You raised questions about my comments on the Jones family of Essex and Middlesex. This is the Rice Jones family which originated in Wales. For earlier generations I suggest you take a look at the article "Rice Jones, A Well-Connected Virginian," which you can find in Virginia Tidewater Familes, Vol. 3, No. 1 (May/June 1994), pages 20-28. I will begin with what I call Rice2 Jones (the numbers will be used to help distinguish generations).
Rice2 Jones and Jane Bray had issue Jane3 Jones, Henry3 Jones (eldest son); Francis3 Jones (eldest daughter); Elizabeth3 Jones who married William Williams; and Rice3 Jones who married Margaret (unk.). Rice3 Jones and his wife Margaret had issue Ann4 Jones; Jane4 Jones; Mary4 Jones; John4 Jones; and Rice4 Jones.
Rice4 Jones married Jane Cocke who was the daughter of Nicholas Cocke of Middlesex County, Virginia and his wife Jane. By his will dated 22 Oct 1687, Nicholas Cocke made bequests to his son, Maurice Cocke, daughter, Jane Jones, and grandsons, Rice and Nicholas Jones. There is on record in Middlesex, a petition, dated 5 Jul 1686, from Mrs. Jane Jones, widow of Mr. Rice Jones. The will of Maurice Cocke of Middlesex, dated 15 May 1696, makes bequests to his nephews, John, Rice, and Nicholas Jones, sons of Rice Jones, deceased. An order of Middlesex Court, dated 19 May 1698, directed that the guardians of the children of Rice Jones, deceased, should have a portion of the estate of Mr. Maurice Cocke, deceased. There is a deed in Middlesex, 1704, from Rice Jones of Middlesex, gent., grandson and heir of Nicholas Cocke, and a deed in Middlesex, 4 may 1706, from Rice Jones of South Farnham parish, Essex County. Rice4 Jones and Jane Cocke had issue John5 Jones, eldest son and heir; Rice5 Jones; and Nicholas5 Jones. Before she married Nicholas Cocke, Jane was the wife of Bartholomew Curtis of Middlesex by whom she had a son Giles Curtis who married Mary. Their son was Rice Curtis who married Elizabeth Merry whose first husband was Peter Montague of Middlesex County. Their son was Rice Curtis who married Martha Thacker. Their daughter was Mary Curtis who married Philip Vincent Vass, son of John Vass who died in Essex County, Virginia in 1755, and grandson of Vincent Vass who died in Essex County in 1727.
Ann4 Jones married John Wyatt of King and Queen County, Virginia. He was the son of Maj. William Wyatt of King and Queen. He is probably the John Wyatt who patented 700 acres in King and Queen on 2 May 1705 described in the land records as “beginning at Roberson’s line in sight of Spark’s house on low side of his plantation up run of Dragon Swamp to Francis Todd and Margaret Todd, orphants to Mr. Wm. Todd, Junr 6 Jun 1699, deserted and now granted for transportation of 14 persons.” This may be the same 700 acre tract patented by William Jones “Jr.” on 6 Sep 1699, as it was described as “Beginning at Robison’s land in sight of Spark’s hose on lower side of his plantation by run of Dragon Swamp to land of Margaret Todd and Francis [sic] Todd, orphans of Mr. William Todd in the south of the Mirey Meadow, etc.”
Maj. William Wyatt patented 400 acres in Gloucester County, afterwards King and Queen County, on the southeast side of the Mattaponi River, 20 Dec 1653. In 1655, he was a witness to an acknowledgement made by Pindabake, protector of the young king of Chiscoyack, at Captain John West’s house, about some land given Mr. Edward Wyatt on the Pianketank River, in Gloucester County. He was probably a near kinsman of Edward Wyatt. As “Major William Wyatt” he patented 453 acres on the northeast side of Mattaponi River in 1664. There is in the State Library of Virginia a petition dated 1683 from the inhabitants of St. Stephen’s Parish, New Kent, for a new vestry. Among the petitioners was William Wyatt. In 1680 he was one of the justices of New Kent County. His other sons included William who patented land near his father and Richard who married Catherine, widow of Edmund Tunstall of King and Queen.
Maj. William’s son, also named William, married Rachel Smith, daughter of Alexander Smith. Rachel’s brother, Lt. John Smith, married Jane (Cocke) Jones, widow of Rice4 Jones. Their daughter, Jane Smith, married John Webb, by whom she had Elizabeth Webb who married James Edmondston. John Webb’s brother was James Webb who married Mary Edmondston. Their daughter was Elizabeth Webb who married Philip Vass who died in Halifax County, Virginia.
