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Cavett Station Massacre     George Adam Lones Will      Jacob Lones Will                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Lones* Paternal Line (to Seiber)
*Names from this time period appear with various spellings. Many German names of the period, even among siblings, began with the same prefix, Johan. Spelling Variations: Lohnes, Lones, Lonas, Lowness, Etc.

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In the name of God Amen I George Lonas of the County of Shenandoah in the state of Virginia being very weak and Infirm in my body but of sound and disposing Mind and memory thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of Mankind I do therefore make & Publish this my last will and Testament in the following manner and form first I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian like burial and such Worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give demise and bequeath in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Lonas his heirs and assigns all that plantation and tract of Land whereon I now live in Shenandoah County, containing three hundred and twenty acres and also one horse and a mare with the geers and a plow and plow Irons and a Cutting box and Cutting knife which I do all give unto my said son Henry Lonas and his heirs - but the said Plantation and Land shall nevertheless be subject that my beloved wife Rosina shall have her maintenance of the Incomes thereof such as victuals cloathing and house room and all other necessities during her natural life - and my said son Henry shall also pay unto my son Adam Lonas the sum of ten pounds in cash or the value thereof in goods and also three pounds my said son Henry shall pay unto my daughter Margaret the wife of George Bower of the City of Philadelphia - Also I give unto my said son Henry Lonas one Iron stove. Item I give unto my said beloved wife Rosina all the remainder of my personal Estate during her natural life without Appraisement and if anything remains of my personal estate after the decease of my said beloved wife Rosina then the same shall be appraised and equally divided amongst all my children, and I do also make and Ordain constitute and Appoint my said son Henry Lonas sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament to take care and perform the same according to my true Intent and Meaning and I do hereby revoke make null and void all and every other will or wills which in anywise might appear in my name Ratifying Allowing and Confirming this and no ther to be my last Will and Testament - In Witness whereof I the said George Lonas have here unto set my hand and seal as and for my last will and Testament fhis fourth day of June In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty nine ..... 1789.
George (his x Mark) Lonas
Signed sealed published & pronounced by the said George Lonas as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us Dated 4 June, 1789 Proven 12 Mar, 1793
Jacob Rinker George (his x Mark) Delinger (Brother-in-law)

At a Court held for the County of Shenandoah on Tuesday the 12th day of March 1793
This Last will and Testament of George Lonas deceased was exhibited to the Court by Henry Loonas the Executor therein named and was proved by the oaths of Jacob Rinker George Dellinger and Ulrich Nease Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded and on motion of the said Executor a probat thereof in due form is granted him he having sworn to the same and given bond and security according to law. Teste: F. Williams CSCC
Will Book "D"
Pages 199 and 200
Ulrick Nease

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF JACOB LONES             Return to Top
I, Jacob Lones, Sr., of the County of Knox and state of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory, and taking into view the uncertainty of life and certainty of death, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament,---- and making void all former wills by me made, testifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament,
In the first place Recommending my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be decently buried in a Christian like manner by my Executors herein after named. And as touching the things of this world which it has pleased God to bless me with, after paying my just debts and funeral expenses, I wish deposed of in the following manner to wit.
In the first place I give and bequeath to the Heirs of George Lones (Deceased) the sum of thirty dollars for their use and benefit forever -
Secondly I give to the heirs of my son Henry Lones (Deceased) the sum of fifty dollars for their use and benefit forever-
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter BETSY CARTER the sum of fifty dollars for her own special use and benefit forever-
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter NANCY KELLY my black-man named Jack, to her and her heirs forever-
Fiftly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter (POLLY NELSON) my Blackwoman named Milly for her and her heirs forever-
Sixtly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter CHARLOTTE NELSON my negro man named Jim for her and her heirs forever-
Seventhly, I give and Bequeath to my son, Isaac Lonas seventy-five acres of land bounded by John Kidd, Jeptha Crowder, and James Dinne to lands known as the place where John Keith formally lived, I also give and bequeath to my said son Isaac Lonas my negro woman named Nicey, and said land and negro for him and his heirs forever-
Eightly, I give and bequeath to my son Charles Lones all the Balance of my lands that I am possessed of for his own special use and benefit for him and his heirs forever, I also give and Bequeath to my said son Charles Lones my negro man named, Alexander, and my negro man named Andy, and my negro woman named Jane and her two children named Robin and Martha, and my negro woman named Mary and her child named James Talbart, and my three negros George, Polly, and Billy for his special use and benefit, them and their increase to him and his heirs forever. I also give and bequeath to my said son Charles Lones all my stck of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, all my farming utensils of every description and all my household and kitchen furniture of every description, -----as what money may be on hand and out standing debts my said son Charles Lones is to pay the amount of money, I have Bequeathed out of the Property Bequeathed him, as well as just debts and funeral expense, I have bequeathed more of my estate to my son Charles Lones then I have to the rest of my children, my reason for so doing is that he the said Charles has for the last fifteen years taken care and attended to my interest, and that I expect him to support me and take care of me in my old age, and lastly having full confidence in his friendship and integerty of son Charles Lones and my nephew Henry Lones, Junr., do hereby nominate and appoint them as Excutors of this my last will and Testament, requesting them to use all fair and proper means in their power to carry this my last will and into complete effect in witness where of I the said Jacob Lones, Senr. have here unto set my hand and affixed by seal this 10th day of February 1849.

