An American Family History


The Jones Family


Essex County was established in 1692 from the old Rappahannock County, Virginia 

Cadwallader Jones was born about 1652 in what would become Essex County, Virginia. He was the son of Richard Jones and Frances Baldwin Townsend.

His daughter, Frances Ann Jones (1685, married Robert Slaughter).

In November, 1673, Cadwallader patented 1,443 acres on the Rappahannock.

In 1689 he was bankrupt and returned to England after transferring some of his assets to the Taliaferros.

Staring about 1690, he was governor of the Bahamas where gave refuge to pirates.

The Islands have long been and are still a common retreat for pirates and illegal traders. Cadwallader Jones, the late Governor, made one Boulton Collector, who entered and cleared vessels as he and the Governor pleased. In 1693 the master of a Barbados ship, richly laden from Jamaica to London, ran his ship wilfully aground in the Islands, and he and his sailors divided the money and cargo. The Governor had his advantage from it. All appeals from their Courts lie to the Proprietors in England. (from Calendar of State Papers: Preserved in the State Paper Department ..., Volume 15 by Great Britain. Public Record Office

Cadwallader was back in Virginia by 1698 when he recieved a land patent in Fairfax County.

Cadwallader died in 1699 in Stafford County, Virginia.

A pirate attacks and robs at sea. A privateer is a pirate with a commission from a government. Buccaneers were pirates in Caribbean in the 17th century.









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