Tuesday, April 29, 2014


The first of the JONES surname in Worcester was John Jones of Birmingham. [Bundle 326/No. 60]

The date of the case is 1504 - 1515, and the plaintiff is listed as Braudon Nicholas of Shelden, "yeoman".  The reason listed is land called "Over Swyfte Nether Swyfes in Yardley".   The land is to be leased by "complainant to defendant".  Anyone have information about "Over Swyfte"? 

The border counties of England and Wales disclose the earliest dates of the JONES surname.  To me, this again shows the impact of the English legal system upon those from Wales who had already tried to assimilate into the laws and procedures of English rule.  Any other thoughts or interpretations, please post...:-).

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