About Frances Jones
The source for Frances Randolph is Bodie's "Distinguished Families of the South" Vol. IX page 194. Note that sources like Dee Martin which interpret the data as Frances being the granddaughter of Col. Randolph by an intervening Frances Smith ignore not only the redundancy of 3 generations of women named Frances, which is possible, but that Jane Bolling Randolph would have had to have given birth to the hypothetical Frances Jones nee Randolph at the age of seven, which is quite impossible.
● Frances Jones was Frances Randolph's name during her first marriage
● Frances Randolph was widowed
● Frances Halbert was Frances Randolph's name after her second marriage.
● The Frances Jones Halbert who married Ambrose Blackburn II is her daughter.
Some unsourced pieces of research render a death date for John Jones and marriage date for Frances Randolph and Joel Halbert which seem contrived in the face of the obvious evidence that her eldest's name is John, not Joel, and that her youngest's middle name is Jones. In the absence of better evidence, the tree is rendered with the assumption that Joel Halbert formally or informally adopted John Jones' children when he married Frances Randolph.
Frances Randolph, daughter of Jane Bolling and Richard Randolph
1. Historical Southern Families Vol IX
published 1971 by Baltimore Gen. Publishing Co.
written by John Bennett Boddie
He records 9 children, naming Frances Randolph as a daughter of Jane Bolling and Richard Randolph.
2.Hooper Genealogy, A Southern Branch, Vol II
By Flora Hooper Collier
pages 210 - 214
Notes Frances Randolph as a daughter of Richard Randolph and Jane Bolling
by Wynham Robertson (1803-1888)
published in 1956, updated in 1985 and 1994
records Frances Randolph as a daughter of Richard Randolph.
4.A Brief History of the Acker- Halbert Family by Elisha David Acker
published in 1928
pages 13 and 90
Notes Joel Halbert married Elizbaeth Jones, stating that she was a 7th generation descendant of Pocohontas.
5.Joel Halbert and his Descendants
by Waddell and Huey
Published in 1947
Notes Elizabeth Franes Jones is tradionally referred to as a descendant of Pocohontas, but this book offers no proof.
From: "Descendants of William Randolph of Turkey Island" :
"Wyndham Robertson says Richard Randolph, Sr. and Jane Bolling had nine (9) children, five boys and four girls. From various sources eight of these have been identified. One girl remained unidentified, but now, Era Morgan Davis reports that Bodie, IX, page 194 identifies this girl as Frances."
Ethel Koger email@example.com states:
"Richard Randolph and Jane Bolling were parents of four girls and five boys. Frances was the eldest, born abt 1725, she married (1)John Jones, was widowed and then married (2)Joel Halbert. She was the mother of six children. It is not known if there were any children by Jones." In my pursuit for the truth and documentation of this connection with the Randolph/Bolling family, I have written and talked with many "senior" Halbert descendants who remember their grandparents and great-grandparents telling them of their relation to these families and also to Pocahontas. I trust the memory of direct descendants and consider that memory to be documentation along with court, birth, death, etc. records.
Frances Jones's Timeline
November 21, 1727
Amphill, Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
November 25, 1781
Essex, Virginia, United States