Early Virginia Jones Families

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Early Jones Families of Virginia

Jones families of Virginia have several distinct branches, and keeping them separate is difficult, as you can imagine.  I am certain there will be errors or different interpretations to what follows.

To give some idea of the complexity of this examination here is a list of Jones members from the 1704 Quit Rents in Virginia.  By contrast the same Quit Rents had only 2 members of the Gee Family listed!

Prince George Surry Isle of Wight Henrico
Peter 621

Richard 600

William Sr.  600

William Jr. 230

Henry 200

Robert 241

John 350

James Sr. 1100

James 1000 Anne 100

Arthur  900

Richard 250

Thomas 100

Thomas 700

John 200

Abraham 600

Hugh  934

Philip  1,153

James City York Nansemond Accomack
Frederick 300

William  150

William 50

Elizabeth 94

Orlando 450

Robert 100

William 70

Thomas 200

William 500

Edmund 800

Richard 500

Thomas 100

Middlesex New Kent Princess Anne King & Queen
Evan 50

Humphrey 150

Roger 100

William  300

Francis 200

Ffrederick 500

Jane 200

John 100

John 100

John 100

Francis  100

Michael 200

Richard 200

Robert  200

Robert, Jr.  130

Thomas  150

William 900

King William Warwick Essex Gloucester
Ffrederick 2,850 Ffrancis 150

Matthew 750

Peter 150

William 70

John 300

Rice 500

Richard 350

Walter 100

William  165

William 300

Charles 225

Widdo  45

William Jones for Northington 530

William  120

Land Grants by the Proprietors of the Northern Neck
Richmond County Westmoreland County Northumberland County
John 139 acres

1697Jones with Gilbert Croswell

no acres 1697

Roderick 1692

Jones with Gilbert Croswell

129 acres 1699

James50-657 acres 1703/04

Captain William

236 acres 1704

200 acres 1705

245 acres 1706

History of Bristol Parish

In 1611, Sir Thomas Dale arrived with Rev. Whittaker founded Henricopolis (Henrico City) at Farrar’s Island which was the origin of the founding of the county of Henrico in 1634.  On the south side of the James River the plantation Coxendale and Hope-in-Faith was founded with forts.  Also in 1611, Sir Thomas Dale overtook an Indian village at the mouth of the Appomattox and established a plantation which he called New Bermudas.  Bermuda Hundred was very close to Henrico city.  Whittaker drowned in the river travelling between them in 1617 and Wickham was his successor, followed by Stockham, who was of the opinion that the Indians could not be converted until the elders and leaders were all slain.  Charles City was formed around City Point as early as 1619.  The northern edge of Bristol Parish was Powell’s Creek, (not to be confused with Powell’s Creek in Charles City County) and did not include Bermuda Hundred.  It extended along both sides of the Appomattox River to the falls.  Wood’s Church was likely the first church for this parish, although there may have been an earlier building nearby.  In 1645 the construction of a fort named Fort Henry, with 600 acres was granted to Captain Abraham Wood, if he kept ten men there for the following three years and prevented fishing by the savages in the Appamattox River.  Rev. George Robertson was the first minister and it is he who began the vestry book in 1720.  Meeting at Ferry chapel and later at Blandford brick church, the first vestry were Robertson, Captain Peter Jones, Justant Hall, Lewis Green, Major Robert Bolling, Major Robert Munford, major William Kennon, and Captain Henry Randolph. In 1724 the south side of the parish was divided. Captain Peter Jones and his son William were tobacco counter for the section beginning at Appomattox Ferry along Monk’s Neck road to Stony Creek Bridge, then up Stony Creek to the Upper road to Nottoway River, then up between the same and the Appomattox River to the extent of the parish.  Thomas Bott (Batte?) was appointed the counter on the north side between the Appomattox River and Old Town Creek.  William Rowlett was the counter between Old Town Creek and Swift Creek.  William Chambliss was the counter between Swift Creek and Henrico Parish.  Chapels were soon authorized along the Namozine, Sapponey and Flatt Creeks as well as Well’s Hill.

In 1734 Dale parish was formed from Henrico Parish, south of the James River and Bristol parish north of the Appomattox which was in Henrico County.  At the same time, Prince George County and Bristol Parish were divided from the mouth of Namozine creek up the main branch to Hamlin fork, then up the south branch to White Oak Hunting Path south to the Nottoway River, along the Great Nottoway including part of Brunswick and St. Andrew’s Parish, along the ridge between the Roanoke and Appomattox, to the Great Mountains, to the southern boundaries of Goochland and Henrico.   This became the large southern district of Amelia County and Raleigh Parish.  In 1738, Banister, Munford, Hamlin and Poythress chose a site for a chapel on Hatcher’s run and Isham Eppes contracted to build the chapel on the land of Allen Tye on the north side of Hatcher’s run.  The following year, Bolling Poythress and Eppes chose a site for a chapel in the lower part of the parish.  John Ravenscroft built this chapel on Jones’ Hole Creek.


Jones of Henrico County

Early Wills in Henrico County

Gilbert Jones 1685                 Thomas Jones 1689

William Jones 1694               Edward Jones 1695

Hugh Jones 1705

Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones arrived on the London Merchant in 1619 with his wife, Margrett aboard the transport London Merchant as did Christopher Branch and his wife, Mary. He was first noted in Henrico County in 1624 at Ye College Lands. Thomas and Margrett were the parents of Thomas who was born about 1635 in Bermuda Hundred.  He is the only known child.  Thomas and Margrett were notorious and frequently in trouble for riotous behavior, fighting, assault and slander, as well as drunkenness.  Margrett was ordered drug behind a boat in the river for her behavior.  Let’s hope she learned from this without too serious a consequence.

Thomas Jones of Henrico County is noted in the 1656-59 in the records of Surry.  In 1659 Thomas Jones of Henrico purchased an iron grey horse from William Jennings and the purchase was recorded in Surry.  He may be the same Thomas Jones, countryman of Morgan Jones, who was asked to administer Morgan’s will in Charles City County. Thomas Jones was noted there as early as 1652 when he witnessed a deed in Henrico.  In 1664 Thomas Ligon patented land adjacent to the land of Thomas Jones which lay along Powell’s Creek.  This is in Bermuda Hundred. In 1669 Thomas Jones stood as a juror holding an inquisition into the death of Mary Pope, a servant girl. In January 1662/63, Thomas Jones declared for nine persons including William Flowers and obtained 420 acres in Henrico County on the south side of the James River and on the back of Bermuda Hundred between the land of Arundle and the land of one Clerke (Richard Jones, Clerke ?), and Eppes Hundred, where a Creek called Powell’s Creek divided them at the mouth.

Thomas Jones, II married Mary Repps and died before 1674.   They were the parents of Elizabeth Jones who married Philip Turpin; Martha Jones who married first John Branch then Thomas Osborne; Repps Jones; and Thomas Jones, III.

Mary married Edward Skerme in 1680 in Henrico County.  We Mary Skerm of Bermooda Hundred, Henrico Co., and Thomas Jones, my son, agree to peacably occupy land which was my husband’s, Thos. Jones, dec’d, bounded by the river and the high road, called The Hundred Path, equally. Mary Skerme to hold the part joining the creek toward Wm Ligon, and Thomas Jones, the part joining the swamp, next to Edward Stratton 9 Aug. 1684. In April, 1685 in Henrico, Mary Skerme, late widow of Thomas Jones, gives to her son Thomas, the land which he gave his brother Repps Jones near Bermuda Hundred adjacent Edward Stratton, near the swamp.  Edward Skerme, evidently a son, married in 1699, Priscilla, a daughter of John Branch in Henrico.

Repps Jones’ will was filed in Henrico County in 1689.  Repps Jones died in 1689, unmarried.  The will of Repps Jones of Henrico County, Planter gave to Philip Turpin and his wife land purchased from his brother Thomas Jones during their lives and after their decease to his cousin (nephew) Thomas Jones, unless Thomas died without a son.  Then the land went to Edward Skerme.  To his sister Mary Skerme, Repps left a mare foal and a heifer.  To Edward Skerme he left a saddle stitched with silk.  To his sister Martha Osborne he left 20 shillings to buy a ring.  His mother received the residue of the estate.  The witnesses were Martha Stratton and Edward Haskins.

Thomas Jones, III married Martha Tanner the daughter of Joseph Tanner and Mary Shippey.  Thomas died in 1689, and his will notes his son Thomas Jones, not yet 16, who received the land in Bermuda Hundred called The Granary, cattle, and other items.  His wife Martha received her dower of 1/3 of the estate.  Their daughter Lucretia received cows and calf at the age of 16.  The witnesses were Thomas Jefferson, Repps Jones, and Edward Skerme.   It was written in January 1688/89.  His brother Repps wrote his will a few weeks later.  Both were probated in August 1689.

Martha Tanner Jones married secondly, Edward Haskins, in 1686.  A Henrico deed in 1701 from Edward Haskins and Martha, his wife, one of the daughters of Joseph Tanner, deceased gives 150 acres of Hell Garden Spring Bottom adjacent Kennon to Edward Haskins, Jr.  Earlier, in 1694, Martha Haskins and Mary Ligon conveyed a tract of land bequeathed to them by their father Joseph Tanner, deceased on the south side of the James River on Hell Garden Bottom Run adjacent Mr. Richard Kennon which was witnessed by Thomas Ligon and Mary Platt.  Mary Ligon was the sister of Martha 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, daughter of John Lanier and Elizabeth Bird.

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.

In April, 1715 Thomas Jones of Surry County deeded to John Bolling 320 acres back of Bermuda Hundred, 220 acres that were patented by Thomas Jones, grandfather of Thomas on May 17, 1663, and 100 acres given by his father Thomas Jones in August, 1684 to Repps Jones.  In 1700 in Henrico County Thomas Jones, one of the orphans of Thomas Jones, late of Henrico County, deceased, announced he was in full possession of his late father’s estate and discharged Edward Haskins his late guardian, as he was now 21 years old.  Then, in 1723, the land of Thomas Jones was noted adjacent to land patented by Robert Michel on the north side of Nottaway River, east of Hardwood Swamp, in Surry County.  In 1733, Thomas Jones of Surry County patented 1,020 acres in Surry County on the north side of the Nottoway River east of Hardwood Swamp, along the line of Colonel Benjamin Harrison and east to John Michel’s line to Duckinghole Branch, to the line of Peter Michel’s to 370 acres formerly granted to Thomas Jones by patent in March, 1715.


Att a Court holden att Varina for the County of Henrico the second day of June Anno Dom 1679…An account of ye several fortye tythables ordered by this Wor’ll Court to fitt out men horse armes &c according to act, viz:

At Curls

Mr. Essex Bevill is ordered to give notice to these.

Coll Wm. Byrd 20 Wm Dany 2

Mr. John Goode 4

Edwd Jones 2

Edwd Deely 2

Henry Preutt (Prewitt) 1

Wm. Blackman 2

Gilbert Jones 1

Henry Serman, Sen.1

Richard Pierce 1

Mr. Richd Ward Sen 5

Gilbert Jones

Gilbert Jones was listed among 60 person transported by John Beauchamp and Richard Cocke, Sr. in a patent in 1664 for 2, 994 acres partly in Henrico County.  In 1677 Gilbert Jones helped Henry Watkins survey Mawburne Hills (Malvern) with Richard Cocke, and Colonel Ligon.  Gilbert age 36 testified that he carried the chain during the survey, which places Gilbert’s birth in 1642.  He married Joane about 1650 according to a deposition given in 1680.  Robert Jones, born about 1643, was included in the same series of depositions.

Gilbert Jones was listed in Henrico County tithes in 1679 for one tithe indicating no male adult children or servants resided with him.  Gilbert died in Henrico County in 1685.  In 1686, Richard and Thomas Perrin certified their appraisal of the inventory of the estate of Gilbert Jones.  His underage sons Richard, Robert and James were listed in his will.  Henry Prewitt and John Field witnessed the will. The executors were William Blackman and William Giles. Robert Jones was placed under the guardianship of William Blackman.   In 1692 Robert Jones petitioned to receive three cattle from his father’s estate.

Com. Henrici pr: o die 1692: …Capt Will Farrar being by ye Last Court Appointed to see ye delry of Cattle belonging to Robt Jones an Orph late in ye Wardship of Will Blackman wch were give unto ye said Orph per Rob’t Mayfield dec’d doth Return Acc’t That ye sd Order is performed & that ye said Jones hath received in full one Cow, one Calf & one Bull.

Robert Jones was due cattle from the estate of Robert Mayfield who died in 1692.  In Essex County are records of litigation involving a Robert Jones and the Mayfield family during the 1720’s.  (See Cadwallader Jones and James Jones of Lancaster for possible connections.) In 1684 the land of Robert Mayfield was noted on the south side of the Rappahannock River in the area that was then Rappahannock County.

Robert Jones died in Henrico County in 1720.  His wife Mary stated that her husband left a will and the only witness that was still alive was John Cocke.  Mary married Richard Ward, son-in-law of William Blackman.  Richard Ward had first married Martha Branch, then Elizabeth Blackman, and upon her death, Mary, widow of Robert Jones.  (Wynne Family)

Edward Jones

In 1637 Elizabeth Packer, widow, patented 950 acres in Henrico County, west of the land of Seth Ward, due her late husband Thomas Packer, and Sgt. William Sharpe for the transport of 19 persons, which included Edward Jones, Lewis Jones, William Cooke, John Ward, and others.

Edward Jones married the widow Alicia Lunn in 1679 and had son Edward Jr., daughter Alicia, and others who married there. His second wife was Mary Field, sister to John and Thomas Field. Their daughter, Tabitha, married John Robertson, of Cumberland County, Virginia.  In 1688 Edward Jones administered the estate of Thomas Fields.

In 1681 in Surry a judgment was entered against Edward Jones for payment to the estate of William Thompson for work done for Jones.  Edward Jones was noted for 2 tithes in the 1679 Henrico County tithe list, indicating he either had a son or servant who was of age.

Henry Prewitt is believed to have married Ann Fields, sister to John Field. In 1681 Henry Prewitt testified in a suit against Hugh Jones filed by Edward Jones in Varina Parish, Henrico County.  In 1691, Henry Prewitt, then age 37, testified that Hugh Jones demanded John Low put his gun in the loft of Edward Jones as security for corn that Low had purchased from Hugh Jones.  Later that year, Henry also testified for Edward Jones in a suit against Frances Reeves.  He stated he saw a black bull which bore Thomas Field’s mark and belonged to Edward Jones floating on the river adjacent Mr. Reeves land.

The estate of Edward Jones was administered by Henry Prewitt in 1695 and in 1697, Henry Prewitt sold Mary Jones, Edward Sr.’s widow, 220 acres which was part of the 440 aces he had patented with Edward Jones, This land was adjacent to John Higledy, and on the north side of the James River, adjacent to Thomas Field’s Creek.  Thomas was a brother to John and Mary.  It is noted that Edward Jones held 4 spinning wheels in his inventory, likely indicating he was manufacturing cloth.

Hugh Jones of Half Sink

Hugh Jones and Edward Jones sued each other in 1681 in Varina Parish, Henrico County.  Henry Prewitt testified against Hugh Jones.  The same Henry Prewitt and John Field witnessed the will of Gilbert Jones of Henrico County in February 2, 1685.  In 1690 in Henrico it is recorded that Hugh Jones required that John Low allow Edward Jones to hold his gun as security for the payment due on corn Low had purchased from Hugh Jones. Only Hugh Jones and Philip Jones were noted in the 1704 Quit Rents for Henrico County. The will of Hugh Jones was filed in 1705 in Henrico County and was witnessed by Henry Prewitt.  It noted his wife Mary, who received 500 acres of land at Half Sink, and left his tract of land where he lived to William Britton and to John Britton.  William and John were the sons of John Britton, Sr.  Hugh left no heirs.

Philip Jones of Swift Creek and Wintopock

Philip Jones was born around 1661.  He testified in Henrico County concerning a horse race in October, 1678.

Philip Jones, aged 17 years or thereabouts, Deposeth: That this summer this deponent was at ye Hundred and saw Abraham Womecke and Rich’d Ligon there, and afterwards say Mr. Chamberlaine’s boy upon Abraham Womack’s horse, and Thos: Cocke upon another horse, and ye s’d Cocke told ye other boy that if he did not come n at a word he would leave him behinde, and ye said boy answered him againe that if he did not at a word he would leave him, they being then at ye starting place, or going to ye starting place (which the deponent cannot certainly tell) to run a race, there being a man ordered to start them, who gave a word, at which Mr. Chamberlayne’s went, and Tho: Cocke sayed it was not a faire start.

And further sayth not, Philip Jones.

Philip Jones married Margaret (Jones) October 12, 1684, in Henrico County.  Philip Jones sold 200 acres in 1687 to Peter Rowlett, Sr.

Philip Jones of Bristol Parish, Henrico Co. states that Bartholomew Chandler his late uncle, died seized of a tract on Swift Creek and Old Town Creek, which lapsed to his majesty for want`of heirs. I, now by consent of my aunt, mrs. chandler, widow and relict, and now wife of Mr. John Piggott, have escheated the tract. Now for 2200 lbs tobacco, sell to Peter Rowlett, 200 acres of the said land, bounded by the mouth of a great`branch of Old Town Creek, 1 Aug. 1687.

The 200 acres purchased by Peter Rowlett, Sr. was located in what became Chesterfield County on Old Town Creek in Henrico County.

In 1655 Peter Rowlett went to court against Daniel Llewellyn who had employed Peter to be an overseer in his fields, for a share of the crop. Peter and Daniel disagreed about the length of Peter’s employment period and the amount he was due.  The judges told Peter to work for 18 more days, and Peter to be paid 5 bushels and 1 peck of wheat which was due for threshing.

Peter Rowlett, Sr. was the father of William Rowlett who married Frances Worsham and Peter Rowlett, Jr. who married Mary Ligon, daughter of William Ligon of Curles Neck, and the widow of William Anderson.   Peter Rowlett, Jr. purchased 189 acres on the Great Branch of Old Town Creek from Philip Jones in 1709.

Later, Peter, son of William Rowlett and Frances Worsham, would marry Elizabeth Jones, whose parentage is not identified. They lived on Beaver Pond Branch in Prince George, later Amelia County, and moved to Lunenburg about 1747 where Peter died in 1754.  Philip Jones witnessed the will, and it is likely he was the brother of Elizabeth.  Peter Rowlett and Elizabeth Jones were the parents of William, Philip and John Rowlett.

In 1688 Philip Jones of Bristol Parish in Henrico, sold to William Chambers a parcel granted to Philip by his late uncle Chandler.  Philip’s wife Margaret, renounced her dower right.  In 1691 Philip Jones was tithed for 189 acres.  He would soon acquire more. The following year he was tithed for 1,238 Acres.

In 1701, Philip Jones and Robert Hudson were the security of Elizabeth Hudson, widow of Robert’s brother William Hudson.  On March 14, 1701 Philip Jones and his wife Margaret sold 50 acres to Seth Perkinson, which adjoined John Perkinson.

Philip with Francis Eppes, Isham Eppes, Francis Eppes Jr., Elizabeth Kennon, Martha Stratton, George Archer, and John Hill patented 4000 acres north of the Appomattock River and along Wintopock Creek on April 24, 1703.

Whereas Now know ye that I the said Francis Nicholson Esq. /Governor &c do with he advice & Consent of the Councill of State accordingly give & / grant unto Captn: Francis Epes Mr. Isham Epes Mr. Frances Epes Junior Mr. George / Robinson Minister and Mrs. Elizabeth Kennon & Mr. Philip Jones & Mrs. Martha / Stratton & Mr. Geo Archer & Mr. James Hill a tract of Land containing four / thousand acres lying and being in the County of Henrico on the North side of / Appomattock river beginning at two Corner [ ] on the said river below the mouth / of Wintopock main Creek and runeth thence into the Woods North West and / by North two hundred thirty two poles to a Corner pine thence North by East / Seventy six poles to a Corner black Oake thence North by West forty poles to a / Corner black Oake thence West and by North one hundred & fourty poles to a / Corner gum thence North-North West Eighty six poles to Corner black Oake West South West / twenty two poles to a Corner pine thence West fourty eight poles to a Corner / white Oake thence North thirty two poles to a black Oake thence North West / Seventy two poles to a Corner white Oake thence North by West ninety four / poles to a Corner hiccory thence North by East fifty two poles to a Corner black Oake thence North East fourty eight poles to a Corner hiccory thence / North two hundred twenty eight poles crossing the Northerne branch of Wintopock to a Corner black Oake thence North East by North fifty poles / to a Corner black Oake thence North thirty four poles to a Corner white Oake / thence West North West one hundred thirty five poles crossing the middle /  branch to a Corner gum thence North West Seventeen poles to a Corner pine / thence North North East Seventy poles to a Corner white Oake thence / North West by North one hundred twelve poles to a Corner hiccory thence / West ninety poles to a Corner white Oake thence North West fifty six / poles to a Corner maple standing upon Wintopock main Creek thence / down the main Creek according to the meanders thereof to a Corner white / Oake standing on the South side of the said Creek thence South west and by / South thirty eight poles to a Corner white Oake thence South & by West one / hundred & ninety poles to a Corner pine thence South West and by West sixty / four poles  to a Corner black Oake thence South South East Eighty one poles to a / Corner hiccory thence South by West fourty six poles to a Corner black Oake / South by East Seventy four poles to a Corner black Oake thence South / one hundred Sixty six poles to a Corner  black Oake thence South West fourty / poles to a Corner black Oake & South East twenty eight poles to a Corner butter  wood Corner on a small branch thence down that branch to Appomattock river thance down ye said river according to the meanders thereof to ye / place it began including the aforesaid four thousand acres of Land the / Land being due unto the Sd Cap:in Francis Epes Mr Isham Epes Mr Francis /  Epes Junor  Mr Geo Robinson Minister & Mrs Elizabeth Kennon & Mr Phill: / Jones & Mrs. Martha Stratton and Mr. George Archer and Mr. James Hill by and / for the transportation of Eighty persons into this Colony whose names are / to be in the records mentioned under this patent To have & to hold &c To be / held &c Yielding & paying &c Provided &c

Given under my hand & the Seale / of the Colony this 24: th day of Aprill anno Dom 1703 —
Exd Cap: in Francis Epes &c their patent for 4000……….
G Fr: Nicholson acres of Land in Henrico County —
Blessing &c

Included in the list of those transported are familiar names: William Osborn, William Cooke, Samuel Cooke, Dorothy Brown, Mathew Jones, Fra Jones, John Brown, and Thomas Taylor.

Early landowners along Wintopock Creek (Winterpock) landowners included Samuel Goode, and William Rowlett.

Philip Jones was tithed in 1704 Quit Rents in Henrico County.  In 1706 the land of Philip Jones was noted in a will filed in Henrico County.  It was along Swift Creek, next to Major Field, Mr. Francis Eppes, and John Wilson. For 1000 lbs. of tobacco, Philip Jones sold to Seth Perkinson, 50 acres on the north side of Old Town Creek in 1708.

In 1716 on June 3 it is noted that Philip Jones of Henrico deeded a tract of 100 acres on the north side of the Appomattox River at Wintopock for ₤ 30 to his son-in-law Samuel Goode and Martha Goode, his daughter.  The witnesses were Francis Eppes, Jr, Walter Scott, and John Folckes.   It is a Goode family tradition that Martha’s family had first settled on the Eastern Shore before coming to Henrico County.  It is also a tradition that Martha’s father was killed by Indians, who attacked the family in their home.

The land of Philip Jones was noted in 1725 in a deed to Francis Worsham and Thomas Tanner, for 300 acres on the north side Appomattox River and the north side John Ealam’s (Elam) path adjoining Mr. Philip Jones, Francis Eppes, Walter Scott, Williamson’s path.

In 1743 a deed in Henrico County from Philip Worsham of Dale Parish, Henrico to John Elam, Jr. of Henrico for ₤60, 120 acres at Wintopock, bounded by Philip Jones and James Hill. Then in 1744, Philip Jones and Richard Jones, of Dale Parish, Henrico for ₤5, to John Ealam, the younger,  544 acres bounded by Wintopock Creek, John Ealam (sic) the elder, Richard Eppes and James Robins.

In 1754 Peter Jones witnessed the will of Peter Rowlett.

Martha Jones, daughter of Philip Jones married Samuel Goode about 1667 in Henrico.  He was the eldest son of John Goode of Whitley from Cornwall.  Samuel Goode’s mother was Francis Mackarness, daughter of William Mackarness of Barbados, who went from Scotland to the West Indies about 1625-40.  Samuel was born in Barbados, 1655-58. John Goode’s second wife was Anne Bennett, and they had thirteen children. John Goode owned 688 acres in Henrico and 2,270 acres in Chesterfield County.  Ann Bennett was the daughter of Richard Bennett.  John and Ann Goode’s children were: Robert Goode who married the widow Elizabeth Curd daughter of Thomas Branch and Elizabeth Archer;  Katherine Goode who married John Roberts and then Gilbert Gee; Elizabeth Goode who married about 1699 John Blackman, Sr. son of William Blackman and Dorothy Deeley; John Goode, who married Mary Harris daughter of Thomas Harris and Mary Field Jefferson (John Goode owned Falls Plantation and was killed by Indians); Thomas Goode; Frances Goode who married John Elam and then William Harris, Sr.; Susanna Goode; Joseph Goode; Anna Goode; Ursula Goode who married Samuel Branch son of Christopher then she married Walter Scott, then John Harris in 1729.

Philip Jones, Jr. was granted 200 acres in Prince George County on the upper side of Flatt Creek below the upper Tomahawk Branch in 1734/5.  In 1735 a deed to John Elam in Amelia County notes the land of Philip Jones on Flatt Creek.  In 1745 the land of John Elam (Ealam) and Philip Jones was noted in a Henrico County deed.  John Elam was granted 200 acres in Amelia County on the lower side of Flatt Creek, on both sides of Tomahawk Branch, opposite Philip Jones, and he did not seat this land, so it was given to James Mitchell in 1747.  Philip Jones, Jr. went on to Charlotte County.

Francis Jones was granted 200 acres on the north side of Swift Creek from the corner of Peter Asbrook and Jones, adjacent John Towns, north to John Bowmans land and Captain Boilings (Bolling) in 1733, and a year later he was granted 400 acres on the north side of Swift Creek from John Farmer’s line on the west side of a Great Branch of Swift Creek along Edward Bowman’s line to John Bowman’s across the main road, to the side of a branch of Parishes’ Run.

Daniel Jones purchased 500 acres in Henrico County on Winterpock Branch, from Richard Gulls in July, 1715.  He was the father of Thomas Jones and he held land on Winterpock Swamp which Thomas sold in April, 1733.  The deed states that Thomas Jones for the sum of 15 pound current money of Virginia, sold to John Reade, a tract of land containing 500 acres which Daniel Jones, father of the said Thomas Jones purchased of Richard Grills, adjoining the land whereon the said Reade lived. The witnesses were John Hancock and William Ferguson.  Two years later, Thomas Stratton, Lodowick Elam, and John Allfriend witnessed a deed for land John Reade purchased from John Grills which was in Henrico, and lay on Winterpock Swamp.  That same year Martha Good sold 300 acres to John Reade on Middle Creek which belonged to Samuel Goode, her late husband..  In 1735, Thomas Jones of Amelia County conveyed to Samuel Hancock of Henrico County 400 acres of land which had originally belonged to Richard Gulls, and had been conveyed to Thomas Jones by his father Daniel Jones.  His wife Sara relinquished her dower rights.

In 1735, Thomas Jones, Jr. was granted 200 acres on the branches of the South Fork of Flatt Creek, in what was Amelia County.  Then in 1740, the land of Thomas Jones was noted on Flatt Creek in Amelia County.  In 1746 Edward Jones was granted 654 acres on both sides of Flatt Creek.

In 1742 Thomas Tanner was granted 300 acres on both sides of Flatt Creek in Amelia County.  Judith Tanner, born in Bristol Parish, Prince George, and daughter to Thomas and granddaughter of Joseph Tanner and Sarah Hatcher, married John Jones.  In 1753 Thomas Jones purchased a 200 acre tract on Wintopock Creek adjoining William Roberson, James Cashon, Benjamin Cheatham, and Thomas Mann.  This was witnessed by John Elam, Robert Furguson, and William Riggins.  In 1759 Daniel and Thomas Jones with John Elam witnessed the will of James Cashon.

Richard Jones in March 17, 1736 a deed was filed in Prince George County for 145 acres on the upper side of Flatt Creek to Richard Jones, brother of Philip Jones of Henrico County.  For the sum of fifteen shillings, beginning at his brother, Philip Jones, lower corner on the said creek, adjacent Hall Creek.  In 1744 Philip Jones of Henrico and Richard Jones deeded to John Ealam (sic) the younger, 544 acres on Winterpock Creek in the presence of John Hill, Leonard Cheatham, and Alexander Elam.  In 1750, the land of Philip Jones was noted along Flatt Creek in Amelia County. Richard Jones witnessed a deed in 1750 for land on Flatt Creek in Amelia County.


Peter Jones of Henrico

Richard Jones of Ley in Devonshire, England

According to Cadwallader Jones, A Genealogical History, Richard Jones was Welsh and married Lady Jeffreys, of the Manor of Ley in Devonshire, England.  Richard Jones, a merchant in London, married Lady Jane Jeffreys and was the brother-in-law of Alderman Jeffreys, grocer of London.  However, the Jeffreys did not control the Manor of Ley.  Richard and Cadwallader Jones were the sons of Cadwallader Jones, a wealthy merchant adventurer and his wife, Lady Ann Blewett.  Cadwallader Sr. died deeply in debt.

Richard and Jane were the parents of Cadwallader, Peter, Richard, William, and Abraham Jones of Virginia and possibly Frederick who remained in England.  Cadwallader Jones the younger is covered below.

Early Jones Immigrants

The first record for Richard Jones is Virginia is in 1623, when he was counted among the living at Flowerdieu Hundred.  His age was given as 22 years.  Richard Jones was counted among the dead in 1624.

Peter Jones, age 24, and William Jones, age 23, were noted at Peirsey’s Hundred, earlier Flowerdieu Hundred, in 1625 as servants in the household of Abraham Peirsey.  The Peter and William Jones, noted in Flowerdieu Hundred were older than Abraham Wood, who was 15 at the time they came to Virginia.  This is not the Peter Jones who later was Major Peter Jones under Abraham Wood and his son-in-law.

Also at Flowerdieu Hundred was Elizabeth Jones who died sometime in 1624 and Anthony Jones, a servant in the Yeardly household.

Flowerdieu Hundred in 1624 included twelve dwellings, three storehouse, four tobacco houses, and a windmill.  Abraham Peirsey married Frances West, widow of Nathaniel West and died in 1627.  Peirsey’s widow later married Col. Samuel Mathews.

Captain Samuel Mathews, Esquire was credited with several Jones headrights, no county being noted.

1642 Jon. Jones by Capt. Samuel Mathews, Esq.

1642 Thomas Jones by Capt. Samuel Mathews, Esq.

1642 Henry Jones by Capt. Samuell Mathews, Esq.

1642 Howell Jones by Capt. Samuel Mathews, Esq.

1643 James Jones by Capt. Samuel Mathews, Esquire

In 1635 Abraham Peirsey’s heirs sold Peirsey’s Hundred to William Barker, mariner, who sold it to Captain John Taylor, of Prince George County.  It passed from Taylor’s daughters to Joseph Poythress.

Cadwallader Jones, of Rock Hill, North Carolina in A Genealogical History, on page 73 stated:  There were in Virginia two Jones families, both of Welsh extraction and related in the old country -one known as the Robert Jones and the other as the Peter or Cadwallader Jones family who came to Virginia with two brothers.

A family history as given in a letter written October 26, 1888 by Mrs. K. Jones of Blackstone, Virginia relaying information given to her by her aunt Mrs. James Jones:
Three brothers – Peter, William and Richard came from Wales to this country: Peter settled in Dinwiddie County and founded Petersburg. William settled on Indian trail, later called Namozine Rd. near Dennisville. He died unmarried and without children. Richard settled in Nottoway one mile east of the courthouse. There is a burial ground still there. (Notes on Southside Virginia by Walter A. Watson, Bulletin of the Virginia State Library Vol. XV, No. 2-4, 9/1925) (Much of the information on the descendents of Peter Jones and Captain Richard Jones are from the book by Augusta B. Fothergill, Peter Jones and Richard Jones Genealogies:1924.)

Nottoway was created from Amelia County in 1788 and Dennisville is located in Amelia County.  This rendition appears to relate to the sons of Peter Jones and Margaret, not the initial immigrants.  Peter Jones was likely transported to Virginia in 1638 along with William Jones by Abraham Wood.

Abraham Wood

Occasionally a common man leaps from the pages of historical records, whose life embodies all the romance and spirit which we think of when we consider our fearless pioneer ancestors.  Abraham Wood is such a character.

Abraham arrived in Virginia in 1620 as a ten year old boy.  His passage had been paid by Thomas Osborne.  Thomas Osborne arrived in Virginia aboard the Bona Venture in 1619.  He soon settled in Henrico County, in the College Land.  In March 1622, the attacks by the natives resulted in the deaths of about one third of the English settlers.  Captain Thomas Osborne led an attack against the Indians.  He was granted Coxendale and settled there in 1625.  This eventually was in Chesterfield County.

It is said that on the voyage Abraham Wood’s ship, the Margaret and John, commanded by Captain Anthony Chester, was attacked by Spanish ships.  Five years later Abraham was the servant of Captain Samuel Matthews at Jamestown.  He lived through all that transpired during that time, the war, disease, and discontent.  He was still in James City in 1632.  In 1639 Abraham Wood, who had been leasing 100 acres on Kennecock Creek, which was part of Dale’s plantation, patented 200 acres.  This patent was for the transport of John Evans, John Greene, Robert Taylor, and Jacob Norris.  They were all likely servants of Wood and involved in the Indian trade and exploratory adventures he conducted.  In 1638 Abraham Wood was granted 400 acres in Charles City County, on the Appamattox River adjoining the lands of John Baker, Joseph Brown, and the Main River.  This land was in Peirsey’s Toile which became Peirsey’s Hundred, previously Flowerdieu Hundred. Included among his headrights were William and Peter Jones.  It is this Peter Jones who became Captain Peter Jones under General Wood. He held 700 acres by 1642.  Eventually thousands of acres would fall under Abraham’s control.

In 1644 the outposts south of the James River were attacked by the Opechancanough.  In response Sir William Berkeley set up Fort Royal on the Pamunkey, Fort James on the Chickahominy Ridge, and Fort Henry at the falls of the Appomattox.  Captain Fleet, who had in his youth been held for four years among the Indians, and had worked with Claiborne in the trade along the Chesapeake, was given the task of negotiating a peace.  Fleet negotiated that trading in the south would be done at Ft. Henry on the Appomattox or at the home of Captain John Flood, who lived on the other side of the river.  Captain Abraham Wood was placed in charge of the Southern defense at Fort Henry.

Abraham Wood explored the mountains and countryside of ancient Henrico County.  He led and later sponsored exploration west and south.  In 1650, Edward Bland, merchant, Abraham Wood, and their associates went on an exploratory journey to the south to the Sapony and the Staunton. He traded with the natives, and fought them successfully during the times of hostile assaults on settlements.  He served as a Major General and commander of the militia at Fort Henry, which was built on his land on Flea Island and which he maintained.  He was an intimate of the other founders of Virginia, including William Byrd. He served both Henrico and Charles City Counties as Justice and in the House of Burgesses.  In 1707 Wood’s Church was built in his honor.

At the turn of the century, along with William Byrd II, John and Robert Bolling, the primary investors in trade with the Indians lying south along the Occaneechee Path into the Carolinas were John Evans, Robert Mumford and Peter, Thomas, and Richard Jones.  Thirty years after Abraham Wood’s death a 1710 list of licensed Indian traders included: William Pettypool, with Thomas Edward and Henry Tally, partners; Captain Richard Jones with David Crawly, and Captain John Evans who married Sarah Batte; Colonel Robert Munford who married Elizabeth Kennon, Captain Richard Jones, Nathaniel Evans, William Bannisters, and George and  Richard Smith.  Evans, Smith and Pettypool traded into Carolina. William Pettypool, John Evans and Richard Smith took out trading licenses in the Colony of Carolina.  In 1711 Richard Jones, John Evans, David Crawley, William Pettypool, Thomas Edwards, Henry Tally, Nathan Evans, and Robert Hix from Woods’ Settlement gave a bond for trade in Carolina.

