Ephraim Jones was born in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey in 1751 according to the affidavit of his wife Phebe/Phoebe Jones in 1832. See Pension Files.
On 19 July 1773 he obtained a license to marry Phebe Hornet or Harnet, with Jeremiah Turner serving as bondman. Both men gave their residence as Woodbridge. This marriage license is the only document I have found on Ephraim and Phebe in New Jersey.
Ephraim appears in the tax lists of Augusta Township, Northumberland County Pennsylvania from 1778 to 1782. On the 1782 tax list his occupation is listed as shoemaker. I have not found him listed in the 1784 tax list. Sunbury is located in Augusta Township.
Ephraim is named in two court cases. He was the plaintiff against Anthony Geiger of Sunbury in 1781. He was the defendant in a case brought by Philip Dunkelberger in 1784. Both cases involved debt.
Ephraim appears in the tax lists 1785-1791 in Muncy Township which was then part of Northumberland County but is now in Lycoming County.
Ephraim Jones appears on a militia list for Northumberland County for 1789 in the third battalion Capt Cornelius Waldron. Most of the militia lists for the years of the American Revolution are missing.
In the first census of the United States in 1790 Ephraim Jones is listed in Northumberland County next to other people who lived in Muncy Township. Townships were not listed for this County. His household is listed with one male over 16 years of age, 4 males under sixteen and 4 females.
There are two land warrants listed in the Pennsylvania Archives for Ephraim Jones
1. Ephraim Jones 5 May 1792 this land was patented by William McCausland in 1808.
2. Ephraim, Phoebe and John Jones 25 Feb 1794 land in Washington Township for 400 acres each. There were many people who warranted land on that date but the land process was never completed.
According to Phebe’s affidavit Ephraim and family moved to Ohio in 1796.
Ephraim is listed in Newport Township, Washington County, Ohio in a 1800 tax list. This was an area which became part of Belmont County in 1801 and then Monroe County in 1815.
There is no surviving 1810 census for Ohio. In 1820 Ephraim Jones is in Center Township, Monroe County and in 1830 he is listed in Green Township. Green Township was created in 1824 from Center Township so it is probable he didn’t move.
The last mention of Ephraim I have found is the petition for a pension that was submitted to Congress in 1833.
I have compiled the known children of Ephraim and Phoebe.
Here is what has been gleaned from various traditional sources.
Some Background and Acknowledgments of this information