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Charles City and Prince George Counties

Robert Jones, the Errant Boatswain

Cadwallader Jones relates the history of this branch of his family as follows:

About the middle of the 17th century, Robert Jones of Wales came to Virginia as boatswain on a British man-of-war.  Falling in love with a Norfolk “damsel,” as tradition names her, while the ship lay off Old Point Comfort, he leaped overboard the night previous to sailing and swam ashore to his betrothed.  They soon after married and settled near Norfolk.  There were several children the fruits of this marriage, among them Robert Jones, second of the name.  He was a planter in Surrey County, and was the father of Robert, called Robin Jones, third of the name, and of John and Nathaniel Jones, and others not remembered.  John had two daughters, Patsey and Elisabeth; the first married William Daniel, and was the mother of Hon. Jos. Daniel, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and of Hon. J. R. J. Daniel, of North Carolina, member of Congress from Halifax District, and Attorney General of the State.  His first term in the House was in 1787, and in the Senate in 1801.…

Robert, or Robin Jones, third of the name, moved to North Carolina as agent or attorney of John Cartaret, Earl of Granville, …Robin was a lawyer of eminent ability; was educated in England, where he attracted the attention of Granville, was appointed Attorney General for the Crown for North Carolina in 1761….

Robert Jones arrived mid-17th century according to Cadwallader Jones, who stated he was from Wales and was a boatswain on a British Man-of-War.  It is said that he jumped ship because he fell in love with a girl in Norfolk.  They married and had several children.  Among their children was Robert Jones who was a planter in Surrey County.   This Robert was the father of Robin Jones, Attorney General of North Carolina, John Jones, Nathaniel Jones and others forgotten and therefore not listed by Cadwallader Jones.

An investigation of the records of Lower Norfolk reveals a Robert Jones residing there.  In the October, 1637 Court Proceedings of the Lower County of New Norfolk Whereas it dothe appear that John Boulter did buy of Matthew Heward for bbls. Of Indian Corn being in the house of Robert Jones…the aforesaid Boulter coming to demand a while after, without any notice or taken from under Heyward’s hand the said Jones denied to deliver, but being very earnest for it, the said Jones delivered two barrels and a bushel of it.  It is therefore ordered that the said Robert Jones shall repay the aforesaid corn by the 1st of January, or else execution to be awarded.

The following year the court ordered Robert to make a full account to his partner Tristram Mason regarding their affairs, as he had not been true in his dealings to his partner.

In 1646 …the Court hath taken due Cognizance of the poore estates of Robert Porter and Robert Jones being aged and infirme.  In consideration thereof have thought fitt and doe order that according to Act of Assembly they the said Porter and Jones bee exempted from all publique Levyes.” Unfortunately this did not prevent him from being summoned to Court a few months later for not planting and tending corn according to an act of the assembly.  Evidently Robert planted his corn, as men were appointed to go and view it in September.  By the following January it is recorded … I Sir William Berkeley… Whereof Robert Jones late of this Collony deceased dying intestate and leaving an estate….in care of Mathew Howard and Robert Bowers…. According to order of Lower Norfolke County Court bearing date 16 November, 1646 I doe give and graunt unto ye sd Howard and Bowers administracon (sic) on the estate of the decedent….

It is a good thing that Robert planted his corn, as Thomas Tooker was awarded from Robert’s estate a half barrel of corn as payment for debt.   Mr. Cornelius Loyd received 80 pounds of tobacco as a payment.  These gentlemen were fortunate as Mathew Howard was owed 811 pounds of tobacco, Robert Bowers 523, and several others unnamed 195 pounds. Debts owed to Robert Jones from Loveday and Andrew Nicholls did not equal the amount owed.  The court therefore ordered that Mathew Howard and Robert Bowers, joint administrators  …have payd beyond assets….Quietus est. may be granted unto them.

This entire family “history” presents a few problems.  Yes, there was a Robert Jones in Norfolk, and this is supportive of the family story.  He was of advanced age in 1646.  This certainly doesn’t fit the family history, and precludes him falling for his lady in mid-century.  So despite the appeal, Robert of Norfolk is not likely the progenitor we are seeking.

Flourdieu Hundred and Merchants Hope

In 1635, Captain William Barker’s ship brought Dorothy Baker, Elizabeth Baker, and Henry Baker.  The will of Thomas Baker, an apothecary in London, lists son Richard Baker of Virginia.  Richard Baker and William Baker were in Virginia in 1608.  William was in his own muster at 1608 at Baker’s Point.  Later, in 1630, this property was owned by Captain William Barker.  William Baker came to Virginia in the Jonathan in 1609. His muster in 1624 was located on 600 acres next to Flourdieu (Flowerdew Hundred), which was later purchased by mariner William Barker and renamed Merchants Hope.  This property was deeded to his son, John Barker.  Richard Baker’s plantation was adjacent to Merchants Hope.

William Barker was associated with merchants in London.  He was partners with John Sadler, John Taylor, and Richard Quiney, who was his son-in-law and a grocer of London. Quiney’s brother wed the daughter of William Shakespeare.  The original investment associates were William Barker, Simon Turges, John Sadler, William Quiney, and Joseph Johnson, merchant of London.  Together they patented large tracts of land in Martin Brandon’s Parish, and Merchants Hope.

John Taylor, a girdler of London, was the partner of Barker in 1638 and he came to Virginia in 1639.  John Taylor was a Quaker and Merchants Hope became the home of a large Quaker settlement that was violently evicted in 1663.  Many fled to Northampton County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  It may be that the early Quaker residents in Northampton and Somerset, Maryland were originally in Charles City County in Merchant’s Hope.  John Taylor also purchased Flowerdieu Hundred from Barker.  (see The Taylors)

In 1642, Barker purchased Baker’s Point from William Baker.  John Barker, who resided in Virginia, died in 1662 and Abraham Wood, a neighbor, found that John Barker was free of all debt during the probate.  John Barker had married the widow of Captain Robert Pitt, who lived at Isle of Wight.

Martin’s Brandon was patented by Captain John Martin, who sold it to the London Merchants.  In the massacre of 1622 all the residents on Captain Nathaniel Powell’s plantation were slain including Powell and his family.  Flowerdieu Hundred, Martin Brandon, Captain Ward’s, Spielman’s and Wyanoke all suffered terrible death and destruction.  It was after this that the Crown took title and Ye Merchants of London came into possession.  The 600 acres of Powell’s plantation were inherited by Thomas Powell, yeoman, brother and heir, and he sold the plantation to John Taylor, citizen and girdler of London, who sold it to William Barker, mariner, Richard Quiney, and John Sadler, merchants of London.   Later, Quincy and Sadler purchased Martin’s Brandon.

They managed the land for about 80 years and it was patented as Merchant’s Hope. Henry Tooke was the Factor and Agent for Merchant’s Hope.  Tooke owned his own land on Upper Chipoakes Creek, and served as a Magistrate in Surry County. Henry Tooke was assessed on behalf of the London Merchants for 4,700 acres in the 1704 Quit Rents for Prince George County.  A survey in 1711 showed the two plantations at Merchants Hope and Martin Brandon had grown to 7,208 acres. Indians continued to attack the settlers in Southside Virginia until about 1720.

Rice Hooe age 20 arrived in Virginia aboard the Gifte in 1618 and was living at West and Shirley Hundred in 1624/25.  His partners were John Higgins and Christopher Woodward.  Hooe was the agent for William Bess of Jordan’s Journey and was Burgess for Shirley Hundred Island in 1633 and Charles City County in 1645 through 1646. He returned to England in 1634, returning to Virginia the following year aboard the America, William Barker, Master, with 91 others. In 1636 he patented 1,200 acres known as Captain Wards’ Plantation, lying west and south of Martin’s Brandon.

David Jones of Charles City County

North of the James River

David Jones was counted in Virginia in 1622 at Chaplin’s Choice.  His age was given as 22.  He was considered an Ancient Planter.  In July, 1635 David was granted 300 acres in Charles City County against Tophanna Marsh, and lying between two creeks, the second and the third creek, a little below the point.  Due for the transportation of 6 persons: Tobie Borke, Thomas Jones, Robert Scory, John Cole, John Harrison and one negro woman.  David Jones Creek was noted in 1643 in James City County. In 1646 David Jones patented 650 acres of land which included the land patented in 1635.  It then lay along what was called David Jones’ Creek and a second creek, between the two creeks and opposite Tophanna Marsh, on the Northerly side of the James River.

In the records of Charles City in March, 1641 Nicholas Hill was ordered to appear at the next assembly to answer the suit of David Jones who was required to send a copy of his petition with the order to the sheriff of Elizabeth City to Hill so that he could prepare his answer.

In 1655 David Jones patented 470 acres adjacent Joseph Harwood, and Kittawan Creek, to the James River; 200 acres being for the transport of four persons.  In a deed to Joseph Harwood, the plantation of David Jones is noted by the seller, Thomas Rands.  Katakana Creek had originally been David Jones’ Creek.

In 1656, David Jones and Howell Edmunds were exempted from all public services and taxes in Charles City, except parish dues.  This likely was due to their advanced age.  In 1659 Mr. David Jones with others was appointed to appraise the estate of Mr. John Biggs.  In 1664 a certificate was granted to David Jones for 250 acres of land for the charge of importation on Brine of Channell George Houghton, Mary Gosling, James Graunt, and John Jones in 1663.  This was filed on October 20, 1665 when David patented 479 acres on the north side of the James River, adjacent to his own land and that of David Harwood, to a branch that ran into Kittawan Creek.  This was in Weyanoke Parish across the James River from Flowerdieu Hundred.  Interestingly on the same day, Thomas Chappell patented 80 acres on the north side of the James River on the north side of Kittawan Creek.  John Cannon also patented 80 acres upon Kittawan Creek on the back of Weyanoke running along David Jones’ head line on the same day.  Also along Kittawan Creek was Hammon Woodhouse, Peter Plummer, John Cannon, William Justice, Robert and Peter Evans, Fardinando Fustin (Ashton), James and William Lawrence, Samuel Moodey, Charles Roane, Andrew Melderum (Meldram), James Bisse, and at one time land was purchased and sold by Rice Hooe, and Captain Perry and Colonel Thomas Stegg.

In 1657 in Charles City, David Jones aged 63 yeares exa’ed and sworne saith That he and Curtis Laud being present when John Jones dec’d desired to devise and dispose his estate did appoint that two cowes and one gunne should be sequestered confirmed and recorded to each of his sons, and to his sister Mary one heifer w’th calfe named Goodluck, and to his sister Ann’s child a suite of linen and wollen to each of his Godchildren one cow calfe as soone as they could conveniently be paid, one cow to James Moore at experacon of his time and the rest he gave to his wife making her ex’erx and further saith not.  David X Jones Jur in Cur Aug. 3. 1657.  Testimony of Hoel Pryse Clerk.    A probate of the last will nuncupative of John Jones dec’d is graunted to Mary Jones the relict and ex’erx of the sd. Decedt.

Probate was granted to Mary Jones, relict of John Jones. In 1662 it was ordered that the orphans of John Jones deceased remain with their grandfather Mr. David Jones who was required to receive and preserve their estate.  In 1665 James Wallace confessed judgment to Mary Jones, widow, for 880 pounds tobacco.  Shortly after this, Captain Edward Hill confessed judgment to James Wallace for 2000 pounds of tobacco, provided Wallace would hold Hill harmless from all claims that could be brought against him b Mary Jones, widow.

David Jones died between 1665 and 1673, when Thomas Blanton asked to be released from his obligations to preserve the estate of John Jones as directed by the will of David Jones.  The court upheld David’s will.

The petition of Thomas Blanton Humbly sheweth that Mr. David Jones by his will left John Jones and what estate he had to your peticioner till he came to the age of seventeen and then to have what he left him into his owne hands, Which will your peticioner hath performed in delivering to him what his grand father left him.  Now so it is that your petitioner is informed that he has delivered it in his owne wrong notwithstanding the will, therefore your petitioner humbley craveth that for his honest meaning he may not be damnified either that he may be now cleared or that he may have it till John Jones comes to age and he is in duty bound shall ever pray.  Uppon this peticon this Court are of opinion that the will of David Jones should and ought to be kept inviolable.

David Jones was the father of John, and daughters Mary and Ann and the grandfather of John Jones, who was born before 1662 and was a still a minor in 1673, and most likely other grandsons not identified.  In 1682 John Jones was listed as a debtor among many others to the estate of George Proctor.  John evidently had other sons, but they are not identified.

A possible son was David Jones whose nuncupative will was filed in Elizabeth City County in May, 1714.  William Coopland held two negroes belonging to David Jones.  They were seized for debt and were appraised by William Minson, Henry Dun and James Naylor.  William Copeland and Elizabeth Jones were granted probate.

Robert Jones of Jones’ Level, Charles City County

Robert Jones was noted in Charles City in 1656 with Isaac Hermison, and William Sheffield, being summoned as witnesses for James Barker and ordered and allowed satisfac’con for their attendance according to a generall ord’r for that purpose. In 1659 it was ordered that William Smith who married the relict of Thomas Blanks be hereby impowered to require, recover and receive of Mr. Richard Nicholas one cowe or any other estate belonging to the orphane of Robert Jones, Dec’d and give caution for the said orphane and her estate. The nuncupative will of Richard Nicholas was filed in June, 1660.  His widow Susannah married Rice Hooe.

Morgan Jones of Charles City, Westmoreland, and Maryland

The earliest transport record for Morgan Jones is a headright record first obtained by Joseph Croshaw, and assigned to Samuel Watkins in 1639.  Then another headright was claimed by John Holding in 1646/47.  A source states that Morgan Jones immigrated to Maryland as the indentured servant of Robert Sly, a successful merchant.  Sly’s plantation was on the Wicomico River in St. Mary’s County.  Sly died in 1671 and his inventory included a pottery house and butter pots, milk pans and porringers.

Morgan Jones is known to have removed to Virginia at the end of his indenture.  He eventually is believed to have settled in Westmoreland County where he ran a kiln at Glebe Harbor.  Later, a Morgan Jones settled in Maryland’s Eastern Shore as a planter.

I suspect that Morgan Jones settled in Charles City County, and it was his son who removed to Westmoreland and then the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  It is not clear, but it may be that Morgan Jones, Jr. was the apprentice.

Morgan Jones appears in several entries in Charles City County, during the period 1655 to 1662. In 1655 the Charles City Court ordered that Morgan Jones should have and enjoy for his own use all the male cattle from the stock belonging to the children of James Monfort (Munford) deceased in consideration for educating these children and preserving their stock.  In 1665 James Montfort stated he had received from his loving father in law Morgan Jones all his portion and claim.  Morgan Jones had married the widow of James Montford, Sr.  He was the stepfather of James Munford, Jr. (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Volume XLII p. 44)

Morgan went to court to secure Jane, the orphan of Thomas East, for the remainder of her indenture to John Griffith.  Morgan Jones was ordered to pay Captain David Peibils (Peebles) 264 lb. of tobacco which was due per a bill, and it was also ordered that John White was to make good 90 lb. of tobacco, the rest of a hogshead, unto Morgan Jones.  If White failed to do this Captain David Peibils was ordered to make good his promise and satisfy the debt.  Mrs. Sara Hooe was ordered to pay Morgan Jones 860 lb. of tobacco out of her late husband’s estate.

In 1660 Morgan Jones was paid for 5 wolves, in 1661 for 4 wolves, in 1662 for 3, and in 1664 for 2 wolves.  In 1662 he served on a jury.   Rice Hooe sold Morgan Jones a mare for 2,500 pound tobacco in 1663.  In 1663, as attorney for Robert Baker of Bristol, mariner, he collected 300 pounds of tobacco from James Hardaway.  In 1665 he patented 100 acres on the South side of James River adjacent the land of Thomas Crooke, then etc. crossing the Great Swamp at the mouth of Cross Swamp. This is an interesting description, and it is unclear where this land was located.  Cross Swamp, today, is located east of the Nansemond River’s outlet into the James River. It may be that the Great Swamp is the Great Dismal Swamp, but this is pure conjecture.

In 1665 Robert Warner a servant to Morgan Jones, having run away for 9 months and transferred to Rice Hooe, was ordered to serve Hooe 18 months.  He was also ordered to serve 11 months for taking a boat belonging to Mr. Anthony Wyatt.

In 1673 in Charles City County, James Wallace and William Hill were security for Morriall Jones administrator of the estate of her late husband Morgan Jones.  In 1673 is this entry: The deposicon of John Evans aged about 24 years.  Sayth That about the 28 day of January last past being at William Vaughans house the depon’t did heare Morgan Jones of Apamattocke say that when Morgan Jones of Jordans went up to Apamattock to the Major Generalls he the said Jones of Jordans did bid him the said Jones of Apamatock draw a will as the other will was drawne and withal said (meaning the said Jones of Jordans) I will call as I come back and sett my hand to it and Thomas Jones shall witness it.  And Jones of Apamatock further said that he came not back that way but returned by Bayleys and this Deponent furth sayth not.  James Minge, Clerk Thomas Clarke, age 24 and Mary Evans testified the same. John and Mary Evans were the parents of Trader Captain John Evans, Jr. who married Sarah Batte and went with William Byrd in 1728 to set the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina.

This tells us we have two Morgan Jones, one at William Jordan’s, the other living along the Appamattox River.

…William Vaughan, aged 48 years, Sayth That the next day after the burial of Morgan Jones his widow came to this deponents house immediately I sent for Morgan Jones when he came he declared there was a will of Morgan Jones deceased at his home that he made when he lived with William Jordan withal told her where she might find it together with the lease.  Moreover he said he had another will of the said Morgan’s deceased at his own house which was made by him when he was last upp in Appamatock which Morgan Jones did intend his Country man Thomas Jones should have been a witness to it and further sayth not.  William Vaughan W marke.

A judgment to James Bisse attorney for Thomas Collson for 400 pound tobacco was entered that year.  That same year Morgan Jones, received judgment for 4000 pound of tobacco.

This Morgan Jones of Appomattox was likely the same who married in September, 1677 Jane Smith.  Jane was the daughter of Ann Pullin, widow of Robert Smith, and wife of Richard Pullin.  She was sister to Anthony Wilson.  Of ill repute, Jane Smith was called the concubine of William Elam during testimony in a court case in Westmoreland County court involving Jane Jones and her family where it was revealed that Richard Pullin had helped her flee to Maryland after she left Jones.  Later, in 1705 Elizabeth Elam and Nicholas Smith were witnesses to the will of Christopher Jones who left legacies to Margaret, daughter of Elizabeth Dudley, and his wife Elizabeth Jones.

In 1694, a deed notes 200 acres in Westmoreland County which formerly was part of 1400 acres sold by Colonel William Loyde to Morgan Jones who sold it to Thomas Dickeson.  Morgan Jones and Denis White operated a clandestine kiln in Westmoreland County.  The operation ended with the death of White.  In 1969 the kiln was discovered with fragments of pottery. It is the earliest documented kiln in Virginia.  The will of Morgan Jones was filed in 1691 in Maryland.  The pottery and kiln where he served his indenture have been excavated in St. Mary’s County on Sly’s plantation.

Another by this name was Captain Morgan Jones, who is documented in the records in 1699.  A merchant at Oxford, Talbot County, Maryland, was the Quaker William Sharp.  A bill of lading notes:

Shipped by the Grace of God in good order well conditioned, by me William Sharp, Jr., merchant, in and upon the good ship called “The Blue Bird’s Delight,” whereof is master for this present voyage Capt. Morgan Jones, and now residing at anchor in Fyall (Fayal, of the Azores) Roads, and bound by God’s permission to Choptank river in Maryland, to say: Seventy-two pipes and three quarter casks of wine and marked an numbered as per margent, all to be delivered in like good order and well conditioned at the aforesaid port of Choptank, the dangers of the sea only accepted to Mr. William Sharp, senior, or to his order, the freight being all paid, the master hath affirmed to three bills of lading, one of which three to be acknowledged, the other two to be void, and so God send her safe to her desired port.

September ye 17th, 1699                                             Morgan Jones

Northumberland was established in 1648, and then Lancaster was created from it in 1651.   Old Rappahannock County was taken from Lancaster in 1656.  In 1692 Richmond and Essex Counties were from Old Rappahannock which disappeared.  For this reason residents in Richmond may have also been previously noted in Old Rappahannock, Lancaster and Northumberland Counties.

