Y DNA testing has proven kinship to Thomas Jones born about 1804, South Carolina.
Born circa 1795 in South Carolina, William married about 1819 to Elizabeth Phelps, likely in Edgefield County.
He and his family were in Lowndes County, AL by 1826 when we find his first land purchase there. He had additional land deeds in 1826, and 1837 and purchased 240 acres of land in Neshoba County, Mississippi in 1837 and appears there in the 1840 census.
The State of Mississippi
This indenture made and entered into this the 11th day February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven (1837) between Shadrack Jones of the County of Neshoba and State of Mississippi of the first part and William Jones of the State and County aforementioned of the second part. Wittnesseth, that the said Jones for an in consideration of the sum of sixteen hundred dollars to me in hand paid before the sealing and delivery of these presence the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have bargained, sold and delivered unto the said William Jones all the tract of parcel of land situated, lying and being in the county aforementioned designated as follows to wit. - the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 23 Township 9 Range 10 East containing 40 and 24/100 acres and NE quarter of Section 26 in Township 9 Range 10 East containing one hundred and sixy and 14/100 acres and NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 25 Township 9 Range 10 East containing 40 and 10/100 acres all in the land district of Columbus together with all and singular the rights, numbers, hereditaments, ...
He appears in Tax records in Neshoba County, MS from 1837-58, with 1857 marked "Estate of" (tax year started on 01 May 1857).
1840 tax list has him as William P. Jones. The tax lists also consistently show he owned slaves.
On 20 Aug 1853, William Jones of Neshoba County, Mississippi obtained land using military warrants #23510 for E 1/2 of SE 1/4 Section 23 and #23540 for W 1/2 of SE 1/4 Section 24, all totaling 160 acres all of which was located in Tonwship 9N Range 10E, Neshoba County, Mississippi, and presenting warrant #23510 for 160 acres originally granted to Isham Ernest for service as a private in Capt. Thomas and Safford's companies of Georgia Volunteers in the War of 1812 and assigned by him on 27 Jun 1853 to William Jones of Neshoba County.
This indenture made and entered into this the 16th day of January AD 1856 between James J Jones and Mary Jones his wife of the first part and William Jones of the second part, all of the County of Neshoba and the State of Mississippi that the party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of twenty dollars to them in hand paid by the party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have this day granted, bargained and sold and these presents to grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns the following described lands lying and being in the County aforesaid to wit.
South West corner of N1/2 of the W1/2 of the SE quarter, also the NE 1/2 of the S1/2 of the W1/2 of the SE1/4 of Section 23 T9 R10E containing twenty acres more or less
to have and to hold with all the improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said party of the second part his heirs & assigns forever. And the party of the first part will warrant and defend the title of the above described land unto said party of the second part his heirs & assigns forever against the claim or claims of persons whomsoever in fee simple.
In testimony whereof the party of the first part hereunto set their hand & seal the date above
The 240 acres of land William purchased in Neshoba County, Mississippi in 1837 was sold by his son Enoch and other heirs on 27 Mar 1869. He and Elizabeth had sold/donated 5 acres of their land to the Baptist Church of Christ at Ebenezer, Mississippi for 25 cents, with the stipulation that if there was ever not an active church on the site, the land was to revert to his heirs. This church was later known as Beech Springs Baptist Church and cemetery.
William died before May 1857 in Beech Springs, Neshoba County, Missisippi. He appears on the tax list for Neshoba County for 1857 marked "Estate of" (tax year started on 01 May 1857).
Neshoba County, Mississippi on 11 Feb 1837: Shadrick Jones (wife Deborah) sold to William Jones of Neshoba County for $1600, the SE ¼ of the SW ¼ of S23 T9 R10E (40 acres) and the NE1/4 of S26 T9 R10E (160 acres) and the NW ¼ of the NW ¼ S25 T9 R10E (40 acres)
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4L6-P7S : accessed 11 December 2015), W Jones, Neshoba county, Neshoba, Mississippi, United States; citing family 414, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1850
Event Place: Neshoba county, Neshoba, Mississippi, United States
Household ID: 414
House Number: 395
Line Number: 5
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M432
Affiliate Film Number: 378
GS Film Number: 443590
Digital Folder Number: 004200049
Image Number: 00294
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
W Jones M 55 South Carolina, United States
Elizabeth Jones F 51 South Carolina, United States
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