Jones Wills from John H. Jones 7 July 2001
These wills were transcribed from photo copies of the origianls by John H. Jones.
These notes reference relationships to Maj. Billy, whose house, Blenheim, is listed on the Jones page at this site.
(This William Jones was brother of Nancy, Elizabeth, and Rhoda who married Stiths.)
Capt. William was a brother to Maj. Billy's dad, therefore Maj. Billy's uncle. He was killed at the battle of Guilford CH in North Carolina during the Revolution.
Maj. Tom was Maj. Billy's dad (1754-1826). He is supposed to have also fought in the Revolution but details are sketchy. He is the father of the Jones sisters that married Stiths.
Old Tom was Maj. Tom's uncle. He was also the grandfather of Maj. Billy's wife, Nancy Hunter. In the will, Old Tom refers to Maj. Billy as his "grandson." That just can't be right. But Evelina, daughter of Maj. Billy, was indeed Old Tom's great-granddaughter.
Will of Major Tom Jones Feb 18, 1826
Campbell County Will Book 5, p. 319
In the name of God Amen I Thomas Jones of the County of Campbell do make and ordain this my last will and Testament. In premis [sic] my will and desire is that all my Just debts be paid out of any monies that shall be in my possession at the Time of my death should there not be sufficient for that purpose then I desire that so much of my perishable property shall be sold as will be a sufficient to accomplish that end secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Betsy Jones my dwelling house and one third part of the tract of land I may reside upon at the time of decease and one third part of all my negroes stock plantation tools household & kitchen furniture during her natural life.
Item I give and bequeath to my son William Jones all the land that I have heretofore deeded to him and he is now in possession of to him and his heirs forever also one negro man named Adam a Black Smith by trade together all the Smith Tools and shop thereto appertaining in addition what I have heretofore given him.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Jonny [sic] Jones all the land that I bought of John Poindexter and Poindexter deeded it to the said Johnny Jones instead of myself having it deeded to myself likewise all the negroes I have heretofore given him and is now in possession of in addition to that I give and bequeath to my son Johnnys two sons namely John Martin Jones and Charles Thos Jones (if I mistake not their names) the tract of land I purchased of James Shannon and Crawleys Exors being the same more or less one hundred and Eighty Acres I also give and bequeath to my son Johnnys daughter Amanda Jones one girl about Ten or Twelve years old.
Item I give and bequeath to my son James Jones all the land that I now live upon including the mansion house Beginning at the river as the line runs thence along that line to a hickory corner thence along Joels fence towards his prize until you come to a little Road coming from Reids Mill thence to Reids line to the nearest place thence along that line until you come to the mill creek until you come to the Eighteen acres I purchased of Thos J Cock along that line south to the corner thence a west course to the river thence down the river to the first branch up the branch a strait [sic] line to the nearest place of the mill pond up the mill pond a small distance until you come to the line belonging to my son Thomas Jones decd thence along the line until you come to the bridge field fence along the fence and line until you come to a small corner in Lewis Franklins field and up the branch to the head of it to a corner chesnut [sic] oak between my son William & E Wood and thence along that line until you come to a branch and down that branch on the line between myself and my son Wm to the River thence down the River to the beginning.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Joel Jones the tract of land he now resides upon formerly belonging to William Jones of Buckingham and he gave it to his James Jones including the mansion house and its appurtenance say about 700 acres be the same more or less reserving a small part of said tract for which I have taken off and put it to the tract I now reside upon and devised it to my son James Jones,
Item the aforesaid tract adjoins [ing scratched out] the lands of Tarton Jones Thos Reid and the land that John Reid sold to Richard G Haden in addition to that I bequeath to my son Joel Jones all the negroes that he has in possession To Wit, Urshy Abram Ann Luke & June Together all the stock of Cattle that he has in possession say eight in number.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Buckner Jones the tract of land I purchased of Ro Hawkins on the waters of Meadow Creek containing two hundred and thirty five or forty five acres be the same more or less in addition to that I give and bequeath to my son Buckner Jones one negro woman named Fanny and her children thats on the plantation also one negro man Ned six head of Cattle the stock of Hogs two horses thats on the plantation.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Rhoda Stith the property I have heretofore given her in addition to that I give and bequeath to my daughter Rhoda Stith three negroes from twelve to sixteen years old all girls.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsey Stith all the property she has heretofore received from me in addition to that I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsey Stith three negroes from twelve to sixteen years old all girls.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Stith all the property she has heretofore received from me in addition to that I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Stith three negroes from Twelve to Sixteen years old all girls.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Wood one negro woman named Delila and her youngest child one good horse and three head of Cattle.
