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Jonathan Jones and Bathshaba

Hannah Jones and George Kelsey

Bathshaba Kelsey-Jones-Hail and Josira Wallace

Lucilla Margaret Wallace and Wilkerson Bell Freeman

George Romulus Freeman and Susanna Carpenter

Aretus Erastus Freeman and Minnie Elsie Morey

Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

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Jonathan and Bathshaba Jones

Primary information sources: Samuel Kelso/Kelsey 1720-1796, by Dr. and Mrs. Mavis Parrott Kelsey, Sr. (Houston,1984), and Early Records of Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church, compiled by Brent H. Holcomb and Elmer O. Parker (Greenville, SC, 1980).

Jonathan Jones - d. 1804, Chester Co., SC. He held land in Chester District, SC in 1790 and was granted 331 acres in Chester District in Feb. 1791 (see deed wording following). Listed in the visitation list of the Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church on Jan. 16, 1775, together with children Zuley and John. Neither child is included in later records, and the known children of Jonathan and Bathshaba were not listed - perhaps they were away from home, or in bed. It may be that son Jonathan was listed as John on the visitation list. Jonathan, Sr.'s will was dated Apr. 13, 1804 and probated Nov. 1804, naming his wife "Bethshabe," sons William, Jonathan and Joseph, and daughters Hannah HAIL and Mary WHITESIDE.

Bathshaba - Named Bersheba in the 1775 visitation list noted above. Her name appears as Bathsheba in a Mar. 10, 1797 deed from "Jonathan Jones & Bathsheba, his wife of Chester County to Thomas Wallace of Chester County, for Forty Pounds Sterling, 108 Acres, part of a tract of 331 acres granted Jonathan Jones by Gov of South Carolina, Feb. 7, 1791 Begin Carter's Corner, with his line, bounded on Kelsey's, John Ramseys, Cap Parker's, Mr. Lewisons; on water of Rockey Creek Encuding John Samples Improvements." Signed by Jonathan Jones and Bathsheba Jones (by her mark 'B'), witnessed by Elizabeth Jones and Mary Whiteside, and proved Sep. 24, 1800 by Elizabeth Jones. [ Chester District Deeds, Book H, page 36, No. 20.] The deed text quoted is as reported in Hight-Hite, Prindle-Pringle & Wallace Families, by Robert E. Wallace (CD #1261 from Heritage Books). It would appear that Elizabeth JONES was wife of Jonathan JONES, Jr., and he and Mary WHITESIDE were children of Jonathan JONES and Bathsheba.

Children of Jonathan and Bathshaba Jones

  1. Jonathan - b. about 1757; d. Aug. 4, 1835, Chester District, SC; bur. there in Old Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Resided in Chester District, SC in 1780, serving in Revolution under Capts. Alexander PAGAN, John MILLS, John McCLURE, William SMITH, Cols. PATTON and John THOMAS, Jr., and Gen. SUMTER. He saw action at Huck's Defeat, Orangeburg, Congaree Fort, Fishing Creek, and Blackstock's Plantation (Pension W231). Jonathan married Mar. 8, 1787, Chester District, SC Elizabeth DOWNING, daughter of John and Mary DOWNING. Elizabeth applied for a widow's pension Dec. 4, 1843 at age 78, while residing in Carroll Co., TN. Children: William; James; Mary Elizabeth married John DUNLOP, Sr.; Katharine; Elizabeth; Jennet Simpson; Sarah Carson married George MONTGOMERY; Ann; Jonathan; and John Downing.
  2. Zuley -
  3. Joseph -
  4. William -
  5. Hannah - b. 1765-1770; d. probably in McMinn Co., TN. She had a daughter by George KELSEY, and married William HALE.
  6. Mary - Married Mr. WHITESIDE.

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