Is anyone researching this family? Per the 1900 application filed for Clarissa Jones Hefner (1810-1902) as a “true Daughter” of the American Revolution (Joseph Habersham Chapter, Atlanta, GA), her father was one William Jones, an English sailor/soldier who was captured (likely by Commodore Bowen and Joseph Habersham) off the Georgia coast during the Revolution. At some point William made the decision to switch over to the American side—likely offered his freedom as inducement.
This same William Jones apparently received a land grant in Franklin County, GA in recognition of his service. He is supposed to have moved there, from exactly where I know not, and spent the rest of his life in Franklin County, dying about 1825. According to Mrs. Hefner’s DAR papers, he was married to Elizabeth Mastin. We are sure the name Elizabeth is correct, as we find one Elizabeth Jones living in the household of Clarissa Jones Hefner in the 1850 Bartow/Cass County, GA census. Elizabeth’s birth is given in that census as c. 1763 in New Jersey. I assume she died in Cass County in the 1850s.
I would like to piece together a more complete list of the children of William and Elizabeth Mastin Jones. We are sure of the one daughter, Clarissa Jones Hefner. It seems very likely that Joseph H. Jones (c.1791-1862, married Millie Echols) was their son.
Mrs. Hefner’s application indicated that, in 1900, she was the only one surviving of the ten children born to William and Elizabeth Mastin Jones.
It appears that following the death of William Jones, ca.1825, the family is found in Habersham and Rabun County, GA records, with several eventually moving to the Cass County (now Bartow) area.
I descend from Margaret Jones who married James A. Morrow in 1831 in Rabun County, GA. At that time in Rabun County, there appears to have been two distinct Jones families—the William Jones descendants mentioned above and the family of William and Bashaba Coffee Jones. I have eliminated the possibility of my Margaret being the child of the Coffee Jones family. I am convinced that she is one of the ten children of William and Elizabeth Mastin Jones.
Margaret was born c.1805 and is thought to have died in the 1870s, although at her husband’s 1879 death, the mortality census lists him as “married” rather than widowed. Margaret and James Morrow gave the names Elizabeth and William to two of their eldest children—but, of course, so did everybody. However, Margaret named a middle daughter Clarissa, likely for her sister.
Clarissa Jones married George Hefner in Rabun County within a year of Margaret’s 1831 marriage there. In 1835 we find George’s brother, Levi Hefner, marrying on Levicy Jones. It is believe by some researchers that Levicy was a daughter of Joseph and Millie Echols Jones.
Mrs. Hefner’s application indicates her father was born in England. Her mother’s birthplace in 1850 is given as New Jersey. In the 1880 census, Clarissa Jones Hefner’s entry says her parents were both born in Ireland. If I were guessing, I’d say the father, William Jones, was likely born in the late 1750s in Ireland/England and that the mother, Elizabeth Mastin, was likely born c.1763 in New Jersey.
I have only begun to work with the tax records in Franklin County to look for clues. I have no idea where to turn for records of Revolutionary prisoners of war turned American patriots.
I look forward to hearing from others who may be interested in this family!
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