St. Stephens Parish was formerly known as Chicacoan Parish in the northern part of Northumberland County.

An historical note:  In 1669, John Jones, suspected of murder was ordered to touch the corpse of Thomas Rolph and that of Thomas Bayles before a jury.  Evidently he passed the test as John Jones, a Very Lame weake and Impotent person freed from levy August, 1678.

As a final note of interest is the testimony of Colonel William Byrd:

He records in his journal, with apparent confidence in its truth, the account of one Morgan Jones, a Welch minister, who, at New York, in the 1685, certifies that in the year 1660, he accompanied in capacity of chaplain, Major General Bennet of Nandsemund county, Virginia, in an expedition to Carolina, where by chance he fell prisoner into the hands of a tribe of Indians called the Doegs, who, he avers, spoke the Welch language, and he had the satisfaction to preach to them three times a week for four months, in the same tongue.  They wer seated on the Pontigo (now Pamalico) river, not far from Cape Hatteras.  (Burk’s History of Virginia, vol 3, p. 84)

Cavalier and Rebel, Robert Jones of Charles City

In a list of Charles City County debts in 1660 are Robert Jones for 9 days rowing the burgess as mate to William Bayley. In 1662 and 1665 Mr. Robert Jones was on a jury.  That same year he purchased a small spit from the estate of Gerald Kerr at auction. In 1665 a suit between William Wilkins and Robert Jones the plaintiff was sent to the jury.  Robert lost.

In the records of Charles City it is noted that in 1665 George Burge servant to Robert Jones had his time of service doubled for running away 107 days.  That same year William Wilkins was sued by Robert Jones and Robert served on a jury hearing a case of assault in which Robert Simonds was found guilty of breaking the cheek bone and causing other injuries to John Cogan.

In August, 1665 a letter from Robert Jones to Mr. Pryse requesting that a deed of gift be recorded, he giving Elizabeth Harrison daughter of William Harrison … my God daughter a heifer. Signed Robert (his marke) Jones and witnessed by William Harrison, Jr. and John Ludwell.  In 1667 a deed to William Harrison, Jr. for 386 acres indicates his land adjoined that of Captain David People (Peebles) to Robert Jones, down the Pyny Swamp to the old Towne Bridge, to James Jones, to the line of Mr. Richard Tye, being in Charles City County on the south side of the James River.

Robert Jones’ Level, which by 1714 was known as Poplar Level, was located adjacent the land of Robert Jones, James Jones, and Richard Jones, Clerk.

In July, 1677 John Fenley, aged 24 years, testified that being sent by his master, Mr. Arthur Allen, from James City to Colonel Swan’s from there to go home to his master’s house, was by Robert Burgess on the road near Southwarke Church, commanded to stand… he took his horse, carbine, etc.  John Fenly was then carried a prisoner to the house of Robert Jones in Flower Hundred, then to Nevitte Wheeler’s in Martins Brandon and remained eleven weeks, though he asked to be released.

Robert Jones was a notorious member of Bacon’s Rebellion, who Governor Berkley very much wanted punished with death, despite King Charles II decision to pardon all the participants.  Therefore, others had to come to his aid.  A report indicates that Robert displayed his many wounds suffered in the service of Charles I, the beheaded king of England, and father of the current king, Charles II.  The petition of Robert Jones, of Charles City County in Virginia, to the King sets forth his loyalty during the time of the unhappy troubles in England and the many wounds he then received; that he was taken prisoner by the said rebels and by them banished and sold into Virginia; that he was seduced into the late rebellion in Virginia, but returned to his obedience to the government, and served under Colonel Epps, but was afterwards seized by Governor Berkeley’s warrant, tried and brought in guilty of treason, and sentenced to death. Prays for pardon and forgiveness for his rebellion free of charge, being very poor, and that his poor estate may not be taken from him.

The records of Charles City note that Thomas Huckabee was employed to tend the prisoner Robert Jones and promised satisfaction.  This was in 1679.  Robert Jones was reluctantly pardoned by Governor Berkley due to the intervention of a powerful Cavalier, Colonel Moryson.  Moryson wrote to Madam Berkeley requesting she intercede for Jones with the Governor.  She wrote back she was reluctant to intercede. While his life was spared, the list of persons whose property had been confiscated after Bacon’s Rebellion included Robert Jones.   James Willis and Thomas Douglasse, both of Charles City County, placed a bond of 500 pounds in penalty to secure the estate of Robert Jones, who it was noted had been tried and sentenced to die but was not executed.  This was one of the highest bonds paid, and was the same as that paid on the estate of Nathaniel Bacon and Edmund Cheesman, both deceased.  Colonel Hill underofficer took away his servants, killed his stock, worked his oxen and committed other offences.

The 1676 list of pardoned rebels in Surry also included William Jones and William Heath.

In 1678 a suit by John Drayton against Mr. Robert Jones defendant was dismissed. In 1680 Robert Jones witnessed an indenture between William Sherwood, of James Citty County, and wife Ratchell and William Carpinter, of Surry County, for land where John le Grand formerly lived and William Sherwood purchased of le Grand, being 180 acres. On the back of this, Ratchell Sherwood empowered her nephew Major Samuel Swann to acknowledge the deed as her voluntary act.  This was recorded in 1680 in Surry County.

The will of Robert Jones, written January 25, 1688/89 was proved in the April Court in Charles City County.

The Immigrant Richard Jones, Clerk

Reverend Richard Jones was noted in the records of Charles City County as early as 1644 when Thomas Poythress, in his will left his drum to Francis Eppes, and to Mr. Richard Jones, minister, he left his cow called Cherry.  There is no further record of him until 1650.   He has been offered as a candidate as the father of Captain Richard Jones and husband of Martha Llewellyn, daughter of Daniel Llewellyn.

He was a contemporary of Peter Jones, Sr. son in law of Abraham Wood.  Richard had already completed his education as a cleric, so it is likely that he was actually born before 1625, assuming he entered college age 15 to 17.  If he was the father of Captain Richard Jones, who died in 1747 and was likely born no earlier than 1660, it would make the minister at least forty and likely older when Captain Richard was born.  This, when considered with the fact that Captain Richard did not reside in Martin’s Brandon parish, but in Bristol parish, and that he was a soldier and Indian Trader, seems to rule the Rev. Richard Jones out as a paternal candidate.

After examining the record, it becomes clear the Richard Jones, Clerk had financial difficulties. In August, 1650 Richard Jones, Clerk was granted 950 acres lying two miles or thereabouts from the river on the back of Merchants Hope in Charles City County.  This was adjacent the land of Richard Tye and Thomas Wheeler.  He also patented 550 acres in March, 1651.  Then, in 1655 he recorded again his title to 1,500 acres, as the patent notes that it included the 950 acres previously granted in 1650 and the 550 from 1651.  It states (950) acres …from the River on the back of Merchants Hope north on the said Merchants land west upon the land of Richard Cravon South upon the Old Town being the land of Mr. Richard Roland East upon the land of Thomas Wheeler and (550) acres …east upon the upper bounds adjoining to his former patent… south upon Cravons Land north upon the Merchants Land and south West to the main Woods, whereby the breadth of two hundred and fifty acres … (unclear) … West and at ye breadth of three hundred acres South West into the Woods …unto the Said Richard Jones aforementioned nine hundred and fifty acres part thereof by a former patton…. The rest restates the prior patent dates of 1650 and 1651.

1650 deed Charles City Richard Jones, Clerk (click to enlarge)

Richard Tye had married the widow Joyce Boyce, mother of Thomas Boyce who married Emelia Craven.  Richard Tye and Joyce were the parents of Francis Tye and possibly Elizabeth Tye.  Richard Tye died in 1659 and his widow married Dr. John Coggin.

In 1655, Mr. Richard Jones, minister, sold to John Banister, in Merchants Hope, a parcel of land, adjacent Robert Jones Levill (a 1714 deed notes Poplar Level which was called Robert Jones’ Level), James Warradine, etc.  The witnesses to the deed were Rice Hooe and Patrick Jackson.  This is likely Lt. John Banister, who died in Charles City County in 1661, whose daughter married Thomas Chappell. In 1656/57 a confirmation of the agreement was signed by Patrick Jackson, Richard Baker, and witnessed by Richard Jones, and Isaac Hermison.  These documnts were recorded in 1662.

In October, 1656 John Banister sold to Richard Jones, minister, 100 acres close by the lower ponds adjacent to the land of said Jones and James Ward’s new plantation, the breadth were of is bounded northerly upon the merchants land and the length southerly into the woods toward the old Towne a complete mile as by his patent. This deed was witnessed by Rice Hooe and Patrick Jackson. This land was assigned to Morgan Jones in the next entry.

In 1655\56 it is noted: Whereas severall acou’ns have been commenced by Howell Pryse against Mr. Richard Jones, Clerk for 1052 lb tobbo and Non Inventus severall times returned by the serif Itt is therefore ordered according to act that attach’mt issue at the sd Pryse his suite against the estate of the sd Mr. Jones for the sd Mr. Jones for the sd sum and Costs incident.

In December: Judgmt is graunted to Howel Pryse agt Mr. Richd Jones Cler for 1052 lb tobo and al costs incident. In February 55/56:  Whereas m’r Richd Jones was arrested by the sherrif at the suite of Stephen Hamelin for 514 lb. tobacco and no bayle taken nor appearance made to answer:  Itt is therefore ordered that Lt. Colonel Walter Aston the present sherrif shall produce the person or sufficient estate of the said M’r Jones at the next Co’rt or satisfie and pay the sd debt w’th Interest and Costs als exec.  Attacm’t is granted to Lt. Coll Walter Aston ag’t the estate of m’r Richd Jones for 514 lb tobbo w’th Interest and costs $c.

That same year, a judgment was entered against the estate of Richard Jones, for Captain David Peebles for 700 pounds of tobacco and cask, with costs incident.

I am going to assume that Richard Jones, Clerk who served from 1650 to 1655 in Martin’s Brandon, was in big trouble during 1655, deeply in debt, arrested for defaulting, and forfeiting his vicarage as a result.  He is not referred to as Clerk in the final entry which states he did not make bail and failed to appear.

In 1657 a deed to James Ward notes the sale of 100 acres, part of 1500 acres patented by Mr. Richard Jones, minister.  This patent had been granted in 1655, being land 2 miles from the river and north of and part of the previous 950 acres patented in 1650. This land was bounded on the north by merchants (Merchant’s Hope) and ran along Thomas Wheelers land to the trees of Capt. Richard Tye.

In 1657, Rev. Richard Jones patented land, part of which had belonged to Richard Baker and Patrick Jackson and had been sold to James Ward.  In 1665 a deed notes land that was the remainder of a dividend of 1500 acres jointly purchased by Richard Baker, now deceased, and Patrick Jackson from Mr. Richard Jones, minister.

It should be noted that the justices of Charles City County for the August, 1657 court  were Colonel Abraham Wood, esquire, Anthony Wyatt, Captain Richard Tye, Captain John Eppes, Captain Robert Wynne, and Mr. Charles Sparrow were members of the court.

Other Jones of early Charles City County

The Charles City County Order Book notes that Sarah Walpole married William Jones.  He died with a few months of their marriage.  In the 1699 June Court is the petition of William Jones, as marrying Sarah, daughter of Cesar Walpole, Dec’d, land bequeathed by his will between his 2 children be laid forth & divided. Sarah Walpole Jones married as her second husband William Eppes, in 1691.  The land of William Jones was noted north of the Blackwater in 1680, in a deed to William Tucker.  Another neighbor was Edward Birchard.

In May, 1682 Hezekiah Bunnell, of Surry County, and Richard Jones of Martin’s Brandon, Charles Citty County, with the consent of Jane, his wife, 150 acres of land bought from Jeremiah Ellis in 1677.  The witnesses were Nicholas Smith and Walter Flood.

Prince George and Surry Counties

The Families of William Jones and James Jones

Robert Blight along with Henry and Nathaniel Harrison engaged in commerce with Hugh Hall, Sr. of Barbados, and his son, Hugh, Jr. who eventually settled in Boston.  Hall combined trade in slave, sugar, and European manufactured goods.  In his will it becomes clear that Blight’s business with the Hall’s included Barbados and New England.

Hugh Sr., son of a Quaker, broke with the faith, and married Mary Buckworth in 1705.  She was wealthy and her family had connections in London and Barbados.  Hugh, Jr. was sent to Harvard and was there in 1711 when his step-mother died.  In Barbados, they attended St. Michael’s church and held warehouses in Bridgetown, Barbados.  Charles Hall was baptized there in 1706.  Another younger son was John.  He also had a blind daughter, Eliza, and older children Sarah, Sally and Richard. In 1722, Hugh, Sr. married Anne Swan, another heiress in Barbados, which gave him control of a plantation in St. Andrew’s parish, and 29 slaves.  He also obtained land in Christ Church in addition to the land he already held in St. Michael.

Robert Blight, the Harrisons, and Captain Henry Jenkins of Surry, were their main correspondents in Virginia. In 1716 the Halls became agents for the slave trade of London merchants Samuel Betteress and William Allen. In 1720 the Harrisons wrote to the Halls that they had sold fourteen of their slaves in Virginia for about ₤30 each.   Hugh and his father were the agents for the importation of 642 African slaves over 3 years from 1716 to 1719.   In 1720 Hall wrote to Thomas Cocke in Virginia.  Hugh Hall, Jr.  moved between Boston, Barbados, and London.  He was married 3 times and in 1722 he married Elizabeth Pitts (1703-1749).  They resided in Boston.

Nathaniel Harrison was a justice in Surry in 1699, Burgess from 1699 to 1706 and a member of the Virginia Council in 1713.  From 1724 until his death he served as the Auditor General of the Virginia Colony.  The will of Nathaniel Harrison was filed in 1727.  It was witnessed by James Baker, Thomas Eldridge, and Nathaniel Edwards.  It notes his wife, Mary, his brother Henry, sons Nathaniel, Benjamin, and daughters Hannah Churchill, as well as unnamed and unmarried daughters.  Mary’s will, filed in 1732 notes daughters Hannah Churchill, Elizabeth Cargill, Sarah Bradby, Ann and Mary Harrison.  The will of Nathaniel and Henry’s father, Benjamin, was filed in 1712 and was witnessed by Thomas Cocke, William Short, George Rochell, and John Tyus.  The will notes land a Flowerty (sic) Hundred; Martin’s Brandon; Cabin Point; land south of the Blackwater; a new sloop and boats with sails.  In addition to noting Nathaniel and Henry, Benjamin noted his daughters Hannah, and Sarah.  In July, 1709 Benjamin Harrison, of Surry County wrote that he felt the trouble among the Indians, and between Indians and colonists was as much or more to blame on the colonists than on the Indians. His wife was Hannah and he was born in Surry, September 20, 1645.  The first Harrison, who was also Benjamin, witnessed the will of Abraham Peirsey.  His wife, Mary noted in her 1688 will her daughter Hannah Harrison, and sons Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Sidway, son of her second husband, Benjamin Sidway.

In the will of Robert Blight of Prince George County, filed in 1710/11

Will of Robert Blight of Prince George County in Virginia, being sick and weak

To William Jones, son of Robert and Hester Jones, 1 caster hat

To James Jones, son of Robert and Hester Jones, of Prince George County, 1 serge coat, a drugget jacket woved with spots, and pair of callimanco britches.

To Robert Jones, a druggget coat stript with white and blue stripes.

To James Jones, son of James Jones of Prince George Co. 5 yards of fine keen.

To Rebecca Jones, wife of James Jones, Jr. one remnant of double damask, flowered with green and yellow flowers, and 9 yards of Dowlass.

To Ph. Claud, 8 yards of double covered damask, 1 romall handkerchief, pair leather work gloves.

To James Jones, son of James Jones, Sr. all money I have in hands of Hugh Hall, Esq. in Barbadoes, and what money I have in New England, said Hall being obliged to see it forth coming.

To David Jones, son of James Jones & Rebecca his wife, one new pocket Bible.

To Robert Jones, son of William Jones of Surry Co. all that remains in the chest after the legacies are paid.

Beloved friend James Jones, Jr. to be executor 16 Jan 1710/11 Witnessed by Thomas Seymore, Jane Seymore and John Brewer.

The persons who witnessed his will are of interest.  Thomas Seymore, and Jane Seymore, who most likely is his wife, appears to be the same Thomas and Jane Seymore noted in the will of Ann sister of John Seymour, Governor of Maryland in 1704-09, and wife of Philip Lynes of Charles County, Maryland.  Her will of 1711 gave a bequest to Frances Hooe, wife of Colonel Rice Hooe of Virginia, and Madame Jane Seymour and brother Captain Thomas Seymour.  In 1659 Thomas Seymour patented 200 acres known as Summerton.  Governor Seymour died in 1709.  John Brewer is more obscure.  Perhaps he was John Brewer who was burgess for Isle of Wight in 1657-58 with Joseph Bridger.  John Brewer was the son of John Brewer and the grandson of Thomas Brewer.  Both were grocers of London and John served as Burgess from Warwick County in 1629-30.  He died in 1635.

William Jones, Sr. of Jones Hole

William Jones of Surry participated in Bacon’s Rebellion and was listed among those pardoned in 1676.  He was noted in 1677 and 1678 in the household of Captain Robert Spencer in Southwarke Parish, Surry with Johan Bennet.  The next year he was tithed for himself in Lawnes Creek, Surry County in 1679.  He was likely born before 1655.

The land of William Jones was noted in 1694 as near the land of Henry Batts (Battes), and John Wallice in a deed for 93 acres granted to George Passmore.  In another deed to George Passmore in 1695 the land of William Jones was noted as on the south side of the James River near the land of Robert Thucker, Mr. Batts (sic), Robert Burkchild, and Colonel William Byrd. Prior to 1700, settlement south of the Blackwater was not allowed, though some were encroaching on the Indian lands prior to that.  In 1701, William Jones, Sr. received 600 acres along both sides of the Nottoway River at the mouth of Jones Hole to the goeing over, into the horse pocosone, to Edloe’s Branch, to the lower trading path, on an Indian old field, including all islands on the south side, etc. in Charles City County (Prince George).  This was for the transport of 12 persons: John Rudds, 4 times imported and 8 rights more due to Robert Bolling by order of the General Court, held in 1699, and by him assigned.  William had purchased headrights from Robert Bolling.

Jones Hole was first called Barlethorpe Creek.  In 1699, Thomas Busby was authorized 5.400 acres, and the deed was not filed until 1701.  This land was described as west of Joseph’s Swamp and Jones Hole, otherwise called Barle Thorpe Creek, in New Rutland on the north side of Nottaway River…adjacent Mr. James Minge Sr.  Also filing for land adjacent to this were members of the Eppes family.

In 1701 it is noted that John Poythress, Sr. of Deep Bottom, patented 350 acres in Charles City County on the north side of the Nottoway River adjacent 950 acres which were patented by Hugh Lee, Jr. and then sold to William Jones, Sr., Robert Hix, Sr., the tailor, and John Roberts; to the fork of Myery (Meiry Gut) Branch, parting Tonatora Old Field, to the Indian Swamp.  In 1705 Lewis Greene, was granted 97 acres in Prince George County beginning at a maple on the South side of Jones Hole, thence along the lines of William Jones Senior.   The description includes… to a hiccory being the corner of Mr. Tho. Wynn, thence down the same Jones hole, thence down the same according to the several meanders thereof to the beginning. The sd. land was due by trans. Of 2 persons, 2 Nov. 1705.

In 1714 William Jones was reissued a patent for 280 acres in Surry County, being a portion of a tract of 600 acres previously granted to the said Jones in 1701.  This land was located at the mouth of Jones Hole, on the north side of the Nottoway and was adjacent the land of his sons William, John and Henry Jones.

In 1722, Lewis Green, of Prince George County, gave a gift deed to his son, William, for the land in Southwark Parish, on the north side of the Nottoway, adjacent William Jones, William Richardson, Mire (Myery) Meadow, Jonakin Swamp, and the Glebe Line.  The witnesses were Henry Tatum, Charles Gilliam, Sr., and Robert Winfield.

The will of William Jones Sr. was written February, 1714 and probated in March.  It mentioned his wife, Elizabeth, and sons Henry, William and John Jones, to whom he made small bequests.  To his son Robert Jones he left the balance of his estate and land.  The witnesses were Thomas Wynne, and Robert Wynne.  The executor was Robert Jones.  It was at this time that John and William Jones, William’s sons, received land grants along Jones Hole in Surry County.

