Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jones Journeys

Researching the JONES surname can be a problem for many genealogist. Having references which deal with this surname can be a real help. The following pictures show the cover of such a help called "JONES JOURNEYS".

It was started May 1973 by Mrs. Darla M. Jones, of Rialto, California. Volume 1, No. 1 begins with "Jones Deaths of Mercer Co., Ky. 1852 - 1858" p.4, and ends with Volume 19, Summer, 1991. Lots and lots of JONES family information in between!

Finding this reference can also be difficult. A complete set can be found in The Joseph Wheeler Jones Memorial Library, Danville, Ky. Anyone know additional locations please post.

Picture above is of volume 2, May 1974. The cover of volume 1 was in very poor shape.

The publication changed cover and appearance over time. The final issues were printed by Van Volumes, Ltd., P.O. Box 567, 400 High St., Thorndike, MA 01079. Anyone know if this group still exists?

Monday, March 5, 2012

JONES Surname London 1695

An index of the inhabitants (within the Walls) of London for the year 1695 was analyzed for the surname JONES. At this time, the "occupiers" of every house in each parish were noted including the householder, his wife and family, apprentices, servants and lodgers. This record was compiled between May and June 1695 for the purpose of a "surtax" on those who had real estate of the value 50 pounds per year or personal estate of the value of 600 pounds or upward. A publication by D.V. Glass, "London Inhabitants Within The Walls 1695", London Record Society, 1966, was used to organize and analyze the JONES surname. There were 97 parishes listed with parishes numbered 82-97 having missing records. Of the 81 parishes having records, 10 did not show anyone with the surname JONES. Thus, within the walls of London, 71 out of 81 or 88% had someone living with the surname JONES! A total of 376 individuals were recorded within these parishes. St. Dunstan-In-The-East had the largest numbers at 17 individuals. This was followed by St. Anne, Blackfriars [13 individuals], Allhallows Barking [11 individuals], and Christ Church [ 8 individuals] to make the top five parishes.

Of course the most common first name was JOHN (#32) for males, and MARY (#36) for females. For the males, this was followed by William (#19), Thomas (#15), Robert (#9), Richard (#8), and Edward (#7). James, Joseph, and David had 5 individuals each. For females it was Elizabeth (#31 - a close second to Mary), Anne (#12), Margaret (#11), Sarah (#10), and Katherine (#5).

Wow, those JONES got around! This index can be used as a census of London for 1695.

This research completed by The Jones Genealogist, 1980 - 1992, notebook 26, Joseph Wheeler Jones Memorial Library.