John William Jones
1784 - 1860
1850 Census Scott County, Arkansas
John William "Billie" Jones was born in North Carolina in 1784. John died about 1860 in Scott County, Arkansas, at 76 years of age and he is buried at Parks Cemetery near Nola. His wife, Elizabeth, is found as a widow in the 1860 census, which was enumerated on June 13, 1860. It would appear that William died between March and the time Elizabeth's census was enumerated. Land documents were signed in 1860 so it may be that by the time the land documents were signed John had already died.
He married Elizabeth Eddy in Madison County, Alabama in the Mississippi Territory on September 05, 1815. The marriage license reads: To any lawful Judge, Justice, or Minister of the Gospel: These are to authorize you or either of you to solemnize the rites of matrimony between John Jones and Elizabeth Eddy of your county, agreeable to the statute in such case made and provided--Given at the Register's Office of said county, this 5th day of September 1815. Signed by W. H. Winslow, Rol.
Elizabeth was born in Tennessee 1800. Elizabeth died about 1880 in LaFave Township, Scott County, Arkansas, at 80 years of age.
According to the "Scott County, Arkansas - Gateway to the West" by O. Alden Smith, the Jones family moved to Arkansas from Alabama in the mid-1840's and settled in Park Township.
The 1850 Agriculture Census shows a John James (there was no John James in the regular census, so quite possibly this is our Jones family). The transcriber writes "[Note: This name is clearly written on this census as John James; however, it is clearly written on the 1850 and 1860 population census as John Jones.] This census shows that John James [Jones] had 35 acres of improved land and another 5 acres of unimproved, valued at $400.00. His farming implements were valued at $20.00 and he had 4 horses, 6 milch cows, 4 working oxen, 10 other cattle, 4 sheep and 50 swine valued at $350.00. He had harvested 11 bushels of wheat, 300 bushels of Indian corn, 10 bushels of Irish potatoes, 100 bushels of sweet potatoes and 50 lbs. of butter valued at $50.00. He also slaughtered $50.00 worth of livestock.
On March 1, 1860 the final papers were signed for the purchase of land in the name of John William Jones. Interesting to note that his son Levi witnessed the document in his capacity as a justice of the peace. This land was described as being in "the Southeast quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section twenty-six of Township Three North of Range Twenty six West in the District of Lands subject to sale at Clarksville, Arkansas, containing forty acres."
The 1860 Agriculture Census shows Elisabeth Jones had 50 acres of improved land and 150 acres of unimproved land valued at $1,400. She had farm equipment valued at $125, 2 cows, 1 other cattle, 6 sheep, and 25 swine all valued at $125. They had produced 50 bushels of wheat, 1000 bushels of Indian Corn, 30 lbs. wool, 100 bushels of sweet potatoes, 200 lbs. butter, 10 lbs. beeswax, and 200 lbs. honey, all valued at $30. The animals they slaughtered were valued at $125.
Land of John W. Jones Sold
Contributed by Delaine Edwards to Scott County Echoes:
Scott County Deed Book 3, Page 255-257
Deed Grantor: L.D. Gilbreath as Commissioner
Grantee: Thomas Janeway of Scott County, Arkansas
Description: NW 1/4 Sec. 2 T2N R26 W
Acres: Not stated
Date: 15 January 1872
Other: Gilbreath as Commissioner in case of T.B. Jones et al vs. William Jones et al in Scott County Probate Court to divide lands of John W. Jones, late of Scott County between his heirs. Court determined land could not be divided advantageously among the several heirs and recommended land be sold. October Term 1871.
Acknowledged: 22 January 1872 before M.M. Tate, Judge of County & Probate Court.
Filed & Recorded: 23 January 1872, Record Book 3, p231 & 232 L.D. Gilbreath, Clerk
Refiled: 7 May 1886. J. C. Gilbreath, Clerk.
John William Jones "Billie" and Elizabeth Eddy had the following children:
Information provided by Barbara Hale Reynolds, 4th great granddaughter of John William Jones and Elizabeth Eddy.
Parks Cemetery at Nola, Scott County, Arkansas, where many of the Jones mentioned in this story are buried. Photo courtesy of Charlene Holland.
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