". . . . in the first place I resign myself up in the hands of my maker and in the next place I provide for the distribution of the property which it has pleased God to bless me with in the second place I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann my whole plantation with all its appertainances  to assist her in raising of a support for herself and my beloved children that is with her.  I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann my present crop of grain of every kind to support on till she can make.  I also will and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind and I also will and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann my sorrell roan horse and . . . six cows and calves and all my stock hogs and stock of sheep with what bacon I have on hand all to assist her in supporting herself and my beloved children that is with her.  I also give and bequeath unto my wife my little stock of bees and all my working tools.  I also will and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann one small negro girl named Anny the balance of my negroes it is my will that they be sold.  Also I wish the balance of my horses stock and cattle sold also my waggon and part of the harness leaving two pair of gears to my beloved wife Ann.  It is also my will that the Cole tract of land joining my home track be sold to the highest bidder when the perishable property is sold but allowing my son Elias Jones to have it the present year without paying any rent now.  All the above specified property I have named and willed to my beloved wife she is to have it her natural life time or enduring her widowhood.  But if she should marry at any time whatever it is my will that the land and every other species of property I have left her be sold in the usual way and the money equal divided amongst all my children giving to all alike.  The names of children Clarinda, Joshua, Nancy, Elias, Harriett, Charity, Sophronia, William, and Nelly.  I also will and bequeath to my son Joshua R. Jones all that tract of land he now lives on, also thirty acres at North end of the tract of land John Harkins now lives on, beginning on a stone James Melton's corner and runs with Reeves line and with line of tract he the said Joshua R. Jones now lives on an equal distance on each line and so far as will make thirty acres of land, this land the said Jones is to have at two-hundred and fifty dollars in the way of his share in my estate, if there is more coming to the tract he is to have it, and if it is more he is to pay back to the rest of the legatees whatever will be right so that all will have an equal portion as the item in the will above states.  And also I appoint my beloved son Joshua R. Jones my lawful executor to attend to all my business that I leave unsettled in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal, day and date above written."

John Harkins  Juratt                                      Wm Jones
Thomas Jones  Juratt

Buncombe County 
State of North Carolina County Court 
April Term 1845
The foregoing will was duly proven in open court by the oaths of John Harkins and Thomas Jones  subscribing witnesses thereto and admitted  of record.
 N.HarrisonClerk                                                          __________________________________________

 by Iris Teta Eubank Wagner
3rd great granddaughter


William Jones wrote his will on March 1, 1845.  One month later the will was in Probate Court.   It is unknown whether William Jones took his own life, or, whether he died accidentally.  However, the Asheville newspaper reported his death as a suicide.

From The Highland Messenger :  An early Asheville newspaper ran an item on March 28, 1845, announcing William's death on March 21, 1845.



Image scanned from
Marriages & Death Notices from Extant Asheville, North Carolina, Newspapers 1840 - 1870,
by Robert M. Topkins, 1977, North Carolina Genealogical Society, Raleigh, North Carolina, p94.

William Jones was the sixth child born to 
Joshua and Elinor Medley Jones.
He was born in 1785 in Old Burke County which covered most of the high country at that time in the northwestern mountain area of North Carolina.  In the mid-to-late 1790's Joshua Jones moved his family from Burke County to the developing area around the town of Morriston, the early name given Asheville, located at the confluence of The French Broad River and the Swannanoa River.  Buncombe County was created from Burke County in 1791.


William Jones was age twenty-eight when his first child of record Clarinda was born.  He may have been married before his marriage to Clarinda's mother.  Some researchers give his wife's surname as Wolfe. This may have been the surname of a first wife.  From my research, I have found circumstantial evidence to think that Clarinda's mother was Ann Maloney.  She was born in South Carolina by record of the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses.

William and Ann were likely married about 1813.  Based on research of later census records, the children are mentioned in birth order in William's will.  Clarinda was the first born and Joshua R. Jones the second child and first born son. Joshua was born  April 17, 1815.  Clarinda's age varies within a few years on several censuses.  Unless she and Joshua were twins, she was probably born in 1814.

Elements of circumstantial evidence . . . .
In thinking the mother of William's children mentioned in the will is Ann Maloney, there are several elements to consider :

The name Clarinda for the first-born child.   William may have met and married his Ann in Clarendon, Sumter District, South Carolina.  She would have been young, thirteen when they were married.  William may have been on a drover's stock drive to Charleston, South Carolina, when they met.  Stock drives were customary yearly treks for stock farmers in  Asheville.  Ann would have come back to North Carolina with him.  My theory is that Clarinda is named for Clarendon County, South Carolina, where the family lived.  The Clarendon County border is about twenty-five miles from Charleston, South Carolina.

 1800 U.S. Census, Clarendon County, Sumter District, South Carolina

This is the 1800 U.S. Census entry for Robert Malone in Clarendon County, Sumter District, South Carolina.  There are three males under age ten, Robert is age 26 to forty-four, a wife age sixteen through twenty-five. 

Names given children are key elements in establishing circumstantial proof for an ancestor.  Early nineteenth century families were  traditional in naming  children for family members.  In this  case, I think Ann and William's first child Clarinda is named for Clarendon County, South Carolina, where they met about 1813/14, or it was Ann's home county.

1850 U.S. Census, Buncombe County, North Carolina

On this 1850 census entry, Ann gives her age as 50.  She is not listed on the 1800 census taken in August, 1800. as a female child under ten, for she was likely born in the autumn of 1800.

1850 U.S. Census, Southern Division, Buncombe County, North Carolina, page 206, Res. 141, Wm Cole 


Clarinda married William Cole, whose family owned an adjacent farm to the  William Jones family.  On this census Clarinda is age thirty-six.  She and William have several children, among them are Robert M. and John M.   It was customary in the nineteenth century for a mother to name several, or at least one child,  for her surname, therefore honoring the maternal line in the family.

1860 U.S. Census, Sulphur Springs Township, Buncombe County, North Carolina


Isaac Garman's first wife was Elizabeth Wolfe, daughter of Gottlieb Wolfe, whose family had settled early in the Moravian settlement in the piedmont of North Carolina.  Isaac and Elizabeth married in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.  Ann's age is given as sixty-four here.  Sophronia or Ellen may have given her age wrongly, or she had wanted to be closer to the age of her husband.  Isaac and Ann married in Buncombe County on August 23, 1851, Cert. #25.   (Lillian Ledbetter Stumpp, Marriages of Buncombe County, North Carolina - 1851- 1899, Published 1990.)

 1870 U.S. Census, Sulphur Springs Twnshp., Buncombe County, North Carolina


On the 1870 census (above), Isaac is eighty-eight and living with Ann's son Joshua R. Jones and his family in the Sulphur Springs Township in west Asheville.  Ann died before this census was taken.

 Joshua R. Jones married Isaac's daughter, Laura Marinthia Garman.  J
oshua R. and Laura Jones named their first-born child  Marcus Maloney Jones - Marcus for Laura's brother M.D.L. Garman, who died during the Civil War.  And referencing the circumstatial elements  above, I think Maloney for the surname of grandmother Ann Maloney.

The name Maloney follows through another generation - Marcus Maloney Jones named a son Robert Maloney Jones, who lived in Greenville, South Carolina.  The surname Maloney continues into the 5th generation with Arthur Govan's son Oscar Maloney Jones, information by a granddaughter of Oscar.

As William Jones left his estate as a legacy to his wife Ann during her widowhood, at her marriage to Isaac Garman she transferred property to her children.