Did you Know? - Grace Church was founded in 1844.

By: kjc

01/09/19 08:22 AM
Category: General

Major Thomas Jones and his wife Freelove, our first non-Native American settlers


Did you Know?

Grace Church was founded in 1844.

Major Thomas Jones and his wife Freelove, our first non-Native American settlers, built their brick house in 1697. For almost 150 years thereafter the family traveled to St. George's Episcopal Church in Hempstead.  Surely the distance of this horse and carriage journey prompted the local families to gather in 1844 for talk of organizing a church here in South Oyster Bay.  Thomas Lawrence was Chairman, Henry Hone took over as Secretary, and Elbert Floyd Jones was in charge of collecting monies to build a church.  His father, General Thomas Floyd-Jones, the great great grandson of Major Thomas Jones, donated the land.
(Source Lillian "Lovey" Bryson, Massapequa Historical Society)