Jonas More House

The house was built for Jonas More in Hubbell's Corners near Roxbury, New York, in Delaware County in 1818. Jonas was born in Catskill, New York, fourth child of John and Betty Taylor More, on March 22, 1778. He married Deborah Person, daughter of Roxbury's first miller in 1796. Family lore relates that he inherited 100 pounds from an uncle who worked for the West India Company, which he invested in land.

Jonas was a prominent citizen and an unusually wealthy farmer in Delaware County. He was elected supervisor of the Town of Roxbury in 1831, 1833, 1834 and 1842. He also served in the New York State Assembly in 1839.

An 1820 census lists 13 residents in Jonas' house, suggesting that hired hands and possibly relatives lived there as well as his immediate family. An 1850 Federal Census reveals that six people lived in the house and that Jonas' 400-acre farm was valued at $10,000.

Today, the Jonas More house (pictured right) sits in the Cooperstown Farmers' Museum - displayed as a home of a relatively well-to-do land-rich farmer and his family in rural New York State in the mid-19th century. It was donated to the museum by a private owner who bought it and planned to reconstruct it to make it livable for his family. He personally dismantled the house and numbered it and drew full sets of plans for its reconstruction.

During this process he found two silver spoons - one with the initials "JM" on it!

Personal circumstances dictated that the owner move to another state before reconstruction could be completed. He donated the house with the condition that the museum reconstruct it properly.

The restoration may be the purest so far taken by a museum. They used clay instead of modern mortar in the chimney, just as John More did. They split the wood lath for the plaster from straight grain green hemlock boards. The house is furnished with period furniture according to the inventory made at Jonas' death. The museum completed the restoration in the summer of 2008.