Monday, September 8, 2014

Westmoreland

Another northern county with a few JONES it is.   In 1651, Jeffery Jones is the first to be discovered among the English legal records. [Bundle 397/ No. 74]


The reason for the case is given as "copyhold of manor Thornthwaite".   The plaintiff is a Thomas Jackson and the case seems to be to carried forward to 1654 [Bundle 396/ No. 100].  Jackson and Jones is certainly an interesting combination.  There are only three cases identified after 1651 - 1700.

Are there any JONES families connected out there...please post a comment.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cumberland

Another English county with "zero" for JONES.  Cumberland it is.   A previous post outline four counties that did not contain a legal case with the surname JONES between 1400 - 1700 AD.  Having looked through my research on this topic [RN # 91], I discovered that Cumberland County had been missed in the previous post of 7/21/14.  So here it is.

Cumberland Co. is also among the northern most counties.  Durham, Derby, and Nottingham share some things in common with their legal history.  The Danes maintained what became known as "Dane Law".  The following map is my attempt to show the general distribution of these areas.

It is my hypothesis that this Danish/Norwegian influence limited the expansion of the JONES surname into this northern area.  Anyone with any other suggestions please post.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Northumberland

Ann Jones 1695 is the single case involving the JONES surname in Northumberland.  This reflects in the northern most counties a pattern of very few with the JONES surname appearing in the English legal system during the period 1300 - 1700.

The case involved a Thomas Wilson for money issues. [bundle 304/ no. 2 ]  Also, this case is one of the few that involve a female JONES.  Are there any out there who know more about this case?

Monday, July 28, 2014

York

It was James Peirson and Robert Peirson who where the "Plantiff(s)" against Edward Jones.  The location is listed as "Sedbergh", and the "Bundle" is 102 with the "No." being 31.  The dates of the records are 1558 - 1579.


This record seems to be the only legal case of the JONES surname during the period of study 1327 - 1700.  Not many with the surname JONES in the north counties. {see last post for those with no one recorded with the surname JONES}

Anyone out there know about "Sedbergh"?  Please post a comment...:-).


Monday, July 21, 2014

Zero For JONES

A series of volumes indexing and listing the holdings of the public records office in England can be found. [Great Britain Public Records Office, List and Indexes, New York, Kraus Reprint Corporation, 1966.]  The lists and indexes were abstracted for the surname JONES as part of my tree climbing experiences.  They have served as the documents pertaining to the dates and distribution of the JONES surname in England and Wales given in the posts surrounding this discussion. 

From 1327 to 1714 there are four counties in England that have ZERO with the surname JONES!  These are shown below.

Derby, Durham, Nottingham, and the Isle of Wight are these counties.  Over the years I have suspected that the first three (northern counties) situations are due to the impact of Danish occupation, and "Dane Law".  The Saxons and Danes spent a lot of time struggling to control the legal activities of these counties.  I do not have a good rational for the Isle of Wight.   Not sure why there are no JONES in the legal system, but they must have been of good behavior...:-).  There certainly must be other factors that have a role in this phenomena since every other county in Albion has a JONES from early days.  Is there anyone out there who might have some ideas regarding this? 

The following are the references explored:

1)  Index of Ancient Petitions.  Generally before Edward III (1327 - 1377)
2)  Calender of Close Rolls: AD 1381 - 1499
3)  Calendars of the Close Rolls: From the reign of Edward I - to Edward IV (1272 - 1483)
4)  List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. IV, for dates 1500 - 1515.
5)  List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. V, 1515 - 1529.
6)  List of Early Chancery 1530 - 1538
7)  List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. VIII, 1538 - 1544.
8)  List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. IX, 1544 - 1553.
9)  List of Early Chancery Proceedings, Vol. X , 1553 - 1558.
10)Index of Chancery Proceedings (Series II), Vol. I, 1558 - 1579.
11)Index of Chancery Proceedings ,...for years 1579 - 1600..given as Vol. XXIV
12)Proceedings in the Court of Requests, Vol. 4, James I (1603 - 1625)
13)Index of Chancery Proceedings (Series II), Vol. III, 1621 - 1660
14)Public Record Office, London: Chancery Proceedings, Bridge's Division, 1613 - 1714, Vol. IV.

If anyone has found the JONES surname in these counties before 1714, please post.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Warwick

In the heart of Albion is Warwickshire.  Being in the center of things it had its share of the tough-of-war that has occupied the span of history. 


The first JONES surname belongs to the Philip Jones family starting 1312.  These records are found outside the legal records which are being used to document the surname JONES.  In these legal records, Edward Jones [bundle 1016/no.50-54] is involved in a suit by a Henry Fenton (a smith) for caring for a gelding left to heal after a hurt foot.  These records are dated 1538 - 1544.  It would seem that Edward Jones was yet to pay the bill.

A discussion of the Philip Jones family can be found in the post dated Monday, February 11, 2013.  These records are found in Gregory family of Stivichall [Catalogue Ref. DR10].  These records reveal that Philip Jones was the son of a William Jones.  The location of this William Jones is uncertain, but it may be Warwick.  It is interesting to me that in the heart of the Island a cluster of those with JONES surname begins.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lancaster

The northern counties of England seemed to have less of those with the JONES surname during this period of study. [1066 - 1700]  Lancaster County produced only one record, and that record not occurring until 1640. [Bundle 407/ No. 84 ]  It was Edmund Jones.


The case had to do with the personal estate of William Blomely, Manchester.   The plaintiff  was John Leighe, and the dates would be between 1640 - 1642.  No other legal cases involving the JONES surname was found before these dates.   Anyone out there who has additional information, please post.