Monday, September 14, 2015


According to A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis [Vol.II, p.483], Wiltshire derives its name from Wilton, which for a long period before the Norman invasion was the principle town.  It appears to have been a location of much warfare following the Norman rise to power.  Interestingly, the legal warfare of the JONES surname seems to occupy a number of cases.  [30 cases in my research]

John Jones, of Kyvele, was the first to break through the records [Bundle 1444/No. 80] for the years 1556 - 1558.  The case involves "...action on a bond for an award concerning land".   A John Pryor is the plaintiff.  The name "John Jones" continues through the next set of records 1558 - 1603.  Keevil, Norton, Nettleton, and  New Sarum, seem to be the location of many cases.  The JONES surname continues through 1707 when my searching stopped.  Any folks still around these areas?  Wiltshire seemed a busy place for the JONES surname.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hampshire (Southampton)

John Jones was a busy fellow during his days as a merchant of Southampton.  He is also listed in Middlesex which would make sense as a merchant starting around 1558.  His cases are found in [bundle 26/ no. 119], [bundle 86/ no. 29], and [bundle 187/ no. 56].  The cases are indexed: John Jones of Southampton, merchant.  Interestingly, the Isle of Wight just off the coast, did not seem to have anyone with the surname JONES involved in their legal records during this period of study. [Roughly 1300 - 1700.]   I would suspect that the merchants of London used the ports of Hampshire on many occasions. 

Monday, July 20, 2015


According to "A Topographical Dictionary of England" [by Samuel Lewis], Berkshire was anciently called Barocscire, or Berocsire from the Saxon Barroc.  This is a name for a thick wood which occupied an extended tract between Lambourn and Wantage. [ Vol. I, p. 145]  Others believe the name is derived from the word Berroc, which is a bare oak in some part of Windsor Forest.  It was thought that the ancient Britons assembled under these trees for some of their social activity.   At any rate, a Thomas Jones appears to be the first to appear in the legal records of Berkshire.

Thomas Jones 1553 - 1558 [bundle 23/ no. 117] may have seen some of these oaks during his days.  The index does not list the location or reasons for this case, but it appears to be one of the earliest for this set of dates.  A second case is listed for a Thomas Jones 1558 - 1579 at Kennington, but it may not be the same individual. [bundle 99/ no. 9]  A Richard Lyon is named in this case.  Are there any folks related out there?

Saturday, June 13, 2015


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


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


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


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?