Robert Hix, the Tailor and his son, the Indian Trader

Robert was the son of Robert Hix transported in 1654 by Hugh Lee.  A deed in 1701 to John Poythress notes that his neighbor was Robert Hix, Sr., the taylor, who purchased land from Hugh Lee. (See Hugh Lee)   He may have been the father of Robert, the trader, and John, Thomas, and Henry Hicks.  In 1693, Robert Hicks was arrested for appearing in the Charles City court in a state of drunkenness. 200 acres were sold to Robert Hix by John Fitzgerald in February, 1693, and then 600 acres was granted to Robert in April, 1694.

By 1690, Robert Hix married Winifred the daughter of John Evans.  Evans gave them two tracts totaling 1,670 acres which lay between the Appomattox and the Blackwater Creek.  The first was 560 acres in 1690, which adjoined General Wood’s land.  Then his father-in-law 1,120 acres on the south side of the Appomattox.  Robert then claimed 600 acres for transporting twelve people.  Robert Hix (Hicks) was included in the trading partnership of Jones, Crawly and Evans in 1714.

60 acres were conveyed to Robert Hix by Peter Jones, Jr. in, 1708, and recorded in Prince George County. 260 acres were sold to Robert Hix by Joshua Irby and Elizabeth, his wife in 1708 and recorded in Prince George.

In 1714 he was the Captain of Fort Christiana, which was located in the area that became Brunswick County.  He assisted in the survey of the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina.  His homestead became known as Hick’s Ford and was located at today’s town site of Emporia.

In 1724 Robert Hix, who may have been the third of that name, patented 140 acres on the north side of the Myery Branch in Surry County.  In 1730, Robert Hix patented 2,610 acres on the north side of Meherrin River, adjoining Henry Wyches and extending by the side of the Myery Branch at the mouth of the meadow.  In March, 1726 Robert Hix of Lawns Creek Parrish of the County of Surry, sold to John Fitzgerald of Bristol Parish, County of Prince George, 1,120 acres on South side of Appomattox River in Bristol Parish. Robert Hix, and Frances Hix, his wife, appeared and relinquished her right of dower. (1713-1728, page 968, Prince George County, Virginia.) This appears to be the land originally purchased from Fitzgerald. It was near Hopewell.

Robert Hix was the father of 13 children: Daniel, Robert, Jr., George, John, Mary, Tabitha, James, William Francis, Rachael, Charles, Martha who married a Beddingfield and Elizabeth who married a Lanier.  George and John Hicks settled in Old Cheraws, South Carolina.  This was done in part to improve his ability to continue trading with tribes in the area after the South Carolina government sought to restrict Virginian’s access to the fur trade within the South Carolina colony.  Robert’s main trade was with the Cherokee, and some of his family married Cherokee of Georgia.  It is unclear if he is also the Robert Hix who married Ruth Ragsdale May 18th, 1701/2 in Henrico County.

His will was filed in Brunswick in February, 1740 and notes his son Charles, who received 650 acres at the Indian Fort adjacent to Nathaniel Edwards and 150 acres in the for of Reeves.  James received the home plantation after his wife died and the remainder of the 2,610 acre patent.  George received a tract adjacent to his land.  His son-in-law, Richard Ransom, received 150 acres lying in the Fork of Reeves.  Benjamin Hicks, the son of Daniel who was deceased, received 150 acres in the fork of Reeves.  He noted his daughters Martha Beddingfield, Frances Ransom, Elizabeth Hicks, Rachel Hicks, Mary hicks, and Tabitha Hicks.  His grandson, John Beddingfield, received Robert’s interest in the Mill on Genito’s Creek.  His wife, Frances was the executrix and the witnesses were Ann Poythress, Charles Rose, and John Chapman.


In 1655 Peter Jones and Henry Randolph witnessed an agreement made by Major Abraham Wood.

In 1671, Thomas Batte, Thomas Woods, and Robert Fallam were commissioned by Major General Wood to attempt to discover the South Sea, led by Perecute, a leader of the Appomattock Indians, and Jack Wesson, a former servant of General Wood. Thomas Woods and his horse died on the journey, and they were unsuccessful in following the Ohio to the Mississippi and on to the Gulf, but they were the first to cross the Allegheny Mountains.

In 1676 Abraham was too ill to participate in negotiations with the Indians whose hostilities had led to the infamous Bacon’s Rebellion.  That year Major Peter Jones commanded 57 men from Elizabeth City, Warwick, and James City counties at Fort Henry.  However, by 1678, at Jamestown, Abraham met with the chief men of the nations and successfully negotiated a treaty. Abraham Wood died in 1682. His will is badly damaged, but what can be read includes references to his grandchildren in law Peter, Abraham, Richard, and William Jones.  These were the children of Peter Jones.

In the name of God amen, I, Abraham Wood in the county of Charles city in Virginia, being weary and weak in spirit, but in good and perfect memory, thanks be to God, make & ordain this my last will and testament in manner & form following … soul to God etc… my body to be buried in the night by my wife…

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Chamberlaine my silver tobacco box & my plantation with all thereupon belonging to be known by the name Fleetes’ in Henrico County & also three hundred acres of land lying and being upon the uttermost line of a patent granted to me bearing date the tenth of July, one thousand six hundred and eighty, which land is known by the name of Ronhorak,(Rohowick)  to her & her heirs forever….

Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren in law (viz) Abraham Jones, Richard Jones, Peter Jones & William Jones all my lands, housing, orchards and tenements lying and being in Charles City County… to them and their heirs forever, equally to be divided & they to make theirs according to their seniority (excepting what is already bequeathed to my daughter Mary Chamberlaine) & one hundred acres which I
give unto my godson Abraham Alley lying and being the easterly line of my dividend to him the said Abraham Alley & his brother Henry Alley equally to be divided, to them and their heirs forever. And what person or persons whatsoever by any claim of right [torn] shall disturb or molest the said Abraham Jones, Richard J[ones], Peter Jones & William
Jones or either of them, their or either [torn] heirs in the peaceable and quiet enjoyment thereof that [torn] or she or whatsoever they be, to pay unto Abraham Jone[s, Richard] Jones, Peter Jones & William Jones or their heirs the… ”

Evidently a bequest was also made to Amy, who was Amy Bevill, widow of Essex, who received a mare.  She later made a gift of …mare foal of a mare left me by Maj. Gen. Wood dec'd…

It is unknown who Abraham Wood married.  We do know who it wasn’t.  It was not the daughter of Daniel Llewellyn.  If Margaret Llewellyn was married to James Cruse, who was executed in 1676 for his part in Bacon’s Rebellion, she died before Cruse, and left no children.  Cruse was engaged in trade with the Indians, colonists, and London. His will provides the proof that he did not have a living wife or children.  The settlement of his estate a few years later notes that James Cruse did not leave a legal wife or orphan.  In his will, James Cruse did leave his suit of clothing to Margaret Llewellyn’s nephew, the son of her half-brother Daniel Price, which suggests they were once married.

What we do know is Abraham Wood had a daughter, Mary who married Thomas Chamberlaine.  He also held the children of Peter Jones in tender regard, as they inherited a large estate from him.  Peter’s wife was Margaret, who was likely Abraham’s step-daughter.  In her will, Margaret clearly notes her son Abraham Jones, deceased, and son Peter Jones and their children.

Mary Wood daughter of Abraham Wood

Mary Wood was married to Major Thomas Chamberlaine from Gloucester, England by 1675 when Abraham Wood assigned his Kennecock land to Thomas Chamberlaine his son-in-law.  Thomas was the son of Edmund Chamberlaine of Maugersbury (d. 1676) and grandson of the sheriff of Gloucestershire, Edmund Chamberlaine, Esquire the son of Sir Thomas Chamberlaine, of Prestbury, Gloucestershire, and ambassador from the period of Henry VIII through Elizabeth I.

In 1679 Chamberlaine was noted for four titheables. It is stated that Margaret Powell was his first wife.  Mary Wood, daughter of Abraham Wood, was his second wife.  In 1686, Thomas Chamberlayne and wife, Mary, conveyed to George Archer and Joseph Royall land that had bee devised by the will of her father…. Joseph Royall was the son of Joseph Royall and Katherine Banks Royall Isham the widow of Henry Isham.  His half sisters married William Randolph and Francis Eppes.  Joseph married Mary Harris, widow of George Archer.  Katherine’s will was witnessed by John Worsham, Littlebury Eppes, and Nathan Hill in 1686.

Thomas Chamberlaine was sheriff and a major in the Henrico militia.  By 1708 Thomas had married his third wife, Elizabeth Stratton, daughter of Edward Stratton, born in 1665, and his wife, Martha Shippey.  Thomas Chamberlaine died in 1719.  His daughters were Elizabeth and Dorothy.  Henry Batte became the guardian of Elizabeth Chamberlaine and Richard Jones, Jr. was chosen by Dorothy Chamberlaine as her guardian.  In 1727 Henry’s Batte’s son Henry married Elizabeth Chamberlaine. In 1723, Dorothy Chamberlaine was permitted to choose her guardian, and she chose Richard Jones, Jr.  William Kennan and Henry Randolph were security.   Henry Batte and wife Elizabeth Chamberlaine, with Peter Jones, III and his wife Dorothy Chamberlaine, were granted the1600 acres of land in Henrico County. Soon after, Peter and Dorothy sold their portion to Henry and Elizabeth for ₤500.

In 1736, Henry Batte and his wife Elizabeth Chamberlaine, with Peter Jones, III and his wife Dorothy Chamberlaine, patented 1,600 acres in Henrico County on the north side of the Appomattox River known as Cunnecock.  Patent 13 Dec. 1736 to Peter Jones and Dorothy, his wife and Henry Batte and Elizabeth, his wife …beginning at little rocks of the Appamattox, which tract was granted to Abraham Wood for 700 acres by patent Oct. 20, 1648, …the right and title thereof is vested in the said Dorothy and Elizabeth and upon survey lately made same is found to contain 1600 acres. A portion of this tract became the site of a famous horse racing track.


Captain Peter Jones of Henrico County and Margaret

Peter Jones was transported with William Jones in 1638 by Abraham Wood. The next record we have for him is his witness to an agreement signed by Abraham Wood, on 1 June 1655.  Captain Peter Jones is first noted at a Meeting of the Militia held at Merchants’ Hope in 1657 when, as Captain Peter Jones, he was placed in command of a company belonging to Colonel Abraham Wood, Esquire, for protection against the raids of Indians.  Also commanding trained troops in Charles City and Henrico were Colonel Abraham Wood, Lt. Colonel Thomas Drewe, Major William Harris, Captain John Eppes, Captain William Farrar, Captain Peter Jones, Captain Edward Hill Jr., and Captain Francis Gray

He was with his father-in-law in 1661 for a militia meeting at William Byrd’s Plantation.  Capt Peter Jones Company was formed by freemen from Cittie Creeke to the Falls of Appamattox River on the south side, and from Powell’s Creeke to the falls on the north side. Later, in 1676, Peter was in charge of the Ft Henry garrison where he was in charge of fifty-seven men who came from Elizabeth City, Warwick and James City Counties.  Ft. Henry became the property of the Jones family and eventually the sight of Petersburg, Virginia.  Ft. Henry became the property of the Jones family and eventually the sight of Petersburg, Virginia.  Across the river was Archer’s Point (1665) which eventually became Pocahontas.  Peter’s Point was later divided into lots to form the town of Petersburg in 1733.

Peter was Deputy Clerk of Henrico County.  The descendents of Peter Jones resided on land that was settled by Abraham Wood.  This land lay along Brickhouse Run and Rohowick Creek.

Peter’s wife was Margaret, likely the step-daughter of Abraham Wood.  Abraham mentions in his will his grandchildren-in-law (meaning through law) Abram Jones, Richard Jones, Peter Jones and William Jones.  Peter Jones died before 1687.  Their children were likely born between 1645 and 1660 and were most likely born in the order listed in Wood’s will.

After Peter’s death, Margaret married Thomas Cocke of Malvern Hill, a wealthy and influential resident of Henrico County.  His first wife appears to have been Agnes Powell, and she was the mother of his children.  Margaret and Thomas Cocke made a deed in 1687.  Thomas Cocke was member of the House of Burgesses.  The will of Thomas Cocke, was filed in 1697.  Thomas Cocke was the brother of Richard Cocke, and the father of William, Thomas, Stephen, James, Agnes, and Temperance.  Richard Cocke married Mary Aston and they were the parents of John, William, Edward and Richard, Jr. Cocke. (see The Cockes )

The will of Margaret Jones Cocke, 1718.

In the name of God Amen August 12th 1718.  I Margaret Cocke of the County and Parish of Henrico Widow, Considering the uncertainty of this life, and being I thank the Almighty God of Sound and perfect memory I do hereby revoke annul and make void all former wills heretofore by me made and do make ordain publish and declare those presents to be my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my Soul to Almighty God who gave it not in the least doubting of a Joyful resurrection and pardon and Remission of all my sins by the intercession and merits of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and my body I bequeath to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named.

I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Margaret wife of Edward Goodrich one mulatto boy named John the son of my mulatto woman Sue, which boy is to be enjoyed by my grand daughter and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Mary the wife of John Worsham and to her heirs for ever one Mulatto girl named Margaret which she now hath in her possession.

I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son Peter Wynne and to his heirs forever one Mulatto man named John Henry he being appointed to be given unto my said Grand Son by the last Will and Testament of my deceased husband Mr. Thomas Cocke. I also give to my said Grand Son 10 shillings to buy him a ring.

I also confirm a gift of a Mulatto boy named Thom which I made to Major Joshua Wynne in his lifetime, upon condition that there be paid (if not already done) two thousand pounds of tobacco to Thomas Harwood by the administrators of the said Wynne it being on that proviso I gave the said boy to the said Wynne.

I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Margaret Jones two Silver Spoons.
I give and bequeath unto Mrs. Mary Randolph and her heirs forever one Mulatto boy named Billy.

I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son Peter Jones the son of my son Abraham Jones dec’d. ten shillings to buy him a ring.

I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son Joshua Wynne two steers.

I give to each of my Grand Sons Robert Wynne, William Wynne and Francis Wynne a Cow to be delivered to them when they arrive to lawful age.

I give and bequeath unto my God Son William the Son of William Randolph one Mulatto boy named James he being the son of my Mulatto woman Sue which Mulatto boy is to be held by my said God son and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath all of my wearing clothes to be divided among my Grand Daughters by my Executors.

I give and bequeath to my son Peter Jones and his heirs forever all the rest of my estate both real and personal, and I do hereby appoint my said Son, together with William Randolph to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal the day and year above written.
Margaret Cocke.
Signed Sealed Published and declared as her last will and testament in presence of
Thomas Buckner, Thomas Morriss, Will Jones.
Proved at a Court held May 4, 1719 on the oaths of William Jones and Thomas Morriss.

Margaret Wood and Peter Jones were the parents of: Mary Jones, wife of Joshua Wynne, who was left land by her father; Lt. Abraham Wood Jones who married Martha, the daughter of Thomas Batte and died about1686-87; Richard Jones, who married Martha Llewellyn and died between before 1704; William Jones who married Martha Ledbiter and died in 1694-5; and Peter Jones who married Mary, the daughter of Thomas Batte and died in 1721.  There may also have been a daughter Elizabeth Jones, who was transported with Margaret Llewellyn, sister to Martha wife of Richard.

Descendants of Captain Peter Jones and Margaret

Lt. Abraham Wood Jones, son of Captain Peter Jones and Margaret

Lt. Abraham Wood Jones married Martha Batte, daughter of Thomas Batte.  In 1683, Nicholas Spencer, Esquire, President of the Council, granted Abraham Jones 1,217 aces in Bristol Parish, Charles City County, on the south side of the Appamattox River, near the lands of Major General Wood’s lands, known as Indian Town Lands, now Rohowick, and the main run of the southern swamp, along Wood’s Fort Lands, and back to the Appamattox. This was for transporting 25 persons including Richard Jones, and William Jones who were likely his sons, or his brothers.

Abraham Jones was a Lieutenant in the militia in 1683 and died by 1687, as William Byrd I wrote that Banister had married a widow in 1687.  This was Martha Batte Jones.  She married the Reverend John Banister, Rector of Bristol Parish and one of the original trustees of William and Mary College.  Banister was born in 1650 in Gloucestershire to John Banister.

A 1690 deed in Bristol Parish, Charles City County, near Rohowick notes land belonging to the late Colonel Wood and the adjacent lands of the late Abraham Jones.  John Banister patented 300 acres for importing himself and four slaves.  In 1690 John Bannister patented 1,730 acres south of the Appomattox River along Hatcher’s Run in Charles City County. He was very learned and studied Virginia’s plants and insects.  Also patenting land along Hatcher’s Run was Richard Bland.  John Banister travelled to the Roanoke River in 1692, evidently part of an expedition made by William Byrd.  He was accidently shot by one of his party.

In December, 1692, Mrs. Banister, relict of Abraham Jones and John Banister was ordered to give report of her late husband’s estate.  Martha was not able to attend court as she was ill, so Richard Bland was empowered to go to her and swear her as administrator of the two estates.  Martha soon married Stephen Cocke son of Thomas Cocke who had married Margaret the widow of Peter Jones and mother of Lieutenant Abraham Wood Jones.   Stephen Cocke and his wife, Martha, were appointed administrators of John Bannister, deceased in 1694.  In 1704, Stephen Cocke paid quit rents on 2, 406 acres of land for Jones Orphans.  That year he gave a Negro girl to Martha Jones.

Martha raised her children fathered by Abraham Jones, as well as John Banister and Stephen Cocke.  In 1713, she and Richard Jones, Jr. who must have been Captain Richard Jones, and John Woodlief, likely the son of Captain Woodlief and his wife, Mary Wynne, gave a bond for the benefit of the orphans of John Banister, who were still not 21 years of age.  Martha and John Banister were the parents of John Banister who married a Wilmouth. He was the father of Colonel John Banister of the Revolution and his sister, Martha Banister, who married Robert Bolling son of Robert Bolling and Anne Cocke.

Peter Jones, Jr., of Hurricane Swamp, son of Lt. Abraham Wood Jones

Peter Jones, Jr. was called Peter, Jr. to distinguish him from his uncle Peter Jones.  He was raised by his mother in the household of first, Reverend John Banister, and then Stephen Cocke, as his mother remarried twice.

Peter Jones, Jr. married his cousin Mary Jones, the daughter of his uncle, Captain Peter Jones, who died in 1726, and his wife Mary Batte.  Peter Jones, Jr. resided in Prince George County, but purchased a large tract of land in Brunswick in 1726.  He died in 1734.

In December, 1714 Peter Jones of Prince George County, son of Abraham Jones deceased, conveyed to Abraham Jones of  Prince George County, 34 acres of land which lay along the line of Captain Peter Jones to Brickhouse Run, over to Burra’s (Burrow) Branch. This deed was witnessed by Peter Jones, Sr., and Peter Jones.  In May 1715, Peter Jones, Jr. of Prince George County, conveyed to William Jones, of Prince George County 100 acres on the south side of Brickhouse Run, at a branch below William Jones’ house, then along Peter Jones’ old line. In 1716, Peter Jones, Jr. was appointed overseer of the road.  Brickhouse Run is just east of Rohowick Swamp.  Both run into the Appomattox River and lie within the current city of Petersburg.

That same year his lands on Nottoway River, Great Creek, and Hurricane Swamp were surveyed.  In 1719 Peter Jones, Jr. and his wife, Mary, conveyed to Richard Smith, 200 acres being the land where he then lived, lying on the south side of Appamattox River, adjoining Martha Cocke, his mother,  known as the Indian Town, then up the branch to William Jones’, his cousin’s,  line on the Otterdam, to Reedy Run, then to the river.  The witnesses were Robert Bolling, Robert Munford, and John Evans.

Peter sold 306 acres on the south side of the Appamattox River which lay on the dividing line between Peter Jones and John Banister, his half-brother, then to Brickhouse Run, next to land purchased by Munford from Bartholomew Crowder. This deed was made the same day as the deed to Smith.  A few months later, Robert Bolling, surveyed, 183 acres on the north side of Nottoway River and the upper side of Hurricane Swamp, which was deeded by Peter Jones, son of Lt. Abraham Jones, to his son Abraham Jones. This deed was recorded in 1725, and Abraham was referred to as Abraham Jones, Jr., likely to separate him from elder cousin, Abraham Jones.

In 1722, Peter Jones, Jr. conveyed to Thomas Ravenscroft, of Wilmington Parish, James City County, two tracts in Prince George County.  One was 200 acres at the mouth of Reedy Run along John Ellis’ line to the river, and the other was 10 acres next to Major Bolling’s line, on the Appamattox River near the falls, then to Brickhouse Run.

In November 1726, Peter Jones, of Prince George County, was granted 974 acres lying on the south side of Nottoway River in Brunswick County lying between Robert Lyone and William Davis.


Children of Peter Jones, Jr. and Mary Jones, daughter of Capt. Peter Jones

Their children were: Cadwallader Jones; Frederick Jones; Peter Jones; Abraham Jones; William Jones;  Martha Jones of Amelia County; and Agnes Jones who married Edward Jones, son of Richard Jones and Sarah Stratton.

Agnes died in 1803 in Amelia County.  Her two daughters were noted in the will of Martha Jones as her nieces.  In 1758 Agnes Jones administered the estate of her late husband, Edward Jones, with security given by Daniel Jones and Peter Jones.  Andrew Redford received 1/3; Martha Jones received 1/3 and Edward Jones, son and heir his 1/3.  The will of Agnes Jones noted daughter Mary Redford, son Edward Jones, and grandchildren John and Agnes Jones Redford.  The executors were Richard Jones, Peter Jones and Edward Jones.

The area of Prince George County in which their children resided became Dinwiddie County in 1752.

William Jones the son of Peter Jones, Jr. and Mary Jones

William Jones was born March 25, 1725 and died in 1801.

Abraham Jones, Jr. the son of Peter Jones, Jr. and Mary Jones

Abraham Jones, Jr. received a deed for 183 acres from his father, Peter, which was located adjacent to Robert Bolling, Evans, and Abraham Jones.  This land was along Hurricane Swamp.  He married Sarah Ravenscroft.  Abraham Jones was noted in the Henrico will of Seth Ward in 1736.  The will leaves to Abraham Jones, when he comes of age, a mare and cattle.  It also dictates that if Seth’s 3 children, Martha Ward, Elizabeth Ward, or Seth Ward, Jr. should die before, then Abraham Jones was to inherit the Ward estate of 200 acres on Nishews Branch, etc. as well as land at Sheffields. If they all died then it was to go to Captain John Worsham and Captain. William Worsham, trusted guardians of the children.

Abraham Jones, Jr. patented 2,348 acres in September, 1755 in Brunswick County on the branches of Poplar Creek, on Barlows Branch, Peahill Creek and Pidgeon Roost Creek adjacent Henry Rose, Thomas Moseley, John McInvale, William Huff, Daniel Huff and Valentine White for 11 pounds 15 shillings.

Cadwallader Jones the son of Peter Jones, Jr. and Mary Jones.

Cadwallader Jones was born in Prince George County in 1728.  His sister Martha left his three Negroes and a mare.  Cadwallader and his brother Peter Jones were her executors of her will.  Peter Jones, Jr., Richard Jones, Jr., Daniel Jones, and Richard Hayes were the appraisers of her estate.  In 1752 Cadwallader Jones of Williamsburg conveyed to Peter Jones of Prince George County for ₤200, 744 acres of land which had been deeded to Cadwallader by his father Peter Jones in 1734. This land lay on the south side of Nottoway River, being part of a tract granted to Peter Jones in 1726.  The witnesses to this deed by Cadwallader were Frederick Jones and William Jones.

Peter Jones the son of Peter Jones, Jr. and Mary Jones.

Peter Jones lived in Dinwiddie County purchased 190 acres in 1775 along the Nottoway River below Hickory Run.  This was The Oaks and it remained in the Jones family.  Peter married Dionesia Ravenscroft. Peter died in 1795. He held 53 slaves, 8 horses, 32 cattle, 23 sheep, 58 hogs, 6 beds and furniture, 4 dozen silver spoons, etc. Across the Nottoway was Brunswick County, and this Peter Jones purchased 630 acres from Henry King which had been part of a grant to Peter Jones in 1726, and then sold by Peter Jones to Wynne, then to Frederick Jones, and by Frederick Jones to King.  Peter Jones and his wife Dionesia, conveyed to Benjamin Jones of Dinwiddie 268 acres of land on the north side of Hickory Run adjoining his own land.  They were the parents of Dionasia wife of Lewis Starke; Mary married Harrison Randolph; Wilmouth married Alexander Walker; Hannah wife of Peter Minor; and Elizabeth married Buckner Stith; Hannah married Peter Minor then Robert Turnbull.

Frederick Jones the son of Peter Jones, Jr. and Mary Jones.

Frederick Jones was born December 4, 1720.  He married Betsy Eppes before 1749 when they sold 630 acres of land which had been a portion of a grant to Peter Jones in 1726.  This land had been sold to William Wynne, and by Wynne was then sold to Frederick Jones in 1739.  Frederick also received a patent on Hatcher’s Run in 1749, which originally was land granted to Abraham Jones, and inherited by his son, Peter Jones.  The Quit Rents were not paid by Peter, so Frederick petitioned that the 219 acres be deeded to him, which the Governor agreed to do.  This land lay along John Banister’s line and John Davis, Thomas Moore, and William Mayes property.

Frederick Jones was part of the building of a bridge over the Appamattox River. In 1760, Frederick Jones and his wife Betty of Prince George County, conveyed to Peter Jones of Brunswick County 150 acres on Boochery Creek in Lunenburg County.  Frederick Jones died about 1765.  Peter Jones, his executor sued John Ragsdale in Lunenburg County, and also sued for the collection of business debts in Amelia County.

Frederick and Betsy were the parents of Nancy who married Thomas Broadnax, Sarah who married William Broadnax of Brunswick, Frederick and Cadwallader Jones.

Frederick and Betsy were the parents of Frederick Jones who was born in 1749 and lived in Dinwiddie County. He married Susanna Claiborne, the daughter of Augustine and Mary Claiborne of Sussex in 1773.  Their children were Betsey Eppes Jones who married William Mason; Mary Herbert Jones who married John Withers of Dinwiddie and had Susannah Withers, wife of Governor Clement C. Clay of Alabama;

Frederick and Betsy were also the parents of Captain Cadwallader Jones who married Mary Pride in Surry in 1783.  Cadwallader and Mary Pride were the parents of Frederick Lafayette Jones who took the name Pride, at the behest of his uncle Halcott Briggs Pride, and thereby inherited a large estate in Northampton County, North Carolina.  Frederick Jones Pride married Amaryllis Sitgraves in Halifax.  She was the grand daughter of General Allen Jones of Halifax, North Carolina. Orphaned at the young age of six years Lucy Pride, a daughter of Cadwallader and Mary Pride Jones, was raised by an aunt until she was taken to Mount Gallant by General Allen Jones. She married Major Allen Green, and was left an estate by her brother Halcott Jones who also took the name of Pride and inherited from his uncle.  Another son of Cadwallader and Mary Pride Jones was Cadwallader Jones.  He married Rebecca Edwards Long in 1810 at Mount Gallant in North Carolina.  He was born at Monte Calloux in Prince George County in 1788.  He served for a time in the Navy and Army, under General Wilkinson on the Mississippi River.  In 1810 he resigned and settled along the Roanoke River. He owned Mount Gallant in York County, South Carolina, and another plantation on Black Warrior in Alabama.  He was president of the Roanoke Navigation Company and chairman of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions.

Cadwallader Jones, son of Cadwallader and Mary Pride Jones lived at Monte Calloux near Petersburg.  During the Revolution Major Cadwallader Jones was in Baylor’s Regiment and bore a sword with a coat of arms, claimed to be the entitled arms of the Jones descendents of the Peter Jones family.  This sword was carried in the Revolution, the War of 1812-14, and in the Civil War.

Richard Jones, son of Captain Peter Jones and Margaret

Over the years it was assumed that Richard did not survive to adulthood.  Richard, based on the will of Abraham Wood, was the second son of Peter and Margaret and likely was a young man when his step-grandfather died in 1682.  His brother, Lt. Abraham Wood, who was likely the eldest, died five years after Major General Wood, and was married with offspring when he died. Richard evidently died around 1700, when his son Richard was granted land on the Rohowick.  Richard Jones in 1673 served on a jury in Charles City County.

Richard married Martha Llewellyn before the will of her father was filed in 1663.

Daniel Llewellyn Family

In the 1663/4 will of Daniel Llewellyn of Chelmsford, Essex, planter was filed.  Lands, tenements, hereditaments in Charles County in upper part of James River in Virginia, to wife Anne for life, then to son Daniel Llewellin.  …to daughter Martha Jones… to son Daniel Llewellyn best suite, cloake, coate and hatt, second best hatt with silver hatband, all Linnen, and my sayle skinn Trunk.  To friend Mary Elsing of Chelmsford, spinster, for care, one of best white rugs and my new peece of Dowlas, saving sufficient for a winding sheet to bury mee.  To Mary Deerington of Chelmsford, a widow one of wurst white rugs.  To daughter Margaret Cruse 40 shillings for ring and to her husband 40 shillings for ring.  To son-in-law Robert Hallom 40 shillings for ring.  To master Charles Salter living in Wine Court without Bishopgate and Anne his wife 10 shillings each for gloves.  Goods sent over this spring and summer to be sold for debts due.  Rest to son Daniel.  Executors: Thomas Vervell of Roxwell, Essex, gentleman; James Jauncy of Cateaton Street, London, Merchant; Giles Sussex of Thames Street, London, Hottpresser, and master William Walker of Colchest, Essex, Shopkeeper.  To be buried in parish church of Chelmsford neare the Reading deske and friend Doctor John Michelson to preach.  Witnesses: Robert Lloyd, Tim Code, senior, scrivener.

In 1633 Daniel Llewellyn was claimed as the headright of Captain William Perry along with George Baker, and John Carpenter.  The daughter of John Carpenter would marry William Baker, grandson of John Baker, and Daniel Llewellyn is said to have married Ann Baker.  We know that Ann was born in 1603 so it is unclear if she was a Baker of not.  Daniel and Edward Baker are noted together in the tobacco records of Maryland.  John Baker’s brother Richard married the daughter of Henry Perry.  John Baker was a neighbor of Abraham Wood in 1638.

Anne first married John Price.  John Price came to Virginia in 1611 and was granted 150 acres in Henrico in 1619/20.  His wife Ann came in the Francis Bonaventure in 1620.  They were listed at Neck of Land in Charles City in 1623 and 1624, when he was 40 and she was 21 years of age.  John was the father of Matthew and John Price.  He and Ann were the parents of Mary Price.  John Price died in 1628 and his widow married Robert Hallom about 1630.  In 1636/37 Richard Cocke patented 3000 acres east of the land granted to John Price, now held by Robert Hallom.  Robert Hallom was from Burnham, Essex.  He arrived in 1620 in the Francis Bonaventure and was the servant of Luke Boyse whose widow married Mathew Edloe. In 1624 he was listed as 21 years of age in the muster at Neck of Land.

In May, 1638 Ann Hallom, widow, and the heirs of Robert Hallom, deceased, were issued a patent for 1,000 acres in Henrico County.  This land adjoined the land of Mr. Richard Cocke, and the land of John Price, which was due by bargain and sale from Arthur Bailey, merchant.  William Randolph later purchased this plantation along with the 150 acres tract of John Price known as Turkey Island.  Robert Hallom and Ann were parents of Ann, Sarah, and Robert Hallom.  Robert went to live in England with his aunt, Margaret, the widow of Thomas Hallom, and her second husband, William Mason.

Ann’s third husband was Daniel Llewellyn.  They were probably married between 1638 and 1642 when Daniel Llewellyn patented 856 acres on the upper branches of Turkey Island Creek.   This was next to Mr. Aston’s land.  Among the headrights he claimed were Robert and Frances Hallom.

Ann died by May, 1666 when Daniel Llewellyn, Jr. patented his father’s land.

In 1636 Daniel Llewellyn witnessed a land transaction between Richard Johnson and Abraham Wood.  He patented land adjacent Joseph Royall in 1642.  Then in 1650, he claimed Edward Baker, Francis Clarke, Edward Sheppard, and John Slocomb as headrights.  Adjacent to Daniel was John Llewellyn, who evidently relocated to St. Mary’s.  Edward Baker was a mariner.  Daniel Llewellyn purchased land at Shirley Hundred from John Baker and Dorothy Harris in 1654.  He sold this land to Captain Edward Hill.  In 1655, Daniel Llewellyn of Essex, in Charles City County, sold 60 acres of land to Colonel Edward Hill, which he had purchased from Dorothy Baker, whereon Daniel had lived, provided that …the said Hill shall keepe the housing free for the entertainment of one Mr. Thomas Noathway for and during the term and time of seven years.

In September, 1654, James Yates patented 1,000 acres south of the Rappahannock River for the transport of 20 persons which included Elizabeth Jones and Margaret Lewellen (sic).  Margaret Llewellyn witnessed a deed in 1654 made by her half-sister Sara Hallom Woodward (wife of Samuel Woodward) for land on Turkey Island.  In 1659 Samuel Woodward, the heir of Christopher Woodward assigned to Mr. Anthony Wyatt, 450 acres lying on the south side of the Appomattox River next to Woodward’s 150 acres. Margaret’s husband is said to have been James Crewes of Turkey Island who was executed for his leadership roll in Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676.  Evidently, James Crewes was an agent who traded between the Indians, colonists and London merchants.  The records of Charles City County note several debts to James Crewes.  In 1656, Captain David Pebbles, who lived near Merchant’s Hope, was ordered to pay James Crewes 2, 640 pounds of tobacco, then 356 pounds of tobacco and 8 bushels of salt.  William Short confessed judgment to James Crewes, merchant for 704 pounds of tobacco and cask, and 31 large beaver skins in 1656.    Later in 1656, James Crewes accused Peebles of stabs and blows, tearing a book, and other charges.  Governor Berkeley ruled that James Crewes was making false claims.  Later, in 1670, James Crewes was sued by Mr. John  Pleasants, attorney for James Jauncey and William Beauchamp, executors of Mr. John Beauchamp of St. Giles without Cripplegate, London, merchant, who died in 1668.

In 1662 Margaret Crewes was a witness to the will of John Rowan.  John Rowan was responsible for the two orphans of John Price, Daniel and John.  Margaret died before James Crewes and they had no surviving children. The will of James Crewes notes Hannah Carter and her husband Giles, who presented the will. Mary Carter, their daughter received 10,000 pounds of tobacco and household goods, to be paid three years after he died.  Susan Carter received the same.  Hannah received a Negro, Kate.  The debt owed by Giles Carter was forgiven and he was given the life use of the plantation on Turkey Island where he and his family lived.  The will also mentions Theodorick and the rest of the children of Giles and Hannah.  Mathew Crews, his cousin received the balance of his estate and was his executor, and he left his best suit and coate to Daniel Price who later married Susannah Carter. Daniel Price was the son of Margaret Llewellyn’s half-brother.  Later, in 1680, relatives of James Crewes, in England, would file a petition that Captain James Crewes left no widow or lawful child.

Martha Llewellyn was the wife of Richard Jones.

Daniel Llewellyn, Jr. lived at Rich Level in Charles City County.  Capt. Daniel Llewellyn patented on March 10, 1655, 636 acres, 270 acres being part thereof beginning on the land of Shirley Hundred, commonly known by the name of Rich Level.  Daniel Llewellyn held land in Charles City County near the land of Richard Jones and Robert Jones.  He married Jane Stith, the daughter of Colonel John Stith.  Daniel Llewellyn’s will was filed in January, 1710/11.  It left his plantation to his grandson, Llewellyn Eppes and then to his cousin, (nephew) Richard Jones, the son of Richard Jones.  This was Captain Richard Jones, son of Daniel’s sister, Martha, and Richard Jones.  Llewellyn Eppes was the son of Daniel’s daughter and her husband Littlebury Eppes.

