Friday, December 11, 2015

RN #266 Jones Records (3)

This notebook contains the continued work of Caroline Cunningham.  Much of this section contains her hand written notes.  It is officially labeled "Volume Four".  The complete collection is located at the East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.  It is listed as "the Caroline Cunningham Collection, Collection No. 56".  These pages do not seem to be numbered, but they arranged alphabetically by first names.  An amazing collection on the Jones surname!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

RN #265 Jones Records (2)

This notebook continues the work of Caroline Cunningham, 1965.  It contains "Volume III" of her records which contains those with the JONES surname mostly from NC, SC, and some from VA.  She dedicates these volumes:

"Dedicated to the memory of my great-aunt, who was Mary Christian Jones (Mrs. Joseph Motley) Morehead (1854-1935), daughter of Nancy Harriet Keen and Decatur Jones of Bachelors' Hall, Pittsylvania County, Virginia."

This volume (Volume III) begins with "A. Jones" and ends with "Zorobabel Jones".  It is 246 pages in length.  A monumental work indeed it continues.

There is no index to this volume.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

RN #264 Jones Records

The next set of notebooks contain the work accomplished by Caroline Cunningham 1964.  A monumental work indeed it is.  Jones families of Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland are mainly included in a series finished by Ms. Cunningham Raleigh, NC.   This notebook [#264] contains Volume I, and Volume II which is arranged in Alphabetical order.  A sample page is shown below.

An index to the 118 pages of Volume I, and an index to the 123 pages of Volume II is included.  What a deal...from Aaron to Zadok Jones!

Monday, September 21, 2015

RN #263 Rappahonnock River Maps

This notebook contains a series of hand drawn maps of Rappahannock River.  It begins at the mouth of the river and goes to the head waters.  They are drawn to scale, each connecting to the next numbered 1 - 6.  An example is shown below:

It begins at Farnham Creek and moves up stream at 1 mile intervals. [Early surveys done by "mile markers".  My JONES family interest had to do with "Jones point" and "Jones creek".  Rice Jones located at the first, and my Richard Jones located at the second.  As it turns out, they are locations along the river that are opposite to one another.  As my family tree expanded, they ended up being from the same family. [Most likely brothers!]  My family moved up and down this river from 1673 to 1811.  These maps helped me get around a number of brick walls.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

RN # 262 Political Connections

This notebook contains my work on one major issue that seemed to come into play frequently in my family.  "Political Connections" I have label the theme, but it mostly contains the families that were associated with my own family tree. 

Welsh line of Henry Tudor (Henry VII)
Penant (Pennant)
Hamer (Hamor)

Monday, July 27, 2015

RN # 261 Surname: Tables and Graphs

Separating associated family surnames can also bring a number of brick walls.  This notebook contains a group of related family surnames that needed to be identified during many of my tree climbing experiences.  After time, a series of summary tables and graphs were generated to try and keep things organized.  The surnames included:

Francis Dade (alias Maj. John Smith) will 24 June 1663
     connects Townshend, Baldwin, Williams, Jones

William Underwood 1650 Va.
     connects Booth, Fauntleroy, Williamson, Mosely, Slaughter, Taylor

Moore Fantleroy 1650 Va.
     connects Nosworthy, Lawson, Hoskins, Moone, Lee

James Williamson 1650 Va.
    connects Underwood, Jones

Humphrey Booth 1650 Va.
    connects Upton, Fantleroy, Underwood

William Mosely 1650 Va.
    connects Underwood, Fleming, Washington

See RN # 195 for other family surnames connected during this period of time.

Monday, June 29, 2015

RN #260 Pre-Kentucky History

This notebook contains my research into Kentucky history.  This history begins before the French and Indian War.  [ The first land grants to what was to become Kentucky were to those who fought in this war.]

