Fayette County, Alabama
~ William Jones Family ~
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JONES was born about
1800. Family history sources from his daughter, Mary Jane
HARKINS, state he was born in England and came to New Jersey at 18
years of age, but his record on the 1850 Alabama Mortality Schedule
states he was born in Connecticut. Sometime in the 1830's,
William came to Alabama, largely investing in land and livestock.
About 1837, he married Sarah WINTER, daughter of Mitchell WINTER and
About late 1846 or early 1847,
Sarah WINTER JONES had died and William had placed a mulatto woman in
charge of his household affairs. His daughter Martha was taken to
Tennessee and put in a school in charge of an old friend of his.
William JONES died in October
of 1849 of "Brain Fever" according to the 1850 Alabama Mortality
Schedule. The Probate Judge of Fayette Co., Alabama, had taken
charge of his estate and appointed an Oliver SHIPP as guardian for his estate and
children. He and his family are listed on the 1850 census of
Fayette County with the JONES children [pp. 27a
About 1851 or 1852, Oliver SHIPP and his family had run off to Texas,
selling William JONES' estate, leaving the children orphaned and
homeless. Afterwards, a James MURRAY was appointed to raise the five
Many sources of this
information are from the family history of Mary Jane JONES HARKINS,
written in 1912 on what she knew of her and her husband's family.
William JONES and Sarah WINTER had the
1. Martha Ann JONES. Born about
Died about 1853 in Mississippi
2. Smith Ward JONES. Born about
3. William Pickney JONES. Born
Died in the Civil War.
4. John Thomas JONES. Born about
Died 1877 in Fort Worth, Tarrant Co.,
Texas. Married Susan LINDSAY.
5. Mary Jane JONES.
Born January 12, 1845.
14, 1915 in Belton, Bell Co., Texas. Buried in Killeen, Bell Co.,
Texas. Married John Thomas HARKINS.
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