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Peter Jones, II

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Charles City County, Virginia
Death: Died in Bristol Parish, Prince George, VA
Cause of death: will dated 19 Jan. 1721/2, recorded 10 Jan. 1726/7 in Prince George County
Place of Burial: probably buried at Cedar Grove
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Peter Jones and Margaret Cocke
Husband of Mary Jones
Father of Abraham Jones; Maj. Peter Jones III; Mary Jones; Thomas Jones; John Armstrong Jones and 4 others
Brother of William Jones; Martha Goode; Mary Elizabeth Reynolds; Lt. Abraham Wood Jones; Mary Wynne and 5 others
Half brother of Rev. Richard Jones

Occupation: Captain
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About Captain Peter Jones II

Application for membership in Georgia Society of Colonial Dames by Miss Mary Page Walker says that the father of William Jones II was Abraham Jones, b ca 1690 in Virginia and is the son of Peter and Mary Batte Jones, who were married in Henrico County, Virginia 1688. That his wife was Sarah, daughter of Henry Batte, is shown by the record that on September 10, 1720, 240 acres of land from the estate of Henry Batte, deceased, was assigned to Abraham and Sarah Jones, his wife. Also on July 25, 1727, Henry Batte bequeathed to his sister Sarah Jones, 20 shillings. Prince George Co. records 1714-1728, p 1042, "Peter Jones and Richard Jones Genealogies" by Mrs. Augusta B. Fothergill, Richmond, VA 1924, pp 25,27. reports death as January 1, 1726/27

Born: 1666 at: Charles City County, Virginia

  Died: BET 19 JAN 1721 AND 10 Jat: Bristol Parish, Prince George County, Virginia, reported by

Capt. Peter Jones106, born 1666 in ,Charles City Co., VA106; died January 1, 1726/27 in Dinwiddie Co, VA, reported by

PETER 25 JONES (PETER I4, RICHARD3, CADWALLANDER2, PETER1)3 was born 1666 in Charles City, Prince George, Virginia, and died 01 Jan 1726/27 in Prince George, Virginia., reported by

Born: 1666 at: XXX, Charles City, VA, Amer Col Married: OCT 1688 at: XXX, Henrico, VA, Amer Col Died: 1 JAN 1726/27 at: XXX, Prince George, VA, Amer Col , reported by

Peter Jones, Capt. b: ABT 1663 d: BEF 19 JAN 1720, reported by


The Peter Jones listed in the following account could be this Peter or possibly his son Peter, since both were living at this time and both had sons named William. However, the younger William (son of Peter III) would have been too young in 1724 to have fulfilled this civic duty, so it is likely to refer to Peter II and his son William.

Information from (paraphrased)

In her discussion of "The Early Jones Families of Virginia," Kathryn Gearhart (2009) includes the following information about the formation of Bristol Parish in Prince George County and its community of Powell's Creek, which included land on both sides of the Appomattox River up to the falls. Gearhart speculates that Wood’s Church was probably the first parish church, for which Rev. George Robertson was the first minister; he began keeping a vestry book in 1720. From these records, the first vestry included Rev. Robertson, Captain Peter Jones, Justant Hall, Lewis Green, Major Robert Bolling, Major Robert Munford, major William Kennon, and Captain Henry Randolph. Four years later, in 1724, the parish was divided, and the new South section began at Appomattox Ferry along Monk’s Neck road to Stony Creek Bridge, then up Stony Creek to the Upper road to Nottoway River, then up between the same and the Appomattox River. Captain Peter Jones and his son William were named as tobacco counter for this section, while Thomas Bott (Batte?) was named the counter on the north side between the Appomattox River and Old Town Creek.


From Norvan Johnson's family history research at

Mary Batte [3524.9.1] inherited a silver bodkin from her aunt, Sarah (Brown) Knibb. She married Capt. Peter Jones II, the son of Maj. Peter Jones I [14260.J2] and his wife, Margaret — , in 1688.

