The Original Jones Boys
The Will of James Jones of Beaver Creek, Wayne Co., Kentucky
The (unprobated) Will of James Jones, date Feb. 20, 1843, was drawn up in Wayne Co., Kentucky. James could have been 83 years old at the time, if born in 1760.....To complicate matters, when attempting to calculate the year of birth for our ancestor, James, the birth year of his first son is given as three different ages appearing on three different census years. I believe that son, Abner, was born in 1790. If James was 21 years of age at the time of marriage, he would have been born in the year 1767.
The fact that the Will listed the married surnames of two of the daughters, Mary listed as marrying a Luster, but actually married a Taylor, and Nancy who married a Luster, listed as marrying a Taylor, created more problems. -not to mention that TWO married surnames are given for Elizabeth!
The Will of James Jones of Beaver Creek, Wayne Co., Kentucky 20th day of May, 1843:
I, James Jones, of the County of Wayne, State of Kentucky, being weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory, for which I thank God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldy goods of my estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with,
I give and bequeath to *3 Siana Allcorn one bed and furniture and fifty dollars extra, and then I wish my land and other property sold at my death and the money arising from the sales thereof to be equally divided amongst my children:
*1 Abner Jones
*2 John Jones
*3 Siana Allcorn
*4 Elizabeth J. Alford
*5 Thomas Jones
*6 Millie Anderson
*7 Whilson Jones
*8 Wiley Jones
*9 Mary Luster
*10 Nancy Taylor
and lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my son Whilson Jones and Jesse Allcorn executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills or testaments by heretofore made, in witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of May, 1843.
Signed, sealed, and declared as and for the last will and testament of the above named James Jones in the presence of us:
*11 James Jones (-local judge.)
*12 John B. Allcorn (-son of Siana Jones and husband Jesse W. Allcorn Sr.)
*13 James Vaughan (-unknown relationship.)
*1 First given name believed to have been James.
Abner was a Minister of the Gospel, Christian Church.
He served as a Justice of the Peace-and married couples in Wayne Co. Ky. Born ca 1790 Va. Abner married Rebecca Hambleton October 01, 1810 in Wayne Co., Ky. She was born 1796 in Va. After the death of Rebecca ( not long after the 1850 census), Abner moved to Missouri, and remarried. He died there after the 1870 census.
*2 John Jones, born ca 1792 in Virginia, is believed to have been Reverend John Jones, who performed marriages in Wayne Co., Ky. John married Minerva Bradly 08 June, 1824 in Wayne Co., Ky. This couple later moved to Madison Co., Alabama. Minerva is listed as Minerva Brady and as an heir in the Will of Joseph Hinds Sr. No further data is available on this couple at this time. Research is on-going.
*3 Siana Jones Allcorn was born ca 1794 in Virginia.
Siana, the second wife of Jesse W. Allcorn, married Jesse 28 February, 1824 in Wayne County, Kentucky.
Siana lived out her life in Wayne Co., Kentucky and died ca 1865. Jesse, a son of John Allcorn and wife Jane Breckenridge, was born in 1781 in Virginia.
He died in Wayne Co., Kentucky 16th November, 1852. Cause:Typhoid Fever.
*4 Elizabeth J. Jones Alford is listed with a surname of Gifford in a second Will released by Wayne Co. Historical Society. Elizabeth was born ca 1797 in Virginia. No other data is available at this time for Elizabeth. Research is on-going.
*5 Thomas Jones was born 22 April.1798 in Virginia. He married Cordelia McDermid 28 March, 1820 in Wayne Co., Kentucky. Cordelia was born 1802, in Mason Co., Kentucky. This couple migrated to Cedar Co., Missouri in the early 1840's. During the California goldrush in 1849, Thomas, along with two partners, was accumulating gold nuggets. His two partners had agreed with Thomas that they would all quit searching for gold when a certain large barrel keg was filled. Thomas may have been killed over the gold. No trace of him was ever found. His partners were later noted to be flashing gold nuggets around in town. Thomas had taken one of his sons with him on the journey. The child died of malaria ("yellow fever") enroute to near Mt. Shasta, Siskisyou County, Ca. Thomas met his death 18 October, 1849 near Mt Shasta close to the Lassen cutoff. There are several family oral histories as to what Thomas was doing, and how he met his demise. AFter the death of Thomas, Cordelia married 2/Michael Worley. She died 18th December, 1882 in Franklin, Jackson Co., Kansas, and was laid to rest beside husband 2/ at Estes Cemetery, near Whiting, Jackson Co., Kansas. The family Bible belonging to Cordelia McDermid Jones Worley can be viewed at the Kansas Historical Library in Topeka, Kansas.
*6 Millie (Melinda) Jones Anderson was born ca 1800 in Virginia and died ca 1860 in Indiana. She married Andrew Baker Anderson 01 June, 1820 in Wayne Co., Kentucky. Andrew first appeared on the Wayne Co., Kentucky tax lists in 1819. Andrew also appears on the 1830 census for Wayne Co., Kentucky. He was born ca 1795 in West Virginia, and died 15 October, 1871 in Monroe Co., Indiana. This couple migrated to Indiana, where they lived their remaining days. The family lived in Tennesee at one time;their first child was born in 1822 in Tennesee;they returned to Kentucky by 1825-26;by 1847 the family is in Indiana, and family members located in several different counties.
*7 Whilson (Wilson) L. Jones was born ca 1803 in Virginia. He married Ollie Burchett ca 1824, probably in Cumberland Co., Kentucky (courthouse records were destroyed). Ollie was born 1805 in Virginia. He and Ollie are still living and enumerated on the 1880 census for Piney Woods Precinct, in Clinton Co., Kentucky. He and Ollie remained in Kentucky.