Thomas Wynne is noted in the records of Surry as contracting with Robert Hunt, cooper, for barrels and casks.  This Thomas Wynne died in 1662, and it is likely his sons that witnessed the will of William Jones.  Robert and Thomas Wynne were appointed in 1743 as procession masters for the land from Monks Neck Creek to Stony Creek and up Stony Creep to Sapponey Creek to the line between Surry and Prince George County.

The will of Elizabeth Jones was filed in Surry County in 1723 leaving legacies to Catherine Jones, wife to Henry Jones.  She left son Henry Jones, all the rest of her estate, including cattle and hogs, real and personal.  The witnesses were Henry Freeman and James Ray.

It seems that William Jones and Elizabeth were the parents of Robert, Henry, William, John and Philip Jones.  In 1711 Henry, Philip and William received patents on the north side of the Roanoke River in Northampton County, North Carolina where they relocated.

The Children of William Jones and Elizabeth

Robert, Henry, William, John and Philip Jones

Robert Jones son of William and Elizabeth

Robert Jones married Hester Blight. They were the parents of William, Mathew, and Robert Jones, Jr.  The 1704 Quit Rents in Prince George include Robert Jones for 241 acres. The sons of Robert Jones removed to Bertie Precinct, North Carolina, where he issued a deed for 140 acres in November, 1724 to his son Mathew and 230 acres to his son Robert Jones, Jr.  This land was on Moratock Pocosin and had originally been granted to John Hawthorn in February, 1711.

The will of Robert Jones, Jr. was filed in August, 1727 and leaves to his father a life estate in 100 acres of a tract on Stony Creek in Prince George County.  Robert instructed that his father sell the 230 acres in North Carolina and give the proceeds to his wife and other children.  His son Thomas Jones received the balance of the Stony Creek tract as well as the 100 acre life estate upon the death of his grandfather.  The witnesses to his will were William Dennis, Abraham Burton, and Henry Jones, Jr.

Henry Jones, Sr. son of William and Elizabeth

William Raney bought 150 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp bounded by William Jones and Henry Jones from George Pasamore which was recorded in Surry.  The witnesses were Robert Wynne, Burrell Green and William Green. George Pasamore’s land bounded that of Thomas House Jr., and William House on Three Creeks.

In 1701 Henry Jones was granted 400 acres in Charles City County on the north side of Nottoway River on the upper side of Joseph’s Swamp for the transport of 8 persons.  The 1704 quit rents in Prince George County note Henry Jones for 200 acres.

In November, 1713 Henry Jones was granted 250 acres on the south side of Nottaway River and the east side of Flat Swamp.  In Surry in 1713, Henry and Catherine Jones appeared in court to acknowledge a Deed of Sale of a parcel of land to Arthur Jones.  In 1713 Thomas Crews gave his son John Crews a tract of land called Gray’s which he had bought from Henry and Catherine Jones, William Dennis, and Samuel Jenkins being 100 acres.

Land patents in Chowan Precinct, February 26, 1711/12 in the area of Morratuck River (Roanoke River) noted adjoining patents of William Jones, 640 acres, Philip Jones, 510 acres, and Henry Jones, 640 acres.  This Philip Jones was not the son of Henry, but his brother.

The will of Henry Jones, Sr. was filed in 1733 in Northampton County, North Carolina. It notes his wife Catherine.  His son Henry was made executor.  Also listed were sons William Jones, John Jones, who received the 230 acre plantation on the south side of the Roanoke River, Philip Jones, who received his overseas dealings, and James Jones, the 240 acre plantation where Henry then lived.  It also notes a daughter, Elizabeth Jones and places Philip Jones, not yet 21, in the care of Henry, Jr.

Henry Jones, Jr., son of Henry Jones, Sr.

Henry received a gift from his father in 1728 of 200 acres, being part of 640 acres granted in 1711.  Henry Jones, Jr. gave a gift deed for 230 acres in August, 1739 to his brother Philip Jones.   A deed from Jeremiah Smith to Robert Jones, Jr. attorney at law in March, 1756 was adjacent the land of Henry Jones and the Occaneechee Swamp.

In 1741, Samuel Dalling, Mariner, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, issued a power of attorney to Henry Jones.  The witnesses were Philip Jones, James Jones, and John Wade.  The land held by Samuel Dalling was sold to Robert Jones, Jr. Attorney General of North Carolina.  A deed in 1742 to Samuel Dalling from John Green, Sr. of Bladen County for 1200 pounds current bill money transferred 540 acres on the north side of Morratoke river, adjoining the river with all houses, orchards and gardens.  The witnesses were Henry Jones and William McGee.  In 1750, Samuel Dalling witnessed, with Henry Jones and William Baker, a deed from William Massy of Granville County to John Vaughan of Northampton County, 100 acres adjoining Gilbert Weaver, Jeremiah Smith, Jordan Lile’s Orphans and John Massey.  Then in April, 1751, Samuel Dalling sold 550 acres to Robert Jones, Jr. of Surry County, Attorney-at-Law was adjacent land belonging to Francis Jones, Bobbitt, the river, and lay on the north side of the river.  The witnesses were D. Baker and Daniel Weldon.  This land originally was patented by Matthew Sturdivant of February 6, 1711/12.

His will was dated November 26, 1751 and was recorded a year later in Northwest Parish, Northampton County.  His wife, Sarah, was noted and his son, Henry, Jr., who received the Manor Plantation, his eldest daughter, Prior; Gray, Mary, and Katy Jones.

In 1753, a bond was recorded in Northampton County, North Carolina between John Jones, Sr. and John Jones, Jr. of Norfolk County, Virginia payable to Sarah Jones, widow and relict of Henry Jones, deceased of Northampton County, in the sum of 400 pounds good and lawful money of Virginia.

In 1754 in Northampton is recorded a deed from Sarah Jones, widow and relict of Henry Jones, deceased of Northampton to my well-beloved Henry Jones and my 5 daughters: Pryer, Gray, Sarah, Catherine, and Mary Jones, for love, goodwill and affection …slaves, household goods, money etc. to be delivered at age 21 years, to the said Henry…or day of marriage… and to the said daughters at the age of 18 or the day of marriage.  The witnesses were R. Williams, James Wallace, and Philip Corlew.

Henry and Sarah were the parents of Henry Restore Jones whose will was proved in Halifax County in 1801.  His wife was Ridley.

William Jones, son of Henry Jones, Sr.

William patented 640 acres on Morattock (Roanoke) River in Chowan precinct joining the mouth of a spring branch and Morattock River in February, 1711/12.  Evidently there were two wills for William.  The first was written on January 9, 1722 and the second was written the following May.  It was this will that was filed in March, 1723 and the first written was filed in April.

William was the father of John whose sons were John, James, David and William.  William was also the father of Charles and Henry whose son was William.   His daughter Jeane married William Lysles, and his daughter Elizabeth married a Speirs.  His daughter Dorothy married Philip Walston.

May 1722

Son John Jones to have my plantation near the Rich Thikitt in Virginia where he now lives for his life 7 then to his 2 sons John & James Jones; also 100 acres joining Deep run Swamp, Chandlers Vale, for his lif & then to his sons David & William Jones; also negro man Toney.

Son Henry Jones to have 100 acres where I now live for his life & then to his son William Jones.

William Lysles to have 100 acres where I now live called philip Walston’s, joining Chandler’s Vale.

Son Charles Jones to have 100 acres where I now live called Branches Ould Field.

Daughter Jeane Lisle, son John Jones, daughter Elizabeth Spiers, daughter Dorathy Wlaston, son Henry Jones to have the rest of my estate.

9 Jan 1722

Son John Jones to have land where he now lives for his life and then to his son William Jones; also 100 acres where my son Henry Jones now lives, and then to his son William; also negro man Tony.

Son Henry Jones to have 100 acres where he now lives for his life and then to his son William Jones.

William Lysles to have plantation with 100 acres called Phillip Walston’s.

Son Charles Jones to have land on Deep Run Swamp joining Chandlers Vale, during his life and then to his son John Jones.

Grandson William Jones son of Thomas Jones dec’d – land.

Daughter Jane Lysles to have a mare. Henry Lyle Sr. to have horse.

Henry Lysles Jr. to have saw

Granddaughter Dorothy Lysles to have bed

Rest of my estate to my grandsons: William son of Jane Lysles, William Lewse son of Elizabeth Spiers, William son of Henry Jones, William son of Dorothy Walston, William son of John Jones. Other legacies.
Wit: Frances  Howcott, Hanah Luten, Thos. Luten Jr.

John Jones, son of Henry Jones, Sr.

John inherited a 230 acre plantation on the south side of the Roanoke River, from his father.  The will of John Jones was filed in May, 1727.  He noted his servant Tom Andener, who was set free upon his death.  He also noted his granddaughter Elizabeth Jones, the daughter of David Jones who received clothes and a chest.  John’s son William received money due from Henry Bonner, and Henry Bonner received 5 iron wedges.  The remainder of his estate went to his four children, John, Elizabeth, Thomas and David.  Samuel Padeth, his friend was appointed executor and Thomas and David Jones, with William Yates were the witnesses. In 1716, William Jones acknowledged a power of attorney to Henry Bonner.  The next year William Jones brought suit against Thomas Kirk. In 1719 at the court in the house of William Branch, it was ordered that Henry Bonner, William Thompson & Thomas Luten Jr be appointed to lay out a road from Evan’s in Green Hall to John Jones’s Landing and the said Bonner to be the overseer of the road.

Philip Jones, son of Henry Jones, Sr.

Philip Jones deeded 230 acres to John Wade in February, 1741.  The deed notes this land was located on the north side of the Roanoke, …being the land that Henry Jones, elder brother  of the said Philip Jones, gave him by deed  20 August 1739, all houses, orchards, gardens, cleared ground…. The witnesses were Samuel Dalling, Henry Jones, and James Jones.  This land was described as on the north side of Morattock River joining Deep Bottom, the river, and Barrabe Melton that was formerly William Rievers (Rives?).  Later, this land was sold and the boundary includes William Rives former corner.

James Jones, son of Henry Jones, Sr.

In 1748 James Jones and Francis Jones of Northampton County, North Carolina deeded to Samuel Jordan of Prince George County 240 acres on the north side of Morattock River, joining Henry Jones and the river being part of a patent to Henry Jones, deceased for 640 acres granted in 1711/12 and conveyed to James Jones, his brother, in 1739 and known as the Manor Plantation, whereon his father last lived.  In 1750, Samuel Jordan conveyed this land to Rowland Williams.  The deed states it was 240 acres on the north side of Roanoke River, joining Henry Jones, and the river, being the plantation whereon Henry Jones, Sr. deceased lived and was transferred by Henry Jones, Jr. to his brother; James Jones.  The Witnesses were William Williams, John Paul, who made his mark.  One has to wonder if this was the same John Paul, friend of Willie Jones who became John Paul Jones.

Francis Jones, son of Henry Jones, Sr.

The same day that his father gave Henry, Jr. a gift deed of land he gave 200 acres to his son Francis, adjoining Henry, Jr.  The witness to this deed was Robert Jones. Later, in 1757 Francis Jones deeded to Robert Jones, Jr., attorney at law, 200 acres given to him by his father Henry Jones, deceased.  At the time he made this deed Francis had removed to Cumberland County.  The land was described as in Occaneechee Neck joining the Roanoke River.  The witnesses were John Jones, Jr., Davie Jones, and William Davis.

William Jones, Jr. son of William and Elizabeth

In July, 1717 William Jones was granted 280 acres on the south side of Three Creeks adjoining land of James Wythe.  1718 William Jones was granted 100 acres on both sides of Sappony Creek adjoining Nathaniel Mallone. In 1727, William Jones, Junior was granted 375 acres in Surry County on the south side of the Nottoway River, on the south side of Flatt Swamp, adjacent Henry Jones and Colonel Nathaniel Harrison’s land.  In February, 1729 John Jones, Jr. deeded this land, which was deeded to William Jones in 1718, back to Nathaniel Mallone.  William Jones married a daughter of Robert Rives.

Robert Rives was first noted in Southwarke Parish in Surry County in 1700.  In 1710 he and Sarah, his wife, made a deed to Thomas Calleyham.  In December, 1714 he patented 219 acres of land in Prince George County on the south side of the Nottoway River adjoining the land of William Jones (Sr.).  Robert Rives stood as surety for Judith Rives, his sister-in-law for her inventory of Timothy Rives’ estate in Surry.  In 1730 he deeded land to Edward and John Petway in Surry.  Then in December, 1734, Robert Rives of the County of Surry, Planter, made over to his grandson Robert Rives Jones son of William Jones …one negro girl called Judy and one feather bed and bolster which I usually lie on and all the furniture to the same.  He then gave to William Jones all and singular his goods and chattels and Personal estate whatsoever…in consideration whereof the said William doth covenant…to provide the said Robert Rives during his natural life sufficient meat, drink, lodging and apparel, and one sober horse to ride on with Saddle and bridle at all times when the said Robert Rives shall think fit to require the same.

In 1728, William Jones, Jr., patented 420 acres on the south side of Nottaway adjoining Edward Goodrich, Robert Whitehead and Lewis Green. Lewis Green owned land in Surry and Prince George Counties. In 1722 Green held a mill on Easterly Run, and another mill on Stony Creek.  In 1722 he gave land to his son, Lewis Green, which was on the Appomattox and City Creek.

In May, 1734, James Jones, son of William Jones of Prince George County, patented 400 acres of new land in Prince George County on the north side of Gravelly Run adjacent the line of James Williams.

In 1745 William Jones removed to Edgecombe County, in that area that became Halifax County where he died in 1750.  Robert Rives Jones, his son, married Anna and they were the parents of Ephraim Jones born in January, 1741, as noted in the Albermarle Parish Register.   Robert Rives Jones removed from Halifax to the Georgetown District of South Carolina, where he lived near his son Mathew until his death in 1789.   Mathew was the father of Robert Rives Jones, Mathew Jones, John Jones and James Jones.

John Jones son of William and Elizabeth

It is of interest that the early records of Surry County in 1711 noted that John Jones was supposed to be guilty of the death of John Sewell.  Francis and Elizabeth Maybury were required to give bond that they would appear as witnesses in the murder case.   From the records of Surry:

John Jones jailed for being supposed to have been guilty of the death of John Sewell. Examination of several evidences then taken against him being well & duely considered,” ordered that the Sheriff deliver Jones to the keeper of the public goal at Williamsburgh for “his further tryall therein.

Morris Kallyham, (Callyham), Nicholas Kallyham, Henry Davis, Elizabeth Maybury, Sarah Reeves, & Francis Maybury each ordered to post 50 l. sterling bond to appear at the 4th day of the next General Court to give evidence for our Said Sovereign Lady the Queen against John Jones concerning the death of John Sewell.

In October 1699, Robert Jones and William Bridges were securities for Francis Maybury, Junior in his administration of the estate of George Fox. This is likely the same William Bridges who was a witness to the will of Arthur Jones, Jr. in Isle of Wight.

Francis Maybury (Maybry, Mayberry) married Elizabeth nee Gillium.  She was first the wife of a West and mother to Francis and John West.  Then she married William Bevin and was the mother of William, Matthew and Elizabeth Bevin.  She married in 1694, Francis Maybury. They were the parents of seven children: Ann married David Peebles, then Abraham Burton; Mary married George Fox; Francis, Jr. married Eleanor Wyche, George married as his second and third wives, Sarah Williamson, then Martha Bradley; Charles married Rebecca Lofting; Judith married Robert Warren, and Hinchia married Frances Parham, Anne Jackson and Anne Clack Courtney.

William Bridges of Isle of Wight County purchased from Captain James Gee, 640 Acres on the north side of the Meherrin River on September 15, 1716 which was patented by Charles Gee and inherited by Captain Gee upon the death of his father.

Clearly, everything went well for him as John Jones of Surry in November, 1713 received 330 acres in Surry County located on the south side of the main Blackwater extending on the east side of the main side of Jones Hole Swamp along the line of William Jones and James Taylor’s line.  June 1714 in Surry County John Jones was granted 170 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp, adjoining his own land and that of Benjamin Harrison.  In 1720 John Jones obtained 190 acres on the south west side of Nottaway River and extending by the trading path.  In 1733, John Jones, of Surry patented 244 acres in Prince George County at the head of Reedy Branch of Sapponi Creek known by the name of Gooseponds adjacent Chappell Road.  In 1733 John Jones of Surry patented another 545 acres of new land in Surry on the north side of the Nottoway River, along rocky Branch near his other land.

In February, 1729 John Jones, Jr. deeded land, which was deeded to William Jones in 1718, back to Nathaniel Mallone.  John Jones, Jr. purchased 537 acres in Prince George County on the north side of the Nottoway River and both sides of Beaver Pond Creek, adjacent Robert Wynn’s line in March, 1734/35.  John Jones, Jr. witnessed the will of Colonel Richard Jones, with Peter and Thomas Jones in 1758.

Philip Jones son of William and Elizabeth

Philip Jones is recorded in 1723 for 180 acres in Surry County, on the north side of the Nottoway River and the south side of Sapponey Creek adjacent to Robert Jones, by the Rockey branch. Philip Jones received a patent in February, 1711/12 for 510 acres on Morattock River in Chowan Precinct, joining Henry Jones and the river.

James Jones of Charles City-Prince George County

James Jones was born before 1643 as he was noted in Charles City in 1663 and clearly would have been at least 20 years of age.  Not only this, he was credited with transporting others, which indicates he was established and financially able to pay the transport cost of other people, or purchase these headrights from those who had paid the cost.

In 1663 James Jones patented 250 acres for the import of 34 persons, which was on the south side of the James River and on the east side of the head of Powell’s Creek near Olde Town Bounds.  This lay between Merchants Hope and Flowerdieu in Charles City County.  This land lay very near the land of Reverend Richard Jones and Robert Jones Level.

In 1662/63 in Charles City an attachment against the estate of James Jones on behalf of Anthony Wyatt, sheriff for the benefit of John Beauchamp for 347 pound of tobacco for the non-appearance of James Jones.

In 1664 James Jones was paid 400 pounds of tobacco for killing 2 wolves by Charles City County.  In 1674 James Jones probated the will of Christopher Lewis.  In the will, dated 1673, a legacy was left to Mary Jones, daughter of James Jones, cooper.  Mary was the wife of John Williams and as the will shows, members of the Williams family were also legatees in the will.  Christopher Lewis and Roger Williams, with 2 Servants were Tithed in the same household in 1668.

Will of Christopher Lewis:

To ye church at Southwarke Parish a silver flagon ….

To William Thompson, minister, 1500 lbs. of tobacco, to be paid in 1675.

To four godchildren, Solomon Davis, in Isle of Wight county, Luke Measell, Katherine Owen, Christopher Moring….

Bequest to John Carr…

To Roger Williams, his son young Roger, Cattle… To Roger Williams, ye father, Christopher, tools…

To Mary Jones, daughter of James Jones, cooper, tobacco…

To the orphan of Mr. Thomas Harris … Sunken Marsh Mill, he now living with David Williams, at ye mouth of Chipeaks Creek… lot & casks when of age.

To ye chyrurgian that hath…  cured Samuell Magget’s daughter, 1000 lbs. of  tobacco.

To Wm. Thompson, son of Mr. Wm. Thompson, 500 lbs. tobacco and to sister, Katherine Thompson 500 lbs. tobacco.

To Charles Beckett, clothing to cost 500 lbs. tobacco.

Desires to be buried in ye Chancell & Executors to lay a tombstone over me & a funeral sermon, for which Executors are to pay.

Makes James Jones Executor.  1 Sept. 1673 Probated 7 April, 1674.  Wit. William Foorman, John Charles, John Corker.

James Jones transferred the land that belonged to Lewis in 1696.  Both Christopher Lewis and James Jones were coopers, a very lucrative profession in Virginia as they made casks for tobacco, hogshead, and barrels for storage and shipment. Hogsheads had to be very sturdy in the early years because they were rolled to the port for shipment.  Christopher Lewis left a substantial estate, showing that a prudent tradesman could prosper in a short time in Virginia.

Of note is the record in 1679 in Charles City County that Henry Jones, servant of John Lewis was assigned to Mr. Joseph Harwood for 5 years.  Jones because of misdemeanors is due to serve longer. By agreement, Lewis assigned him to Harwood and acquitted him of some time.

