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By  J. Kelsey Jones

J. Kelsey Jones entered the field of genealogical research at age 12. Although still a young man, he has decades of experience researching the interconnected family relationships of the early populations of Wells township in Bradford County PA and the townships surrounding it in Bradford, and Tioga Counties in PA and Chemung County in NY. Over the past several years, Kelsey has submitted many articles and family histories to Tri-Counties site where we are very grateful to be able to publish them. On this page we are going to collect together some of Kelsey's work that has been and continues to be published on our site.In 2007, Kelsey was appointed historian for Town of Southport.  Thanks, Kelsey, for your ongoing participation in our Tri-County library development..
Articles & Records submitted by J. Kelsey Jones
See Wells Township Page and Town of Southport Page for many of these
History of Sylvania Presbyterian Church
From Hector to Northern Pennsylvania
West to Bradford County
West to Bradford County -- more
Migrants from Wells Township to Medina, Ohio
Historic Homes of Wells Township
Burials in the Seeley Creek Valley
Indian Settlement on Seeley Creek in 1779 from the Journal of Lieutenant Erkuries Beatty
Family Histories
Families of Columbia Township, Bradford County PA
Baker to Goodrich Hagerman to McClelland
McClure to Taylor Watkins to Wright
Families of Jackson Township, Tioga County PA
Barnhart to Eighmey Fleming to Holdredge
Houghton to McIntyre Millard to Wilson
Families of Rutland Township, Tioga County PA to 1820
Bacon to Ford 2016 edition
Gifford to Pemberton 2016 edition 
Pemberton  to Woodworth 2016 edition
Families of South Creek Township, Bradford County PA
Early Settlers of Seely Creek Valley, Town of Southport, Chemung County NY
Andrus to Fitzsimmons
Griswold to Kelley
Knapp to Winkler
Families of Wells Township, Bradford County PA
Wells Township Families 2006 / 2011 ed.
by J. Kelsey Jones
Intro. & Land Warrant Locations
A B1 B2 C1 C2 Dewitt D2 E F G1 G2 H
I J1 J2 K1 K2 L M1 M2 N O P
Q R1 S1 S2 S2b Seeley T U V W XYZ
1858 Wells Township Map Index
1869 Wells Township Map Index
1878 Wells Township Citizens by Everts
Pellet Family of Wells Township with photos
Payne Family of Hamilton Township
Orton Family of Wilnecote, England and Tioga County, Pennsylvania
Jones-Thomas Descendants
Cemetery Listings
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Conklin Family Cemetery (1989)
Gustin Cemetery (1979)
Hendy Hollow Cemetery (1979)
Pedrick Burial Ground (1979)
Rogers Cemetery (1979)
Scudder Cemetery (1979)
Seeley Creek Cemetery
Weare Cemetery (1979)
Tioga County PA
Bailey Burial Ground (1982)
Bechtol Cemetery (1982)
Bentley Cemetery (1971 / 2007)
Crippen Family Burial Ground (1982)
Daggett Family Cemetery (1979)
Dickinson Burial Ground (1982)
Harris Family Burial Ground (1982)
Hodges Family Burials (1983 / 1998)
Howland Farm Burial Ground (1998)
Jobs Corners Cemetery (1982)
Lawrence Corners Cemetery (1982)
McIntosh Cemetery (1984)
Millerton Cemetery 1980 / 1982
Morrell Family Cemetery (1982)
Newbry Family Burials (1983)
Old Daggett Burial Ground (1979)
Palmer Family Burials (1998)
Pumpkin Hill Cemetery (1982)
Reynolds Cemetery (1982)
Ripley Burial Ground (1983)
Rumsey Doud Burial Ground (1983)
Seeley Hill Cemetery (1979)
Seelye Family Burials (1983)
Stewart Cemetery (1982)
Trowbridge Cemetery (1982)
Watkins Family Burials (1998)
Wheeler Burial Ground (1982)
Jones appointed President of Bradford County Historical Society
Troy Gazette Register 19 NOV 2006

TOWANDA – J. Kelsey Jones was appointed to the position of President of the Bradford County historical Society by the 15-member Board of Trustees at their November 6 board meeting.  Jones most recently held the position of President Elect on the Board.  He will be one of the youngest board members ever appointed to the position.  He has been involved in the Bradford County community in the preservation of historical and genealogical records for many years.  Jones became a life member of the society in August 1987.

Jones stated, “When I could first drive at age 16 I would make the one hour drive from the northwest corner of Bradford County where I was raised to the historical society, then on Main Street.  No one really took a 16-year-old kid very serious about their interest in Bradford County history and the search of their ancestry.  But, I kept showing up.”  Jones further added, “then in college there are times I probably should have been in class when I was off copying the transcription from a marker in some rural cemetery.”  That compulsive search to learn one’s identity by learning of the past led him forward.