Item I give and bequeath to my Three Grand sons Wood Madison and Washington Jones sons of my son Thomas Jones decd all the land that I have heretofore deeded to my son Thomas Jones decd also all the negroes I have heretofore given my son Thomas Jones decd excepting one negro girl Ama she I bequeath to my grand sons Wood Madison and Washington Jones the said girl to be equally divided among my three grand sons in addition to that I give an bequeath to my three grandsons Wood, Madison and Washington Jones two negroes more from ten to fifteen years old.
Item I give and bequeath to William and James Children all the lands that I have not devised or deeded away in shape whatever or hereto fore specified in this my last will & testament including the lands I purchased of Reid Jack Jones Colo Richard Jones and Elizabeth Strange and a part I have taken and added to the same from the tract I now reside upon including mill and all its appurtenances Thereunto belonging to the said lands to have and to hold forever.
Item I give and bequeath all the remainder of negroes that I have not specified in my will heretofore shall be equally divided amongst my sons William, James, Joel Buckner and my three grand sons Wood Madison and Washington sons of son Thomas Jones decd also to my four daughters To Wit, Rhoda Stith Betsey Stith Nancy Stith and Martha Wood and to Johnnys three children Charles Thomas, John Martin & Amanda Jones children of my son Johnnys it is understood that my grand sons of my son Thomasís are only to have in proportion of the remainder of the negroes that are not specified and what they receive they are to divide between the three grand sons and are to draw in proportion as one legatee my Three grand children of Johnnys Jones chi[ldren] one [?] to share in like manner its further understood that this division is not to take place until after the death of my wife Betsey Jones if she should be the longest liver or at the death of either.
Item I give & bequeath all the remainder of my stock of every discreption [sic] house hold & kitchen furniture plantation utensels [sic] and in short every thing that may be long [sic] to my estate at my death or at the death of my wife Betsey Jones shall be sold as quick as the nature of the case will admit and the proceeds arising from such sales shall be disposed of in the following manner the money shall be equally divided among my grand sons Wood Madison and Washington and my Grand children of my three daughters in Kentucky and my three Grand children children [sic] of my son Johnny To With, John Martin Charles Thos and Amanda Jones daughter of the said Johnny Jones.
Item Its understood that the aforesaid property that I have devised to my son Joel Jones namely the tract of land saying seven hundred acres be the same more or less subject to a small part taken off it by myself and devised to same to my son James and the following slaves property To Wit, Urshy Abram Ann Luke and Jane and Eight head of Cattle its to be understood that the said Joel Jones is not to have it in his power to dispose of one cent of the said property but he is to have comfortable support from whats made on the land and by said slaves arising from the [sic] all the profit arising from the above proceeds whats made thereon I further devise that the above property is to go to the said Joel Jones heirs if any at his death and then the aforesaid property is to be equally divided amongst his lawfull [sic] heirs I further ordain constitute and appoint my two sons William Jones and James Jones to have all the whole sole management of the aforesaid property and act and transact all business relative to the property I further say that not one cent of the property is not to made way with in no shap [sic] or manner whatever more than the said Joel him & his family is to receive the aforesaid support.
Lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons William Jones and James Jones my executors to act upon my Estate and its understood that my two sons William and James are not compelled to give security for their performance In Testimony I hereby affixed my name and seal This Eighteenth day of February 1826.
Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
Ro R Neighborurs
James X Mason
At a Court held for Campbell County July 10th 1826 The within last will and Testament of Thomas Jones Majr was produced in Court proved by the oaths of Robert R Neighbours Predham Moore [cut off]
Will of Captain William Jones 24 Feburary 1781
Bedford Co. Will Book 1, p. 392
In the name of God Amen The 24th of February 1781 I William Jones of Bedford County and parrish [sic] of Russel [sic] being in perfect sence [sic] & Memory do apoint this my last Will and Testament in manner & forme [sic] following to witt. Item I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Wife Agness Jones & my five sons my hole [sic] & sole Estate to be Eqally [sic] divided amongst them all my Just debts first to be paid I apoint [sic] the following named persons my Executors my well beloveded [sic] wife one of me Executors Thomas Jones John Cox, John Jones & Thomas John Senr. I desire that my Estate shall not be apraisd [sic]. I ordain this my last Will and Testament
Sind [sic] Seald [sic] & Deliverd [sic] in present [sic] of us
Charles Simmons William Jones
Richard X Danniel
At a Court held for Bedford County the 28th day of May 1781 This last Will and Testament of William Jones deceased was proved by the oaths of Charles Simmons and Richard Daniel Witnesses subscribed thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Agness Jones Thomas Jones Junior and John Cocks Three of the Executors therein named who made Oath thereto Certificate is granted them for obtaining probate in due form giving Security whereupon they Together with Moses Fuqua John Weaver and Charles Simmons their securities Entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five hundred thousand pounds for the said Executors due and faithfull [sic] administration of the said decedents Estate and performance of his Will Liberty being reserved the other Executors named in said Will to Join in the probate thereof when they shall think fit.