The absence of Christopher as a name among the sons and descendants of James Jones indicates they were business associates, but not related through marriage.  It is not even certain it was James Jones of Prince George who settled this estate. In 1713 Mary Jones settled the estate of a James Jones in Surry.  This James Jones is unidentified.  The first wife of James Jones is not known.

His second wife was Sarah Wyatt, daughter of Robert Wyatt.  Sarah had been married previously to John Wallis (Wallace/Wallice/Wallas), then briefly to James Mumford (Munford/Mountford).

In 1690 in Charles City, the court ordered that the goods and chattels of James Mumford be divided between his relict, Sarah and his children.  A few months later, Sarah Mumford, late Sarah Wallis, widow, confessed to a debt of 608 pounds of tobacco.  In November, 1693 a judgment was awarded to …James Jones and Sarah his wife, Executrix of James Mumford, deceased.

James Wallis/Wallace Family

In 1661, in Charles City County, James Wallace, who had married the relict and executrix of Lt. John Banister, was given authority to probate Banister’s will. Then Mr. James Wallace took as his bonded servant, Elizabeth Ramsey, the daughter of Martha Ramsey, widow of David Ramsey, until she turned 16.  Her brother, Patrick, was bound to Robert Abernathy until he turned 21. Evidently there was a problem, as three years later, James Wallace filed notice that he had received from Robert Abernathy the cattle and gun that belonged to the orphan, Patrick Ramsey.  This release was witnessed by Patrick Jackson.  Then, in 1673, Thomas Goodgar (sic) obtained an order that James Wallace deliver …one botten pettycoate, three barrels of corne and a heyfarr… as Thomas had married Elizabeth Ramsey. James was sworne in as Constable for Merchants’ Hope Precinct in 1661.

In 1663, James Wallace and Morgan Jones gave a valuation of a parcel of land granted by James Waradine to Samuel Lucy on a lease for eighteen years with a small house at 600 lbs of tobacco.  This land was seized by Anthony Wyatt, sheriff, and the lease was assigned to Howell Pryse.  Ten years later, James Wallace with William Hill gave security for Morriell Jones in her administration of the estate of her deceased husband, Morgan Jones.  A few months after this, in August, 1673, James Wallace stood as security for the orphans estates in the hands of John Ludwell.  These orphans are unnamed, but I would assume they were the orphans of Morgan Jones.

On May 19, 1664 James Wallace …w’th the consent of my wife Jeane sold to Caesar Walpole, acreage …th’t parcel of Land lying and being upon the branches of Powell’s Creeke upon the Burchin Swamp and the great Swamp and bounding upon Capt. Tye and Richard Baker at the head and upon parte of a hundred acres of Land w’ch belongs to Morgan Jones at the head of the sd Land, and at the Lower end upon the hundred acres of Land w’ch Mr. Banister gave to Richard Taylor next the mill called by the name of Chegoe Neck, and bounding upon a path wch form’ly run from James Wards to Bonny Coard at the head of the piney Levell by the mill, the aforesd parcel of Land belonging to a dividend of Land of Thomas Wheeler dec’d husband to the aforesd Joane Wallice, And in consideracon of full satisfaccon in had rec’d I the aforesd Wallice and Joane my wife do bind ourselves, …etc. the witnesses were Richard Taylor, William Peebells (Peebles), Richard Pace, signed by James Wallace and Joane, and recorded June 3, 1664.  Richard Pace married the sister of George Woodlief.  James Wallace was married to Joane Wheeler.

In February, 1664/65 James Wallace of Merchants Hope, Charles City county, sold to James Ward, planter, of Powell’s Creek, same county, 300 acres adjacent the land of Richard Taylor and Caesar Walpole on the south.  West on 100 acres now in possession of Morgan Jones, North upon 100 acres now held by lease by said Ward and East upon Powell’s Creek.  A deed in 1665 from Patrick Jackson, planter of Merchants’ Hope to William Hunt, Wheelwright, of Buckland, Charles City County, notes this land was adjacent land …in the tenure of James Wallace… being 450 acres in Merchants’ Hope adjacent land which had belonged to Richard Baker, deceased, the northern part on the land of Mr. John Cogan, lately purchased of Thomas Boyce, and part on the land late of Mr. James Warradine, and Northerly part upon 200 acres now in the tenure of James Wallace and 100 acres lately purchased of the said Jackson by Thomas Douglas and part on the land of the Merchants commonly called Merchants Hope, which land is the remainder of a dividend of 1500 acres jointly purchased by the said Richard Baker (now dec’d) and the said Jackson of Mr. Richard Jones, minister.  The witnesses were Nicholas Gatley and Hoel Pryse and the deed was signed by Patrick Jackson and recorded in 1665.

Mr. James Wallace patented 990 acres in Charles City County in July, 1669.  This was land previously granted to Thomas Wheeler, deceased.  In 1674, Wallace patented 738 acres on the south side of the James River, over the Cattaile branch, for the transport of fifteen persons.  Thomas Taylor, John Wood, Benjamin Poor or Good, John Nicholas, Phillip Paites, Mary Kennon, Andrew Peck, Richard Cake, Edwin Averett, John Langford, Elinor Norton, Robert Lewis, Martin Paine, Dermmat Donnell, and Sarah Hind.

Elizabeth Wallace, daughter of James Wallace married George Woodlief, the son of John Woodlief who died in Bacon’s Rebellion.  His brother, John Woodlief married Mary Wynne.

In 1661, Morgan Jones was ordered to deliver to Mathew Rushing, 3 barrels of corn left in his custody.  In 1662, Mathew Rushing served on a jury.  In Charles City Court records: 1679… John Galloes hath turned Mathew Russhin out of doores the Orph’n of Mathew Russhin dec’ed and otherwise evilly entreated him.  John Wallis was appointed his guardian.   John Wallis was transported to Virginia in 1663 by George Harris.  He was appointed the guardian of the Mathew Rushing and his father’s estate.  Evidently Mathew also had a brother, William, who died.

Then, the orphan of William Russhin complained that he was unjustly detained in the service of Sarah, relict of John Wallis, and asked for his freedom.  Sarah stated that the said orphan’s estate was secured in the hands of James Munford, so the court set him at liberty.  Then in 1690, the court ordered the widow of James Mumford to give good security for what she had that belonged to Mathew Russhin.   In September the court ordered the estate of James Mumford to be divided between the widow and the orphans, but that the estate of Mathew Russhin be set aside first.

James Mumford of Westopher Parish was married to Sarah Wyatt daughter of Robert Wyatt.  James was the executor of Robert Wyatt in 1684.  Robert appears to have been a son of Captain Anthony Wyatt who came to Virginia in 1624. It is not clear if James Mumford (Munford) was the son of Thomas Mumpford of Nansemond County, 1664 or brother to Edward Mumford who resided in Warwick County in 1685 who married Mary Watkins, daughter of Joseph Watkins.  It may be that the clue to his parentage resides with the movements of Morgan Jones. James Mumford was the stepson of Morgan Jones, of Charles City, who delivered his inheritance in February, 1665/66.  James died in 1690.  Their children were Robert Munford who was placed under the guardianship of Richard Bland; Edward Munford who was placed under the guardianship of Anthony Wyatt; Wilmouth Munford who was placed under the guardianship of Elizabeth Peebles, wife of William Peebles. (Montford-Munford. Family of Virginia and Georgia and Allied Families, by Lyon and Vesely, 1978, p.2; Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. II, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981, p. 739.)

Robert Munford married Martha Kennon, daughter of Colonel Richard Kennon and Elizabeth Worsham.  In 1704, Robert patented a little over 50 acres which hath formerly been granted on April 20, 1689 to James Montfort. This was in Westover Parish.

John Wallis and Sara were the parents of John Wallice.  He is noted in a deed in 175 and estate inventory in 1718.  His son was William Wallace of Lunenburg.  William died in 1783 in Lunenburg.

Elizabeth Nance was the wife of Caesar Walpool (Walpole) who died in 1678.  They had two children, Richard and Sarah. After the death of Caesar, Elizabeth married James Wallis (Wallace) who presented an inventory of the 2 orphans of Caesar Walpole in 1691.  Sarah Walpole married William Jones.  On June 4, 1688 William Jones filed a petition, as marrying Sarah, daughter of Caesar Walpole, dec’d requesting the land bequeathed by Caesar’s will between his 2 children be laid forth & divided. William Jones died soon after as Sarah married William Eppes by 1691.   The following year, William Eppes was sued by Captain Francis Eppes as the administrator of the estate of Elizabeth Nance Walpole Wallis, for debt owed from the estate of James Wallis.

In November, 1715, William Eppes and Sarah, his wife, sold 100 acres which had Sarah had inherited from her father to James Pace.  This land was bounded by Richard Walpool, Richard Bird, Arthur Biggins, Edward Goodrich, and John Hardyman. The witnesses were Peter Wynne, Shands Raines, and Rachel Walpool.


In 1681 the land of James Jones along Blackwater Swamp is noted. In 1683 James patented 734 acres in the Parish of Weyanoke on the south side of the James River, at a place called Devil’s Woodyard, following the line of John Hobbs, crossing Pole Run, on Cherry Branch, to a corner white oake, belonging to the land of Mr. William Harrison, due for transporting 15 persons: Matthew Holmes, Waller Hill, John Wardon, James Munger, John Hellen, John Joyce, Henry Bond, William Noble, Thomas Jones, William Presco, John Long, Thomas Cropey, Francis Bradley, John Baker, Richard Staley.

Again in 1685 he received 364 acres, in the Parish of Westover and on the South side of the James River, bounded on the east side of the Mill Path, following the line of Captain Archers, to the line of Thomas Chappell’s land and the land of Colonel Edward Hill.  141 acres of this land was originally granted to Thomas Tanner in 1657 and assigned to Jones, and 364 acres was due for the transport of 5 unnamed persons.  Living next to this tract were Captain Archer, Thomas Chappell, and Colonel Edward Hill.

In 1685 James Smith purchased 67 acres next to this patent.  He was noted in the 1704 Quit Rents for 1,100 acres in Prince George County which was the 734 acres and 364 James had previously patented.

James Jones died in 1719, in Prince George County, Virginia. His will listed Negro slaves, Betty, Maria, Robin, Will, Jo, James, Hanna, Jack, and Amy.  It is clear that he had other slaves not named who were inherited by his only son, James Jones, Jr.

Will of James Jones, April 6, 1719   Recorded May 12, 1719

In The Name of God, Amen. I James Jones being weake and sick but of  sound and perfect mind and memory, praise be therefore given to Almighty God, doe make and ordain this my present Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, hopeing through the merritts, Death, and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ, to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sinns, and to Inherit everlasting Life, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried, at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter named, and as touching the disposition of all such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as follows.-
First. I will that my Debts, and funeral charges, shall be paid and Discharged.
Item. I will that my Loving wife have the Labour of four Negro’s dureing her natural Life, they are named Will, Robin, Maria, & Betty, provided they are not removed of from the plantation I now live upon, if they are, then Immediately to return to my Executor, which plantation I will my wife shall Live upon dureing her life.
Item. I give my wife’s two sons two Negro children, one named James, the other unborn, the first child that either Betty or Maria shall bring, to be the other which two Negro children to be Disposed of, to my wife’s two sons, as she shall think fitt, the unborn and the born child James to be and remain with their mothers till they come to the age of two years, and a halfe, my will is Likewise that my wife have during her life, what household stuff my Executor shall think fitt, and that she have a reasonable maintenance yearly out of my stock.
Item. I give to my Daughter Mary Dardin my Negro man Jo, During her life then after to her son Charles Williams.
Item. I give my Daughter Elizabeth a Negro named Hanna, to be at her dispose at her death or before as she thinks fitt.
Item I give to my daughter, Hanna, one Negro named Jack to be at her disposal at her death or before as she sees fitt.
Item. I give to my Daughter Rebecca two hundred acres of Land, Lying in Surry county, beginning from the swamp, up by the spring South, to the outline that to the head line, to her and her heirs for ever.
Item. I give my Granddaughter Elizabeth Glover one hundred acres of Land on the South side of Paul Run, to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give my Grandson James Jones, this my plantation, I live upon after my wife’s Decease, and all my Land in Prince George County, after his Father and Mother’s Decease, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give to my Grandson Thomas Chappell one hundred acres of land lying in Surry from the swamp South, joining upon William Cocke above to the out Lines to him and his heirs for ever.
Item. I give to my Granddaughter Jane Cocke Daughter to John Cocke, one Negro named Amy, to her and her heirs for ever, as also one hundred acres of Land Lying in Surry County, beginning at the head Line, to her and her heirs for ever, as also one feather bed and bolster, one rugg one blanket, and if the Ticke be bad Lett a new ticke be bought, as also two young cows, one young mair, one Iron pott, two pewter Dishes, and one Doz. of spoons. All the rest and Residue of my personal Estate, goods, and chattels whatsoever, I do give and bequeath unto my Loving Son James Jones, full and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke Disannull and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I the said James Jones to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this 6th Day of April 1719.
James (his marke) Jones Sealed with red wax.

Signed and Sealed in presence of Gilbert Hay, Edward Prince, Thomas Sample
At a Court held at Merchants hope for Prince George County on the second Tuesday in May being the twelfth Day of the said month Anno Dom. 1719. The above written Last Will and Testament of James Jones Dece’d. Exhibited into Court by James Jones his Executor who made oath thereto and it being proved by the oaths of Gilbert Hay, Edward Prince & Thomas Sample the severall witnesses thereto, is by order of the Court truly recorded and a Certificate is granted the said James Jones for obtaining a probate of the s’d. Will in Due form. Test Wm.Hamlin ClCur.

Letter – Sarah Jones, widow of James Jones 1719 (deeds etc. 1713-28, page 311, Prince George Co.VA.)  Worthy Sirs. I having seen and heard the Last Will and Testament of my Late Husband James Jones Dece’d. I therefore think fitt to acquaint y’r. w’ps. that I think my selfe justly dealt by therein, and to prevent any further Disputes I desire the Will may be proved I being contented to Relye on the Legacys Left me in the said Will. Given under my hand and seal this 20th April 1719.

Sarah (signum +) Jones Sealed with a wafer.  Test E. Goodrich, Mary (her+marke)Loyd
To the Worshipful his Majestys Justices of the Peace of Pr. George County.
At a Court held at Merchants hope for the County of Prince George on the second Tuesday in May, being the twelfth Day of the said month Anno Dom. 1719. The above written Letter being proved by the oath of Edward Goodrich one of the witnesses thereto, in open Court, is by order of the Court truly recorded. Wm.Hamlin ClCur.

It was questioned, under Virginia law whether the slaves of James Jones, who were considered Real Property, were in fact included in the bequest to his son James Jones.  Below, Gilbert Hay declared to the court that when he helped James write his will, that it was the intent that the slaves be given to his son James Jones.

Deposition – Will of James Jones 1719
(Deeds etc. 1713-28, page 318, Prince George Co.VA.)
Prince George County
WHEREAS JAMES JONES the Elder Late of this County Dece’d. did by his Last Will and Testament made and Executed the sixth Day of April 1719 amongst other things in his said Will in the Last clause thereof made a Devise in these words viz.
“All the rest and residue of my personal Estate, goods and chattels whatsoever, I do give and bequeath to my Loving Son James Jones full & sole Exor. of my Last Will and Testament.”

And whereas by a Law of this Colony which Declare Negro, Mullatto, & Indian slaves within this Dominion real Estate etc. it may remain a Doubt whether any of the Dece’dts. slaves pass to the said James Jones by virtue of the said Bequest therefore for Explanation thereof I Gilbert Hay aged sixty three years or thereabouts Deposeth as follows: That at the Instance and request of the said Dece’dt. I did write his Last Will and Testament which is proved and recorded in this County Court, and that the said Dece’dt. did direct me to make the same to his Son James best advantage, Declaring that all these (except his Grand-child Jane Cocke) to whom he had given any Negro or Negro’s to, in his former Will (which I likewise made) shall have no Negro or Negro’s, but they shou’d be given to his Son James Jones and his heirs for ever, with all other his slaves which he had not particularly given away in his said will, and that I accordingly apprehended they were fully given to the said James Jones and his heirs for ever, by virtue of the said Devise, In testimony whereof I have hereto put my hand this 9th June 1719.
Gilbert Hay
(Jane Cocke)Interlined & said to be before signed.
Test. W.H. Cl.

I Edward Prince aged thirty nine years or thereabouts Deposeth that I was a witness to the Will of James Jones mentioned in the within Deposition of Gilbert Hay and that I heard and know the contents of the said Deposition in every part to be true. Witness my hand this 9th June
Edward Prince

At a Court held at Merchants Hope for Prince George County on the second Tuesday in June being the ninth Day of the said month Anno Dom. 1719. The above written Deposition of Gilbert Hay and Edward Prince relating to the Last Will and Testament of James Jones Dece’d. were taken in open Court and by order thereof are truly recorded. Test Wm.Hamlin Cl Cur.

In October, 1695 in Prince George County, the oral will of Charles Hays was proven in the Charles City Court (for Prince George), by the oaths of Thomas Harrison, Thomas Symonds, Gilbert Hays, and Robert Blight.  Gilbert Hays was the son Charles Hays and Susan Ivey, a daughter of Elizabeth and Adam Ivey of Prince George.  He held 200 acres in Prince George County in 1704.   He and Robert Jones later witnessed the release of James Chappell to James Jones II.  Chappell’s grandfather was Thomas Chappell who married a daughter of James Jones. In 1708 William Rives and Robert Blight witnessed the sale of land on Freemans Branch, by James Mathews. That same year, William Rives and Robert Blight witnessed the sale of 100 acres on Jones Hole swamp and Freeman Branch to John Mitchell and Catherine Mitchell, his wife.  This land was adjacent Francis Mayberry and John Mitchell. The land laid adjacent John Mitchell. The Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies 1700 notes Robert Blight petitioned that the Schoolmasters in every Parish may be chosen Clerks, however this was rejected.

The children of James Jones and his first wife were:

James Jones, Jr. married Rebecca Blight.

Mary Jones first married John Williams about 1685, then in 1702/10 Richard Darden.

Elizabeth Jones married about 1688 Thomas Chappell and then Thomas TaylorHer family is detailed in The Chappell Family.

Rebecca Jones married William Cooke.

An unnamed daughter married about 1688 John Cocke, (Cooke) and after her death John married in 1710 to Avis Killingsworth, and died shortly after in 1711.

Hannah Jones married about 1688 Charles Gee.   On July 5, 1709 Hannah Gee, John Cooke, William Cooke, and William Heath presented the estate of Charles Gee in Surry County.  John and William were Hannah’s brothers-in-law, and William was her son-in-law.  Her descendents are followed in Gees’n More.

A Digression: Cooke or Cocke?

First, the name is spelt Cocke in the will.  However, it seems clear that this was intended to be Cooke.  In Southside Virginia Families Vol. I, by John B. Boddie, the author, gives a detailed genealogy of the Cocke and Cooke families.  John Cooke died before 1711. There is no John Cocke who is a potential candidate as the husband of Hannah Jones during the time frame 1680-1719. A further examination of the Cocke, Cock, Cox, Coxe family follows at the end of this document.

It becomes clear from the will that Cooke was spelled Cocke.  Thomas Chappell was deeded land laying in Surry County joining William Cocke.  This was William Cooke, husband to Rebecca Jones, who later bought the land from Thomas Chappell.

According to Boddie, in the same volume as the Cooke genealogy, he states that John Cooke was dead in 1715, but more importantly, it is clear that John’s first wife was dead before 1711.  John Cooke married as his second wife Avis Killingsworth.  Avis became a widow of William Killingsworth in 1709/10.  John Cooke witnessed William Killingsworth’s will.  They married soon afterward as in 1711, the will of Avis Cooke, was proved in Surry County, and included a clothing bequest to her daughter in law Elizabeth Cooke, wife of Henry Cooke, and legacies to her sons William and John Killingsworth.

Additionally, it becomes clear that John Cooke did not own a plantation.  In 1708 the “plantation where John Cooke lives” was willed by the owner John Walker to his son. In his 1711 will John Cooke does not leave land to any heir. This will was witnessed by William Heath, George Rachel and Joshua Harris.