Jones hopes the community is aware of the historical society housed in what was once the former jail, which consists of a three-story stone structure on Pine Street in Towanda, one block off Main Street.  Jones stated, “the Bradford County Historical Society and Museum is truly one of the most impressive facilities in the state of Pennsylvania.  With extensive archives and exhibits it is one of the best research centers for genealogy and local history.”  Jones would encourage anyone to visit the Bradford County Historical Society or visit online at http://www.bradfordhistory.com.

Jones, a native of Bradford County, whose maternal ancestors were early settlers in Wells and Columbia Townships and his paternal ancestors on Barclay Mountain, is a graduate of Troy High School and Elmira College with further studies at the Philadelphia Institute, the University of Oklahoma, and the New York State Bankers Institute.  Jones brings to the Board a strong background in finance, marketing, and leadership skills with a career that spans tax and finance, investments, and more recently economic development.  Since 2000, he has been the Executive Director of a public private partnership involved in economic and community development in Watkins Glen, NY, which recently announced the construction of a $14 million dollar resort and conference hotel on the Seneca Lake waterfront.  Jones is credited with creating Leadership Tioga in Owego, NY, in 1998 and Leadership Schuyler in Watkins Glen, NY, in 2001, having graduated nearly 100 participants from the latter program.

Jones is also CEO of the Schuyler County Industrial Development Agency and serves on several other Boards including chairing the Schuyler County Empire Zone Board; the Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation Board, Corning, NY; Chemung Schuyler Steuben Workforce Development Board, Corning, NY; Southern Tier Central Regional Development and planning Board, Corning, NY; and Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, Watkins Glen, NY.  Jones is involved with the New York State Economic Development Council, New York State Business Council, Leadership Schuyler Advisory Committee, and several other state and regional development organizations.

Jones has been a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Huguenot Society of America, and the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.  Beside his love for genealogy and early American history, Jones has long been an avid Australian Shepherd dog exhibitor, showing at worldwide events, and having produced Best In Show champions in a long career.  He is a member of the United States Australian Shepherd Association, having served on their Legislative Committee, and the Australian Shepherd Club of America.  Jones resides in the Seeley Creek Valley near Mosherville. 



Jones appointed Town of Southport Historian [August 2007]

Elmira, New York - J. Kelsey Jones was appointed to the position of Historian by the Town of Southport Board at a meeting held on July 10, 2007. He has been involved in the community in the preservation of historical and genealogical records for many years. He was a founding board member of the Southport Historical Society and is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Bradford County Historical Society in Towanda, Pennsylvania.

Jones stated, “When I could first drive at age sixteen I would make trips to historical societies, courthouses, and cemeteries. No one really took a sixteen-year old very serious about their interest in their pursuit of their ancestry.”

Well acquainted with former historians Nelda COOK Holton and Virginia WHEELER McElroy he hopes to continue their legacy of gathering further records of Southport and assist members of the community with questions relating to the history of the Town of Southport.

Jones, a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania whose maternal ancestors were early settlers in Wells and Columbia Townships and his paternal ancestors on Barclay Mountain, is a graduate of Troy High School and Elmira College with further studies at the Philadelphia Institute, the University of Oklahoma, and the New York State Bankers Institute. Since 2000, he has been the Executive Director of a public private partnership involved in economic and community development in Watkins Glen, New York, which recently announced the construction of a $14 million dollar resort and conference hotel on the Seneca Lake waterfront. Jones is credited with creating Leadership Tioga in Owego, New York in 1998 and Leadership Schuyler in Watkins Glen, New York in 2001, having graduated nearly 100 participants from the latter program.

Jones is also CEO of the Schuyler County Industrial Development Agency and serves on several Boards including chairing the Schuyler County Empire Zone Board; the Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation Board, Corning, New York; Chemung Schuyler Steuben Workforce Development Board, Corning, New York; Southern Tier Central Regional Development and Planning Board, Corning, New York; and Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce, Watkins Glen, New York. Jones is involved with the New York State Economic Development Council, New York State Business Council, Leadership Schuyler Advisory Committee, and several other state and regional development organizations.

Jones has been a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Huguenot Society of America, and the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. He is a life member of the Bradford County Historical Society, Tioga County (PA) Historical Society, Sussex County (NJ) Historical Society, and the Tioga Point Museum in Athens. Besides his love for genealogy and early American history, Jones has long been an avid Australian Shepherd dog exhibitor, showing at worldwide events, having produced Best In Show champions in a long career, and recently judging. He is a member of the United States Australian Shepherd Association, having served on their Legislative Committee, and the Australian Shepherd Club of America. Jones resides in the Seeley Creek Valley.

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