Exd J Steptoe Cl.
Will of Major William Jones March 10, 1851
Campbell County Will Book 12, p. 86
In the name of God, Amen. I William Jones being sound in mind and memory do make and declare this as my last will and testament, and do hereby revoke and annul all or any other that I may heretofore have made.
In the first place, It is my will and desire, that all my just debts and my funeral expenses shall be paid.
Secondly, It is my will and desire that my wife Nancy Jones shall have the plantation upon which I live, situated in the north fork of Falling River, containing about Six or Seven hundred acres, together with all the stock, farming utensils of every kind and description, that may be thereon at the time of my death. All my household and kitchen furniture, and the following negroes viz: Paul, Jack, Dave, Adam, Ben, Paschal, Squin [sic], Rachel, Eliza, Polly, Amy, America and Aaron the above mentioned property I devise and bequeath to my wife for and during her life.
Thirdly. It is my will and desire that as soon as may be practicable after my death all my other property of every kind, real and personal besides that devised and bequeathed to my wife, as above, shall be sold and the proceeds thereof equally divided among my children Jesse Jones, Peter R. Jones, Lynch Jones, Thomas H. Jones, Evaline Hardaway, Elizabeth Price, Jane R. Morgan, Nancy Harvey, William W. Jones, Alexander W. Jones, and Lamach Jones. I have made the following advancements to my children, viz: To Jesse Jones $1601.90. To Peter R. Jones $1608.88 cents. To Lynch Jones $1529. To Thos. H. Jones $1647.67. To Evaline Hardaway $1720.50. To Elizabeth Price $943.06. To Jane R. Morgan $1000. To Nancy Harvey $900. To William W. Jones $100. and to Alexander W. Jones $150. And it is my will and desire that in the division above directed they shall be charged with and account for the said advancements.
Fourthly. It is my will and desire that my daughter Nancy Harvey shall live and have a home with her mother. An [sic] also her daughter Mary F. Harvey so long as she the said Nancy Harvey shall remain a widow; and if, at the death of her mother the said Nancy Harvey shall still remain a widow, it is my will that my Executor hereinafter appointed, shall furnish her a comfortable support for herself and her child above mentioned, so long as she may remain a widow.
Fifthly. It is my will and desire that after the death of my wife Nancy Jones, all the property which I have herein devised to here during her life, shall be equally divided among my eleven children herein before named. And if any, or either of them should die before my wife, I desire that their children, (if they should have any living at that time that is to say at the death of my wife) shall have such portion as their parent or parents would, if living have received, under this clause of my will.
Lastly. I hereby appoint my son Jesse Jones the Executor of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof, I hereto set my hand and seal, this 10th day of March 1851.
Jno. C. Murrell
Jno. D. Alexander
Edwin R. Page
I William Jones do hereby make this Codicil to my last will and testament and hereby revoke so much of my said last will and testament as comes in conflict with this codicil. I bequeath to Alice William and Evaline the three children of my daughter Jane Morgan, all that portion of my estate to which my said daughter Jane Morgan would have been entitled under, and by virtue of my said will, including the share of my said daughter in the dower property devised and bequeathed to my wife. It is my desire that my son Jesse Jones shall take possession of and manage the said property hereby bequeathed to my said three grand children, for them during the term of their natural disability, or until the said William Morgan shall attain the age of twenty one years, and the said Alice and Evaline Morgan shall attain the age of twenty one years or marry. It is my desire that my said son Jesse Jones shall appropriate the annual profit of the said property to the maintenance and education of my said grand children, during the time that he is directed to hold the possession and management of it, and when the said William shall become of age, and the said Alice and Evaline shall respectively become of age or marry, it is my desire that the said Jesse Jones shall deliver over to my said grand children absolutely, their respective shares of the said property, and if any or either of them should die without children before they come to the absolute possession of their proportion of the said property, I desire that the share, or shares of such, shall pass to the survivor or survivors; and if all three of my said grand children should die before they come to the absolute possession of the said property, I desire that the same shall revert to my estate. If my son Jesse Jones should die, I desire some one of my other sons be appointed guardian for my said grand children, and do, and perform all things hereby required to be done by him. I do not desire the said property ever to pass into the possession or under the control of McGilbra Morgan. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th of October 1852.