It is unclear how Boddie made these very apparent errors.  In the same volume, in the Cooke genealogy, he states that John and William Cooke’s brother, Rueben Cooke, married Hannah Atkinson Gee, but provides no proof of her parentage, or previous spouse.  Thomas Cooke, the brother of William, John, and Reuben, married Mary Jones, the daughter of Arthur Jones and Susanna King.  Their sisters, Elizabeth Cooke, married John Weaver who died in 1719; Joana married a Burrow, Sarah married Samuel Cornwall, and an unnamed sister married Samuel Hargrove.

This cannot be Hannah Gee.  First, she never remarried, as she made deeds as Hannah Gee until her death in 1728.  Reuben Cooke did marry a Hannah.  He died in 1750/51 in Isle of Wight and notes his wife, Hannah in his will, so she clearly survived him. Hannah Atkinson wife of Rueben Cooke was noted in the will of her father, John Atkinson. If she was a Hannah Gee she was not married to Charles, but to another Gee who is absent from the records.

The daughters of James Jones

Two Jones daughters married into the Cooke family.  For additional information see The Cookes.

Rebecca Jones and William Cooke

Rebecca Jones married William Cooke.  Their children were: William, Reuben, James, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Sarah, Mary, Susannah, Hannah, and Amy Cooke.  On September 20, 1727 William and Rebecca Cooke deeded to William Briggs, on behalf of their sons, James and Reuben Cooke, the land left to Rebecca by her father, James Jones, deceased.  Previously, in June, 1722 Thomas Chappell deeded to William Cooke, Jr. 100 acres of land which James Jones had left to Chappell in his will.

In June 1727 William patented 190 acres in Surry on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp next to his cornfield.  This indicates he held another tract of land.  His neighbors were Josiah, John, and Jethro Barker and Peter Bagley.  This tract was near the Old Town Swamp and Licking Marsh Branch.  William’s will was filed Nov. 17, 1740 in Surry County Virginia.

Will of William Cooke, 1740

In the name of God Amen I William Cooke of the County of Surry being Sick In body but of sound perfect and Disposing mind and memory thank be to God I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made….

Item I desire yt my just debts & funurall expences be paid & Discharged

Item I Give unto my Son William Cooke one feather bed…one pere of blankets and one Iron pot Containing of about nine Gallons

Item I give unto my Son Rubin Cooke on Certain tract of parcill of Land Containing hundred and Seventy five Acres and I also give him one Negro woman called Sarah and two Pistolls and two Pewter Dishes the Pistolls he hath in Possession

Item I Give unto my Son James Cooke one negro man called Harry and one negro woman called Kate and one negro Girl called Patt & I also give him one feather bed and furniture and one Iron pott of about four Gallons and three Pewter Dishes and three Pewter plaites

Item I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth wife of Thomas Tomlinson one Negro Girl called Lucy & two Ewe Sheep

Item I give unto my Daughter Rebeccah wife of James Anderson ye Labour of one negro man called Jack Dureing her naturall Life and att and after her decease ye said negro I give to my Son James Cooke and his heirs

Item I Give unto my Daughter Sarah wife of Henry Mitchell one negro Girl called Fanny which negro she hath now in Possession

Item I give unto my Daughter Mary wife of William Briggs one negro boy called Joe to her and her Heirs

Item I give unto my Daughter Susanna wife Miell Hill one negro Girl called Jeny and one feather bed and furniture which bed I commonly lies on as it stands

Item I give unto my Daughter Hannah wife of Richard Gary one negro boy called Ned which boy she hath now in Possession

Item I give unto my Daughter Amy wife of John Maclin one negro Girl called Moll which negro she hat in Possession and I also give her four young cattle

Item I give unto my Son James Cooke all ye remainder part of my Estate

Item I do make and Constitute and appoint my Son James Cooke my hole and sole

Executor of this my last will and Testament….this first day of May in ye year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred & forty

Elizabeth Cooke married Thomas Tomlinson.

Rebecca Cooke married James Andrews.

Sarah Cooke married Henry Mitchell.

Mary Cooke married William Briggs.

Susannah Cooke married Mi’el Hill

Hannah Cooke married William Gary

Amy Cooke married John Maclin

Children of William Cooke, Jr. and Elizabeth Rives

Elizabeth Cooke married Thomas Tomlinson.  Thomas died in 1750 and Henry Gee witnesses his will.  His sons William received Negro boy Lewis and Thomas received Negro girl Jeny and furniture.  His son Benjamin the home plantation and Negro man Daniel, woman Juda, boy Joiner, and girl Tabb. Benjamin also received the remainder of the estate not bequeathed to others.  His daughters were Sarah Carter, Elizabeth Moss, and Amy Carter each received ten shillings Virginia money.  Benjamin was the executor and the witnesses were Joseph Carter, Joseph Carter, Jr. and Henry Gee.   Thomas Tomlinson, being within the age of 21 years, was granted administration, and Richard Carter and Wyke Hunnicutt gave security.  Sarah Tomlinson married Richard Carter who died in 1763 in Sussex.  Thomas Tomlinson married first a daughter of Joseph Stap of Northampton County, and about 1763 the widow Amelia Shockey Ellis, the widow of Caleb Ellis.  William Tomlinson married a relative of Peter Clark, then Mary who was the mother of Mary Fish.  Elizabeth Tomlinson married a Moss.  Amy Tomlinson married John Carter the son of Joseph Carter of Prince George.  Colonel Benjamin Tomlinson removed to Lunenburg and his wife was Jane Bonner.  Sarah Cooke married Henry Mitchell the son of Robert Mitchell and Mary.  They were the parents of William Mitchell (d. 1803) the husband of Lucy Hancock.  William and Lucy were the parents of Robert Mitchell who married Mary Collier.  After the death of Henry Mitchell, Sarah married William Rachel, likely a descendent of George Rachel.

Rebecca Cooke married James Anderson a wealthy planter and carpenter who owned lands in Surry and Amelia Counties.  His first wife was Mary Jordan.  Rebecca’s will notes her four sisters: Sarah Rachel, Mary Bonner, Susanna Hill, and Hannah Gary.  She was the mother of one son, William Anderson of Surry who received a large estate from his mother.

Mary Cooke married William Briggs were the parents of a large family.  Their children were: John; William; Henry; Elizabeth born June 11. 1762, who married James Chappell and died in Sussex County in 1778; Amy married a Gilliam; Lucy; Rebecca born in April, 1742 married Howell Chappell; Mary married Thomas Chappell.  William Brigg’s parents were Samuel Briggs, the son of Henry Briggs and Mary Flood, and Mary Bailey the daughter of Edward Bailey and

Sarah Cooke married Henry Mitchell

Susannah Cooke married Miell Hill.  Miell Hill appears to be Michael Hill.  He was noted in Prince George County Court records in 1717 when a suit by John Hatch against Michael Hill was dismissed. In 1719 John Hamlin acknowledged a deed to Michael Hill in Court.  In 1755 Michael Hill patented 58 acres in Prince George County on the north side of Jones Hole Swamp adjacent his own line and Cuthbert Williamson.

Hannah Cooke married William Gary of Prince George.  Their children included William Gary, Jr. who married in Sussex in 1765, Boyce Gee the daughter of James Gee and granddaughter of Captain James Gee and Boyce Scott.

Amy Cooke married Col. John Maclin of Brunswick.  His second wife was Susanna Douglas.  Their daughter Rebecca Maclin married Matthew Parham.  Their son Ephraim Parham married Parthenia Gee the daughter of William Gee and Tabitha Ingram.

William Cooke, Jr. married Elizabeth Rives the daughter of Col. William Rives and Elizabeth Foster.  The Albermarle Parish notes the births of Thomas in 1741; Sarah in 1744; and Henry in 1750.  William’s will in 1764 notes his wife Elizabeth, his daughters Hannah Goodwyn, Elizabeth Irby, and Sarah Cooke, and his sons William, James, Thomas, Cooke, Foster and Henry Cooke. William Cooke, Jr. obtained a tract of 175 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp adjoining the land of James Jones in 1722.  In June, 1727 he patented another 175 acres. William Cooke of Surry also obtained a patent for 310 acres in Brunswick on the south side of the Meherrin and the south side of Fountains Creek adjoining John Scott and John Vintson. It is not clear if these were all deeds for this William Cooke or his father.

James Cooke no record found.

Reuben Cooke married Anne, and died in 1764 in Sussex.  His will notes his wife Anne, and his daughters Mary Briggs, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Amy Cooke, and sons Richard and Henry Cooke.  The Albermarle Parish Register also includes Joseph, b. 1741; Richard, b. 1744; Sarah, b. 1746; Elizabeth b. 1748; Henry b. 1750. Mary married William Briggs, her cousin.  He was the son of William Briggs and Mary Cooke.  Her second husband was Lawrence Smith.  Richard married Mary Lucas.  Sarah married John Justice.  Henry married Rebecca Lucas and after her death he married Betty Lucas.  Elizabeth married a Hill.  Amy married John Gilliam whose parents were Capt. Hinchea Gilliam and Faith Briggs.

Daughter (likely Sarah) and John Cooke

A Daughter, who was likely named Sarah, was the wife of John Cooke.  John Cooke died in 1711, after his second marriage to the widow Avis Killingsworth.  John and his Jones wife were the parents of John Cooke, Jr., Henry Cooke, and Joanna (Jane) Cooke.

The will of John Cooke of Southwark Parish in ye County of Surry being weak and sick of body but of perfect Sense and Memory of mind do make and Ordaine this to be my Last Will and Testament herby reng void all former wills by me made

Item: I Give unto my Son John Cooke my Indian Woman and her increase.

Item: I Give to my Son Henry Cooke my Indian boy Ned

Item I Give to my Son John Cooke two Sows and Nine Shoats being of his Own mark and two heifers

Item I Give unto my Daughter Joanna Cooke one breading Sow and 2 Shoats

Item I Give to my Wife after all Just Debts being paid all that was her former husbands

Item I Give Eight ponds Sterling mony to be made out of my Estate to the redeeming of the Indian Wench

Item I Give to my Son John Cooke One Young horse named Jockey

Item I Give all the rest of my Estate to be equally divided between my Wife and Children

Lastly I appoint Constitute and Ordaine my true and Loving Wife Avis Cooke my Whole and Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament this being my Last Will & Testamt wch may not be violated Witness my hand and Seale this 10th day of Aprill in ye year of our Lord 1711.  Witnessed by George Rachell, William M. Heath, and Josh Harriss.

Att a court held at Southwark for the County of Surry June ye 20th 1711.  The above Will was this day proved in Court by ye Oaths of George Rachell and Joseph Harris Wittnesses thereto Which is Ordered to be recorded and is recorded by Jon Allen Clerk.

John Cooke, Jr. no information at this time.

Henry Cooke resided in Brunswick County on the south side of Fountain’s Creek.  He began with a grant for 310 acres and eventually obtained 3,500 acres.  He was the father of Sarah who married George Rives; Mary who married James Lanier; Anne who married a Lowe; Elizabeth who married David Peebles; Henry who married Eleanor; Jane who married John Cato; Capt. John Cooke who married Betty Brown; and Drury Cooke who married Druscilla.

Mary Jones and John Williams, Richard Darden

Mary Jones first married John Williams about 1685, then in 1702/10 Richard Darden.  John Williams with William Edmunds was granted 888 acres in Charles City County, south of the James River in 1682.  Then, in 1683 John Williams was granted 842 acres adjacent to William Edmunds and Colonel Edward Hill which was on the north side of Blackwater main swamp. John Williams and John Browne were granted 1200 acres amongst diverse black water branches in the Lower Parish of Surry County on April 20, 1685.  This land was adjacent the land of Nicholas Sessums, Robert Savage, Charles Savage, Richard Lane, Mr. Cawfeild; Joseph Wall, Richard Smith and Richard Blow for the transport of 24 persons. The 1690 list of titheables in Surry includes John Williams and George Rachell in the same household.  In the 1695 titheables William Williams and John Williams are noted adjacent to each other and were tithed for one each.  John was dead by 1702 as a deed filed in Prince George County, Bristol Parish establishes.

James Williams, Charles Williams, and John Williams, sons of John Williams, deceased 650 acres in Charles City County in Bristol Parish, April 25, 1702, beginning below the mill on the South side of Gravely Run on Mr. John Herbert’s line, etc. for the transport of 13 persons.

Mary’s second husband Richard Darden was noted in 1710 as the guardian of her son Charles Williams.   In 1725 a deed records the sale of the slave, Jo, by Charles Williams and his parents Mary and Richard Darden.   In 1727, Richard Darden and Mary sold 100 acres in Prince George.

Children of Mary Jones and John Williams

Jones Williams witnessed the will of Arthur Jones in 1715 in Surry County with William Bridges and William Beech.  In May, 1712 Jones Williams petitioned that Peter Kersey, who was a Negro titheable in 1703 of William Hunt, and Betty, a Molatto be added to the list of titheables of Surry County.  The land of Jones Williams was noted in Prince George County along Three Creeks, adjacent Reeves in a 1722 deed to Edward Goodrich.

James Williams was noted in the 1704 Quit Rents of Prince George for 1,436 acres.  He married Anne and their son Peter was born in 1728.  In 1722 it is recorded that the Church-wardens of Bristol Parish bound out three Mollatto children to serve James Williams & his heirs according to Law.  Their mother, a Mollatto, named the children Peter, Dick & Nan.

John Williams, Jr. died January 16, 1725 as noted in the Bristol Parish Register.

Elizabeth Williams married about 1712 Benjamin Blicke of Prince George County.  In 1712, Elizabeth also released her interests in the estate of her father, John Williams.  Elizabeth and Benjamin had three children: Benjamin, b. 1721; John, b. 1725; and Martha, b. 1734.

Charles Williams came of age in 1710, and discharged Richard Darden from his responsibility as guardian.  He received a deed for 200 acres from Thomas Chappell which Charles and his wife, Anne, sold in February, 1721 to Captain James Gee.  The following year James Gee purchased 174 acres for 20 shillings on the side of the Second Swamp adjacent the land of Charles Williams and Henry Leadbiter. The Bristol Parish Register notes these children for Charles and Anne Williams: Charles, b. 1722; Sarah, b. 1725; Lucy, b. 1727; John, b. 1729; Mary, b. 1731; Jones b. 1734. (others state John)

Sarah Williams married about 1710 David Williams of Prince George County.  In April, 1712 David Williams and his wife Sarah released Richard Darden from all claims against the estate of John Williams, deceased.  David Williams died in 1738 and his will makes his son Miles executor.  The Bristol Parish Register notes their children: Sarah, b.1721; Mary, b. 1723; John, b. 1726; Jones, b. 1731; and Martha, b. 1734.  They were also the parents of Miles, George, David, and Margaret Ragsdale, who were noted in the 1789 will of Jones Williams filed in Mecklenburg County.  The Bristol Parish Register contains records for this family.

Sarah Williams, born in 1721, married James Gee son of Charles and Bridget Gee.  She died in Lunenburg County before 1788, when her husband wrote his will.  James Gee died in 1802.

Sarah’s brother Jones Williams’ will was written in 1774, was filed in May, 1776 in Lunenburg County and appoints his friend James Gee as executor and appraiser and guardian to all his children.  The witnesses were Benjamin Tomlinson, James Gee, and Bridget Gee.  In 1755 a deed from Daniel Mason of Dinwiddie to James Gee was witnessed by Jones Williams, Henry Gee, and William Wilson. Then in 1756 Daniel Mason deeded 150 acres on the north fork of Bears Element Creek in Lunenburg, bounded by Gee….  The witnesses to this deed were James Gee, William Gee and Jesse Osling.  In 1761 Jones and George Williams, Jesse Osling, and James and William Gee were witnesses to a deed from Baxter Ragsdale to David Williams of Dinwiddie County.  In 1771 Jones Williams of Brunswick obtained 140 acres on Bears Element Creed, bounded by William Booker, deceased, Daniel Mason, the path that leads from Benjamin Tomlinson’s to Mason’s quarter, a corner tree between William Gee and Benjamin Tomlinson.  This deed was witnessed by James Gee, Jesse Gee, and Benjamin Tomlinson. In 1773 Jones Williams of Brunswick sold this acreage to John Williams of Dinwiddie.

Richard Darling (Durding) is noted in the 1704 Quit Rents for Prince George for 500 acres.  It may be that Richard Duraden of Maryland who received 1800 acres in 1681 and Richard Duerdine of Middlesex County, Virginia is the same person.  In July, 1676 Corporal Richard Duerdine participated in the Indian war.  Stephen Durden of Nansemond County may be a son.

In 1714 in Prince George County a survey was done of 100 acres on the Lower Branch for Richard Dearden.  The next year he was paid for one wolf head by the county.  Then in 1717 Richard Dearden received a Land Grant for 100 acres on Laws branch in Prince George County.  In 1719, at Court in Merchants Hope, Richard Dearden, John Rivers, and Samuel Burch served on the Grand Jury.  In 1719 Richard Derden, Mary Derden, and Charles Williams of Bristol Parish gave an indemnity bond to James Jones, the younger.  Richard Dearden was relieved of the burden of paying taxes in 1724, likely because of his age, and/or ill health.  In 1727 Richard Dearden and his Wife Mary M. Darden sold their 100 acres on Laws Branch for ₤12.  In 1745 the vestry of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County voted 500 lbs. of tobacco for the support of Richard Dearden, on his petition for further relief and support.  In 1747 the record notes …Richard Vaughan, Junior, having agreed with this Vestry to maintain Richard Dearden, a poor parishioner after the rate of 150 lbs. Tobacco per month.  It is Ordered that the Church Wardens pay him the said Tobacco out of the 25,000 this day levied.

It appears that Richard Dearden was born about 1679 and was either an immigrant or the son of Richard Duraden of Maryland or the planter Richard Durding noted in the 1704 Quit Rents in Prince George County.  Richard and the widow Mary Williams were married about 1706.  In 1724-27 Richard, Mary, and possibly their son, George Darden, removed to Brunswick County, Virginia.  Richard died in Brunswick County in 1747.

James Jones, Jr. of Surry County

Tithe List Surry County

As early as 1689 James Jones of Surry

1689 James Jones with John Byrd (Bird)

1690 & 1691 James Jones with John Smith

1692 James Jones

1693 James Jones with John Smith and William Knott

1694 -1696 James Jones at Southwark Parish

1697 & 1699 – 1700 & 1703 James Jones with John Tarr in 1700

1697 – 1701 Richard Jones with William Elfeck in 1701

1698 James Jones

1701 Thomas Jones

1702 James Jones

James was noted in the tithes for Surry County in 1694 and 1695 in area known as Southwark/Middle District.  His neighbors included Thomas Swan Jr., James Jordan, Thomas and William Edwards, John and William Hunnicutt, Richard Hargrave, Francis and James Mason, John Clements Sr. and Jr., and John Philips.  Then, in 1702, James was granted 634 acres in Surry County, on the south side of Blackwater Swamp down Warwick Swamp, based on 13 headrights including Christopher Bonner, William Jones, and Edward Jones. In the 1704 Quit Rents, James was taxed for 1,000 acres.  In 1714, James Jones was granted 260 acres on the south side of Nottaway River on the west side of the Angellica Swamp in Isle of Wight County.

On February 2, 1720 James Jones, deeded to his sons James and Robert land that had been patented by his sister’s husband Thomas Chappell in 1701, and then sold to James Jones in 1702.

James Jones, Jr. wrote his will in 1720 and it was probated in Prince George County in 1725.  He married Rebecca Blight.  Rebecca’s father was Robert Blight, and he was a tailor.  In his will James Jones mentions Elizabeth, Robert, James, Jr., Rebecca, David, John, and Richard. It also mentions his wife Rebecca and his step mother Sarah.

Will of James Jones, Martins Brandon Parish, dated 1724 and recorded 1725

In the Name of God, Amen. I James Jones of the parish of Martin Brandon and County of Prince George being Sick and weak, but praised be God of sound, perfect and disposing mind, do make and Declare this my Last Will and Testament, first I humbly recommend my Soul to Almighty God, Steadfastly Trusting to his Gracious acceptance thereof, through the merits and mediation of my Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently Interred at the discretion of my Executrix and Executor hereafter named, and for what Temporal Estate it hath pleased God of his goodness to bestow upon me, I give and dispose thereof as followeth, that is to say.-

I give and Devise unto my Son James Jones, and to his heirs, one hundred Acres of Land, Lying and being on the uper side of the three creeks in the County of Isle of Wight, whereon my said Son now hath a plantation, being the upper end of my Tract of Land there, also I give to my said

Son James and to his heirs my Negro Man named Robin, also my Pistolls, holsters, carbine, sword, and three Iron Wedges.

