THOMAS plus JONES
- I wrote a lengthy explanation of what happened to the Thomas and William
Jones reservations in the October 2009 edition of THE JACKSON COUNTY
CHRONICLES. The brief version for both reservations:
In 1820, William D. Gaines (white) purchased the Thomas Jones
reservation for $300.00. Thomas Jones and family went on a visit to
relatives in South Alabama where he got sick and died. William D.
Gaines later sold this 640 acres to his son-in-law, William M. King, and
the area came to be known as King's Cove.
William Jones sold his reservation to William James Price (white) in
1819 and also moved south.
Therefore, I suspect if your Thomas ancestor married a Jones in the area
around Bridgeport, AL, she would not have been a Cherokee, UNLESS she
married here before 1820. There was a very prominent Jones family who
settled the town of Bridgeport. The head of the family was Charles
Smithson Jones. In fact, Bridgeport was originally called Jonesville
until the railroad was built in this area in the early 1850s.
Ann B. Chambless