Person:George Jones (119)

m. 29 Jan 1832
  1. Clarinda JonesAbt 1836 - 1878
  2. George Washington Jones1840 - 1917
  3. Ellenor R. JonesAbt 1844 - Bef 1916
  4. Thomas J. JonesAbt 1846 - Bef 1860
  5. James Knox Jones1849 - 1927
  6. Mary Elizabeth JonesAbt 1852 - 1887
m. 14 Feb 1862
  1. Adelbert George JonesAbt 1862 - 1920-1939
  2. Stephen Lowery Jones1866 - 1906
  3. Addie Jones1870 - Bef 1880
  4. Anna S. Jones1873 - 1956
  5. Frank B. Jones1874 - 1898
  6. Henry John Jones1876 - 1954
  7. Edward L. Jones1878 - 1938
  8. Onona JonesAbt 1880 - Abt 1882
  9. Reuben Pettijohn Jones1882 - 1957
  10. Onona Pearl Jones1883 - 1964
  11. Charlotte Edith Jones1885 - 1939
  12. Neva Elisa Jones1888 - 1985
  • HGeorge Washington Jones1840 - 1917
  • WSylvia PutnamAbt 1851 - Btw 1913
m. Abt 1891
Facts and Events
Name George Washington Jones
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 11 Jul 1840 Platteville (town), Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Alt Birth[2][4] 11 Jul 1842 Platteville (town), Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Census[1] 1850 Grant, Wisconsin, United StatesEastern District
Census[3] 1855 Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Census[4] 1860 Mifflin, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Property[5] 11 Jan 1861 Grant, Wisconsin, United Statessold property inherited from father
Property[6] 19 Aug 1861 Grant, Clark, Wisconsin, United Statesresold the same property he had sold seven months previously
Marriage 14 Feb 1862 Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin, United Statesto Eliza Bliss Liscum
Military[7] 30 Jun 1863 Lima, Grant, Wisconsin, United StatesRegistered for the draft
Other[9] 1865 Lima, Grant, Wisconsin, United Statesowed back taxes; paid Mar 1866
Property[8] 13 Nov 1867 Grant, Wisconsin, United Statessold property by quit claim
Property[8] 25 Jun, 18 Jul 1868 Grant, Wisconsin, United StatesPurchased land in Lancaster township
Property[8] 28, 30 Dec 1868 Grant, Wisconsin, United Statessold property in Lancaster township
Census[10] 1870 Lancaster, Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Other[12] 1875 Grant, Wisconsin, United StatesOn Tax lists, Lancaster Township
Census[13] 1880 Wright, Iowa, United StatesTroy Township
Residence[14] 24 Sep 1881 Palo Alto, Iowa, United StatesApplied for Homestead lands in October
Property[15] 5 Jan 1885 Palo Alto, Iowa, United Statespurchased land
Property[16] 24 Mar 1886 Palo Alto, Iowa, United Statessold land purchased in 1885 to original owner
Property[17] 3 Jan 1887 Palo Alto, Iowa, United Statessold Homestead land to son Stephen, who resold the land to his mother
Residence[11] Abt 1891 Cherry, Nebraska, United States
Marriage Abt 1891 to Sylvia Putnam
Property[19] 18 Nov 1891 Palo Alto, Iowa, United StatesIowa Homestead sold at public auction to pay debts
Residence[11] 1895 Spearfish, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States
Property[21] 8 Oct 1896 Spearfish, Lawrence, South Dakota, United StatesApplied for Homestead
Other[11] 1899, 1903, 1904, 1906 Lawrence, South Dakota, United StatesApplied for pension based on son Frank's service
Census[20] 1900 Lawrence, South Dakota, United States
Census[22] 1905 Spearfish, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States
Property[24] 24 Dec 1906, 31 Mar 1910 Crook, Wyoming, United StatesApplied for Homestead Land in Wyoming; Claim approved 10 Oct 1916
Residence[24] Mar 1907 Crook, Wyoming, United States
Census[23] 1910 Crook, Wyoming, United StatesHulett Township
Adoption[25] 11 Oct 1913 Crook, Wyoming, United StatesAdopted George Moss, grandson of deceased second wife
Other[11] 6 Jul 1917 Hulett, Crook, Wyoming, United StatesApplied for pension based on service of son Frank
Death[26][27] 23 Dec 1917 Hulett, Crook, Wyoming, United States
Burial[27][28] 26 Dec 1917 Hulett, Crook, Wyoming, United StatesMiller Creek Cemetery

