John William Jones
1784 - 1860
Contributed by
Barbara Hale Reynolds

1850 Census Scott County, Arkansas
John, age 66, farmer, born North Carolina
Elizabeth, age 50, born in Tennessee
Mary A., age 18, born in Alabama
Elizabeth C.. age 17, born in Alabama
Benton, age 8, born in Alabama
Vanburen, age 6, born in Arkansas
Matilda, age 4, born in Arkansas (Note: Matilda was 11)
William Smith, age 2, born in Arkansas (Note: Wm was 8)
George A., age 7, born in 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
Amount: $1,008.00
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:

  1. Levi Bauze Aday Jones was born in November 24, 1822. Levi Bauze Aday Jones was born in Madison County, Alabama on November 24, 1822, and died on December 25, 1860 Scott County, Arkansas, at 38 years of age. He married Nancy A. Holman in Yell County, Arkansas on August 20, 1846. The Yell County web page lists a marriage record for Levi and Nancy, which has her name as Coleman, but the author was recently given access to some letters written by their granddaughter Vida Jones Woodruff that states Nancy's surname was Holman. I believe it's entirely possible as Aunt Vida also states their firstborn son was named William Holman Jones, and another descendant told me that Levi and Nancy's great grandson was named Levi Holman Jones. Nancy was born in Tennessee in April 25, 1829. According to information given to me by my grandmother, father, and my great aunt, Nancy was full blood Cherokee. I have been unable to locate her on the Cherokee rolls. She died on October 16, 1896, in Scott County, Arkansas, at 67 years of age. She was buried at Parks Cemetery near Nola.
  2. Mary Ann "Polly" Jones was born in Madison County, Alabama in 1832 and died April 8, 1908 in Scott County, Arkansas, at 75 years of age. She married William M. May Scott County, Arkansas, before 1855 (based on age and birth place of first born child). William was born in Jackson County, Alabama 1832 and died after 1860 Scott County, Arkansas.
  3. Elizabeth C. Jones was born in Madison County, Alabama 1833. Elizabeth died after 1880 in Logan County, Arkansas at Booneville. She married Andrew "Andy" Welch Scott County, Arkansas on October 12, 1854. Married by Elijah Garner (Source: Application of Guardian of Minor Children in Order to Obtain Army Pension Act of July 14, 1862 file - copy given to me by William Welch). Andrew was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1827. Andrew died February 15, 1879 Scott County, Arkansas, at 51 years of age.
  4. Matilda Armenia Jones was born on August 18, 1839. She married Thomas J. Welch in Scott County, Arkansas, 1855. In the early 1870s Matilda Jones Welch remarried to William Jesse Oller. Please see the Madilda Jones Story for further information on Matilda.
  5. William Smith Jones was born in Madison County, Alabama in 1841 and he died on May 8, 1914 in Scott County, Arkansas. He was buried at Pine Crest Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas. He married Sarah E. "Sallie" Franklin in Madison County, Alabama between 1870-1880. Sarah was born in 1857 and died in 1907 at Heavener, Oklahoma, at 50 years of age. She was buried at Pine Crest Cemetery at Mena, Arkansas. After the death of Sarah, he married Lucinda Emmeline Stanford in Scott County, Arkansas on December 18, 1909. Lucinda was born in Jefferson County, Alabama on May 16, 1856 and she died on March 27, 1944 in Montgomery County, Arkansas, at 87 years of age. After William died, Lucinda married William Jess Oller in Scott County, Arkansas sometime between 1916-1920.
  6. Thomas Benton Jones was born in Madison County, Alabama February 1842. Thomas died January 1912 Scott County, Arkansas, at 69 years of age. He married Millie Ann Oller Griffith in Scott County, Arkansas, between 1867-1868.
  7. George Almontia Jones was born in Arkansas 1843. I have no further information on George Jones.
  8. Martin Vanburen Jones was born in Arkansas 1844. I have no further information on Vanburen Jones.

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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