In William and Mary Quarterly, VIII, 237-245 are letters to Daniel Llewellyn, the elder, written in 1650-57.  One of the writers, William Hallam, Salter of Burnham, Essex, was the brother of Thomas Hallam, Sr. a Salter of London.  The son of Thomas Sr. came to Virginia with a letter of introduction to Daniel Llewellyn in 1655, describing how his estate had been decayed and lost by the recent, and asking the Daniel and his wife care for him and advise him.  Also, the portion of tobacco due to William should go to his nephew Thomas when he arrived.  This was sent from Burnham in Essex.  Later a receipt was recorded in March, 1657 for 2,284 lb tobo 420 lb being on a/c of my uncle William Hallem in full of all accts betweene him and the sd Llewellin and 1384 lb upon a debt of 3750 lb of tobbo and cask due from the sd Llewellin to my mother mrs. Margarett Hallam Signed Thomas Hallam. This tobacco had been sent in February of 1650 through Mr. Arthur Bailey.

In 1657 a different receipt was recorded in April stating that Daniell Lewellin the day and yeare above written full satisfacon (by ord’r and appointmt of my father in Law and my mother mr Wm Mason and Margaret) for one bill of eight thousand seven hundred and fiftie pounds of tobbo and cask made to my sd mother sch is in full of all accts and reckonings betweene the sd Llewellin and my sd father and mother and my selfe from the beginning of the world to the present day Witnesse my hand and seale the day and yeare above written.  Signed and Delivered in the presence of Christopher Woddward, William Porter.  This is the true copie of that discharge w’ch I have given to my uncle Llewellin as witnesse my hand Thomas Hallam June 25, 1657.

In his 1650 letter to Daniel Llewellyn, William Llewellyn notes his despair at Daniel’s illness and also remarks that he wants Daniel to be certain his debt to his sister Mason was paid. This would be the widow of William’s brother, Thomas Hallom, Sr. His nephew, Thomas Hallam, Jr., a Salter, of London, also went to Virginia in 1657.  His mother, widowed in 1656, married William Mason, of London, another letter writer.  William Mason wrote to Daniel Llewellyn from London:

Loveing Brother

It is fallon unto me by reason I  … w’ch yo’r sister in law mrs Margaret Hallam to write yu an answer of a lre (letter) that yu writt unto her bearing date ffebr…yu…exceptions as it doth appe’ by yo’r lre of a O’rd that was writ unto y’u by my wifes sonn  She gave no such ord’r as to write any thing that might justly give yu .. –sce –ent but that I shall intreat yu to passe by as proceeding from a young man, but these are to give yu to undertand that w’thin this …6 weekes at furth’st I have rec’d for the 3 hds. Of tobbo of mr Llewellin from London what I could get of him wch was but a small … and I do understand that these were the first three sent … agreem’t on  yeare being neglected since yu sent out the first 3 hds and therefore yo’r sister do’th intreat yu and I shall also intreat yu likewise that y’u will send over so much as will make up the … due by agremt f. time past.  I will assure that we have ..severall great losses that have befallen us and o’r charge is great and by reason of the differences that are in our kingdome tradeing is dead that we must of necessity labor to compasse what is ab.. ..into … if possible mr Bayly can certifie yu w’t ends … of mr Llewellin Concerning the 3 hds. Of tobbo and truly had of mr Bayly proved a very honest man in that businesse …. Very hardly got any satisfaccon of mr Llewellin for that … pray S’r be pleased to take the Contents hereof into yo’r brotherly Consideracon and let us heare from y’u as soone as Conveniently y’u may if possible by the first retorne, so not Doubting … kindlove and best respects unto yu and my sister unknowne as … my wifes I com’it y’u and all yo’re to the protec’con of the Almighty … and will ever rest.

Yo’r Loveing brother W. Mason

London the 19th of Fbr 1648

I thought good to acquaint yu and my sister that my little Coze yo’r son in law is very well and a prettie scholar yu will have Comfort of him.


To his loveing brother mr. Daniell Llewellin living in Virginia in Sherley hundred these present pray mr Bayly Deliv’r this w’th yo’r owne hands

Recorded 14 April 1657

This was followed by a letter written in 1649.

Loveing Brother y’r lre per mr Bayly I have recd Dated the 4th of m’ch 1649 wherein yu expound unto me that yu will pay mr Bayly … bushels of English wheate at the rate yu sell at in Virg’a to yo’r neighbors w’ch is 50 lb of tob and cask yo’r bushel and the rest yu say yu will pay I tobbo and cask according to the agreem’t … is I should yield to any reasonable motion but as far as I do apprehend I shal be a great looser considering the great charge that will every way arise upon the same.  I would rather … tha y’u would performe the agree’mt that was made w’th mr Bayly w’ch I hope/may performe brother you write of yo’r hinderances that yu have had the truth is both my wife and myselfe are very sorry to heare of it but you know that we must look for troubles in this world man is borne to sorrows as the sparkes fly upwards our savior saith and in the world ye shall have troubles but in me ye shall have peace. God give us a lively faith to get into Jesus Christ in whom is peace that passeth all understanding… may meet w’th troubles heare yet to learne that … that the Apostle hat taught us in allcondi’cons to be content and willingly to beare the punishmt of our iniquitys laboring to keepe faith and a good Conscienses in all things.  Brother it’s not my Desire to presse y’u beyond your abilities which is best knowne to yo’r selfe, onely kepe and a good conscience w’ch I hope is yo’r endeave’r, the businesse that is in difference between us cannot be Denyed but it is a due debt fro y’u to me and my wife and truly there is a many of little children that claime also a portion in it and I must inform y’u that our tradeing since our troubles began in England is much decayed and since I was married to y’ou sister thre hath beene much of her estate lost that both my selfe and she thought would have been very good and therefore I would desire y’u to take this into yo’r considera’con, for my part I will refer this businesse to mr Bayly and hope that y’u performe that first agreem’t w’ch I do Confirme by this my lre, and that of necessity I must come to a new agreem’t I must and do by this lre’ refer the businesse to mr Bayly and what he and y’u shall agree on I will stand to and do Confirme by this my lre onely I desire that conscience I meane a goo conscience may have a share in the agreem’t that what shll be agreed on may be w’th a good conscience and also performed yo’r little son in law Robt. Hallam is in good health and doth remember his Duty to yu and my sister his mother he is placed set prentice to the trade of a slater to my son in law Wood that married wi’th my wife’s Daughter Ann Hallam and he is in a fine way of trade liveth well … a honest man maketh acct the boy is provided for and shall not want… the best of my endeavors and I believe other of his … for him hees a ..prettie witty boy and well approved of …

I have been somewhat tedious but I hope yu will excuse me onely w’th my kind ove and my wifes unto yu and my sister and com’iting yu and yrs and all that y’u have unto the blessing and protecon of the almighty will ever rest.

Yo’r lo. Brother

London the 21th of Aug 1650

Supacr’ To his loveing brother mr Daniel Llewellin … in Virginia I pray yum r Bayly I pray Deliv’r this lre w’th yo’r owne hands Yrs Willm Mason (Recorded 14 April 1657Chalres City County Order Book

The little son in law referred to in letters to Daniel Llewellyn was Robert Hallom, the son of Daniel’s wife, as in a different letter form William Hallom in England, Robert is referred to as your son.   Robert Hallam was bound to a man named Wood who had married Ann, daughter of Thomas Hallam, Sr.  Samuel Woodward, of Charles City County, married Sarah, a daughter of Robert Hallam.  After his death she married John Sturdivant, an Indian trader.  Later, John Sturdivant and Sarah deeded 1,000 acres of land to Samuel Woodward, which was at Turkey Island, Henrico, previously patented by the relict of Mr. Robert Hallam and granted to the daughters and heir of Robert Hallam, being Sarah Sturdivant and her two sisters. Another daughter, Ann, married John Gundy of Gloucester.  They sold a tract of land to William Randolph that was located on Turkey Island.  It seems that Daniel Llewellyn was the brother in law of William Hallam, Salter, and uncle to Thomas Hallam of Virginia.  Thomas Hallam recorded a discharge to Daniel Llewellyn his uncle in 1657 in Charles City County.

Captain Richard Jones

Captain Richard Jones was likely born after 1660 as he lived until 1747.  He was noted as the nephew of Daniel Llewellyn in 1710 and the son of Richard Jones.   Captain Richard Jones’ first wife may have been Amy Batte, daughter of Thomas Batte and Mary Randolph.  In 1691 Richard stood surety for the marriage bond of John Farrar to Mrs. Temperance Batte in Henrico County.  Temperance was the widow of Amy Batte’s brother.

In 1692 Peter Jones stood as surety for Richard’s marriage bond to Rachael Ragsdale, his second wife. They had eight children: Daniel, Thomas, Robert, William, Llewellyn, Martha, Mary, and Margaret.  His will was filed in 1747 in Brunswick County.

In October, 1695, Richard sued William Hudson.  In 1700 he obtained an attachment against the estate of James Basford in Henrico.

Richard Jones patented 230 acres in 1698 in Charles City County, in Bristol Parish south of the Appamattox River extending to the western branch of Rohowick.  This area was about 20 miles south of Petersburg in the area that is now Dinwiddie County.  It was near the land of Colonel Abraham Wood and Major Thomas Chamberlaine, who had married Mary the daughter of Abraham Wood.  It was also near the land of Lt. Abraham Jones.  The 1704 Quit Rent Rolls for Prince George County note Richard Jones for 600 acres. This likely means that Richard had inherited land from his father in addition to the 230 he purchased in 1698.  Richard’s land in 1703 was adjacent the land of Abraham Wood Jones as noted in a deed to Robert Bolling.

In October, 1703, Robert Bolling was granted 165 acres in Charles City County, Bristol parish which began at Overby’s to the Western trading path, to Ralph Jackson’s line, to the branch of Rohowick in line of Richard Jones, to the corner of Henry Wall, which was granted to Nicholas Overby in 1698, now deserted, and granted to Bolling.  In 1690, Nicholas Overbee, the younger, was granted 323 acres in Charles City County, Bristol Parish, at or near the Rahowick, beginning at land now or late of Colonel Wood, corner of land late of Abraham Jones, to Henry Wall, etc.   Then, in April, 1690 Henry Wall patented 275 acres at or near Rahowick, beginning at the land now or late of Major Chamberlin’s to the line late of Colonel Wood, now or late said Chamberlin’s, etc.

By 1712 Richard was referred to as Captain in the militia. He was also referred to as Richard Jones, Gentleman.  Richard was an Indian Trader, who likely traded for beaver pelts, a lucrative high value product.  This trade would have come naturally, given his upbringing.  In 1713, Robert Hix, of Surry, John Evans, David Crawley, Richard Jones, and Nathaniel Urven of Prince George County, gave a bond to Queen Anne, for ₤300 assuring they would abide by the conditions set down for trade with the Western Indians.  In exchange they received a passport to trade with all but the Tuscarora and their allies.

In 1712 the land of Richard Jones on both sides of Stony Creek was surveyed.  The survey was for 521 acres adjacent other land which he already owned.  In 1723 he received the patent for these 521 acres on Stony Creek in Prince George County.  In 1724 Bristol Parish was divided from Monassaneck Road at Appamattox Ferry to Stony Creek Bridge between Captain Richard Jones and Joseph Wynn, then up Stony Creek and the upper road to Nottaway River, then along the river.   It was in this same precinct that Captain Peter Jones, and his son Peter, were made tobacco plant counters.

By 1724, Richard Jones of Prince George County, Gentleman, held 930 acres on the south side of Stony Creek Bridge, in Prince George County about 20 miles south of Petersburg in what is now Dinwiddie County, adjacent Captain Evans and himself.

He also held another 452 acres in Brunswick County which was on the outward side of Hickory Run and the South side of Nottoway River.  In 1726, William Parham, Sr. of Surry, patented 145 acres on the south side of he Nottoway River, across from land he already held, and between the lines of Captain Richard Jones and William Jones, Sr.  being bounded by Captain Richard Jones’ lower corner along Hiccory Run to William Jones’ Line.  In 1736 Richard Jones, Gentleman of Prince George County was granted 650 acres in Brunswick County beginning on the (Nottoway) River at the first point above the Meadow Branch and touching Robert Wynn’s’ land and Hiccory Run.  He died there in 1747.

His will notes his sons Richard, Daniel, Thomas, Robert, Llewellyn, daughters Martha Evans and Mary Jones, and wife Rachael; grandson Philip Jones, son of Daniel.   Richard bequeathed 1500 acres in his will.  His will also lists 22 slaves, and several are noted as mulatto.

Will of Captain Richard Jones

In the Name of God, Amen, the eighth day of August anno dom. MDCCXLVII

I Richard Jones of the parish of Saint Andrews in the county of Brunswick being very sick & weak in body but of good and perfect sound Disposing Mind and Memory for which I return my most Hearty thanks to Almighty God and Son the Savior of Mankind and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried at Discretion of my Exors. Hereafter mentioned and as to the Worldly estate wherewith it has pleased Almighty God to bestow on me in this Life I give and bequeath the same in manner and form following

IMPRIMIS, I give and bequeath to my son Richard Jones his heirs and assigns forever one Mulatto man named Robin and one negro woman named Judy together with her increase and ten shillings Current Money of Virginia

ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Jones and his Heirs and assigns forever all my land being on the North side of Stoney Creek in the County of Prince George together with the plantation and premises and one negro woman named Martha, one Negro girl named Jane, one Negro girl named Hager, one Negro girl named Betty, one Negro boy named Tom, one Mulatto man named Jeffery, and on Negro boy named Jack together with their Increase.

ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Jones his heirs and assigns forever one Mulatto wench named Betty and one Mulatto girl named Judy together with their Increase.

ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Robert Jones his heirs and assigns forever four hundred and eighty acres of land by estimation lying and being on both sides of the Morton Branch in the County of Prince George and lying between the County and Church Roads, Together with one Negro man named Jupiter and one Negro girl named Hannah and her increase.

ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Lewelling Jones his heirs and assigns forever six hundred and fifty acres of Land lying and being in the county of Brunswick upon Nottoway River, together with the plantation and premises I now live on and one Negro man Antonia and one Mulatto named Easthan to him and his Heirs & assigns forever.

ITEM, I lend to my Dearly beloved wife during her widowhood or her natural life the use of the plantation I now live on together with all the Goods and Chattels I have not already given or devised.

ITEM, My will and Desire is that my two daughters Martha Evans and Mary Jones their heirs and assigns to quietly and peaceably possess and enjoy all the Estate I have already given them and that after the Decease of my Dearly beloved wife Rachael Jones whatever Negroes I have left my said wife to be equally divided between my said two Daughters their Heirs and assigns forever together with the Increase of the said Negros that shall be so left I give and dispose of in the same manner to my said Daughters their Heirs and assigns forever.

ITEM, I devise to my Grandson Philip Jones, son of Daniel Jones my Black Horse.

ITEM, I constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Rachael and my well beloved son Lewelling Jones to be Exrors. To this my Last will and Testament and I utterly disallow revoke and disannul all other former wills & Testaments bequests and Legacies by me before made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament.  IN WITNESS whereof I have her unto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first above mentioned.  Richard Jones

Signed, sealed published and Declared in the presence of Henry Jones, Samuel S. Centel, Robert Whitehall.  At a Court held for Brunswick County, November the 5th, 1747.

Inventory of the Estate of Richard Jones

52 head of hoggs and 18 piggs,                      27 head of cattle,

2 old Horses,                                                   2 sheep,

2 Bedds and furniture,                                    1 Bible and prayer Book,

1 Chest of Drawers and Looking Glass,        1 Chest and four Chairs,

a parcel of Pewter,                                          1 gunn,

3 Potts and hooks and Iron pott racks,           1 wate pail

2 piggins and one water mugg,                      1 cane and padlock,

1 negro man named Jupiter,                           1 negro named Tony,

1 negro named Eastham,                                1 negro wench named Ciss,

1 negro wench and child the wench named Sarah.

1 negro wench and child named Mareigh,

1 negro named Charles, 1 negro boy named Jack,

1 negro boy named George,

1 girl named Judy,

1 girl named Frank, to 2058 lb. of Pork.

Total Appraisement ₤394: 15 S: 51/2 d.

Children of Captain Richard Jones and Rachel Ragsdale

Llewellyn Jones was a son of Captain Richard Jones and Amy Batte

Llewellyn Jones was born about 1687. He was deeded 369 acres in St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County by Robert Wynn and his wife Frances. In 1742 Robert Wynne and Frances his wife deeded to Llewellyn Jones 369 acres in St. Andrews Parish, beginning at Captain Richard Jones upper corner on the river. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1751.  In 1761 Lewelling Jones of Brunswick conveyed to Benjamin Jones of Bath Parish, Dinwiddie County, for the sum of ₤500 650 acres on the south side of Nottoway River, on the north side of Hickory Run in Brunswick County, 369 acres  being granted to Robert Wynne, Jr. in 1728, as part of a patent granted to Richard Jones, Gentleman in 1736.  Katherine Jones, relinquished her dower.

In 1764, Henry Jones, and Mary his wife, conveyed to Lewelling Jones, 32 acres of land in Brunswick County.  In 1764, Lewelling Jones conveyed to Peter Randolph Bland of Blandford Town, for ₤500, 20 slaves.  Lewelling Jones removed from Brunswick County after this.  In Dinwiddie County there is located Llewellyn Jones Road.

Robert Jones was a son of Captain Richard Jones and Amy Batte.

Robert Jones was born about 1690 and received in his father’s will 480 acres on Morton Branch, in Prince George County.  The will of Michael Wall was filed in Brunswick in 1749 and leaves to his friend Robert Jones a Negro Jack and land on Fountains Creek.  The executor was Robert Jones, Jr. , his kinsman who was appointed guardian of his children.  Evidently, Wall married a sister of Robert Jones.  The Wall’s held land adjacent to Captain Richard Jones along the Rohowick.  Noted with Robert Jones, Jr. in the records were Thomas and John Jones in 1744 when the court ordered the sale of the land of James Munford to William Byrd for debts.

Colonel Richard Jones was a son of Captain Richard Jones and Amy Batte.

Colonel Richard Jones was a son of Captain Richard Jones and Amy Batte as he refers to Rachel Jones, widow of his father, as his step-mother.  He was born in 1691.  During the life of his father he was also known as Richard Jones, Jr.  He lived in Bristol Parish, Prince George County originally, in that part that became Dinwiddie, but ended his career in Raleigh Parish, Amelia County.  The large plantation he established was on the edge of settlement at that time, being originally part of Prince George County, it lay in Amelia County when the county was formed.  Seller Fork of Deep Creek is now called Cellar Creek in Nottoway County. West’s Creek lies in Nottoway County and Amelia County. They lie between Sweathouse Creek and South Buckskin Creek.  It was this area which was settled by descendents of Abraham and Peter Jones, as well as Richard Jones, Clerk and his son Captain Richard Jones. Living near Colonel Richard Jones, who built his home on Deep Creek were Major Peter Jones, and his brother Abraham Jones.

In 1710 he, with his brother Daniel, witnessed a power of attorney from Mrs. Elizabeth Chamberlaine to William Ligon.  In 1719 Richard Jones, Jr., held 150 acres on both sides of Smiths Run, on the north side of the Nottoway River in Prince George County.  He sold this land in 1726.

In 1723 a survey of 254 acres on Cellar Fork of Deep Creek was made for Richard.  Then in 1725 another survey of 452 acres on Seller Fork was made, which included his original 254 acres.  This land was in the area that became Amelia County.  In 1728, Richard Jones, Jr. patented 451 acres located on the south side of Hatcher’s Run and on both sides of Beach Branch adjoining Mr. John Banister’s line.  John Banister had patented an additional 1,000 acres in 1727 along Hatcher’s Run.  Abraham Cocke in 1725 patented 342 acres on Oquits Branch next to John Banister’s original tract on Hatcher’s Run.  John Banister was half-brother of Peter Jones, son of Abraham Jones, and was raised by their step-father, Stephen Cocke.

In 1735 Richard Jones, Gentleman, patented 1,287 acres in Amelia County on the lower side of Deep Creek which stretched to the Seller Fork of Deep Creek and adjacent to William Short’s land.  This patent included the 452 acres previously granted.  The patent to William Short, Jr. in 1727 for 299 acres on the north side of the Seller Fork of Deep Creek was next to the land of Richard Jones.  The following year a patent for 1623 acres was granted him on the upper side of West Creek in Amelia County which adjoined the land of William Mote.

Col. Richard Jones held office in the militia of Amelia County, Virginia.  He took the oath in 1736 and served as Major from 1741 to 1746.  In 1756 he was noted as Colonel Richard Jones.  He represented Amelia County in the House of Burgesses from 1734 to 1736.  In 1749, with Peter Jones and Wood Jones, Richard served as a vestryman for Raleigh Parish, and again in 1752 with Peter Jones.  His plantation was located in the fork of Cellar and Deep Creeks, and he owned a large amount of acreage.

In April, 1757, Richard Jones, Sr., of Amelia County, conveyed to Peter Jones, Jr. his son, 700 acres in Raleigh Parish, Amelia County beginning near the mouth of the Seller Creek at Major Peter Jones’ line touching the great branch, Captain William Watson’s line, Clay’s line and Spinners Branch.  In his will, 1758, Richard Jones, Sr. devised to Llewellyn Jones, his son the home plantation of 1,006 acres.  In 1772, Llewellyn Jones of Amelia county conveyed to Peter Jones, Sr. of Amelia County (his brother), for ₤1,013 the 1,006 acres in Amelia County on Cellar Creek.  This land was adjacent to land Peter had been given by his father.

Colonel Richard Jones married Sarah Stratton in Charles City County.  She was the daughter of Edward Stratton and Martha Sheppey.  Their children were recorded in the Bristol Parish Register.  His second wife was Margaret Jones. He died in 1759.

Will of Colonel Richard Jones

Colonel Richard Jones’ will was written in 1758 in Amelia County and was filed in 1759.

In the name of God, Amen.  Decr. 16, 1758 I Richard Jones of Amelia County and Raleigh Parish being in sound memory & perfect Health, … Give and Dispose of in Manner and form following.

Item.  …unto my Daughter Amy Watson …all that part of my Estate which she has now in Posession.

Item … unto my son Richard Jones …that part of my Estate both real & personal he now has in Possession.

Item ..unto my son Peter Jones …all that Part of My Estate both real & personal he now has in possession

Item. …unto my Daughter Prudence Ward …400 Acres of Land in Fork of West Creek commonly called Lesters with all the Rest of my Estate she now has in possession.

Item. …unto my Daughter Rebeckah Ward …a Mulatto Woman Named Frank, a Mulatto Woman Named Moll, …a Mulatto Girl Named Frank, which my step Mother Mrs. Rachel Jones, Now has in possession, with all their increase.

Item. …unto my Daughter Martha Jones …one Mulatto Woman Named Rachel, & one Negro Woman Named Effy, …a Mulatto Boy Named Charles & a Mulatto boy Named Abner & a Negro Boy Named Jessey & a feather bed & furniture.

Item. …unto my Son Lewellin Jones the Plantation I now live on Containing by Estimation one Thousand and Six acres …also a Negro man named James Isaac & a Mulatto man named Tom & a Negro Woman Named Ussey & Two Negro Girls Named Dafney & Hannah …& Two Mulatto boys named Ben & Will also a Feather bed & Furniture and the Third part of the other Furniture of my House & a third Part of all my Cattle, Horse Kine, Sheep & hogs….when he Shall Arrive to the age of Twenty One Years.

…the mulatto girl named Rachel which I purchased of major Wood Jones be Equally Divided between my Two Daughters Rebeckah and Martha….

Signed by Richard Jones and witnessed by John Jones, Jr., Peter Jones, Thomas Jones.

Amey Jones was a daughter of Colonel Richard Jones and Sarah Stratton.  She married in 1739, Captain William Watson of Amelia County, Militia Officer and Magistrate.  Her second husband was Major Wood Jones of Amelia County in 1763.  Amey died in 1780 in Amelia County.

Prudence Jones was a daughter of Colonel Richard Jones and Sarah Stratton.  She was born in 1725 and married Henry Ward in 1746.  In 1784 she married Reuben Thornton of Brunswick County.  He was the brother of Sterling C. Thornton who married Mary Jones, the daughter of Major Peter Jones.

Edward Jones was a son of Colonel Richard Jones and Sarah Stratton.

Edward Jones was born in 1722.  In 1749 Richard Jones, Sr. conveyed to his son Edward Jones 541 acres on the south side of West Creek beginning at Mottes, now Peter Jones’ corner on the dais creek adjoining his brother Daniel Jones.  The inventory for his estate was made in March, 1759.  His wife was Agnes Jones, who seems to be a sister of Martha Jones who died in 1752, mentioning in her will nieces Mary and Martha, daughters of Edward Jones.    In her will in 1799 Agnes notes her son Edward, and daughter Mary Redford. Her executors were Richard Jones, Edward Jones, and Peter Jones.

Mary Jones married Andrew Redford in 1764.  His son Edward Jones of Raleigh Parish, Amelia County, received 550 acres in Nottoway Parish, Amelia County in 1784 from his mother Agnes Jones.  He married Martha Jones in 1776.  Edward Jones, Jr. died in 1829.  His wife was Martha and their children were Llewellyn, Sophia W., Spottswood, Mary, and Susannah.

Daniel Jones was the son of Colonel Richard Jones and Sarah Stratton.

Daniel Jones was born in 1723.  In 1749 he purchased from William Clarke 400 acres on the north side of Great Nottoway River in Amelia County.  Daniel and his wife Mary sold the 400 acres in 1760.  This land adjoined Lewellen Jones.  In 1751, Richard Jones Sr., of Amelia County conveyed to his son Daniel Jones 541 acres on the south side of West Creek, beginning at his brother Richard Jones’ corner on the Beaver Pond adjoining his brother Edward Jones’ line.  Daniel was married first to Sarah Sturdivant, a sister of James Sturdivant.  In 1768, James Sturdivant of Amelia County conveyed land and Negros to his nephews Edward Jones Jr., son of Daniel Jones of Amelia, and Nephew Daniel Jones of Amelia.  Then in 1767 he conveyed to Prudence, daughter of Daniel Jones, 1 Negro.  Daniel Jones died in 1772. It is believed Sarah was the mother of his children: Richard, Edward, Daniel, Sarah, Mary, Martha, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Prudence Jones.

Will of Daniel Jones

… son Daniel Jones to keep all I have already given him, also 10 head of sheep, 20 head of cattle, 2 feather beds and furniture. Daughter Sarah Jones is loaned 5 Negro girls as soon as they can be purchased by the profits arising from my estate…. Son Edward Jones 800 acres of land the upper part of my Mecklenburg tract on Finnywood Creek.  Son Richard Jones, plantation and land whereon I now live in Amelia County on south side of West Creek containing 541 acres …all residue of my Mecklenburg tract being 506 acres.  Daughter Mary Jones, 9 Negroes, a feather bed and furniture, sorrel mare and saddle.  Daughter Martha Jones bed and furniture, bay mare and saddle, 8 Negroes.  My three daughters Rebecca, Elizabeth and Prudence Jones to have ₤500 each paid them by my executors if the money can be raised by my estate; if not then all negroes not bequeathed with all their increase to be equally divided between my three daughters…., and the estate not already bequeathed to be equally divided between my sons Edward and Richard Jones.  Executors were brothers Richard Jones and Peter Jones with Richard Haynes and Daniel Jones, his son.

Prudence Jones married Thomas Jones in 1784.  Elizabeth Jones married Robert Foster in 1781.  Rebecca Jones married Stephen Beasley in 1782.

Richard Jones was the son of Colonel Richard Jones and Sarah Stratton.

Richard Jones was born in 1720.  He also was a Militia Colonel, and in 1768 was Sheriff of Amelia County.  In 1749 his father conveyed 541 acres to him on the south side of West Creek, adjoining the land he already lived on, joining Reeves line, Daniel Jones, and the Beaver pond of West Creek. He sold 200 acres to Richard Philips in 1767.

His first wife is unknown.  His second wife was Elizabeth Batte, and she was the mother of his youngest children.  Amy Jones married Stephen Cocke in 1764.  Elizabeth Jones married Littlebury Royall and after her death Littlebury married Elizabeth Jones daughter of Peter Jones, Sr.  Sarah Jones was another daughter. Rachel Jones married Richard Booker.  Thomas Jones married in 1784, in Amelia County Prudence Jones.  Thomas, William and Richard Jones were also their sons.  Thomas and William were not of age in 1778, when their father wrote his will.

Richard Jones wrote his will in 1778 and it was filed that year.  It leaves to his wife Elizabeth Jones 7 Negroes, land and plantation I now live on it being a tract of 400 acres, during her life, and at her decease the said slaves and their increase to be equally divided between my children Margaret Jones, Elizabeth Royall, Sarah Jones, Rachel Jones, Thomas and William Jones and the aforesaid tract of land to my son William Jones.  Daughter Amey Cock the slaves she now has in her possession and their increase except Bob who is to return to my estate.

Son Richard Jones slave and stock he now has in his possession. Son Thomas Jones all land on Deep creek that I purchased of Robert Munford and James Hudson.  Son William the land adjoining the land I now live on.   If either sons Thomas or William should die before they arrive to the age of twenty one years… the survivor to have the land willed and devised to son William Jones and land on Deep Creek devised to son Thomas Jones to be equally divided between son Richard and the survivor, when he comes to the age of twenty years.  Daughter Elizabeth Royall lands now in her possession and a negro man Pompey.  To loving wife and five children Viz: Margaret, Sarah, Rachel, Thomas, and William Jones all my furniture to be allotted them as my wife thinks fit as the children come of age or marry.  My wife to have my riding chair and horses named James and Ball, a mare and colt, 2 yoke of work steers, 20 head of cattle, hogs and sheep to be chosen out of whole stock for her ….

Land in Prince Edward to be sold by executors and money arising from sale thereof, together with cash in hand and due on bonds or otherwise to be equally divided among my six youngest children viz: Margaret Jones, Elizabeth Royall, Sarah, Rachel, Thomas and William Jones. Residue of estate to my five children, viz: Margaret, Sarah, Rachel, Thomas and William Jones ….

He then provided directions to purchase slaves as the money became available for the benefit of his children, and that the executors were to provide for each child as the child came of age or married. The executors were identified as …my brother Peter Jones, Stephen Cocke, Littlebury Royall, and son Richard Jones, who were also empowered to settle any future disputes.

Richard Jones, of The Poplars, was born in 1747, and married Mary Eppes Robertson, then Elizabeth Fletcher, and finally Elizabeth Harris in 1788.  He died in 1817.

Peter Jones was the son of Colonel Richard Jones and Sarah Stratton.

Peter Jones was born in Bristol Parish, in 1720.  He grew up in Amelia County and lived on a plantation on Deep Creek, which was land he purchased from his younger half-brother Lewelling Jones, and land conveyed to him by his father in 1757.  While he prospered, he did not enter public service. He was the executor of the will of Major Peter Jones.  He was known as Peter Jones, Jr. to distinguish him from his elder cousin.  After the death of Major Peter Jones, Peter Jones, Jr. was referred to as Senior.

In 1750, he purchased 200 acres on Sandy River in Amelia County.  Then in 1755 he purchased from Robert Wade, Sr. 3,740 acres in Lunenburg County on the branches of Couches and Reedy Creeks, adjoining Murrell, along the Rocky Fork of the creek, to Jeter’s line, Abraham Cocke’s line, Blackstone’s and John Stoke’s. In 1757, Richard Jones, Sr. of Raleigh Parish, Amelia County conveyed to Peter Jones, Jr. of Amelia County 700 acres which began near the mouth of Cellar Creek adjacent Major Peter Jones line to the mouth of the Great Branch to the Main road  to Captain William Watson to the main Spinners Branch to Major Peter Jones line.

As Peter Jones, Sr. in Lunenburg County he made several deeds.  In 1779 as Peter Jones, the Elder, of Amelia County he conveyed to his son Peter Jones, the Younger, of Lunenburg County all the remainder of the tract in Lunenburg purchased from Robert Wade, except that already deeded to James Johnson, John White, The Parish of Cumberland, David Abernathy and Benjamin Cobb.  In 1764 he purchased 710 acres on both sides of Cellar Creek, Henry Clay’s line, on Woody Creek and another 138 acres on the courses of Cellar Creek and the Beaver Pond.  In 1767 he acquired another 150 acres on the branches of Spinners Run.  Then in 1770 another 200 acres was acquired on the main fork of Woody Creek.  Over the years he continued accumulating tracts of land.  The largest was 1006 acres on Cellar Creek he purchased from Lewelling Jones.

Peter married in 1746, Sarah Frances Tanner, daughter of Lodowick and Frances Branch Tanner.    His will was filed in 1799.

Will of Peter Jones

In the name of God all merciful I Peter Jones… being in perfect health and sound memory…

…unto my daughter Elizabeth Royall, Tall Peter, Hannah Guffin, Jesse Lukey  from home and her son John Lukey, from Nottoway, Easter, Nick, Toney, Robin, James, Tom and Ben….one feather bed and furniture and one feather bed now in her possession.

…unto my son Peter Jones one tract of Land in Dinwiddie county… six negroes David, Chloe, Elsa, Bristol, Daniel and Lewis, and also all the negroes which I have already given him….

…unto my son Archer Jones all the Tract of Land whereon I now live containing two thousand and three hundred and seventy three acres… also a tract of land lying near the Butterwood Springs containing two hundred and twenty two acres… also nine Negroes Simon, Sall, Winny Carter, Jurdin, Moses, Sarah, Nancy and her daughter Rachel, and all the negroes he now has in his possession….

…unto my son Robert Jones all the tract of land that I hold adjoining my Mill together with the Mill I also give unto him the Tract of Land that I purchased of Wood Jones containing six hundred and fifty acres … also ten negroes Moses the Blacksmith, Len, Lydia, Arthur, Molly from Nottoway, Bet, Nancy that I purchased of Thomas Jones and her child Lydia, Culley and Charles …also all my slave in his possession.

…unto my grandson Peter Branch Jones, son of Batt my Tract of Land lying on the head of Little Nottoway river containing eight hundred acres …also two negroes James and Tom who are both Blacksmiths….

…unto my granddaughters Martha Jones, Sarah Jones, Rebecca Jones, and Margaret Batt Jones, daughters of Batt Jones six negroes Quash, Doll, Gilbert, Matt, John from Nottoway and Doll from Nottoway ….

Item.  Be it known tat some time before the death of my son Batt Jones that I gave him a number of negroes which are now in his estate but did not convey them to him by a deed of Gift My son Batt Jones has since that time made his will and disposed of these negroes and departed this life. Now in order to prevent disputes that may arise respecting the title of the said Slave I do give and bequeath them unto such persons as my said son Batt Jones has willed them, to them and their heirs forever.

Item.  And tis my express intent and meaning whenever I have disposed of Negros that their increase from the date hereof shall go with them, …all the residue of my Estate… equally divided … to Peter Jones, …Robert Jones, …and children of Batt Jones….

The executors were his friend Abner Osborne and sons Peter, Archer and Robert Jones.

Peter Jones and Sarah Tanner were the parents of Branch Jones, of Amelia County; Peter Jones of Lunenburg; Elizabeth Jones second wife of Littlebury Royall; Peter Jones, born in 1751, of Lunenburg County who married Jane Stokes; Archer Jones of Amelia County who married Frances Branch Scott in 1793, the daughter of James Scott and Elizabeth Osborne; Batte Jones of Amelia and Nottaway Counties who married Margaret Ward in 1777; and Robert Jones who married Ann Ward in 1783.  His will in 1785 notes his brother Archer Jones as well as daughters: Sarah Tanner Jones, Maria W. Jones, Elizabeth R. Jones, and sons Edward Henry Jones, Richard Samuel Jones, William W. Jones, Seth W. Jones, and Robert B. Jones.

Children of Colonel Richard Jones and second wife, Margaret

Batte Jones was the son of Colonel Richard Jones and his second wife, Margaret.  He was born in 1729 and died in 1758, before his father.

Rebecca Jones was the daughter of son of Colonel Richard Jones and his second wife, Margaret.  She was born in 1731 and married in 1752 Rowland Ward the brother of Henry Ward, husband of her sister, Prudence.

