Obadiah Johnes

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Obadiah Johnes, son of Samuel Johnes and Hester Stephens, was born 7 February 1715.1 He died 18 December 1790,2 and was buried at the Old Burying Hill Cemetery, Huntington, Suffolk Co., New York.3

Obadiah married (1) Esther Fithian, daughter of Aaron Fithian and Bethiah Gardiner, at East Hampton, Suffolk Co., New York, 23 April 1741;4,2 he married (2) Elizabeth Miller, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), but was of East Hampton, New York, at Lyme, Connecticut, 17 May 1781.5,2

Obadiah Johnes actively supported the revolution, though his age probably precluded military service.

He signed the articles of association for Suffolk Co. in 1775. On 31 Aug 1776 he was clerk of the Southampton committee when permits were given to several refutees to leave Long Island. He was at Saybrook, Conn. 10 Apr 1777, as moderator of a meeting of 170 refugees who were asking for representation to the New York convention. On 3 May he wrote a letter to Gov. Trumbull about the condition of the refugees.

On 27 Jun 1777, the Council of Safety of Connecticut authorized him, together with Thomas Dering and Col John Hulbert, to allow some refutees to return to Long Island to retrieve their belongings and possessions, and those that wished to do so to remove to Dutchess Co., New York.

Probably in 1779, Obadiah was among a number of Refugees who petitioned Gov. Clinton for permission to buy bread in New York, and on 21 Sep 1779, he was allowed to bring slat and farm produce from Long Island.

In March 1780, he petitioned, and was allowed, to go to Long Island for provisions and effects.6

Family 1

Esther Fithian b. abt. 23 Jul 1720, d. 20 Jan 1759
This person was last edited on17 Dec 2017


  1. [S171] George Rogers Howell, The Early History of Southampton L.I., New York with Genealogies. Revised, Corrected and Enlarged. Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 2nd ed., 1887, 335 #4. CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of the Town of Southampton, New York (http://genealogycds.com: genealogycds.com, 2007), further cited as History of Southampton.
  2. [S171] Howell, History of Southampton, 336 #8.
  3. [S1546] David Roberts, Find A Grave memorial #44931132, added 29 Nov 2009, online http://www.findagrave.com, accessed May 2015, further cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S2004] , Records of the Town of East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk Co., N.Y.: With Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value (9 vols., Sag Harbor, New York: J. H. Hunt, 1887-1943), 5:530, further cited as Records of the Town of East Hampton.
  5. [S2005] Frederic Gregory Mather, The Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut (1913; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1972), 432, further cited as Mather, Refugees of 1776.
  6. [S2005] Mather, Refugees of 1776, 431-2.