from the 'History of Bradford County'; Craft, David , 1832-1908; [Philadelphia : L. H. Everts, 1878]; LDS film #1036550, Item 1; pg. 296:
WILLIAM S. JAYNE, of Canton Township
The "Jayne family" is among the oldest in this country, and in its numerous branches contains many honored names. The subject of this sketch is the eldest of the children of Abraham Jayne and Julia Maybery; was born in Bethel, Northampton County, Pa., Jan. 3, 1803. His father removed to New Jersey about 1805, where he resided a short time. On the death of his father he removed to Middle Smithfield, Pa., whence, after remaining about three years, he went to Tunkhannock. The subject of our sketch attained his majority at this latter place. In his boyhood the opportunities for obtaining an education were very limited, but Mr. Jayne improved what there were to the best advantage, often spending his winter evening over his books, with no other light than that afforded by a pine torch. In September, 1825, he married Miss Sarah McMillan of Exeter, Pa. She was the daughter of Dr. John McMillan, of one of the Scotch-Irish families from the north of Ireland, from which place he emigrated to the United States, took some part in the Revolutionary struggle, then going on, accompanied the Sullivan expedition up the Susquehanna as one of the surgeons and after the war settled in the Wyoming valley, where losing everything in the great ice flood of 1784, he removed to the Juniata river, and engaged in teaching. Again removing into the Wyoming valley, he settled in Exeter, where he died at an advanced age. In this latter place Mrs. Jayne was born, and here she remained until her marriage. It may be mentioned here that Mrs. Jayne's mother was in the Forty fort at the time of the battle and massacre, in which two of her brothers were slain. Mrs. Jayne was for many years an honored member of the Baptist church, respected by her neighbors, and greatly beloved by her children, over whom she possessed great influence, and whom she was ever ready to aid with her counsel and sympathy.
Mr. Jayne engaged in agriculture, having purchased a farm of 100 acres, which be cleared and brought into a high state of cultivation. In the fall of 1852 he sold his Tunkhannock property, with it view of removing to Illinois, but becoming engaged in work on the North Branch canal, deferred his removal for a time. On the 5th of July of this year [1852/3?] Mrs. Jayne died, after suffering twenty-four years confinement to her chair with rheumatism. This changed Mr. Jayne's former plans of removing westward. He married, Oct. 7, 1855, Mrs. Sophia Pickard, of Canton, to which place he then removed, and where he still continues to reside. He again suffered the misfortune of losing his companion, who deceased suddenly. This was a great bereavement, as Mrs. Jayne was one of the best and most affectionate of companions, always cheerful and indulgent to her family, and kind to all who approached her. From early life she was a devoted and exemplary member of the Presbyterian church, to which she was ardently attached, ready at all times to render service in building it up, so far as in her power, leaving an untarnished Christian character, which will ever remain above reproach. Though dead, she will ever live in the affections of' her husband and friends.
Our subject acquired the knowledge of the theory and practice of surveying and conveyancing, which he practiced until recently, being compelled by age to abandon it. Mr. Jayne was commissioned justice of the peace in 1831, and twice elected under the new constitution. He was commissioned one of the associate judges on the formation of Wyoming County, and elected for a second term, but resigned before the expiration of the term. He was the first treasurer elected under the Dew constitution in Luzerne County, which office be resigned, and returned to Wyoming County, where he remained until a short time since.
The fruits of Mr. Jayne's first marriage were six children, four of whom are still living, Viz., Cynthia Ann, William Judson, Harriet, and Francis, two in Illinois, one in southern Kansas, and the youngest son in Towanda, where be settled, and married Helen, daughter of Joseph Kingsbury. Mr. Jayne has suffered keenly from the severe domestic afflictions through which he has passed, and now, in his declining years, receives the kindliest sympathies of his numerous friends.
It is my understanding that the above Abraham is a child of Isaac & Anna, but I haven't found any proof. Can you refer me to any sources? I see him and Julia in Milt's post #135. And of course, these County Biographies are not noted for their accuracy, but in this case it is about all I have found --
If this is all true, Issac and Anna are my fifth great grandparents, also.
It is suspected (County Biographies, again) that William S and Sarah (McMillan) Jayne are the parents of Rachel and Harriet of this post: http://genforum.genealogy.com/jayne/messages/260.html
Your considerations will be appreciated,
Oregon City, OR
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