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Jacob Ong

Male 1760 - 1849


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  • Name  Jacob Ong 
    Born  24 Jan 1760  Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1 Jan 1849  Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Smithfield Burial Ground, Jefferson County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3352  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  27 Aug 2013 

    Father  Jeremiah Ong,   b. Abt 1724, Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1767, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Christina Kneisley,   b. 1724, Tuckerton, Burlington, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1768, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1741  Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1130  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary McGrew,   b. 2 Oct 1763, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1852, Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Sep 1784  Menallen Township, Adams, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rebecca Ong,   b. 28 Jun 1785, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1802
     2. Finley Ong,   b. 28 Feb 1787, Martinsburg, Berkeley, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1874, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Jacob Ong,   b. 29 Jun 1789, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1861, Angerona, Jackson, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John McGrew Ong,   b. 27 Dec 1789, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1877
     5. Isaac Ong,   b. 25 Oct 1791, Piney Fork, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1835, Short Creek mm, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Anna Ong,   b. 23 Feb 1794, Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1853, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Nathan McGrew Ong,   b. 27 Jun 1796, Fredrick, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1828
     8. John McGrew Ong,   b. 27 Dec 1799, Fredrick, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1877
     9. Mary Ong,   b. 27 Aug 1803, Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1830, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. James Mifflin Ong,   b. 21 Apr 1807, Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1828
    Headstones
    Rev, Jacob Ong and Mary McGrew
    Rev, Jacob Ong and Mary McGrew
    Rev, Jacob Ong and Mary McGrew
    Last Modified  17 Sep 2000 
    Family ID  F1065  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Jan 1760 - Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Sep 1784 - Menallen Township, Adams, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jan 1849 - Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Smithfield Burial Ground, Jefferson County, Ohio Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The Jacob Ong Family
      by Leah Blackman "History of Little Egg Harbor,
      Burlington Co. N.J.)"
      The Ongs appear to have been among the early settlers of Burlington, N.J., for in the year 1694, Edward Andrews married Sarah Ong, and at the marriage was Sarah Ong, Sr. It is probable her husband was not living, for the Jacob Ong who was also at the wedding must have been the brotherof Edward Andrew's wife, Sarah Ong, Jr.
      It is believed that Jacob Ong came to Egg Harbor with the Andrews families, he was a brother-in-law of Edward Andrews. Jacob Ong and his wife Elizabeth, were Elders in the Friends' (Quakers) Meeting of Egg Harbor. Jacob Ong appears to have been a man of considerable note in the settlement. He also appears to have had a passion for emigrating from place to place. It is probable that Jacob Ong owned and lived on some of the old-time farms of Little Egg Harbor, and by his moving about from place to place it is likely he was a mechanic and went to different places to work at his trade. In the year 1725 he left Egg Harbor, and went to reside in Pennsylvania. In the year 1728, he returned to Egg Harbor, where he stayed about seven years, when a desire for a change of residence having seized him, he in the year 1735 bade Egg Harbor a final farewell, and established himself in Pennsylvania, where it is probable he died, as this is the last recorded account of Jacob Ong. It is probable that the places in Burlington county called Ong's Hat, and Ong's Run, took their names from Jacob Ong, or some of his posterity. The Ong family all left Egg Harbor with the exception of Mary, daughter of Jacob Ong, Sr., who married Thomas Ridgway, Jr.
      In Egg Harbor, the name of Ong soon became extinct.
    • (Research):NOTES: Jacob Ong is pictured and described on a prominent display at the Mount Pleasant Friends Meeting House, now a State Memorial. The information on his place of birth differs slightly from our family records, but overall the display gives a good brief biography, which I quote: "Jacob Ong (1760-1857) was the master builder in charge of the construction of the Meeting House. Ong was born to a Quaker family in Pennsylvania. Despite the Quakers' pacifism, Ong fought in the American Revolution. After the war, he returned to the Society of Friends, renounced war, and refused to accept the military pension due him.
      Ong appears in the Westmoreland Co., PA census in 1800. He is on the tax rolls for that county in 1806 under "no township," and in Wayne Township from 1807-1810. He moved to Jefferson County, OH in 1812 and purchased a farm. He was also a carpenter and cabinetmaker. Recognizing these skills, the Ohio Yearly Meeting appointed him to design and build the meeting house in Mount Pleasant. Ong remained a faithful and influential Ohio Friend until his death.
      A Quaker, Joel H. Carr, remembered Ong: 'He usually had a message for the people, his theme was always love. In the earnestness of his soul he would deliver the message, while tears would trickle down his furrowed cheeks. Trembling from head to foot, he would exhort young and old to love the Lord and one another.'"
      For a more detailed and interesting history of the settlement patterns that led to the building of a 2000-person meeting house, read the brochure linked below (my thanks to cousins Myron and Teddy Johnson for sending all this material). A brief account is on the sign outside the building:
      "Quaker Meeting House: Erected in 1814, this was the first yearly Quaker Meeting House west of the Alleghenies. Capable of holding more than 2000 persons, the building contains an auditorium with a balcony. The auditorium can be divided into two rooms by lowering a wooden partition. Quaker men and women met separately. For nearly a century this meeting house played a crucial role in the propagation of the Quaker faith in eastern Ohio. Although regular yearly meetings were discontinued after 1909, many Quaker families continue to reside in Mount Pleasant."