Henry Jones

(possibly) ancestors

Henry Jones ca 1680 – 1739 I his parents
& Catherine Judkins – 1733/39 I her parents
& bef 1739 Martha ? I her parents
of Surry Co, VA & Northampton Co, NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Henry Jones son of William Jones (will Surry Co 1714) and his wife Elizabeth (will 1723) was born ca 1680.
Henry Jones married Caterine _____ in Surry County, VA.
Catherine apparently died 1757.

Children of Henry Jones:
1. Henry Jones 1701 – 1751/52
married 4 May 1723 Sarah _____
[she prob remarried 1754]
a. Pryer Jones
b. Gray Jones
c. Sarah Jones
d. Henry Restore Jones
e. Mary Jones
f. Caterine Jones
2. daughter Jones ca 1704
married ——- Roberson
3. Francis Jones ca 1707 (in Cumberland Co, NC 1757)
4. John Jones ca 1712 (in Norfolk Co, VA 1753)
a. John Jones Jr bef 1732 –
5. James Jones ca 1715
married p Nov 1748 Frances____
6. William Jones ca 1718 maybe in Brunswick Co Va awhile
7. Phillip Jones ca 1721 maybe in Isle of Wight awhile
8. Elizabeth Jones ca 1724

C 55 Henry Jones Sen yeoman to Henry Jones Jun Nov 9 1728
200 A for “love & affection I do bear unto my son.” Part of 640 A patent 26 Feb 1711 Nov Ct 1728.

C 61 Henry Jones to Francis Jones Nov 9 1728
200 A love & affection I bear my son. land adjoining his brother Henry. Wit: Robert Jones, C Evans Nov Ct 1728.

Wills 1756 -1794 Northampton Co, NC
204 Henry (x) Jones Sr 14 Nov 1733 – Nov Ct 1757 (before J Edwards)
– son William- negro man Ben.
– son John – negro woman Beck.
– daughter Elezebeth Jones – feather bed & bolster, rugg.
– son Philip – my overseas dealings.
– son James – 240 acres where I now live.
– son John – 230 acres on north side of Roneoake River joining Beny Melton & John Burton, reserving the timber for my sons Henry, Francis, & James.
– cousin William Dens (?) – cow & calf.
– granddaughter Mary Roberson – cow & calf.
– wife Caterine – the use of certain above named legacies; rest of my personal estate during her widowhood.
– my 4 eldest sons to be trustees.
– son Henry to oversee my son Phelip until he is age 21. Other provisions.
Ex. son Henry Jones
Wit: Needham Bryan, George (x) Smith, John (x) Eless

F 106 Henry Jones to Phillip Jones Aug 20 1739
Gift 230 A Between Henry Jones son of Henry Jones Late Decd and Phillip Jones (well beloved brother.)

F 114 Henry Jones to James Jones Aug 20 1739
Gift 240 A Henry Jones son of Henry Jones late decd to my well beloved brother James Jones . . . the Manor Plantation whereon his father Last lived . . . Part of Patent to Henry Jones decd for 640 A bearing date 26th day Feb 1711/12.
Wit: Henry Horne, Evan Ragland, Phillip Jones, Feb Ct 1739/40.

Records of Estates, Bertie County, NC 1734-1788
(383) Henry Jones
Inventory Jan 28, 1740 by Henry Jones.
Inventory May 8, 1740. Account of sale Nov 11 1740.
Buyers:Francis Jones John Pope John Green Phillip Jones John Lide Robert Foster John Cotten, Sr Edward Robertson John Jones Henry Horne Augustin Moore Henry Jones Noel Giles John Evins John Gill William Pace William Jones Evin Ragland Capt William Kinchen William Moore William Denis Mrs. Martha Jones
Account current Feb 11, 1742 with Henry Jones, admr.
Money was paid to:William Smith Robert Cado Thomas Eldridge on account of Moses Bradley Francis Jones Theophilus Pugh John Pheasant Augustine Moore Eliza Marcey William Short Joseph Holmes James Kirby Jacob Porson William Dunnes John Cotten Edgecomb Claydon Phillip Jones John Fitts Samuel Buxton Jacob Ellis Andrew Moore Thomas Pickett Robert Crosson William Pace John Edwards Beribee Melton
Memorandum (undated) of items Mrs Martha Jones kept out of the estate of Henry Jones and mentioning money paid to Col Benjamin Hill on her account.

