The Life and Times of William Edward Spence (1722-1785)–Part Six

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David Jones was introduced in an earlier section of this six-part article. The son of Capt. Nehemiah Jones (1718-1775), David was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in 1735. His mother’s name is unknown. She probably died in childbirth. I have no information that Nehemiah ever remarried. In all likelihood, David was raised by other family members. He may have been raised by the Spences since David Jones and William Spence were close friends. David was also well-acquainted with the Perry and Hunter families.

In 1754, David was still a resident of Pasquotank County (1), but by 1758 he had relocated to Chowan County, North Carolina (2). That portion of Chowan County would become Gates County by 1779. On August 24, 1759, David married Sarah Ellegood (1737-1790) in Northampton County, Virginia (3). The couple settled in Pasquotank, North Carolina, where they appear on various records. In 1766, David Jones appears as a Sergeant in Capt. Nehemiah Jones’s Militia Company along with William Spence (4). In 1769, David Jones appears as a resident of Pasquotank County on various tax records there (5). At this point, I haven’t determined whether he actually fought in the Revolutionary War since a number of men named David Jones from North Carolina appear on records. In 1786, David and his family returned to Gates County (6). His friend, William Spence, had died the previous year. William’s widow Judha married David Spence by Summer 1785.

The children of David and Sarah Ellegood Jones follow:

1. Pheraba Jones (1763-1838). Pheraba was born in 1763 in Pasquotank County, and she died September 14, 1838 in Bedford County, Tennessee. On December 20, 1784, she married William Pallan (1758-1818) in Granville County, North Carolina (7). They had one son: George Washington Pallan (1795-1860). I do not know whether they had additional children.
2. James Jones (1765-1796). James was born in 1765 in Pasquotank, North Carolina, and he died about 1796 in Gates County, North Carolina. James’ wife’s name is unknown. Their children were Hannah, Joseph and Mary Jones. I know nothing else about them.
3. Hezekiah Jones (1768-1827). Hezekiah was born in 1768 in Pasquotank County, and he died in 1827 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. On May 26, 1784, Hezekiah married Nancy Ann Carter in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Their children were: Abraham, David, Dempsey, Elizabeth, James, John, and Polly about whom I know nothing. Children with actual birth and death dates follow: (a) William Jones (1792-1833); (b) Jonathan Jones, born 1796; (c) Eli Jones, born 1799; (d) Jesse Jones, born 1805; James Jones, born 1807. I have no additional information.
4. David Jones (1775-1806). David was born in 1775 in Pasquotank County, and he died in 1806 in Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1790, he appears on census records for Gates County, North Carolina (8). David will return later in the Nashville, Tennessee articles.

Sarah Ellegood Jones and David Spence (Judha Perry Spence’s second husband) died about the same time in 1790. Judha Perry Spence, a widow again, left Pasquotank and went to Gates County where some of her Perry and Hunter relatives lived. She married David Jones shortly after her arrival in Gates. They had two daughters:

1. Judha Jones, born about 1791 in Gates County, North Carolina. I know nothing else about her.
2. Esther Jones, born about 1795 in Gates County, North Carolina. I know nothing else about her. In all likelihood, her mother Judha died while giving birth to her.

David Jones died in 1795 in Gates County, North Carolina apparently after his wife since he makes no mention of her in his will. An abstract of his will follows:

1795 JONES, DAVID, Hezekiah, James, David, Pheraba, Judith and Esther (9)

Thus ends the six part saga on the life and times of William Edward Spence. It took me longer posting it than previously anticipated, but I had to update my records as I worked through it. The next article will be a spin-off from this series about another Jones family connected with these people. I need to introduce them before continuing with Elisha Spence.

References

(1) North Carolina Compiled Census Records about David Jones, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(2) North Carolina Compiled Census Records about David Jones, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) Virginia Marriage Records (1700-1850). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) Three Hundred Years Along The Pasquotank: A Biographical History of Camden County (1957)
(5) North Carolina Compiled Census Records about David Jones, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) North Carolina Compiled Census Records about David Jones, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(7) North Carolina Marriage Records, 1741-2004 about Pheraba Jones. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(8) 1790 Census about David Jones. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(9) North Carolina Will Abstracts about David Jones. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

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