Signed, sealed and acknowledged Jacob Lones (seal)
by the said Jacob Lones as his last
will and Trstament in presence
of Jno. B. -1-mar, 1849
John Looney
Samual Lones                                                                        Return to Top




Hanss Lohnes was born in Odenwald, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, in 1540. Around 1562, he married Veronica (last name unknown), and their son Leonard was born in 1565.

Leonard Lohnes was born in Pfirschbach, Hoechest, Germany in 1565. He married Margaret around 1587, and their son Hans was born in 1590. Leonard died in Pfirschbach in 1610, and Margaret died in 1622.

Hans Lohnes was born in Pfirschbach, Hoechest, Germany in 1590. On August 7, 1614, he married Eva Trinkhaus. Their son Johann Hans was born in 1619 in Hoechest.

Johann Hans Lohnes was born February 17, 1619, in Goechest, Germany. He married Catharina Reeg on September 7, 1640, and the couple had six children born between 1846 and 1881: Johanus Hanss, Elizabethn, Leonhard, Anna, Hicrongmus, and Peter. Johann died in Hessen, Germany, August 6, 1678; and Catharina died in Hessen December 20, 1667.

Johanus Hanss Lohnes was born October 18, 1646, in Hoechest, Germany. On February 10, 1669, he married Anna Catharina Meissner. Nine children were born to the couple between the years of 1671 and 1691: Anna Barbara, Johanns, Magretta, Hicrong, Barbara, Martin, Johann Leonardt, Johann Nicholaus, and Eva. Anna died on June 10, 1691, less than a month after the birth of her last child Eva. Johanus lived until December 28, 1721. Both died in Hoechest, Germany.

Johann Leonardt Lohnes was born February 25, 1679, in Hoechst Odenwald, Starkenburg, Hessen, Germany. He married Anna Catharina Barth on February 8, 1711. Between 1714 and 1726, the couple had six children: Johann Georg Adameus, Anna Catharina, Johannes Peter, Anna Elizabetha, Johann Nicklaus, and Margaretta, all born in Hessen. (At least one son, Johannes Peter, migrated to Nova Scotia, where he died in 1794.) Johann Leonardt died in Hoechest on January 27, 1733, and Anna Catharina on April 5, 1761.

Johann Georg Adameus Lohnes was born August 24, 1714, in Starkenburg, Hessen, Germany. Sometime prior to 1737, he and Catharina Elisabeth Kahler were married. They had seven children between the years of 1737 and 1750: Johann Peter, Johann Georg, Johann G, Johann Leonhard, George Adam, Anna Elizabeth, and Charlotta, all born in Hessen, Germany. Johann Georg Adameus was a Captain in the 8th German Regiment and fought against the British in the American Revolution. It is not known if he then returned to Germany or if he stayed in America. His son George Adam immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Johann Georg's brother, Johannes Nicholas (b 1724). Nicholas brought some nephews to Philadelphis in 1753 on the ship Two Brothers. It is not known for sure how many nephews came to America with Nicholas, and it is not known where or when Johann Georg Adameus died.

*Germany to America*
George Adam Lones
was born October 21, 1740, in Starkenburg, Hessen, Germany, but in 1753, at the age of 13, he immigrated to America with an uncle, Johan Nicklaus Lohnes, on the ship Two Brothers and initially settled west of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. At the age of 24, he is listed on the April 6,1764, Pennsylvania Naturalizations List* as John George Lowness, Cusshahoppen Township, Bucks County. In the month following his Naturalization, on May 29th, George married Eva Fasin. A son, George Henry, was born to the couple in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on September 4, 1765, but the young mother Eva died just three days later (possibly from childbirth complications). Sometime within the next year, George married Rosina Dellinger, and deed records indicate that over the next while the couple bought & sold land in Lower Milford Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was here that their son Jacob was born in 1767.   (Jacob Lones was the great-great grandfather of Fred Seiber.)

