About Capt. Richard Jones
He was a prominent Colonial Virginia planter and Indian trader. His 8 children were by his second wife; Rachael. In October 1695, Richard sued William Hudson. In 1700 he obtained an attachment against the estate of James Basford in Henrico. Richard Jones patented 230 acres in 1698 in Charles City county, in Bristol Parish south of the Appamattox River extending to western branch of Rohowick. This land was near the land of colonel Abraham Wood and Major Thomas Chamberlaine as well as Lt. Abraham Jones. The 1704 Quit Rent Rolls for Prince George County note Richard Jones for 600 acres. This likely means he inherited land from his father.
In 1712 Richard was referred to as Captain in the militia. He was also referred to as Richard Jones, Gentleman. He was an Indian Trader, who likely traded for beaver pelts, a lucrative product. This trade came naturally, given his upbringing. In 1713, Richard along with others, gave a bond to Queen Anne for ₤300 assuring they would abide by the conditions set down for trade with the Western Indians. In exchange they received a passport to trade with all but the Tuscarora and their allies.
- In 1712 a survey for Richard Jones on both sides of Stony Creek for 521 acres adjacent other land which he already owned.
- In 1723 he received the patent for these 521 acres on Stony Creek in Prince George County.
- In 1724 Bristol Parish was divided from Monassaneck Road at Appamattox Ferry to Stony Creek Bridge between Captain Richard Jones and Joseph Wynn, then up Stony Creek and the upper road to Nottaway River, then along the river. By 1724, Richard Jones of Prince George County, Gentleman, held 930 acres on the south side of Stony Creek Bridge, in Prince George County about 20 miles south of Petersburg in what is now Dinwiddie County, adjacent Captain Evans and himself.
- Richard Jones also held another 452 acres in Brunswick County on the outward side of Hickory Run and the South side of Nottoway River.
- In 1726, William Parham, Sr. of Surry, patented 145 acres on the south side of he Nottoway River, across from land he already held, and between the lines of Captain Richard Jones and William Jones, Sr. being bounded by Captain Richard Jones’ lower corner along Hiccory Run to William Jones’ Line.
- In 1736 Richard Jones, Gentleman of Prince George County was granted 650 acres in Brunswick County beginning on the (Nottoway) River at the first point above the Meadow Branch and touching Robert Wynn’s’ land and Hiccory Run.
He died at his Brunswick County estate in 1747. His will names his sons Richard, Daniel, Thomas, Robert, Llewellyn, daughters Martha Evans and Mary Jones, and wife Rachael; grandson Philip Jones, son of Daniel. Richard bequeathed 1500 acres in his will. His will also lists 22 slaves, and several are noted as mulatto.
Will of Captain Richard Jones
In the Name of God, Amen, the eighth day of August anno dom. MDCCXLVII
I Richard Jones of the parish of Saint Andrews in the county of Brunswick being very sick & weak in body but of good and perfect sound Disposing Mind and Memory for which I return my most Hearty thanks to Almighty God and Son the Savior of Mankind and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried at Discretion of my Exors. Hereafter mentioned and as to the Worldly estate wherewith it has pleased Almighty God to bestow on me in this Life I give and bequeath the same in manner and form following
IMPRIMIS, I give and bequeath to my son Richard Jones his heirs and assigns forever one Mulatto man named Robin and one negro woman named Judy together with her increase and ten shillings Current Money of Virginia
ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Jones and his Heirs and assigns forever all my land being on the North side of Stoney Creek in the County of Prince George together with the plantation and premises and one negro woman named Martha, one Negro girl named Jane, one Negro girl named Hager, one Negro girl named Betty, one Negro boy named Tom, one Mulatto man named Jeffery, and on Negro boy named Jack together with their Increase.
ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Jones his heirs and assigns forever one Mulatto wench named Betty and one Mulatto girl named Judy together with their Increase.
ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Robert Jones his heirs and assigns forever four hundred and eighty acres of land by estimation lying and being on both sides of the Morton Branch in the County of Prince George and lying between the County and Church Roads, Together with one Negro man named Jupiter and one Negro girl named Hannah and her increase.
ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son Lewelling Jones his heirs and assigns forever six hundred and fifty acres of Land lying and being in the county of Brunswick upon Nottoway River, together with the plantation and premises I now live on and one Negro man Antonia and one Mulatto named Easthan to him and his Heirs & assigns forever.
ITEM, I lend to my Dearly beloved wife during her widowhood or her natural life the use of the plantation I now live on together with all the Goods and Chattels I have not already given or devised.
ITEM, My will and Desire is that my two daughters Martha Evans and Mary Jones their heirs and assigns to quietly and peaceably possess and enjoy all the Estate I have already given them and that after the Decease of my Dearly beloved wife Rachael Jones whatever Negroes I have left my said wife to be equally divided between my said two Daughters their Heirs and assigns forever together with the Increase of the said Negros that shall be so left I give and dispose of in the same manner to my said Daughters their Heirs and assigns forever.
ITEM, I devise to my Grandson Philip Jones, son of Daniel Jones my Black Horse.
ITEM, I constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Rachael and my well beloved son Lewelling Jones to be Exrors. To this my Last will and Testament and I utterly disallow revoke and disannul all other former wills & Testaments bequests and Legacies by me before made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament. IN WITNESS whereof I have her unto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first above mentioned. Richard Jones
Signed, sealed published and Declared in the presence of Henry Jones, Samuel S. Centel, Robert Whitehall. At a Court held for Brunswick County, November the 5th, 1747.
Inventory of the Estate of Richard Jones
- 52 head of hoggs and 18 piggs,
- 27 head of cattle,
- 2 old Horses,
- 2 sheep,
- 2 Bedds and furniture,
- 1 Bible and prayer Book,
- 1 Chest of Drawers and Looking Glass,
- 1 Chest and four Chairs,
- a parcel of Pewter,
- 1 gunn,
- 3 Potts and hooks and Iron pott racks,
- 1 wate pail
- 2 piggins and one water mugg,
- 1 cane and padlock,
- 1 negro man named Jupiter,
- 1 negro named Tony,
- 1 negro named Eastham,
- 1 negro wench named Ciss,
- 1 negro wench and child the wench named Sarah.
- 1 negro wench and child named Mareigh,
- 1 negro named Charles, 1 negro boy named Jack,
- 1 negro boy named George,
- 1 girl named Judy,
- 1 girl named Frank, to 2058 lb. of Pork.
Total Appraisement ₤394: 15 S: 51/2 d.
Capt. Richard Jones's Timeline
Charles City County, Virginia Colony
Charles City County, Virginia Colony
Brunswick County, Province of Virginia