Reuben Jones died 27 October 1887

Reuben Jones was born 10 May 1810 in Patrick County, Virginia.  A later marriage record names his mother as Susan Jones, but no father was named.  One tree on Ancestry has named his father as Jeremiah, another as Gabriel, and I have used the Ancestry on-line contact service to see what sources they have used to determine that Jeremiah, or Gabriel, is Reuben’s father. 

On 19 October 1829, Reuben married Judith (Judy, Juda) Moore, daughter of William Moore and Rebecca Tebur, in Patrick County.  William Moore was the suretor.  According to  In earlier times, a marriage bond was given to the court by the intended groom prior to his marriage. It affirmed that there was no moral or legal reason why the couple could not be married and it also affirmed that the groom would not change his mind. If he did, and did not marry the intended bride, he would forfeit the bond. The bondsman, or surety, was often a brother or uncle to the bride, not necessarily a parent. The bondsman could also be related to the groom, or even be a neighbor or friend, but those situations occurred less often.

The 1850 census shows the Jones family in the Northern District of Patrick County.  Neither Reuben nor Judith could read or write, and Reuben was a farmer.  They had a large family:  Isaac (b 1832), Addie Matilda (1834), Floyd (1836), Abigail (1837), Sarah (1839), Thomas Madison (1841) Peter (1844) and Robert (1845).  Peter may have died young as he was not in the 1850 census. 

Judith died some time after the 1850 census, and Reuben remarried 1 March 1859 to Elizabeth Knowles, age 37, daughter of J and Jane Knowles.  They were married in Patrick County. 

The 1860 census lists Reuben with Elizabeth, and his two youngest sons, Thomas and Robert.  He was listed as a farmer, but had no value of real estate listed, and only $75 worth of personal property.  I have no record of Elizabeth having any children with Reuben, and she died sometime before 1863. 

Reuben moved to Ashe County, North Carolina.  About 1863, Reuben married a third time, to Rebecca Greer, daughter of Elijah Greer and Sarah Hawkins.  The 1870 census lists them at the North Fork postal district of Laurel NC.  Reuben had no occupation listed, no value of property owned, and only $100 worth of personal property.  Reuben and Rebecca had seven children – Jesse (1864), Elizabeth (1865), Judith (1866), Sarah (1867), Martha Ellen (1868), Margaret (1869), and Noah (1871). 

 In 1880, the Jones family lived in Oldsfield, in Ashe County NC.   Reuben was listed as a farmer.  The children still at home were Jesse, Juda, Martha, Margaret, and Noah. 

Reuben died 27 October 1887 and is buried at the Ruben Jones Family Cemetery in Creston NC.  With at least 15 children, he and his descendants could certainly fill a family cemetery.  (Actually, Find-A-Grave lists 83 Jones cemeteries in North Carolina, but I could not find Reuben or his cemetery listed.)  Rebecca lived with her son Jesse, and was with him in the 1900 and 1910 census in Clifton NC.  I do not have a death record for her although an on-line family tree says she died in 1913.



  1. Joanne Shirley said,

    May 23, 2013 at 10:54

    Susan, I too am descended from this Reuben Jones and have been unable to determine who his father was. I am desended from a daughter Malissa who married James Conner.

  2. March 25, 2014 at 02:34

    I know that if you cross the creek at Three Tops, next to WTA’s store, and follow that road, there is a cemetery on a hillside off to the left. In s large field near some trees. My father took us there in the late 90s. I cannot remember who in the family is there.

  3. Bobby Dean Phillips said,

    March 30, 2018 at 18:28

    I am a descendant of Reuben and Judith Jones. Their son, and my Great-Great Grandfather, Thomas Madison Jones, is buried in the Jones Cemetery like Mark Douglas Jones said.We must be related Mark!
    My Grandmother Lenna Roark, My Mother Mildred (Roark) Phillips, and my Father Rev. Eugene Phillips is buried there as well.

    • sooze471 said,

      March 30, 2018 at 19:44

      Thanks for taking the time to read and respond. My husband is also a descendant of TMJ – and I would like to visit that cemetery some time. All those family members neatly collected in one location!

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