m. bef 1619
Facts and Events
There is 1 vital record available on MyHeritage for Rev. John Jones, including birth records, marriage records, and death records. Vital records are historical records that are typically recorded around the actual time of the event, which means they are likely accurate. Vital records include information like the event date and place, and the person's occupation and residence. Vital records also often include information about the person's relatives. For example, birth and marriage records include names of parents and divorce records list the names of children.
He is buried in The Old Burying Ground in Fairfield, Connecticut. A newer gravestone has been erected at his grave by descendents. The inscription reads:
In Memory of Rev. John Jones AB MA Born in Northampton England in 1593 and was a graduate of Queens College Cambridge A Puritan divine of the Church of England and he was the first Pastor of the First Church of Christ in Fairfield which he faithfully served from 1644 until his death in 1664 A Valliant Leader & Christian Souldier A Holy Man of God Erected by a descendant
Life in Colonial Connecticut
One significant time in the history of Colonial Connecticut is the period of the witchcraft trials. This was not only happening in Connecticut, witch trials were being held in England, Scotland and, of course, Salem Massachusetts. It was during this time that Rebecca Jones Hull was called to testify, after the death of Goodwife Knapp in 1653, at a defamation lawsuit brought by Thomas Staplies (Staplyes, Staples) against Roger Ludlow. The proceedings of this suit at a magistrate's court held at New Haven [Conn.] the 29th of May, 1654, are preserved in the book titled, Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut, 1647-1697, by John M. Taylor (Available online: https://play.google.com/books/reader?printsec=frontcover&output=reader&id=-tU0AAAAMAAJ&pg=GBS.PA133).
From the history and the testimony, it can be derived that Roger Ludlow, the Deputy Governor of Connecticut, had an ongoing dispute with Mary Staplyes. In 1651 Mr. Ludlow won a suit against Mary Stapyles for slander. During the trial of Goodwife Knapp in 1653, conviction and waiting for the sentence to be carried out, Mr. Ludlow had tried to convince Goodwife Knapp to identify Mary Stapyles as a witch. Mr. Ludlow later told friends, in confidence, that Goodwife Knapp had indeed named Goodwife Stapyles as a witch, at the last minute coming down from the ladder and whispering the accusation in his ear. Some of the friends and neighbors of the Stapyles testified on their behalf, accusing Ludlow of this false accusation. Others in the neighborhood testified against Mr. Ludlow, stating that Goodwife Knapp had not accused Mary Stapyles of witchcraft.
Reading the testimoney of Rebecca Jones Hull, by itself, is confusing. However, I believe what she was testifying to was that Goodwife Knapp refused to admit that Goodwife Staplyes was a witch, and refused to name anyone else in the town. The following is found on page 133:
"Rebecka Hull, wife of Cornelius Hull, being sworne & examined, deposeth & saith as followeth, that when goodwife Knapp was goeing to execution, Mr. Ludlow, and her father Mr Jones, pressing the said Knapp to confess that she was a witch, upon wch goodwife Staplies said, why should she, the said Knapp, confess that wch she was not, and after she, the said goodwife Staplyes, had said so, on that stood by, why should she say so, she the said Staplys replyed, she made no doubt if she the said Knapp were one, she would confess it."
At one point in Goodwife Gould's testimony..."Further this deponent saith, that Mr. Jones some time since that Knapps wife was condemned, did tell her, and that with a very cherefull countenance & blessing God for it, that Knapps wife had cleered one in ye towne, & said you know who I meane sister Staplyes, blessed be God for it."
Reading further in the book, there are other testimonies which place Rev. John Jones in the presence of Goodwife Knapp, asserting that he did, indeed, minister to her as she went through the trial and awaited her hanging. What a dreadful period of time for a Minister of the Gospel to go through.
--RWMeyer 20:40, 22 September 2015 (UTC)