A daughter, Virginia, married Thomas Tabor in Wayne Co., Ky., and later migrated to Caney, Montgomery Co., Kansas.
*8 Rev. (A=Alfred) Wiley Jones was born 14th December,1804 in Virginia. He married Abigail Butram, daughter of Cornelius Buttram and wife Nancy Woodard, 07 October, 1823 in Wayne Co., Kentucky. Abigail was born 28 September, 1807 in Wayne Co., Kentucky.
A few years later after their marriage, and after the birth of three of their (ten) children, in 1829 they migrated via an oxen drawn wagon, with a wagon train consisting of other relatives and friends, to Hensley Township, Johnson Co., Indiana. Wiley was a Circuit Rider representing the Methodist Episcopal Church and a Justice of the Peace. He was an Abolitionist and active in the Underground Railroad. Seven of their ten children were born in Johnson Co., Indiana. Eldest daughter, and second born child, Nancy Jones, married Benjamin Balay 20 June, 1842 in Johnson Co., Indiana. Nancy was born13 June, 1824 in Wayne Co., Kentucky. Nancy Jones Balay, husband Benjamin, and their 12 children stayed in Indiana, and lived out the remaining years of their lives in Johnson, Owen, and lastly, Martinsville, Morgan Co., Indiana, where Nancy died 04 October, 1894. Daughter, Sinah Ann Balay, who never married, was born 15 April, 1850, and died 13 March, 1917 . Balay's buried at Combs Cemetery, located in Quincy, Indiana, include Nancy and her daughter, Sinah. By the time the Jones family and other relatives and friends migrated further westward to Missouri (in 1848), Wileys' father, James Jones, and Abigails' father, Cornelius Buttram had passed away. The Jones family settled in what had been Van Buren County, and later became Cass Co., Missouri. The family, as well as some of their adult children living away from the home of their parents, are enumerated on the 1850 Cass Co., Missouri census. Rev. Wiley Jones continued his Justice of the Peace duties, and religious activities as a Circuit Rider. The family lived on the outskirts of Harrisonville, in Cass Co., Missouri. Wiley was known for his Abolitionist stance regarding slavery. In fact, he had nearly been killed in Kentucky for espousing that all men are created equally, and was vocal against slavery. On one ocasion, a group of men, intent on killing Wiley, came riding up on horseback to his log cabin home in a cloud of dust. He took his shotgun out to the front porch of the cabin, and laid it on a log. The group of men on horseback turned around and rode off in a cloud of dust. Wiley actively participated in helping slaves to reach destinations of freedom by helping in the underground railroad. He and his family gave the escaped slaves shelter and food and whatever else was needed in order for them to survive the journey from slavery to freedom. Rev. Wiley Jones and his family, around 1855-56, migrated even further westward to the Territory of Kansas. The area was opening up for settlement, and land was available in quarter sections for those who desired to stake a claim. Wiley and some of his adult sons, some already with wives and children, staked land claims in the undeveloped areas primarily in what would later be known as Douglas Co., Kansas. Members of the Jones family donated land for the construction of the Baker Methodist University located at Baldwin City, Kansas. They hauled and carried stones to help in the construction of the tower, which is still in existence at the Baker Methodist University in Baldwin City, Ks. The Jones family, along with the John Graham family, and brother Dr. William Graham, were instrumental in helping to develope a boomtown community, known as Prairie City, Kansas, located near what would become known as the Santa Fe Trail, but was a dusty trail that had been created originally by wild animals, Indians, and covered wagons traveling further westward. Rev. Jones continued spreading the doctrine of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a Circuit Rider. The Civil War, 1861-1865, was soon upon the nation. Men on each side fought for what they believed to be right, as they understood the issues of the south, which wanted to secede, and wanted to maintain slavery. The Southern economy depended upon slave labor . Northern states, including Kansas, took a vote, and the results were anti-slavery. Kansas was the deciding vote as to whether slavery would or would not prevail. Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union at the time, had to make a decision, one that weighed heavily on him-but he could see no other way to resolve the two divisive issues that were tearing the country apart. The War between the States caused kin to fight against kin, and friend against friend. More Americans were killed in their own country during this time of the War Between the States, then at any other time, in any other war in the history of our nation. Five of Wiley and Abigail Jones' sons served as soldiers in the Civil War. Three of their five sons died as a result of having served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
A bridge was built over the Ottawa River, so that Wiley could transport lumber from his sawmill to the community of Prairie City, so necessary to the development of the area.
Eventually, Wiley's health began to fail, and reluctantly he had to cease his Circuit Riding duties. He had been especially active in Miami Co., Ks., as well as Osawatamie. He became a local preacher for a while, but health issues would not allow him to continue much longer. He performed marriages as a Justice of the Peace. He passed away in 1877, and is buried at Pioneer Cemetery, located near Baldwin City, in Douglas Co., Kansas. His wife, Abigail, along with her son Jacob (J.P.), and daughter Elizabeth Pleasants, and three of the Pleasants children, are enumerated on the 1880 census, in Palmyra Township, Douglas Co., Kansas. In a later census, in the same area, Elizabeth Pleasants and daughter, Sinah Pleasants, who never married, are living together in the same household. Photos of the gravesites of Rev. Wiley Jones, wife Abigail Butram Jones, son Wilson Lee Jones, and son Jacob P. Jones appear on this website in the photo section. More about this wonderful courageous family later. Warmest regards, Oma.