Biographical Sketch of Jonathan Oaks
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Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (1) and Sarah (Wheeler) Oaks, was born in Harvard, Massachusetts, died in Oaks Corners, Ontario county, New York, in 1802. He is named in his father’s will in 1784 as the oldest son, with a legacy of ten shillings “if he ever comes back to this place.” He was in Sunderland, Massachusetts, in 1767, in Deerfield, in 1770, and in Conway, Massachusetts, in 1773. In 1789 he settled in what is now (1910) Oaks Corners, New York, preempting six hundred acres of land on which he erected the Oaks Corners tavern. Here the first town-meeting was held, and Mr. Oaks was elected the first supervisor of the district of Sullivan, now (1910) the town of Phelps. He married Martha, daughter of Nathaniel Hawks, who died in 1816. Children as far as known : Lucius, Samuel, Thaddeus, referred to below.