Abstracts of Deeds, Northampton Co, NC 1741-1759 –Margaret M Hofmann Deed Book I
p 8 Samuel Dalling of Portsmouth, New Hampshire in New England, marriner to Mr Henry Jones of Northampton Co 23 Feb 1741 power of attorney Wit: Phillip Jones, James Jones, John Wade Reg Northampton Co Feb Ct 1741 J Edwards C Ct

p 22 Phillip Jones of the province of NC to John Wade of Northampton Co 22 Feb 1741 21 pounds 10 shillings Va money 230 acres on the north side of Morratoke river joining Deep bottom land that was formerely William Rievers, a slash, Barrabe Melton and the river, being the land that Henry Jones, elder brother of the sd Phillip Jones gave him by deed 20 Aug 1739 all houses, orchards, gardens, clear ground etc Wit: Samuel Dalling, Henry Jones, James Jones Reg. Northampton Co May Ct 1742 J Edwards C Ct

p 133 John Woode of Northampton Co to Knowles Giles of Northampton Co 22 June 1744 10 pounds 230 acres more or less on the north side of Moratuck river, joining the north side of a deep bottom, William Reeve’s former corner, a slash, Beribby Melton and the river Wit: Phillip Jones, James Jones Reg Northampton Co Aug Ct 1744 Robert Forster C Ct

p156 John Wade of Northampton Co to John Melton of Edgecombe Co 27 Nov 1744 22 , good an lawful money of Va. 230 acres more or less on the north side of Marratock river, joining the mouth of a Deep bottom, William Reeves’ former land, Beryby Melton and the river; being land that John Leonard bought of Phillip Jones of Surrey Co Va 21 Oct 1718 all houses, or-chards, gardens etc. Wit: James Loftin, John L Loftin x his mark, Bereby Melton x his mark Reg Northampton Co Nov Ct 1744 Robert Forster C Ct

p 359 James Jones and Frances Jones of Northampton Co to Samuel Jordan of Prince George Co Va 19 Nov 1748 240 , current money of Va 240 acres more or less on the north side of the Marratoke river, joining Henry Jones and the river, part of a patent to Henry Jones decd for 640 acres 26 Feb 1711/2 and conveyed from the sd Henry to James Jones his brother 20 Aug 1739 and known as the manor plantation whereon his father last lived , all houses, orchards etc.
Wit: William Baker, Henry Jones, John Carlew
Reg Northampton Co Nov Ct 1748 J Edwards C Ct

Deed Book II
p 147 Sarah Jones widow and relict of Henry Jones decd of Northampton Co to my well beloved Henry Jones and my 5 daughters Pryer, Gray, Sarah, Caterine, and Mary Jones for love, good will and affection slaves household goods money etc to be delivered to the sd Henry at 21 years of age or day of marriage and to the sd daughters at age 18 or day of marriage Wit: R Williams, James Wallace, Phillip Corlew Reg Northampton Co Feb Ct 1754 J Edwards C Ct

p 147 John Jones Sr and John Jones Jr of Norfolk Co Va are held and firmly bound to Sarah Jones widow and relict of Henry Jones decd of Northampton Co 8 Dec 1753 in the sum of 400, good and lawful money of Va Wit: James Wallace, R Williams Reg Northampton Co Feb Ct 1754 J Edwards C Ct

