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Christiana (Somers) Jones (abt. 1758 - abt. 1851)

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Christiana (Christina) "Christenah" Jones formerly Somers aka Schantz
Born about in Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Moncton, Westmorland, New Brunswickmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Oct 2015
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Categories: German Immigrants to Canada | Albert County, New Brunswick | Moncton, New Brunswick | New England Planters.

Biography

Ann Christiana Somers was born about 1761, most likely in Germantown, Pennsylvania.[1] She was the daughter of Matthias Somers and Mariah Christinah (Null) Somers[2].

She and her parents were among the original group of German families in Philadephia contracted to settle Monckton Township on the Petitcodiac River. Their ship landed at Hall's Creek in present-day Moncton, New Brunswick on June 3, 1766.[3][4] Her father received Lot 7 in the township[5] but died in the early days of the settlement, most likely in 1767.[6] Her mother later married widower Jacob Ricker, Jr. and brought Christiana and her other children into that household.[7] Andrew Somers remained on the original Moncton grant, while the rest of the family went to Hillsborough Township downriver.[8] Christiana married Henry Jones about 1778.[9]

Some online trees state that Ann Christiana (Somers) Jones died November 5, 1837 at Point De Bute, Westmorland, New Brunswick. But she appears in the 1851 New Brunswick Census[10] living with her son Moses’ family in Moncton, age 89 and ‘infirm’.

The children of Henry Jones and his wife Christiana Somers included:

  1. Charles Jones 1781 - 1850
  2. Jacob Jones 1784 - 1868
  3. Mariam Jones 1786 - 1823
  4. Elizabeth Somers (born Jones) 1786 - 1869
  5. Catherine Jones 1795 - 1816
  6. Lydia Jones 1795 - 1840
  7. Henry Jones 1801 - 1864
  8. Solomon Jones 1802 - 1875
  9. Moses Jones 1806 - 1887

Notes

  • Her birth year is listed as 1763 on various internet sources, but that seems inconsistent with her position amongst her siblings in the 1766 list. She most likely was born in the late 1750’s, and the exact date remains unknown. In addition, she is listed in the 1851 New Brunswick Census[11] living with her son Moses’ family, age 89 and ‘infirm’. This would suggest a birth year around 1761 if the census was at the beginning of the year.
  • She is listed as “Christiana” in the original 1766 settler list. “Christenah” is named as the wife in Henry Jones/Schantz’s will and some believe this is Christiana Somers. However some internet listings have suggested Christiana married Nathaniel Fales and then George Dobson which casts some doubt on this Somers/Jones connection. The Dobson connection is largely based on a monument in Nova Scotia dating from the 20th century and nobody has reported any primary sources to clear up this confusion.

"From the record of Charles Jones"

  • Charles JONES Sex: MReference Number: Jones.2.1; Birth: 1781 in Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada; Burial: Old Pioneer Cemetery Salisbury, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, CanadaEvent: Jones-Somers Link; Occupation: Husbandman.Death: 23 OCT 1850 in Salisbury, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada:
  • In 1808, Charles Jones (the grandson of Carl Schantz) and his wife Deborah Somers (granddaughter of Matthias Sommer) settled on the Pollett River, at that time in Salisbury Parish. Presumably that is where his son Abner was born four years later. (Charles Jones and his father Henry were buried in the Old Pioneer Cemetery on Grub Road, between Pollett River and Little River.) [Source: Les Bowser, The Search for Heinrich Stief, A Genealogist on the Loose (Nimbus Publishing Limited, 2001.]
  • Father: Henry JONES b: 1758 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Mother: Christenah SOMERS b: ABT 1762 in Salisbury, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada [NOTE: These families did not leave Pennsylvania until 1766, so if born in 1762 it was in Pennsylvania, not in New Brunswick, which which we should also note was actually still part of Nova Scotia at the time.]
  • Wife of Charles: Marriage 1 Deborah SOMERS b: 1786 in Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada Married: 19 NOV 1805 in Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada 9 10Children Claricy JONES b: 1806 in Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada John Andrew JONES b: 1810 Abner JONES b: 28 FEB 1812 in Salisbury Parish, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada Charles JONES Jr. b: 01 JAN 1814 in Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada Jacob JONES b: 1816 Lucy Ann JONES b: 1819 in Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada

Sources

  1. Hempel, p. 404. Birthplace estimated based on parents' known location in that year.
  2. Moncton’s Permanent Settlers Association listing for Matthias Sommers/Somers
  3. Hempel, pp. 180-185.
  4. Bowser, 2008.
  5. Hempel, p. 231.
  6. Hempel, p. 188.
  7. Bowser 2006.
  8. Larracey, p. 84.
  9. Hempel, 404.
  10. The 1851 Census shows Moses Jones and his family (including Christiana) living in New Brunswick; District Name: Westmorland (county) Sub-District Name: Moncton; Sub-District Number: 85; Page Number: 40; Microfilm: C-997; Reference: RG 31; Item Number: 709835
  11. The 1851 Census shows Moses Jones and his family (including Christiana) living in New Brunswick; District Name: Westmorland (county) Sub-District Name: Moncton; Sub-District Number: 85; Page Number: 40; Microfilm: C-997; Reference: RG 31; Item Number: 709835

See Also:

  • Bowser, Les, “John Hall and the Eleven Families at Monckton,” Generations: The Journal of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Summer 2006.
  • Bowser, Les, “Sailing from Philadelphia,” Generations (The Journal of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society), Vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 2008.
  • Franke, Norman A. Our Genealogy: The Franke/Colucci Family Website. Christiana Somers person sheet.
  • Hempel, Rainer L. New Voices on the Shores: Early Pennsylvania German Settlements in New Brunswick. Toronto, ON: German-Canadian Historical Association, 2000.
  • Larracey, E. W. The First Hundred. Moncton, NB: 1970.
  • Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia)




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Collaboration

On 30 May 2018 at 17:33 GMT Shirlea Smith wrote:

Les Bowser's book "The Search for Heinrich Stief, A Genealogist on the Loose" (Nimbus Publishing Limited, 2001) has her husband as Henry Jones (Heinrich Schantz). She is one of Les Bowser's ancestors.

On 30 May 2018 at 13:40 GMT Stuart Ward wrote:

She is mentioned in Voices on the Shore by Hemple, pg 436 where it is speculated that she is a child of George Wortman, but could be a Ricker or Sommer.



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