The record of Peter's marriage to Mary was returned to Henrico Court at the October Term 1688. Peter Jones served both the church and the military. He was a vestryman of Bristol Parish and, on 25 October 1711, he was appointed a lieutenant of rangers of Prince George County. Rangers were to range along the frontier to repel Indian attacks and as lieutenant, James was to report the results of their operations directly to the governor. While in service he received 5,000 pounds of tobacco each year, his men 3,000 pounds, and all were exempt from county and parish levies. Peter was later captain in the Prince George County Militia.

In 1717 Prince George County compensated Capt. Peter Jones 100 pounds of tobacco for killing a wolf.

Peter Jones of Bristol Parish was "of Henrico County" on 9 May 1692 when his father-in-law, Thomas Batte [3524.9] , conveyed to Peter Jones 240 acres that was part of the plantations on the Appomattox River known as "Old Town," the abandoned Appamatock Indian village. In return, Peter conveyed to Thomas a tract of land in Charles City County. On 1 February 1697/8, Peter exchanged this 240-acre tract of land with Stephen Cocke for 200 acres lying on the south side of the Appomattox River. Mary Jones relinquished her dower right through a power of attorney given "my loving brother-in-law James Cocke." Stephen Cocke was the husband of Martha Batte [3524.9.5], Mary's sister, and James Cocke was Stephen's brother. Stephen's son, Abraham Cocke Sr. , married Martha Batte [1762.7.6.4], Mary's distant cousin.

The name of Peter Jones appeared in several Prince George County deeds and Virginia land patents. Identifying which Peter Jones these relate to is difficult. Both Peter Jones II and Peter Jones [3524.9.5.1] had wives named Mary and lived in Prince George County. Peter Jones III [3524.9.1.2] was there too. Records generally depict Peter Jones II as Peter Jones Sr. and Peter Jones [3524.9.5.1] as "son of Abraham Jones." We know in 1704 Peter Jones was paying quit rents on 621 acres in Prince George County.

"Peter Jones Sr. and Mary his wife" sold 241 acres to George Bolling in August 1713. He secured a patent to 393 acres Prince George County in 1721. When Robert Bolling made the survey, it was in the name of Capt. Peter Jones.

On 24 June 1724 Peter Jones and his son William were appointed a tobacco inspector. An Act of Assembly mandated the appointment of "men of Experience and dignity for Careful Viewing of each man's crop of Tobacco." Peter's son, Abraham Jones [3524.9.1.1], was appointed with him. The purpose of counting tobacco was to hold down production and prop up prices.

Peter died around January 1726/7. He lived on Brickhouse Run in the present Petersburg and was probably buried at the family burial ground at "Cedar Grove." In his will in Prince George County (will dated 19 Jan. 1721/2, recorded 10 Jan. 1726/7) he named his children. Widow Mary died after 1741. In his will, Peter left 140 acres of land where his wife was then living to his son Peter III. Yet he failed to add the clause "to him and his heirs forever." This became a controversy because after Peter III died, the land would technically revert to the eldest born. On 3 March 1726/7, Abraham corrected the omission by deed in Prince George County by granting "the said Peter Jones his Heirs and assigns forever, all my Right, Title, Use, Interest and Reversion" in the land. He made this grant "in Consideration of the natural affection and Brotherly love which I have and do bear unto my well beloved Brother Peter Jones..."

However, this grant failed to provide for any monetary consideration and after Peter's death, Abraham tried to get the land back, though Peter had already sold it. Even Abraham 's death did not end the matter. In his will, Abraham bequeathed to his five sons, "all my Right, Title claim and demand whatsoever" to the land and acknowledged that Peter had already sold the land to William Pride [3316.2] who had conveyed it to Halcott Pride Gates. This deed was finally considered binding in 1812.

Abraham Jones I [3524.9.1.1], the son of Capt. Peter Jones II and Mary Batte, married Sarah Batte [1762.5], the cousin of Abraham's mother, Mary Batte.