p 441 Francis Jones of Cumberland Co to Robert Jones Jr of Northampton Co attorney-at-law 9 Nov 1757 250 pounds current Va money 200 acres more or less in Oconechee Neck, joining Roanoak river, the sd Robert Jones Jr, Henry Jones decd, and John Cotton the tract goven to Francis Jones by his father Henry Jones decd Wit: John Jones Jr, Davie Jones, William Davis, Reg Northampton Co Feb Ct 1758 J Edwards C Ct

p 444 John Myrick of Craven Co SC to Francis Jones of Northampton Co 10 June 1757
60 , current money of Va one negro man named Hero a tract of land on Stonehouse Creek , acres (not given) 4 cows and 3 calves one small bay horse etc.
Wit: Matt. Myrick, Owen Myrick, Reg Northampton Co Feb Ct 1758 J Edwards C Ct

Abstracts of North Carolina Wills by Bradley 1750-1755
?270 Francis Jones 14 Jan 1750 O Aug Ct 1755 (before Jos Montfort) of Edgcombe Co. “weak of body”
– Sons Nathaniel & Tingnall – land on Crabtree Creek in Johnston Co.
– Son-in-law John Cutler to run a line through my land on Crabtree Creek in Johnston Co. for land & 1 part to him & 1 part to my son John.
– Son Matthew – land on Swift Creek in Johnston Co & 5, Va.
– Son Francis – land on Jackit Swmp in Edgecombe Co at age 18.
– Wife Mary – use of where I live during her lifetime & then to my son Francis.
– Son Albridgton – 25, Va.
– Daughter Judith Wilson – negro girl Judith already given her.
– Daughter Marry Cutler – negro boy Rodger already given her.
– Daughter Lucy Jones – negro girl Homer already given her.
– Wife Mary – negro women Nan & Phillis.
– Rest of my estate to my wife & my children Nathanial, Tingnall, John, Matthew, Albridgton, Betteday, Lydia, Ridley, Jemima, & Francis Jones.
Ex: wife Mary Jones, son Nathanial Jones
Wit: Thos Wiggins, Francis Drake.

271 Henry Jones 26 Nov 1751 O Feb Ct (before J. Edwards) of North West Parish, Northampton, Co.
“Very sick and weak in Body”
– Eldest daughter Prior Jones – 70, Va at her marriage. 1 feather bed & furniture.
– Daughter Gray Jones – 20, Va at her marriage, 1 feather bed & furniture.
– Daughter Sarah Jones – 20, Va at her marriage, 1 feather bed & furniture.
– Son Henry Restore Jones – plantation where I now live & my still, only my wife to have their use during her lifetime.
– Daughter Mary Jones – 150 acres on Blew Marsh in Edgecombe Co, cattle, hogs.
– Daughter Katey Jones – remaining part of the survey called Rich Neck, hogs, cattle, at her marriage.
– Wife Sarah -remainder of my estate.
Ex. wife Sarah Jones
Wit: John Mander, John Corlew Jr, Joel Moseley

?272 Henry (x) Jones planter 11 Feb 1754 O Apr Ct 1754
(before Will Halsey) of Chowan Co.
– Daughter Mary Lovel – cow & calf.
– Daughter Jane Champion – 1 s sterling.
– Son William – 1s sterling.
– Daughter Sarah Parker – cow & calf.
– Wife Elizabeth Jones – rest of my estate.
Ex. wife Elizabeth Jones, Benjamin Parker
Wit: Henry Bonner, John Luten, Samuel Luten.

Deeds of Surry Co Va Patents
Wm Jones June 16 1714-
— 280 A on the NE side of Nottoway River, beginning at the Mouth of Jones’ Hole Swamp & being part of 600 acres granted said Jones on Oct 24, 1701.

John Jones 13 Nov, 1713 —
– 330 acres on the S side of Jones’ Hole Swamp at the going over of the gum log.

Henry Jones 13 Nov, 1713 –
– 250 acres on the S side of Nottoway River beginning on the SE side of the Flat Swamp.

Patents from the Province of North Carolina 1663-1729, Hofmann.

476 pg 170 William Jones 26 Feb 1711/12 640 acres on Morattock river in Chowan precinct joining the mouth of a spring branch and Moratuck river /s/ Edward Hyde, N. Chevin, Tho. Boyd, Tho. Peterson

477 pg 171 Henry Jones 26 Feb 1711/12 640 acres on Morattuck river in Chowan precinct, joining the river /s/ Edward Hyde, N. Chevin, Tho. Boyd, Tho. Peterson

478 pg 171 Phillip Jones 26 Feb 1711/12 510 acres on Morattuck river in Chowan precinct, joining Henry Jones and ye river /s/ Edward Hyde, N. Chevin, Tho. Boyd, Tho. Peterson

Wills & Admin. Surry County, VA, Davis.
In 1713 Thomas Crews gives his son John Crews a tract of land called Gray’s (which I bought of Henry & Catherine Jones & Wm Dennis & Samuel Jenkins) – 100 acres.

Surry County, Va Court Records Book VII, Hauns. Oct 21 1713.? Henry & Katherine Jones appeared in court to acknowledge a Deed of Sale of a parcel of land to Arthur Jones.

Robert Jones Executor of the Last Will & Testament of William Jones decd. return an Invty. of the Estate of the said deced. the same in ordered to be recorded.

4 thoughts on “Henry Jones”

  1. I like the information you have provided. I’m not clear on William Dennis’ generation, but I think he is Robert’s son and his brothers are Edward, Nathaniel and Charles. You will find references to them in tithe lists of Surry County, Southwark and Lawnes Creek Parishes. The other parties mentioned are contained there too.

  2. Sally, I’ve done quite a bit of research on this line of Jones, especially Henry Jones Sr who died in 1739. His will was either honestly lost or deliberately hidden for many years. By the time it was finally found and recorded (not probated), his estate had already been administered intestate. Henry’s first wife Catherine Judkins died between 1733 and 1739 and Henry Sr remarried to a woman named Martha. This is why there’s a page in his estate file for items that Mrs Martha Jones had taken or used from the estate.

    Bertie County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1724-1739 Book I by Haun, p 107
    13 Nov 1739
    Martha Jones Relect Widow of Henry Jones Senr. deced praying admicon on the sd. Deced. Est Grantd. she giveing Secuty in the Sum of L1000.

    Notice that Henry Jr had already deeded his father’s land to James and Philip 3 months before that in Aug 1739. If the will had been found and probated, these deeds would not have been necessary or even possible. But since the will couldn’t be found, Henry Sr’s estate was administered intestate, and Henry Jr as eldest son and heir at law inherited all according to the law of primogeniture. Martha was granted administration in Nov 1739, but the file for Henry Sr’s estate consistently refers to Henry Jr as the administrator after that, not Martha. It’s not known what happened to Martha. There is nothing in the estate file about any dower land being surveyed off for her and nothing about her support or maintenance – only a page about items taken or used by Mrs Martha Jones and their value. We are very lucky to have the will at all since it was never probated and found too late to be of any value other than to us as researchers. The estate of Henry Jones Sr had been administered intestate many years earlier.

    Notice that when Henry Jr made the deeds for his father’s land, he made a change. He may or may not have known what his father’s wishes were. The will said son John was to get the 230 acres and son Philip was to get the overseas business, but Henry Jr deeded the 230 acres to Philip and John got no land. I suspect Philip and John decided to swap and Henry Jr agreed. If so, John would have taken over the overseas business. Maybe this is why son John and his son John Jr were in Norfolk – a port. I suspect they were buying out Henry Jones Jr’s goods or interest in the business. However Henry’s son John Sr turned up again later in the Edgecombe/Halifax records with second wife Elizabeth who survived him. John died in 1760 leaving a will that was mentioned in records but never recorded. He had a number of children by both wives including John Jr above, Dolling Jones who moved to SC (probably named for Capt Samuel Dolling of New Hampshire who shipped goods to England and frequently appeared in records with the sons of Henry Sr – probably involved in the Jones’ overseas trade. Capt Samuel Dolling owned land on the N side of the Roanoke River adj the land that Henry Jones Sr had deeded to son Francis prior to his death. SC descendants of Dolling Jones used the spelling Darling), Lucy Jones named in the will of David Crawley, James Jones, another John Jones Jr, Penelope Jones. John Jones d 1760 son of Henry Sr should not be confused with John Jones, brother of Henry Jones Sr, who appeared in the Surry records with second with Elizabeth Judkins prior to his move to Edgecombe Co where he left his will dated 1757. .

    Francis Jones married Elizabeth Huckaby, lived in Edgecombe for a while, and briefly lived in Cumberland Co (the part that’s now Harnett) arriving there when it was still considered Bladen Co. In March 1764, Francis Jones’ first cousin, Drury Dunn of SC (son of Thomas Dunn Sr d 1772 Surry Co, VA and wife Elizabeth Judkins), petitioned for 12,000 acres in GA naming his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and in the case of Francis Jones, his cousin, and their families who intended to settle in GA with him. “Francis Jones a Wife three Children and five Negroes, Five hundred acres” Drury Dunn later withdrew his petition and none of the Dunns moved to GA,, but Francis Jones did. He left his will in St Matthews Parish, GA dated 1774.

    James Jones held land on Swift Creek in Johnston Co (later Wake) by 1751. His first wife Frances died at some point and James married again to Mary — who appears in the Johnston Co deeds. I have not been able to find a record that proves his children, but I believe there were several sons who lived in the southern part of Wake Co on Middle Creek and Buckhorn Creek. A Nathaniel Jones b in Wake Co according to his 1833 Rev War pension application. He stated he was 80 years old or upwards – so b by 1753. His descendants’ DNA is a perfect match to other descendants of Henry Jones Sr. His application states he had a brother (unnamed) living in Wake Co. When he wrote his will 1846 Kershaw District, SC, he didn’t mention his brother but did mention a nephew Richard Jones of NC. Records at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/2449702/person/-1837200331?ssrc= Fortunately the name Richard Jones was uncommon in Wake Co at that time and there was only one. The brother can be identified as Richard Jones Sr who left his will in Wake Co 1836 naming son Richard Jr and others. He owned land on Utley’s Creek and Middle Creek just south of Swift Creek. The only Jones desc from Henry Jones Sr or his father William Jones Sr living in Wake Co as early as 1753 was James Jones, so he would almost have to be their father. The Jones associated with Richard Jones Sr in Wake who were POSSIBLY older brothers to Richard Jones Sr included Lewis Jones Sr (his son Nathaniel Jones of Middle Creek sold Richard Jones land on Cattail Branch, a branch Middle Creek), William Jones of Buckhorn Creek d 1800 (his son Young Jones wit several deeds with Richard Jones), David Jones of Buckhorn (had a son named Lewis), and Elkin Jones of Buckhorn Creek. More research needs to be done to try to solidly prove this family.

    Philip Jones was also granted land on Swift Creek adj his brother James. He wrote his will in 1760 leaving his land to brother James to pay his debts. making James extr. and authorized James to sell the rest of his estate if necessary to pay his debts. His children are proven by Rebecca Jones’ marriage contract prior to her marriage to John Rench 4 yrs later and also by by Rebecca Rench’s later will. The marriage contract provided for Rebecca’s children and also ensured that a large part of John Rench’s land would go to Rebecca if he were to die first. John Rench had a son John Jr by a previous marriage who was also guaranteed land. James Jones did not sell off any of Philip’s land until after this contract was made. Some of Philip’s children were closely associated with the Jones from southern Wake Co who were probably James Jones’ descendants.

    Son William Jones and wife Sarah are easily confused with Robert Jones’ son William Jones and second wife Sarah who moved to Edgecombe from Surry. Each of these William Jones owned a mill which makes it even more confusing.