Prudence Jones married Henry Ward.

Martha Jones was the daughter of Colonel Richard Jones and his second wife, Margaret.  She married Peter Jones.

Lewelling Jones was son of Colonel Richard Jones and his second wife, Margaret He was born in 1740.  He was a minor when his father died.  In 1773, Lewelling Jones gave a mortgage on 7 slaves, stock and household furniture to Paschall Greenhill for ₤300.  In 1772 he sold 1006 acres on Cellar Creek to Peter Jones, Sr. for ₤1013.  In 1778 Lewelling Jones and his wife Martha conveyed to Peter Jones, Jr. 800 acres in Nottoway Parish, Amelia County.  In 1777, Lewelling Jones appointed Paschal Greenhill, Daniel Jones and Captain Philip Jones of Dinwiddie County as his attorneys during his absence in the service of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Thomas Jones was a son of Captain Richard Jones and Rachel Ragsdale.

Thomas Jones was born about 1693.  In 1712, Thomas Jones, there was a survey of 242 acres in forks of Great Creek on the north side of the Nottoway River in Prince George County.  In 1719 the land of Thomas Jones, son of Captain Richard Jones was noted on the north side of Nottoway, adjacent Peter Jones. He held 1237 acres on the north side of the Nottoway River on both sides of Great Creek in 1727.  His wife was Amy, possibly the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Parham.

Daniel Jones was a son of Captain Richard Jones and Rachel Ragsdale.

Daniel Jones was born about 1694.  He married Mary, and received all his fathers land on the north side of Stony Creek, Prince George County and seven slaves. His son, Philip Jones, received a horse in his grandfather’s will.  Philip was born in 1733 and his brother Mordaci was born in 1741.

William Jones was a son of Captain Richard Jones and Rachel Ragsdale.

William Jones was born about 1697 and held 265 aces on the north side of the Nottoway River in Prince George County.  This land was near his father.  In 1719 William Jones, son of Richard Jones, had a survey conducted on 179 acres on the north side of the Nottoway River in Prince George. In 1730, William Jones, son of Richard Jones, patented 444 acres on the North Side of Nottoway River, at the mouth of the Meiry (Merey) Gut on Matthew Sturdivant’s line in Prince George County.   Mathew Sturdivant held land in Surry County on the south side of the Nottaway River and east of Cabbin Stick Swamp by 1727.  His neighbors included Slowman Wynn, and John Williams.   In 1735 Daniel Jones was appointed to procession land in place of William Jones, deceased.

William Jones married Mary.  The names Ludwell and Berriman, as well as Benjamin appear to be from her family.  Ludwell was found in the Tanner family, as well as the Worsham and Evans family.

The children of William Jones and wife Mary were noted in the Bristol Parish Register. His children were: Lucy, born in 1722; Benjamin, born in 1725; Pelletiah born in 1729; Ludwell born in 1731; Richard born in 1732; William born in 1733; and Berriman born in 1734.

Peletiah Jones married David Walker, son of David Walker and Mary Munford. Mary’s parents were Colonel Robert Munford and Martha Kennon.

Lucy married Philip Worsham.  They were the parents of Ludwell Worsham who married Elizabeth Pettway in July, 1774 in Brunswick County.  Ludwell Worsham later was appointed the guardian to Elizabeth, Mary, and Lucy Jones Worsham, orphans of Lewelling Worsham.  The will of Lucy Worsham was filed in Bath Parish, Dinwiddie County in 1783.  It notes her husband Phillip Worsham’s estate, son Lewelling, and his daughter Elizabeth, her son Ludwell Worsham, daughter Martha Worsham, daughter Mary Smith, daughter Margrit Worsham, Ludwell and Lewelling were the executors. The inventory for the estate of Phillip Worsham was filed in 1754.

William Jones died in 1796 in Mecklenburg and Ludwell Worsham stood as security for the administration of his estate.

Ludwell Jones died in 1759 in Dinwiddie County.  He notes Lewelling Worsham in his will.


William Jones, son of Captain Peter Jones and Margaret

In 1674 William Jones patented 470 acres on the south side of the Appamattox River beginning at a corner formerly surveyed for Hercules Flood, at the east end of his land to the Blackwater River in Charles City County.  Hercules Flood patented 72 acres in 1663 on the south side of the Appomattox River beginning near the line of Samuel Woodward running south southeast to John Sturdivant’s line, which ran to the head of Citty Creek, then northwest.  Citty Creek later became Bull Hill Creek and runs into the Appomattox River near Hopewell.  This is on the northern border of Prince George County.  Recall that Samuel Woodward had married Sarah Hallom, who was related to the Lewellyn family. (See Daniel Llewellyn)

In 1672 James Thweate patented 550 acres on the south side of the Appomattox River in bounded by Robert Coleman’s line and the line of James Thweate to the Blackwater to the great Meadow for transporting 13 persons.  This is an impressive list: Hercules Flood, James Thweate, Mary Bonner, Rebecca Robinson, Edward Young, Winifred Prior, Peter Jones, Roger Jones, and others.

In the Charles City County Order Books in February, 1677\78 it is noted that William Jones petitioned for the administration of the estate of John Maine, deceased.  It was ordered that William and the relict take an inventory and report and if the widow did not object, then William was to administer the settlement of the estate.  Also in 1677/78, William Jones sued John Bowles.  Also that year, William and his wife were paid for testifying in the case of Fields against Giles.  In 1679 William Jones confessed judgment to Mr. Drayton for 2,025 lbs of tobacco that was due. That same year William and his wife were paid for appearing as witnesses in Fields versus Giles.

William married Martha “Mary” Ledbeter (Ledbiter, then Ledbetter) daughter of Henry Ledbiter of Ledbiter Creek. In 1694 William Jones, Francis Ledbeter, and John Ledbeter patented 300 acres in Charles City County in Bristol Parish beginning in a fork of the Warwick main swamp crossing the branch Warwick Swamp in Bristol Parish for the import of 6 persons.

On August 1, 1694 a coroner’s inquest was held regarding the death of William Jones in Henrico County.  Captain William Randolph was put in charge of the estate of William Jones, deceased at the April Court, 1695, Henrico County.  This may indicate that William Jones married a Randolph.  On August 1, 1695 Peter Jones returned the account of William Jones’ estate.  It included 45 lbs. gun powder; 50 lb. shot; 1 trading gun; 2 gun locks; cloth, etc. for a total value of 7.7.9.  Robert Bolling was security, with Peter Field, and Stephen Cocke.  Stephen Cocke had married the widow of William’s brother, Lt. Abraham Wood Jones, in 1694.  It is likely that William was a trader.  Cloth was a valuable trade good.

Henrico records note that Captain William Randolph was placed in charge of the estate of William Jones, decease in the April Court, 1695.  Peter Jones returned the account of William Jones’ estate. 45 lbs of gun powder; 50 lbs of shot; 1 trading gun; 2 gun locks; cloth; other items.  Robert Bolling, security, Peter Field, and Stephen Cocke witnessed.

In 1696 Matthew Branch patented fifty acres in Henrico, escheated from William Jones, deceased.  That same year, Robert Bolling, was granted the 300 acres that William had patented with the Ledbetter’s as it was considered deserted.  William and Martha never settled on this land.

William Jones and Mary Ledbetter were the parents of Ledbetter Jones of Prince George County.

Ledbetter married Martha and the records of Bristol Parish note the birth of Elizabeth, in 1721; Francis and Amy twins born July 19, 1725; then, Ann Jan. 15, 1727.  In 1722 Ledbetter Jones was granted 167 acres on both sides of George’s Branch of Nummisseen Creek in Prince George County. In 1723, John Eppes purchased these 167 acres on George’s Branch from Ledbetter Jones.  In 1750 his land was noted in Dinwiddie County.

Ledbiter Ledbeter, Ledbetter

Thomas Ledbetter died around 1655 in Charles City County.  He may have arrived as early as 1635, as Burke’s Landed Gentry notes a Thomas Ledbetter, Durham, in Virginia at that time.  He is presumed to be the father of Henry Ledbetter who first appears in the Charles City County Order Book and was required to pay Mr. John Cogan 816 lbs. tobacco.  In 1668 he patented 224 acres in Charles City County in Bristol parish, near Petersburg, which was likely along Ledbiter Creek, south of the Appomattox and west of Rohowick Creek.  The patent indicated that 125 of these acres had originally belonged to Henry’s father’s, who is not named.  In 1668 Robert Coleman was issued a patent adjacent to Henry.  Then, in 1673, Mary Ledbetter, likely the widow of Thomas, obtained a judgment against Thomas Walton for providing him accommodation and clothing.

In 1638, Henry Ledbetter obtained 224 acres on the south side of the Appomattox River in Charles City, 125 acres which had been sold by Edward Tunstall to Henry’s father, and 99 acres for transporting Margarey Linsal and Mary House.  Henry evidently married Mary House, and they were the parents of Francis, John, Henry, Drury, William, Martha and Richard.

John Ledbetter married Mary Vandivers.  He held 100 acres on the north side of Warwick, adjoining his old land surveyed by Robert Bolling in 1712.  Bolling also surveyed 116 acres on the south side of Jones Hole.

William Ledbetter married Rebecca Francis.  William was the parent of Josephine, Frances, Francis, George, and Mary.

Richard Ledbetter was born July 4, 1666 in Charles City County.    The land of Richard Ledbetter was next to the land of Hugh Lee, and James Thweatt and John Edwards witnessed the transfer of 200 acres on the main Worocok Branch from John to Richard Ledbetter in 1721.  Richard Ledbetter removed from Surry County to Brunswick where he died.

He was the father of Henry, John, Charles and William.

Francis Ledbetter, who was born about 1653, married Martha Jones in Bristol Parish, Prince George County.  Her parentage is not known.  Their children were Drury, Charles, John, Henry, and William Ledbetter, born between 1688 and 1696.  Francis was sued for debt by Thomas Hermison, then Thomas Clarke, Francis Eppes, and Major General Abraham Wood.  He also sued William Dodson, Thomas Parke, and John Sturdivant the same year for their debts.

Martha Ledbetter married William Jones.

Peter Jones, son of Captain Peter Jones and Margaret

Peter Jones was married to Mary Batte, daughter of Thomas Batte, who was an associate and adventurer with Abraham Wood.  In 1692, Thomas Batte conveyed 240 acres to Peter Jones of Henrico County, which was part of a plantation known as Old Town.  It lay on the upper side by the lands of Godfrey Ragsdale, and on the lower side by the land of John Bevil, and on two sides by the woods and the Appamattox River.  In exchange, Peter Jones conveyed a tract of land in Charles City, recently surveyed by James Minge.  In 1697 Peter Jones of Bristol Parish, Henrico County swapped Stephen Cocke, the 240 acres he obtained from Thomas Batte for 200 acres on the south side of the Appamattox River in Charles City, which had been granted to Cocke by Thomas Batte, Sr.  Mary Jones, wife of Peter Jones, gave her brother in law, James Cocke, power of attorney to relinquish her dower rights in the land transferred by Peter Jones to Stephen Cocke.  Peter and Mary soon moved to their new land.

In 1711 Captain Peter Jones became Lieutenant of Rangers of Prince George County.  The Rangers were eleven able bodied men with horses and accoutrements, arms, and ammunition, who were under the command of a lieutenant.  During their time of service the rangers were free from county and parish levies.  The lieutenant received a horse and 5,000 pounds of tobacco.  Rangers received 3,000 pounds of tobacco.  The rangers were appointed to protect against members of the Indian nations, who for many years past had … inflicted injury, violence, spoyle and rapine. Peter Jones continued in this position for several years, as in 1715, he was paid for his service by the county.  The following year he received a bounty of 100 pounds tobacco for one wolf’s head.

Peter Jones became surveyor of a road when Robert Bolling was advanced to county surveyor.  In 1719 it was noted that Peter Jones had 393 acres of land on both sides of Great Creek of Nottoway River which was below the land of Thomas Jones, son of Captain Richard Jones.  He also held 222 acres on the north side of Nottoway River along Great Creek.

In 1720 Captain Peter Jones attended the vestry meeting at Ferry Chapel in Bristol Parish.  In 1724 he and his sons, Abraham and Peter, were counters of tobacco plants in Bristol Parish from Appamattox Ferry, to Stony Creek Bridge.  Later, Abraham requested that he be relieved of the duty and his brother William take his place.

The plantation of Captain Peter Jones was on Brickhouse Run, where Petersburg is now located, and it likely that he is buried in the family cemetery at Cedar Grove, the home of  his descendent, General Joseph Jones who died in 1824.  Joseph Jones was the son of Thomas Jones, who was the eldest son of Abraham Jones, heir at law of Captain Peter Jones.

Peter died in 1726, and Mary died after 1741.  Based on his will at the time of his death he held land on the south side of Brick-house Run, and along the Indian Cornfield-Branch, land on the upper side of Besses Branch, and land upon Great Creek on the Nottoway River on this side of the said Creek, joining on the Land of Indian Wills.


The will of Peter Jones was filed in January, 1721.

I Peter Jones, Senr., of Bristol Parish in Prince George County, being of sound and perfect memory, praise be given to God for the same, and knowing the uncertainty of this Life on Earth, and being desirous to Setle things in Order, do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following: that is to say, first and principally I commend my Soul to Almighty God my Creator assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins and be Saved by the precious Death and Merits of my Blessed Savior and Redeemer Christ Jesus, and  my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken, to be buried I Such Decent and Christian manner as to my Executors hereafter named, shall be thought meet and convenient; and as touching Such Worldly Estate as the Lord in mercy hath Lent me, my Will and meaning in the same shall be employed and bestowed as hereafter by this my Will is Expressed, and first I do revoke, renounce, frustrate and make Void all Wills by me formerly made, and declare and Appoint this my Last Will and Testament.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Loving wife Mary Jones my Plantation I now live on with the Dwelling House and all other Houses thereon belonging to the Same in manner as followeth, that She my sd. Wife during the term of her Widowhood shall peaceably enjoy the same to her own proper use and benefit provided she shall live and abide he Self in person upon the said Plantation, but in case she shall either Marry or remover her Self from Living on the said Plantation as aforesaid, then my Will is that she shall only have one third part thereof Dureing her Natural Life.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my so Abraham Jones a part of my Land lying and being on the South side of Brick-house Run, commonly so called bounded as followeth Viz: on the Easterly part Joining on my Son in Law Peter Jones, his line, and from that Line up the run to a Branch called the Indian Cornfield-Branch, and up the branch to my head line, Containing about Seventy or Eighty Acres of Land, be it more or less, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son Peter Jones the remaining part of my Land I now Live on, excepting what I have given and bequeathed to my Son Abraham Jones, that is to Say my Will is that my Loving Wife Mary Jones Live and Abide on the same During her Natural Life.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son William Jones all my Land Lying and being on the upper Side of the foresd. Besses Branch, containing about one hundred Acres of Land, more or less, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my Son Thomas Jones my Plantation upon the Great Creek, so-called, on Nottoway River, to contain One hundred and fifty Acres of Land, which sd.  One hundred and fifty acres to be taken out of my tract of Four hundred Acres, not spoiling the other of the sd. Dividend, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son John Jones, One hundred and fifty Acres of Land, being part of the foresd. Four hundred Acres upon Great Creek on Nottoway River on this side of the said Creek, joining on the Land of Indian Wills down the Creek, to Contain One hundred and fifty Acres of Land, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son Wood Jones One hundred Acres of Land Joining upon my Son Thomas Jones his line, down the foresd. Great Creek, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son Abraham Jones Two Slaves by name tony and Sarah daughter of old Sarah, she and her increase forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Jones, Wife of Peter Jones, a malla (molatto) by name Matt: she and her increase, as also my Silver Tob. Box, to her and her heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son Peter Jones my Malatta Slave named Ishmael, as also one feather Bed and Bolster, One Rugg, One Blankett and One pair of Sheets, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son William Jones, my Mala: Slave named Dick, and my Slave Moll, she and her increase forever, the said Moll daughter of old Sarah, One feather Bed and Bolster, One Blankett and one pair of Sheets to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son John Jones, one mallatta Fellow named jack and his son Jack, and one Mallatta girl named Susan, one Feather Bed and Boulster, one Rugg, one Blankett, One pair Sheets, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Son Wood Jones One Malatta Fellow named Daniel and one Boy named James, and one Girl named Temp, One feather bed and bolster, One Rugg, One Blankett, One pair of Sheets, and my Seal Ring, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Jones, my Malla:  Slave named Bess and her increase, One feather bed and bolster, One Rug, One Blankett, One pair of Sheets, and my Silver Tumbler, to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret Jones, my Malla: named Frank, and her increase, One Feather bed and Bolster, One Rugg, One Blankett, One pair of Sheets and Six Silver Spoons, to her and her heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Martha Jones, my Malla: Slave named Mary she and her increase, One feather bed and bolster, One rug, One Blankett, One pair of Sheets, one Silver Salt Seller, two Cows and Calves, to her and her heirs forever.

Item.  My Will is that my Malla: Slaves, by name, old Sarah, her Son called Jack, Daniel and Rachel, Live and abide with my Wife Mary Jones, to Serve her her Natural Life, without let or molestation of any person or persons what ever, and at her Decease, my Will is that my Son Peter Jones have my Malla: Woman Rachell only, to him and his heirs forever, and my Will hence forward the foresd. Rachell have any increase, the first after my decease to be given to my Son William Jones and his heirs forever: whatever increase afterwards from her I give to my Son Peter Jones and his heirs forever; as also my Will is that after my Wife’s Decease, my son Wood Jones have my Malla: Slave Daniel to him and his heirs forever.  Also my Will is after my Wife’s Decease, my Daughter Ann Jones have my Malla: Slave named old Sarah, to her and her heirs forever.

Item. My Will is that if any of the foresaid Legatees of my four Sons, Viz: William Jones, Thomas Jones, John Jones, and Wood Jones, depart this Life before they attain to Lawful Age, that his or their part or parts of Land be equally divided among the Survivors. And further my Will is that if any of my Seven Legatees, by name William Jones, Thomas Jones, Wood Jones, Ann Jones, Margaret Jones, and Martha Jones depart this Life before they are possest of what is herein of this my Will given and bequeathed, that his or her part or parts be Equally Divided among the Survivors of the foresaid Seven Legatees, to them and their heirs forever.  All the rest of my Estate not yet Disposed of, my Will is that it abide and remain in the possession and Custody of my Loving Wife Mary Jones, Dureing her Natural Life & after her Decease to be divided between my two Sons John and Wood Jones, to them and their heirs forever.

And further my Will and Desire is that my Executors here after named proportion and divide the same according to directions of this my last Will and Testament.  And I hereby Will, make, ordain, constitute and appoint my Trusty and loveing Friend Major Robert Munford and my Son Peter Jones, my full whole and Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and year just above written.  Peter Jones (Seal) in the presence of Nathaniel Parrott, Daniel Jones, George Williams, James Thomson. January 10, 1726.

The Children of Peter Jones and Mary Batte

William Jones the son of Peter Jones and Mary Batte.

William Jones received 100 acres on Bess’s Branch in his father’s will in 1721.  In 1718, it is likely this William Jones who witnessed his grandmother, Margaret Cocke’s will.  In 1722 the land of William Jones, Jr. was noted as being along the north side of Moccosoneck Creek adjacent Joshua Poythress. Moccosoneck Creek became Monks Creek then Rowanty Creek.  This area was later in Dinwiddie County.  William married Jemimah Jones.  They were the parents of Philip Jones who died unmarried in 1804.

William Jones in 1727 patented 217 acres in Prince George County adjacent Peter Jones and Edward Dollweel, on the north side of the Nottoway River and on the Great Creek.  In 1731 the land of William Jones was noted in a deed to David Walker, Gentleman for 1010 acres in Prince George County on the north side of the Nottoway River and the upper side of Reedy Creek, adjacent William Jones, above the mouth of Turkey Egg Creek, and the lands of William Tucker, Thomas Thrower, William Davis, on the Nottoway River, above Evans’ falls, including 176 acres purchased from Showman Wynne.  In 1749, William Jones patented 195 acres in the County of Prince George on the south side of the Reedy Branch of Arthurs Swamp adjoining Francis Evans, William Vaughn and David McCollo’s line… to Richard Archer’s.


Thomas Jones, the son of Peter Jones and Mary Batte

Thomas Jones was granted 370 acres in Surry County March 1715 on the north side of Nottoway River, on the east of Hardwood Swamp, along the tree line of land lately belonging to Benjamin Harrison, deceased.  July 1717, Thomas Jones granted 247 acres at the head of the Great Creek of Nottoway River in Prince George County.

On 13 June 1723 Thomas Jones petitioned on behalf of the late Virginia Indian Company, that they be reimbursed for the costs of repairing the fort at Christiana, which the Governor had ordered in response to the threat of attack by northern tribes.  They were paid.

Then, in 1734 he patented 1,147 acres in Prince George County on the upper side of West’s Creek of Deep Creek adjacent William Edward, Robert Thompson, toward Tally’s Horsepen Branch and the upper side of Motes Branch on Buckskin Creek.

He married Mary Jones, daughter of Captain Richard Jones, the son of Richard Jones, Clerk.  They were the parents of Samuel, born in 1721; Priscilla, born in 1723; Thomas, Jr., Edward who received 73 acres in 1755 from his father, and Elizabeth.  Thomas was married twice.  In 1743, William Jones, the son of Thomas Jones, was granted 393 acres in the fork between the Nottoway River and the Hurricane Swamp then up the swamp and Long Branch to John Jones’ Corner.

Abraham Jones the son of Peter Jones and Mary Batte.

Abraham Jones received land on the south side of Brick-house Run joining the land of his sister’s husband, Peter Jones, called the Indian Cornfield Branch. He also received 2 slaves. He was the eldest son. He married Sarah, daughter of Henry Batte of Prince George. In 1716, 141 acres were surveyed for Abraham Jones.  This land was on the North side of Nottoway River.  In 1720 he and his wife Sarah assigned 240 acres of land from the estate of Henry Batte deceased. In 1725 a survey for 235 acres on the lower side of Reedy Creek and the north side of the Nottoway River was filed for Abraham.  This land laid adjacent Godfrey Ragsdale, Captain Peter Jones, and Thomas Thrower’s line.  In 1729 Abraham Jones of Prince George County was granted 235 acres on the lower side of Reedy Creek and the north side of Nottoway River, adjoining Godfrey Ragsdale, Captain Peter Jones, and Thomas Thrower.

In 1724 Captain Peter Jones and his son, Abraham, were chosen as counters of tobacco plants from Appamattox Ferry, then down Monks Neck Road, to Stony Creek Bridge, between Captain Richard Jones and Joseph Wynne’s, then up Stony Creek to the Upper Road, to the Nottoway River.  Abraham asked a few months later if his brother William could take his place.

Abraham made a deed to his brother Peter after their father’s death, in an attempt to remedy an omission in their father’s will.  Despite this, Abraham’s heirs attempted for many, many years, to reclaim this land from Peter and his heirs.  They did not succeed.

In 1733 Abraham Jones was granted 1,984 acres on both sides of Sweathouse Creek on Deep Creek, at the Beaver Ponds, below the mill. In 1738 he sold 183 acres on the north side of Nottoway River and the upper side of Hurricane Swamp in Amelia County to Charles Jennings, Jr. of Elizabeth City County.  In 1741 Abraham Jones patented 103 acres along the Upper side of the Great run adjacent the land of Abraham Jones, Junior, Evans alias Ravenscroft, and Robert Bolling.  This was near the land deeded in 1725 to Abraham Jones grandson of Abraham Wood Jones by his father Peter Jones.

Abraham remained in Petersburg until 1749 when he removed to Amelia County. He gave 421 acres of the Sweathouse Creek land to his son Abraham Jones who returned the land in 1751, as Abraham Jr. had removed to Edgecombe County in North Carolina.

Will of Abraham Jones, 1758

Abraham’s will was written in September, 1758 in Amelia County, noting that he was weak of body, but of sound mind….

Item.  … my son Thomas Jones the Plantation he now lives on together with one hundred and three acres of Land on Squirrel Level, and a plantation on Reddy Creek with all of the appurtenances….

Item. … my son Henry Jones six hundred and twenty-two acres of land in Amelia County on the West side of the Sweathouse Creek being the Northern part of a tract of fifteen Hundred and Eighty six acres, …

Item. …my son William Jones six hundred and twenty one acres of land part of the said tract on Sweathouse Creek, ….

Item.  … my well beloved wife Sarah Jones the Plantation whereon she now lives without let or molestation to her or any she shall think fit to live with her during her natural life.

I give and bequeath unto my Son Peter Jones Four Hundred and forty three Acres of Land the remainder of the said Tract on both sides of he said Creek by the same more or less with all the Appurtenances thereunto ….

Item. …my Son Peter Jones one acre of land in Dinwiddie County being the most northern part of a Parcel of Land on the West side of the Brickhouse Run adjoining the line with all the appurtenances thereunto ….

Item.  …my son William Jones one acre of Land part of the said Tract on the said Run adjoining his Brother Peter’s and the Old Line with all of the appurtenances….

Item.  …my son Abraham Jones one acre of Land part of the said Parcel on the said Run adjoining his Brother Henry’s ….

Item.  …my son Thomas Jones the remainder of the said Parcel of Land on the said Run ….

Item. … I give and bequeath unto my five Sons Thomas Jones, Abraham Jones, Henry Jones, William Jones and Peter Jones all my right, Title claim and demand whatsoever to a certain Tract of Land lying and being in the county of Dinwiddie on the Falls of Appamattox River formerly held by my brother Peter Jones deceased, by him conveyed to William Pride deceased, and now in possession of Halcott Pride Gates, by estimation one hundred and forty acres….

Item.  …my daughter Margaret Jones one hundred and forty acres of land in Dinwiddie County on the branches of Rhoerick Swamp…. (Rohowick)

Item. …my daughter Ann Osborne one hundred and twenty five acres of Land on Wild Cat Fall adjoining her Sister Margaret….

Item.  …my well beloved Wife Sarah Jones one Mulatto Man Slave named Toney, one Negro Man Slave named John, one Negro Woman Slave named Maria, and on Negro Woman Slave named Tabb, and after her decease the said Slaves shall go to their respective owners hereafter mentioned.

Thomas was given Molatto Man Slave named Peter, one Molatto Girl named Phebe.

Henry was given Molatto Salve named Will, one Negro man Slave named John, one Molatto Girl Slave named Sarah, one Negro Girl Slave named Cloe.

William Jones was given one Molatto Man Slave named James, one Molatto man Slave named Edward, on Negro woman Salve named Maria, one Negro Girl Slave named Violet, and one Negro Girl Slave named Phillis.

Peter was given one Molatto Man Slave named Toney, one Molatto Boy Slave named Richard, on Negro Boy Slave named Thomas, on Negro woman slave named Sen, one Negro Woman slave named Tabb, and one Negro Girl Slave named Hannah.

Margaret Jones was given one Negro Boy slave named Charles, one Molatto woman Slave named Jane, one Molatto Girl Slave named Betty, and one Molatto Salve named Anthony which was children of Jane.

The remainder of his estate was divided between Margaret and Henry, William and Peter at the discretion of his wife.  His sons Thomas, Henry and William were his executors.  The witnesses were Thomas Morris, Benjamin Ragsdale, and Richard Hinton. The will was filed in February, 1759.

The inventory included the slaves noted above

2 feather beds and furniture,                          3 dram glasses,

one half dozen table cloths,                           1 tumbler glass,

one half dozen towels,                                    1 scrutoir,

three tables,                                                    2 trunks,

2 chests,                                                          9 leather chairs,

12 rush chairs,                                                1 looking glass,

3 brushes,                                                        1 steelyard,

1 pair of money scales,                                  1 hone,

one half dozen razors,                                    1 strop,

1 set of arms,                                                  16 books,

8 pewter dishes,                                              4 pewter basins,

2 dozen pewter plates,                                    2 dozen knives and forks,

one half dozen Eastern plates,                       2 dozen spoons,

7 jugs, 2 bowls,                                               1 pitcher,

1 dozen bottles,                                              2 stone mugs,

1 pepper box,                                                  1 grater,

2 candle sticks,                                               1 pair of candle mufflers,

1 tobacco box,                                                2 tin funnels,

2 fire tongs,                                                    1 shovel,

1 set of shoe tools,                                          1 set Cooper Tools,

1 spice mortar, iron pestle,                            1 horse comb,

1 ivory comb,                                                 1 wheat sieve,

1 flax hackle,                                                  4 spinning wheels,

3 pair cotton cards,                                         1 warming pan,

1 frying pan,                                                   4 Iron pots,

3 butter pots,                                                   5 chamber pots,

1 pair pot hangers,                                          3 pair pot hooks,

1 copper still,                                                  6 horses,

63 Neat Cattle,                                                20 head of sheep,

97 hoggs,                                                        1 cart and harness for horse,

1 loom, 3 sets of slays and harness,               5 water pails,

1 washing tub,                                                1 powdering tub,

4 casks,                                                           10 old tubs,

3 half bushel measures,                                  2 half peck measures,

2 mill peck measures,                                                1 sledge hammer,

1 carpenter hammer,                                      1 whip saw,

1 cross cut whip saw,                                     2 augurs,

1 gauge,                                                          1 chisel,

1 staffer knife,                                                3 drawing knives,

1 pair compasses,                                           2 gimblets,

1 Iron spit,                                                      2 large iron hoops,

1 mill,                                                                         2 files,

4 smoothing irons, half dozen reap hooks,    4 men’s saddles,

2 women’s saddles,                                        7 bridles,

3 narrow axes,                                                1 Hatchett,

3 iron wedges,                                                5 grubbing hoes,

9 narrow hoes,                                                8 broad hoes,

3 plain Irons,                                                   2 bells,

1 hand mill,                                                    2 kettles,

3 meal sifters,                                                             2 meal bags,

1 salt cellar,                                                    3 ½ hides of tanned leather,

one half dozen Raw hides,                             a parcel of lumber.

Debts were due from Garrett Corbin, Samuel Burton, William Anderson, Richard Claiborne, John Moyton, Peter Jones, Jr., William Jones, and Henry Jones. Audit by Roger Atkinson.


The Children of Abraham Jones and Sarah Batte

William Jones the son of Abraham Jones and Sarah Batte.

William Jones inherited 621 acres along Sweathouse Creek in 1758.

Henry Jones the son of Abraham Jones and Sarah Batte.

Henry Jones married Keziah Jones and resided in Amelia County.  It is unclear if she was a sister to one of her Jones sister in laws.  Henry and Keziah were the parents of Sarah, Mary, Margaret, Henry, Thomas and Daniel.

Thomas Jones the son of Abraham Jones and Sarah Batte.

Thomas Jones married Lucy Watson, daughter of Joseph Watson of Henrico.  They were appointed as executors of his will in 1752.  Thomas was a Vestryman of Bristol Parish and died there in 1773.  His son Joseph Jones became vestryman upon his death.  In 1750, William Byrd, Esquire, of Charles City County, conveyed 1,052 acres near the mouth of Coleman’s Creek on the Dan River, Raccoon Branch and Hico Creek to Thomas Jones.  This land was in Lunenburg in that area that became Halifax County.  His son Joseph Jones of Cedar Grove, Petersburg inherited the 1,052 acres.  Thomas and Lucy were the parents of: Joseph Jones born in 1749; Lucy wife of William Bragg; Mary wife of Robert Massenburg; Sara wife of a Gillispie; and Elizabeth wife of John Watson of Tennessee.

Joseph Jones, (b. 1749), married Nanny Call, daughter of Colonel William Call.  They were the parents of Ann Call Jones.  Joseph then married Jane Atkinson, daughter of Mr. Roger Atkinson and Ann.  They were the parents of Thomas Jones, born in 1781, Lucy Ann, born in 1783, Roger Atkinson Jones, born in 1785, Joseph Jones, born in 1787, Robert Pleasants Jones, born in 1788, John Atkinson Jones, born in 1790, Jane Atkinson Jones, born 1792, Lucy Ann Pleasant Jones, born in 1794, Abraham, born 1796.

Joseph served in the Revolution as a Colonel of the Militia in 1784 and as a Brigadier General after 1793.  In 1802 he was commission Major General.  He was collector of the port of Petersburg and served as a postmaster in Petersburg.  In 1787 he was elected to the House of Delegates from Dinwiddie.  General Joseph Jones lived at Cedar Grove, very near Petersburg.  Among the many godparents noted for the births of his children was Colonel William Heath (Heth).  General Joseph Jones died February 12, 1824 at an advanced age.

Peter Jones the son of Abraham Jones and Sarah Batte.

Peter Jones lived on Sweathouse Creek, and so he was known as Sweathouse Peter.  He married Martha Jones, a daughter of Richard Jones in March, 1759 in Amelia County.  Peter Jones built a water grist mill on Sweathouse Branch where he owned land on both sides.  Later, he purchased 72 ½ acres from William Pollard at the head of Namozene Creek.

In 1797 Peter paid taxes on 784 acres of land, and in 1798 this land was taxed as his estate.  In 1799 Joseph Jones was taxed for the 784 acres.  In 1804, Joseph Henry Jones conveyed to Llewellyn Jones 317 acres and in 1813 he conveyed to Llewellyn Jones 317 acres.  In 1816 the estate of Joseph J. Jones was taxed for the 289 1/2 acres on Sweathouse Creek.  This land was later allocated to the estate, Mathew Booth, William J. Booth, Thomas B. Jones, Llewellyn Jones, and William Jones.

Will of Peter Jones, 1796

Peter made his will in September, 1796.  The will was probated in filed in 1800 and was still being settled in 1802.

Peter left his son William 10 shillings under the condition he deed to Thomas Batte Jones land purchased by Peter from William. Peter’s son Llewellyn Jones was given 6 negroes and 1/3 of the cattle and sheep.  Peter’s son Thomas Batte Jones received 6 negroes.  Sons Llewellyn Jones and Joseph J. Jones received the land Peter Jones lived on and land in Petersburg that Peter had inherited from his father Abraham Jones, deceased.  His son Joseph Henry Jones was given 9 negroes, all of the horses, 2/3 of the cattle and sheep, and the still.  His daughters were Rebecca Booth, who received 5 negroes, Sarah Steel, who received 4 negroes, Philadelphia Jones, who received 5 negroes, a feather bed and furniture.  Peter left his grandsons Henry Atkinson Jones and Edward Dandridge Jones ₤2.  The executors were his sons William, Llewellyn, and Thomas Batte Jones.

In 1824 Llewellyn Jones was taxed for 468 acres and Nathaniel H. Jones was taxed for 346 acres on Sweathouse Branch he acquired from Llewellyn Jones.  Evidently Llewellyn left the county.

William sold his land on Hurricane Creek in 1780 and went to Campbell County.  He mad his will in November, 1822 and it was filed in 1824. He left bequests to Jeane and her husband Richard Pope, his brother Thomas B. Jones received 175 acres of land and 6 negroes, His nephew Allen Johnson, son of his sister Philadelphia Johnson, his niece, Catherine, daughter of his brother Llewellyn, and his nephew Madison, son of his deceased brother Joseph Henry Jones were noted in the will.  It appears that William also held 398 acres of land on Jones Spring Branch, which he sold to Thomas Batte Jones in 1796.

Margaret Jones the daughter of Abraham Jones and Sarah Batte.

It is not clear if Margaret died unmarried, or if she was the second wife of Colonel Richard Jones.  Regardless, Margaret Jones held a substantial estate in Amelia County, which was allocated in her will.  In 1771, she purchased her brother Henry’s 1,103 acres on the west side of Sweathouse Creek, which was next to Philip Jones, Peter Jones, Jr., and Peter Jones, Sr.  She sold this in 1776 to Thomas Jones. Her will, written in 1794 and probated in 1796, directs the land in Dinwiddie County near Petersburg be sold, and the proceeds after paying taxes, to be divided between her brothers Henry Jones, who had removed to Georgia, Peter Jones, nephew Joseph Jones son of Thomas Jones, and the children of her brother William Jones.  Two mulatto women, Geane and Elizabeth were given their freedom.  Two mulatto men were sold.  Also receiving bequests of money were nieces: Agness Wooldredge; Susannah Hart daughter of Abraham Jones, and Sarah Chambers.

Abraham Jones the son of Abraham Jones and Sarah Batte.

