An American Family History


John Jones


The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

John Jones was born about 1720.

His wife was named Mary.

Richard Jones (1738),
Ann Jones (1739, married Henry Morgan and Joseph Brown),
Nathan Jones (1740),
Margaret Jones (1744, married Stephen Day)
Philipina Christina Jones (1746, married John Stanfield),
John Jones, Jr. (1746),
Jonathan Jones (1748),
Mary Jones (1752, married John Anglin),
James Jones (1756).

On August 31, 1746, Phillipina Christina was christened by the Rev. John Casper Stoever at Atolhoe in what was then Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her sponsors were Florian Bübinger and his wife Phillipina Christina.

In 1751 they became Quakers. On January 28, 1751 they were received at Exeter Monthly Meeting (previously Oley). Exeter Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania became part of Berks County in 1751.

On July 26, 1753, John and Mary Jones received a certificate from Exeter Monthly Meeting to Cane Creek Monthly Meeting in Orange County, North Carolina.

In 1764, the Quakers of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting felt forced to disown the son of John and Mary Jones for "absconding from his parents in years past as also inlisting himself into a ridgment." In what was becoming an increasingly common comment, the meeting noted that "labour been Extendid to him" but he did not appear to be willing to "make satisfaction" to the monthly meeting so he was disowned. (from Privacy and Power in the Development of North Carolina's Religious Culture by J Mark Leslie)

On September 6, 1766, Margaret Day was reported to the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting for marrying out of unity.

In 1770 John obtained land in South Carolina.

In 1772 they residents of the Bush River community at the first meeting of Bush River Monthly Meeting.

In 1774, they were members of Wrightsborough Monthly Meeting in St. Paul's Parish, Georgia when it was set off from Bush River.

On June 9 , 1781 John died in Georgia.

In April-June 1782 John, Jonathan and Nathan Jones were disowned by Wrightsborough Monthley Meeting for service in the American Revolution.

Mary died there in 1802.

Europeans began to settle in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area about 1710. It was part of Chester County until May 10, 1729.
Choosing a Godparent sponsor was not just a formality in 17th century Germany. Each child had one Godparent of the same gender. It established ties between families that were near kinship. The Godparent was expected to provide spiritual support and material support in times of need.



Petitions for Land from the South Carolina Council Journals,
Meeting of Tuesday 3 July 1770
John Jones 200 [acres] Berkley County
The 200 acres surveyed for James Hoge on 28 Jul 1762 was

in the fork between Broad and Saludy rivers and is situate Lying and being on a branch of Saludy river Called and known by the name of Bush Creek and is bounded Southeast on Land laid out to Jacob Brooks and on the other sides on vacant Land.

Grant: 13 Jul 1770, John Jones, 200 acres in Berkley County

Memorial: 21 Aug 1770, John Jones, 200 acres in Berkley County adj. Jacob Brooks


from Newberry Co SC Deed Book A, 424-494:

Lease and release. 8 & 9 March 1771
John Jones of Berkley County, SC, planter, and Mary his wife,
to Moses Embree of same, weaver,
for 15 shillings, 200 acres in the fork of Broad & Saludy River,
adj. Jacob Brooks,
granted to John Jones 13 July 1770, grant recorded in Book FFF, page 6.
John Jones (Seal),
Mary Jones (X) (Seal),
Wit: Enos Ellimon, John Duncan (mark), John Jones Jun'r.
Proved by the oath of John Duncan 12 July 1771
before John Caldwell, J.P. for Craven County.


from SC Deed Book G-4, 55-59:

Lease & release.
7 & 8 Jan 1772,
Giles Chapman & Sarah his wife of Craven County,
for £300 SC money, to John Jones of same,
by grant 16 Dec 1766 to Giles Chapman Senr.,
300 acres on Scotch Creek in the fork between Broad and Saluday [Saluda] River,
at the time of surveying called Berkley County but now Craven County,
adj. Laurance Ryley, John Brooks.
(Plat included, being 193 acres granted by Giles Chapman to Elizabeth Teague near Rileys corner).
Giles Chapman (LS), Sarah Chapman (I) (LS),
Wit: Eliza Teague, Joseph Brown, Giles Chapman Junr.
Proved in Craven County before Thos Wadlington, J.P.,
by the oath of Eliza Teague
2 Feb 1772.
Recorded 2 Sept. 1773.


Will of John Jones, Columbia Co GA
Will Book No. 1, pp. 78-79:

In the name of God, Amen I, John Jones of Wrightsborough Township in the Parish of St. Paul in the Province of Georgia....

IMPRIMIS, I give and bequeath unto my oldest son Richard Jones twenty shillings sterling to be paid in one year after my decease.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Brown ten shillings sterling to be paid in one year after my decease.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Philipina Stanfield five shillings sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Day, five shillings sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son James Jones five shillings sterling, and apprehending him to be Weak in his sense and not capable to manage the affairs of life to advantage, do therefore will and direct my two sons Jonathan Jones and Nathan Jones, to take due and proper care of him, my son James Jones, and supply him with food and raiment he may have real occasion for the necessary support of life out of the lands and estate herein-after bequeathed to them, all the time he can be prevailed upon to dwell with the or either of the.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son John Jones five shillings sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Anglin, five shillings sterling.

Item: It is my will that my two sons, Jonathan Jones and Nathan Jones, their heirs and assigns forever all my plantation tract and parcel of land whereon I now dwell containing in whole four hundred acres, being in two surveys to be equally divided between them in goodness and quality share and share alike reserving the house and plantation and improvements for my loving wife Mary, to dwell on during her natural life only. I also do give and bequeath unto my above named sons Jonathan and Nathan Jones all my write [sic] and claim to one other tract containing one hundred acres of land situated in the Parish aforesaid adjoining the above mentioned tract is to be equally divided as directed in the other tract, share and share alike and it is my will also that they, my two sons Jonathan and Nathan Jones, doe in consideration of all said lands not bequeathed to them their heirs and assigns take due and proper care of my son James Jones while he can be prevailed upon to dwell with them as above directed, also my will is that if either of my two sons Jonathan and Nathan Jones should die before he arrived at lawful age then the survivors of them shall have possession and enjoy all the above mentioned plantations, tracts or parcels of land.

Item: All the residue and remainder of my estate of whatever kind, quality, nature, or condition so ever, I give and bequeath to my loving wife Mary to her, her heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I hereby authorize and impower my executor and executrix hereinafter named on receipt of money due for the same to make over, convey, assure and confirm with John Coates his heirs and assigns all that plantation, tract and parcel of land situate at or near Bush River in South Carolina by a deed or deeds good and valid in law.

Lastly: I nominate constitute and appoint my loving friend Daniel Williams executor and my loving wife Mary executrix of this my last will and testament hereby ratifying and confirming the same.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of the 1st month one thousand seven hundred and eighty-one [1781].
John Jones
Signed, sealed, and acknowledged by the testament in the presence of
John Stubbs
Nathaniel Jackson
Susanna Butler


American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.


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