Birth

George W. Jones's birth date is most likely 1840, although he sometimes reported a birth date of 1842. In early census records his given age implies a birth date of 1840.[1][10][13] The one exception is the 1860 Census, which has a number of problems suggesting an informant with a lack of knowledge.[4] Similarly, on 11 January 1861 George sold to his mother property he inherited from his father, then rescinded the sale on 19 August 1861 and sold it to someone else, saying, “I was under twenty one years of age at the time, which [my mother] well knew”.[5][6] This is a legal document, one that strongly suggests he turned 21 between the months of January and August of 1861, which would again argue for an 1840 birth date. Also, at the time of his first marriage, in February 1862, George gave his age as 21, consistent with a July 1840 birth date. In other documents, as well, George reports an age that implies an 1840 birth date.[14][18]

The problem regarding his birth date seems to arise with his move to South Dakota, when he reported he was born in 1842 or gave ages that implied an 1842 birth date.[[20][21][11]) Then in 1910 he again reported an age more consistent with a birth date of 1840.

Given all the records and recognizing that ages given later in life are less likely to be accurate than those stated earlier in life, George's most likely birthdate was 1840.

Civil War Military Service

George said in a note written late in his life that he served under Col. Moore [33rd Wisconsin Volunteers] for two and one-half years, but never mustered out.[2] No record of his service has been found in spite of extensive searches by several people.[29] In at least one other document, he swore that he never served in the military,[11] which is consistent with his being registered for the draft in 1863 when he supposedly was in service.[7] According to his youngest daughter, Neva, he also said that what he did in the war was “stole horses”.[30] Another decesendant remembers hearing that he may have been hired as an hostler rather than actually enlisting.[31] He was said to have a way with horses.[30] Whether or not he served in the war remains undetermined.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grant County (Eastern District); FHL #0444985, in United States. Census Office. 7th census, 1850. Wisconsin 1850 federal census : population schedules. (Washington [District of Columbia]: The National Archives, 1964), HH 369, Family 373.

    Jas. Jones, age 53, male, miner, RE=$200, born Penn
    Polly Jones, age 25, female, born Ind., unable to read and write
    Clarinda Jones, age 14, female, born Wis
    Geo. Jones, age 10, male, born Wis [not marked as attending school] [occupation not asked of persons under 15 yrs. of age]
    Elnora Jones, age 6, female, born Wis
    Thomas J. Jones, age 4, male, born Wis
    Jas. Jones, age 1, male, born Wis.

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jones Family Documents, Primary quality.
  3. Dodge, Fond du Lac - La Point Counties; FHL #1032687, in Wisconsin. Department of State. Wisconsin state census, 1855. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979).

    Grant County, Paris Township - Geo. W. Jones, 2 males [George, brother James], 5 females [mother Polly, sisters Clarinda, Elnora, Mary Elizabeth, 1 unknown]

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mifflin, Iowa County; FHL #0805412, in United States. Census Office. 8th census, 1860. Wisconsin 1860 federal census  : population schedules. (Washington, District of Columbia: The National Archives, 1950, 1967), HH 340, Family 338, Primary quality.

    Jones, Ann, age 43, wf, Farmer's widow, RE=$2500, PE=$300, b. IN
    , Clorinda, 23, wf, b. WI
    , George, 18, wm, b. WI, attending school
    , Eleonore, 16, wf, b. WI, attending school
    , James, 12, wm, b. WI, attending school
    , Lizzy, 9, wf, b. WI, attending school
    , Henry, 5, wm, b. WI, attending school
    Carpenter, Elizabeth, 19, wf, b. WI, married within the year

  5. 5.0 5.1 Grant County (Wisconsin). Register of Deeds. Grant County (Wis.) land records, 1837-1940. (Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1976, 1986), Vol. N2, p. 574; FHL #1463519, Primary quality.

