J. Wyman Jones

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J. Wyman Jones
Born 1822
Enfield, NH
Died 1904
Nationality American
Education Law
Alma mater Hanover and Dartmouth College (1841) [1]
Occupation Attorney, Real Estate
Employer Self
Home town Englewood, NJ
Known for Real Estate
Spouse(s) Harriet Dwight Dana (M.1843-1883), Mrs. Salome Hanna Chapin (m. 1886), of Cleveland, Ohio [1]


J. Wyman Jones (1822-1904), was born in Enfield, NH, and is notable for having been essentially the father of Englewood. It is claimed that he named the town. [2] Some say that he took the name of a friend "Engle" and added it to the lovely woods here, and other subscribe to the idea that he contracted the word "English Neighborhood". In any event he was a successful attorney and business man who came from New York in the 1850's and bought the rights to all the land which comprised the original village of Englewood. This was six farms; two on the South side of Palisade Ave, then a rough wood-road, and the other four on the north side. These farms were long and narrow and stretched from the valley, the Hudson River. These farms were part of the original patent granted by Queen Anne of Englewood, to Gerrit Lydecker, son of Ryck Lydecker, founder of the family in [3] he built a church an a train station and invioted some of his wealthy friends to forego the life in New York City, and move to the suburbs. [2] Several did, and are remembered on streets he named for them. [2] Though he was a popular guy, due to all his contributions, it was ultimately Jones himself who named Jones Road for himself. [2]

Though an article in the Record on Feb. 5, 2015 makes it look an extraordinary and rather self aggrandising thing to do, it was and REMAINS generally the right of a land owner who divides his land to submit names for streets on that property to the City government, and many times people name them for themselves and their friends and offspring. See: How_streets_are_named. Admittted to the NY Bar in 1843, he practiced in Utica, NY and attended the same Church as E. S. Brayton[4] [1].

Jones became wealthy in the lead business, having been President of the St. Joseph Lead Comapny, Missouri, in the Ozark mountains. He also had several homes, in addition to the one in Englewood, and one is Missouri, he held an estate in Bolton, MA near his alma mater, Dartmouth College. The family also spent winters in Thomasville, GA, in southwestern corner of the state. In 1882 friends set up a committee to lobby for his taking a seat in Congress, but he lost to William Walter Phelps.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (1900) (in English). Geneaological History of Hudson and Bergen Counties. New York, NY: NJ Genealogical Publ. Co,. p. 456. https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalhist00harv#page/456/mode/2up. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Page, Jeffrey (2015). City Owes Mr. Jones Much, but..... Bergen Record. p. BL1. http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/the-name-dropper-city-owes-mr-jones-much-but-he-put-his-own-name-on-the-road-1.1265125?page=all. Retrieved 2/7/2015. 
  3. Sterling, Adaline (1922) (in English). The Book of Englewood. Mayor and Council of Englewood. p. 32. 
  4. Hartley, Iaaac S. (Jan, 1880). Historical discourse delivered on the occasion of the semi-centennial year of the Reformed church, Utica, N.Y. .. (1880). Curtiss & Childs, Utica, NY. p. 63. https://archive.org/stream/historicaldiscou00hart#page/62/mode/2up. Retrieved 2/14/2015.