History of "Western Waters" - beginning 14 Feb. changes to colonial organization.
Colonial affairs dealing with western lands.
Westward exploration. [started 1642 under Assembly  of Virginia]
George Croghan 1741
Treaty of Lancaster 1744
Ohio Land Co. 1748
Loyal Land Co. 1749
Treaty of Logstown 1752
French/Indian War 1755 - 1763
Pontiac's Conspiracy 1763
Royal Proclamation 1763
The Land Beyond 1763
Treaty of German Flats 1765
Treaty of Fort Stanwix 1768
Treaty of Hard Labor 1768
Treaty of Lochaber 1770
Treaty of Sycamore Shoals 1775
Battle of Point Pleasent 1774
Kentucky Surveyors from 1773
Hite Family

Key reference: Kentucky Land Warrants, for the French, Indian, & Revolutionary Wars, compiled by Samuel M. Wilson, 1913.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RN #259 Jefferye(s)

Associated family surnames are part of the family tree climbing experience.  Multiple surnames come into play when facing certain brick walls.  For those of Welsh descent, it may even be that certain families come through a common great-grandfather meaning that they actually share the same Y-chromosome.  The Jeffery family of north Wales is such a case. 

This note book contains my research into this surname.  It began being spelled "Geoffrey" in the Norman Duke's battle against the French Kings. [starting before 1060 AD]  "Geoffrey of Anjou" seems to be the first to use this name.  The name moves to England, often connected to religious groups.   The spelling chances through various forms to Wales and the many counties of England.  The content included:

1)  Earliest archaeological evidence of Christian faith in England.
2) Tertullian
3) Salway
4) Emperor Constantine
5) Iro-Celtic Christianity
6) Marin of Tours
7) Ninian
8) Religious orders-
9) Geoffrey - Norman / French
10) Geoffrey - England
11) Geoffrey - 1300
12) Jeffryes - Burke
13) Wales
14) Various English counties
15) London
16) Ireland

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

RN #258 Cadwallader Jones(es)

The name Cadwallader is distinctive.  After some years of research into this name, it occurs much more frequently than often thought.  This note book contains my research into this Welsh name as it appears in Jones Journeys, Vol. I - Vol. 19.  The name Cadwallader Jones appears:

1820 census - Illinois
1800 census - Kentucky
1815 Virginia (father/son)
1785 Virginia
1808 Virginia
1810 Virginia
1850 Wisconsin
1830 Kentucky
1734 Philadelphia, PA
1760 North Carolina
1701 Philadelphia PA
1851 Alabama
1799 Virginia
1836 Indiana
1815 North Carolina
1840 Kentucky
1825 Kentucky

These folks were then placed by location(s) by state:

North Carolina
South Carolina

Whew...a few folks by this name.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

RN #257 Cavalier Connections

It would seem that "Cavaliers to Pioneers" was the story of my JONES family from 1649 Virginia.  Charles I had lost his head, and a number of folks were forced to leave England for the colonies.  Virginia was the focal point of many, and seven ships made their way over the great pond.  [Capt. Robert Dennis in charge of fleet.]

This research notebook contains the folks who chief among the migration to a new life in Virginia.  It was not until 30 April 1652 that the first General Assembly (VA) meet under the new Commonwealth.
 Names researched :

Berkeley - Sir William Berkeley and others
Lee - Richard Lee and others
Lunsford - Sir Thomas Luntsford and others [He was recognized as one of the leading Cavaliers.]
Chicheley - Sir Henry Chicheley
Wormeley - Capt. Ralph Wormeley
Honeywood - Sir Philip Honeywood
Dale - Maj. Edward Dale
Norwood - Col. Henry Norwood [left written record of his journey ]
Many others listed.

Friday, April 3, 2015

RN # 256 Early Settlements and Connectors

Understanding the settlement pattern along the rivers of Virginia is a helpful task.  Often, the families would settle both side of the given river directly across from one another.  This would provide an escape route if needed, since both sides of the river would not likely be attacked at the same instance.

This notebook contains my research into the early settlement patterns along the Rappahannock River. [Mostly]  The chronology of these settlements [and their counties] are included:

Northumberland Co. - 1649
Lancaster Co. - 1651
Westmoreland Co. - 1653
(Old) Rappahannock Co. - 1656
Gloster Co. - 1651
York Co. - 1642
Charles River Co. - 1635
New Kent Co. - 1654

Various plantations and hundreds are included. [Eg. Smith's (Southampton) Hundred.]