    See George Jones, Wisconsin for abstract

  6. 6.0 6.1 Grant County (Wisconsin). Register of Deeds. Grant County (Wis.) land records, 1837-1940. (Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1976, 1986), Vol. R2, p. 183; FHL #1463520, Primary quality.

    See George Jones, Wisconsin for abstract

  7. 7.0 7.1 Wisconsin, 3rd Congressional District, in United States. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865, vol 1, Class 1, A-K, p. 257, line 17, 30 June 1863, Primary quality.

    Jones, George W., age 22, farmer, Married, b. Wisconsin, Residence Lima

  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Grant County (Wisconsin). Register of Deeds. Grant County (Wis.) land records, 1837-1940. (Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1976, 1986), Vol 63, p. 429; Vol 65, pp. 17, 63; Vol 68, p. 90, Primary quality.

    See George Jones, Wisconsin for abstracts

  9. Tax Roll, 1865, Lima Town, Grant County, Wisconsin (Southwest Wisconsin Room, UW-Platteville), Primary quality.

    Unpaid Taxes - Town 4, Range 1
    G. W. Jones, S end of W1/2 of NW1/4, Sec 24, 27 acres, Tax = $4.57; paid Ma[rch] 15/66

  10. 10.0 10.1 Lancaster Township, Grant County; FHL #0553216 , in United States. Census Office. 9th census, 1870. Wisconsin, 1870 federal census : population schedules. (Washington, District of Columbia: The National Archives, 1962, 1968), HH #254, Family #250, Primary quality.

    Jones, George, age 30, white male, farmer, real estate = $1,600, personal estate = $400, born Wisconsin
    , Eliza, age 25, white female, keeping house, born Wisconsin
    , George, age 8, white male, born Wisconsin
    , Stephen, age 4, white male, born Wisconsin
    , Addie, age 2 months, white female, born Wisconsin in April

  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Pension Application, in George Jones Documents, Primary quality.
  12. Tax Rolls 1875, Town of Lancaster, Grant County, Wisconsin (Southwest Wisconsin Room, UW-Platteville), Primary quality.

    p. 7 - Personal Property
    Jones, Geo. W.
    4 horses = $120 [value]; 10 meat cattle = $140; no mules or asses; 11 sheep and lambs = $22; no swine; 1 wagon, carriage or sleigh = $1.13; no watches, no pianos or melodians, no shares of bank stock, no merchants/manufacturer's stocks; other property = $50; State, County, County School Tax and Town Tax = $2.18; District School Tax = $2.62; Paid $4.80
    p. 5 - Real Property, Town 5, Range 3
    Jones, Geo. W.
    SE1/4 of NE1/4 of Sec 22, 40 acres = $200; State etc. tax = $1.26; Sch. Dist. Tax = 87¢
    NE1/4 of NE1/4 of Sec 22, 40 acres = $135; Taxes = 85¢, 59¢; paid
    NE1/4 of SE1/4 of Sec 22; 40 acres = $170; taxes = $1.07, $1.30; paid
    SW1/4 of NW of Sec 23, 40 acres = $200; taxes = $1.26, 87¢; paid
    NW1/4 of SW1/4, Sec 23, 40 acres = $135; taxes = 85¢, $1.03; paid

  13. 13.0 13.1 Troy Township, Wright County; FHL #1254371, in United States. Bureau of the Census. 10th census, 1880. Iowa, 1880 federal census : soundex and population schedules. (Washington, District of Columbia: The National Archives, 19--?), HH 59, Family 61, Primary quality.

    Jones, G. W., white male, age 39, farmer, born Wisconsin, father born Penn, mother born Ind.
    , Eliza, white female, age 36, wife, keeping house, born Wisconsin, father born VT, mother born MD
    , Adelbert, white male, age 18, at home, born Wisconsin
    , Stephen, white male, age 16, at home, born Wisconsin
    , Anna, white female, age 7, daughter, at home, born Wisconsin
    , Frank, white male, age 6, son, at home, born Wisconsin
    , Henry, white male, age 4, son, at home, born Wisconsin
    , Edward, white male, age 1, son, at home, born Wisconsin

  14. 14.0 14.1 Jones Family Documents, Primary quality.
  15. Palo Alto County (Iowa). Recorder. Deed records, 1859-1926; general index, 1859-1908. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986), Vol O, p. 381; FHL #1435115, Primary quality.

