Index to carillons and chimes by Jones

The Jones foundry, now closed, provided bells for various chimes throughout the USA.  See the bottom of this page for additional historical notes on the origin and development of this bellfoundry and on the various names used by it.

For an explanation of what this index contains (and does NOT contain), and of the additional details on each entry, see the Bellfoundry Indexes Advice.


Jones, Troy, New York, USA

Jones & Hitchcock, 1852-1857
Jones & Co., 1857-1876-?
The Jones Troy Bell Foundry Company, ?-1884-1887
PHILADELPHIA - STST           : USA - PA     1853 C  [chime]
   St.Stephen's Episcopal Church
LANCASTER - T                 : USA - PA     1853 C (chime)
   The Evangelical Lutheran Church of 
     The Holy Trinity (ELCA) 
LOWELL - STA                  : USA - MA     1857 C  chime
   St.Anne's Episcopal Church 
STORRS - STM                  : USA - CT     1860*C  chime
   St.Mark's Episcopal Chapel 
   * originally installed elsewhere
NEW HAVEN - SH                : USA - CT     1860 C  [chime]
   Suburban Home School 
DETROIT - CC                  : USA - MI     1864 C  chime
   Christ Church Detroit (Episcopal) 
   (also called Old Christ Church)
HARRISBURG - Z                : USA - PA     1868 F  chime
   Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA)
HARRISBURG - Z                : USA - PA     1869 E  chime
   Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA)
BALDWINSVILLE                 : USA - NY     1870 C  [chime]
   M.E. Church
CHICAGO - MA                  : USA - IL     1870 C [chime]
   Michigan Avenue Baptist Church 
HAGERSTOWN                    : USA - MD     1870? C [chime]
   Trinity Lutheran Church
ORANGE - OV                   : USA - NJ     1870 C  chime
   Love of Jesus Family Church
   (was Orange Valley Congregational Church,
     later Highland Avenue Cong.Church)
COHOES - STB                  : USA - NY     1871 C  [chime]
   St.Bernard's Church
MILWAUKEE - STJ               : USA - WI     1871 C  chime
   St.James Episcopal Church 
WASHINGTON - MM               : USA - DC     1871 C  [chime]
   Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
LEBANON - CC                  : USA - PA     1872 C  (chime)
   Christ Church (Presbyterian/PCUSA) 
NORTH ADAMS - STF             : USA - MA     1872 C  chime
   St.Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 
ASTORIA                       : USA - NY     1873 C  chime
   Episcopal Church of the Redeemer 
EVANSVILLE                    : USA - IN     1873 C  [chime]
   Catholic Trinity Church
MADISON - GC                  : USA - WI     1874 F  non-trad*
   Grace Episcopal Church 
POTTSVILLE                    : USA - PA     1874 C  chime
   Trinity Episcopal Church 
DOVER                         : USA - NH     1875 C  chime
   St.John's United Methodist Church 
WILLIAMSPORT - T              : USA - PA     1875 C  chime
   The Maynard Chime
   Trinity Episcopal Church 
JIM THORPE                    : USA - PA     1876 F  chime
   Episcopal Parish of St.Mark & St.John 
   (formerly St.Mark's Church) 
   city previously named MAUCH CHUNK
DETROIT - STPP                : USA - MI     1879 C  chime
   SS.Peter & Paul RC Church 
ALLENTOWN                     : USA - PA     1884 C  chime
   St.John's United Church of Christ (UCC)
   (was St.John's Reformed Church) 

Historical Notes:

The Jones bellfoundry was started in 1852 by James Harvey Hitchcock and Eber Jones, in the industrial city of Troy, on the eastern bank of the Hudson River in the state of New York.

James Hitchcock had previously worked in Meneely's bellfoundry in West Troy, NY, on the western bank of the Hudson River River above the city of Albany.  Hitchcock was related by both descent and marriage to the Meneely family (see the Hanks-Meneely genealogy), and at the time of Andrew Meneely's death in 1851 he was foreman of that bellfoundry.  It seems likely that Hitchcock's move to Troy was prompted in part by an unwillingness to work for Andrew's sons, who were younger than he was.

(Hitchcock was also related by marriage to the bellfounders of the Hanks family; his brother Alexander was married to Philena Hanks Meneely's younger sister Abigail Irena.)

Little is known of Hitchcock's partner, Eber Jones.

The foundry was initially located on the northwest corner of Adams and First Streets in Troy, but in 1854 it was relocated to the southwest corner.

This firm later claimed that the chime they made in 1853 for St.Stephen's Church, Philadelphia (see above), was the first chime made in America; they may have been unaware of other competitors for that claim.  (See Milestones in the history of chimes in North America.)

James Hitchcock retired from the business in 1857, after which the name of the firm was changed to "Jones and Company, The Troy Bell Foundry."  The use of "& Co." suggests that Jones must have found other investors, i.e., the foundry did not become a sole proprietorship.

Eber Jones died unexpectedly at age 51.  This may be what prompted the further change in the name of the foundry to The Jones & Company Troy Bell Foundry, a rather curious nomenclature.  (Some bells are known that read simply "The Jones & Company"!)  Eber's son, Octavous Jones, then took over management of the company, which eventually closed about 1887.  Perhaps it was unable to compete successfully with the two Meneely bellfoundries.

Some of the information above is taken from an article by Neil Goeppinger in "The Bell Tower", V60#2, Mar-Apr 2002, p.5.

More about Jones foundry history:

Some individual Jones bells:

Additional information about the Jones foundry can be found on a Website about the Meneely Bicentennial, which was defined based on the birthdate of Andrew Meneely.


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