Jefferson County, NY Pioneers
PIONEER BLOOD FAMILY
1. JACOB BLOOD (son of JOSIAH and SUSAN (HAYWARD) BLOOD) was
born July 24, 1762. He lived in Hollis, New Hampshire. He died September
11, 1800, probably in Hollis, New Hampshire.
He married April 30, 1785 in Dracut, Massachusetts
RACHEL JONES, who was born in 1759. They had seven children. She died
in Watertown, Jefferson County, 1844.
2 i ELIZABETH BLOOD
8. JOEL BLOOD (son of JACOB and RACHEL (JONES) BLOOD) was born
1797 in Hollis, New Hampshire. He left his home at nineteen years of age to
begin life for himself. He came to Watertown first and for a time hesitated
between a choice of Brownville and this place. In those days it had not been
decided as to which of the two should be the county seat. The prospects seemed
to be most favorable for Brownville and that was the place where the general
trainings were held. So Mr. Blood went to Brownville and went into
business manufacturing cabinet ware. He served as a Trustee of Brownville
Village in 1829, 1831, 1833, 1835, 1836, 1838, 1844 and was President of the
Board of Trustees in 1838. He was a member of the building committee of
Trinity Church, Watertown. In the fall of 1848 he moved to Watertown. He
continued in business until 1862, when he retired, and lived a quiet but not
inactive life. He resided at 12 Sterling St. during his long residence
here. Mr. Blood was a communicant of the Episcopal Church for over sixty
years. He led a consistent Christian life, was devoted to the church,
and interests connected with the church. He was identified with Grace
Church of this city, from its first organization, and senior warden at
his death. He was one of the oldest members of the Masonic fraternity,
and while strength permitted was a regular attendant at their weekly meetings.
3 ii SUSANNAH BLOOD
4 iii RACHEL BLOOD (twin)
5 iv RHODA BLOOD (twin)
6 v MARY (NANCY?) BLOOD
7 vi SARAH BLOOD
8 i JOEL BLOOD married (1) LAURA HASTINGS, (2) MAHALA (---),(3) IRENE HEATON TYLER, (4) SUSAN KELSEY
According to THE STORY OF THE BLOODS by Roger Deane Harris (1960), page 116,
Joel Blood of Watertown, New York patented his method of cheese bandaging and
boxing, and also a machine for making flanged and beaded hoops in 1870. JOEL
BLOOD died July 17, 1888 in Watertown, New York at age 91 years 5 months
(per Jefferson County Journal). The grave marker for Joel Blood is a tall monument, gray
granite, with 4 smooth polished faces, each one about 15" square. This monument is about 10
feet tall. There is a GAR marker: "GAR Post 188."
He married (1) "about 1827"
LAURA HASTINGS who died in 1837 and is buried in Brownville, New York.
Children of JOEL & LAURA (HASTINGS) BLOOD:
9 i MARY E. BLOOD married HOPKINS ROWELL
JOEL married (2) about 1837-1838
10 ii ANNA M. BLOOD
MAHALA (---) who died in 1839 and is buried in Brownville, New York.
Probable child of JOEL & MAHALA (---) BLOOD:
12 i JOEL A. BLOOD
JOEL married (3) on January 27, 1840.
IRENE HEATON TYLER who was born January 15, 1809 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County,
NH, daughter of Simeon Tyler and Hannah Rowell. Irene died February 1, 1852 and is
buried in Brownville, New York.
Probable child of JOEL & IRENE HEATON TYLER:
13 i JACOB J. BLOOD
JOEL married (4) "after February 1, 1852 - probably before 1855"
SUSAN KELSEY who was born 1803 in Dutchess County, NY . She died April, 1883. An
indication of her standing in the community is the identity of the bearers at her funeral: Judge
Wright, Levi H. Brown, R.E. Hungerford, and Geo. Bagley. Susan is buried in Brownville,
New York. It is not certain whether her maiden name was Kelsey or if she was a widow as she
was over 50 when she married Joel. I have not located any children of Joel Blood and Susan
Kelsey; suspect there probably are none.
For further information, contact:
Jean W. Thwaits
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