Abraham Jones was born February 16, 1720 in Prince George County.  In 1743 he went to Amelia County with his parents where he married Martha Jones, the daughter of John and Sarah Jones who had just emigrated from Bristol, England.  Abraham lived in Amelia County on Sweathouse Creek until 1750.  In 1747 there is a deed to Abraham for 1 acre of land on the east side of the Sweathouse Creek at Jones’s Mill Dam.  The witnesses were Richard Jones, Wood Jones, Peter Jones, and Richard Jones, Jr.  This must have been land needed for the functioning of a mill.  In 1749 Abraham Jones, Sr. made a gift deed to his son Abraham Jones, Jr. of 421 acres on the west side of Sweathouse Creek on Beaver Pond, which was part of the original grant to Abraham Jones, Sr.

In 1750 Abraham removed to Edgecombe County, North Carolina.   In 1751, Francis Nyrick sold 300 acres on the Roanoke River in Halifax County. That same year, Abraham Jones, Jr. of Edgecombe County gave a deed to Abraham Jones, Sr. for 421 acres in Amelia County for ₤300.  Abraham Jones of Halifax bought and sold numerous parcels of land between 1751 and 1768 in Halifax County.  In 1762, Henry Jones of the County of Amelia gave a deed to Abraham Jones of the County of Halifax North Carolina for 1,872 acres in Halifax on Great Creek for ₤100. Abraham deeded this land to William Jones of Amelia County for ₤200 in 1764.  In 1768 Abraham Jones and Martha sold 320 acres in Halifax and moved to Edgecombe County where they lived until 1769. Prior to the division of Halifax and Edgecombe counties, Abraham was Sheriff, from 1758 until the division.  He was required to collect taxes, which he owed the Province whether or not he was successful in collecting.  This debt was over ₤360.  He received an extension until 1764.  Not long after this, Abraham sent his sons John, Batt and James, with their servants to build a plantation in East Florida on the St. Johns River.  In 1769 Abraham and his family, removed to the present location of Jacksonville, on Cow Ford.  He patented 2,000 acres and built a home.  In 1771 he returned to Virginia to buy slaves, and died there.  In 1773, the family removed to St. George’s Parish, Georgia, leaving Abraham’s son William in Florida.  They settled in what are now Burke and Jenkins Counties, where Abraham’s brothers, Henry and William had moved to around 1770.   Martha married Englishman Nathan Hooker.  Abraham and Martha were the parents of Susannah, Colonel John Jones of Burke County, Abraham, James, Seaborn, William, Sarah Ann, and Thomas.  Susannah married John Martin of Halifax County, and then Anthony Hart of Halifax after Martin’s death in 1771.  They went to Tennessee after the Revolution.

Major Peter Jones son of Peter Jones and Mary Batte

Major Peter Jones was the son of Peter Jones and Mary Batte.  He was born about 1691.  He received his father’s plantation, except that part given to Abraham and his mother Mary. Peter married Dorothy Chamberlaine. She was the daughter of Thomas Chamberlaine and Elizabeth Stratton of Henrico County. They were married before 1728 when the birth of their first child is recorded.  In September, 1728 Peter Jones was granted 587 acres beginning at the corner of his old tract.  Then in August, 1735, he was granted another 2,021 acres on the lower side of Deep Creek at the corner of Richard Jones, Jr. on Spinners Branch.

In 1738 Peter Jones was among several who took the oath as officers of the Militia of Prince George County.  In 1740 Peter Jones of Prince George County conveyed to his brother, Wood Jones, 300 acres of land on the lower side of Deep Creek, Amelia County.

After their father died, Abraham deeded 140 acres of land to Peter.  General Joseph Jones, his nephew, attempted to void the deed after the death of his father, Abraham.  The land lay on Brickhouse run and had been sold by Peter Jones to William Pride.  This was the original tract lived on by Peter Jones and Margaret Wood.   It was upon this land that the Town of Petersburg was founded.

Colonel William Byrd in his History of the Dividing Line notes that on the first expedition, Peter Jones was among those employed, and on the second expedition,  Peter and his brother Abraham were employed by Colonel William Byrd to run the Line between the Colony of Virginia and North Carolina. Colonel Byrd referred to Peter Jones as an old friend.

Petersburg was founded by Peter Jones and his cousins, Abram and Thomas Jones, sons of Peter Jones and Thomas Jones respectively. (Cadwallader Jones Historical Genealogy, 1900) He went with William Byrd in 1733 on the first expedition to survey the border between North Carolina and Virginia.  Peter also assisted Byrd in laying out Richmond and Petersburg and is considered the founder of Petersburg.

On September 1733, Byrd writes …we laid the foundation of two large Citys.  One at Shoccos to be called Richmond, and the other at the Point of Appamattuck River to be named Petersburgh.  The truth of it is, these two places being the uppermost Landing of the James and Appamattox River, are naturally intended as Marts where the traffick of the Outer Inhabitants must Center.  Thus we did not build Castles only, but also Citys in the Air.

Peter Jones was appointed to count tobacco plants with his brother William in 1725.  In 1727 Peter and Abraham Jones were appointed to procession the land from Lieutenant Run to the Indian Town Run including Rohowick.  The following year Peter Jones was elected to the vestry of Bristol Parish and continued as vestryman until he went to Amelia County in 1747.

In July, 1747, Thomas Jones of Amelia County conveyed to Peter Jones of the same county 1, 591 acres lying on the north side of West’s and Buckskin Creeks, which Thomas had patented in 1739.  Peter paid ₤800.   Peter Jones is noted frequently in the records after he arrived in Amelia County.  He home was on Spinners Branch of Deep Creek.

Will of Peter Jones, written in 1753, was filed in Amelia County.

Item. …my son John Jones (not yet 21) all my land below the Spinners Branch being part of the tract whereon I now dwell Containing 1000 acres….

Item.  …my wife Dorothy Jones during her Natural life the use of the Plantation I now live on, with timber necessary for the use of the same.  … use of the following Negroes: Barton, Sarah, York, Hanah, Tom, Agge, and Moll… Ishamel and Rachel.

Item.  …my son Peter Jones (not yet 21) all my land above the Spinnars Branch of the Tract whereon I now dwell containing 1000 acres….

Item.  … by three sons Thomas Jones, Richard Jones and William Jones all my land on West Creek purchased of Thomas Jones….

Item.  …my wife Dorothy Jones during her natural life all my stock of Cattle, Hogs, Horses and Household furniture on the plantation I now live on; and that she shall Support and Maintain my Children out of that part of my estate which I have lent to her, till they shall come to the age of Twenty one Years of Marry.

Item.  … my daughter Elizabeth Jones one Negro girl named Pegg, daughter of old Rachel, also one Hundred and eighty Pounds ….

Item.  … my daughter Margaret Jones one Negro girl named Patt daughter of Agge also one hundred and eighty pounds ….

Item. … the rest of my Estate both Real and Personal … equally divided between my eight children: John Jones, Peter Jones, Thomas Jones, Richard Jones, William Jones, Sarah Jones, Dorothy Jones, and Mary Jones….

Item. …my Will is that the Negroes: Braxton, Sarah, York, Hannah, Tom, Agge, and Moll, with all their future increase, and all the personal estate lent to my wife, at her decease be equally divided … among eight children.

Witnesses were William Poythress, Thomas Williams, and Richard Jones, Jr.  The will was filed in August, 1758 in Amelia County.  Peter Jones and Wood Jones qualified to administer.

An inventory included 40 slaves,

120 head of hogs,                   98 head of cattle,                    54 head of sheep,

a mare and 7 horses,               1 desk,                                     1 chest of drawers,

1 large table,                           1 large chest,                          2 Oval tables,

10 leather chairs,                    10 rush chairs,                        8 beds and furniture,

7 iron pots,                              4 pair of pot hooks,                2 pot racks,

12 knives and forks,               1 large copper,                        1 still,

1 case of bottles,                     1 pair of money scales,          1 looking glass,

1 hone,                                    1 dozen dishes,                       18 spoons,

30 plates,                                1 pitcher,                                 1 chamber pot,

1 ox cart,                                 3 spinning wheels,                  2 flax wheels,

1 loom,                                    1 gridiron,                               1 frying pan,

1 woman’s saddle & bridle,   1 silver hilted sword,              1 pair of hand irons,

1 stand,                                   1 box of iron heaters,             2 flat irons,

1 spit,                                      1 large iron pestle,                  3 pair of cotton cards,

4 candle sticks,                       3 butter pots,                           24 broad hoes,

17 narrow hoes,                      7 grubbing hoes,                     9 axes,

1 whip saw,                             1 cross cut saw,                      1 silver tobacco box,

1 silver watch,                        1 canister, ½ gross of bottles,            1 hatchet

1 set of carpenters’ tools,       1 tea kettle,                             1 coffee pot,

6 china coffee cups.

The inventory was filed by Peter Jones for the estate of Major Peter Jones.  Dorothy died in 1782.

Children of Major Peter Jones and Dorothy Chamberlaine

Ridley Jones was born August 9, 1730.  She was named for her sister, Ridley Jones, born in 1728 in Prince George County, who died before 1730.  She married Mathew Branch of Chesterfield County in 1749.  Mathew Branch died after 1772.  Their son, Mathew Branch, inherited the home plantation from the River to the Falls Road, and 3 negro fellows. Their son Peter Branch inherited the land back of Rocky Ridge Road lying between Stony Creek and Grinnell’s, and 4 Negro men.  Their daughters were Elizabeth Branch, and Mary Branch.

Sarah Jones married Thomas Jones in Amelia count in 1763.

Mary Jones was married first to Branch Jones, grandson of Richard Jones, who died in 1775.  Her second husband was Sterling Clack Thornton. Their daughter, Sarah, married Augustus Watson.  The aunt of Augustus, Lucy Watson, married Thomas Jones of Dinwiddie County, cousin of Sarah’s mother.

Elizabeth Jones married Francis Stern in 1765.

Margaret Jones married Richard Baugh of Chesterfield in 1733.

Dorothy Jones married in 1762, Thomas Short, son of Thomas Short and Mary Lee, of Amelia County.  They removed to Baldwin County, Georgia, however their son Thomas Short, Jr. returned and married in Amelia County, Martha Jones, daughter of John Jones, his cousin.

William Jones the son of Major Peter Jones and Dorothy Chamberlaine.

William Jones was deeded 547 acres of land by his brother, Peter Jones in 1772.  This land was devised to Peter by his father Major Peter Jones.  It had been the home plantation.  William Jones deeded this land to Chamberlain Jones for love and affection in 1798.  It lay on Spinners Branch and Deep Creek adjoining Peter Jones Road.  In September, 1777 William Jones became a 2nd Lt. in Philip Jones’ Company of Militia.  William married Lettice Hightower.  He died in 1801, and Chamberlaine Jones, administrator of William Jones deceased, as guardian Polly Branch Jones, Sarah Jones, Benjamin B. Jones minors of William Jones deceased, and Edward Ward and Anne, his wife formerly Anne Jones, conveyed to Daniel Jones of Nottoway 234 ½ acres of land for ₤351.  Chamberlain Jones married Ann.  The will of Chamberlain Jones of Amelia County, was dated 1828.  It directs that the executors were to purchase land in some new country and settle his family upon it, spending $10,000 for it.  But, a codicil in 1829 states the land has already been purchased in the Western district of Tennessee.  Llewellyn Jones was his executor.  General Chamberlain Jones and Ann were the parents of Ann Eliza Jones, Sarah Ward, Mary Indiana, Fayette, Berthier, Chamberlain, Caesar Augustus, Tacitus, and Achilles Jones.

Peter Jones the son of Major Peter Jones and Dorothy Chamberlaine.

Peter Jones was Sheriff in Amelia County. He married Elizabeth Wilkerson in 1775.  In 1765 Peter was paid for building a bridge over Deep Creek.  In 1782 he purchased 633 acres of land lying on Beaver Pond Branch for 6,300 pounds of tobacco.  He provided 4 beeves to the army and was paid in 1782, as well as for the cost of a gun he provided.  By 1789 Peter Jones, sheriff, was paying taxes on 800 acres in Nottoway County which had previously been Amelia County.  In 1813 it was noted that this land was 12 miles from the Court House on Little Nottoway River.  Peter Jones, Sheriff, died in 1826.  His will notes that he is Peter Jones of Amelia County in the Raleigh Parish.  He gives to his daughter Elizabeth Mary Ann Bass one white mare, one half the cattle on his former plantation in Amelia County, 1 bed and furniture, and 1 yoke of steers. To his son Peter Jones he gave 6 Negros: Tom, dick, Isbell, Asa, Nathan, and Nancy, and 2 mare named Spot, 1 Jim Crack mare, 1 dark gray filly, the tobacco due from John Jones, brother of Peter Jones, Sheriff, the money due from James L. Campbell, and William Skipwith.  He requested his son give out of his lot ₤25 to Susanna Branch.  His daughter Fanny Jones received 1 black mare, ½ the cattle on his former plantation in Amelia County, and 1 bed and furniture.  His son Peter Jones was his executor, and he received the rest of the estate.  Fanny Jones married Richard Jones in 1796 in Amelia County.  Elizabeth Mary Ann Jones married Peter Bass in 1796.

John Jones the son of Major Peter Jones and Dorothy Chamberlaine.

John Jones married Martha Redford in March, 1761.  Major Peter Jones gave his son all his land below Spinners Branch being about 1,000 acres. He gave 50 acres each to his sons Wood, John, Jr. and Edward Jones.  The will of John Jones notes that he was sick when he wrote it.  He left his plantation to his wife, Martha Jones, during her lifetime, and then devised that the plantation and the fifty acres possessed by his son Wood Jones be equally divided between sons Peter and Wood Jones.  He lent to Martha the Negroes: James, Matt, Toney, Suny, Tom, Dinah, Patt, Robin, Isaac, Patrick, Jonas, Villars, and Nelly.  He gave Martha the power to sell or dispose of Dinah a Negro woman with her present or future increase.  The slaves, upon the death of Martha, were to be equally divided among daughters Dorothy Chamberlain Jones, Ann Archer, and sons Peter, Francis, John and Wood Jones.  Interestingly, the will states that any heir objecting to Martha’s right to dispose of Dinah as she sees fit would be barred from inheriting any property.  Another slave, Beck was lent to Martha, and then to grand daughter Ridley Wills.  Daughter Ann Archer received one Negro woman named Polly and her increase. Caroline Matilda Jones received one Negro woman Peggy and her increase.  His grand daughter Prudence M. C. Jones received a Negro girl named Hariet, and her increase.  His grand sons Columbus Telemicus, Julius Caesar, and Philip Balacarious received a Negro woman named Lucy and her increase.  His son Peter was given the houses and tenements wherein John Sr., lived to enjoy, and if Wood Jones failed to share the 50 acres and equally divide the plantation with Peter, then he would be bared from inheriting any part of the home plantation.  It notes that John Jr. had already received a deed for his part of the land and was bared from any further inheritance of land.  The will was proved in 1819.

Dorothy Jones married Thomas Jones in 1787; Judith Jones married Peter Branch son of Ridley Jones Branch, and William Wills married Ridley Branch in 1811.  Thomas Short, son of Dorothy Jones and Thomas Short of Georgia, and Martha Jones were married in Amelia County and went to Georgia.  Elizabeth Jones married Joseph Moore.  John Jones, Jr. went to Amelia County in 1817.  Wood Jones married Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Field Archer.  Francis Jones was born in Amelia County and Married Mary Nancy Greenhill.

Thomas Jones, the son of Major Peter Jones and Dorothy Chamberlaine.

Thomas Jones lived on West Creek resided in Amelia County.  He married Susannah Edmunds and he died in 1791.  Thomas held large tracts of land in Amelia County, which he deeded to his sons over his lifetime.  He sold 550 acres to Anthony Walke lying on Little Nottoway River.  In 1789 he gave his son Frederick Jones 700 acres on both sides of Sweat House Creek, in Amelia County.  He was taxed for 572 acres and 1503 acres in 1782. In 1791 the 572 acres was held by the estate of Thomas Jones.  In 1789 Thomas was taxed for 803 acres in Nottoway County.  This was held by Thomas Jones, Jr. after 1790.  His son had received 304 acres.  The 572 acres became the plantation of Short Jones, his son.  The will of Thomas Jones notes son Peter, who received 300 acres more or less and the slaves Joe, Comer, Bill, Janey, Pat, Amikey, Little Abram, and James Beasley, his gray work mare, sorrel riding horse, feather bed and furniture, and ten head of cattle.  His daughter Susanna Edmonds Wyatt received a juticker horse colt, a feather bed and furniture.  His son Thomas was required to pay thirty ponds Cash to the youngest sons Cadwallader Jones and Short Jones.  In addition, he lists children Frederick, Peter, Richard and Ridley Jones.   After the death of their mother, the children litigated the estate. Ridley married Richard Booker.

Ridley Jones married Richard Booker in Charlotte County.  Susannah Edmonds Jones married William Wyatt.  Richard Jones married Fanny, who may have been the daughter of Peter Jones, his uncle and Sheriff.  Peter Jones married Catherine Chappell in Amelia County in 1791.  They removed to Davidson County, Tennessee about 1803 after selling their land to Cadwallader Jones.  Frederick Jones married Catherine Anderson and died in 1811.  Cadwallader Jones married Dorothy Featherston.  Short Jones married Mary Price in 1804 and they lived in Charlotte County where he died.  Richard Jones inherited the land on West Creek, and he died in 1806.  He married Martha Ward daughter of Rowland Ward in Amelia County.

Richard Jones the son of Peter Jones and Dorothy Chamberlaine

Richard Jones married Martha Ward in November, 1774 in Amelia County.  They removed to Robertson County, Tennessee by 1804 where he died in 1805.  Their children were Dorothy Chamberlaine Jones who married John Hamlin Camp; Martha, John W., Thomas B., and Richard H. Jones.

Wood Jones the son of Peter Jones and Mary Batte.

Peter Jones, of Prince George County conveyed to Wood Jones, his brother, 300 acres for love and affection in 1740.  He went to Amelia County soon after this where he became a commissioner of the Peace, and Justice of the Peace.  Then the next year he was an officer in the Militia.  In 1742 he purchased land from Richard Womack.  Wood Jones, Gentleman, was responsible for taking tithes.  In 1749 Wood and his brother Peter, as well as Richard Jones, Sr. their uncle became Vestrymen of Raleigh Parish.  In 1756 Wood Jones bought 3, 385 acres of land belonging to John Hall on Sweathouse Creek.  He was taxed for 11 titheables and 914 acres in 1763. He built a bridge over Deep Creek in 1771 near Mrs. Dorothy Jones.  In 1777 Colonel Wood Jones and Philip Jones did work on a road.

His second wife was Amy Jones Watson, whom he married in 1763.  His will, filed in 1777 notes his wife Amey, son Philip, grandson Wood Jones Hamlin, son of John Hamlin and daughter Philadelphia Jones, daughter Mary Jones, and son Wood Jones. Philip married Mary, and then Martha Erskine of Prince George County.  Mary Jones married Edward Scott.

The Immigrant Arthur Jones of Surry County and Isle of Wight

Arthur Jones was first noted in Norfolk County in 1645 where he was paid for the provision of a boat, provisions, powder and shot.

Arthur Jones and his son, Arthur II, came to Virginia as two of 22 persons transported by William Miles and William Cooke, Sr.  The land grant for this transport was 1,000 acres in Isle of Wight County given in September, 1664.  Also transported was Margarett Jones.  It is alleged that he was descended from Roger Jones of Durham, and Arthur Jones his son.  However, he appears to have ties to Gloucester County and Bristol.

In the records of Virginia it is noted that in 1660 William Cooke and Arthur Jones were shippers of goods on the Honor, Mr. Robert Clements, master, bound from London to Virginia.  Arthur evidently determined to remove to Bermuda, where he was noted in 1687 as a member of the Assembly of Bermuda for Hamilton Tribe.

Arthur married Margaret Baratt, which is documented in the June 9, 1696 will of Margaret Jones Hutten of Hamilton Tribe, widow, filed in Bermuda.   She requested the debts of her first and second husband be paid, as well as her own debts.  To cousins, the daughters of her brother-in-law Richard Jones, she gave ₤5 each. …Granddaughter Anne Jones was to have her estate in value at the 21 years of age.  Anne married Jonathan Outerbridge and lived on the land given her by her grandfather.

In addition to his brother Richard, there was Francis Jones who issued a note in 1673 to William Guise, declaring he was from Hamilton Tribe and was departing on the Charles of London, Captain John Jenkins, Commander.  Later, in 1697,  Francis Jones, mariner, on the sloop Elizabeth bound for Barbados  put into Bermuda due to bad weather.  Then, Edward Jones, coal driver, Sam Jones, coalminer, and Mary Jones, sons and daughter of Samuel Jones of Bitton Parish, Gloucester, appointed their friend Francis Jones of Bermuda their attorney to receive all just sums and legacies left by Arthur Jones, gentleman of Bermuda, their late deceased uncle.

Arthur Jones, Sr. was a cedar merchant and a cooper.  In 1692 the brothers Arthur, Jr. and Richard Jones were tithed in Sunken Marsh, Surry County, for two tithes.  They both removed to Isle of Wight County by 1693.  Their sister, Sarah, also came to Virginia.  In 1698 she contracted marriage with Blackby Tyrell, indicating she had her own wealth to protect.  Blacky died in Isle of Wight in 1726.  Patience Tyrell, their daughter married James Jordan.  Their granddaughter, Patience, married her second cousin, Samuel Jones, grandson of Richard Jones.

Arthur Jones, Jr., of Isle of Wight

Arthur Jones, Jr. was born in England and died in 1715.  He was a miller.  In Isle of Wight in 1693, Arthur Jones, with William Cooke, Thomas Owen, and William Green were asked to view leather seized by John Tyler the public sealer from Robert King.  They declared the leather was well tanned and good quality.

Arthur was noted in 1696 as an appraiser of the estate of Anthony Crocker with Edward Jones and Robert Munger.  Richard Brasswell and his wife, Sarah, sold a mill dam pool and 2 acres of land to William West in Isle of Wight, and this deed was witnessed by Arthur Jones, John Pitt and Thomas Pitt.  In 1702 Arthur served as a lieutenant in the Isle of Wight militia.  In 1704 he was noted for 900 acres in Isle of Wight County.

Arthur’s first wife was Susanna King, daughter of Henry King.  Susannah Jones’ will was proved May, 1713 in Isle of Wight.  It notes her daughters Elizabeth and Mary, her husband Arthur Jones, and her father Henry King.  The witnesses were John Person, Richard Bennett, Jr., John Person, Jr., Richard Jones and Thomas Proud.  John Person, Jr. was the son of John Person who died in 1707 in Isle of Wight County, who married Frances Cooke, sister to William Cooke, Sr., Richard Bennet, Jr. was likely the son of Richard Bennet of Nansemond, the son of Edward Bennett, merchant, of London who in 1621 was the deputy governor of the merchant adventurers of England and a resident at Delft, Holland.  The will of Richard Bennet was written in Nansemond in 1674.  It notes his daughter Ann, grandchildren Elizabeth, Ann and Bennet Scarburgh, who inherited a parcel on Pocomoke river on the Eastern Shore in Maryland of 2,800 acres, and 2,400 acres on the Nicomoco river on the Eastern Shore in Maryland.  He left stock to his grandchild Richard Bennet, who was residing in Bristol.

Arthur Jones married as his second wife, Prudence Baldwin the daughter of William Baldwin.

Will of Arthur Jones

To son, Arthur Jones, guns, tools, and bill of Thomas Lisbon’s for 600 lbs. of tobacco, and bill of Philip Luper for 600 lbs. of tobacco

To Daughter Mary Cooke one sheep

To Daughter Sarah, land upon Joseph’s Swamp and Nottoway River at Dob’s lower field, to the Nottoway River

To Daughter Jane, land at corner pine, to the river

To Daughter Mary all the rest of the land at her mother’s death

To Daughter Prudence a negro boy provided old John Freeman will acknowledge the land to his son Henry Freeman, where he now lives.

To daughter Elizabeth Jones pewter dishes, etc.

Wife Prudence to have all the rest of the estate and Negro.

A witness was William Bridges, saddler and tobacco merchant.  His daughter married William Freeman.  The other witnesses were William Beech and Jones Williams.

Prudence Jones was the mother of several daughters.  One of her daughters married Henry Freeman.  Another daughter married William Longbottom, a third married Thomas Cooke, and a fourth married Sylvanus Stokes who died in Sussex in 1748.  Robert Webb married the widow Prudence Jones, but she died soon after.

Children of Arthur Jones, Jr. and Susannah King

Mary Jones was born about 1662 and married Thomas Cooke who was born about 1662 in Isle of Wight County.  He was the grandson of William Cooke, Sr. and son of William Cooke, Jr. The will of Thomas Cooke was filed in November 1736.  It notes his sons Thomas, Jones, Benjamin, and Arthur Cooke as well as daughters Sarah, Susannah, and Rebecca.  Thomas Jones was born about 1703 and married Amy.  He died in 1798 in Franklin County, N. C.  Jones Cooke married Martha Daniel and died in 1784 in Azalia, Indiana.

Prudence Jones married Henry Freeman son of John Freeman of Surry County, who held a plantation and grist mill on the north bank of the Nottoway River near the Sussex County Bridge which was called Freeman’s Bridge.  He first patented land there in 1701.  Henry Freeman and Prudence Freeman received a gift deed of a slave to Prudence on behalf of her father Arthur Jones.  Henry wrote his will in 1755 in Sussex County.  He and Prudence were the parents of Arthur Freeman who married Agnes Stokes; Josiah who married Pheobe Stokes Bell; Henry who married Amy Gilliam; Jones who married Rebekah; Amy who married Henry Van Dyke, then Joseph Blanks; and Joel who married Patty Richardson.

Jane Jones married William Longbottom of Surry County, who died about 1732.  Jane and William Longbottom sold land on the north side of the Nottoway River in Southwarke Parish bounded on three sides by Francis Lightfoot, Gentleman of Charles City County, being the land devised to Jane Longbottom by the will of her father Arthur Jones, deceased on January 22, 1715.  This deed was recorded in April, 1725 and was witnessed by Thomas Ethridge.  The will of William Longbottom was filed in Surry County in 1763 and gives his son Jones Longbottom the 200 acre home plantation.

Arthur Jones witnessed the will of James Jordan with Peter Woodward and Joseph Hill in 1741. In 1741 in his will, John Williams left legacies to Robert Jones, to his housekeeper Mary Davis, and his son Jonas Williams.  The witnesses were Arthur Jones, and Thomas Parnall.   In 1749 Robert Jones and Martha Jones conveyed to William Rand 80 acres of land which had belonged to John Williams in Isle of Wight County.

In 1701 Henry Jones was granted 400 acres in Charles City County.  In the records of Surry County is an October 21, 1713 deed from Henry and Katherine Jones of a parcel of land sold to Arthur Jones. Charles Gilliam and wife, Mary, daughter of Arthur Jones, sold to John Doby 90 acres on the north side of Nottoway River above the mouth of Joseph’s Swamp part of 400 acres granted to Henry Jones and sold to Arthur Jones on March 18, 1723 Surry County Deeds, Wills, Etc. #7 1715-1730 p. 467 & 516.

Jacob Jones’ will in 1727/28 noted his brothers William and Nathan Jones and was witnessed by John Bowen, Mathew Griffin, and Elinore English.

Richard Jones, of Isle of Wight, son of Arthur Jones, Sr.

Richard Jones was born about 1666.  Richard lived in Isle of Wight County where he married Elizabeth Carroll.  Their children were Richard, Anne, Samuel, Martha, Elizabeth, Joseph, Christian, Mary, Benjamin and Sarah born between 1695 and 1715 in Isle of Wight County.  This Jones family continued in Isle of Wight County.

In 1674 Richard Jones and Thomas Hill witnessed the will of Colonel Robert Pitt, of Isle of Wight, mariner.  In the records of Isle of Wight in 1683 is the will of Joseph Bridger leaving a legacy to wife Hester and daughters Martha Goodwin, Hester, Elizabeth and Mary.  The will also noted that he had leased land to John Cooke, Richard Jones, Thomas Reeves, and others and had sold 600 acres to Lt. Col John Pitt.  It is unclear where this land was located, however a plantation at Curawoak is noted, as well as 850 acres of another plantation, 300 acres which it appears were held by Bridger, Col John Pitt and William Burgh, another tract of 850 acres, and 300 acres, a tract at Manokin, which was in Maryland.  The witnesses included Robert Pitt.  Richard Jones was noted in 1704 for 250 acres.

Richard Jones and Richard Jordan were the trustees in the will of Susannah Braswell, written in 1714 and filed in 1732.  The witnesses were William Allen, Richard Jones, and Richard Jordan and notes sons Richard, William, and James Braswell as well as daughter Ann and grandson John Riggs.

The will of Richard Jones was filed in 1721.

It left to his daughter Ann and her husband William Bell the land on which they then lived.   It noted his sons Samuel, Richard, Joseph, and Benjamin as well as daughters Elizabeth, Christian, Sarah, Mary, and Martha Davis.  His wife Elizabeth was executrix and friends William Bell and Thomas Harris were overseers.  William Bell and Anne were the parents of Arthur Bell of Halifax County, North Carolina. The inventory of the estate of Richard Jones was presented in 1735 by Elizabeth Jones, and was likely a consequence of the death of Richard Jones, Jr. in 1732.

Children of Richard Jones

Samuel Jones was noted in the will of Elizabeth Shaw in 1753.  Samuel Jones Sr.’s will was filed in 1771 and notes his sons Samuel, David, Frederick, Joseph, Henry, Mathew, and daughter Sarah, Lucy, Ann, wife of Joseph Persons, Prudence, wife of John Persons, and his granddaughter Lucy, the daughter of his deceased son Britain Jones.  The witnesses were James Derring, Richard Jones, Nathan Ward, and Benjamin Coapher.  The executors were his son Samuel and Henry Mangum.  The estate was appraised by Henry Harrison, John Jordan and Francis Wrenn.

Richard and Samuel Jones appraised the estate of Benjamin Goodrich in 1747. Richard Jones and Samuel Jones appraised the estate of Samuel Person with Joseph Mangum in 1755. Richard and Samuel Jones appraised the estate of Seth Hunter in 1759 and that same year Richard Jones, Benjamin Atkinson, and Joseph Mangum appraised the estate of Britain Jones.  In 1795 the will of Henry Mangam, Sr. notes his deceased daughter Ann Jones.  The witnesses included William and Joseph Person

Richard Jones, Jr. married Mary about 1732 and was the father of Jesse, Richard, Benjamin, Jacob, and Solomon Jones.  Richard Jones’ will was filed in 1757 and notes his son Benjamin, who received the land bought of John Meacom; his son Solomon the land bought of Major Richard Baker; son Jacob, son Richard, and son Jesse.  The witnesses were Caspar and Sarah Mintz, and Benjamin Jones.  The estate of Richard Jones was appraised in 1763 by Mason Braddy, Henry Mangum, and Joseph Atkinson.

Jesse Jones’ estate was appraised in 1784 by Thomas Wrenn, Benjamin Jones, and Britain Ward.

Richard Jones, Sr.’s estate was settled in 1770 by James Derring, Henry Harrison, Sr., and Samuel Wilson.

Benjamin Jones, of Isle of Wight, married Mary Gray about 1767.  They were the parents of Abraham, Betsy, Isaac, Rebekah, Robert, Catherine, Holland, Sylvia, Hardy, and Peter Jones.  Abraham Jones was born in 1771 and died in 1840.  He married Nancy Ward in 1798.  They were the parents of Anne, Winnifred, Benjamin, Wilson, Mary, Kiturah, Exum, Nathan, Marena, Lanetta, and Isaac.  The will of Benjamin Powell in 1784 notes his daughter Mary Jones.

Jacob and Benjamin Jones were noted in 1788.  Jacob Jones’ will was filed in 1795 and written the year before.  It notes his sons Thomas, John, Riley, and Francis as well as daughters Peggy, Lucy and Honour.  The executors were Frances Jones and Charles Goodrich.  The witnesses were Thomas Wren, Benjamin Shelley and Solomon Jones.

Joseph Jones’ will was filed in 1727 and notes his wife Elizabeth, who was evidently the daughter of William Kinchen.  The will includes his son William Jones and daughter Mary.  The will makes his wife Elizabeth executor as well as friends Francis Williamson and John Dunkley and brother-in-law William Kinchen, Jr.  Francis Ward was given the land on which he lived if he paid the balance due to Joseph’s son William.  The witnesses were John Exum, John Dunkley and William Jones.  The inventory was filed in 1730 by William Kinchen, Jr.

Joseph’s widow remarried to an Exum, possibly John Exum.  The will of William Kinchen was filed in 1735 and notes his daughter Elizabeth Exum, and her children William Jones and Mary Jones, daughter Patience Taylor and her husband Ethelred Taylor, daughter Sarah Godwin, granddaughter Martha Godwin, daughter Martha Jarrell, and sons Mathew and William Kinchen.  The will notes his wife Elizabeth and their unborn child, his mother Elizabeth, his brother William and nephew William, his uncle Thomas, sisters Elizabeth, Martha, and Patience, James Godwin’s children, James, Martha, and Mathew Godwin.  If the unborn child did not survive, then William, the son of Ethelred Taylor would inherit.

William Jones with Thomas Joyner witnessed the will of Andrew Griffin in Isle of Wight County in 1726.

William Jones’ will noted sons Joseph, Jess, daughters Olive, Honour, Mary, and Lucy, as well as wife Elizabeth.  It was witnessed by Arthur and Elizabeth Sherrod and Nathan Godley in 1742 and filed in 1744.

In 1749 the estate of Samuel Davis, Gentleman was settled with legacies to Samuel Davis, to cash, being the property of Amy Jones, raised out of the stock, for the payment of a legacy to John Davis.  This was signed by Joseph and Amy Jones.  Then in 1751 the will of Samuel Davis leaves to his mother Amey Jones his plantation at Meherrin and also notes his sisters Mary White, Sarah, Amey, and Marcella as well as his cousins Ann and Mary White and his father-in-law, not named, as his executor.  The witnesses were John Davis and Sarah and Amy Davis.

The 1751 will of Joseph Bridger notes his sons-in-law and daughter Martha Jones.  The estate of Thomas Day was appraised in 1752 by Joseph Jones, George Wilson, and William Harrison.  Joseph Bridger married Martha Pitt.  He was the son of Joseph Bridger and Elizabeth Norsworthy.

Joseph Jones and John Goodrich signed the account for the estate of Major Joseph Bridger in 1754.  Bridger Jones and his sister Sarah Jones were noted in the will of Robert Bridger as his grandchildren. He was born in 1753 and married Rachel and removed to Craven County in that part which became Jones County where he was counted in 1790.

The Immigrant Anthony Jones of Isle of Wight

Anthony Jones is first noted in Flowerdieu Hundred in 1624.  Anthony Jones later transported in 1635 Ruth Anglin, Brinkley Michaild, and Jonathon Aram.  Anthony Jones patented 500 acres on Pagan Point Bay, on the north side of Pagan Point Creek in 1635, and another 100 acres in 1636.

Anthony Jones and Richard Death were the Burgesses of Isle of Wight in 1639 and again in 1642-43.  Anthony’s land lay on the southernmost point of Cross Creek next to William Smith’s land, and the land of Tristram Norsworthy, Nicholas Smith and Captain John Upton.  In 1637 in the High Court of Admiralty there was a suit Hutchinson versus Richard Bennett, Anthony Jones and Robert Sabine. John Rosier living at Warrosquoyacke in Virginia, clerk, aged 34 was the witness and the difficulty centered on the handling of Hutchinson’s estate after his death.

The will of Anthony Jones was written in Isle of Wight County in August, 1649.

…I bequeath to my Brother William Jones, if so be he comes to live in this country, four cows, one servant, one feather bed, one stear and corn sufficient for the year, with that Plantation where Thomas Parker lived, to be fitted up for him. But, and if he come in a single man, to live with my wife in this my new dwelling House plantation, or if in case he have a Desire to return home again with the shipping, to have Three Thousand Pounds Tobacco sent him Home the next year and Two Thousand this year.

