Saturday, June 13, 2015

Oxford

The name John Jones is the first to be found in the legal records of Oxford.

The case is fairly early [Bundle 7/ No.13] which begins 1458.  No reasons were listed for the case.  Remember, this is for the county of Oxford, and for the University.  The first JONES to attend Oxford University is a "Richard Joonys" 1505.  I suspect that poor old John is close to 50 years before.

For additional comments see posts [The Jones Surname] 28 Sept. 2011, 9 Oct. 2011, and 6 Feb. 2015.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Kent

The county of Kent lies on the southeastern side of the Island.  It borders the Ocean on one side and the city of London on the other.


The first JONES is Griffith found in bundle 1363/no. 59, for 1553 - 1555.   The plaintiff is a William Lathebery who is after our Griffith for "suppession of account for corn, and false action in the King's and Queen's Bench for a loan".   May the truth be told. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Suffolk

A husband and wife duo is the first to be listed in the legal records of Suffolk.  It is recorded as Simon Jones/Joan, wife alais Spencer. [bundle 147/ no. 33 for years 1558 - 1603]

There were only two cases recorded between the years 1558 - 1654.  Not a lot of JONES in hot water here.  Husband and wife named in this suit, which is not common in the index to this collection of records.  No "reason" or "location" was indicated.  I would guess that the maiden name of  Joan Jones was Spencer, for this was a common way for the records to indicate the wife's family name. [Not sure of course.]  Say hello to Simon and Joan from Suffolk county.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Norfolk


Thomas Jones is the first to find his name among the legal records of Norfolk. [bundle 100/no. 30]  The dates of the records are 1558 - 1579.  The plaintiff is listed as "mayor, King's Lynn".  The reason is the chapel of St. James King's Lynn.  Not sure of what all this means, but it would appear to do with some type of religious reasons.  There were certainly a lot of  religious conflicts underway during this period of time.  Does anyone know additional information?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sussex

Britannia Prima the Romans named this part of  Albion.  It is the site where the Anglo-Saxons are reported to have landed in 477 AD.  At any rate, the first Jones to be recorded is "Frances Jones",
1558 - 1603. [bundle 148/no. 24]


No additional information was recorded in the index used to analyze the Jones surname.

I thought it might be helpful to review the source of this documentation for the readers.  Each post gives the identity of the record as it is listed in "Lists and Indexes" of the Chancery Proceedings, Public Record Office.  One cover sheet is shown below.


The index contains various amounts of information listed in categories: 1) "No." [where the numbers shown with each post- "bundle/no." is derived, 2) "Plaintiff" [the name or names are usually given], 3) "Defendant" [name or names usually given], 4) "Place of Subject" [not always listed or included], and 5) "County" [location of suit recorded].  The records are grouped by the dates of the ruling monarch.  The example shown above is A.D. 1558 - 1579. [The start of Elizabeth I reign.]   Some of my research notes are shown that states there were approximately 6 bundles contained in the 20 years which would be roughly 3.3 years per bundle.  The bundle number refers to the actually group of records.  As you can see then, the record of Frances Jones is stored in bundle 148 and is the 24th record in this bundle.  It is for the years 1558 - 1603.  The numbers in the right upper corner are the library numbers where the indexes are kept. [University of Alabama]  Whew...enough already.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Surrey

William Jones 1553 - 1556 is the first of this surname. [bundle 1363/ no. 63 - 66]  The plaintiff is listed as "Christopher Byttenson" and "Emma his mother".



The case gives the reason for the suit as "refusal of rent of the manors of Long Ditton as reduced by agreement".  It would seem that old William had not paid his rent.  The manors of "Long Ditton" are listed.  Does anyone know if this area still exist? 

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.