    See George Jones, Wisconsin for abstract

  16. Palo Alto County (Iowa). Recorder. Deed records, 1859-1926; general index, 1859-1908. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986), Book R, p. 61; FHL #1436116, Primary quality.

    See George Jones, Wisconsin for abstract

  17. Palo Alto County (Iowa). Recorder. Deed records, 1859-1926; general index, 1859-1908. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986), Vol T, pp. 9, 34; FHL #1436117, Primary quality.

    See George Jones, Wisconsin for abstracts

  18. Palo Alto County; FHL #1026113, in Iowa. Adjutant General's Office. Persons subject to military duty, ca. 1862-1910. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978), 1867-1910, Primary quality.

    1877-1885 - no Jones, no Bliss
    1887-1888 - Jones, W. G., age 48

  19. Palo Alto County (Iowa). Recorder. Deed records, 1859-1926; general index, 1859-1908. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986), Volume X., pp. 3-5; FHL #1436118, Primary quality.

    See George Jones, Wisconsin for abstract

  20. 20.0 20.1 Lawrence County; FHL #1241551 , in United States. Census Office. 12th census, 1900. South Dakota, 1900 federal census : soundex and population schedules. (Washington, District of Columbia: The National Archives, 19--?), HH 43, Family 44, Primary quality.

    Township 7, Range 2, Reeds District No. 16
    Cowgill, Juliet, head, white female, born October 1840, age 69, widow, given birth to 5 children, 2 living, born Indiana, father born Ohio, mother born Canada, farmer, able to read, write, speak English, owns farm free of mortgage
    Jones, George W., partner, white male, born July 1842, age 57, married 39 years [N.B. - this is the amount of time he would have been married to Eliza if she were living], born Wisconsin, father born Pennsylvania, mother born Indiana, occupation farmer, able to read, write, speak English
    Kennedy, Thomas, boarder, white male, born December 1839, age 60, single, born South Carolina, father and mother born Ireland, farm laborer, able to read, write, speak English

  21. 21.0 21.1 George Jones Documents, Primary quality.
  22. South Dakota. Assessor. State census, 1905. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 2002), Johnson-Jorgeson; FHL #2281691.

    George W. Jones, Card No. 1
    Spearfish, Lawrence County, Ward 1, 63 years of age, occupation: Hunter
    b. Wisconsin, in SD 10 yrs; fa. b. PA, mo b. IN, white male, married, able to read and write
    Silvy Jones, Card No. 2
    Spearfish, Lawrence County, Ward 1
    b. Ohio (no age given), in SD 10 years, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH

  23. Crook County; FHL #1375759, in United States. Bureau of the Census. 13th census, 1910. Wyoming, 1910 federal census : population schedules. (Washington [District of Columbia]: The National Archives, 19--?), HH 94, Family 97, Primary quality.

    Jones, George W., head, white male, age 69, married (2nd) 19 years, born Wisconsin, father born Pennsylvania, mother born Indiana, speaks English, occupation farmer on General Farm, able to read and write, owns farm free of mortgage, Farm Schedule 77
    , Sylvia, wife, white female, age 58, married (1st) 19 years, borne 3 children (2 living), born Ohio, both parents born Ohio, speaks English, able to read and write
    Reynolds [sic], Robert, grandson, white male, age 9, single, born South Dakota, father born Wisconsin, mother born Iowa, attending school

    Robert Reynolds is the grandson of Sylvia.

  24. 24.0 24.1 George Jones Documents, Primary quality.
  25. George Jones Documents, Secondary quality.

    Transcription: Adoption of George Moss

  26. George Jones Documents.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Jones Family Obituaries.

    Transcription: George W. Jones

  28. Among others, Shari Post, Archives Assistant, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, per email 04 Feb 1998
  29. 30.0 30.1 Neva Knott, oral communication.
  30. Barbara Hatch, email August 6, 2006