I give and Devise to my Son Robert Jones, and to his heirs One Hundred Acres of Land, Lying and being between my plantation near the Angelica Swamp, in the County of the Isle of Wight, and Ridleys Line being the upper end of my Tract of Land there; also I give to my said Son Robert and to his heirs, my Mallatto Man named Will, also my Negro Man named Glasscow, which he now has in his possession.

I give and Devise to my Daughter Elizabeth Glover, and her heirs, my Negro Boy named Joe, Two Cows and Calves, and six Rushian Leather Chairs.

I give and Devise to my Daughter Rebecca, and to her heirs, my two Girl Slaves named Hannah and Sarah, and six Rushian Leather Chairs, three Cows and Calves, and three other young Cattle not Less than two years old each, a feather bedd and furniture, three Ews and a Ram, three Sows and Piggs, an Iron pott, and a young Horse.

I give and Devise to my Son David Jones, and to his heirs, One Hundred and Sixty Acres of Land, whereon I have now a plantation near the Angelica Swamp in the County of Isle of Wight, being all the remainder of my Tract of Land there, four Cows and Calves and four other young Cattle, not Less than Two years old each, four Sows and Piggs and a

young Horse, also I give and Devise to my said Son David, and to his heirs, my old Negro Man named Joe, and my Negro Girl named Nan, a feather bedd and Bolster, Rugg & Blankets, an Iron pott and a Gun; I also give and devise to my said Son David and to his heirs for ever, Two Hundred Acres of Land on the south side of Warwick Swamp in Surry County.

I give and Devise to my Son John Jones, and to his heirs for ever, One Hundred and thirty Acres of Land, Lying and being on the upper side of the three creeks in the County of Isle of Wight, whereon I have now a plantation, being all the remainder of my Tract of Land there; also four Cows and Calves, four other young Cattle not Less than two years

old each, four Sows and Piggs, a young Horse and a Gun.

I also give and Devise to my said Son John and to his heirs, Three

Hundred Acres of Land Lying on the North side of the Blackwater Swamp in the County of Surry, adjoining to Jordans Line being the Lower end of my Tract of Land there; also I give to my said Son John and to his heirs, my Negro Woman named Maria, and my Negro Woman named Poll and her increase, a feather bedd and Bolster, a Rugg and Blankets, and an Iron pott.

I give and Devise to my Son Richard Jones, and to his heirs for ever, my plantation next below Thomas Griffith’s on the North side of Blackwater Swamp, in Surry County with Three Hundred and fifty Acres of Land thereto belonging, being the upper end and all the Remainder of my Tract of Land there, I also give to my said Son Richard and to his heirs, my Mallatto Man named Robin, and my Negro Woman named Betty and her increase, six Cain chairs, a feather bedd and Bolster, Rugg and blankett, and also one other feather bedd and Bolster Rugg and Blankett, after the Death of his Grandmother Jones. Two Chests and a Trunk, an Iron pott, a Crosscutt Saw, and a Steel whipsaw, all my Carpenters and

Coopers Tools, Iron wedges and a plow _______, and a Brass Kettle.

I give and bequeath to my Loving wife Rebecca, the Bedd she Lyes on with all the furniture thereto belonging, and also one feather bedd and furniture, now in the possession of my Mother Jones (after the Decease of my said Mother) a Horse and Sadle, Two Tables, an Iron pott, a chest of Drawers, a Trunk and a chest, four pewter Dishes, and six plates.

After my just Debts and funerall Expences are paid and discharged, all the rest and residue of my personal Estate, I give to be equally Divided between my Lovg wife Rebecca, and my son Richard Jones, for the maintainance of my said wife and my Mother in Law Sarah Jones, during their natural Lives, and my young Children during their minority, and I also nominate and appoint my said wife Rebecca and my said Son Richard Executrix & Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other Wills and Testaments by me at any heretofore made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 20th day of February Anno Dom: 1724.

James Jones    Seald w’th. a wafer.

Signed, Seald, published and Declared by the said James Jones, to be his Last Will etc. in presence of us}

John Wilkins

Thomas Semple

William Hamlin

At a Court held at Merchants Hope for Prince George County on the Second Tuesday in July, being the thirteenth Day of the Said month.

Anno Dom: 1725.

The above written Last Will and Testament of James Jones dec’ed. Was presented into Court by Rebecca Jones and Richard Jones, his Executrix and Executor, who made oath thereto, and it being proved by the oaths of John Wilkins Thomas Semple and William Hamlin witnesses thereto, is by order of the Court truly recorded. And on the motion of the said Rebecca and Richard and their giveing security, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form.

Test   Wm. Hamlin   ClCur.

James Jones, Jr. was in possession of two slaves named Robin, one described as Negro, who was given to his son James, and is likely the same who originally stayed with the step-mother, Sarah Jones until her death.  The other was described as a Mullatto, and he was given to James’ son Richard Jones.  In 1741-45 Robin, a Negro Man now in possession of Thomas Cocke, gentleman, petitioned for his freedom.  Robin, an Indian Plaintiff, against Thomas Cocke, Gentleman, Defendant in an action of trespass, assault and false imprisonment:  We find that James Jones late of Prince George County in the year of our Lord 1693 was in the possession of an Indian girl named Sarah as a slave and that we did find the said girl in the year aforesaid was 4 years old. We find that the parents and Native Country of the said girl were Heathens and Idolators.  We find that the aforesaid girl did live and die in the service of the aforesaid James Jones as a slave.  We find that the Plaintiff Robin is the issue of the aforesaid Indian Sarah.

Children of James Jones, Jr.

Elizabeth, Robert, James, III, Rebecca, David, John, and Richard

Elizabeth Jones married a Glover before the death of her grandfather in 1719.

Robert Jones, Sr., son of James Jones, Jr.

Robert Jones was born in 1694 and was a member of the House of Burgesses for Surry in 1752 through 1755.  His wife was Elizabeth. Robert’s death was recorded by the Reverend William Willie as occurring in his 81st year on February 4, 1775, his birth being in November, 1694.

Robert and Elizabeth were the parents of: Robert, Jr. Attorney-at-law; David Jones; John Jones; Jesse Jones; Peter Jones; Nathaniel Jones; Richard Jones; Abraham Jones; Mary Jones; Rebecca Jones; and Elizabeth Jones.

In September, 1741, Robert Jones of Surry County gave to Robert Jones, Jr. of Surry for five shillings current money of Virginia, but more especially for love and affection said Robert Jones hath for his son Robert Jr., deeds a plantation of 125 acres whereon Robert Jones, Jr. dwells on the southwest side Assamoosick Swamp in Albermarle Parish, Surry County, beginning at a white oak by the side of Assamoosick Swamp… …hickory by the side of a meadow, corner tree in a dividing line between land of James Jones and Robert Jones… and of Captain Harrison, deceased… County road… James Chappell’s line The witnesses were Moses Johnson and John Peebles.

His will was dated November 25, 1774 and was probated in Sussex on April 20, 1775.  The will notes his daughter Elizabeth Gray and his son David and David’s son, also named David.  It also notes his son John; son Jesse’s children; sons Peter and Nathaniel, son Richard’s daughter Mary, daughter Rebecca Hancock and her daughter Elizabeth Green Hancock.

The Albermarle Parish Register records the birth of two children: Abraham Jones was born on September 3, 1739 and Rebecca was born on April 17, 1743.

Children of Robert Jones, Sr. and Elizabeth

Robert Jones, Jr., Elizabeth, David, John, Jesse, Peter, Nathaniel,

Richard, Abraham, Rebecca

John Jones, son of Robert Jones, Sr.

John Jones married Judith, who was noted in his will dated June 30, 1792 and proved in the May Court of 1794 in Halifax County, North Carolina.

Jesse Jones, son of Robert Jones, Sr.

Jesse Jones married Mary, after he was engaged in 1757 to Alice Stagg who sued him for breach of contract in Sussex County.  Four of their children are recorded in the Albermarle Parish Register between 1761 and 1770: Elizabeth, Mary, Jesse, and Allen.

Nathaniel Jones, son of Robert Jones, Sr.

Nathaniel Jones’ will was dated February 16, 1783 and proved in June, 1793 in Northampton County, North Carolina.

Richard Jones, son of Robert Jones, Sr.

Richard Jones married Lucretta Bryan.

Abraham Jones, son of Robert Jones, Sr.

Not yet researched.

Rebecca Jones, daughter of Robert Jones, Sr.

Rebecca Jones married William Hancock, and their story is in The Hancock Family.

Robert Jones, Jr. Attorney General of North Carolina, son of Robert Jones, Sr.

(Source: James Jones Descendants and intermarriages 1612 – 1996 Jamestown, Virginia to NC and MS: Melton P. Meek, M.D. Whitaker-Peete Grant Vol. I)

Robert Jones, Jr. was born in 1718 in Surry County and died, according to the entry in the Albermarle Parish Register, October 1, 1766 at the age of 49 years.  He was the Attorney General of North Carolina.  His first wife was Sarah Cobbs daughter of Robert Cobbs and Elizabeth Allen, the granddaughter of Daniel Allen.  His second wife was Mary Eaton, the daughter of Colonel William and Mary Browne of Granville County, North Carolina who died in 1759.  Mary Browne was the daughter of Captain William Browne and Francis Clements.

As Attorney General of North Carolina, Robert Jones, Jr. was in a position to prosper, which he did.  He was a speculator in land and purchased large tracts in frontier counties as they became available.

On January 4, 1747, he witnessed a deed of James Munford, who was likely a descendent of James Munford who married Sarah Wyatt Wallis.  This deed was recorded in Northampton County. It reads that James Munford, of Amelia County, Gentleman grants to Roger Tilman of Brunswick County 640 acres on the north side of the Roanoke river adjacent the County Line, a mouth of a branch and the river by patent to James Mumford, Jun 6, 1739, with all houses, orchards, gardens, yards, etc.

Brunswick Deeds

In October, 1747, George Hicks, Gentleman of Brunswick County to Robert Jones, Junior of Albermarle parish, Surry County, Attorney at Law 1310 acres on the northside of the Meherrin River.  The witnesses were Thomas Briggs, Richard Knight Henry Beddingfield, Thomas Pennington, and William Gray, Jr.  Sarah Hicks released her dower.

In July, 1757 William and Margaret Powell sold Robert Jones, Jr. Attorney at Law 500 acres on the North side of Fountains Creek adjoining Robert Hind, John Tomlinson.

In August, 1760 Mary Eaton and Robert Jones, Jr. of North Carolina, Executor and Executrix of … William Eaton, Gentleman, late of North Carolina …to George Berry of Brunswick… 244 acres on the South side of Wagua Creek….


Robert bought land from Samuel Dalling, of Northampton, which was adjacent the land of Francis Jones and the river.  Then, in a deed dated Mary 31, 1751, Robert bought 2,490 acres, from William Little, Gentleman of Craven County, South Carolina,  for 1,000 pound current money of Virginia which lay along the north side of the Roanoke River in the Occaneechee Neck which belonged to William Little, Esquire.  Both deeds note he was of Surry County.  In March, 1756, Robert, of Sussex County, bought lands on Occaneechee Neck from Jeremiah Smith, which adjoined Henry Jones and which had originally been sold to Smith by Robert Land in September, 1718. A few months later, Robert bought additional land from Jeremiah Smith.  This was 140 acres joining Henry Jones, the Gum Slash, and John counsel? And the Occaneechee Swamp, part of a tract granted to Smith by Robert Land. In November, 1757 Francis Jones of Cumberland County sold to Robert Jones, Jr. of Northampton county, Attorney-at-law for 250 pounds current money of Virginia …200 acres more or less in Occaneechee Neck of Roanoke river, the said Robert Jones, Jr., Henry Jones, Dec’d, and John Cotton… the tract given to Francis  Jones by his father Henry Jones, Deceased. This deed was witnessed by John Jones, Jr. Davie Jones, and William Davie or David.  (see William Jones, Sr.)

It was a few months later, on November 22, 1746, that Robert’s son, William Jones, of Brunswick County, bought 530 acres, being an Island in the Roanoke Island from Nathaniel Edwards.

It is likely that around 1751, Robert began construction of his plantation house, and probably the mills which he owned, one being a water grist mill on Wheeler’s Mill Swamp, and the other being a water grist mill and saw mill built on the land of Barnaby McKinnie in Halifax County.  It likely took a few years to clear ground, and establish a suitable home.  He moved there in the summer of 1757 with his wife Mary Eaton.

The known records for his land total over 9,000 acres, including lots in the town of Halifax, and lands in Brunswick, Virginia and the North Carolina Counties of Halifax, Rowan, Orange, and Granville.

In Granville County, Robert owned land in St. John Parish by 1748/49. He gave a power of attorney to Daniel Weldon of Granville and Nicholas Edmunds of Brunswick.

In 1756, before Robert removed from Sussex to Halifax, William Eaton, Esquire of Granville County apprenticed a mulatto slave to Robert Jones, Jr. of Sussex.

In May, 1757, Robert Jones, Jr. and Mary Jones of Surry County, Virginia sold to Peter Smith, of Westmoreland County, Virginia, for 20 pounds current money of Virginia, 300 acres on the south side of Jack Swamp, joining James Sundy/Lundy, Benjamin Person, a meadow and the Swamp, the tract the said Jones purchased of Nathaniel Bradford on April 11, 1745.  The witnesses were Robert Stuart and Thomas Bree. In August, Robert Jones, Jr. and wife Mary of Northampton county, Attorney-at-Law sold to William Kinchen, Jr., of Edgecombe county, Gentleman for 250 pounds current money of Virginia 380 acres that seat on the north side of the Roanoke River joining William Richmond, Major Nicholas Edmonds, Gun Pond, Gee being formerly Clark, and the river.  The witnesses to this were not given. In November, 1757, Robert Jones, Jr. of Northampton County, Attorney-at-Law, purchased from Francis Jones, of Cumberland County, 200 acres, more or less, in Occaneechee Neck, joining the Roanoke River, land of the said Robert Jones, Jr., Henry Jones, Dec’d, and John Cotton, the tract given to Francis Jones, by his father, Henry Jones, Dec’d.  the witnesses were John Jones, Jr., Davie Jones, and William Davis.

In 1758 Robert Jones, Jr. of Northampton County, Attorney-at-Law to Thomas Aims (sic), of Northampton County, planter, for Rent a lease of 140 acres and Occaneechee Swamp, joining John Amis, John Williams, William Smith, and the said Jones, land which the said Jones purchased of Jeremiah Smith.  The witnesses were William Hall, Thomas Wilburn and John Paul, who is most certainly the future John Paul Jones a dear friend of Willie Jones.

In 1760, Robert required assistance to collect the rents and debts he was owed in Granville, so he gave a power of attorney to Philemon Hawkins, Gentleman of Granville County, to collect moneys due him on the south side of the Roanoke River.  The witnesses to the power of attorney were John Dawson, Daniel Welkon, and Thomas Wilburn.

Robert Jones, Jr. as was prepared for the law, but there is no proof where he studied.  Tradition claims it was Eaton in England.  Lord John Carteret, Earl of Granville had appointed Thomas Childs to be his Attorney-General of the Province to collect his quit rents, other revenues, and duties. Thomas Childs asked that another agent be appointed to help him, and this is when Robert Jones, Jr.  So, in 1761, Robert Jones, Jr. was also given a power of attorney from Granville.  A few months later, Robert selected Robert Harris, and William Johnson, Gentlemen of Granville County to be his Deputy Collectors.  Robert “Robin” Jones was a member of the North Carolina Assembly in 1754-55.

In 1762, Robert stood a surety for a bond made by Daniel Weldon.

As attorney-general Robert advanced 1,200 pounds to aid in buying wagons and provisions for the Tuscaroras who were removed from Bertie County to New York on the invitation of Sir William Johnson.

Robert was married twice.  His first wife was Sarah Cobbs.  They were married in 1737/38 in Sussex County Virginia.  Sarah was the daughter of Robert Cobb and Elizabeth Eaton.  Robert was the son of Isaac Cobb.  Robert Cobb was first married to Rebecca Pinkethman, and then on 1718 he married daughter of Rev. Daniel Allen.   Robert Cobb and Elizabeth Eaton were the parents of Sarah Cobb.

Sarah was the mother of his eldest children: William, Allen, Willie, and Martha.

Allen, son of Robert Jones, Jr. and Sarah, was born December 26, 1739.

Martha, daughter of Robert Jones, Jr. and Sarah, was born November 1, 1743.  Peter Rives, Mary Rives and Sarah Gee were her godparents.

His second wife was Mary Eaton, the daughter of Colonel William Eaton.  She was the mother of Elizabeth.

Cobbs & Eatons

Robert’s will was written April 6, 1764 in Northampton County, North Carolina and filed in November, 1766.  He died on October 2, 1766.

He used as his arms: Ermine three lions (Tyler’s Quarterly, Vol. VII, p. 60)

Will of Robert Jones, Jr.

Transcribed from photostatic copies by Melton P. Meek, M.D

JONES, ROBERT, Junior    Northampton County, NC Record of Wills, Book #1,                                                            1741/1787

Photocopied: Cossett Library, Memphis, TN Oct. 1992, pp.                                                 135/141

Dated: 6 Apr 1764

In the name of God Amen.  April 6th 1764

I ROBERT JONES Jun of the County of Northampton in the Province of North Carolina, Attorney at Law, being of sound & disposing mind & memory thanks to almighty God, do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner following that is to say, First, I bequeath my soul to almighty God that gave it hoping for remission of my sins thru his mercy by the advocacy & mediator ship of my ever blessed Savior Jesus Christ, and my Body to the earth to be decently buried & as touching such worldly estate as it hat pleased the almighty God of his great goodness to commit to my stewardship I give & dispose therof as follows

Imprimis I give & bequeath unto my WIFE: MARY the plantation and Lands whereon I now live being the same I purchased of SAMUEL DOLLING, also two hundred acres of Land that I purchased of FRANCIS JONES – & that land I purchased of THOMAS BOBBITT all situate in the Occanebry

p. 136 Neck & containing in the whole Eight hundred & forty acres more or less which said Plantation & Lands I give & devise to the said MARY for & during the term of her Natural life, she committing no (alaste??).  in lieu & satisfaction of her reasonable Dower of & in all the lands tenements & hereditaments, whereof I have been seized at any time since my intermarriage with her & from & immediately after the decease of the said MARY, or other Determination of her Estate in the said plantation & Lands.  I give & devise the same & the reversin & reversions Remainder & Remainders thereof unto my SON WILLIAM JONES, his heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give & bequeath to my said wife MARY during he term of her natural life & no longer & upon the expres condition hereinafter mentiouned & not otherwise my Twelve Negroe Slaves named as follows, to wit. Anaca the Sempless Betty, Teallar, Daughter, Iled, Riblow, Bob, Hardy, Ben, Lawyer, Ned, Bitter, Amy, Nathan – Malinda & Billy herein & from & immediately after the decease of my said Wife I give & bequeath the said negro girl Annaca with all increase as she shall have after my decease unto my SON WILLIE JONES, his heirs & assigns forever & from immediately after the Decease of my said wife as aforesaid I give & bequeath the other aforementioned Eleven slaves and all their future increase unto MY TWO SONS ALLEN & WILLIE equally between them to be Divided share & share alike  But my will & meaning is, that if my said wife shall refuse to take & except the plantation & lands herein before given her in lieu & full satisfaction of her dower, in all the lands whereof I have been seized at any time since my intermarriage with her or shall offer to sue or Distrub either of my sons or any Person to whom I have sold my land for Dower in my Lands which they or any of them hold or claim by title from or under me, that from & immediately after such refusal or suing or disturbing the aforesaid legacy of twelve negro slaves hereby by me given to my said wife shall cease determine & become utterly void & that then & from thenceforth I bequeath the said negro Girl

p. 137 Annaca with all her future Increase unto my son WILLIE his heirs & assigns forever & the other eleven negroes with all their future increase unto my TWO SONS ALLEN & WILLIE equally to be divided between them share & share alike.

Item I give & bequeath to my said Wife my chariot & chariot horses two yoke of oxen, a? the horse commonly called hers or Roanoke three good work horses & a likely breeding Mare thirty head of black cattle of different ages & sizes, forty head of hogs & twenty sheep ploughs utensils of husbandry for making a crop the first year after my decease & provision for herself, negroes & stock, until she shall have made a crop to support herself and family, also an equal third part of all my Household & kitchen furniture, plate excepted, which shall be in my manor plantation at the time of my decease & all the tools & likewise liberty of grinding her grist toll free during her natural life at either of my mills.

