Person:James Jones (245)

  • HJames Jonesabt 1797 - abt 1855/56
  • WPolly MeadowsAbt 1816 - 1888
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
Facts and Events
Name James Jones
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt 1797 Pennsylvania, United States
Residence[2] 1825 Indiana, United Stateswhere he met his future wife, possibly in Montgomery County
Physical Description[2] 1825 about 6 feet tall, weighed about 150 pounds, and had dark hair
Other[3] 1827 Iowa, Wisconsin, United StatesHighland Township, with Levi Gilbert opened 2nd mine, called Walter Diggings
Marriage 29 Jan 1832 Blue River, Wisconsin, United Statesby "Squire" or "Capt" Estes
to Polly Meadows
Military[4][3][11] 1 May-20 Oct 1832 Iowa, Wisconsin, United StatesHighland Township, at Fort Blue (also known as Fort Jones), Black Hawk War; Volunteered 1 May at Mineral Point Served an additional month to "retain and recruit" government horses after unit disbanded. Discharged 20 Oct 1832
Residence[2] 1833 Iowa, United States
Residence[2][6] 1836 Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Census[7][13] 1840 Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Census[8] 1842 Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Census[9] 1846 Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Census[1] 1850 Grant, Wisconsin, United StatesEastern District
Other[10] 1850 Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin, United StatesPaid taxes on land
Other[11] 6 Jan 1851 Grant, Wisconsin, United Statesapplied for Bounty Land Warrant based on service in Black Hawk War
Property[12] 1 Mar 1855 Iowa, Wisconsin, United StatesUS land Patent issued to assignee of James Jones
Other[11][14] 12 Apr 1855 Neosho, Newton, Missouri, United StatesApplied for additional bounty land, resident of Grant County, Wisconsin
Death[2] abt 5 Aug 1855/56 Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Military[2] may have served in War of 1812 until end of war

According to his oldest son, he was a Capt. who served in three wars, and was highly educated

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eastern Division, Grant County, Wisconsin, in United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, HH 369, Family 373, Primary quality.

    Jas. Jones, age 53, male, miner, RE=$200, born Penn
    Polly Jones, age 25 [sic], female, born Ind., unable to read and write
    Clarinda Jones, age 14, female, born Wis
    Geo. Jones, age 10, male, born Wis
    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 2.3 2.4 2.5 Widow's Service Pension Application, War of 1812, #44135, in Jones Family Documents, Primary quality.
  3. 3.0 3.1 History of Iowa County, Wisconsin: containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources, biographical sketches. (Salt Lake City, Utah (originally Western Historical Company, Chicago): Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978 (originally 1881)), Secondary quality.

    p. 468-469
    - Blue River, first adventurer was a French Canadian; 2nd was Capt. Silas Jones, who arrived in the Blue River Precinct on ground now occupied by Centerville, in latter part of 1827. Capt. Jones built first smelting furnace here in 1828. After him, during 1827, a large number of miners came in and started what have since been known as the "Centerville diggings".
    p. 796
    - In 1827 and 1828, when grand influx of miners occurred, many came here [to Highland], inc. Capt. James Jones, Levi Gilbert and Daniel Moore. Levi Gilbert and Capt. Jones opened 2nd mine, called Walter Diggings.
    p. 468-469
    - Capt. Silas Jones, - His title was gained during Black Hawk war when he was commander of the Blue River Fort.
    p. 482 - distribution of military supplies, May 28, 1832, To Thomas J. Parrish and Capt. James Jones, two muskets, taken out of the wagon on the road from Prairie du Chien to Mineral Point;
    public swords issued to 8 people, inc. James Jones and Thomas Parrish
    June 21, 1832 - To Fort Jones, on Blue River, five US muskets, twelve pounds of powder and twenty pounds of musket balls, issued to Lieut. Armstrong.
    July 1, 1832, Capt. Jones, twenty muskets on Colonel's order.
    p. 796
    - During [Black Hawk] war of 1832, people were posted on the east half of the SW 1/4 of Sec 34, Town 7, Range 1, under command of Capt. James Jones. Garrison remained quiet during 3 month war, and many miners continued working.

  4. James Jones, Jones' Co. Iowa Militia, Black Hawk War, in Jones Family Documents, Primary quality.
  5.   White, Virgil D. Index to volunteer soldiers in Indian Wars and disturbances, 1815-1858. (Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing Co., 1994, c1993), Vol. 1, A-K, Secondary quality.

    p. 744 - Jones. James, Capt., serv in his own Co. of IA Mil in the Black Hawk War

  6. Grant Township, Iowa County, Wisconsin Territory, in Wisconsin territorial census for 1836. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980), Primary quality.

    p. 1, James Jones, 3 males over 21[James, (Jackson Meadows??) unknown], 0 males under 21, 1 female over 21 [Polly], 1 female under 21 [Clarinda], total of 5 persons in household

  7. Eastern Division, Grant County, Wisconsin Territory , in United States. 1840 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 21/41, Primary quality.

    James Jones: 1 white male between 30 and 39 years of age [James], 1 female between 20 and 29 [Polly}, 1 white female under 5 years [Clarinda]; 1person employed in mining

  8. Eastern Division, Grant County, in Wisconsin territory census for 1842. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980), Primary quality.

    p. 25 - James Jones, 3 heads of families, 7 white males, 2 white females, 9 persons total

  9. Grant County, Southern District, in Wisconsin Territory. Secretary. Wisconsin territory census for 1846. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980), p. 34, Primary quality.

    James Jones, 2 males {James, George], 3 females [Polly, Clarinda, Elnora]

  10. Tax Roll 1850 Platteville, Grant Series 9, in Jones Family Documents, Primary quality.

    Capt. James Jones, 30 acres of N part or side of SW1/4 of N1/4 of S10, bounded S by tract owned by N Dowling - valued at $130

    James Jones never registered the deed for this land. The last registered owner was Vance L. Davison of Carroll County, Illinois, who purchased the land from Elias Blundell & wife Hannah of "the same place", recorded on 24 March 1840 in Grant County Wisconsin Deed Books A & B (FHL #1463501). Both Davison and the Blundells were early settlers of Carroll County, having previously taken part in the "lead rushes". Vance Davison and his wife subsequently moved to California (History of Carroll County, IL. FHL #0934971).
    The land was sold by James' son, George W. Jones, after James died.

  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 James Jones Bounty Land Warrant Application, in Jones Family Documents, Primary quality.
  12. United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

    Patentee: Andrew McCrady, Assignee of
    Warrantee: James Jones, Captain in the Michigan Militia Black Hawk War
    NWNW Sec 14, T6-N, R1-E, Iowa County, Wisconsin (40 acres)
    Document Nr.: 29721; Issue Date: 3/1/1855; Land Office: Mineral Point
    Authority: September 28, 1850: ScripWarrant Act of 1850 (9 Stat. 520)

  13. Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 30, No. 1, p. 66, June 1983.

    p. 66 - Family Heads in 1840 census
    Grant county, Platteville - James Jones (2)

  14. James may have been in Missouri looking at the potential for work as a lead miner. According to the town's history, "During the 1840s, mining became a part of Neosho when lead was discovered. Neosho's early commercial development was dominated by lead and zinc mining and Newton County established one of Missouri's earliest commercial operations."