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William Jones

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: October 17, 1706 (82)
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Father of William Jones and Mother of William Jones
Husband of Hannah Jones
Father of Nathaniel Jones; William Jones; Hannah Booth; Sarah Morrison; Unknown Jones and 10 others

Occupation: Governor of Connecticut
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About William Jones, 24th Dep. Gov. of Connecticut Colony

Jacob Bailey Moore, Collections of the New York Historical Society, Memoirs of Theophilus Eaton, (Second Series, Vol. II), pp.467-493:

"Hon. William Jones, ancestor of the Rev. Isaac Jones of Litchfield, Conn. was born in London, 1624, was a lawyer at Westminster, and married to Hannah Eaton, daughter of Governor Eaton, July 4, 1659, in St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, by Rev. Joseph Rowe. They arrived at Boston, July 27, 1660, in company with the Judges Whalley and Goffe. The removed to New Haven in August of the same year, took possession of the mansion of Gov. Eaton and continued in it till their deaths...Mr. Jones was made a freeman in 1661; was chosen magistrate in 1662, and Deputy Governor of New Haven Colony in 1664. On the union of this Colony with Connecticut, May 11, 1665, he was chosen one of the magistrates. In July 1691, in consequence of the death of Lieut. Governor Bishop, he was elected Lieut. Governor by the General Assembly. He was elected to the same office by the freemen in 1692, and retired May 12, 1698...He died Oct 17, 1706, age 82...Lieut. Gov. Jones and his wife Hannah were buried one on the right and the other on the left of Governor Eaton (In New Haven, CT)"

“Historic Record of the Town of Meriden, Connecticut,” 1906, Vol 2, compiled by C. Bancroft GiIlespie, Page 75:

William Jones,1 who had been a lawyer in London, came to America in the same ship which brought the regicides Whalley and Goffe in 1660. He had married in London, Hannah, the youngest daughter of Governor Theophilus Eaton. of New Haven. The governor had died in 1658 and Mr. Jones came to New Haven to look after his wife's estate and there he made his home. He was a man of good talents and the fact was soon recognized, for in 1662 he was chosen one of the magistrates of the colony of New Haven. In 1664 he was elected deputy governor. Upon the union in 1665 he was elected a magistrate of Connecticut and was annually re-elected until the death of James Bishop in 1691 when he was elected deputy governor to succeed him. He was each year re-chosen until 1698 when he refused to continue in the office longer as he was then 74 years old. He died Oct. 17, 1706, at the age of 82, and the General Assembly which was then sitting in New Haven voted to give him a public funeral and appropriated the funds to defray the expense. The most interesting fact in his life was his connection with the two judges, Whalley and Goffe. While they were hiding in New Haven, Mr. Jones' house was their place of refuge for eleven days, and he seems to have shared the honors with Rev. John Davenport during this exciting episode in the history of New Haven.

"Memoir of Theophilus Eaton, the first governor of the colony of New Haven" by Jacob Bailey Moore, pg. 490:

Hon. William Jones, Deputy Governor of New Haven, and afterwards Lieut. Governor of Connecticut Colony, was born in London, A. D. 1624. He was the eldest son of Col. John Jones, one of the Judges of Charles I., who after the restoration of Charles II., was beheaded at Charing Cross, Oct. 17, 1660, aged 81 years. He was the son of the Rt, Rev. William Jones, who was consecrated Bishop of Durham in 1597, and died in 1617, aged 91. Col. Jones was born in the parish of Tregacon, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, A. D. 1579. He was married in 1623, to Henrietta, third daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Cromwell, (erroneously named Catharine by Carlyle, and Jane by Noble, in* his Memoirs of the Protectorate of Cromwell.) Elizabeth, who was married to Robert Cromwell, was the daughter of Sir Thomas and Elizabeth Stuart of the Isle of Ely, Knight, descended from the Royal Family of Stuart in Scotland. Sir Robert died at Huntingdon, June, 1617 ; his wife Elizabeth, survived the elevation of her son to the Protectorate, and died Nov. 17, 1654, at a very advanced age; Foster, in his " Statesmen of the Commonwealth of England," has paid a beautiful tribute to her memory and worth. This distinguished lady of the British Isle, was the mother of Henrietta Cromwell, who was first married to Roger Whetstone, Esq. an officer in the parliamentary army, and afterwards to Col. John Jones, in 1623; the maternal grandparent of Hon. William Jones, who married Hannah, youngest daughter of Governor Eaton of New Haven ; and was also the great grandparent of Sir William Jones of India, and Rev. William Jones of Nayland, so eminent in the annals of literature and science. The year of the death of Henrietta Jones, who was born Feb. 7, 1597, has not been ascertained. The children of this marriage were William. John, and Morgan. John, was the grandparent of Sir William Jones, and Morgan of Rev. William Jones. Hon. William Jones, ancestor of the Rev. Isaac Jones of Litchfield, Conn, was born in London. 1624, was a lawyer at Westminster, and married to Hannah Eaton, daughter of Governor_Eaton, July 4, 1659, in St. Andrew's Church, Holborn, by Rev. Joseph Rowe. They arrived at Boston, July 27, 1660, in company with the Judges Whal-ley and Goffe. They removed to New Haven in August of the same year, took possession of the mansion of Gov; Eaton, and continued in it till their deaths. The mansion was demolished in 1710. Mr. Jones was made a freeman in 1661; was chosen magistrate in 1662, and Deputy Governor of New Haven Colony in 1664. On the union of this Colony with Connecticut, May 11, 1665, he was chosen one of the magistrates. In July 1691, in consequence of the death of Lieut. Governor Bishop, he was elected Lieut. Governor by the General Assembly. He was elected to the same office by the freemen in 1692, and retired May 12, 1698. He had acquired great respectability and influence, both in town and Colony, in his day. He died October 17, 1706, aged 82. His consort, Hannah Jones, born in London, 1633, died May 4 (not 10th as has been stated,) 1707, aged 74.







