by Clorene Jones Lawson and Christine Jones Dunst
William Jones was born June 19, 1764, the son of Hezekiah and Mary Ann Sowell Jones, in Amherst County, Virginia. On Nov. 27, 1785, he married Nancy Wren, the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Jenkins Wren. Nancy was born March 1, 1767. In August of 1787, William paid a store bill in New Glasgow (now Clifford), Virginia, probably in preparation for a move to North Carolina. Eight years later, he is mentioned in Kentucky Records. The Wren family also moved to Kentucky in the early 1800's. It is possible that several of the relatives moved as a group.
In 1796 William bought 260 acres of land for $155 on the south side of the Green River in Green County, Ky. Earlier, he had bought 2 lots in Greensburg, which he later sold. William was a carpenter, as were several of his sons and later his grandsons. In 1801, he was involved in a lawsuit brought by a Nathaniel Owens. William also made whiskey, and on Dec. 26, 1807, he was killed in a fight at his still. His youngest child was not born until over two months later.
An inventory of William's personal property in April 1808 lists among other items: 4 cows and 2 calves, 1 yoke oxen, 1 mare and colt, 1 horse, 2 sows and pigs, 304 ft. of walnut plank, 100 ft. poplar, sundry carpenter tools, 1 loom, 1 set warping spools, 1 flax wheel, 2 cotton wheels, 7 pair knitting needles, 18 lbs picked cotton, 17 books, 1 gun, 3 feather beds, and other household goods. The total value was estimated at $409.60.
Several of the Jones children eventually moved to Barren County. Sometime before June 1, 1844, William's widow, Nancy, married Richard Morrow, and they were living in Warren County, as her son, John, wrote her at that time saying he was teaching school in Barren County and that he had married Polly Young two weeks earlier. John also mentioned that his grandmother, Elizabeth Jenkins Wren, was living in the neighborhood where he taught with her son Isaac Wren.
The children of William and Nancy Wren Jones were: