Sunday, February 19, 2017
From the 1840's the Jones surname as appeared in what was to become the state of Oklahoma in 1907. An inquiry from Jones Journeys, Vol. VI, No.2, p. 59 seeks genealogical information about a Robert M. Jones. He is described as a prominent Choctaw who served his tribe faithfully and acted as intermediator with the Texas Republic in the 1840's. No other information is recorded.
Starting 1890, the Choctaw Nation recorded marriages in Indian Territory. Abstracted for the Jones surname recorded in Jones Journeys, Vol. 15, pp. 1392-1394. The earliest for the Jones surname appears to be 30 July 1890 when Marin Jones (22) marries Arver B. Cochran (16). Any Jones families out there related?
Thursday, February 2, 2017
East coast to West coast came together here in 1896. A Thomas Jones seems to have arrived before 1890, Salt Lake City, where his 9th child was born 17 May, 1890. He is recorded as being the son of Thomas and Mary Jones of Cardiff, Wales where his prior 8 children were born starting 1876. He died 11 October 1909 Salt Lake City, and is buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Ten children total were born. There must be a lot of descendants beginning here. Any folks connected?
Taken from: Jones Journeys, Vol. 8, 1980, p. 309.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Among those other States joining the Union between 1889-1890 [North and South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Idaho] Wyoming is the only one during this period not to have recorded one family with the JONES surname. That is at least from the Jones Journeys reference that has been the source for all previous post. It is unclear why this should be the case, but anyone with thoughts out there please commit. Does anyone have a JONES family from Wyoming?
Friday, December 9, 2016
Very little seems to be recorded involving the JONES surname early in the history of Idaho. In Jones Journeys, there appears to be only one family found relating to this state which was formed 1890. A Stephen Jones who was born 16 January 1812 in Hickman, Tennessee. It is stated that he and his second wife [Isabelle Jane Jones] came to Idaho from Arkansas and homesteaded north of Weiser on Manna Creek. He died Weiser, Washington Co., Idaho 4 April 1895. This Stephen and his 1st wife Jane are reported to have 11 children, and with his second wife Isabell, he had 9 children. Can you imagine 20 children! Wonder if this is where the "Idaho Potato" had its roots?
From: Jones Journeys, Vol. 14, 1986 - 1987, p. 1298.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Formed a new state the same year as North Dakota, the expansion of the country continued. The Homestead Act of 1862 provided incentive for the the grants of land to railway companies, and laws providing for the quick sale of timber and mineral lands lead to rapid settlement. Farmers, miners, prospectors, cattlemen and lumbermen, with or without families poured into the Western territories.
For the JONES surname, Thomas J. Jones of South Dakota was one of the early folks. It is given that in 1850 he was born in Wales, but brought to the States by his parents when only two years of age. He grew up in Wisconsin. He married Mary Ellen Morris in 1879 and moved to Aurora County, S.D. Farming became his occupation. No date of death is recorded. Any folks out there related?
Taken from: Jones Journeys, Vol. VII, p. 220. It is stated that this information is from: Compendium of Local Biography - Central South Dakota.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Dakota Territory it was until 1889. [Also considered part of Louisiana and Minnesota Territories.] The Dakota word means "Allied", and those who arrived here would certainly need to work together to get through their winters.
An 1870 Census record of this Dakota Territory shows a few folks with the surname JONES. [Thirteen head of households to be exact.] Four were listed as "soldier" [31%], five were listed as "farmer" [38%], two were listed as "carpenter" [15%], and one was named "laborer". The females in the households were given as "housewf." The birthplaces of these folks were from Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Canada, Georgia, Missouri, Maryland, England, and of course Wales. It would seem that an Alexander Jones and his wife Jane had a child name Carry who's age was listed as "4". It gives her as being born in "Dakota", which would have placed these folks here 1866. A carpenter old Alexander was listed, and this activity would certainly have been important. Brave folks indeed they were.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
From the Spanish meaning "mountain", this Dakota Territory became the 40th State of the Union.
Yellowstone River passes through the area, and in its very beginning was considered part of Louisiana, Missouri, and Nebraska Territories.
There does not appear to be many that carried the surname JONES in this early period. Montana's "Nez Perce" Jones gets most of the attention. His name was John Henry Jones and is reported to have been born in Jasper County, MO. around 1844. He arrived to Montana around 1860 with his eyes on prospecting. As the story is told by W.W. Moses in the Kalispell Times, Feb. 20, 1930, his experience with the Indian tribes of the area lead them to believe he was "very bad medicine" and left him strictly alone. His name was given by the Nez Perce Indians and the story of his life is given in Jones Journeys, Vol.10, pp.568-571. He is reported to have lived to the age of 82.
Well how about that...any know the story?