    WILLIAM JONES – 3 Jan. 1758 – June Ct. 1759
    son WILLIAM JONES land now in his possession, negro etc. son HENRY JONES 300 acres, negro etc. son BRITTAIN JONES land and Plantation joining my mill, negro etc. son SIMON JONES 500 acres with the mill, negro etc. daughters SARAH JONES, WINEFRED JONES, AMEY JONES, ELIZABETH JONES and SILVA JONES one negro each wife SARAH JONES use of negroes and all parts of my estate and at her death the same to be divided among my children
    Wit: AUGUSTINE BATE, NICHOLAS KILLINGSWORTH, SOLOMON HAWKINS
    Extrs: my wife and my eldest son WILLIAM

    Augustine Bate is mentioned in records as the extr of the lost will of John Jones d 1760, William’s brother.

    I have never seen a record that proves the name of Henry’s daughter, the mother of Mary Roberson. Edward Robertson bought at the estate sale and appeared on a number lf records with Henry’s sons. He was probably the father of grdau Mary Roberson. Since Henry did not leave anything to his daughter or to her husband, the daughter was probably deceased by 1733.

    The name Darling Jones associated with land in southern Wake Co and northern Cumberland Co (now Harnett) is particularly interesting since we know the name Dolling was used in the children of John Jones, son of Henry Jones Sr and the sons of Henry Sr were closely associated with Capt Samuel Dolling.

    A Darling Jones appeared as a witness for the sale of land on Buckhorn Creek by the sons of William Jones (d 1800) in 1800 and again in 1818. However, this Darling Jones does not appear on the 1790 or 1800 censuses. (1810 and 1820 were lost) Perhaps the name Darling came down in the descendants of James Jones too. In an 1845 Cumberland Co deed, John Jones Sr of Wake Co and wife Sarah gifted 540 acres on Neill’s Creek in Cumberland Co to son Darling Jones wit by John Jones Jr. Also in 1845 John Jones Sr of Wake deeded 2 Negroes to son Willis Jones, also wit by John Jones Jr. In 1845 John Jones Sr of Wake wrote his will naming only wife Sarah, witnessed by Darling Jones. After his death, Sarah Jones of Wake Co gifted 540 acres on Neill’s Creek in Cumberland to son Darling Jones. (Same land? More land?) John Jones d 1845 could not be John Jones Jr of the Norfolk record since that record proves he was an adult in 1753 and could not have lived until 1845. The 1850 census lists a Darling Jones age 45 in the Northern District of Cumberland Co which would include land on Neill’s Creek in present Harnett Co. So Darling Jones from the 1800 and 1818 records must have been an earlier Darling Jones who probably lived on Buckhorn Creek near the land of William Jones d 1800 whose land was being sold by his sons. It is not safe to assume that John Jones d 1845 was a son of the earlier Darling Jones. The early Jones in southern Wake Co frequently named sons for their brothers. For the unusual name Darling to appear again in these Wake Co records is significant.

    There are also records for a Philip Jones in Johnston Co who was clearly not Henry’s son Philip who died in 1760. This Philip was the sheriff of Johnston Co in the 1769, 1770 1773.

    Governor’s Summons to Appear. 4 November 1769. a Council at New Bern, a summons was issued by Governor William Tryon based upon a complaint by William Taylor against Philip Jones, Sheriff of Johnston County, for a misdemeanor in office summons issued to William Taylor, Philip Jones, Richard Aycock, and Samuel Smith to appear on 15 December 1769. [SOURCE: THE COLONIAL RECORDS OF NORTH CAROLINA, Volume VIII, page 149]

    A 1772 deed by John Rogers, Sheriff of Johnston Co, to Robert Mims involved land that was sold for debt and referred to “the goods & Chattels Lands and Tenements of Philip Jones Dyonsasus Wright Richard Aycock and James Jones Senr”. However, the remainder of the deed seems to indicate that only the land of Philip Jones was sold at auction. The land was described as 100 acres begining a William Easons corner runing down the black Creek to a branch thence up the said Branch to Jesse Pages line thence on his line to his last corner thence down a branch to William Easons line thence on that line to the first station. The description matches a tract of 100 acres on the north side of Black Creek beginning at William Eason’s corner sold to Philip Jones by William Smith in 1767 witnessed by Robert Mims and David Mims

    William Aycock, his son Richard Aycock, and his son-in-law Jesse Lane witnessed quite a few of James Jones’ deeds in Johnston Co. Richard Aycock and Jesse Lane also witnessed the marriage agreement between Rebecca Jones, widow of Philip Jones, and John Rench.