Various individuals involved in the settlements are included. [Eg. Sir Edwin Sandys ]

Various other settlement involved in my own Jones family. [ Eg. "Tanks Weyanoke" (David Jones)]

It is still a work in progress, with connectors being established between the various settlement areas.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

RN # 255 First Names For Jones

This notebook is actually titled "First Names For Jones (Old) Rappahannock Co. VA In Chronological Order 1655 - 1692", but all this would not fit the line above.  (Old) Rappahannock Co. VA played an important role in my JONES family history.  Thus, it was necessary to try and organize, and separate the many Jones of this period and location.  Chronological order is always helpful.

The following "first names" are included:

Leonard 1655
Rice 1655
Thomas 1660
Richard, "mariner" 1662
Robert 1663
Griffin 1666
Katherine 1666
George 1667
Edward 1675
Howell 1671
Morgan 1673
James 1678
Lewis 1677

Many times there are multiple references for each name in (Old) Rappahanock Co. VA.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

RN #254 Landmarks

Rivers, creeks, ponds, swamps, and things can be used to help identify the location of various patents that have been surveyed.  In 1622 VA, a survey required it to be described by key landmarks that would help locate and register the patent.  A method I have used over the years is contained in this notebook.  A page for "Rivers" is shown.

Using the index from Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623 - 66, I began a chronological outline of the names given to rivers.  The page numbers are shown along with a date that the river was first used as a survey marker.  A flow into time in more ways than one.

For example, "Back River" was used very early in the survey of land. [p.2]  "Lynhaven River" was not used in surveys until 1632. [p. 34]  It took roughly a decade to get from "Back River" to "Lynhaven River".  In like manner, one can follow the progression of land expansion and settlement by the naming of the rivers involved. 

In my own JONES family, "Rappahannock River" became the avenue for settlement. It is first listed on p. 311 beginning around 1655.  This was after the English Civil War, and during what is called "The Commonwealth Period".  This fact helped me shake a few family tree branches.  What a deal!

Friday, February 13, 2015

RN #253 Thomas Jones(es) VA

This notebook contains my work on the name "Thomas Jones" as it clustered among the same family generation(s).  It is especially difficult to sort through a group of possible ancestors that lived during the same time period, and have the same name.  For me, this was Thomas Jones.

Clustering those who share a part of the individuals connected to the one being researched can often help break down some of those brick walls.  This notebook contains the surnames: 1) Rowzie/ Rowse/ Rowzee/ Rouzee/ Rousey/ Rouzey/ Rousee/ Rouse, 2) Slaughter, 3) Catlett, 4) Beverley, 5) Booth, 6) Butler, 7) and of course Thomas Jones.  This is what I call "cluster analysis".  This is an ongoing, active research notebook.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RN #252 James Jones(es) VA, NC

When one faces a single name, which seems to cause a lot of brick walls, a central location for all these folks often helps separate the branches.  This notebook contains the work of several folks who had to deal with the first name "James".  Chris Jones from Roswell, GA, and Caroline Cunningham from NC, provided most of the work outlined in this notebook.  From VA to NC an outline of this first name is arranged.  The deeds, wills, and mostly marriages of this first name are identified by their source and location.  There are lots of folks with the first name JAMES!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

RN #251 Jacob Jones(es) NC

This notebook contains research into the JONES surname in early NC.  It is an analysis, chronological, of the JONES surname beginning 1663 for each county in NC up to 1750.   It also contains my work sheets on the various aspects of NC history that played a role in the settlement relating to the JONES surname.  A page of the work sheet is shown below.

This begins in the year 1663 when Charles II granted Carolina to the "Lords Proprietors".  The next page shows the alphabetical listing of NC counties with the dates of their formation.

The chronology for each county would begin with the dates listed above.  A hefty research notebook indeed!