It certainly gets confusing sorting out all these folks with JONES surname. The chronology (ch.) of the last several posts is based upon the named colony's ability to begin official treaty negotiations with their local ethic groups. For example, Virginia's first treaty was autumn 1607 with the Powhatan Confederacy. [a "peace treaty] The first JONES was 1609. For Massachusetts (Plymouth) it was April 2, 1621 with the Wampanoag tribe. ["land cession"] The first JONES was 1631. For Maryland it was March 1634 with the Maryland Indians. ["land cession"] The first JONES was 1637.
Now for Rhode Island it was August 9, 1646, also with the Wampanoag tribe. ["land cession"] It is noted in Jones Journeys that a large majority of Rhode Island people were former residents of Massachusetts. [Vol. 18, p. 1884 ] So, there may be those with the JONES surname that overlap with what was to become separate British colonies.
"The Ocean State" it says on its state quarter shown above. The earliest JONES I could identify was found in Jones Journeys. The names are said to be recorded on p. 331, Vol. II, in the reference titled: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, selected by Gary Roberts, Vol.I & II. It reads:
"p.331 - Salisbury, 14 Oct. 1661 - Mary Jones, dau. Thomas Jones of Gloucester, MA, married Nathaniel Winsley/Winslow."
A father daughter combination it is. Does anyone have any connections to this Thomas Jones and Mary his daughter in 1661?
A list other JONES are given in Jones Journeys, pp. 1883 - 1884, Vol. 18, 1990 - 1991.