Some will perhaps will be surprised at the provision I have made for my wife but I best know my own Circumstances & indeed was my Estate larger than it is, her conduct has been so void of the duties enjoined by the conjugal estate & the injuries she has done me so many & so great that I am conscious this provision far exceeds her merit.

Item I give & bequeath to my SON ALLEN the land I purchased of WILLIAM LITTLE now in the possession of the said ALLEN and MYSELF, one hundred acres bought of ROBERT SIMS & the land I bought of THOMAS PARKER & JEREMIAH SMITH all situate in the Occanecky Neck containing in the whole two thousand six hundred & ten acres of land more or less thereto belonging my plantation & tract of land on MEHERRIN RIVER IN BRUSNWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA (*MPM) containing seventeen hundred & sixty acres more or less and my tract of four hundred acres of pine wood land, situate in the said county of Brunswick all which several tracts & parcels of land tenements & hereditaments I give & devise unto my said son ALLEN his heirs and assigns forever.

p. 138 I give and bequeath unto my said son ALLEN my negro wench Aggate, whom I had with my wife with all her future Increase & also all my silver plate, to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give & devise to my SON WILLIE my Land purchased of JAMES EXUM, JOHN WILLIAMS & the two sides containing of four tracts & containing in the whole Eleven hundred & Eighty nine acres more or less & situate in Northampton County my water grist mill & saw mills & land which I purchased of BARNABY MCKINNER (**MPM) situate in Halifax county & containing Eleven hundred & thirty acres more or less & my four Lots situate & joining to the main street of Halifax Town, also my small tract of forty acres of land situate on the South side of Roanoke River opposite to my manor Plantation in the said County of Halifax all which several Lands Lots tenements & hereditaments I give & devise to my said son WILLIE his heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give & bequeath to my said son WILLIE my Negros Boy Ephraim, son of Hannah, also eight hundred & fifty pounds Proclamation money to be raised out of the negroes, stocks, corn & utensils of husbandry at my plantation in Virginia.

Item I give & devise to my son ALLEN my three lots in Halifax Town joining to the Public Lots whereon my office stands to him & his heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give & bequeath to my DAUGHTER MARTHA WIFE OF THOMAS GILCHRIST two Negro slaves Kitty and Sesesion of the said THOMAS to wit, Kitty and Sefths? To her her heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give & bequeath to my SON IN LAW & DAUGHTER each a Mourning ring of two guineas in token of Paternal affection.

Item I give & bequeath unto my FRIEND JOSEPH JOHN ALSTON in compensation for his pains & care in assisting my two sons in the execution of this my last will & in testimony of that Inviolable friendship which I bear him a mourning ring of two guineas value.

Item It is my will and desire that the amount of the sales of all my Lands situate in that County of Rowan Orange & Granville, which were entered in the names of THOMAS

p. 139 BARKER, NICHOLAS EDMUNDS, JAMES JONES, DAVID JONES & MYSELF be settled & adjusted & after Deducting two & a half per cent for MRS. WELDONS Trouble in makng sale of them, the Quit Rents which I have paid & am chargeable with for the said lands & other Disbursements concerning them I give & bequeath one fifth part of the balance which shall appear to be due on such amount to my FRIEND THOMAS BARKER & one other fifth thereof to my FRIEND NICHOLAS EDMUNDS but the worries which they have already received of me on account of their Interest in said Lands is firs to be Deducted out of their said fifths.

Item I give bequeath to WILLIAM WYNN of Virginia one fifth part of the said last mentioned Balance after deducting the value of the Lands by me already conveyed to him out of the said fifth part of the said balance.

Item I give & bequeath to my WIFE MARY the silver spoons which her father gave to me.

Item All the rest and residue of my Estate both real & personal, not before specifically disposed of, of what nature or Quality so eve after payment of just debts.  I bequeath unto my sons ALLEN 7 WILLIE JONES Equally between them to be divided share & share alike to them their heirs & assigns forever.

Item I do constitute, appoint & ordain my friend JOSEPH JOHN

p. 140  ALSTON, my two sons ALLEN & WILLIE JONES jointly & severally Executors of his my last will & testament & hereby do revoke Disannul & make utterly void other wills & testaments by me heretofore made.

Item It is my will & desire that neither my children nor any other person go into mournin upon my decease & that my Funeral be decent without any pomp according to the term prescribed by the Church of England & that on the occasion a few friends only, whom in my Life I most Estemed & by whom I was most respected by assembled to attend my Obsequis.  In Witness wereof I have hereunto set my had & affixed my seal the day & year above written.

Signed sealed published & pronounce by the said)                     ROBERT JONES JUN & seal

ROBERT JONES Jun as his last will & testament in presence of us



I ROBERT JONES Jun of Northampton county Attorney at law do this twentieth Day of September in the Year 1766 make & publish this my Codicil to my last will & testament to manner following (that is to say) I give & devise my tract of land containing 615 acres bought of GEORGE LAMKIN in Bute County to my DAUGHTER ELIZABETH also I give & bequeath to my said Daughter from & immediately after the decease of my WIFE: MARY, my twelve negroes slaves herein before mentioned, Vist, Annica the seamstress, Betty, Sullar, Daughter, Ned, Thellow?, Bob, Mary, Ben, Lawyer, Ned, Bella, Amy, Nathan, Malinda, Billy her son, the said land & negroes to my said Daughter her heirs & assigns forever on this express condition nevertheless & my will & meaning is that if my said Daughter shall depart life before she arrives at the age of twenty one years or marry or if my said wife MARY shall refuse to take & accept the plantation & lands herein before given her in Lieu & satisfaction of her Dower in all the Lands whereof I have been devised at any time since my intermarriage with her or shall offer to sue or Disturb either of my sons or any person to whom I have sold my lands for Dower

p. 141 in my Lands which they or any of them hold or claim by Title from or under me, then from & immediately after my said DAUGHTE ELIZABETH so dying or my said wife MARY making such refusal sueing or disturbing as aforesaid the said Legacy of 61 acres of land bought of GEORGE LAMBKINS & twelve slaves Before named, herein devised & bequeathed to my said DAUGHTER ELIZABETH shall cease determine & become utterly void, & then & from thenceforth I give the said negro wench, Annesa with her increase to my son to my son WILLIE his heirs & assigns forever & the other Eleven negroes & the said 615 acres of land I give & devise to my two sons ALLEN & WILLIE equally between them to be divided share & share alike to these their heirs & assigns forever.

It is my will & desire that my wife MARY shall be guardian to my said DAUGHTER ELIZABETH, but if my said wife shall die before my said daughter shall arrive at the age of twenty one, then I appoint my son ALLEN her guardian.

Item I give & devise to my son WILLLIE three hundred acres of land in Occaneechy Neck which I lately bought of HENRY JONES & five hundred & odd ACRES OF LAND IN Bute county for which I bargained with SOLOMON ALSTON Jun but have not got a title which Lands I give to my said son WILLIE his heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give & bequeath my Mulatto slave Austin to my son WILLIE his heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give & bequeath unto my son WILLIE, all my English household furniture (Plate excepted) which is before given to my son ALLEN to remain in & pass to him with my HOUSE IN Occaneechy to him his heirs & assigns forever & it is my express will & desire that all the rest of my furniture of what nature or kind so ever shall be sold & the money applied toward payment of my Debts.

Item All the rest & Residue of my estate both real & personal of what nature or kind so ever not before specifically disposed of after payment of my just debts I give & bequeath unto my tow sons ALLEN & WILLIE equally between them to be divided share & share alike to them their heirs & assigns forever.

p. 142 Lastly, It is my will & desire that this present Codicil be annexed to & made a part of my last will & testament to all intent & purposes.  IN Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twentieth day of September 1766.

Signed Sealed Published by the said Robert Jones Jun. )    ROBET JONES JUN & a seal

As a Codicil to his Will in the Presence of                     )



NORTHAMPTON COUNTY  November court 1766

The preceding will of ROBERT JONES jun deceased was exhibited into Court & proven by the oaths of JAMES DANCY & THOMA WELBOUN subscribing witnesses thereto also the Codicil of the said ROERT JONES Jun to the said Will annexed was proven by the oaths of NATHANIEL JONES & RICHARD FRUER subscribing witnesses thereto at the same time JOSEPH JOHN ALSTON, ALLEN JONES & WILLIE JONES were qualified Executors thereof which was ordered to be Certified & Recorded.


The children of Robert Jones, Jr. and Sarah Cobbs

William Jones

William Jones was likely born in 1737 or earlier, before the beginning of the Albermarle Parish Register.  He settled in Brunswick where he lived on land purchased by his father.  He married Martha, as she is identified in his will, filed September 24, 1784.  He owned the Island in the Roanoke River, and lands near his brother Allen Jones.

On November 22, 1756, William Jones, of Brunswick, purchased for 250 pounds current money of Virginia, 530 acres, an Island in Roanoke river, which the said, Nathaniel Edwards, of Brunswick purchased from Aaron Fussell, David Brogdon, and Arthur Harris, excluding 360 acres which Nathaniel Edward sold to John Irby and John Morris, all houses, edifices, yards, orchards, etc.  The witnesses were Robert Jones, Jr, and W. Edwards.

General Allen Jones

Allen Jones was born December 26, 1739.  He died November 15, 1807 and his will was dated July 4, 1807.  His first wife was Mary Haynes.  They were married January 26, 1761.  His second wife was Mary/Rebecca Edwards, the daughter of Nathaniel Edwards and Jane Eaton.  He owned the plantations known as Mud Castle and Mount Gallant.

The Albermarle Parish Register in Sussex recorded that Martha Cobb, daughter of Allen Jones and Mary, his wife, was born September 12 and baptized October 26, 1764.  Her godparents were William Jones, William Willie, Eliza Willie and Jacobina Willie.

Allen Jones served in the United State Congress.  Willie Jones was elected to the first Provincial Congress. He was first State Governor until another could be elected and served in five succeeding congresses. He was a member of the House of Commons (1777 – 80) and senator (1782 – 84, 1788). In 1780 he was elected to the Continental Congress. In 1788, Willie was a member of the Federal Constitutional Convention and led opposition to the ratification. He was elected to the next convention that ratified the constitution but would not attend.
Jonesboro, Tennessee, was named for Willie Jones
Jones County, North Carolina, was named for Willie Jones

Willie Jones was a founder of Raleigh, North Carolina, and they named a street for him. They named Jonesboro, Tennessee, and Jones County, North Carolina, for him.
Willie married Mary Montfort on 27 June 1776 and they had five children. The 23 June 1801 issue of the Raleigh Register and North-Carolina State Gazette reported that Willie died June 18 “in the fifty-first year of his age.” They buried him in an unmarked grave on his plantation that is now the site of St. Augustine’s College. Jones lived at [Mount Gallant,] which was still standing in 1957 two miles west of Gaston, North Carolina. In 1790 he owned 177 slaves. Only three men in the state owned more. Allen married three times. On 21 June 1762, he married Mary Haynes and they had three children. Allen’s second wife was Rebecca Edwards, the daughter of Col. Nathaniel Edwards of Brunswick County, Virginia, and his second wife, Jane Eaton. Their only child was Rebecca Edwards Jones. Allen Jones’s third wife was Mary Eaton. They had no children. The Dictionary of North Carolina Biography lists Allen Jones among other prominent North Carolinians.
Descendants of Allen and Mary (Haynes) Jones:
Sarah Jones [7130.] (23 Sep 1762 — 14 Apr 1802) married North Carolina Governor William Richardson Davie (22 Jun 1756 — 5 Nov 1820), a Federalist who served 1798-1799.   Davie was born in North Carolina, attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton), and served under General Greene during the Revolution. Following the war, he served in the North Carolina General Assembly. Davie was the founder of the University of North Carolina and among the framers of the Constitution of the United States. The Dictionary of North Carolina Biography lists William Richardson Davie among other prominent North Carolinians. Sarah (Jones) Davie died at Halifax, North Carolina, and they buried her in the Colonial Cemetery. William Richardson Davie was governor of North Carolina, and was a soldier of the Revolution

Willie Jones

Willie Jones was born May 25, 1741 and baptized July 3, 1741.  It is believed that he was named after the Reverend William Willie of Albermarle Parish.  Willie died June 18, 1801 in Halifax County.  His plantation was the Grove and was buried in an unmarked grave as he instructed.  Willie married June 27, 1776 Mary Montfort, daughter of Joseph Montfort and Priscilla Hill.  Her grandparents were Benjamin Hill and Sarah Latham.

Willie Jones was the governor of North Carolina and served in the U. S. Congress.  His Congressional Biography:

Willie Jones was elected to the first Provincial Congress. He was first State Governor until another could be elected and served in five succeeding congresses. He was a member of the House of Commons (1777 – 80) and senator (1782 – 84, 1788). In 1780 he was elected to the Continental Congress. In 1788, Willie was a member of the Federal Constitutional Convention and led opposition to the ratification. He was elected to the next convention that ratified the constitution but would not attend.
Jonesboro, Tennessee, was named for Willie Jones
Jones County, North Carolina, was named for Willie Jones.

Willie Jones was a founder of Raleigh, North Carolina, and they named a street for him. They named Jonesboro, Tennessee, and Jones County, North Carolina, for him.
Willie married Mary Montfort on 27 June 1776 and they had five children. The 23 June 1801 issue of the Raleigh Register and North-Carolina State Gazette reported that Willie died June 18 “in the fifty-first year of his age.” They buried him in an unmarked grave on his plantation that is now the site of St. Augustine’s College.

Martha Jones

Martha was born in 1743, according to the Albermarle Parish Register.  She married Judge Thomas Gilchrist.

The children of Robert Jones, Jr. and Mary Eaton

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones was not included in the body of Robert’s 1764 will, but in his codicil dated September 20, 1766, he left her lands in Bute County.  She married Benjamin Williams, Governor of North Carolina on August 10, 1781, and was likely 16 years old when she married.


James Jones, III of Brunswick son of James Jones, Jr.

James Jones was born between 1690 and 1700 and died in 1742 in Surry/Sussex County, Virginia. James married Sarah Edmunds. Their children were: Thomas Jones, Howell Jones, James Jones, Richard Jones, Edmund Jones, and Elizabeth Jones who married Thomas Eldridge.

Edmunds Family

The Charles City County Court exempted Howell Edmunds in 1656 from all public levies and taxes except parish dues.  This likely was because of his age.  In February, 1657, there is mention that Howell Edmunds leased from Anthony Wyatt a parcel of land at the head of Samuel Jordan’s land.  This lease, for nineteen years was issued in 1652.   This area of Charles City County was south of the James River in what became Prince George County.

Howell Edmunds, the son, was born about 1675 and died in 1729.  He was first noted in Surry County in 1699.  Howell Edmunds and Elizabeth his wife received a parcel of land from her father Thomas Blunt in 1701/03.  Thomas Blunt died in 1709 and he was the son of Richard Blunt and Mary of Surry.

Howell Edmunds was the sheriff of Surry County in 1717 and 1728, and a Captain in the militia in 1721.  He died in 1729 and the inventory of his estate was recorded in February, 1729.  Thomas Edmunds was the Executor.  He left legacies to Howell, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Anne Edmunds and Sarah Jones, his daughter and wife of James Jones, III.

Nicholas Edmund married Sarah Eldridge the daughter of Thomas Eldridge and Elizabeth Jones.  Thomas Edmunds married Anne Simmons the daughter of John Simons and then Edmund Ruffin.  Thomas’ daughter Sarah Edmunds married William Edwards the son of Colonel Nathaniel Edwards and Jane Eaton, and grandson of William Eaton of Granville County, North Carolina.  Thomas’ son Nicholas married Elizabeth Flood then the widow, Mary Nicholson.


James Jones and Sarah lived on Assemoossack Swamp in Surry County.  (Research incomplete)

James Jones, III Will, 1742

Legacy to my son, James Jones, lands in Prince George County, four negroes, half dozen leather chair sent for to London, and money due from John Barnes for rent of my plantation in Prince George county, and a mare brought from Brunswick County, until such time as my son, Howell, shall attain the age of 21 years, then the labor of certain slaves to return to wife, Sarah, for her life or she marry. James to act at 20 years of age and be paid his legacies.

To son James, a silver headed cane and best sword.

To son Howell, Land and Plantation bought of William Kelly, on the N. E. side of Assemoossack Swamp, when son, John is 20 years old.

To son, Howell, on Horseman’s sword in the possession of David Jones.

To daughter: Elizabeth, three Negroes, (in Brunswick County) household goods, mourning ring, etc…

To son, John, lands and right of lands in Isle of Wight County, also, negroes, beds, etc and to receive legacies at 20 years of age… but if no issue, to son Howell.

To son Thomas, land and Plantation where I now live and 75 acres on Atamoosank Swamp, household goods, etc and to receive legacies at 20 years old. If he have no heir to my son James.

Child in Esse, to have land in Brunswick County. If it die, land to son, Howell.

To brother Robert, the other 75 acres of new survey, next to John Stegall’s from Jarratt’s line… to Capt. Mason’s line.

To my cousin, Robert Jones, one pistole and all ready money after debts and funeral expenses are paid.

To Wife, Sarah, Negroes for her life, and she to bequeath in what manner she likes.

Wife, sons, James and Howell, Executors. Witnessed by Robert Jones, Robert Jones, Jr., Richard Jones

The “cousin” Robert Jones was Robert Jones, Jr., the Attorney General of North Carolina.

Sarah’s will was written in March 4, 1750 and filed in July 16, 1751 in Albermarle Parish, Surry.  It notes that her son Howell Jones was dead, and three sons James and Howell, and John. It also notes son, Edmunds, who was the child she was expecting at the time James wrote his will.  Her daughter, Elizabeth Eldridge was also noted.

Sons were James, Howell, John, and Edmunds (not yet 21), as well as a daughter Elizabeth Eldridge, who married Thomas Eldridge.  The witnesses were Samuel Peete, physician, and Thomas Eldridge. James Jones, Heir “Heir-at-law refuses” to administer. John Jones was the Administrator.

In June, 1748, James, Howell, and Elizabeth gave a slave named robin to their brother, Edmund Jones.  This deed was witnessed by Daniel Weldon, William Gray, Jr., and John Edmunds. It was recorded in August, 1751 along with another deed written in June, 1751.  In this deed, James, Howell and Elizabeth Jones of Surry County stated that James Jones, dec’d, late of Surry County, and their father, left the residue of his estate to his wife, Sarah Jones.  They stated that the other children of James Jones, dec’d were John and Edmund Jones. The first three children gave a slave named Priscilla to their brother John.  The witnesses were William Gray, Jr., Daniel Weldon, and John Edmunds.

The inventory of her estate in Surry was recorded on April 2, 1752 by John Jones, Administrator.  Nicholas Partridge, John Jarratt, Jehu Barker, were appointed as Appraisers.  There were the same men who appraised the estate of Howell Jones.  The inventory of Sarah was also filed for Brunswick County on April 21, 1752.  The appraisers were Mason Bishop, Nicholas Lanier, and John Mattris.

Children of James Jones, III and Sarah Edmunds

James Jones, IV was born in 1722/23 and died after 1772, when he witnessed the will of John Heath with Thomas Peete and Mary Jones. His first wife was Hannah Briggs.  Hannah’s will was filed January 25, 1774.  He married Leah Wyche the following June.

Howell Jones was born in 1722/42 and died before the 1751 administration of his mother’s estate.  His estate was administered in June, 1752.  Howell died unmarried and left legacies to his brothers and sister, as well as the children of his brother James.  He held 625 acres of land, and left legacies to Mary Jones, John Jones, and money to Elizabeth Eldridge. He mentions his friend William Willie (Wylie).  The Reverend William Willie was the pastor of Albermarle Parish in Surry County.