Maj. Peter Jones III [3524.9.1.2], the son of Capt. Peter Jones II and Mary Batte, was born about 1691. As Peter Jones Junr he secured a patent to 233 acres on Deep Creek in 1722. On 28 September 1728, "Peter Jones, minor {minister}" renewed this patent and added 354 acres below Deep Creek. In August 1735 he again renewed this patent and added 1,434 acres. This 2,020 acres, where he made his home, extended below Spinners Branch. As Peter Jones Jr., without a wife, he sold 210 acres to Thomas Ravenscroft of Wilmington Parish, James City County, for £60 in March 1722. In May 1723 he sold 100 acres on Brickhouse Run to William Jones.

Peter Jones III married Dorothy Chamberlain [7046. ] about 1727. In June 1733 Peter Jones Jr. secured a patent to 211 acres on the north side of the Nottoway River. They had surveyed the land for him in January 1725/6 when his father, Peter Jones Sr., was still living. In February 1737/8 Peter Jones Gent. secured a patent to 300 acres on the lower side of Deep Creek. In March 1740 Capt. Peter Jones gave his brother Wood Jones this 300-acre patent and 21 acres on the east side of the second Great Branch.

Peter accompanied Col. William Byrd of "Westover" on his two expeditions to lay the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina and joined Byrd on his "Journey to Eden" also. Byrd wrote, "my friend and fellow traveler Peter Jones came completely accoutered." Accoutered is a military term meaning "equipped."

William Byrd named Petersburg, Virginia, for this Peter Jones. Peter was a vestryman of Bristol and Raleigh parishes and major of the Prince George Militia. In March 1747 he moved out of the parish to Amelia County. On 7 July 1747, he bought 1,591 acres in Amelia County from Thomas Jones [3522. 4.1] for £800. The land lay on the north side of West and Buckskin Creeks and was Thomas's 1739-patent. By 1753 Peter was a churchwarden of Raleigh Parish.

Peter named eight children in his Amelia County will (will dated 1753 , recorded 24 Aug. 1758). His estate included "41 Negroes." His son John inherited 1,000 acres below Spinners Branch and Peter IV inherited about 1,000 acres above the branch. Thomas, Richard, and William shared the 1,591-acre tract Peter III bought from Thomas Jones. Peter left his wife, Dorothy, the home plantation, some "Negroes," livestock, and household furnishings. Peter named his six daughters last in his will. Ridley kept the land she already had and some "Negroes." Elizabeth and Margaret each inherited some "Negroes" and £180, and Dorothy, Mary, and Sarah shared the remainder of the estate with their brothers and sisters.

Peter Jones appointed executors "my trusty and well beloved friends Richard Jones Junr., Peter Jones, son of Major Jones and Edward Jones." All three were sons of his first cousin Col. Richard Jones [3524.9.3.1].

Among the slaves Peter left his widow was Tom, who was then about twenty-six years of age. In 1780 Tom, then about forty-eight, ran away. He was wearing a pair of britches, a shirt, a waistcoat, and a pair of shoes over blue yarn stockings. He carried away another shirt and waistcoat. Dorothy advertised for Tom's return in the Virginia Gazette and described him as "very fond of liquor." She offered a reward of 200 weight of tobacco.

During the Revolution, Dorothy's daughter, Mary (Jones) Thornton, was living with her while her husband was away in the army. When they heard Tarleton's raiders were approaching, they fled in the family coach. When the British general overtook them, with him was Dorothy's favorite maid on her best horse and saddle.

Dorothy died in Amelia County by 22 August 1782 when her will was presented to the court. Her will is not in the will book.

Ridley Jones [3524.] (9 Aug. 1730 ) was named her for her dead sister Ridley whose birth on 5 August 1728 appeared earlier in the Bristol Parish Register. She married Matthew Branch III [6648.] of Chesterfield County in Amelia County in February (bond) 1749/50.

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Captain Peter Jones II's Timeline

Charles City County, Virginia
Age 24
Virginia Colony
Age 25
Bristol Parish, Prince George, VA, USA
Age 27
Prince George County, Virginia Colony
Age 28
Bristol Parish, Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Age 34
Henrico, Virginia
Age 35
Prince George, Virginia, Colonial America
January 1, 1727
Age 61
Bristol Parish, Prince George, VA