George Adam and Rosina then migrated from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to Frederick County, Virginia, where two more children were born to them, Margaret in 1769 and Adam in 1771. Soon after the birth of Adam, the family of six moved to Shenandoah County, Virginia--where they again bought and sold land and multiplied their holdings over the next several years. Another son, George, was born in 1773. Although George Adam obviously had prospered materially, by 1789 he was feeling weak and infirm to the point of preparing a will. By the time of his death in 1793 (at the age of 53), George owned a 350 acre plantation in Shenandoah worth around $2500, which he left to his eldest son Henry. As shown in the will below, Rosina's needs were to be provided for by her step-son, Henry. Adam was to be given 10 pounds and daughter Margaret 3 pounds. Two sons, Jacob and George, are not mentioned by name in the will*. George Adam died in Shenandoah County, Virginia, on March 12, 1793. Rosina died in 1814.

*A possible explanation for George Adam's failure to include Jacob and George (Jr) in his will may be found in the following facts. Sometime prior to and including the year of 1790, Jacob and one of his brothers were away on an exploratory trip to scout lands south of the Ohio River. They were seemingly pleased with what they found, for they made land purchases. The original indenture for the Knox County, Tennessee, property which later became known as the Dowell farm (Dowell Springs) was recorded in 1790 by Jacob Lones. Other deeds followed: one from the state of North Carolina, and another from the state of Franklin (now Tennessee). Sometime after these land purchases, the Lohnes brothers returned to Virginia. Their father, George Adam, died in March of 1793; and by September 25, 1793, the date of the Cavet Station Massacre (near present-day Farragut), the Lones brothers were already living in what is now Knox County, Tennessee, just two miles from Cavet Station. (PERHAPS Jacob and George Jr had been away for so long when George Adam wrote his will that he believed they would never return. He may have been dead or incapacitated by the time they actually did return for a visit.)
Three of the sons--Henry, Adam, and George each married a Helsley sister, thus three brothers married three sisters.

Jacob Lones was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1767, to George Adam Lones and Rosina Dellinger Lones. (Although Jacob was the first child born to them, George Adam already had a two-year-old son, Henry, whose mother, Eva Fasin, had died just three days after giving birth.) Jacob grew up in Shenandoah, Virginia, and it was there on April 12, 1786, that he married Mary Stickley. Jacob was 19 and Mary, 14 at the time of their wedding. Between 1787 and 1790, the couple had three children born in Shenandoah County, Virginia: George, Henry, and Betsy. Sometime prior to 1790, Jacob and one of his brothers made an exploratory trip to scout lands south of the Ohio River. A deed was recorded in 1790 by Jacob for the Knox County, Tennessee property which later became known as the Dowell Farm (Dowell Springs). Other deeds followed--from North Carolina and from Franklin (now Tennessee). By the time of the Cavet Station Massacre** (September 25, 1793), the Lones brothers were established in Knox County, living just two miles from Cavet Station. It was there between 1796 and 1814, that Jacob and Mary had seven more children: Jesse, Mary Ann, Nancy, Isaac, Daniel, Charles David, and Charlotte. Mary died January 21, 1825, in Knox County, Tennessee, at the age of 53. Jacob lived to the age of 90, and died in 1857, the year the family first occupied "the brick house." See link: Lones Property

**Cavett Station Massacre                                                                                                        As Related by Mary Dowell (great-granddaughter of Jacob Lones)                          Return to Top

The Cherokees had crossed Clinch River from the Indian Territory, now known as Anderson County, with the design to attack and burn Knoxville. They halted upon the question of whether to massacre the entire settlement there or only the men. One of the chiefs, Hanging Maw, who was a leader in the councils of his people opposed the move. It is also related that Van, another chief, carried a little white captive boy behind him on his horse. A third chief picked a quarrel with Van, and in retaliation for his treatment, killed the child. This dispute caused a delay which made it too late for the band to reach Knoxville before daybreak.  To avoid complete failure of their expedition, they attacked the Cavett home, massacring 13 members of the home and burning the cabin. The only one to escape was a child named Nancy, who crept out and hid in the weeds. I (Mary Dowell) was told by Nancy's daughter that the savages disemboweled their victims and strung the intestines on the garden fence. It is said that Jacob Lones saw the flames redden the sky. The next morning, calling together his men, brothers, and slaves, Jacob followed the Indians as far as Clinch River, near the present-day Solway Bridge. Arriving at the brink of the river, they could see the hoof prints of the Indians' horses with water still in them.

Charles David Lones - See link: Charles and Rebecca Lones

Benjamin Franklin Seiber - See link Benjamin and Mary (Lones) Seiber