… I give to my daughter-in-law Ann Smith, the plantation I now live on with the Dividend of land there to belonging after my wife’s decease.

… I give to my sister Catharine Jones Five Pound Sterling, to be paid her at the return of the ships if she be living.  I bequeath to my Godson Anthony Bonford, one Heifer to be paid the next May.

… I give and bequeath to Thomas and John Smith all my land due to take up at The Black Water or elsewhere which is Two Thousand Acres as is recorded at James Town, and that it be divided into two parts, each to have a several Patent by himself.

… I make my wife Ann my whole & sole executor of all my goods & chattels whatsoever, after my Debts are paid.

Anthony Jones signed, and the witnesses were Robert Watson, Edward Chetwood, and Thomas Brasee (Bressie).

Any linkage to a later William Jones would have to rely on a relationship to Thomas and John Smith, Anthony Bonford, or perhaps to the witnesses Robert Watson, Edward Chetwood and Thomas Brassie.

Susannah Jones of Surry County

In May 1672, in Lawnes Creek, Martin Johnson, about 33 years, said he heard William Newsom state that he saw the heifer of Roger Rawlings stray from Thomas Taylors old field 2 years earlier.  Thomas Taylor said the same, as did George Corpe (?).  In February, 1676, Susanna Jones, being lame, appointed Nicholas Johnson to appear in Court for her against William Newsom.

In 1676 Nicholas Johnson was among the rebels pardoned for participation in Bacon’s Rebellion.   In the records of Surry in 1677 William Kitto (Killo) , aged 38, swore that Susannah Jones, widow of said Jones, (no name given),  before her death was at the home of the deponent and said that if she did not go to live with Henry Baker, she must perish for her son, Nicholas Johnson, grutched ye victuals she ate, etc. Therefore she would give what she had to Henry Baker and leave her child, Alice, to sd. Baker.  The estate of Susannah Jones was administered by Henry Baker in May, 1677.  Debtors to the estate included Robert Ruffin, Martin Johnson, William Clarke, John Rodgers, Lewis Williams, William Sweet, John Whitson, John Amry, William Alderson, William Newsums, and Peter Addams.  Nicholas Johnson was among the list of debtors in 1682 to the estate of Mr. George Proctor.

James Jones and Mary of Surry County

Mary Jones administered the estate of James Jones in 1713 in Surry County.  Overseers were Thomas Davis and Edward Rowell.

Kent Island

The center of trading with the Indians before 1640 was Kent Island.  The men responsible for most of the Chesapeake Bay trading were Henry Fleet, William Claiborne, Sir John Wolstenholme, Clobery & Company and the Baltimore’s.  There is a record of a William Jones, Kent Island, who died in 1654.  His will was written in 1652 and mentions Mr. Marsh, Thomas South, Capt. Jacob, John Winchester, Mr. Ward, and Governor Stone and made Thomas Petts executor and residuary legatee.  He signed the oath of allegiance in Kent Island.

In 1676, the will of Margaret Hill of Kent Island leaves to Thomas Warren, 300 acres known as Hillstone on Langford Bay.  To Edward Jones, when he came of age, land on Kent Island and to Elizabeth Roe, Richard Jones, Alice Miller, and Mary Walton, legacies.  The witnesses were Mary Ellsmore and Nightingall Roe.

The 1624/25 Immigrant Cadwallader Jones, of Rappahannock County

Cadwallader Jones was counted in the muster of 1624/25 at Archer’s Hope in James Citty County, in Virginia, age 22 years, placing his birth in 1602/3.  He came aboard the Marmaduke in 1623 with Robert Chew, age 23, and Nicholas Greenhill, age 24.  In 1625 he testified that he was a servant of Mr. Bransby.  In the Muster of the Inhabitants of the Neck-of Land Near James Citty in 1624 states the household in which Cadwallader Jones lived contained supplies of 30 bushels of corn, 6 bushels of Oatmeale and pease, 500 fish, 12 pounds of powder, 100 pounds of lead and Shott, 7 peeces, 6 Armours, 6 swords, 2 piggs, 1 house.

In 1630 he had obtained his freedom, and was exporting tobacco, having obtained land to cultivate.  It is noted that he sent 527 lbs. of tobacco aboard the Hopewell, Richard Russell, Master.  The ship carried an additional 1060 lbs. unassigned to any exporter. William Barker also sent 700 lbs. on this ship.  No other records have been found for Cadwallader in Virginia between 1630 and 1673.  He returned to England where he is likely the same Cadwallader who was the Collector General of Custom’s in Bristol, England during this period.  In 1649, The Manor of Ley, was purchased from Richard Pugh by Cadwallader Jones. At the time of the purchase, Sir Robert Jeffreys was Cadwallader’s major creditor.  Cadwallader marred Frances Townsend of Devonshire.  It likely was their son, Cadwallader, born in 1654, who removed to Virginia in 1673.

In 1673 Cadwallader Jones obtained a patent for 1, 443 acres south of the Rappahannock River in Rappahannock County.   In 1677 Cadwallader Jones and David Jones, who was from Baltimore, Maryland, were granted 14,114 acres in Stafford County which was formed from Northumberland and Westmoreland in 1664.  It later became Fairfax County.  The 14,114 acres had been for transporting 282 persons to the colony which was given in an alphabetized list.  Among the persons listed as transported were Cadwallader Jones, David Jones, John Jones and William Jones.  The question arises about a group this large, were these criminals or war prisoners?  Were David and Cadwallader consolidating the headright entitlements of several different transports, which they had purchased or financed, or perhaps the Jeffreys of London had arranged these transports?

Captain David Jones married Anna Gorsuch, widow of Capt. Thomas Todd, merchant of the Patapsco River in Baltimore County, Maryland.  Todd also held a plantation called Toddsbury in Gloucester County, Virginia where his son Thomas resided.  David Jones and Anna were married about 1667.  Capt. David Jones patented the land on which the city of Baltimore was laid out.  Jones Falls, Baltimore was named for him.

Cadwallader was a justice of Rappahannock County and later was in Essex County, which was taken from Rappahannock. Cadwallader was placed in charge of a fort along the Rappahannock which had been built and later abandoned.  The Assembly was concerned about the Indian hostilities. The patent for 220 square miles along the Rappahannock River given to Lawrence Smith and Robert Taliaferro was contingent upon the fort’s repair and staffing with 50 soldiers and 200 in the neighborhood as needed.

Henry Fleete’s Fort on the Rappahannock

Henry Fleete, was the son of William Fleete, gentleman, Chatham, Kent and member of the Virginia Company, and Deborah Scott, daughter of Charles Scott and Jane Wyatt. Charles was the son of Sir Reginald Scott of Scot’s Hall, Kent.  His brothers were Edward, Reginold and John.  Henry was captured and held by Indians in 1623 until he was ransomed in 1627.  Having learned their language and customs, he went to London where he became a partner and agent with London merchants and returned to Virginia and engaged in the Indian trade.  He was a ship master, factor and fur trader.  He helped Lord Baltimore settle Maryland.  In 1646 he organized an expedition against the Indians and built a fort in the valley of the Rappahannock River.  The Virginia legislature authorized Henry Fleete and William Claiborne to explore and trade.  Henry Fleete was Burgess for Lancaster County in 1652 and went against the Indians in 1660.  Fleet’s Bay was named for him.  He had grants for 13, 197 acres.  His widow, Sarah, married Colonel John Walker, of Rappahannock County.


Cadwallader carried on a prosperous trade with the Indians four hundred miles to the south-southwest.  He did this by following the trail leading from Forth Henry, Wood’s Fort, in Henrico, to the Catawba’s and westward to the headwaters of the Roanoke.  These two great roads were first explored by Abraham Wood and his friends.

Fort Henry bustled with activity.  There were messengers, hunters, porters, guides and warehouses and pack-trains of Indian traders.  Traders were servants, paid agents, or free traders …of substance and reputation, who exchanged goods with Wood, which he imported from England. Abraham Wood stated that the trade was in guns, powder, shot, hatchets, kettles, cloth, some cutlery, and trinkets which were loaded upon horses and carried about twenty miles a day. They went as far as South Carolina and Georgia and north to the Cherokee.

The militia of Charles City and Henrico had more fighting with Indians than any other militia group.  In 1676, the Indian troubles were severe, and Wood, ill at home, was sorely missed as were his immediate subordinate officers who were dead or unavailable. In 1678 Cadwallader Jones led a party of Virginia rangers into the Rappahannock woods and pursued a roving band of Senecas.  Cadwallader carried on trade with Occaneechie and the Tuscaroras of North Carolina. In 1682, in the summer with John Taliaferro of Snow Creek, they explored to the first heads of the two branches of the Rappahannock, and crossed the Blue Ridge to the Shenandoah.  In 1684 Cadwallader purchased a bark from John Griffin in Gloucester probably to facilitate his trade with the coastal tribes of North Carolina.  Cadwallader Jones transported in 1684 Andrew Harrison and John Battaile among others.

In the records of Gloucester County in Abbington Parish is a deed filed in March, 1679 stating that 1000 acres on the York River side at the mouth of Timberneck Creek, including all islands, which had been granted to Richard Richards in 1645, and descended to Hugh Richards who assigned the land to Thomas Wilson and Richard Jones, then assigned by Wilson in total to Richard Jones and from Richard Jones descended to Cadwallader Jones who sold this land to Thomas Boswell in 1679.

Cadwallader, stating he was the eldest of his brothers, sold his inheritance in the Lordship and manor to Sir Robert Knights, Alderman of London, in a deed written from Rappahannock City, 1681, Virginia.  I believe that this would indicate he was the son of the Cadwallader Jones who purchased Ley in 1649.  Cadwallader was in need of funds as debts were accumulating.   In 1687/88 Cadwallader was residing on his Stafford plantation Rich Neck when Nicholas Spencer sent William Fitzhugh to collect a debt from Jones.  Fitzhugh offered to settle for three Negros slaves in Cadwallader’s possession, but Cadwallader stated they were already mortgaged.  He stated he owned his Ship Merchants and had nothing remaining with which to pay.  Fitzhugh wrote a month later that Colonel Jones has gone over into Maryland, and then to England.  Fitzhugh added that Jones’ wife had meanwhile removed all his goods to Rappahannock.  Jones was also indebted to Alderman Jeffreys of London and so transferred all his Virginia land to Jeffreys before leaving Virginia.

In August, 1682, in the records of Old Rappahannock County is a lease to Malachi Peale from John Foxall for one half interest in a mill called Major Underwoods mill in the parish of Sittenbourne, Richmond County which was signed by John Foxhall, Cadwallader Jones, Jr., William Underwood, Sr. and Henry Bamer (James? Or Hamer) (The Virginia Magazine of History and Genealogy, Vol. XXXIX (1931), reprinted as Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. V, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1981, pp. 617)

Cadwallader went to England, and with the influence of the Jeffreys he was commissioned Governor of the New Province in the Bahamas.  He got into additional difficulties there, and returned to England in 1698/9.  In a short time he was back in Virginia where he produced a document dedicated to Francis Nicholson, Governor entitled An Essay Louissiania (sic) and Virginia Improved. In it he proposed a great trading adventure, but the governor was not impressed until the Governor of New York urged the establishment of trade with the tribe of the Ohio Valley.  Cadwallader took out a grant for 500 acres near Colonel William Fitzhugh.  He died soon after. There is not information regarding his wife, however his sword is said to have descended down through the descendents of Peter Jones. He is said to have left one son, Frederick Jones and a daughter Frances.  However it is clear that he also left a son Cadwallader. In the Essex County patent Book it is recorded that in October, 1704; John Catlett purchased 817 acres on the south side of the Rappahannock River on the head of Pewamansee Creek, adjacent Cadwallader Jones, Tallifaerro Buckner and others.  Cadwallader Jones was guardian of Catherine Taliaferro.  She married Joseph Battaile, Under-Sheriff for the south side of the Rappahannock.

In 1713 in Essex County, Robert Jones was the attorney for Agnis Butler, wife of John Butler, when she relinquished her dower in the sale of land in St. Ann’s Parish, to Robert Foster.  Then, in 1714 Robert Jones and Robert Foster were noted in the administration of the will of Alice Shipley, whose daughter was Susanna Cook, possibly the wife of John Cook who was also involved in the estate.  In 1723 Robert Jones obtained 400 acres for 100 pounds sterling, along the Rappahannock River to Occupation Creek, and the Church Road.

It is noted that Richard Jones and George Turner had been granted 1000 acres of land in February 1672, which was located in Essex on the heads of Dragon, Ashnamanscot and Piscqatua branches.

St Anne’s’ Parish was taken from the south side of Sittingbourne Parish, which then lay on the north side of the Rappahannock, and St. Anne’s on the south.  This area had progressed from being in Old Rappahannock County from 1661 to 1692, to Essex County, from 1692 to 1704, and finally Richmond County from 1692 to 1732.  After 1732 Sittingbourne disappeared to be replaced by Hanover Parish in King George County and Luneburg Parish in Richmond County.

It should be noted that The Complete Book of Emigrants from England 1607-1776 includes: Peter Jones, mariner St. Christopher; John Jones in Barbados; in 1668 Morgan Jones was bound to Richard West for 4 years in Barbados; in 1673 Evan Jones to Mathew Stookes 4 years in Virginia.


Rice Jones in Rappahannock County

In England, Visitation of Gloucester, notes Anthony Hungerford, brother of Sir Edward Hungerford of Farley Castle, Esq., married Rachel, daughter of Rice Jones, of Ashall, Esq. County Oxon.  Rice Jones came to Virginia from Canada in 1623.  It was in 1628 when he obtained 50 acres on the easterly side of Warwicksqueicke River, north of the land of Martha Key. It is this deed that states he came to the colony from Canada in the John and Francis (unclear).

In the Quaker records of Nottinghamshire it is noted that about 1650, Rice Jones, previously a Baptist and a Ranter, gathered a group who were known as the Proud Quakers.  He wrote some pamphlets in 1654 that attacked the Friends and predicting the fall of George Fox.  However, about 1659 Fox came and spoke to about 80 of these Proud Quakers, and soon the group and Rice Jones scattered with many returning to the Friends.

In May, 1650 Rice Jones was granted 350 acres on the Rappahannock River on the point of an island called Muskets Poynt (Muskeeto Poynt).  In 1652, Rice Jones, planter, sold Evan Petterson 350 acres known as Muskeeto Poynt in what became Lancaster County.   There appears to be two by this name, likely father and son.

In 1667 the will of Rice Jones, notes his wife Frances, who received her dower rights and an unborn childe who received the residue of the estate.  The witnesses were Robert Gates, Robert Hunt, and Samuel Dobson.

Then the will of Rice Jones who was evidently a son was filed in 1677 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and notes his sons John Jones, Richard Jones, daughters Anne Jones and Mary Broche, wife of John Broche.  The estate was extensive, and valuable.  He was also the father of Rice Jones who married Jane Cock in 1679.  She was the daughter of Nicholas Cock of Middlesex County.

Richard Jones of Rappahannock

Mr. Rowland Lawson was granted 1,300 acres on the Rappahannock River on the northwest side beginning … at the mouth of Cherry Point Creek, adjacent the land of Richard Jones in 1651. Another deed to George Colclough also notes the land of Richard Jones.

Richard Jones’ will was written in 1674 and filed in 1680.  It notes his eldest son John Jones, young son Richard Jones and daughter Jane Jones.  It also notes his wife Avis Jones who appears to have been the daughter of Thomas Cooper.

Richard Jones, deceased, was noted in the will of Thomas Cooper in 1675 in Rappahannock County.  Cooper left his home plantation to John Jones, Richard’s eldest son, and to Richard Jones, his brother another dividend of land.  He also left a bequest to Jane Jones, a daughter of Richard Jones.  Avis Jones, widow was the executrix of the will.

Robert Bishop of Rappahannock, Franham Parish in 1676 directed his Executor, John Gregory, Jr. to demand and receive two hundred and thirty five pound of good tobacco of John Jones, his brother-in-law by October 10, 1676.  Gregory was also directed to …produce an heifer with sd. Toba for the use of John Jones Jr., with the increase of the sd heifer until the sd John Jones comes of age and likewise I give JOHN Grigory Jr. order to receive one heifer which is at Capt. John Grigory’s pen marked with a cropp and a slitt in the left eare one year old of a red colour with her increase male and female when the said John Jones shall come of age and likewise one sow when the sd John Jones shall come of age and the sd John Grigory to keep the sd two heifers with their increase until the sd John Jones shall come of age and then deliver them with their increase.

In 1694 Millicent Blaise, wife of James Blaise was the Executrix of John Jones.  Millicent was the sister of Robert Bishop, and evidently his widow.  John Gregory was married to Elizabeth Bishop daughter of John Bishop.

Jones of the Eastern Shore

The Immigrant William Jones of Hungar’s Parish, Northampton

William Jones, aged 17, joyner from London arrived in 1623 on the Ann and Bonny.  Captain William Jones, with John Baker, and William Mumms served in the muster of Captain William Eppes in 1624 at the Old Plantation Creek in Northampton County.

This Captain Eppes was of notorious reputation, often engaged in drunken brawls and outbursts.  He came to Virginia in 1618 and was in command of Smith’s Hundred (Southampton Hundred).  While there he got into a drunken altercation which resulted in the accidental death of a fellow whose skull was split by a blow from William.  During the Indian Raids of 1622, Captain Eppes was renting Captain John Ward’s plantation in Charles City.  He evacuated the survivors, with the help of his brother Peter, to his plantation on the Eastern Shore.

In late 1626 while visiting the home of James Slight in Martin’s Brandon, Eppes became drunk, and was observed sleeping with the widow, Alice Boyse.  He was charged with public immorality, but the charges were dismissed.

His Eastern Shore plantation contained a fort with two houses, 3 storehouses and 450 acres on the south side of Kings Creek’s mouth.  His neighbors complained that he was …a mad, ranting fellow. He finally removed to the West Indies, in 1628, placing a tenant on his land, but the plantation eventually was declared abandoned.

Among the transports he claimed was William Jones and John Barker.  William Eppes died in England in 1640 and was the father of William Eppes, Jr. and Frances Eppes, a daughter.  He was the brother of Peter and Francis Eppes I and their parents were John and Thomazine Eppes of Ashford, Kent.

In 1628/29 Capt. William Jones was engaged in trading with the Indians in Chesapeake Bay, along what was the Pokomoke or Wighco River.  At the time he was a married man. On one occasion he gave a hoe to the Indians for John Nutwell (Nuthall) who was a boy and servant to Hugh Hayes.  John had run away from his master and was living with the natives where he learned their language.  Jones brought the boy back, whipping him soundly for running away.  Later, Nuthall, having served his term, removed to St. Mary’s County where he held a license to trade with the Indians, and became a Justice of the Peace.  William Jones, Justice of the Peace, related this story in 1664.

In 1637 William Jones, as the assignee of Robert Partyn, won a suit against Alex Wignall for 212 lb. of tobacco in Northampton.  William Jones received 100 acres in 1640 on the West, Northwest point of a branch of Hungars Creeke in Accomack County, being a little Neck between Captain Stone and Richard Smith, for the transport of Elizabeth, his wife and Margarett Collette.  In 1642 the land of William Jones was noted as adjacent 1300 acres patented by John Holloway near Captain William Stone. William Stone became the Governor of Maryland in 1648.   In 1645 William Jones acquired an additional 450 acres in the same location, noted as being then in Northampton County, Virginia. It was adjacent Richard Smith. In 1645 William Jones transported Weston Brown, Henry Gutt, Mathew Holt, Stephen Callowet, Thomas Evans, Pascal Chapman, Richard Chapman, and Margaret Collett.  In 1654 the records of Northumberland record that Mr. Peter Knight received an attachment against the estate of William Jones for 1500 lb. tobacco due to Mr. Edward Bland in the hands of Hugh Lee.

In 1651 William Jones, Farmer Jones, and Samuel Jones in Northampton County swore with others …to bee true and faithfull to the Commonwealth of England as it is nowe Established without Kinge or House of Lords

William Jones was among the Eastern Shore Representatives in the Council and Assembly for Northampton County in 1652 and 1658.  Later, Capt. William Jones took the oath of High Sheriff for Northampton County and John Ferebee was sworn as under sheriff.  The county prison was the “new store” belonging to Captain William Jones, which stood near his home, and he was paid 600 lbs. of tobacco a year for its use. William Jones was a Burgess for Northampton County in 1659, and a justice of the peace.  In 1663 William Jones patented 300 acres on Hungars Creek.

In 1665 the cattle mark of Captain William Jones was registered as the left ear holed the right ear underhalfed. His horse mark branded on the left buttock.

In Northampton County, in 1668, William Jones age 59 testified regarding the land of Yardley and John Savage, that he had been at the house of the late Col. Robins about 35 years since and that Laughing King came for his spring visit and stated that he had given the neck of land from Wisaponson Creek to Hungar’s Creek to Sir George Yardley, and the south side of Wissanponson to his son Thomas Savage.  The will of William Jones was dated July 26, 1669 and was filed the following August.  His wife was Anne.  His will noted his grandchildren, children of Michael Rickett, grandchildren, children of Anthony Hoskins, grandchildren, children of Simon Carpenter.

Children of William Jones

Ann Jones, was born about 1633.  She married Michael Rickards about 1651. In the 1643 will of Dr. John Holloway in Northampton County, Anne Jones the younger daughter of William Jones received an older ewe goat. Mr. William Jones and Mr. James Barnabe were the overseers of Holloway’s will. The will of William Jones, dated July 26, 1669 notes his grandchildren now belonging to Michael Ricketts. Their sons included Jones Rickards who resided in Northampton County.

Joyce Jones, daughter of Captain William Jones married Anthony Hoskins.  Hoskins came to Virginia in the George in 1635.  It is noted that in 1635, William Jones came to Virginia aboard the George.  It is unclear if this is the same William Jones. Hoskins was a Burgess for Northampton County, in 1652.  In 1660 a deed notes Joyce as his wife.  In his will, June, 1665, Hoskins names daughters Elizabeth, under age 16, Ann, wife Joyce, who was his executrix, and his father in law Captain William Jones and friend Lt. Colonel William Waters, to supervise his will.  Joyce then married Captain Alexander Fleming, and after his death she became the wife of Captain Lawrence Washington.  Their daughter Elizabeth Hoskins married Cornelius Wood and gave a power of attorney to her father-in-law Lawrence Washington to release her dower.  Joyce had four husbands: Anthony Hoskins, Alexander Flemming, Lawrence Washington, and James Yates.

Elizabeth Jones married Simon Carpenter.

The records of Maryland contain many Jones family members living in Anne Arundel, Kent, Baltimore and other counties.  They have not been traced.  In 1675 the will of Samuel Jones, Sr. of Somerset notes his sons John and Samuel and daughters Mary and Elizabeth.

William Jones patented his plantation Doncaster in 1673.  Edward Baker is claimed for headright.  William Jones, Jr. was noted as a good friend in the will of Richard Jacob, Sr.   William Jones claimed Edward Baker, nephew of Hugh Baker and son of Edward Baker as a headright for land in Somerset County, Maryland. Somerset was settled by Virginians from Northampton and Accomack Counties.  In Somerset in 1680, William Jones, Robert Collier, Thomas Horseman, Samson Water, and Mary Landys witnessed the will of Thomas Walker.  William married Elizabeth and they were the parents of William Jones, Jr., Daniel Jones, Ann Jones, Margaret Jones and possibly others not traced.

In 1686, in Somerset County the legatees in the will of Cornelius Johnson were Margaret Jones, daughter of William Jones, Sr, William Jones, Jr., and Daniel Jones then under 18 years of age.

Ann Jones daughter of William and Elizabeth Jones, Sr. married Gilbert Pattison, and then Charles Cheney who was born in 1673.  They were married in 1701, and she died after Sept. 1713.

William Jones, Jr. married Susannah Jacob, who was born about 1690.  They were married February, 1710. Their children were William Jones born in 1711; Cornelius Jones born in 1712; Dorcas, Susanna and Handbury Jones who was born in 1723.  The cattle and hog mark of William Jones was registered in Northampton County in 1706 as the right and left ears overbitten ear. Another in 1721 states for hogs, cattle and sheep cropt on the right ear and underhalfed on the left ear.

Henry Jones, Accomack

The will of Henry Jones was filed in February, 1664 in Accomack County.  It notes his mother, Mary Harper, who received a mourning ring and 10 ₤ in the hand of Mr. Anthony Joyner of Ramsdon in the County of Oxford.  It also notes his brother James Jones who received 50₤ upon completion of his apprenticeship.  It also noted his sister Margret and Elizabeth Jones, and deceased sister Jane Hickman and her daughters Jane, Joan and Rachel Hickman.  He listed his half sister Sarah Harper and half brother Robert Harper, friends George Watson, Capt. Edmond Bowman, wife Elizabeth and daughter Gertrude Bowman, and brother in law Richard Bayley and sister Mary Bayley.

Henry Jones, Devorax Browne, and Will Stevens were the witness to the will of Edward Baker, Late of London in October, 1664, which was filed in Accomack in November, 1664.  It notes his brother in law Lt. Col. William Kendall.  To Capt. Robert Pitt and Lt. Col. William Kendall, …executors in trust of the goods I now have with me in the ship Mary of London upon her voyage for Virginia, whereof the said Robert Pitt is commander to make the best of said goods with all convenient speed and return the net proceeds to my two friends Mr. George Clark “at ye signe of ye Shipp & Starr in Cheapside & Mr. Simon Hackett watchmaker in Cornehill in London: to be disposed of by them for the use of my two children Edward & Elizabeth Baker.

Richard Jones, Accomack

In 1676 the will of Robert Huitt of Choratock notes his son in law Richard Jones, Jr. who received 300 acres at Pugoteage.  Rowland Savage also received 300 acres.  The will also notes his daughter Mary Savage, and granddaughter Mary Savage, and grandson Francis Savage.  The will made Richard Jones, Sr., wife & daughter Mary residual legatees.  His wife Micall Huitt was executrix.

The will of Richard Jones was filed in Accomack in 1720 noting cousins William Savage, and Charles Savage, cousin George Smith and John Smith, and daughters Elizabeth Jones, Lisia Jones, and Abigail Jones.  The witnesses were Henry Read, Mary Savage, and Arthur Laylor.

Farmer (Fermer) Jones of Northampton

Farmer (Fermer) Jones patented 400 acres land in Accomack County on Donn Creeke in 1639.  In the transcripts of Accomack County, 1637-40, Farmer Jones was ordered to pay Mr. Watlington 475 lb. tobacco in 3 days and later the deposition of Nicholas Harwood stated that at the house of the widow Wilson, Farmer Jones called him to witness a bargain between Jones and William Berryman for 2000 lb. of tobacco to be paid the next year for half of Berryman’s plantation.

Isaac Jones of Northampton

The cattle and hog mark of Isaac Jones, weaver, was registered in 1699 as the right ear Flower Deluced and underbitten.  The left ear cropt, a slit in the crop and underbitten.

James Jones, Quaker of Northampton County

In 1654 James Jones patented 516 acres in Northampton County with Alexander Maddox.  In the patent is noted adjacent land of Jones indicating this was not his first acquisition.  James and Alexander transported Mary Leake, Thomas Lentall, George Hambleton, Jon. Devorax, Dorcas Green, Peter Watts, Jon. Roberts, and William Giles in 1654.

James removed to a plantation called Jones Hole on the west side of the Wicomico River in Somerset, Maryland because he was a Quaker and had been harassed by his neighbors.  He was a member of the Commission of Peace in 1665, and a magistrate for Somerset County in 1666.  With George Johnson, he needed time to consider the oath of office before qualifying.  He took the oath in 1666 at St. Mary’s City.

The Journal of George Fox notes …after this Meeting we passed over the River Wicocomaco, and through many bad and watry Swamps and Marish Way; and came to James Jones, a Friend, who was a Justice of the Peace: where we had a large and very glorious Meeting, praised be the Lord God.  Then passing over the Water in a Boat, we took Horse, and travelled about Twenty four Miles through Woods and troublesome Swamps, and came to another Justice’s House…. Fox went from Maryland, where he was among many who had been converted by himself in England to Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1669, Charles Calvert, Lieutenant General of the Province of Maryland, declared that only certain ports could be used for the lading and unlading of merchandise.  Among the authorized ports was …in Somerset county, afore James Jones, his plantation….

In March, 1676 James Jones patented 400 acres in Nanticoke then in 1677 James Jones and his wife Sarah sold 100 acres to kinsman Andrew Jones.

At his death in 1677 James Jones left his wife, Sarah, and his cousin Andrew Jones, a considerable estate.  His wife received ½ of two tracts known as Poplar Ridge and Jones’ Adventure, as well as the plantation Riceland on Wicomico River in Somerset County during her life.  Andrew inherited the Riceland plantation, upon her death, and also received Taylor Hill and Sunken Ground.  His overseers were George Johnson, Charles Hutson, and the witnesses were Edmond Beauchamp, and George Jonson. He does not appear to have had any children.

Andrew Jones and his wife Elizabeth Jones sold land to Sampson Waters of Boston, New England and Thomas Willin of Somerset County.  Andrew Jones died in Somerset County in 1684.  Thomas Brereton, who married his widow Elizabeth Winder, administered his estate.  They also did not have any children.

Howell Jones, the brother of Andrew Jones, and their father, Thomas Jones, of County Monmouth, Wales gave Rev. John Huett and Stephen Luffe power of attorney to sell Andrew’s estate in Somerset County.  James Jones was probably brother to Thomas Jones of County Monmouth, Wales.

In Calvert County, Maryland, the 1669 will of Richard Preston, a leading Quaker, was witnessed by William Jones and others.

The 1674 records of Maryland note John Jones, whose daughter Frances was a legatee of Dr. Robert Bushby in Anne Arundel County, and Richard Jones, who was noted as a witness to a will in the same county the following year, and also noted as the brother-in-law in the will of John Meers of Anne Arundel County.


Jones of Northumberland

John and Robert Jones, of Fleet’s Bay

A deed filed in July, 1652 notes the late land of Richard Jones, deceased in Northumberland County on the south side of the Dividing Creek.

Robert and John Jones were brothers.  I suspect that they were both noted in Northampton County for a brief time.  In the records of Lancaster County, which was formed in 1651 from Northumberland is a deed from Thomas Ball of the County of Northampton in Virginia, mariner, to John Jones of the same place, planter for 350 acres of land lying in Corotoman River in Rappahannock bought of John Edwards, Chirurgeon, about two years past.  This deed was witnessed by Anthony Hodgkins and Edward Rendell and recorded In March, 1655/56.  In 1664, after the death of John Jones a deed from Robert Swann of London, mariner, sold to Edward Lunsford of Rappahannock County, planter, 350 acres formerly patented by John Jones and deserted by him.

Another deed filed in Lancaster County in 1656 conveys 300 acres from John Meredith to Mr. John Jones.  The witnesses were Edmund Lun and Vincent Stanford.  In March 1659 John Jones of Lancaster, planter, sold to Charles Hill of Lancaster, Cordwayner, 300 acres “plantation I now live on.”  The witnesses were Edwyn Connaway and Howell Powell.

In 1653 and in 1654 Mr. Jones was noted in the records of Lancaster County among 35 titheables whose levy was collected by Mr. James Bagnall.  His levy was four titheables. In 1659 Thomas Cely of London, merchant, received from Thomas Elgar, several bills for debts, and a letter of attorney to collect these debts.  Included among the debtors was John Jones.

John Jones married Martha Ironmonger, sister to Elizabeth and William Ironmonger.  John was dead by November, 1661.  He left a son, John, Jr. and evidently a daughter, Susan, who was the wife of  Jonathon Hewes (Hues, Hughes.)  In Virginia Gleanings in England pg. 21-2 is the notation Martha Jones alias Ironmonger, late wife of John Jones, Sr., deceased, late of Virginia.  Administration 29 November 1681 to Elizabeth Evernden alias Ironmonger, wife of Anthony Evernden, aunt by the mother’s side of John Jones, Jr., now beyond the seas, son of the deceased.

A deed from Samuel Mathews, Esquire to William Jordan for 550 acres of land lying and being in the County of Northampton three hundred acres whereof was belonging to Robert Jones by patent bearing date the 24th of July, 1651.  The cattle mark of Robert Jones was registered in Northampton in 1676 as both ears cropt and two slits in each crop entered the day aforesaid.

Robert evidently first married Martha Ball, daughter of Colonel William Ball.  They were married between 1656 and 1662.  Mary Jones was likely their daughter.  Mr. Robert Jones, of Fleet’s Bay, Northumberland County researched in William & Mary vol. 23 No. 3 notes on page 192 …It will be remembered by those familiar with Hayden’s Genealogies, that Martha and Mary Jones, daughters of Hannah Ball, are mentioned among the head rights of Colonel William Ball, when he granted certificate for land April 17, 1667. In the Northumberland County, Court March 19, 1672, an order was made for Mr. Robert Jones to pay over to Colonel William Ball 1524  pounds of tobacco, and after the death of Robert Jones, Colonel William Ball got judgment against his estate for that amount.

Mary Jones married Mr. George Wale, Justice of Lancaster, in 1678.  Elizabeth Evernden was also granted the administration on the estate of Anne Rumney alias Ironmonger, deceased, her natural sister of St. Botolph’s Bishopgate, widow.  Elizabeth was also granted the administration of Corderoy Ironmonger, late of Virginia, bachelor, deceased, her natural brother. This was in 1681.

Evidently Martha Ball died before 1667, as Robert was married to Martha Ironmonger by 1668.  In that year William Ironmonger issued a Power of Attorney which was recorded in Gloucester County.  It stated: William Ironmonger gives power of attorney to …my brother Robert Jones & my sister Martha his wife. That same year he also gave a deed of gift of a heifer to his nephew and godson William Jones the son of his Brother in law Robert Jones with the provision that if he died before marriage or 21 the heifer be divided between his brothers and sisters.

Martha Ironmonger Jones died in December, 1677.  Her will was proved on the testimony of Mrs. Elizabeth Haynes (Haines) and Mr. Thomas Haines, of Lancaster County.  William Jones was appointed administrator.  Whereas Mrs. Martha Jones administratrix of Mr. Robert Jones lately deceased left an estate with many children and by reason of the minority of most of the said children the Court orders that Mr. William Jones the eldest son take the said estate in his hands and manage same for the benefit of his brothers and sisters and give an account thereof when thereto required.

Robert Jones, merchant, had relied upon his wife, Martha, to conduct his business in Virginia when he was absent.  He may be the same Robert Jones noted in the records of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, in 1664 as a witness to the will of Garrett Rutten with John Waterton.  In 1656 Robert Jones was in London with a shipment of tobacco. He was noted in the reference that he was a factor in Virginia who had arrived in London on the William and John.  He was lodging with Evan Prichards as he conducted his business.

It should be added that in Northumberland County Records Books in 1662 Mr. Robert Jones was present at court.  In December of that year he made a deed to John Williams, planter, for 500 acres on the south side of the Potomac River near Machoatique Creek which he had acquired in 1660.  Martha relinquished her dower rights through her attorney, Mr. Thomas Hobson.

In 1662 Robert Jones purchased land from the Wickocomico Indians who were represented by their attorney, Mr. Thomas Hobson.  The agreement was witnessed by John Carter, and George Seaborne. Also in 1662 Richard Fielding, of Bristol, merchant selected Robert Jones of Great Wicomico to by his business representative in Virginia.

In 1664 he was granted 400 acres adjoining William Ironmonger in Lancaster County.  In 1665 he patented 400 acres with George Flower in Lancaster County, being on the easternmost branch of Corotoman.  In 1669, Mr. Robert Jones obtained 200 more acres.  That same year he filed a complaint the Wecocomaco Indians had broken into his house.    Mr. Peter Knight and Edmund Lyster were directed to punish the Wecocomaco.

In May, 1670 Robert Jones was sworn in as High Sheriff for Northumberland County.  Later in the year he and Mr. Samuel Bayley improved the race course so the horses could run their race.  The next year, Robert sued Captain John Lee for a Stone horse.  In 1672 Robert Jones became Justice, and continued in that office for some time.

Mr. Robert Jones and Mr. Francis Lee audited the account between Lt. Col. John Carter and Thomas Griffin, miller in 1673.

