On Feb 2, 2000 Bob Gilbert, on the Gelealogy.com website, stated he was in possession of William Jessie Jones' Chowton NC will that identified his wife and children. They were wife Rose O'Carnton, and children Wiley, Jesse, Rose and Presley.
Jean Taylor, on that site and in a post dated Sept 9, 2003, cited the Jones Papers by George Jones and Wayne Padgett when she stated Jesse Carnton Jones had four sons: Paul (b 1816) Thomas (b 1820), Wiley, (b 1823) and Presley (b 1825). . In those records Thomas is identified as having married Minnie Polly. (Many family trees have Jesse marrying a Minnie Poll- there is no known record to confirm the union). On several posts the book "Keeping Up with the Jone's" presumably identifies this family
The only known Whitley Co Kentucky records of Presley Jones is the purchase of land in 1816 on what is now Limestone Rd in East Whitley (then Knox) Co. Kentucky; and mention of a Presley Jones family cemetery. . The Whitley County Cemetery Book identifies the family cemetery as "located on Presley Gap on Big Limestone off 92 (destroyed)". The record further states the Presley Jones family cemetery had 10 to 12 graves and that when the TVA built power lines through the cemetery many graves were destroyed. The book states there are a number of Brays buried here, as well.
We find Presleys' son Jesse buying land in Whitley Co in 1818 and 1825 or 1833- on Poplar and Cumberland waterways. Jesse is not in the 1820 or 1830 Whitley Co census or any Whitley Co. census' even though Jesse was living in Whitley County when his children were born during the early 1800's.
Some family lines have a nearly middle-aged Jesse C. Jones starting a new family with Margot Memory in Claiborne County, Tennessee the 1830's. Those family lines have our Jesse C. fathering Elishu E Jones in 1819.That Jesse Jones had only one older boy and several very small children in the 1830 and 1840 Claiborne Tennessee census records. The record suggests that if this is our Jesse Jones he may have abandoned his wife and certainly his children of Whitley County. Abandonment may explain Jesse C. he doesn't have a namesake among his children (except for Thomas), whereas Jesse's father, Presley's name was given to several descendants. Indeed, a review of the Jones descendants will find the brothers naming children after their siblings rather than their father.
We can guess that by 1830 the young Jones brothers were farmed out to make their way in the world.
By the 1850 census Jesse's son Wiley is living with Charles and Gemima Spradlin Jones in Floyd Co, Kentucky. He will remain with them until about 1855 when Charles sells his Floyd Co. farm ( that became Magoffin Co in 1860).AroundAugust 1853Wiley returned to Whitley County to marry Dilly Rose whose grandfather, William Riley Rose, lived near Wiley's brother-in-law Paul C Jones. They did return to Floyd County where Wiley is identified in the 1854 Tax List. In the 1860 census Charles is enumerated with his wife and nephew (identified as his son) in Magoffin County. A few weeks later widow Gemima is found living with Wiley and his family.
If Wiley is Charles' adopted son, as other sources suggest, it would make sense that he did not stay with Charles even though Charles was relatively wealthy. Unless legally adopted by Charles, Wiley would not have been a legal heir to Charle's estate. When we reflect on Wiley's children's namesakes, there were no Charles or Jesse's; there were, however: Presley (paternal grandfather and brother) , Gemima (adoptive mother) and John (brother). Of interest are the James (Dilly's brother?), Riley, Andrew and George named children.
By the 1850 census there were 2 Jones families living in Eastern Whitley aka South America region: William Gilbert Jones (b 1810) whose mother Sarah "Sallie" was sister to Stephan Jones of Harlan County Kentucky; and Jesse's known sons: Presley, Wiley and Paul.
Those connections are so compelling it may be easily argued that Jesse and John are the undocumented children of Jesse C. JonesNamesakes may give us furter clues:
Paul Carrington Jones Jr boys who lived into adulthood, were named Wiley, Preston and William.
Wiley's boyswere named James (maternal uncle?) , John ( a brother?) , Riley,Wiley, Speedwell, Presley (a brother?) , Andy and George.
Presley Jone's boys who lived to adultoodwere named Granville and William,
Jesse Carrington's boys were called: Sylvester, William, Steven
John Jones boys were names: George (maternal brother?), Rylie, Robert "Wiley". and Frank. George's grandson was named John C(Carrington?)
Of the brothers Paul and Wiley,haddaughters named Malinda (maternal grandmother).
Because cesnsus records of 1830 and 1840 wouldn't name the Jesse Jones boys out-right, we can only speculate where and with whom they grew up.Sons names may give a clue as to who took then in.
Paul Carrington Jones Jr named a son William. Possibly the William Gibson Jones family?
Wiley Jones was raised by Charles Jones. Neither he nor any of Charles' children named any of their boys after Charles. Wiley did name a daughter after his adoptive mother, Jemima.
Presley Jones named a son William. Again, possibly the William Gibson Jones family?
Jesse Carrington's boys were called William and Steven Possibly William Gibson Jones or Stephan Jones of Harlan Co?
John Jones is more curious. It is possible he was separated from his brothers and sent to live with aRiley Unknown? Who is the Riley namesake?
The Jones family's habit of intermarriage embraced the Rose and Powers families. Wiley and Presley Jones married sisters: Dilly and Zephra Rose dauhters of Benjamin Rose. George's Father and Paul C Jones married Powers sisters: Eliizabeth "Betty" and Sarah "Sallie" respectively.
Benjamin Merit Rose (1793-1890) of Pendleton, NC married Mary Polly Powers (1815-? parents unknown) of Cumberland Gap, KY. their daugher, Zepra Rose (1822-1910) married a Pressly Jones. AnotherPressly Jones married a Matilda Rose.Henry Rose (1809-?) married Mary "Polly" Powers (1815-?)
George's father John Jones' first recorded document was from 1845 when he obtained a marriage licensein Campbell Co., Tennessee. Wiley also obtained a license in Tennessee, even though he, like John, married in Kentucky. On George's daughter Emaline's 1874 birth record he stated he was born in Bell County and Elizabeth was born in Whitley County. It is possible that the John Jones family lived in Bell County between 1845 and the 1850 census where we find the family in Whitley County. Interestingly, according to George's 1884 marriage license to Elizabeth Epling Polley, His father, John was born in Harlan County. (Possibly a clue as to where he grew up- possibly with the Stephan Jones family?It is also possible William Gibson Jones' mother, Sallie Jones may have married Jesse C Jones Sr. The William G Jones descendants have said they are related to the Brush Creek Jones'-Wiley Jones)
By1851 Jesse JonesSr's children were buying land in and close to what was then called the South America region of Eastern Whitley County.
On May 8, 1851 Paul purchased land about 6 miles west north west of South America on Seng and Poplar Creek near his and John'sfather-in-law George Powers. It is unknown why he did this in the name Carrington Jones.
By the 1850 census John and Sarah live in South America near Pearl.
Presley buys land within 10 miles of John and Sarah on Log Mountain.
In the 1860 census there were only four Jones families living in South America, Whitley Co Kentucky. They were William Gibson Jones (b 1810), Presley, John and Jesse. Wiley lives within 30 miles in Knox County.
There were many Jones kin also inSouth America:Jesse, George and Elias Powers. Rose families included: Henry, James and William Riley.
By 1860 Paul had left for Lincoln Co Kentucky, and Thomas reportedly for Missouri.