The Civil War in North Carolina



Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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CHAPTER XXII.
HALIFAX COUNTY.

        THE County of Halifax, in its early history, is distinguished for its devotion to liberty, and for the patriotism of her sons.

        Among the most active and useful men in the early times of this county was Willie Jones.

        The progenitor of this large and patriotic famly was Robin Jones. He married, first, Sarah, daughter of Rev. William Allen; second, Miss Eaton of Halifax. He had four children, two sons and two daughters.

        I. Allen, born 1739, married, first, Mary Haynes, and had three children: Rebecca Edwards, Martha and Sarah; second, Rebecca Edwards, and had three children: Robin, Rebecca, Robert; third, Miss Eaton, had no issue.

        II. Willie, married Mary Montford, and had five children: Sally, Martha, Anne Maria, Willie and Robert.

        III. Elizabeth, married Thomas Gilchrist, and had Grissy, who married Colonel Thomas Polk.

        IV. Mary, married Governor Williams, and had two children: Allen and Willie.

        From these four branches have sprung one of the largest families of the state, the members of which have been distinguished for their courage in the field, their sagacity in council and their virtues in domestic life. With much care a genealogical table has been collected, which is reliable for its accuracy. Written history, tradition, and the results of Colonel Caldwallader Jones, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, have been called into requisition in its compilation.

        Of Robin Jones, the ancestor and founder of this family, we regret that so little at this day is known. When the dust of more than a century has covered the grave of any one, it is difficult to collect extensive information.

        I found among the colonial records in the Rolls Office in London, page 22, the following: "1689, instructions for Colonel Cadwallader Jones, our governor of Providence and the rest of the Bahama Island," also the following despatch of Governor Dobbs:

        "MARCH 20, 1761. Thomas Falkner, appointed by order of the king and council, secretary and clerk to the crown, vice Henry McCullock; and Robert Jones, Jr., attorney-general, vice Childs."

        "1766, Mr. Marmaduke Jones, Mr. Charlton and Mr. Dewey, appointed judges--"

        "APRIL 21. The Tuskaroras will move from Bertie this week to New York on invitation of Sir William Johnson, to unite with his people. Mr. Jones, the attorney-general, advanced 1,200 to aid in buying wagons and provisions, on the credit of their land."


        The legislature in 1802 enacted, that as the Indian Chief Sacarusa, and others of the Tuscaroras of Bertie County, had requested the concurrence of the assembly in the leases they had made preparatory to their departure, the legislature consented. General Davie, for the United States, made a treaty with them, and just ninety-eight years after the creation of their reservation, the descendants and people of old King Blount left their ancient hunting grounds and joined their kinsmen, the Iroquois or Six Nations of New York. A small remnant of the Tuscaroras yet survive, and under their chief, Mount Pleasant, live on their reservation near Niagara Falls.

        The present King of the Sandwich Islands is the grandson of Sacarusa, under whose lead the exodus of 1802 was accomplished.

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