Evidently Mr. Robert Jones was offended by Mr. John Gaylord who used inappropriate language and had to give bond for good behavior.  Robert Jones was the administrator of the estate of Mr. Thomas Lambert, and the Reverend John Owens.

The will of Robert Jones was filed in May, 1675.

In the name of God Amen…the 14th 1675.  I Robert Jones…in Fleets Bay &c…. First I will and bequeath to my son Wm. Jones all my land from the (missing) branch to the plumb tree swamp and below it to the outmost bounds (missing) land & to his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I will and bequeath to my (missing) Samuel Jones all my land from the afores’d Beach Branch …. By the house of my cozen (nephew) Robert Hues with all the glade opposite….

Item.  I will and bequeath to my son Robert Jones all the rest of my land as far as the mill path up the Hills …the old plantation whereon I live, the plantation of my cozen Robert Hues ….

Item. Whereas my son Maurice Jones have a competent seat of land given to him by his godfather Mr. John Cossens, ….

Item.  …if any of the other sons happen to die….every child, sons and daughters to have equal shares and the land being equally shared among my sons….

Item.  My will and pleasure is that if my 3 eldest sons shall live until they come of full age and enjoy their land, till my son Maurice Jones comes of age, then his eldest brothers William, Samuel, and Robert Jones pay unto their brother Maurice Jones 15000 pounds of good merchantable tobacco by equal portions.

Item.  …my cozen John Jones 1 young mare and 1 young heifer of 2 years old ..with privledge of having good ground & housing sufficient for 2 servants for corn and tobacco at his choice upon any 3 dividents of land bequeathed to my three sons, William, Samuel and Robert Jones.  I also give him 1 servant boy about 15 or 16 years of age to be paid him within one year after my decease provided it be shipping time and in case of his decease without issue to return to my own children.

Item.  …the land on the other side of the mill path running towards peewanrs, paplor & downwards the branches of Corotomon …be sold….

Item. …my personal estate of what kind …to my loving wife Martha Jones…my said wife Martha Jones shall pay to each child in horses, cattle and other Va estate to the value of 7000 pounds of tobacco & 3000 pds tobacco in new furniture for a room and other necessarys. …neither of my children shall sue or molest their mother for the same…but forbear her till she be better able…. …Martha Jones executrix…Mr. Thomas Haynes and Mr. George Flower to be overseers.  Witnessed by Benjamin Doggitt and Matthew Burrowes.

Martha was the administrator and Col. St. Leger Codd, Mr. John Haynie, Major Thos. Brereton, and Mr. Edward Porteus were the appraisers, and Col. St. Leger Codd and Mr. John Harris gave security for Martha’s administration of the estate.

Claims against the estate of Robert Jones included Mr. William Ball, Mr. Francis and Hancock Lee.  Martha made a claim against the estate of Corderoy Ironmonger (a Corderoy family resided nearby).   She also sued Mr. William Jauncey of 1,043 pounds of tobacco in 1677 and was the executrix of the will of Robert Hughes.  She was also owed a debt by Charles Morgan.  In April, 1676 a judgment was granted to Mr. Richard Drake against the estate of Mr. Robert Jones.  This same Drake also sued Thomas Waddy.

Martha and Robert Jones were the parents of William, Samuel, Robert, and Maurice Jones as well as these daughters: Mary, wife of Mr. George Wale of Lancaster; Elizabeth wife of Mr. Thomas Haynes; Margaret wife of Christopher Garlington; Frances wife of Erasmus Withers, and then Mr. John Curtis. Mr. William Jones and Mr. Thomas Waddy appraised the estate of Erasmus Withers in 1681.  John Jones, cozin, was actually his nephew, the son of John Jones, Sr.

Martha was also the mother of John Jones, Jr. and most likely, Susan Hewes, the wife of Jonathon Hewes (Hues, Hughes).  In 1672 Mary Jones and Susan wife of Jonathon Hewes were legatees of Robert Francis whose executor was Robert Hewes.  Richard Hewes was appointed as an appraiser of this estate in 1674.  In May, 1676 the will of Robert Hughes was witnessed by John Jones.  In 1677 Mrs. Martha Jones, was the executrix Robert Hughes.  In 1703 Richard Hewes obtained a judgment against William Jones.  This Captain Richard Hewes had married Mary Ball, the grandmother of George Washington.  His widow, Mary Ball Hewes, sued Richard Jones in August, 1718 and June, 1719.

Other likely members of the Jones family residing in Northumberland were the wife of John Atkins, and the wife of Thomas Lambert. Thomas Hobson may also have married a Jones.  There were a number of suits among Robert’s relatives.  Among these was a suit by the three brothers against Mr. John Eustace for trespassing.  Eustace had married Sarah Jauncey.

William Jones, son of Robert

In October, 1678 Thomas Hobson sued William Jones for 5, 813 pounds of tobacco, and continued suing the estate over the years.  In 1680 Mr. William Jones, in Lee’s parish was appointed the constable.  William Jones became a Burgess, High Sherriff, and Justice of Northumberland County.  He married first a daughter of James Johnson, and by 1700 his second wife was Margaret Pinckard, the daughter of Capt. John Pinckard of Lancaster County.  His daughter Eliza was born September 17, 1693; his son John on July 21, 1695.  They evidently were the parents of William and Robert, as well as Johnson and Ann who married William Fleet of Lancaster County.

Administration of Captain William Jones estate was administered in March, 1710 by his son William Jones, Jr.

William Jones, Jr. of St. Stephens’ Parish, married in 1703 Leanna Lee, daughter of Charles Lee. In May 1714, Charles Lee acknowledged deeds of lease and release to Bartholomew Schriever, attorney of Mrs. Leanna Jones wife of William Jones of St. Steven’s Parish indicate that William and Leanna Jones were the parents of Eliza, was born March 7, 1707 and Charles was born July 16, 1710.  Evidently there was another son whose birth is not recorded named William.  His children were Jemima, born July 26, 1720 and William, born May 12, 1723.

William Jones, Jr. was deeded 245 acres of land by his father.  In 1707 he sued George Pickering for trespass on land granted originally to Captain William Jones in 1706.  In 1710, William Jones, gentleman and his uncle Maurice Jones were sworn as Justices for Northumberland County.  It is noted that William Jones, Gentleman, was attorney for Richard Lee, Esquire.

As with his father, William was involved in law suits over his grandfather and father’s estates.  He was one of the appraisers of the estate of Hancock Lee, with John Ingram, John Howson, and Robert Carter.  In 1724 he became a Captain in the militia.

In 1728, Captain William Jones petitioned on behalf of his son, Charles, that Lewis Lewis, Mary Johnson, Winifred Jones, and Jane Lampkin be summoned on behalf of Charles Jones.

Elizabeth Jones born in 1707 married Rev. John Ball.  It is unclear if this Rev. John Ball was related to the Rev. John Ball who officiated at St. Peter’s Parish in New Kent County in 1686.

Charles Jones married Elizabeth Heath, daughter of Samuel Heath.

William Jones, born in 1723, married Mary and was the father of Charles Jones.

Leanna Jones married Charles Lee.

Robert Jones married Elizabeth Brereton and in 1718 they administered the estate of Thomas Brereton, who was her brother.  Their children were recorded in St. Stephen’s Parish: Brereton Jones b. 1716; Betty Jones b. 1718; Robert b. 1721; William and Thomas b. 1723.  This family went to Brunswick County where the will of Robert Jones, Sr. was filed in 1749.  It names his children: Brereton, Robert, William, Thomas, Samuel, Charles, Betty (Foote), Mary Foote, Margaret, Nanny, and Leanna.

Samuel Jones, son of Robert

In 1684, Samuel was sued by Henry Bond and in 1693 by Mr. William Bruce.  After his death, his administrator, William Jones, was sued by Bruce’s administrators.  Samuel Jones died in October, 1697, without any heirs, and his brother William was his administrator.  The appraisers appointed were Hancock Lee, Charles Lee, John Curtis, Thomas Curtis and James Haynes.  Interestingly, in 1698 Morris (Maurice) Jones through his attorney, Mr. Charles Harris, petitioned that there not be any administration on the estate of Mr. Samuel Jones until reasons could be assigned.  It was nearly 9 years later before the suit instituted by Morris Jones against Captain William Jones, administrator of Samuel Jones was finally tried.  The will of Mr. Robert Jones was entered into evidence, and the jury ruled for Morris Jones.

Because Samuel died without any heirs, William had to redistribute his father’s estate.  The administration of his father’s estate involved William in many suits.  In addition, the struggle over the Bruce heirs and the heirs of Samuel Jones continued for many years, involving Captain Maurice Jones, and his son Charles Jones.

Robert Jones, son of Robert

Robert Jones married a daughter of Mr. James Waddy.  They were the parents of Margaret Jones who married Christopher Garlington, Jr., the brother of her step-mother.  As his second wife, Robert married Sarah Garlington, daughter of Christopher Garlington, and widow of Thomas Salisbury.  Robert died in 1703 and his brother Capt. Maurice Jones probated the will.  After his death Sarah Jones confirmed a land sale Mr. Robert Jones had made to Mr. James Waddy in 1698.  It states that she was underage when the sale was made.  She and Robert were the parents of Winnifred, Robert, William, Maurice, and probably others.

In 1709 the will of Christopher Garlington mentions his daughter Sarah Jones, the widow of Robert, and his brother Maurice Jones.  Sarah’s will was dated in January, 1720.  She divided her estate between her son Maurice Jones, who was placed in the care of her brother Christopher Garlington, and her son-in-law Thomas Heath.

Her son Maurice Jones died unmarried and left his estate to his sister Winifred Heath and her children, William, John, Mary, and Betty Heath. Winifred Jones married Thomas Heath about 1716, and married George Oldham after Thomas Heath’s death.  His son John Heath married first Mary Waddy.  His sister Betty married Roger Winter.  For more on this branch you are referred to The Heaths.

In 1712, Mr. James Waddy, the administrator of William Jones, brought a suit against Mr. William Jones and the court required Mrs. Margaret Jones, widow of Captain William, to testify.  In 1704, Mr. John Carnegie sued William Jones, and then sued Captain Maurice Jones, the executor of Robert Jones, to obtain rent for a plantation.  Mr. John Carnegie had married first, Winifred Hughlett, and secondly Elizabeth Ball, the daughter of Colonel of Joseph Ball.

Captain Robert Jones was born before 1698 and died in 1750.  He married Elizabeth Ingram, the daughter of Charles Ingram.  She was the widow of Thomas Taylor who died in 1721, and the widow of Jeffrey Gooch (Gouge or Gough) who died in 1727.  They were married by September in 1741.  Captain Robert Jones was a justice and an inspector, captain of the militia, and was sworn as High Sheriff in 1741.  Children named in his will were Hezekiah, Elizabeth, Sarah Ann, and Margery.

Maurice Jones, son of Robert

Maurice Jones evidently lived on the land he received from his godfather, Mr. John Cossens.  He was declared underage in 1675.   Maurice married Judith, the daughter of Captain Alexander Swan.  He may be the same Maurice (Morris) Jones noted in Surry County.

In 1716, two dwellings of Captain Maurice Jones were burnt by Indian John.  In 1721 Captain Maurice Jones presented the will of Thomas Sandiford (Sanford) which stated that he was living at Maurice Jones at Fleet’s Bay in Northumberland and noted Swann Jones, Mrs. Judith Jones, Judith Jones, Jr., Betty Smith and Dr. Thomas Sandiford, his father.  The Richmond County will of James Sanford in 1700 names his grandson Thomas Sandiford, and leaves a legacy to Sanford Jones.  Sanford Jones was a son of Edward Jones whose will in 1715 names his sons Sanford, Edward, and Charles as well as daughter Alicia Payne.

In May, 1729, Capt. Maurice Jones, because he was the only surviving son of Robert Jones was sued by John Tarpley, Jr. and after his death, his son Charles was sued by the same group.  This was the continuing conflict with the Bruce heirs.

The will of Captain Maurice Jones was presented for probate was filed in Northumberland in 1733 by his widow, Mrs. Judith Jones, with Mr. Swann Jones and Spencer Ball as executors.  A power of attorney was given by Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, wife of Swan Jones, to Charles Jones and proved by Mrs. Judith Jones and Spencer Ball.

Judith Jones died in 1742.  In 1742 Spencer Ball, the administrator of Mrs. Judith Jones, on behalf of his children, agreed to surrender property to Zachary Taylor of Orange County, as the guardian of John Jones, orphan of Swan Jones.

The Children of Maurice Jones appears to be:

Charles Jones married Elizabeth and then Mary Lampkin, widow of Theo Lampkin.

Betty Jones married a Smith was a daughter.

Judith Jones married Spencer Ball and they were the parents of Judith, Mattrom, Betty and William.

Swan Jones, married Elizabeth Lee, who married second, Zachary Taylor of Orange County.  Zachary Taylor married the widow of Swan Jones and became the guardian of her son John Jones.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Hancock Lee and Sarah Allerton.  Captain Maurice Jones, Mr. William Jones, Captain Charles Lee and Mr. William Eustace were appointed in January, 1721 to divide the estate of Mr. Hancock Lee’s deceased in 1709, between Elizabeth Lee and the rest of the orphans.

Zachary Taylor and Elizabeth Lee Jones were the parents of: Richard Taylor, Colonel in the Revolution and father of President Zachary Taylor; Zachary Taylor; Hancock Taylor, killed by Indians in Kentucky; Elizabeth Taylor wife of Captain Thomas Bell. The 1756 will of Captain John Jones notes his loving sister, Elizabeth Taylor, and his wife Mary Jones, and her brother Maj. John Bell and Mr. Thomas Bell of Prince William County, and Mr. Zachary Taylor of Orange County.  Captain John Jones was the father of two children.  His widow married Mr. Zachary Burnley.

Hugh Jones and Jeane of Northumberland

Hugh Jones was a tailor.  In 1652 Mr. David Fox counted among his headrights Hugh Jones.  Also transported was Jeane Jones by Mr. Lawrence Dameron of Wicomico Parish, Northumberland.  In the Order Book for 1678-98 the notation of Jeane Jones, relict of Hugh Jones.  Hugh was the father of John Jones, born in 1662, Roger Jones, born in 1671, Elinor Jones, born in 1674, Mary Jones, born in 1676, and Eliza Jones born in 1678 as noted in St. Steven’s Parish Records.  In 1669, in Northumberland County, the will of Roger Walters gives to John Jones, son of Hugh Jones, tailor, land where the said Hugh lived.  John received a bequest of land from Roger Walters in December 1669. In 1704 Anthony Carnaby and John Jones acknowledged they were indebted to Henry Drake and his wife Mary for ten thousand pounds of tobacco.  It is noted in 1707 in a deed from Thomas Gill, Sr. that the land was bought from his “Cosen John Jones in St. Stephen’s parish, given him by his Grandfather Roger Walters.

Thomas Jones and Hannah of Northumberland

Thomas Jones was listed in 1652 as a headright by Mr. Richard Turney.  He was issued a patent for 400 acres in 1655 on the north side of the James River.  In the will of William Thomas in 1656, Thomas Jones of Virginia and Sarah Jones, the late wife of Richard Jones were left a legacy.  It is unclear who this Richard Jones was. The will of Thomas Jones was probated in May, 1694 by Mr. Edward Fielding who married his relict, Hannah Jones.

David Jones of Northumberland

In the records of Northumberland County is a notation of the marriage of David Jones and Diana, widow of David Depue, which occurred before November, 1699 when the widow issued a deed to John Claughton of Northumberland for 40 acres.  David was declared “a poor Ancient man” exempt from levy in May 1717.

Nathaniel Jones of Northumberland

Nathaniel Jones of Northumberland County transported Symon Bazgine, Henry Bennett, John James, Andrew James, Thomas Brett, John Brice, and John Blogg in 1650.  He received a deed for 600 acres on the South side of the Potomac River, easterly and southerly on the upper Mattchotick Creek.  The will of Nathaniel Jones was filed in Northumberland in 1662.  It notes his wife Judith Eastaff, daughter of Thomas Eastaff, and goddaughter Mary daughter of Robert Mathe. In Stafford county is a deed regarding 460 acres in Westmoreland which was previously sold by Jarvis Dodson to Nathaniel Jones August 31, 1660, and willed by Jones to his three daughters, including Sarah who passed it on to her son Nathaniel Gray in 1709.


James Jones of Northumberland-Lancaster

In April, 1648 John Ellis, James Jones and John Taylor were granted 500 acres in Northampton County.  In 1660 James Jones, for the transport of 4 persons, patented 200 acres in Northumberland County on the branches of Cocotonian, (Corotoman) on the south side a patent by Thomas Read, lying near Turkey Creek, at Wicocomico. (difficult to read)  In 1664, James Jones and John Taylor patented 1000 acres in Lancaster County.  Lancaster was formed from portions of Northumberland and York Counties and first mentioned in 1652.  In July, 1683 Philip Drake and Edward Woolridge filed suit against James Jones in Northumberland.

James Jones married Rebecca Wauchop, daughter of John Wauchop of St. Mary’s, Maryland.  They were married in 1694.  It is noted in the records that James Jones and wife Roberta (?) of Northumberland took as an apprentice in 1698 the orphan Rubert Calbert.  He was to serve until age 21 or the death of Jones.  Rubert was to be taught to read the bible and paid five thousand pounds of tobacco and cask at the end of his term.

It would appear this is the same James Jones noted in the records of Essex County in 1700, he then being married to Katherine Armstrong.  James Jones of Sittenbourne Parish, (Richmond County) planter, and Katherine his wife, sold to Charles Brown of the same parish for 2,500 lb. of tobacco, his interest in a tract of land left to Katherine by her father Robert Armstrong, which was part of a 400 acre patent in 1660 lying in Rappahannock County on the north side of Piscataway Creek.  This same Katherine Armstrong was noted in the 1678 will of John Gregory…one pied Cow Calfe the said Cow shall being to be delivered to Katherine Armstrong to her and heires for Ever.

In 1703/04 James Jones, John Meeks and William Newman patented 647 acres in Northumberland County.  In January, 1704 John and Thomas Taylor patented 769 acres, which included 200 acres granted to James Jones and sold to John Taylor, deceased, their father.  In 1714 Bartholomew Leasure gave a statement regarding the will of James Jones which he stated was burned.  Henry Metcalf and John Turner who married Phoebe and Priscilla Shippey, the legatees of James Jones, produced depositions of Robert Philips and Bartholomew Leasure relating to the will.  These were accepted and the inventory of the estate was processed.

In the records of Spotsylvania County is noted the lease of land from Spotswood, in 1734 of 200 acres to James Jones and James and Thomas Jones, sons.  This area became Orange County.  Other lessees in the Spotswood Tract included former residents of Sittenbourne Parish, Thomas Sims, and his sons.  The will of Thomas Sims was filed in Culpepper County in 1784 and notes his daughter Sarah Jones and granddaughters Lucy and Anna Jones.

(Note:  John Taylor married Alice Gascoyn aka Gaskin: John Taylor, Jr. married Ann Vesey; Thomas Taylor married Elizabeth Therriatt; Lazarus Taylor married Mary Vesey. This family was not the same Taylor family that settled in Surry County.)


Jones North of the James River

York County

Richard Jones, d. 1653, Merchant of London

Richard Jones may have first come to Virginia in 1635 aboard the Thomas and John. Richard was a merchant in Eastcheap, London, Middlesex.  He married the widow of Richard Townshend.  She was the daughter of Francis Baldwin and Mary Langhorne and sister of Robert Baldwin of London, and William Baldwin of Northamptonshire.

Richard Townshend, aged 14 years, came to Virginia in 1620 in the Abigaile.  He was apprenticed to Doctor John Pott, in 1621, and was to have been taught the art of Apothecary.  This was not done, and Richard Townshend petitioned against Dr. Pott in 1626, complaining that terms of his apprenticeship had not been met.

It is known that in 1647/8 Captain Richard Townshend, Esquire sailed to England on the Honor of London.  Before leaving he appointed Rowland Burnham as his attorney to administer his affairs with the consent of his wife, Frances Townshend.

Frances Townshend transported William Jones and was granted headrights for this in Northumberland.  In 1650, Frances Townshend, widow, patented 2,200 acres in Northumberland County, Virginia on the south side of Potomac River at Chotank Creek in the area that became King George County in her own name.   Then, in 1652 she registered her father’s plantation of 650 acres on the Charles River, in York County in her own name.  Frances Townshend married Richard Jones sometime after this and was living in York County.

Richard Jones, merchant, died before 1653 as a deed issued in March of that year and recorded in Gloucester County, notes the land of Mrs. Frances Jones relict of Mr. Richard Jones, deceased.  This deed to John Fleete was north of the York River, adjoined the Jones land and had formerly belonged to Colonel Richard Lee.  Richard Jones’ estate in England was administered in June 1659.  Colham’s Estates of American Colonists 1610-1699 notes that Richard Jones, merchant, was from St. Clements Eastcheap, London, and he died in Virginia.  Frances married, in 1660, Robert Williams of Stafford County.

It is likely that it is this Richard Jones who transported in 1650 Robert Howard. In a deed filed in 1649, it is noted that 50 acres in Charles River County, now York County, was assigned to Richard Jones by Richard Major, and in turn, Jones assigned the land to Robert Bouth.

The land of Richard Jones was also noted in deeds filed in 1651 and 1655 in York County, indicating it was near Hartwell’s Creek, Maiden Swamp Creek, and Queens Creek.  The earlier deed indicates that Vain Spring lay upon the land of Richard Jones.

Charles River County A Few Land Deeds

Samuel Jones was granted 50 acres in 1637.  In October 1639 in a deed to John Bell for 100 acres laying along Queens Creek, joining the land of Henry Jones and John Hartwell.  Then in July, 1642, John Jones for transporting himself and 2 others received 150 acres on the north side of the Charles River between two creeks and NW upon the island.  His neighbor Edward Williams obtained his land the same day.

Thomas Jones in April, 1667 130 acres upon the branches of Tottopottamoys Swamp adjoining Michael Grafton, Samuel Sollis, and Edward Corderoy.

Charles Jones in April 1684, 650 acres escheat land which Joane Careless late of the County died in possession of.

Richard Jones, Planter of York County

Richard Jones, planter of Virginia, was the owner of the indenture made September, 1657 by John Ingram of Bristol, yeoman, who contracted to serve 4 years in Virginia. In 1659 it is noted that Mr. Richard Jones shipped 28 hogsheads of tobacco on the William and John and Thomas and Ann. He was also charged for goods shipped to him on the ship Honor. In the records of York County, it becomes clear that Richard sailed to England, and that his wife, Elizabeth was placed in charge of all his affairs through a power of attorney when he was across the sea.  She collected debts and contracted for the construction of a tobacco house.

In 1659, after Richard returned from his journey he received the following letter.

From Mr. Richard Longman Merchant in London to Mr. Richard Jones:

Loving friend Mr. Jones: yors I  reced Capt. Cooper & by the Lyon.  I was very glad to heare of your safe arrival though wth a long and tedious passage.  I am sorry to heare of the losse of yor Sonne & of yor servants, blessed by God Y t you was soe well your selfe, for I did very much feare it having soe long a passage.  By Capt. Wilson I sent you a Letter, having another opportunity.  I thought convenient to let you know that I am in good health with the rest of my family & I hope this will meet w th you and your family in ye like condition, Capt. Wilson doth intend to make two voyages this yeare that makes him hasten soe soon, there is no good newes to write you at all, for wee for we know not who shall govern us as yet; here is very dead times, for trading was never worse but I doe not question to make as much of tobacco as any man shall according to its quality.  Mr Jones I hope I shall not need say much to you concerning ye ordering of yor tobaccos, give it but substance & cure it green & what ever you doe pack it true, let it be all of one cise in a hogshead as neare as you can & in small bundles, I doe not question by ye Grace of God to Answeare yor expectation or any friend of yours that you can write to me that maketh good tobaccoe, the Wm and John, Capt ffox, is not arrived as yet but expected very speedy, my wife & all my family desire kindly to be remembered to you & Mrs. Jones & soe doth your assured friend, the 15th of June 1659

Signed Rich: Longman


For Mr. Richard Jones living in Cheescake (sic: Chiskiack) parish Yorke River in Virga from a friend whom God prserved.

Elizabeth acted as executor of Richard’s will in December, 1660.  It was written in March, 1660 and filed in November, 1660.  It notes his wife and three children; sons Gabriel, Richard, who received his plantation in Hampton Parish, and his daughter Elizabeth and his wife Elizabeth.  The witnesses were John Hansford, Edmund Peters, and William Musgrave.

In 1661 a difference between Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, relict of Mr. Richard Jones, deceased and Mr. Richard Longman, Senior, defendant was noted.  It was ordered that Mr. Richard Longman, Junior be not in any way hindered in his intended voyage for England, he leaving an Attorney in the country to defend his suit.

Also, in 1660 was filed this: Henry Andrew, Of London, Merchant appeard before Frederick Isem, Notary and Tabellion Publique of LONDON and gave a Letter of Attorney to George Light of Virginia, Planter, to ask, demand, recover, etc. from Elizabeth Jones, Widow and executrix of Richard Jones, late of Virginia, dec’d., Witnesses: Robert Spencer, William Scorey, Symon Bulstrode.

In April, 1667 the court ordered Mr. John Roberts, guardian of Mistress Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Richard Jones, Sr. deceased, to deliver his ward’s estate in kind to Thomas Hansford as intermarrying with the said Elizabeth.  They married 9 years before Bacon’s Rebellion, which Thomas participated in and was later executed for in Accomack. Elizabeth’s two brothers, Gabriel and Richard, both died without heirs. She became the inheritor of her father’s property.

Within a year of Thomas Hansford’s execution in Accomack, Elizabeth also died.  The will of Elizabeth Hansford was recorded in February, 1677/78.

York County Records # 6, 1677-1684, p 39
8 Feb 1677/8
In the name of God Amen I Elizabeth Hansford of Hampton Parish in York County being visited with sickness by the hand of Almighty God & weak in body but of sound & perfect sense & memory calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life & being willing & desirous to settle things in order do constitute ordain appoint confirm & make this my last will & testament in manner & form following hereby revoking & annulling all former will or wills whatsoever whether written or nuncupative.
I commend my soule unto hands of almighty God my Creator Jesus, My Redeemer, hoping and assuredly believing in and through his bitter death & passion to have full pardon & free remission of all my sins and to rise with the righteous at the resurrection. And my body I Bequeath to the ground from whence it was extracted to be decently interred to the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named and as to that worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me I dispose as followeth
Item I give & bequeath unto my sonne William Hansford & his heirs forever that seat of
land now in the possession of William Coman scituate & lying & being in Bruton Parish being my right & due as being the surviving child of Mr. Richard Jones my father deced.
Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Hansford and her heirs forever that seat of land now in the tenure occupation & possession of John Buce Scituate lying and being in Hampton Parish and adjoining on the land of Mr. Thomas Barber and due to me as the surviving child of my above named father, Mr. Richard Jones deced
Item I give & bequesth unto my sonne Thomas & daughter Mary Hansford this seat of land whereon I now live part whereof is in the possession of William Hutton my now tenant to them & their hyers and in case of the death of either in minority and without legitimate hyers then to the survivor.
Item I give & bequeath unto my sonne John Hansford & his heirs that seat of land in New Kent County which is pattented by my Mother Elizabeth Jones in right of my brother Richard Jones deced. and doth now descend to me as his only sister
Item I doe give & bequeath unto my kinsman Mr. William Coman the benefit and profitt of that plantation whereon he liveth for this term of seaven yeares hee plantting one hundred apple tree at thirtie foote distance & keeping the same securely fenced & leaving the housing & orchard securely fenced & tenantable
Item my will is that out the estate be purchased one woman servant to attend & waite on my sonne John Hansford whom it hath pleased God to disable & that five hundred pounds of tobacco caske be paid annually to Mr. William Coman for his care in looking after him and after his deceased to be void
Item as to my personall estate I desire & my will is that the same be equally divided among my children at the discretion of my Executrix

Item as to my children considering their age & not knowing where better to place them have no other or better confidence than in the persons under written (VIZ) To Mr. William Coman my sonne John to my beloved Mr. Charles Hansford Thomas & Mary & to Mr. David Condon my daughter Elizabeth & my sonne William whom I desire carefully to look after them and to uppbring them in the nurture and fear of the Lord
Lastly I doe appoint my loving brother Mr. Charles Hansford & my loving neighbor Mr. David Condon Executors of this my last will & testament and doe desire my loving friend Mr. John Baskervyle to be overseer of this my will desiring him to see the same promised according to the intent and purpose thereof.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this eight day of February Ano Dom 1677/8 I do also out of my estate give unto my overseer twenty shillings to buy him a ring.
Elizabeth {her mark} Hansford
Signed sealed and published
as the last will & testament of
Mrs. Elizabeth Hansford
Ed . Mundy Thomas Mountfort

His brother, Charles Hansford was charged in 1678 with the responsibility of administering his estate for the benefit of his orphans John, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, and Mary.  Their son John died in 1681.  Their daughter Elizabeth Hansford married Richard Burt.  Mary Hansford married William Hewitt, and Thomas and William Hansford married and died in York County, leaving children.  Among these was William Hansford, son of Thomas Hansford, Jr. He married Mary Holt, niece of Jane Holt Hancock.

Robert Jones, of York County

Robert Jones, Gentleman in November, 1655, 450 acres on the east side of Poropotank Swamp beginning by a Beech Spring, above the main swamp.

Robert Jones assigned 500 acres to Rowland Williams in 1658, which Williams assigned to Edward Gresham. This was recorded in New Kent County.  In the records of York County is this notation: Indenture in which John Woods, of LONDON, Merchant – for a valuable consideration and sum of tobacco – sells to Robert Jones, “taylor” in Virginia – one heifer about three years old – etc.  Test: John Wook, John Funine.  Recorded August, 1659.

In 1669, Robert Jones, a York County, tailor, was acting with agreement of his wife Martha, for divers good causes and considerations him thereunto moveing…bargained & sold unto John Harris, Negro, all the estate rite [right] title & Inheritance…in fiftie Acres of Land…in New Kent County.

Another Robert Jones, of York County

In April 24, 1671 Martha Bullocke, age 30, deposed that she heard Thomas Payne say he had given Mr. George Poindexter 20 ₤ and his share of the crop for freedom of his wife, and said Payne thanked God he was clear of him, signed Martha Bullocke.  Then, Robert Jones, age 24, said that Thomas Payne did say he was to give Mr. George Poindexter 20 ₤ and his share of the crop and said he made such agreement, signed Robert Jones.  Robert Jones was included among 23 headrights listed by George Poindexter when he was granted 1,210 acres in York County.  Robert was a bound servant to Poindexter.  On April 24, 1673 Robert Jones, servant to Mr. George Poindexter produced a certificate from the office at Gravesend, proving that he had served his term and was free and entitled to corn and clothes from Poindexter.

Robert Jones was noted as the husband of Martha Rice, in May 10, 1683 in Nansemond County in the Minute Book for Lower Virginia Meeting Quaker Records.

Warwick County

Matthew Jones

It is stated that Matthew Jones was the son of Robert Jones and that he was born in 1660.  George Bell and Robert Jones witnessed the will in 1671 of William Ridley who notes Mary the daughter of John Crewe, Edmond Prime, and his five children, William Tuke (Tooke) of Surry County his wife’s son-in-law and his daughter-in-law Jane Tuke (Tooke), and Mr. Barham’s daughters.

Mathew resided on Mulberry Island in Warwick County.  In 1687, a deed in York County to Matthew Jones of the Parish of Mulberry Island, in the County of Warwick was issued by Samuel Snignal for a water mill called Poquoson Mill on the New Poquoson River.

Mathew Jones married Elizabeth Albridgton before 1683 when they were noted in the will of her brother Richard Albridgton.  Their daughters were Mary Jones wife of Dr. Samuel Browne and Judith Jones wife of William Cary.  Their sons were Francis Albridgton, Mathew, Nathaniel and John Jones.

Matthew Jones was noted in Warwick County in the 1704 Quit Rents for 750 acres.  Francis Jones was also noted for 150 acres.

Mathew Jones

Mathew Jones and Mary Tignel were the parents of Francis Albridgton, who married Mary Ridley, and Matthew Jones who married Martha Harwood. Mathew lived in York County where his will was proved in 1762.  Badly damaged, it directs that a house be built for his wife in Martin’s Hundred.  Mary Jones was the executrix.  In the records of Warwick is the notation that Harwood Jones produced an account against Tignall Jones, orphan of Matthew Jones.

Children of Mathew Jones and Mary Tignal

Francis Albridgton Jones married Mary Ridley, his uncle Matthew’s step-daughter. Francis Jones appraised the estate of John Gent with Nicholas Williams and Robert Rickes in 1733. In 1734 Francis Jones signed the settlement of the estate of Richard Bateman Sr.  They went to North Carolina where his will was filed in 1750 in Edgecombe County.  His children were Nathaniel, Tignal, John, Francis, Albridgton, Ridley, and daughters Judith Wilson, Bettie Day, Lydia, Jemima, Lucy, and Mary Cullers.  Matthew Jones died before 1760.  Tignal Jones was Sheriff of Warwick County in 1761.

Mathew Jones and Martha Harwood resided in Warwick County.  They were the parents of Mathew, Francis, Harwood, Tignal, Vinkler, Elizabeth, and Margaret, and possibly John.  The will of Francis Jones, dated September 18, 1782, and proved in 1784 in Northampton County, North Carolina notes brother, Harwood Jones; John Jones, deceased, who held land in Warwick County, Virginia; John, Elizabeth, Harwood, and Ann children of brother Harwood Jones; brother, Tignal; brother, Vinkler; sister, Elizabeth Armsted and her sons, John and Robert Armstead. To friend, Frances Armstead; sister, Margaret Thompson. Witnesses were James Dancy and Thomas Glover.

The estate of Matthew Jones was settled in 1736.  He was the cousin Matthew Jones who was noted in the 1727 will of Matthew Jones.

Tignal Jones, son of Mathew and Martha, married Martha Anderson daughter of Thomas Anderson and his wife the daughter of James Clark and Henrietta Maria Hardeman, the granddaughter of John Taylor who owned Flowerdieu Hundred.  This Tignal Jones removed to Mecklenburg County.

Francis Jones

Francis Jones is likely the second son of Matthew Jones and Elizabeth Albridgton. He evidently married a Scervant, and they were the parents of Matthew Jones who married Elizabeth Day.  Elizabeth Day was first married to Captain Nathaniel Ridley. Elizabeth had a daughter, Mary Ridley, who married Mathew’s nephew, Francis Albridgton Jones.

In the 1723 will of Thomas Day, Mathew Jones brother-in-law was noted, as was his sister Jones and the daughter of Mathew Jones, unnamed.  The other brother-in-law mentioned was William Bridges.

Mathew Jones, son of Francis, Will, 1727

The will of his son Matthew Jones was filed in 1727 in Isle of Wight County.  His son Scervant received his land in Warwick County which he had inherited from his father, and the Negroes Sam, Basco, Pegg, Elisa, and a third part of the cattle, hogs, sheep, and he desired that his sister Marget Jones and his cozen Matthew Jones take the child and bring him up in the Fear of God out of the profits of the estate.  This was Matthew Jones who married Martha Harwood and resided in Warwick County.

His daughter Ann received his plantation at Nottaway Swamp, with daughter Marget to inherit if Ann died without heirs.  Ann also received the Negroes Hillis, Frank and the child Betty.

His daughter Marget received all the land on the east side of doctor Browns’ including the Applewhaite Neck and Chickapon Neck land and the Negroes Peg, Hager, and Nance.

His daughter Agothy received land on Nottoway, and if she died without heirs to his son Albridgton and the Negroes Frank, Nan, and girl Liza.

To his son Britton he gave a tract of land containing 144 acres in Warwick County and all the land at Nottoway River not already given and Negroes Frank, Fillis, at Nottoway, and Charity.

His wife received the Negroes Tomboy, Will, Johnny, and Sarah for her to dispose of to his children as she saw fit.  Brunswick County was ordered sold and after debts were paid the remainder to be divided between his wife, Britton, Ann, Margret, and Agothy.  The witnesses were Mary Wren, Ann Bidgood and Edmond Walton.

In 1747 Elizabeth Jones, executrix of Matthew Jones, deceased sold 200 acres on the South side of Cattail Creek,  in Brunswick County to Thomas Binns of Surry County.