    Some time prior to 1769, James Jones from Bute Co (Sugar Jones line) arrived in Johnston Co, and this perhaps explains the necessity to distinguish between the two James Jones as Sr/Jr, meaning only elder/younger, not father/son.

    When Henry Jones Sr was granted his land in the Oconeechee Neck of the Roanoke River in 1711/12, land was granted on the same date and in the same location to William Jones, Philip Jones, and John Hawthorne. William Jones can be proven as a son of Henry’s older brother Robert Jones. There is no absolute proof, but Philip was almost certainly a son of Robert Jones too. John Hawthorne was a near neighbor in Surry Co. After Hawthorne’s death, Robert Jones bought his land in NC and deeded it to two more of his sons, Robert Jr and Matthew. Philip Jones sold his land in NC and was found later in the Surry records. Philip’s NC land went through several transfers and eventually some of it came into the possession of Henry Jones Sr. This is the 230 acres that Henry Jr deeded to brother Philip Jones. So this land had been owned by two different Philip Jones, apparently first cousins.

    William Dennis was referred to as a “cousin” (AKA nephew) in the will of Henry Jones Sr and bought at the estate sale. He was actually Catherine Judkins Jones’ nephew, the son of her sister, Miss Judkins who married a Mr Dennis. No other Dennis children have been found and he was probably an orphan who lived with the Jones and moved with them to NC in 1725. William Dennis and Henry Jones Jr witnessed the 1727 will of Robert Jones Jr of Bertie Co recorded in Prince George Co, VA. This will named father Robert Jones Sr as extr and directed that his father sell his land in NC. The land had been deeded to Robert Jones Jr by his father Robert Jones Sr in 1725 and had been purchased by Robert Jones Sr from the estate of John Hawthorne. It had been granted to John Hawthorne 1711/12 on the same date and in the same location as the land granted to Henry Jones Sr, Philip Jones (probably son of Robert), and William Jones (son of Robert).

    In 1725 when Henry and Catherine sold their home on Flat Swamp in Surry, they also sold a tract of land that had belonged to Catherine’s father, Samuel Judkins Jr, to Thomas Crews. William Dennis was also included as one of the grantors in this deed. Thomas Crews’ will states that Samuel “Jenkins” [Samuel Judkins III] was involved in the sale of this land, but his name wasn’t included in the deed. From this we know that William Dennis and Catherine Judkins Jones were heirs of Samuel Judkins Jr. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Dunn Sr was another daughter of Samuel Judkins Jr. This is how Francis Jones and Drury Dunn were first cousins – their mothers were sisters.

