for Whiteland Township (307). He resided in Charlestown Township of Chester County until his death in about 1757. His wife’s given name was Jane; her maiden name and ancestors have not been identified (321). Before 4 May 1710, a son David Emanuel was born to Emanuel and Jane Jones, in Chester County, Pennsylvania (66). A daughter Ann was likely born before Apr 1733; however, her date of birth is uncertain (66).

During the period 1722–1753, Emanuel Jones appeared regularly on Chester County, Pennsylvania tax lists (307). On 4 May 1731, he witnessed the Will of John Lewis as did his son, David Emanuel along with John Rees and Morgan Williams (121, 318). On 20 Sep 1737, Emanuel Jones made an inventory of the goods and chattels of Evan Jones of the Yellow Spring in Chester County, Pennsylvania (952). At Charlestown, on 21 Jan 1740, Emanuel Jones witnessed the Will of Llewelyn Martin (13). The Will of Llewelyn Martin named David Emanuel as a guardian. In 1743, Emanuel Jones was appointed a Trustee of the Charlestown Presbyterian Church (15).

On 1 Nov 1744, an item in Franklin’s Penn Gazette advertised a tract of 218 acres in Charles Town Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania with the remark “enquire of Emanuel Jones and David Emanuel living on the same” (250). Apparently, the David Emanuel family was living on land originally acquired by Emanuel Jones. In 1744, Emanuel Jones was about 53 years old. Before 1748, the David Emanuel family emigrated from Chester County, Pennsylvania to Lunenburg County, Virginia (105).

On 19 Jan 1749, Emanuel Jones received a warrant to survey 10 acres of land in Chester County, Pennsylvania (233). On 19 Feb 1750, 8 and 78/100 acres of land in Charlestown Township were surveyed for Emanuel Jones (360). Consistent with the warrant, the survey indicates that this land was adjacent to “Land late of said Emanuel Jones.”

On 30 Apr 1754, Emanuel Jones made a will in Charlestown Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania (66). He named his wife Jane, son David Emanuel, and a daughter Ann Williams, who at the time of his will was living in Wales. Emanuel Jones died in Charlestown Township before 14 Jun 1758, at about age 67 years. His will was filed on 30 Aug 1758 at Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (66).

On 14 Jun 1758, Jane Jones, the wife of Emanuel Jones, renounced as administrator of his estate (321), and on 14 Aug 1758, Daniel Beaton renounced his role as executor of the Estate of Emanuel Jones (320). On 29 Sep 1758, David John and William Thomas signed an inventory of the goods and chattels of Emanuel Jones (319)

Notes and Comments

The oldest son of Emanuel Jones, David Emanuel, Sr., was born before 1710. If Emanuel Jones was at least 18 years of age when he married, then he likely was born in about 1690.

Emanuel Jones appears on 1719/20, 1720/21, and 1721 tax lists for Whiteland Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania (307). In the 1720/21 tax list he appears as Manuell Jones, and on the 1721 tax list he similarly appears as Manuel Jones. The 1724/25 tax list for Charlestown Township records Mannuell Jones. Emanuel Jones appears on Charlestown Township tax lists: 1725, 1729, 1730, 1734/35, 1735/36, 1747/48, 1749/50, 175, 1753, and 1766 (307). Where Manuel Jones, Manuell Jones, or Mannuell Jones appears on a tax list, Emanuel Jones is not recorded on the same list.

On Chester County tax lists for 1719/20 through 1735/36, Emanuel Jones is designated as a landholder.

The 1719/20 tax list for Whiteland Township provides the earliest evidence of Emanuel Jones in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

On 20 Sep 1737, Emanuel Jones made an inventory of the goods and chattels of Evan Jones. Apparently, Evan John of Chester County, Pennsylvania was also referred to records as Evan Jones. Regardless, the 20 Sep 1737 inventory prepared by Emanuel Jones is filed with records of the administration of the Estate of Evan John and probate at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (952).

The Presbyterian Church, built in 1742, was the first church in Charlestown Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania. The church was located on Upper Egypt Road, near Charlestown Village.

As one of the first trustees of the Presbyterian Church, Emanuel Jones is likely buried in the Old Charlestown Cemetery at the site of the Presbyterian Church.

The Will of Emanuel Jones names a daughter Ann; little else is known about her.

On 30 Oct 1765,  Jonathan Wells received a patent on the 8 and 78/100 acre tract that Emanuel Jones acquired in 1754 (949). Emanuel Jones is recorded as the warrantee.

Charlestown Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

The Charlestown Presbyterian Cemetery is located on the Phoenixville-Charlestown road being just north of the Village of Charlestown, Charlestown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The cemetery is associated with the Charlestown Presbyterian Church, which was founded in 1743 on a portion of land given by Job Harvey. The Church was located in the northwest portion of the present graveyard.

The present graveyard, being the original purchase, was situated on one of the earliest laid-out roads in this section.  One of the first persons buried in this graveyard was Lewis Evans, of Vincent Township, who died 19 May 1762.

Sources

13. Will of Llewelyn Martin, Charlestown, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills 1713–1825, Chester County Archives and Records Service, Chester County, Pennsylvania. (Database: Ancestry.com.)

15. Harmon D. Rees. “Notes on Charlestown Township.” Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
URL: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pacheste/chester_twplist_charltwn_earlyla.htm

66. Will of Emanuel Jones, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 30 Apr 1754. Chester County, Pennsylvania Will Book L, Page 148. Philadelphia County Wills 1682–1819. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1900. (Database: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

105. Dye, Helen Sides. The Johns Connections. Heritage Books, Bowie, Maryland, 1999.

121. Wright, F. Edward.  Abstracts of Philadelphia County Wills. Willow Bend Books, Westminster, Maryland, 1995.

158. Futhey, J. Smith and Gilbert Cope. History of Chester County, Pennsylvania: With Genealogical and Biographical Sketches. Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1995.

233. Warrant Issued to Emanuel Jones to Survey 10 acres in Charles Town Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 19 Jan 1749. Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733–1952, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

250. Scott, Walter. Abstracts from Ben Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728–1748. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1975. Page 470. (Image on file.)

307. 18th Century Tax Records, Chester County Archives and Record Services, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
URL: http://www.chesco.org/1729/Tax-Indexes-1715-1799

318. Will of John Lewis, Charlestown, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 4 May 1731/32. Chester County Pennsylvania Will Book E, Page 282.

319. Inventory of the Estate of Emanuel Jones, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 29 Sep 1758. (Image on file.)

320. Daniel Beaton Renounced as Executor of the Estate of Emanuel Jones, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 14 Aug 1758. (Image on file.)

321. Jane Jones Renounced as Administrator of the Estate of Emanuel Jones. Chester County, Pennsylvania, 10 Jun 1758. (Print and image on file.)

360. Survey of 8 and 70/100 Acres for Emanuel Jones, Charles Town Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. (Image on file.)

949. Warrant by Emanuel Jones to Jonathan Wells, 10 acres. Charles Town Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 19 Jan 1749. Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733–1952, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Images: Pennsylvania State Archives. Image on file.)

952. Inventory of the Estate of Evan John by Emanuel Jones, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 20 Sep 1737. Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. City of Philadelphia Register of Wills, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Case Number 63. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)