Dorothy Jones, Sister of Nancy Phipps

William Jones was a Revolutionary War soldier whose wife was Dorothy. The Revolutionary War pension application file of William Jones and his widow Dorothy Jones (Virginia service, number R.5698) contains some genealogical information regarding this family.

The folder for this file contains the following notation:

“b. about 1760 in Henrico Co. Va. & enl. [enlisted] from there
d. Jan. 1, 1835 in Yancy Co. N. C.”

One affidavit notes that “one of his brothers Maj. Jones represented Grason [Grayson] county Virginia in the Legislature for several years . . . ”

Another affidavit contains the following notation on the back:

A county clerk’s certificate of death reads as follows:

“State of No. Carolina
Yancey County

“I David McCanles, Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for said County do certify that it appears of Record in my office from Satisfactory evidence produced before said Court that William Jones of said County died on the first day of January in the year one thousand Eight hundred & Thirty five [1 Jan 1835] and that Dorothy Jones his Widow died on the Twenty Eight [sic] day of July in year one Thousand Eight hundred & fifty four [28 Jul 1854] in testimony where of I have here unto set my hand affixed the seal of my office at office [sic] on this 22” day of February, 1855

“[signed] David McCanles Clerk of Yancey County Court”

Another affidavit includes a very interesting account of Nancy Phipps’s remembrances of her sister Dorothy’s courtship and marriage to William Jones:

“State of North Carolina
Yancy County } SS

“On this 15 day of August in the year one thousand eight hundred and fiftyfive [sic; 1855], personally appeared before me Jno. Hensley the undersigned one of the acting justices of the Peace in and for said county and state, Nancy Phipps, aged sevntysevn [sic; 77] years, a resident of said county, who being first duly sworn according to Law says on oath that she was born and partly raised in the county of Wythe and state of Virginia and that when she was about ten years old she became acquainted with a man by the name of William Jones, who about that time began to court her sister Dorothy, who was about ten years older than herself. – that her father and mother were both opposed to the marriage and finally endervored [sic; endeavored], by prohibiting said William Jones from coming about the house, to prevent it, but they continued their courting secretly, and were, that summer she thinks in the month of July in the year seventeen hundred hundred and eighty Eight [1788] in said county of Wythe, state of Virginia, married at her father’s house.

“Deponent further avers that there were two circumstances the recollection of which very much aids her memory in calling to mind these facts and dates: First a short time before the said marriage, her sister Dorothy was engaged weaving in a small house in the field some distance from the main dwelling, and that this witness had occasion to go out there, where she found said Jones and her sister both crying. Her mother came in and after some short words, said Jones told this witness’ mother that they [page break] must not oppose it, for he intended to marry Dorothy, her daughter, and shortly afterwards left the house, That soon after this, the parents became reconciled to the match, and Jones and her sister were married, but that the difficulty above mentioned made quite an impression upon her mind.

“She further states, that soon after this marriage, – before said Jones and her sister had gone to housekeeping, the father and mother of this witness went to North carolina to see their relatives, and Jones and his wife Dorothy were left to keep house and mind the children, – that said Jones was fiddling, and one day, while he was sitting in the door, playing his fiddle, a severe thunder-storm came up, and struck a tree in the yard, and that Jones stopped for a moment, and remarked that that was a damned hard clap, and then very unconcernedly played on again, and that being very much frightened by the storm, the unusual (to her) profanity of Jones, and the absence of her parents from home for some time, and there being a record of her own age, and knowing that she was ten years of age when her sister was married, all which occurrences taken together enables her to recollect all things connected therewith, as well as or better, than many things that have taken place l[?] since. And these things being frequently talked of by the family, still keeps it fresh in her memory. She further states that it was always her understanding and she thinks it was believed by the community both here and in Virginia, that said William Jones was a revolutionary soldier, and that she has heard him tell of being in the service in Virginia and [page break] in North carolina; and as well as her recolection [sic] serves her, he always said he enlisted for the term of three years and served out his time.

“Deponent further states that said Jones was a brick and stone mason, and was a man of truth. That many years ago, this witness and her relatives moved to this section of N. Carolina to which William Jones and his wife above mentioned also moved, and settled in Buncombe county now Yancy where they both died, leaving Alfred Jones and other living children. She further avers that she has no interest in the final issue of this matter, nor ever expects to be benefitted in the least by its allowance.

“[signed] Nancey her X mark Phipps (seal)
[witnessed; signed] Jno. Hensley JP [Justice of the Peace]

“Sworn to and subscribed before me, Jno. Hensley on the day and year first above written, and I do certify that Nancy Phillips is a woman of good character a member of good standing [(word missing?)] the Baptist church, and that theose who know her put implicit confidence in her statements.

“I further certify that from her general appearance, I have no doubt of her being of the age above stated in this is [sic[] affidavit which was read to her before signing the same.

“I further certify that I am in no wise concerned in the prosecution of this claim, nor have any interest in it, of any kind; In testimony whereof, I have set my hand

“[signed] Jno. Hensley J.P. [Justice of the Peace]”

Other documents in this large file concern the Jones family, his parentage, and his relationship to the Shepard family.

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