Lieut Governor of Connecticut


Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 07:14:53 -0700

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Surname: Jones, Sugan, Sugar, Cromwell, Crowell, Green, Eaton, Atwater

In the biography of Col. John Jones, the story is told of why the Jones family had to flee from England to America to avoid the very worst kind of political persecution. It is believed that the Jones family--the second wife of Col. John Jones, Jane Cromwell Whetstone Jones, and Col. Jones' children by his first wife (name unknown) were sent to safety in the American Colonies, arriving in Boston Harbor on 27 July 1660. They settled in the area of Isle of Wight, Virginia. It was there that they received the news of the execution of Col. John Jones in England on 16 October 1660. King Charles II was eventually successful in putting to death 24 of the original 40 men of Parliament who had signed the death warrant of his father King Charles I. Apparently, the rest made their safe escape to America.

There seems to be some dispute among researchers about the names of the sons of Col. John Jones who came to America in 1660. The name of William Jones, one of the sons, is pretty well documented, I believe. There is also an Edward Jones of Isle of Wight that can be documented. (Edward was supposed to be ten years old at the time he came to America.) Some people say that Edward Jones of Isle of Wight is really William just using an assumed name. I tend to think that if this were true that William would have been quicker to change the Jones part of his name rather than only his first name. I think there were probably both a William and an Edward. Perhaps Edward was another son of William Jones--his age could indicate such--but there was never any mention of him as being a son of William Jones that I could find. He is referred to as a son of Col. John Jones. Certainly, it was not unusual for a man to have sons born 30 years apart back in those times. Especially when they had two wives--but according to tradition, Col. John Jones did not have any children by Jane Cromwell Whetstone Jones.

William Jones, son of Col. John Jones, was already a grown man with children of his own when he fled to America fearing execution because of political reasons--William's father was one of "The Forty" (men) who had signed the death warrant for King Charles I. Now, the new King--King Charles II was wanting revenge. King's soldiers were being sent into the colonies to try to find the families of the men known as "The Forty" or "The Regicides."

Before King Charles II had been restored to the throne of England, William Jones had led a peaceful family life there. The name of his first wife is not known, but he had had at least two sons by her--William and Nathaniel. The story of the arrival of the Jones at Boston Harbor in 1666 says: He (William) had been born in 1624 and had been a lawyer in London... He arrived in the same ship with the celebrated Regicides, Whalley and Goff... He brought his sons--William and Nathaniel born to him by his first wife... He had married 4 July 1659 at St. Martin's in the Fields, Middlesex Parrish to Hannah Eaton, youngest daughter of Theophilus Eaton, the Governor...(possibly means Governor of Connecticut?)...The Eatons had an estate at New Haven (Connecticut?). This account also gives the birthdate of William's stepmother (which was called mother-in-law back then) Jane Cromwell Whetstone Jones: "Jane was baptized 19 January 1601." (There is supposed to be a book called HOUSE OF CROMWELL--I have never found it...)

The children of William Jones and Hannah Eaton were: (1) Hannah born in the same season that they came to America, 1660 (2) Theophilus b. 2 Oct 1661, died in three days (3)Sarah b. 17 August 1662 (4) Elizabeth, born 28 August and baptized 23 Oct 1664 (named Mary at baptism) (5)Samuel b. 20 June and baptized 29 June 1666, d. at six months (6)John b.4 Oct 1667 (7) Deodat b. 15 March 1670, died the next month (8) Isaac b. 21 June 1671 (9 & 10) Twins: Abigail and Rebecca born 10 November 1673, both died within five days (11) Susannah b. 18 August 1675. All these children were born in America to William Jones after he had left England.

There is more information on the two sons of William Jones, born by his first wife, who came with him on the ship to America in 1660. Nathaniel Jones, who was born in England, married 7 Oct 1684 to Abigail, daughter of David Atwater. Children born to Nathaniel and Abigail Jones: (1) Hannah b. 6 May 1687 (2)Theophilus b. 18 March 1690 and (3)Abigail born poshumously 26 March 1692. Some confusion in the notation here but indicates somebody died 21 August 1691--this could mean Nathaniel since this is six months prior to the birth of daughter Abigail (born posthumously). Quoting here: "Both he (Nathaniel) and his brother William by favor of their mother-in-law (which in old terms meant stepmother) had during their lifetime of the fund independently established out of the property of Governor Theophilus Eaton (Gov. of Connecticut?). William, the brother of Nathaniel, lived at New Haven, Connecticut. { I know the Connecticut records need to be researched and I have not yet had the opportunity to do this. }

Going back now to the Edward Jones, who also was son of Col. John Jones according to family tradition--by 1671 the name of Edward Jones does appear in records of Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He was named "overseer" in the will of Sarah Watson dated February 22, 1671. He would have had to be at least 21 years old to be named such. There was some tradition that Edward Jones was only ten years old when he came to America in the year 1660. This date would then fit properly here, making Edward 21 in 1671. It was recorded in later generations of his family that they were descendants of Col. John Jones, The Regicide.

Here is an avenue of research that needs to be explored for those interested in the branch of the tree with Edward Jones. Because I am also a researcher of the Green family, and the Greens intermarried with the Joneses, I discovered another family researcher who would have lived during the time period of the Civil War. His name was Wharton J. Green, "son of General Thomas Jefferson Green of Texas fame." (I assume this means he fought for Texas independence and is famous in the history books of Texas--I only know he was the grandson of Anderson Green, who was my own ancestor's brother. I am descended from Ambrose Green.)

Wharton J. Green was deeply interested in his family history--and he recorded that he was a descendant of Edward Jones who was descended from Col. John Jones, the Regicide. (The Green family and Jones family had intermarried in generations previous to when my Green married my Jones in my family tree.) Wharton J. Green wrote RECOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS, his family genealogy and history. This man was a graduate of West Point, a Colonel in the Confederate Army, and later a member of Congress. Surely there must have been many biographical sketches written about him in his own era. It was even fashionable back in those times to write an extensive biography and genealogy of important men--there is no telling what we might find! I discovered that Wharton J. Green had also heard the story of how the Cromwells "dropped the M" from their names to become "Crowells" for their protection in the colonies.

For a while there I went off on a wild tangent to find Wharton J. Green in Texas somewhere. As it turned out, I came up empty-handed. Later on, I learned that somehow Wharton J. Green had ended up back in Fayetteville, N.C.! Apparently he lived and died there--so this would be a good place to begin to search for a copy of his REOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS. Wharton J. Green served in the legislature of North Carolina for many years.(Please do let me know if any of you find this book...)

I have no more information on the descendants of William Jones nor of his sons Nathaniel or William. However, I do have more information on the descendants of Edward Jones--whose descendants also held the family tradition that their ancestor was Col. John Jones, the Regicide. (I do not believe any family would maintain this tradition unless it were really true.) This is the same Edward Jones from whom Col. Wharton J. Green claimed descendancy. I will continue this story with the bigraphy of Edward Jones (b. ca. 1700) and his wife Abigail Sugan Jones who moved from Isle of Wight, Virginia to North Carolina. Their biographical sketch will also be posted on this GenWeb site, along with "Col. John Jones, The Regicide"--be sure to read all the biographical sketches I post on the Jones family because they are all connected to one another.


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William Jones, 24th Dep. Gov. of Connecticut Colony's Timeline

March 20, 1624
London, Middlesex, England
London, Middlesex, England
Age 26
Age 30
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 35
July 27, 1660
Age 36
Boston, Mass. from England
Age 36
New Haven, New Haven Colony
October 2, 1661
Age 37
New Haven, Connecticut, United States