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.