Description: Jones genealogy: being a record of the descendants of Hugh Jones of Salem, Mass., emigrant from Wincanton, England, 1635-1931; by Myrtle Bowen Clark, St. Johnsbury, Vt., Cowles Press, 1931.
(and some of his descendants)
(Tompkins, Snow, Russell, Trefery, Annice, Boys, Keith, Gilson, Bowen, Clark).
This family is descended from an ancient Welch line.
Being of patronymic derivation, it came into use as a family surname during the fifteenth century. Over fifty colonists bearing the name, progenitors of families, settled in New England before 1700; most of whom came from England, of Wales descent, settling in Massachusetts. They were very serious-minded and religious people, with whom life was a strenuous business.
When Hugh Jones settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1650, that place was on the frontier, exposed to Indian raids and forays, and was not safe for a great many years. Over two hundred years our family was, in a measure, on the frontier, and doing the work of frontiersmen and pioneers.