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Peter Jones

Also Known As: "for whom Petersburg", "Virginia was named"
Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Charles City Shire, Virginia Colony
Death: Died in Charles City County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Jones and Ann Jones
Husband of Margaret Jones and Margaret Cocke
Father of William Jones; Lt. Abraham Wood Jones; Captain Peter Jones II; Mary Wynne; Martha Jones Goode and 6 others
Half brother of Lt. Col. Cadwallader Jones

Occupation: Commander of Fort near present day Petersburg
Managed by: Ron Green Jr
Last Updated:

About Capt. Peter Jones

Note: The city of Petersburg, VA was named for his grandson, Major Peter Jones III.

PETER I JONES (RICHARD3, CADWALLADER2, PETER1)2 was born 1634 in Charles City Co. Virginia, and died 21 Dec 1674 in Charles City Co. Virginia.


He married MARGARET Crewes [or Cruse] alias WOOD 01 Jun 1655 in Richmond, Virginia, daughter of James Crewes and MARGARET Llewellyn; she was the stepdaughter of explorer Abraham Wood & used his name. She was born 1641 in Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, and died 04 May 1718 in Malvern Hills, Henrico Co., Virginia; survived Peter, and married Thomas Cocke 2nd.


Children of PETER JONES and MARGARET are:

  1. ANN 5 JONES, b. 1655; d. 1655.
  2. THOMAS JONES, b. 1656, Prince George, Virginia.
  3. WILLIAM JONES, b. 1656.
  4. JOHN JONES, b. 1658, Prince George, Virginia.
  5. RICHARD JONES, b. 1660, Charles City Co. Virginia.
  6. ABRAHAM WOOD JONES, b. 1662; d. 1689.
  7. MARY MARGARET WYNNE JONES, b. 1664, Charles City Co. Virginia.
  8. MARTHA JONES, b. 1666, Charles City Co. Virginia.
  9. PETER 2 JONES, b. 1666, Charles City, Prince George, Virginia; d. 01 Jan 1726/27, Prince George, Virginia.
  10. MARY JONES, b. 1668, Charles City Co. Virginia.
  11. MARGARET JONES, b. 1678, Charles City Co. Virginia.


For extensive discussion about this family, please see Kathryn Gearhart's account at under the section "Peter Jones of Henrico"

Gearhart argues that Peter Jones and William Jones were likely transported to Virginia in 1638 by Abraham Wood. Wood, a 1620 immigrant, Jamestown resident and landowner of up to 700 acres in Charles City County, on the Appamattox River, by 1642, was a very influential figure. He would become Peter's father-in-law when Peter married Margaret Crewes or Cruse, b.. 1641, the daughter of James Crewes/Cruse and Margaret Llewellyn (daughter of Daniel Llewellyn). James Cruse was executed in 1676 for his part in Bacon’s Rebellion. Abraham Wood adopted her and treated her as his own daughter.

In 1644, Sir William Berkeley set up several forts, including Fort Henry at the falls of the Appomattox, on account of Indian attacks on the settlers. Abraham Wood was Major General and commander of the militia at Fort Henry.

In 1655 Peter Jones and Henry Randolph witnessed an agreement made by Major Abraham Wood.

In 1671, Major General Wood commissioned Thomas Batte, Thomas Woods, and Robert Fallam "to attempt to discover the South Sea, led by Perecute, a leader of the Appomattock Indians, and Jack Wesson, a former servant of General Wood." The party was the first to cross the Allegheny Mountains but was unsuccessful in following the Ohio to the Mississippi and on to the Gulf. Thomas Woods died on the expedition.

By 1676, an ill and aging Abraham Woods was unable to participate in negotiations with the hostile Indians involved in the infamous Bacon’s Rebellion. That same year, however, Major Peter Jones was named to command 57 men from Elizabeth City, Warwick, and James City counties at Fort Henry. By 1678, at Jamestown, Abraham Woods was able to successfully negotiated a treaty with the Indians. Abraham Wood died in 1682, and his badly-damaged will includes references to his grandchildren in law Peter, Abraham, Richard, and William Jones (the children of Peter Jones):

In the name of God amen, I, Abraham Wood in the county of Charles city in Virginia, being weary and weak in spirit, but in good and perfect memory, thanks be to God, make & ordain this my last will and testament in manner & form following … soul to God etc… my body to be buried in the night by my wife…

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Chamberlaine my silver tobacco box & my plantation with all thereupon belonging to be known by the name Fleetes’ in Henrico County & also three hundred acres of land lying and being upon the uttermost line of a patent granted to me bearing date the tenth of July, one thousand six hundred and eighty, which land is known by the name of Ronhorak,(Rohowick) to her & her heirs forever….

Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren in law (viz) Abraham Jones, Richard Jones, Peter Jones & William Jones all my lands, housing, orchards and tenements lying and being in Charles City County… to them and their heirs forever, equally to be divided & they to make theirs according to their seniority (excepting what is already bequeathed to my daughter Mary Chamberlaine) & one hundred acres which I give unto my godson Abraham Alley lying and being the easterly line of my dividend to him the said Abraham Alley & his brother Henry Alley equally to be divided, to them and their heirs forever. And what person or persons whatsoever by any claim of right [torn] shall disturb or molest the said Abraham Jones, Richard J[ones], Peter Jones & William Jones or either of them, their or either [torn] heirs in the peaceable and quiet enjoyment thereof that [torn] or she or whatsoever they be, to pay unto Abraham Jone[s, Richard] Jones, Peter Jones & William Jones or their heirs the… ”

60 acres were conveyed to Robert Hix by Peter Jones, Jr. in, 1708, and recorded in Prince George County.

She cites

  • Cadwallader Jones, A Genealogical History
  • Notes on Southside Virginia by Walter A. Watson, Bulletin of the Virginia State Library Vol. XV, No. 2-4, 9/1925)
  • Augusta B. Fothergill, Peter Jones and Richard Jones Genealogies:1924
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Capt. Peter Jones's Timeline

Charles City Shire, Virginia Colony
Age 20
Prince George, Virginia
Age 22
Age 23
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Age 23
Henrico Co., Virginia
Age 24
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Charles City Co., VA.
Age 26
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