In the presence of us,
Wm. A. Poor
In Campbell County Court July Term 1858
The last will and testament of William Jones deceased was this day produced in Court, proven by the oaths of Jno C. Murrell, Jno. D. Alexander, and Edwin R. Page the subscribing witnesses thereto - And as to further proof of Codicil continued until next Term.
And at August Term 1858
The Codicil to said will was proved by Wm. A. Poor and Washington Hunter, subscribing witnesses thereto, and the said will and Codicil are admitted to record. And on the motion of Jesse Jones, the Executor in said will named, leave is given him to qualify as such. Whereupon he executed a bond in the penalty of $50,000 with Peter R. Jones, Wm. W. Jones and Lamach Jones his securities, who were sworn as to sufficiency conditioned according to law and was qualified as such.
Geo. Wm. Dabney. C.
Will of Thomas Jones (Old Tom) 17 January 1818
Campbell County Will Book 4, p. 151.
I Thomas Jones of the County of Campbell do hereby make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say first. I give and bequath [sic] to my son Jesse Jones three negroes towit, Sam, Sucy, and Adam, I give to my Grand Daugter [sic]Polly Gibbs the negro girl she has in her possession at this time; I give to my Daughter Nancy Taylor the negro Girl now in her possession. I give to my Grand Daughter Sally Jones(Daughter of Jesse) a negro Boy now in the possession of sd Jesse named [left blank]. I give to my son William Jones during his natural life my old tract of land on falling river bounded by the lands of Tarlton Jones, William Jones, my mountain tract, the tract purchased of William Spicer, Nathan Tanner and Jesse Jones, at the death of my said son William, I give and bequath [sic] the said tract of land to be equally divided between three sons of my said son William (towit, Spotswood, Paschal and Josias also I lend to my said son William during his natural life three negroes, Towit, George, Ralf and Polly and at his death to be equally divided between his three daughters, namely, Amely, Eliza H Jones and Sarah J. I give to my son in law John Cock one dollar in addition to what I have already given him. I give to my son in law Alexander Hunter one dollar in addition to what I have already given him. I give to my son in law Robert Saunders one dollar in addition to what I have already Given him. I give to my dughter [sic] in law Nancy Jones one Dollar in addition to what I have already given her. I give to Daughter in law Judith Rosser one Dollar. I give and bequath to my Daughter Dorothea Broom head Glass during her natural life four negroes, namely, allick [sic], Hannah, and the twins Sarah and Chany. Should my said Daughter Glass leave a Child or Children in the first event I will the above named negroes to that Child, in Latter event I will and devise said negroes to be equally divided between such Children, but should my Said Daughter Glass die without Issue then and in that Case I give and bequath [sic] said negroes Allick, Hannah, Sarah and Chany to my Grand Children Elizabeth Askew, Peter Saunders, Thomas Saunders and Polly Cock to be equally divided between them. I give to my Grand Daughter Nancy Kent two negroes (namely, Archer and Eve. I give to my Grandson Powhatan Jones one negro Boy George, provided he does not Contend with me or my represenatives [sic] for a negro Boy Henry Sold by Pleasant Rosser. I give to my Grand Son Thomas Hunter one negro Boy Luallen I give to my Grand son William Jones (son of Majr, one negro man named Will. I give to my Great grand daughter Evelinah Jones one negro Girl named Judy. I give to my Grand Son John Cock Son John Cock Senr one negro Boy Joe. I will my negro woman Suckey and five children to be sold and the money arising therefrom to b [sic] equally divided between my Grand Children, Sally Jones, William Cock, and Polly Cock Children and heirs of John Cock Senr. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Dorathea Broom head Glass, the tract of land on which I now reside purchased of William Hines(?). The residue of my Estate I will that my Executers [sic] make sale of and divide the money equally between the children of my Son John Jones. Lastly I appoint my trusty friends, Thomas Jones (Majr, and James S Jones Executors to this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all wills by me hereto fore made. In witness hereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 17th day of Jany 1818.
Thomas + Jones
Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of Thos. West, William Jones Robert E. Kent, James Jones, Jesse Jones.
At a court held for Campbell County January 11th 1819. The within last will and Testament of Thomas Jones Sr deceased was proved by the oaths of Thomas West and Jesse Jones Witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded. And on the motion of Thomas Jones, Majr, and James S Jones the Executors in said will named leave is given them to administer on said decedents Estate giving Security whereupon they together with Thomas West and James Jones their securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the Penalty of Twenty Thousand dollars Conditioned as the law directs for said Executors due and faithfull [sic] administration on Said decedents estate and performance of his Will.
Teste Ro. Alexander C.C.C.