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The Story As I Know It:
Martha Jones was born in N. Sassafras Parish,
Cecil County Maryland about 1764. The parish centered on
St. Stephens Anglican Church, a lovely church in
Earleville Maryland on the Eastern shore. Her
parents were Jacob Jones and
"Leney" Currer. They lived on a
plantation, None so Good in Finland, on the north
side of the Sassafras River on banks of a Back Creek
In the Cecil County
Historical Society library Surname File on Currier
there is a letter from Mrs. Oliver M. Currier of
Havre de Grace, Maryland dated 1975. In it she
describes a Sermon Book
given to Mrs. Loreen Buffum Robinson of Long
Beach CA. The Sermon Book was given to Mrs. Robinson
by a 95 year old cousin. “The Sermon Book is the
remains of a book of sermons preached by a Currier
preacher in England at the time of Cromwell. Augustine Currier Jones
used this book as a family bible.The birth, death and
wedding dates noted above and those of the children of Jacob and Augustine
are all found in the Sermon Book. Mrs. Robinson had
already sent the genealogical sheets and sermons to the
Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore in 1975. Cecil
County has copies of the family notes made in the Sermon
Book. Below are the listing of the first three
"John Currer Jones born March 30, 1761,
Millicent Currer Jones August 14, 1762
Martha Jones is in the Sermon Book but date is unreadable. It is written just after Millicent so assume about 1764.
Augustine Currer Jones died just after giving
birth to her last child Nov 1770. Martha would
have been just 6 years old with 4 younger children to help
take care of. For some reason in spring of
1773, maybe financial, Jacob left the family
estate under the care of a relative, Alphonso Comegys
and went.....somewhere?? for some
reason? Then in Dec. 1774 he sells the
plantation to Comegys and moves his family to
Duck Creek, in Kent County Delaware. Cecil County Land Records
Vol 14, p. 41.
Duck Creek is not very far from None So Good in Finland,
about 20 miles. There he married Rachel Fields,
a recent widow, with 2 children plus 4 children born to
her husband and his first wife. Jacob and Rachel
were married by beginning of 1776 and possible earlier.
Now there are 13 children in the family and by end of year
Rachel has Joseph Jones by Jacob.
Martha Jones married Joseph
Greenwood by March 1777. She was named in
her father's will as Martha Greenwood and it is
dated March 28, 1777. She would have been a very
young bride. Her new husband was just 20 years old.
Kent County Marriage Records found in the Delaware
Archives A27, page 192. Martha
apparently took over the care of Joseph Jones, Rachel's
new baby. for when Jacob Jones final Probate
was finalized, Delaware Probate Record, Aug 27, 1790,
Martha Jones Greenwood received her portion of
the final distribution AND the portion for Joseph
Jones as "they have raised him from one day old to
present". The family was living in North
Carolina by this time and Joseph Jones was still
For the first 3 years of their married life, Joseph Greenwood was actively engaged in the Revolutionary War regiments. So even though she is a married woman, it is quite probably that she was living with or near the Jones' large household. It is possible that she took Joseph Jones with her to live with the Greenwood family south of Duck Creek,near present day Harrington, De. I would think that less likely. We also know she was married early as she was listed as Martha Greenwood in the will of Jacob Jones as one of his children. His will is in Probate Records, Kent County Delaware 1777.
Joseph Greenwood was a member of Colonel John Haslet's Delaware Regiment. He served for one year after enlisting on January 15, 1776. From June to December of 1777 he served in the Delaware Militia under Colonel William Rhodes. He was home for Christmas, but he entered the Maryland Militia in January 1778 as a substitute for a term of two months. The MD Militia held a draft, Joseph must have replaced someone who had been drafted but could not complete the term. This information is found in the Revolutionary War Pension Record of Joseph Greenwood.
When the Revolution was over Joseph moved his
family to Rowan County, NC. They lived there from
about 1785 to 1797. The 1790 Census of Rowan County NC
roll 637_7, Image
17 actual page says "327" has him listed in the
Salisbury District. The family consisted of
Joseph > 16, 3 males under 16 and 5
Joseph Greenwood male >16 35
Martha J. Greenwood female 26
William Greenwood male <16 10
Margaret Greenwood female 8
Nancy Greenwood female 5
Jane Greenwood female 2
unknown son male <16 ? probably closer to age of 1 based on the 1809 census
unknown daughter female ?
Joseph Jones male <16 14
Rowan County Land Records shows he
purchased 90 acres on July 9, 1796. He sold it in two
parts on October 19, 1797. This is halfway between
Greensboro and Charlotte. They had at least one
daughter, Martha "Patsy" born in Rowan county Feb.
The family next moved to Lincoln County Kentucky
and lived there for 6 years .Kentucky Land Owners, 1787
- 1811 lists Joseph
Greenwood on the tax list from 1799 to
1803. During the time in Kentucky, their two
eldest children, William and Margaret were married
and stayed in Kentucky when Joseph and Martha
moved on to Wilson County Tennessee. The Index
to Early Tennessee Tax List shows Joseph Greenwood in
1804 paying taxes in Wilson County, Here
their next two daughters, Nancy and Jane married.
By 1807 Joseph Greenwood had moved on to Indian land which was to become Huntsville, Madison County, Mississippi Territory. According to the Madison County Website, "The first white settlers entered the area in 1804. The area was previously inhabited by Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians. The county seat was established at Huntsville." It is less than a hundred miles due south from Wilson County, TN. After a survey by Thomas Freeman it became the Mississippi Territory on 12/13/1808.
The 1809 Madison County Census was published
in an edition of Valley Leaves, a
publication of the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
based out of Huntsville. However, it contains only the
name of head of household. Joseph Greenwood is
1 male < 21 probably the unknown son of the 1790 census
2 males > 21 Joseph now 54, maybe Joseph Jones - we don't know his story,
3 females < 21 Patsy now 15, and 2 unknown daughters (one born in NC. the other probably in KY)
1 female > 21. Martha, now 45
Martha Greenwood is never mentioned after the
birth of Patsy in 1794, but there is no
indication that she had died or that Joseph
So the children attributed to Joseph and Martha Greenwood are:
1. William Greenwood born about 1780 in Delaware married Elizabeth Evans 1800 in Lincoln County KY , 2nd married Mary in KY.
2. Margaret Greenwood born about 1782, married John Boren(Boring) 1802 in Lincoln County KY . re Lincoln County Wedding Certificate sent by Lincoln County Ky clerk. I have a copy should you like one CONTACT US. My thanks to Cathy L'Altrelli
3. Nancy Greenwood born about 1785, married William Anderson 1807 in Wilson County Tennessee .
4. Jane Greenwood born about 1788, married William Hartgroves 1808 in Wilson County Tennessee .
5. Martha "Patsy" Greenwood born Feb 9, 1794 in Rowan County, NC wed July 23, 1809 in Madison County, Mississippi Territory to Henry Loy.
6. unknown boy on 1790 Census
7. unknown duaghter on 1790 & 1809 Census
8. unknown daughter on 1809 Census
We believed Martha Jones Greenwood died sometime
between the 1809 Census and 1814. Most likely in the
Mississippi Territory. In 1814 Joseph Greenwood
married a second time.
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