Name: Joseph Janes
Birth: about 1776 in probably Connecticut
Death: July 6, 1849 in Oneida County, New York
Burial: Janes Family Cemetery, near North Bay, Oneida County, New York
This marriage is now very well proven as shown below. However I will start with
Note: See Joseph's wife Sarah's record for extensive proof of her identity.
evidence in the Census record from 1850. I have photocopies of the relevant
pages for the town of Vienna in Oneida County, New York. The date of the
Census entry is August 31, 1850 (by John Parker). There is a household with
two female occupants named Sarah C Janes, age 69, and Frelove Canfield, age 62,
both born in Connecticut. These two women have the correct ages to be Sally
Canfield and her sister Freelove who is not known to have married. This record
also fits because Joseph was no longer living at the time of this Census.
The 1850 Census also reveals the families of two of Joseph and Sally's sons.
It seems that Jehaziel and Oliver Janes were living right next to their mother
in 1850 as the Census takers went "door to door" listing them in three consecutive
dwellings visited. It is also known from a published visit to the Janes Family
Cemetery, that there was also a son David who married Elizabeth and had a son
named Feaman who died in 1831. Joseph is buried in that same cemetery.
Some conflicting transcription details from the Janes Family Cemetery.
I have access to two transcriptions from the three headstones that are found in
the Janes Family Cemetery near North Bay in Oneida County, New York.
I now have copies of legible photographs from this cemetery and I have
been able to resolve all the previous discrepencies from earlier transcriptions.
The first transcription is available online via the following link:
Janes Family Cemetery
This transcription was taken on June 1, 2001 with the following details:
Janes, Freaman, d. Apr 12, 1831 age 21 yrs 1 mo 12 dys,
s/o David & Elizabeth Janes, grandson of Joseph Janes
Janes, Joseph, d. Jul 6, 1849 age 73 yrs
Loucks, Infant, d. Jun 8, 1848, dau of John & Lodema Loucks
Loucks, Oliver J., d. Aug 27, 1850 age 1 yr 2 mos 21 dys,
son of John & Lodema Loucks
A second transcription is taken from a letter written by Mrs Jeannette Janes, the
wife of Donald Janes, on October 12, 1982. I have a copy of this letter that was
written to "Connie". They had recently visited the Janes Cemetery and recorded
Freaman R. Janes, son of D. & E. Janes, died April 12, 1851,
aged 21 yrs 1 mo 12 days
Joseph Janes, died July 6, 1819, age 23 yrs
Oliver J., son of John & Ladenia(?) Loucks, died Aug 27, 1850
age 1 yr 2 mo 21 days
Infant, dau of John & Indiana(?) Loucks, died June 8, 1848
"Short was my time but longer is my rest God called me home because he thought it best"
There are many more differences in these two transcriptions than one would expect.
As for the dates, it seems obvious that 1849 might appear to be 1819 and 73 might
look like 23 for Joseph Janes. And the death year for Freaman might look like 1831
even though the more likely year would be 1851. See Freaman's record in this database
for a further discussion of his identity and year of death. But of more concern is the
missing grandfarther information on the stone of Freaman Janes and the use of initials
for his parents rather than their given names. Is it possible that this stone was actually
replaces and 'updated' between 1982 and 2001?
I believe it is reasonable to conclude that the Joseph Janes buried in the cemetery is
the father of David, Jonathan, Jahaziel and Oliver. And that this Joseph Janes died
in 1849 at the age of 73. Note that Joseph can be found in the 1840 Census for
Oneida County and is not found in the 1850 Census though his wife appears there.
I would also conclude that the Freaman R Janes buried in the family cemetery is
actually Freaman Riley Janes who went by the name Riley as recorded in the 1850 Census.
Freaman was the oldest son of David and Elizabeth Janes and appears as the only male
age 10 to 15 in the 1840 Census for their family.
Finally, it has come to my attention that David's brother Oliver had a daughter, Lodema
Maretta Janes who married John Loucks and had a son Oliver who died young
exactly as recorded on the gravestone in the Janes Family Cemetery. There is little
doubt that this is the connection that brings the two Loucks graves into the
Janes Family Cemetery.
Sarah Canfield b: May 9, 1781 in probably Connecticut
- David Janes b: about 1800
- Jonathan Edmund Janes b: 21 APR 1802 in Johnstown, New York
- Oliver Janes b: about 1805 in New York
- Jehaziel Janes b: December 18, 1807 in New York