    Catherine’s father, Samuel Judkins Jr died in 1705 leaving a will that was never recorded but mentioned in other records. He was son of Samuel Judkins Sr and wife Lydia. It has long been believed that Lydia was a Gray, but because of some faulty published research, her exact connection had never been proven. She was NOT a daughter of William Gray Sr as suggested by Boddie. She was actually William Gray Sr’s older half sister, daughter of Thomas Gray Sr by his third wife Rebecca. William Dennis did NOT acquire this Gray land by marrying the daughter of John Gray as stated in Purse and Person. John Gray’s will did not leave ANY land to his daughter, but left his land to William Gray Jr, son of his brother William Gray Sr. William Dennis (grandson of Samuel Judkins Jr) and James Judkins (son of Charles Judkins who was the youngest son of Samuel Judkins Sr and Lydia Gray) each made separate deeds to William Gray Jr for their share of an 800 acre tract originally granted to Thomas Gray Sr who left a will that was lost. James Judkins was paid more for his share of the Gray land than William Dennis because Charles Judkins had held a larger share of this tract than Samuel Judkins Jr. William Gray Sr and his brother John Gray had had this 800 acres repatented in their names stating it had been left to them by the will of their father Thomas Gray, but the will was “at large”. They neglected to mention that their younger brother Thomas Gray and the Judkins had also been left shares in this tract. Apparently the descendants of Samuel Judkins Jr and Charles Judkins weren’t willing to give up their share without compensation and William Gray Jr had to buy them out. The descendants of the third son of Samuel Judkins Jr and Lydia Gray, Robert Judkins, apparently weren’t interested in demanding payment for their share. John Jones, brother of Henry Jones Sr and husband of Elizabeth Judkins, daughter of Robert Judkins, witnessed the James Judkins deed to William Gray Jr. William Dennis and James Judkins descended through two different sons of Samuel Judkins and Lydia Gray, so this inherited land had to trace back to Lydia who was born way too early to have been the daughter of any of Thomas Gray’s sons. These records prove that Lydia Gray Judkins (later Pitman) was a daughter of Thomas Gray Sr, immigrant to Jamestown from Stepney, England. The Jamestown Society examined these records, recognized Lydia Gray wife of Samuel Judkins Sr as a previously unproven daughter of Thomas Gray earlier this year, and accepted Colonel Buck Jones, a descendant of Henry Jones Sr’s through son John Jones, as a new member. So all descendants of Henry Jones Sr and Catherine Judkins as well as other Judkins descendants are eligible for membership now.

    Francis Jones of the 1750 Edgecombe will was not related, but quite a few of his descendants did live in Wake Co.

    Common errors you will see claimed again and again on the web… Ann, the wife of Peter Poythress, was NOT a daughter of Henry Jones Sr. The Hopkins abstracts neglected to mention that there were TWO deeds made by Henry Jones and Catherine to Poythress selling their homeplace on Flat Swamp in 1725. The first deed was a deed of lease for a pittance. The second deed was a deed of release for fair market value. Deeds of lease and release were fairly common and involved two deeds usually a day apart. The land was not a “gift”. The will of Henry Jones Sr makes no provision for any Poythress descendants.

    Thomas Gray Sr was NOT the son of Sir Edward Gray of Morpeth Castle in Northumberland. Thomas Gray’s marriage record to Annis Valentine states he was a mariner from Stepney (near London). Sir Edward Gray’s daughter, Elizabeth Gray of Morpeth in Northumberland, left a will dated 1656 in which she mentioned her deceased brother, Thomas Gray of Angerton, and named some of his children. So Sir Edward Gray’s son Thomas Gray lived and died in Angerton and was NOT the same as Thomas Gray Sr of Stepney and later of Jamestown and Surry Co.

    It is my hope that more researchers will take an interest in the Jones records from southern Wake Co, and perhaps the children of Henry’s son James Jones can eventually be solidly proven. You have my permission to share my email address with any researcher who is interested in working on this.

    1. This is truly a treasure trove of info with which to work! I have worked with a group of 4th cousins discovered via DNA in 2012. We, as a group, are descendants of Nathan & Moses Jones (late 1700 contemporaries) and Levi Jones, likely son of Nathan and all of Bladen, Cumberland & Duplin/Sampson. Nathan, Levi, Henry, John/Jonathan, David are frequently used given names. Additionally we are related to Phillip of Wake/Johnston via Rebecca, his daughter who m Thomas Bedsole and whose granddaughter Eliz Smith m our Levi Jones. For years I have lurked around these earlier Jones sensing a family connection. We would be thrilled to compare DNA and any of our accumulated volume of data.

      1. I was wondering if I could find out more about this article. I found it on line and it turns out I’m related to this William Jones just discovered by DNA. Is there any completed/compiled info on these Jones.

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