John Jones was born 1722/42 in Surry County and made his will June 24, 1759.  He was the administrator of his mother’s will in 1751.  He married Priscilla. John removed to Northampton County, North Carolina where his will was filed.  It gave to his wife, Priscilla, the slaves Captain Dick, Robin, Judar, Beck and Daphne, who were to belong to his daughter Elizabeth after Priscilla died.  His wife also received the use of their plantation and then it became Elizabeth’s.  If Elizabeth died before she married, John’s younger brother, Edmond would inherit if he paid John’s nephew, Howell Eldridge, 300 pounds Virginia money.  Elizabeth inherited the slaves Little Dick, Nanny, Priss, Sarah, Bett, and Halifax. If she died before marriage then Little Dick & Nanny went to Howell Eldridge and Priss, Bett, and Sarah went to John’s niece, Sarah Eldridge.  The executors were directed to sell his lands in Southampton County, Virginia and sell his lot 15 in Halifax Town to pay his debts.  Samuel Weldon was given lot 90 in Halifax Town.  The witnesses were William Cathcart, William Fanning, and James Dancy.  The executors were his friend John Edmunds and wife Priscilla.

Elizabeth Jones named in her father’s will was the second wife of Thomas Eldridge who died Dec. 4, 1754 in Sussex County.  Thomas was the son of Thomas Eldridge and Judith Kennon of Henrico County.  His first wife was Martha Bolling who died in 1749.  After the death of Thomas Eldridge, Elizabeth married Drury Stith, of Brunswick County.  Both marriages were to powerful and influential men.

Thomas Jones inherited the home plantation of his father at the Atamoosank Swamp.  He evidently died in June, 1748 as he was not included in the will of his mother in 1750.

Edmund Jones was born in 1742/43 in Albermarle Parish, Surry County, Virginia.  He was born after the death of his father.  He appears to have married Rebecca Johnson, the daughter of William Johnson.  His will was filed in Sussex County in April, 1764. He gave to his wife, Rebecca the use of his land until his child en esse was twenty-one.  The unborn child was given the rest of his land in Sussex.  He gave legacies to his brother James Jones, his cousin (niece) Sarah Elbridge, daughter of his sister, Elizabeth Stith, Howell Eldridge, son of Thomas Eldridge, and his friend David Mason.  It notes his land in Brunswick and in Lunenburg.  The executors were William Johnson, James Jones and his wife, Rebecca.  The witnesses were John Mason, Jr. Ann Seaborn, and Elizabeth Johnson.  The inventory was made by James Chappell, Jr., David Jones, and Henry Jarrad.

David Jones son of James Jones, Jr.

In 1695 David Jones of Surry was appointed by merchant Captain Peter Perry to conduct his business, settle accounts and collect debts and payments. David Jones married Susannah Boisseau, daughter of James Boisseau and Sarah Holmes. Their children were: David Jones who married Sarah; James Boisseau Jones who married Anne Gilliam; Rebecca Jones was born in 1732 in Surry County; John Jones b. 1736; Holmes Jones was born in 1739; Susanna Jones was born in 1740; Elizabeth Jones was born in 1745; Mary Jones was born in 1747; Robert Jones was born in 1752.

Their children were recorded in the Albermarle Parish Register by Reverend Willie.

James Boisseau Jones, was born May 23, 1731 married Anne Gilliam.

Rebecca Jones was born February 4, 1732/3

David Jones, Jr. was born November 6, 1734.  David and Sarah were the parents of David, b. 1752; Rebecca, b. 1754; Abram, b. 1754; Holmes, b. 1758; Robert, b. 1760; Littlebury, b. 1765; and Charlotte, b. 1767.  All were recorded in the Albermarle parish Register.

John Jones was born December 10, 1736.

Holmes Jones was born January 24, 1739.

Susannah Jones was born January, 1740.

Sarah Jones was born August, 1743.

Elizabeth Jones was born May, 1745.

Mary Jones was born February, 1747/8.

Robert Jones was born November, 1752.

David, Susanna, Peter and Robert Jones, Jr. were godparents to John and Judith Rives during the period 1753 to 1761.

John Jones son of James Jones, Jr.

Boddie states that this John Jones died in Surry County in 1743 and left no sons.

His will, dated March 9, 1742/43 was probated in Surry County August 17, 1743 and notes his daughters Mary, Betty, and Rebecca Jones as well as his wife, Sarah, and her father William Batte.  Mary received her father’s land in Surry, and Rebecca received his land in Isle of Wight and three Negroes.  Betty held remainder rights if either of her sisters did not have heirs.  His wife was given the plantation where they lived and three Negroes. It makes his brother Richard and friend Holmes Boyseau (Boisseau) the executors.  The witnesses were David Jones, Richard Jones and John Goodwyn.  The inventory was filed in December, 1743 by Sarah Bard and Benjamin Bard.  James Gee, John Goodwyn, and William Cooke were the Appraisers.  John Jones Inventory was also filed in Isle of Wight County.  Sarah Bard made the return and John Tharp, Owin Myrick and John Myrick were the appraisers.  John’s wife, Sarah Batte was the daughter of William Batte.  The Batte family was closely associated with the Peter Jones family. William Batts, of Southwark parish, Surry County made his will in 1741.  He notes his widow and sons John and William as well as daughter Martha, Mary, and Elizabeth.  He also notes his grandson William Lain.  The witnesses were Charles Blunt, Henry Holt and David Drew.  His inventory was filed in July, 1743.  Mary Batts (sic) was the Executrix and Joseph Hart, Thomas Lane, and Nicholas Thompson the appraisers.

Richard Jones son of James Jones, Jr.

Richard Jones was recorded in the Albermarle parish Records as dying February 18, 1774 at the age of 72.  His wife, Ann, died a few days later, February 21, 1774 at the age of 66.  Their son, Hamilton Jones, certified their ages and that they were married 50 years, placing their marriage about 1724.  Richard married Anne Hamilton, daughter of George Hamilton.

The will of Richard Jones of Southwark Parish, Surry County notes Nathan Jones and Hamilton Jones, who were his executors.  It also notes his wife Ann, and sons Nathan, Hamilton, James, Richard, John, Robert and William.  His daughters were Susannah and Ann. The witnesses were Benjamin Bishop, Moses Hill, and Sterling Hill.  The inventory was submitted by Nathan and the appraisers were Lemuel Cocke, Moses Hill and Henry Cocke.

Ann’s will notes sons John, Robert, William, Nathan and Hamilton and daughters Susanna Cureton and Ann Eldridge.  The witnesses were William Thompson, Thomas Cureton, Mosses Hill and Edmund Ogburn. Nathan Jones submitted the inventory and Lemuel Cocke, Moses Hill and Henry Cocke were the Appraisers.  Both Richard and Ann’s inventories were settled in 1789.  It is not clear why.

Children of Richard Jones and Ann Hamilton

Richard Jones, Jr. died in Sussex County in 1772.  His will was dated December 28, 1771 and probated January 16, 1772.  His wife was Sarah, and his sons were Howell, Richard, and Samuel, as well as daughters Ann and Martha Myrick Jones.  His will notes his brother Robert Jones.   The Albermarle Parish Register notes: Howell, b. 1760; Anne, b. 1762; Richard b. 1765; Martha Myrick, b. 1768; and Samuel, b. 1771.

James Jones was known as James Jones of the High Hills.

Hamilton Jones married on July 4, 1774, Jacobina Willie, the niece of Reverend William Willie.  He died between October 1780 to August, 1781 and she died about April/August 1781.

Robert Jones married Mary Eldridge

William Jones

Nathan Jones died after 1800 and was the executor of his parent’s wills. He lived in Southwark Parish.

Richard Jones

Colonel John Jones was born February 14, 1735 and he died January 11, 1803.  He married Elizabeth Binns July 22, 1758.  She was the daughter of Charles Binns and Judith Eldridge.  Elizabeth’s sister, Lucy Binns, married John Cargill, III as his second wife.  Another sister married Timothy Rives, who died in 1803.

Susanna Jones married a Thomas Cureton.

Ann Jones married first Captain William Eldridge and then after his death on April 17, 1772 she married John Cargill, III.  Her Eldridge children were Thomas, Robert and Ann, all minors at the time of their father’s death.  Ann remarried on September 15, 1774.  He was the Rector of St. Andrew’s parish.

John Cargill, II married Elizabeth Harrison, daughter of Nathaniel Harrison, born August 8, 1677 who died November 20, 1727 and his wife Mary Cary Young, daughter of John Cary of London.

The first wife of Reverend John Cargill, III was Sarah Avery daughter of Capt. Richard Avery.

His second wife was Lucy Binns and their daughter Lucy Binns Cargill, married John Jones, son of Ann Jones’ brother, John and Elizabeth Binns.


23 thoughts on “~ Hannah Jones

  1. Jim Jones says:

    AWESOME work !!!!!

    The William Jones above, with wife of Elizabeth, who were parents of Henry, Robert, William, and John; Elizabeth is Elizabeth Ledbetter abt 1652-Nov 1723, dau of Henry 30 Jan 1626-abt 1700 and Mary House 1625-1672, and sister of John and Francis 1653-1743 who married Martha Jones.
    William is probably the son of Robert and Hester Blight, Hester’s sister, Elizabeth, married another William Jones.
    Hope this helps someone!
    Jim Jones

  2. geesnmore says:

    Likely the justice at the time.

  3. geesnmore says:

    Thank you

  4. chuck vaughan says:

    Great work…Vaughan family recently discovered William Vaughan’s WILL 1692 with 7 sons..

  5. Jamey says:

    Does anyone know why some wills — I find this on Jones wills — have “Montford” at the end? Is this distinguishing the particular family in any way? Thanks! JG

  6. geesnmore says:

    You are welcome

  7. Margaret Louise Drody Thompson says:

    Dear Kathryn Gearhart: Many thanks for the tremendous file you have made for genealogists. I wish to send you some information that will fit into the data you have. I research the Mills-Lanier-Beville families that settled Screven Co., Ga. The Drury Jones you have listed was also one of the early settlers of Screven Co., Ga. So the two of us together with our research can show a migration pathway from Va. to Ga.:
    adding to your comments in quotes
    “Tanner Jones Haskins, and the wife of William Ligon.
    Thomas and Martha Jones’ daughter Lucretia married Henry Childers, son of Abraham Childers and Anne Pew.  Their son, Thomas Jones, removed to Surry County where he married Mary Mitchell.
    His descendents removed to Brunswick and Lunenburg Counties.  A later member of this family was likely Repp Jones, surveyor of Lunenburg, whose son Drury Jones”…. married Sarah Lanier, sister of Benjamin Lanier, (Margaret’s ancestor) daughter of Bird Thomas and Mary Madison Lanier, In 1715, in Henrico, “Thomas Jones’ Petitioner, to take up Five Thousand acres of land in Henrico County within the following bounds viz; Beginning at the mouth of Fighting Creek on the North Side of Appomattock River, down the said River to Jeneto Creek, taking in the said Creek, running Northly to John Prides & John Towns’ Lines, taking in the heads of Butterwoods and Swifts Creeks to a place knowne by the name of Tabers path, running Westerly along the said Path to the Head of Fighting Creek, and down the said Creek to the place begun, including all the Kings Land within those Bounds.”
    The families of the Drury Jones, here mentined, Bevills, Laniers were founders of Screven County Georgia, showing migration pathways from Virginia history:
    Screven County State Historical Marker
    Located on a Small Memorial Park in the Middle of US 301 in Downtown Sylvania, Ga. (text)
    Screven County was created by an Act of the General
    Assembly of Georgia, December 14th, 1793. It was named for General
    James Screven. The first county seat and court house was the
    home of Benjamin Lanier at what is now Rocky Ford.
    In a companion Act the first county court officials were
    named as follows: Justices of Peace; Nathaniel Hudson, John Greene,
    Jr., Benjamin Richardson, Samuel Dunn, Robert Stafford, Luke Mizell,
    McKeen Greene, James Bevil, Joseph Plumer, Robert Williamson, Samuel
    Bird, John Loney, James Bird, James William, James H. Rutherford,
    Daniel Blackburn and William Pearce, Esquires.
    The Justices of the Inferior Court named in the Act creat-
    ing Screven County were: Benjamin Lanier, Caleb Howell, Lemuel
    Lanier, Paul Bevil and Drury Jones. In the first election held in
    Screven County, January 20th, 1794, the following officers were elected:
    Sheriff, William Coursey; Clerk of the Superior Court, Thomas
    Hylton; Clerk of the Inferior Court, Robert Williams; Surveyor,
    Robert Stafford; Register of Probate, Lemuel Lanier; and Coroner,
    William Briger.

    Thanks a million for adding so much to my reserch. You have information for so many of my Henrico Co. settlers that reinforced my research. I am most appreciative.

    Margaret Drody Thompson
    Pinopolis, SC

  8. geesnmore says:

    Typo 1749 should be 1759
    Thanks for your kind words.

  9. Sharon says:

    Kathryn, very impressive research. I commend you for putting all of this together and getting it online.

    I do have one item I noticed. On the http://alliedfamilies.wordpress.com/early-virginia-jones-families/ site, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington is shown as marrying Daniel Parke Custis in 1750, then later in the paragraph, marrying Colonel George Washington in 1749. Which one is correct?

    I’m trying to identify a George W Jones born in VA around 1783. I doubt that there’s a relationship but it doesn’t make it less interesting.

    Again, thank you for making all of your hard work available.

  10. Jackie Sheldon says:

    Do you still have contact information for #11 Col Buck Jones above. We believe we may fall into this line at least via the descendants of William Jones, and perhaps and associated line, our direct line, from SE North Carolina. We are involved in a DNA project and, if he is a direct descendant, would be interested in his participation.

    Jackie Jones Sheldon

  11. Sherron (Jones) Gosnell says:

    I wonder if you have any info on Charles R. Jones Sr. and Charles R. Jones Jr. they are my Grandpas, my dads Father are the Charles R. Jr. he was married to Arthina Betsy Keel. my Dads name was William (Billie ) Jones. my maiden name is Sherron Jones, my married name is Sherron Gosnell I married George L. Gosnell some of these names look like some of my family members but I can’t be sure thank you ,

  12. geesnmore says:

    Others share your opinion… however, to date I have not been able to find any linkage, circumstantial or documented… and if you have this, I would love to review it and will certainly amend accordingly.

  13. Keith Francis says:

    I don’t think your information is correct. We think that David Jones had three son and that one of them was James Jones of Prince George, Va. who is the ancestor of Robert Jones Sr. of Sussex who is my ancestor. His son Jesse Jones moves to Southampton Co,Va. My great grandmother was a descendant of these men.

  14. Ralph Keen says:

    this is fascinating stuff, and i’m grateful for all your work and your generosity in sharing it. my hypothesis had been that Charles Jones of Bertie NC was the son of Wm Jones of Chowan (later Bertie) who left the two wills in 1723. you have Charles being the son of William who left a will in Northampton (NC) in 1733. either of these could be correct and i’m going to have to check the records. anyway, many thanks for these wonderful details!

  15. Barb Bland says:

    I stumbled here googling for Colin Bland–a great grandson of Richard Bland (1710-1776)–who died in 1805. I’m fairly certain the survey mentioned here must be for my Colin, as his name is uncommon and his brother John was administering his estate at least through 1811. Colin’s brother Peter Randolph Bland is my 3xgreat-grandfather. Can anyone indicate where this survey is recorded? Edgecomb County chancery, maybe? All other lands so far known to be owned by Colin and his brothers were in Amelia and Nottoway Counties VA. But, the family of their mother, Elizabeth Cocke, may have had some NC connections early on. Unfortunately their father’s will and other records that would have identified such lands was in the Pr Geo Co VA will book covering 1795 which was stolen or destroyed by Union troops.

    The Blands mix it up with Joneses in Nottoway/Amelia: Peter Jones, Batte Jones, Archer Jones, Peter Branch Jones.

    I also noticed your mention of the Richard Bland (1665-1720) who in 1690 became guardian of the Robert Munford who married Mary Kennon. In case it’s useful info for one of you, Robert & Mary had a son Robert ( – 1744) who married Richard Bland’s (1665-1720) daughter, Anna. Robert & Anna had at least 3 children before he died and we have that they lived at “Richlands” plantation which we have thought was in VA, but suppose could have been in NC.

    Feel free to let me know if further info on any of the above would be helpful to you. Thanks, Barb

  16. Patsy Jones says:

    I wanted to thank you again for this “great piece of research” Robert Rives Jones ” of Albemarle Parish is supposed to be my Grandfather . Would you share some info with me? I have the son Ephraim, but I do not have a source for his other children, do you have this? I know they went to Edgecomb, Halifax, NC . I just don’t have a “source” for the other children. I have the line all the way to SC, Ga.
    Do you think that Robert Rives Jones m. a Thrower?

  17. Walter Weeks says:

    Forgot to ask about the 1665 Pat. to Morgan Jones for 100a crossing the Great Swamp. Do you have the exact location of this patent? (I can’t find a record of it) The reason that I ask is that in May of 1664 there is a deed from James and Joane Wallace (r/o Thomas Wheeler and John Banister) and one of the boundaries of this unknown acreage is 100a belonging to Morgan Jones which I am assuming in located on the western bounday of the Wheeler property. I also have a deed in 1655 for 100a from John Banister to Richard Jones bounded by lower ponds, adj. lands of Rich. Jones; James Ward new pat.; N on Merchants Land; S to Old Town; a complete mile in length. This land was assigned to Morgan Jones in 1656. I suspect if this land was on the western boundary of Wheeler’s 990a that it could have eventually become part of the 150a owned by Francis Mallory and sold to John Hatch. This land served as a western boundary for 50a purchased by Thomas Weeks in 1717. We have located the exact location of the 50a through an 1808 survey for a Colin Bland. But determining the boundaries has proven difficult, but it is right on Wards Run/Great Swamp and a small branch/bottom. Anyway, thanks for your time and consideration. Walter

  18. geesnmore says:

    Terrific as that places it right where I hoped it was.

  19. Walter Weeks says:

    FYI. Just discovered that the “Great Swamp” referred to the 100a patent to Morgan Jones in 1655 is actually Wards Run which runs through the Wheeler Patent as well as what became the Baker/Jackson Patent.

  20. Mark says:

    Wonderful work. Lots to digest. Does your research show any relation between Henry Jones, whose will was probated in Northamption County in 1733(?) and Willie Jones and/or Allen Jones? Please reply to my email above. Thank you. Mark

  21. Colonel Buck Jones says:

    Dear Kathryn,

    Your incredible work has opened up the possibility that some day we might identify the parents of “OUR” William Jones, Senr. who died in Surry Co.on 16 March 1712 (sometimes written as 1714). But his father was not Peter Jones, Sr., whose will was dated 9 Jan 1721.

    In your outline of William Jones (found by using FIND and Besses), your first entry for William Jones showed he received the 100 acres on Besses Branch. The second entry was: – In 1674 William patented 470 acres on the south side of the Appomattox River beginning at a corner formerly surveyed for Hercules Flood, at the East end of his land.

    The second entry is correct for “OUR” William Jones, but based on the date of the source, the first entry would not be for “OUR” William who died 9 years before Peter Jones, Sr.

    The information on William Jones being with Robert Spencer and Jonah Bennet in the tithe records in 1677 & 1678 and alone in 1679 is new to us and we are not sure how it fits with the grant of 470 acres in 1674, but we will work on it. We did find Besses Branch with the aid of the Surry Co. Gen. Society. Besses Branch is just 2 miles west of the village of Surry and it flows into Gray’s Creek.

    Thanks very much and if we can be of any assistance to you, please let us know.



  22. geesnmore says:

    Dear Idalu and Buck,
    Here is the source:

    Will of Peter Jones, Sr., of Bristol Parish, Prince George, wife Mary, part of the land I live on; son Abraham Jones, land on the south side of Brick House Run, son Peter, remainder of the land I live on, son William, land on Besses Branch, son Thomas, Land on Nottoway River, son John, land on Nottoway River, son Wood, land, daughter Mary, wife of Peter Jones, daughter Annne Jones, daughter Margaret Jones, daughter Martha Jones, dated Jan. 9, 1721, proved Jan. 1726.

    Many deeds are recorded at the Library of Virginia which you can access online.
    Hope this helps. I am not an expert on the Jones family, just got drawn in while researching the ancestry of Hannah Gee… she may be a daughter of James Jones, but not certain of this yet.
    Best of luck in your research, Kathryn

  23. Idalu Bishop says:

    Congratulations on this fine body of work! I’m particularly anxious to know your source for the comment on William Jones that reads, “William Jones received 100 acres on Besses Branch.” Please share that source with me. If he received it in a will, that will could provide information essential to my research. I will certainly appreciate a response. Idalu(Jones)Bishop (mombalu@windstream.net)

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