Jane4 Jones married twice. Her first husband was Richard Bredegar. She married secondly Henry Creighton of Essex County.
Mary4 Jones married John Broach (name also seen as Broche and Brooke and in other variants) of Essex County. Their children included Barbara and Margaret both of whom were mentioned in the will of their grandfather Rice3 Jones.
John4 Jones married Millicent Weekes, daughter of Abraham Weeks, and died without issue. Recall that the will of Abraham Weeks (Weekes) proved in Middlesex 7 March 1691/92 refers to his son-in-law John Jones. I have a copy of the complete Essex County will of this John Jones which is dated 13 Feb 1692/93 and proved 10 Apr 1693. This will refers to his “loveing Wife, Millicent Jones.” Later, he states: “I give unto my God Sone, John Jones, ye Sone of my Bro: Rice Jones, my Negro Harrow: and to Rice Jones, the Sone of my Bro: Rice Jones I give my young Nego James; I give unto my Coz: John Broache, ye Son of my Sister, Mary Broche, my Negro William; and I give unto my God Sone, John Wyatt, ye sone of my Sister, Ann Wyatt, my Negro girle Jonane, after my wifes decease and not before.” Jones also appoints “my Loveing Bro: Mr. Henry Williamson & Capt. Edward Thomas and Mr. Mathew Lidford to see that this my Will be duly performed…” It was signed and sealed in the presence of Robert Deputy, Charles (X) Walker and Elizabeth (X) Tousley. Millicent, widow of John Jones, married secondly James Blaise of Middlesex County, son of William Blaise.
As previously noted, Rice4 Jones and Jane Cocke had issue John5 Jones, eldest son and heir; Rice5 Jones; and Nicholas5 Jones. John5 Jones inherited his father’s lands in both Middlesex and Essex (the tract lay along the Rappahannock River on both sides of the Middlesex-Essex county line. He married Elizabeth who left a will in Essex dated 9 Nov 1742 and proved 15 Apr 1746. Described as of South Farnham parish, she named daughter Elizabeth6 Jones, sons John6 Jones, William6 Jones, and Rice6 Jones, and granddaughter Elizabeth Webb. Both Rice6 and John6 Jones died without issue.
William6 Jones left a Middlesex County will dated April 1747 and proved April 1748 in which he names sons Rice7 (eldest and heir) and Thomas7, and daughter Susanna7 Jones, and makes his brothers Rice6 and John6 executors.
It can be proved that Henrietta Latane (also seen as Latany) married William6 Jones of Essex by whom she had an only daughter, Susanna Jones, who married a Mr. Roane. Henrietta Latane was the daughter of Lewis Latane, an early minister of South Farnham parish, Essex County. Latane lived on the glebe farm which had been left to the parish under the terms of the will of Capt. Edward Thomas who had acquired the 250 acre property by deed from Vincent Vaus [Vass] of old Rappahannock (Essex) County and his wife Ann Sharp. The deed, dated 10 Feb 1692, described the tract as the one where Vass and his wife “lately lived.” This 250 acres was half of a 500 acre tract left to Ann Sharp, daughter of John Sharpe and his wife Judith, under the terms of the will of John Penn of old Rappahannock County, dated 13 Jan 1676. It is interesting to note that the wording of Penn’s will gave rise to a legal case in 1730—Legan & Vause [alias Vass] vs. Latany—that involved Lewis Latane and John Vass who was the son of Vincent and Ann.
Some of this Jones information comes from an Act passed by the General Assembly of Virginia in October 1765 which was aimed at docking an entail on some of the Jones land. This act recites “that Rice Jones, the elder, was in his lifetime seized of a valuable tract of land lying in the parish of South Farnham, county of Essex, containing about 800 acres, and another tract in Middlesex, and my his will, dated November 23, 1676, did, among other things, devise is land in Essex to his son, John Jones, and that in Middlesex to his son Rice Jones; and after the death of testator and of his son, John (without issue), Rice Jones became seized of both tracts and died, leaving issue: John Jones, his eldest son and heir, who died, leaving three sons: Rice, John and William, which Rice and John had since died without issue, and the said William was dead, leaving Rice Jones his eldest son and heir, who is now seized in fee tail of said lands, and asks that the entail be docked.”
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