Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Essex

The spelling of the surname JONES had a variety of expression during the transition period following the Act of Union, 1536 - 1541.  Johns, Joanes, Jons, Jhons, are a few examples.





Here, Edward Johans appears in the legal records [bundle 103/ no.6].  It is a case involving a William Highman.  The "manor of Ashdon (Asshenden) St. Lawrence" is given as the location.  The dates were between 1558 - 1579.   The first name "Edward" was very common during this time, and the Welsh spelled it a variety of ways.  The counties near, and surrounding London were occupied by a number of JONES.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cambridge

The Romans were the first to found a town at Cambridge.  Later, forest and land were cleared for market towns and villages.  A city of colleges were founded among these lands.  It was William Jones [bundle 104/ no. 65] who finds himself among the legal records 1558 - 1603.


The Jones surname has an interesting origin among the counties of England and Wales.  The following figure shows these distribution of the Jones surname arriving to Cambridge and Oxford for the years 1500 - 1600.



This study would suggest that certain areas [counties] were the primary source to each college system.  Cambridge in the "pink", and Oxford in the "blue".  "White" was the county that had folks with the Jones surname attend both colleges.  "Yellow" did not seem to have any folks with the Jones surname attend either during this period of time.  My own Jones family attended Oxford in the 1500s, and their origins fell within the "blue" distribution. [Counties of Denbigh and Flint.]  What a deal!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First Names First

A previous post of August 30th, 2011 presented these tables to the reader.  I thought it might be of interest to give them again in light of the surname JONES.  The first volume of  Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623 - 1666, by Nugent, was the source for the data presented.  Using the index of this volume, I abstracted the first names that were recorded for the surnames JONES, SMITH, WILLIAMS, JOHNSON, and BROWN.  They were then organized by the most frequent first name used by each surname. [Those that occurred 10 or more times.]



 There were 1486 first names that occurred 10 or more times among all of the surnames.  The most common name was of course JOHN (n = 344/ 23% = 344/1486)  Interestingly, it was not first among those with the surname JONES ( n = 48/ 11% = 48/437)  It was first among those with the surname SMITH ( n = 67/ 28% = 67/236), the surname WILLIAMS (n = 94/ 28% = 94/336), the surname JOHNSON (n = 87/ 29% = 87/299), and the surname BROWN (n = 48/ 27% = 48/178)  Of those having the first name JOHN (n = 344), it was most common among the surname WILLIAMS ( n = 94/ 27% = 94/344 ).  This was followed by the surnames JOHNSON (n = 87/ 25% = 87/344), then the surname SMITH (n = 67/ 19% = 67/344), the the surname BROWN and JONES having equal numbers at 48. ( n = 48/344/14% = 48/344).

The first name William was the most common among the surname JONES! (n = 78/18% = 78/437 )  This was followed by Richard (n = 51/12% = 51/437), then Thomas (n = 50/11% = 50/437) and then JOHN (n = 48/11% = 48/437).  The remaining first names are given in descending order for the surname JONES.  You can see that only the first name James (SMITH), Robert (WILLIAMS/BROWN), and Mary (JOHNSON) fell out of the top four first names.  How the first names listed are distributed among the surnames can be examined.

The following table gives the remaining first names as used among the surnames.


This list would suggest that there were first names used among those with the surname JONES
 that were not used among the others!  For example, none of the names listed were used with the surname SMITH, JOHNSON, and BROWN.   Several were shared with the surname WILLIAMS showing "Morgan" being the most frequent.  The two "Welsh" surnames [JONES/WILLIAMS] with three "English" surnames [SMITH/JOHNSON/BROWN] can be compared.  Hum...a distinction can be made...first names first!

 Figures are taken from my research on the JONES surname first published in my newsletter The Jones Genealogist, Vol. XI, no. 1, May/June, 1999, pp. 6-7.  Copyright included.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hertford

Hertford is just north of London.  It would appear that as early as 1515 the surname Jones [spelled Joones in this case] was already active in the legal records.



"Edward Joones" is the name.  He is listed as "of London, brewer". [bundle 421/ no. 52 ]  His case involves a "John Ayleworth of Bristol".  The reason is "detention of deeds, messuage & land in Ridge". London and Bristol were key sea ports for trade through out the rising commerical network.  Why the case is recorded in Hertford is unclear, but I would guess that Edward Joones' family must be from this county.  A "brewer" indeed he is...cheers.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bedford

Martin Jones is the only individual identify for the county Bedford.  It not an usual first name for a JONES, but perhaps a related family surname.

The date is 1603 - 1625.  The Bundle is 399 with the No. being 52.  This would make me think that old Martin was closer to 1620 or so.  The location and name of plaintiff is not listed in the index.  It would seem that as one moved closer to the London area [Middlesex] fewer individuals resided with the surname JONES.  Anyone know of this Martin Jones?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Buckingham

Dame Katherine Jones, widow it is.  The date is 1640 -1642, and Griffith Jones is the Plaintiff . [Bundle 407/ No. 88 ]

The location of the case is given as "East Claydon".  This case involves a female who is listed as "Dame" and a "widow".  It must have been a family affair since the plaintiff is also a Jones.  A Griffith Jones to be exact is listed.  This date is at the beginning of the English Civil War, and may have had to do with this episode in history.  Does anyone know the story of this JONES?  Buckingham was a county with a history of sheep and cattle raising.   The major road from North Wales [Holyhead, Chester, to London] came through this area.  The ancient "Watling-street" it was called.   I suspect these JONES were connected.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Northampton

The first JONES has to do with a parsonage of Colly Weston.  It would seem that William Alford, "late parson", had taken the "profits of the said parsonage demise". 


Alexander Jones, "parson of Colly Weston", appears to be the defendant, and a "Dame Anne Skevyngton" is the plaintiff.  The case is found in Bundle 1016/ No. 40-42 for the years 1538 - 1544.  It must have been a lengthy case since it covers No. 40 - 42.  It states: "profits of the said parsonage demised to the defendant by William Alford, late parson".   Any JONES families connected out there?