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?

Thursday, March 26, 2015


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.