In 1747 Scervant Jones of Warwick issued a bond to Thomas Binns of Surry County that he would not be interfered with by any heirs in regards to 200 acres of land in Brunswick County, which had been ordered sold by Matthew Jones, deceased, in his will.  The witnesses were Albridgton Jones, Harwood Jones, and Thomas Brantley.

Britain Jones’ estate was appraised by Richard Jones, Benjamin Atkinson, and Joseph Mangum in 1759.  It was settled in January, 1771.  The estate account was examined by Robert Tynes, John Woodley, and Charles Chapman.

In 1750 the estate of Mathew Jones was settled leaving legacies to Francis Jones for his wife’s share, James Ridley for his part of his father’s estate, Dr. Browne, for his wife’s share, and to Mr. Portlock for his wife’s share.  Mathew had married the widow Elizabeth Ridley and his nephew, Francis Jones married his step-daughter Mary Ridley.

Captain Roger Jones of Middlesex

Captain Roger Jones was in the service of the Governor of Virginia, and charged with catching pirates in 1680.  He was in charge of a sloop-of-war in Chesapeake Bay, and responsible for the collection of customs. He was able to acquire 35,000 acres and was accused of taking bribes.  He was sent back to England where he died in 1699.

Captain Jones married Dorothy Walker, daughter of John Walker, of Mansfield, in Nottinghamshire.  He was granted 357 acres on the south side of Appamattox River adjoining the land of Robert Bolling in Charles City County in 1690 for the import of 6 slaves.   This land had been granted to Robert Bolling and Mr. Daniel Nonaley, and was deserted.

In Henrico Co., VA: April 1685. David Grafton by Thomas Ballard his Attorney. That your petitioner bought of Capt. Roger Jones 3 Indians viz a woman, a boy, and a girl who run away from him in 3 or 4 days after he had bought them, and made their escape up to Mr. Henry Batts [Mr. Henry Batte] in Appomattock in Henrico County, who soon after sold the boy to Mr. Peter Proby of Warwick County, from whom he also ran away, and running to your petitioner’s house, he ordered him to be carry’d home to Proby’s, but finding by the people of his family that he called severall of them by their names, and had observable marks upon him your petitioner detayned him, where upon Proby arreseted your petitioner to Warwick County Court the 22d 8 br?, 1683, where upon full hearing, the said Indian youth was adjudged to be your petitioners but in few dayes he again Ran away and went to Mr. Henry Batts [Mr. Henry Batte] where he with the said woman his mother, and his sisters still remains as your petitioner is informed, and although your petitioner hath ffriendly advised him to returne him his Indians, he hath obstinately refused so to doe, therefore your petitioner hath arrested him to this Honorable Court. And humbly prayes order against the said Batts [Batte] for the present delivery of the Said Indians and also such damages as are given by Act of Assembly for intertayning [entertaining] Runnaway servts [servants] with Cost of Suit. And your plantiff shall ever Pray.

It is noted that Henry Batt of Virginia, merchant, was lodging with Captain Roger Jones, Muscovics Court, Great Tower Hill, London, aged 52, having been in Virginia, plantations over 40 years.

The will of Roger Jones was filed in Middlesex County, in the parish of St. Dunstan Stepney in England. He asked to be buried in Nottingham in the grave of his late wife Dorothy, daughter of John Walker of Mansfield.  He noted his wife Priscilla Jones.  Thomas and Frederick Jones, his sons, inherited his land and came to Virginia in 1701.

Frederick Jones removed to North Carolina where he became High Justice of the court in 1721. He married Jane and they resided a few miles outside of Edenton.  In 1722 Frederick Jones died at his estate in Edenton called Hayes.  Frederick and Jane were the parents of William Harding, Frederick, Thomas, Jane, Rebecca, and Martha.  Jane died in 1719.  Frederick owned an estate in Virginia in King William County.  He also owned extensive holdings in Bertie County.  William Harding died without heirs and his younger brothers inherited his four thousand acres of land on Roanoke River in Bertie Precinct.  His wife was given a life estate; however the pictures and family coat of arms were delivered to his brother Frederick Jones of Chowan County.  Eventually, the 1200 acre Edenton estate was sold, a portion was reserved as a cemetery for the descendents of Frederick Jones.  This was purchased by Governor Samuel Johnston and was also referred to as the Johnston cemetery.  The home is now an historical site.

Thomas Jones left descendents that are documented in Descendants of Captain Roger Jones.  Thomas first came to Virginia in 1702.  He was a colonel of the militia in King William County, married Elizabeth Catesby Cocke, widow of William Pratt, and daughter of Dr. William Cocke, former secretary of state.  In 1728 he was living in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Thomas Jones held large estates and had financial difficulties. He died in Northumberland County in 1762.   His children were: Thomas, Dorthea, Catesby, Frederick, William, Jekyll, Lucy, Anne, Walter, and Elizabeth.  They were the progenitors of many prominent individuals.

Rowland Jones of York County

It is noted that the ministers sent during the early century of Virginia’s colonization acquired great wealth and land, and perhaps were as focused on this as they were on preaching duties.  Serving at Jamestown during the early years was Rowland Jones.  He was the son of Reverend Rowland Bartholomew Jones who was born in 1598 and took his B. A. Christ Church Oxford, 1632.  Rowland B. Jones was Rector of Little Kimble in 1661; Vicar of Wendover of County Bucks in 1664.   Rowland B. Jones died in September, 1665 in Wendover, Bucks County and was buried in the Parish Church of Wendover.  His will mentions his wife Alice, Rowland, Ann Heritage, Jane Gooch, Mary Thompson, Elizabeth, and Michael.  Elizabeth was made executor, however by 1667 she was dead and Rowland became executor.  Not mentioned in his will were Edward and Susannah, who were Quakers and likely disowned in consequence.  These brothers and sister removed to Virginia.

Reverend Rowland Jones, Jr. served as the first rector of Bruton Church in York County for fourteen years.  He was born at Swinbrook, Oxforshire in 1644 and attended Merton College, Oxford.  After service in Buckinghamshire, he immigrated to Virginia.  He died in 1688.   Among his descendents was Martha Dandridge, wife to George Washington.   It is noted in the register of St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent, in 1757, the baptism of Morris Jones, belonging to Martha Custis.

The will of Rowland Jones, Clerk of ye Parish of Bruton in ye County of Yorke…

To my loveing wife, Anne Jones, the plantation whereon I now dwell… except..the mill swamp and pond.. which I give and bequeath to my sister, Jane Gooch….

To my son, Robert Jones, my plantation in Pomunkey Necke…

To my son, William Jones, my land on Chickahominy Branches,… lying in Charles City County…

To my son Orlando Jones, my plantation wheron I now live plus the 40 acres given to my sister, Jane Gooch, after her decease…

To my daughter, Anna Maria Jones, six thousand pounds of sweet sented tobacco and caske…items of silver…

To sonne, William, one silver salt seller and six silver spoons marked W …given by his godmother, Maddam Page..

To my loveing sister Anne Heritage, 10000 pounds sweet sented tobacco and caske…

To my sister Mary Thompson, to Henry Goock, Rowland Gooch, Jane Gooch, children of my sister, Jane Gooch, to each of them one yearling heifer

Sister-in-law, Elizabeth Thomas, a ring

Sister Bressie, a ring (wife of William Bressie of Isle of Wight)

Cozen, Mary Jones, a ring

Loveing wife Anne Jones, my sole executrix…  loveing kinsman Edward Jones, Witness Richard Glamwell, Jane Parks, Elizabeth Archer.  Sworn to by Jane Parks and Mrs. Daniel Parke

Edward Jones was Rowland’s brother and was made trustee for the administration of the will.  Sister Bressie was Susannah Jones, wife of William Bressie, and Rowland’s sister.

Children of Rowland Jones and Alice Collier were:

Robert Jones died in 1694, unmarried.

William Jones wrote his will on November 8, 1717.  John Macon witnessed the will together with Edward Harper and Matthew Edloe.  The will was probated in Surry County on May 21, 1718.  William bequeathed to his brother, Edmond Hubbard his plantation at Meherrin and an account due from Abraham Saul…. To his kinswoman Ann Hunt a horse had of John Stevens and all jewels, gold, silver, goods and chattels.  His kinsman George Hunt, was his executor.  John Macon had married Ann Hunt, daughter of William Hunt.  John Macon’s sister Martha was the wife of Orlando Jones.

George Hunt lived in Weyanoke Parish in Charles City, and he sold the land he inherited from William Jones in 1719.  It was described as 280 acres patented by William Jones, deceased, in Surry.  Major William Hunt held 3,130 acres in Charles City in the 1704 Quit Rents, and George Hunt was likely his son.  Major Hunt’s daughter married Francis Mayberry.

John Macon’s son was Gideon Macon who moved to Granville County, North Carolina and married Priscilla Jones, daughter of Edward Jones, of Isle of Wight County, and Abigal Sugars (Shugars) of Granville.  Abigail was the daughter of John Sugars whose wife Elizabeth, was the widow of Thomas Clay and was mentioned in the will of Ann Muggett, grandmother of Anne Shelley, daughter of Philip Shelley, Sr. (See Masons)

Anna Maria married William Timson, Edmund Scarborough, and John Thornton.


Orlando Jones of New Kent and King William Counties

Orlando Jones, Burgess of King William County, was the son of Rowland Jones.  Orlando Jones was sent to England to study law.  He was born December 31, 1681 and died June 12, 1719.  Orlando married first Martha Macon, daughter of Mr. Gideon Macon of New Kent on January 31, 1703.  Orlando was counted in the 1704 Quit Rents in York County for 450 acres. Orlando and Martha were the parents of a daughter Frances and son Lane.  The birth of Lane was recorded in 1707 in St. Peter’s Parish Vestry Register.  Martha’s death was noted in the register in 1716. Orlando’s second wife was Mary Williams, daughter of James Williams of King & Queen County.  They did not have any children.  He was the godson of Edward Jones of York County, who was his uncle.

Frances Jones married Colonel John Dandridge of New Kent County.  Colonel Dandridge and Frances Jones were the parents of Martha b. 1731; John b. 1733; William b. 1734; Bartholomew b. 1737; Anna Maria b. 1739; Frances b. 1744; Elizabeth b. 1749; Mary b. 1756.  John Dandridge also fathered Ann Dandridge Costin, whose mother was a slave of African American and Cherokee descent.  He may also be the father of Ralph Dandridge by an unknown mother.

Martha Dandridge, born in 1731, married first Daniel Parke Custis in 1750, who was 20 years older.  After 7 years of marriage he died, leaving her with four children: Daniel Parke Custis d. 1754; Francis Parke Custis d. 1757; John Parke Custis d. 1781; and Martha Parke Custis d. 1773.  In 1749 she married Colonel George Washington, our first president, who was the commander of the First Virginia Regiment in the French and Indian War, and Burgess for Frederick County in 1758.

Lain Jones was the father of Martha born 1728, Ann born in 1729, Lain born in 1733, Rolando born in 1738, Frances born in 1740, and William born in 1746.

Susannah Jones Bressie

Susannah Jones, sister to the Reverend Rowland Jones, was a Quaker and the wife of William Bressie, who was born in Oxford. In 1673 William and Susannah Bressie of the City of Bristol bought from John Seward, merchant of the City of Bristol, the land in Isle of Wight County on the Blackwater which had belonged to James Seward, of Virginia, deceased, the father of John Seward. In 1674 they sold nearly 1200 acres in Isle of Wight County.  They also sold 200 acres on the western branch swamp being part of a dividend of land of 1600 acres granted to Captain Anthony Fulgeham and William Bressie in July 1665.   In 1679 Edward Jones and Susannah Bressie witnessed the sale of 90 acres in Isle of Wight by Robert Lacy of Surry County and his wife Mary.  Robert Lacy, Quaker, married as her second husband Mary, the widow of William Cooke, Sr. of Isle of Wight.  The land that Robert sold was 90 acres in the Upper Parish of Isle of Wight that was part of a patent of eleven hundred acres formerly granted to William Miles and William Cooke late of Surry County, deceased.  It was located along Beaver Dam Branch near parson’s Bridge.

That same year, William and Susannah Bressie, of Isle of Wight, sold a house called Levy Neck’s Auld Field to Edward Jones, John Groves, and William Jarrett to be used as a meeting house for the Quakers.  Bressie had practiced with the Quakers in Maryland.  Edward Jones and Susannah Bressie were cousins.

In 1699 William Bessie wrote his will which was probated in June, 1701.  His legatees were:  John Harrison, my kinsman, son of John Harrison and Milbourne Harrison, lately deceased, part of land purchased from John Seard (Seward)… to his brother William Harrison; … to Hugh Bresey, and William Bresey his brother’s wearing apparel … to wife Susannah debts due in old England. Milbourne (Milborrow) Harrison, was the sister of William Bressie, and lived in England.

The following March, Susannah Bressie, widow, for love and affection … to her nephew, William Jones of York County, gave him 8,000 pound of tobacco, and deeded over to him all her land and plantation where she lived was to be his, until the gift deed was fulfilled.  …It is intended for better establishment of land where she now lives in the Upper Parish of Isle of Wight, and she bequeaths her right and title to Mathew Jordan, to descend to the longest liver of them. Her second husband was Matthew Jordan of Nansemond County.

Edward Jones, Sr. of Bruton Parish, York County

Edward Jones, Sr., was the brother of Reverend Rowland Jones.  He was the first of the family to come to Virginia.  He was transported in June, 1635 and in 1653 his land was noted as adjoining Gregory Perrott’s 150 acres.

In 1670 he bought from Francis England 650 acres on the Blackwater patented by England in January, 1670. The deed reads: …delivered to Edward Jones, his son for the convenience of his father.

In November, 1679, Robert Lacy of Surry and Mary his wife sold to George Lother, 90 acres in Upper Parish, granted to William Miles and William Cook, late of Surry, deceased.  The witnesses were Edward Jones, and Susannah Bressie.

Edward Jones made his will in October, 1690 and it was filed the next month.  I, Edward Jones of Bruton Parish in the County of Yorke, being sick and weak of body…. To my loveing wife, Mary Jones, all that parcell of land I now live on. Lying on Queens Creek, lately purchase of Mr. Jerome Ham, …after her decease I doe give the above unto my sonne John Jones, but in case my sonne John Jones, shall not live till he comes of age, then I doe give ye aforesaid land to Peter Pagon, of London, Merchant, and to his heirs forever…To my cozen, Nathaniel Davis, five pound sterling and to my godson, Orlando Jones, five pounds sterling… to my cozen Ann Jones, Widdowe, and to my loveing friend, Capt. Francis Page, each…a ringe. (loving friend was used for a relative such as brother, step brother, cousin, uncle.)

My personall estate to be equally divided between my loveing wife, Mary Jones, and my sonne, John Jones…. If my wife dye in the minority of my sonne, Capt. Francis Page have ye care and education of him.

The Anne Jones, widdowe, noted above was the widow of Rowland Jones, Edward’s brother.

Later, Priscilla Jones, granddaughter to Edward Jones II, and daughter to Edward Jones III, married Gideon Macon, grandson of Gideon Macon, father of Martha Macon Jones. Edward Jones appears to be the father of John Jones and Edward Jones who married Deborah Exum in Isle of Wight.

Edward Jones, Isle of Wight County, son of Edward Jones, Sr.

Edward Jones appears to be the nephew of Susannah Brassie, who deeded the land for Levy Neck Meeting House, and the son of Edward Jones of York County.  In 1765 Edward Jones patented 680 acres in Isle of Wight County.  He signed the Royalist Petition in 1677 in Isle of Wight.  In 1699 Richard Bennett, Sr. noted land bought of William Miles in 1656, next to Edward Jones’ line.  In 1696, Arthur Jones, Robert Munger and Edward Jones appraised the estate of Anthony Crocker.

Edward Jones, Jr. married Deborah Exum the daughter of William Exum who named his daughter Deborah Jones in his 1700 will filed in Isle of Wight.  Edward’s will was written in 1722 and filed in 1730 in Isle of Wight and names wife Deborah and sons Edward, William, and Joseph as well as daughter Jane, Sarah, Deborah, and Mary.  His eldest son Edward, received a negro…; son William the plantation where Edward Sr. now lived, at his mother’s death, of 100 acres, and 50 acres additional; son Joseph received the 100 acres where he lived.  The executors were sons Joseph and William Jones.  Witnesses were Thomas Lane, John Brown and Peter Basser.

Children of Edward Jones, Jr.

Edward, William and Joseph: Jane, Sarah, Deborah, and Mary

Edward Jones of Isle of Wight was the son of Edward Jones who married Deborah Exum in Isle of Wight County.  He married the daughter of John Sugars before 1726 when Sugars noted in his will his daughter Abigail Jones, giving her the land upon which Edward Jones lives.  His will also notes his grandson Sugars Jones. John Sugars married Elizabeth the widow first of John Mason, and then Thomas Clay of Surry County. In the 1704 Quit Rents he was married to his second wife, Elizabeth Swann, widow of John Drew.  It was her land for which he was taxed. She was the daughter of Mathew Swan and Elizabeth Harris, widow Spiltimber.

Edward and Abigail removed to Granville County, North Carolina where they prospered.  His will  filed in 1750 named sons Sugar, James, Edward, Daniel, and Robert, daughters Sarah, Obedience, and Priscilla Macon, wife of Gideon Macon.  He was Burgess for New Bern from 1746 to 1751, and died before the birth of his son Robert Jones.  Robert Jones’ plantation was called White Sulphur Springs.

Sugar Jones’ will in 1761, in Granville notes children Edward, Drury, Samuel, James, Nancy, and Mollie.

Robert Jones married Nannie Duke widow of John Christmas, daughter of Mary Green and William Duke, Jr. Nannie and Robert were the parents of Elizabeth Swan Jones, who married Robert Jones; Sara who married Rev. John C. Glenn; Thomas Cook Jones, who married Tempie Williams; and William Duke Jones who married Mary Ann Speed, then Angeline Peete, widow of Dr. Fennel; Ann Winifred Jones who married Rev. John Early.  Members of the Robert Jones family intermarried with the Pettway and Williams families.

John Jones, son of Edward Jones, Sr.

John Jones and was noted as a contemporary of Orlando Jones.  The birth of his daughter was recorded in St. Peter’s Parish Vestry Register: Elizabeth, May 1688. In 1698 John Jones was among those ordered to clear the roads in the parish.

John Jones, (Jr.) was also recorded in the parish register as the father of these children: John May 30, 1700; Anne October 13th 170-; Richard March 6, 17 –; David son of John Jones October 26, 1717.

Richard Jones, mariner of Elizabeth River

The wife of Giles Jones, Elizabeth Jones, obtained 100 acres lying within the island of Point comfort in 1628.  Another deed in 1628 to Roe Nicholas in Elizabeth City notes the land of Giles Jones.

In 1646, Richard Jones was granted land by Cornelius Lloyd, agent for Captain William Tucker which lay on the westernmost branch of the Elizabeth River on Allington’s Circle.  This land was in Lower Norfolk County.

In 1654 the land of Richard Jones is noted in a deed in James City County to William Smith as lying on the east side of the Chickahominy near Major Holt’s and Mathew Williams.  This land was granted in April, 1654.  It was 288 acres and was situated westerly on John Merryman and Southerly of Mr. Overman.  Robert Holt’s deed was granted in 1654 and lay on the east side of the Chickahominy River beginning upon the first westernmost branch of Jones Creek.  Richard Jones transported Frederick Jenkinson, Edmund Parry, Peter Reynolds, John Dany and Thomas Dixon in 1654.

In August, 1655 Thomas Jones patented 400 acres on the north side of the James River bounded from Mr. Howes corner tree at the head of his land to the long thicket.  Thomas transported Elizabeth Drooyt, Jane Stoute, Ann Green, Richard Cole and John Cole in 1655.

In 1655 Richard Jones patented 350 acres land along the Elizabeth River, adjacent Captain William Tucker’s land, which included the 200 acres previously obtained from Tucker in 1646.  Patents continued in the name of Richard Jones along the Elizabeth River and in Elizabeth City County until 1674.  In 1663 another patent for 100 acres was issued to Richard Jones.

July, 1672 Richard Jones, Mariner patented 680 acres in the southerne branch of Elizabeth River on ye East side thereof.  400 acres part thereof beginning at a marked pine standing by a Creeke side and running for breadth So E 100 poles to a marked pine standing by a Sandy Point by another Creeke by the Mayne River to a marked white oak standing on a Sandy Point by another Creeke and from thence NE into the woods 320 poles to the first mentioned station.

280 acres the residue of the said 680 acres adjoining beginning at a marked pine standing on the South side of a Creeke and running along the maine River S by E 140 poles to a Black Walnut tree and from the So East by East along the river 68 poles to a marked hicory standing on a point on the North side of another Creeke and so over the branch into the woods E by N 120 poles to a marked Pine standing by a branch side the N ½ Ely 224 poles to a marked pine standing on a swamp side the NW 60 poles to a marked Spanish Oake standing in the Swamp and from the WSW 205 poles to the first station.  The first 400 acres being part of a patent formerly taken up by one Mr. Wm. Julyan and by four conveyances it last becomes due to the said Richard Joanes.

The other 280 acres being due by patent dated 8 April 1665.  (Nugent p. 445: Mr. Richard Jones patent for 300 acres April 28 1665.)  In March of the same year, William Wilson attempted to obtain a patent on this same acreage, noting that …being formerly granted to Richard Jones by patent April 28, 1665, and by him deserted and is now granted to the said William Wilson….

In October 1673, Richard Jones, Senior was granted 400 acres in Lower Norfolk County beginning at a marked pine … running up by Bowmans Runn…for the transport of 8 persons.

In the records of Norfolk county is the letter posted from Bristoll, the 16 October, 1665, Sir Robert Yeamans writes to Mr. John Scott, commander of a trading vessel bound for Virginia, to inquire for his sloop in Elizabeth River, last in the hands of Richard Jones, resident there.  Thomas Hawkins was the executor of the will of Richard Joanes in May, 1698 in Elizabeth City County.

I suspect this is the same Richard Jones who married Elizabeth Croshaw, daughter of Captain Richard Croshaw who died in 1669.  She married Richard Jones of York County.  Captain Croshaw was the brother of Joseph Croshaw, whose daughter Mary married Thomas Taylor.   Thomas Taylor petitioned for a portion of the estate of his father-in-law, Joseph Croshaw inherited by his wife Mary Crowshaw’s brother after his death as her 1/3 portion of his inheritance.

The will of Richard Jones was proved in May 24, 1697 in York County.  They were the parents of Morris Jones and Rebecca Jones.

In 1758 the will of George Wray was witnessed by Morris Jones, among others, and John Jones provided security, with others.  The will notes land in Appomattox bought of Captain Taylor, daughter Ann Stith, houses in England, and other items and persons of interest.

In 1759 the will of Morris Jones was filed in Elizabeth City County, noting his wife Rachell, son Charles, daughter Susanna Pasteur Jones, daughter Mary, and an unborn child.  Rachell Jones was the daughter of Charles Pasteur.

The will of Edward Jones was filed in September, 1693 in Elizabeth City County.  The account for the orphans, William and Elizabeth Jones was returned by John Smith.

John Jones estate was administered by Jane Jones in 1735 in Elizabeth City county.  William King and William Copeland were the administrators of the estate of Jane Jones, the Administratix of John Jones in 1738.  The accounts were examined by Thomas Mingham and John Selden.

John Jones estate was settled by Thomas Everard and John Selden, paying the widow her one-third in April, 1743.

Foulke Jones of Surry County and Elizabeth

Foulke Jones came to Virginia in 1642.  In 1652, in Surry, Foulke Jones, planter, received greetings from William Vaughan, who, owing Foulke Jones 600 pounds of tobacco and caskes, bound over his tobacco crop for the year, which was made on ground belonging to Mr. Carter.

In 1661 Thomas Lane of Surry, planter, as part of his marriage agreement with Elizabeth Jones, widow, made arrangements to secure the inheritance of Elizabeth, daughter of Elizabeth Jones. Her inheritance was the Plantation of her deceased father, called Sheepheards, and 1000 pounds tobacco, with cowes, etc. George Harrison and William Howe witnessed the agreement in Surry County.  In 1674 Thomas Lane with John Price appraised the estate of Thomas Taylor.  He was 26 when they married and he died in 1709.  Elizabeth appears to have been the widow of Foulke Jones.


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  1. geesnmore said, on March 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Resources for the Jones Families of Virginia:
    Captain Roger Jones
    Peter Jones and Richard Jones: on Ancestry
    Jones genealogical history by Cadwallader Jones: Peter Jones and Robert “Robin” Jones
    Memoirs of a Southern Woman: a genealogical history of the descendents of Robin and Allen Jones by Mary Polk Branch
    William & Mary Quarterly on Ancestry – Jones families
    James Jones descendants and intermarriages, 1612-1996;
    Dinwiddie County Jones Records

    • Patsy (Jones) Martin said, on February 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this, it helped me piece together a lot of my family . Mine comes down the line Robert Rives Jones , then it goes all the way to Grady County, Ga. You did an awesome job & required many hours of hard work, but I really appreciate it.I worked on this myself, along with my brother for many years !!!!Again,many, many THANKS!!!

      • geesnmore said, on February 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm

        You are welcome Patsy. There will be revisions in the future, so revisit periodically. I am still refining William Jones’ who married the daughter of Robert Rives. I am double checking his ancestry. There were four different William Jones in Bristol Parish during the early 1700’s, and I am trying to be clearer about who each of them were, as I pursue the family of James Jones.

  2. Roy Jones said, on March 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Congratulations on performing a really heroic task pulling together the scattered information on the Jones families of Virginia in the 17th and 18h centuries!

    I am a direct descendant of Rev. Richard Jones and Martha Llewellyn through the two succeeding Captains Richard Joneses, Major Peter Jones, Jr., Robert Jones, Edward Henry Jones (who moved his family from Virginia to Demopolis, Alabama, and secured patents on 2,553 acres of land there – probably confiscated from the Cherokees), Dr. Richard William Jones (born in Virginia, moved his family from Alabama to Texas after the Civil War), and Dr. William Peguese Jones (my grandfather). My grandfather and great-grandfather are buried with the rest of my family at Bright Light Cemetery in Harvey, Brazos County, Texas, now within the city limits of College Station.

    My cousin Col. George Walton and I only started to learn about our connection to the Joneses of Virginia about ten years ago. I now own a copy of Augusta Fothergill’s “Peter Jones and Richard Jones Genealogies,” publishee 1924, and I have consulted “Adventurers of Purse and Person,” which was published in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Jamestown. In her book, Fothergill carries the family line through Dr. Richard William Jones, but she does not know the identity of Martha Llewellyn Jones’ husband, identified in “Adventurers of Purse and Person” (and proved pretty conclusively by you!) as the Rev. Richard Jones, “Clerk” or Minister. “Adventurers of Purse and Person” concludes that he was likely in charge of Martin’s Brandon Parish.

    I’d like to suggest some possible discrepancies or errors in your (beautifully organized) body of information:

    (General) Abraham Wood was the most prominent man in Virginia Colony during his lifetime.  His wife is a mystery (NOTE: It has been reliably reported that Gen. Abraham Wood married Margaret Crewes {or Cruse} – a widow {possibly of James Crewes} – sister of Martha Llewellyn, who married Rev. Richard Jones), and his only known children were Mary, wife of Thomas Chamberlayne and Margaret (NOTE: She was his step-daughter, a child of Margaret Llewellyn Crewes’ first marriage; see below), wife of Peter Jones who eventually, in 1675, became the commander of Fort Henry when Abraham’s age led him to retire from active military engagements.

    …Cadwallader (Jones) went to England, and with the influence of the Jeffreys he was commissioned Governor (NOTE: of New Province) in the Bahamas.  He got into additional difficulties there, and returned to England in 1698/9. (NOTE: Gov. Cadwallader Jones was deposed in a famous rebellion.)

    Abraham Jones died in Henrico County, Virginia.  Many of the members of this family were noted in Nottoway, Brunswick and Dinwiddie Counties by the end of the 18th century.  His son was Major Peter Jones. In 1683 Abraham patented 1,217 acres on the south side of Appamattox River at the lower side of Major General Abraham Wood’s lands, called the Indian Town lands.  His wife is unknown. (NOTE that the Abraham Jones mentioned in the patent of 1683 would not have been in the same generation as the immigrants Cadwallader, William, and Richard Jones mentioned above. He is likely Lt. Abraham Wood Jones, son of Captain Peter Jones and Margaret Wood. See below.)

    Major Peter Jones was born in 1599 and he died in Henrico County in 1662. (NOTE: There is a discrepancy here. It is stated in the section devoted to General Abraham Wood, above, that the Peter Jones who married Wood’s step-daughter Margaret became the commander of Fort Henry in 1675.) He arrived in Virginia in 1623.  He is first noted at a Meeting of the Militia held at Merchants’ Hope in 1655 when, as Captain Peter Jones…

    Reverend Richard Jones is likely the brother of Abraham Jones (NOTE: or of the first Peter Jones in the Peter Jones line.) of Henrico County.  He owned a 950-acre tract in Bristol Parish and another 1,500 acres nearby. He helped William Claiborne establish the Kent Island plantation in 1631.  With them was Edward Baker, Mariner.  Rev. Richard Jones married Martha the daughter of Daniel Lewellyn. (NOTE that Martha Llewellyn’s mother was not married to Daniel Lewellyn earlier than 1640, so that Martha was not born earlier than that. Therefore it is unlikely that the Rev. Richard Jones she married is the same Rev. Richard Jones associated with William Claiborne in 1631. In some histories William Claiborne’s companion is actually referred to as Rev. Richard James.)  Her (Martha’s) mother was Anne Baker, the daughter of John Baker (1604 – 1654).  (NOTE: Ann Lewellyn was probably not the daughter of John Baker. She was almost certainly Ann Price Hallom {maiden name unknown} who arrived in Virginia two years earlier than John Baker. This is confirmed in “Adventurers of Purse and Person.” She has also been identified as Ann Matthews, daughter of Samuel Matthews, but this too has been discredited.) Captain Lewellyn (Luellin) held 636 acres, 270 acres of which were known ad Rich Level.  John’s brother Richard married the daughter of Henry Perry who imported Daniel Lewellyn and George Baker in 1633.  John Baker was a neighbor of Abraham Wood in 1638.

    From my personal notes:

    Ann Llewellyn was the earliest member of the family to arrive in the Virginia Colony, on the ship Francis Bonaventure in 1620. She appears in the Muster of 1624/25 as the 21 year old wife of John Price (who had arrived in 1611). After his death she married Robert Hallom, and after Hallom’s death she married Daniel Llewellyn. The Francis Bonaventure was not one of the 1620 “bride ships” that carried 150 maidens recruited by the Virginia Company to marry settlers in the colony, but no one known to have been on the 1620 voyage of the Francis Bonaventure appears to be related to Ann. It is very possible that after she arrived the 17 year old girl was the only member of her family to survive the Indian attacks and disease that plagued the colony between 1620 and 1624. On the other hand, John Price could have paid for her passage.

    Rev. Richard Jones was in Charles City County by 1650, when he patented 950 acres there. He was probably in charge of Martin’s Brandon Parish. His antecedents are uncertain. I have found nothing to confirm the claim found on the Baker Family genealogical web site ( that he was the son of the Rev. Richard Jones who accompanied William Claiborne when he established the Kent Island plantation in 1631.

    No one with the name of Jones who appears in the Muster of 1624/25 had known surviving descendants in Virginia (see “Adventurers of Purse and Person”), but other Richard Joneses can be identified in the Virginia Colony in the generation preceding the Rev. Richard Jones who married Martha Llewellyn. Aside from the Rev. Richard Jones said to be associated with William Claiborne, the most interesting is the Richard Jones who is identified on some genealogy web sites as a “merchant of London,” who married the Lady Anne Jeffries of Manor Ley, Beerferris Parish, County Devon, England. His family origins have been traced to Gottakenan, Denby, Wales. Listed among their sons are Peter, Richard, William, Frederick and Cadwallader. The father Richard is supposed to have removed to Prince George County, Virginia, although he probably died in England. Sons Peter, Richard and William are believed to have remained in Virginia. Cadwallader Jones was in Virginia before he became a governor of New Province in the Bahamas. Richard Jones and Lady Anne Jeffries are reported to have had another son named Abraham. Some reports indicate that he also immigrated to Virginia and that the first Peter Jones in the Peter Jones line was his son – and therefore possibly nephew, rather than brother, of the Rev. Richard Jones who married Martha Llewellyn. On the other hand the first Peter Jones in that line also had a son named Abraham.

    With so many Abraham, Peter and Richard Joneses to deal with, it is virtually impossible to keep them all straight (and there were definitely other Richard Joneses in the Virginia Colony unrelated to those in the family or families concerned here) – not to mention the several Cadwallader Joneses in the Peter Jones line, including the one who served in the American Revolution and carried a sword (with the family crest) which was reported to be an heirloom handed down from the first Cadwallader Jones. (It is apparently still extant.)

    I have created a family tree on the website tracing my family from the birth of Daniel Lewellyn in 1600 to the birth of my grandson in 2009. It relies heavily on Augusta Fothergill’s “Peter Jones and Richard Jones Genealogies.”

    Roy Jones
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    March 2010

    • geesnmore said, on March 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      Fantastic additional information. thank you for contributing. I hope others can benefit, and will continue the sharing of information.

      RE: Reverend Richard Jones and Kent Island
      Richard James, minister had a long standing connection to William Claiborne. His estate was administered in James City in 1640 by William Claiborne, who stated that the minister’s assets on Kent Island had been seized by the Governor of Maryland. This certainly reflects the ongoing battle between Claiborne and Lord Baltimore, who was determined to evict the Virginian from his settlement on Kent Island, even though Claiborne had been there prior to Baltimore’s grant. The underlying value to their dispute was trade with the natives for furs.
      Thanks for the lead!

  3. Pam Downs said, on September 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I have studied your research with interest and you have certainly done a great job! My ancestor is mentioned in your narrative:
    “In 1764, Henry Jones, and Mary his wife, conveyed to Lewelling Jones, 32 acres of land in Brunswick County.” Henry and Mary were apparently parents of Barnabas as he was Henry’s executor and sold land that he said he received from his father. I live in GA so have been focusing on the GA research. Barnabas moved to GA in 1785.

    Did you run across anything that would indicate who Henry’s parents were? He always seemed to live near Richard’s sons but the one time I got to research at the Library of VA I could not find a familial connection to Richard.


  4. Wilma Bray Gregory said, on September 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Totally awesome job here! Thank you for posting this for the rest of us! Thanks for all your hard work!! Wilma

  5. Nancy Breidenthal said, on January 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Kathryn, your site is just great, really helpful! I’m afraid I’m borrowing a bunch from your research on the family of Capt. Richard Jones as one of my ancestral families was Ragsdale. (I’ve cited you as the source, of course.) I also intend to recommend and link to your site in the appropriate Ragsdale page. Hope that’s alright.

  6. S. Koperski said, on January 25, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I believe that there is an error on p. 79 of the Virginia Jones Families document, re: parents of Sarah Stratton. Her father was Edward Stratton, not Richard Stratton, as proven by the wills and marriage records of her parents and grandparents.

    Nevertheless, your work is tremendous and most helpful. Thank you for posting it and for updating it too.

    • geesnmore said, on January 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      I will check this and revise if needed. Thanks for the input and the compliment.

  7. Franklin Jones said, on February 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Great work… Really appreciate you sharing this family information. I am a desendant of Barnabas Jones who moved to Georgia around 1785. Looking forward to seeing any updates you may have.

  8. anderson1951 said, on March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Nice site… a current update on Joshua Wynne’s wives…

    Frances Anderson was the daughter of Reynard Anderson and Elizabeth Skiffen. She would have been born in the mid 1660’s just northeast of current Petersburg, Virginia. She married John Herbert and lived with him on his estate “Puddledock” east of Petersburg. John Herbert was a wealthy trader and from his estate Mrs. Herbert is credited with 3925 acres of land in the 1704 rent roll of Prince George County and 1360 acres in Henrico County After John Herbert’s death Frances married Thomas Cocke secondly and Joshua Wynne thirdly. Her wealth made her a very marriagable widow.
    more details here…
    Marc Anderson

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