Friday, May 18, 2012

CJ(11): New Land at Deoges Run 1677

The turmoil surrounding the Indian attacks of 1676, Bacon's Rebellion 1676, governor Berkley's responses, and Charles II attempts at making things right, left the frontier in confusion.  Getting to the front porch [of the frontier] was an important step in future trade opportunities, and control of the water ways of commerce. Cadwallader (JO-1) was active in this respect recording a patent of 14,114 acres 29 December 1677!  This was one of the largest patents to date, and must have been due in part due to the family connection of Colonel Herbert Jeffreys.(JE-2) [The lead commissioner appointed by Charles II to help straighten things out in this rebellious colony.]  The Jeffreys' and Jones' family go way back to north Wales some 200 years before.

This patent is recorded in Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol. II, p. 191.  It reads:

"Lieut. Col. Cad. Jones & Mr. David Jones, 14,114 acs. Staff.Co., upon both sides of Accotynk & Pohick Rivers, upon Mr. Normansell's land; 29 Dec. 1677, p. 663. Beg. in a valley about 4 mi. from the Doeges Run on SW side; by an Indian Path; to br. of Occaquon, &c. Trans. of 282 pers:..."

How about that.  Even before the dust is settled in this frontier settlement, Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) and David Jones (JO-2) make a new mark on the trade lanes to come.  This document contains a boat load of information regarding Cadwallader Jones (JO-1).  Much, much, more to come!

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