John Jones Sr. 1774 - 1870

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John Jones Sr. was born to Stephen S. Jones Sr. and Susanna Wilburn in North Carolina around 1774.

John Jones Sr.
John Jones

North Carolina
Diedbet 1860 - 1870
Harlan County, Kentucky US
Parent(s)Stephen Jones Sr. - Susannah Wilburn



 John Jones was born around 1774. The exact birth date of John Jones Sr. is not known, however, through U.S. Census research it appears 1774 is the correct year. Research indicates Stephen S. Jones and Susanna Wilburn are his parents. He was born in either North Carolina or Virginia. Both states are listed as John's birth state between the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census. The discrepancy between the 1850 and 1860 US Census as to where John Jones Sr. was born, may possibly be solved by his children's census records. In the 1850 census it is declared that John Jones was born in Virginia, however, in 1860 John Jones is noted as being born in North Carolina. In many subsequent enumerations, his children notate their father was born in North Carolina.

 His father, Stephen S. Jones reported on his Revolutionary War Pension Request that he volunteered in the North Carolina Militia at Granville County, North Carolina in 1779. However, it is noted that a Stephen Jones was in Surry County, North Carolina in 1771[1] and 1772[1] based on tax records. John could have been born in either county.



 It has been suggested by some researchers that John Jones Sr. probably married twice and possibly three times[2]. It is surmised that John married first, Sarah Risner[3] (Risener, Risenor), a daughter of Michael Risner (1740) and Catarina Barbara Sechs (1750). Some researchers place Sarah Risner's birth at about 1785 in North Carolina and possibly in Virginia.

 It is also thought that John married Sarah Noe, daughter of John Calvin Noe Sr. and Charlotte Lewis, born in 1793, mostly likely in Lee County, Virginia.

 Speculating by birth date, it is unlikely John Jones Sr. married Sarah Noe first, as his first child, Hiram Jones, is born in 1801 in Virginia. Sarah Noe (b.1793) would have been barely eight years old.

 The 1830 census for John Jones Sr. ticks 1 male "of fifty and under sixty". John is 56 years old in 1830. Also to note a tick for 1 female "of forty and under fifty" with Sarah Risner being 45 years old. This correlates very close to the birth dates notated in the 1850 and 1860 census.

 The 1850 U.S. Census is the first census to include names of additional persons living at the same address. This includes both family and non-family persons. The 1850 census lists "Sally Jones" at age 65 as John's wife. In the 1860 census "Sarah Jones" at age 76 is listed. It was common to nickname Sarah as Sally. This Sarah/Sally naming is rampant in the Jones' of Harlan County.

Family Tree


John's family tree, as displayed here, is based upon the work of Holly Fee Timm[4]. According to Holly's work, John could have possibly married three times. Wife-1) ?? Risener; Wife-2) ?? Noe; Wife-3) Sally ??. The United States Census of 1850 lists Sally Jones (age 65) as John's wife. The United States Census of 1860 lists Sarah Jones (age 76) as John's wife. To note, however, the names Sally and Sarah are interchangeable in that Sally is a nickname[5] for Sarah. Taking into consideration the ages of Sally and Sarah on the censuses, we can deduce that most likely Sally and Sarah are one in the same person.





1820 - 1822 Harlan County Ky Deed Abstracts - submitted by Kathy Welder <>[6]

George BRITTIAN [sic] to John JONES, dated Apr. 24, 1820...for $300. tract of 533 1/3 acres entered in the name of Isaac WINSTON, being where said J. JONES now lives, all that part of the survey Northwest of the conditional line.

On the same date, April 24,1820, George Brittain also deeds to Gabriel Jones 1771 - 1831 a tract of land mirroring that of John Jones Sr. In the map below, the red marker indicates the approximate location of land at the mouth of Catron's Creek. The land would have been situated on the opposite side of Catron's Creek, on the edge of Martin's Fork.

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The date of John's death is not known. It is apparent that he died between 1860 and 1870 as John is enumerated in 1860 but not in the 1870 Harlan County census. It is assumed that he is buried in the same cemetery as his father, Stephen. There is no headstone to be found that indicates John's burial.




  1. 1.0 1.1 North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.
  3. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 16 December 2019), memorial page for Sarah Reisner Jones (1785–1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96993761, citing Jones Cemetery, Harlan County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Sharon Risner (contributor 46830548).