James Bentley JONES

Name of Patriot: James Bentley Jones
NSSAR Patriot # P-226208

Submitted by: Michael Wayne Barrett

James Bentley Jones was born in Charles Co., Maryland, in 1762, son of Samuel & Esther Jones.

In Oct. 1780, James was living in Colchester, Fairfax Co., Virginia, and he enlisted as a volunteer private soldier in the Revolutionary War under Capt. West & Col. John Hoe.

He served with and knew Gen. Washington. He served through several tours for 28 months total, and was honorably discharged in 1783. (Rev. War Pension #S*W5008)

After their marriage in May, 1791, James and Sarah settled in Hampshire Co., (W.) Virginia, where their first three children were born. They resided near Henry Franks. About 1796-1800, James and his family moved to Monongalia Co., (W.) Virginia.

James Jones and family are listed on the 1810 and 1820 Monongalia County, (W.) Virginia, censuses

James Jones and family are listed on the 1830 Tyler Co., (W.) Virginia, census. They lived on Long Run of Arnolds Creek.

On July 23, 1831, James Jones of Tyler Co., (W.) Virginia, purchased an undivided half of 200 acres from Zachariah & Eliza Dotson of Harrison Co., (W.) Virginia, for $30; The survey to be taken off the North end- on the waters of Arnolds Creek, a branch of Middle Island Creek. (Tyler Co. Deed Bk 4, pg 240) (His son, Samuel Jones, bought the South End of this land in August 1831 (Tyler Co. Deed Bk 4, pg 237)

About 1838, James and Sarah moved to Wood Co., (W.) Virginia. James had a land grant in Wood Co., W. Va., in 1838 for 150 acres. (Sims Land Grant Index; refers to Wood County Deed book 2, pg 149)

On June 28, 1839, James Jones Sr. and his wife, Sarah, sold their property in Tyler Co., (W.) Virginia, to their son, Thomas S. Jones, for $75. (Tyler Co. Deed Bk 7, pg 317)
James Jones (age 70-80) and his wife (age 60-70) are listed on the 1840 Wood Co., (W.) Virginia, census living alone. After a few years, they were in Ritchie Co., (W.) Virginia, where they spent the remainder of their lives. (Note: Ritchie County formed 1843 from Wood County)

James Jones (age 87, B-Va.) and his wife, Sarah (age 73, B-Va.), are listed on the 1850 Ritchie County, (Western District), (W.) Virginia, census with their son, Jesse I. Jones. # 501-501 (enumerated 09/09/1850)

James Bentley Jones died near Pennsboro, Ritchie Co., (W.) Virginia, on November 10, 1850, and he is buried in the Old Richards Survey Cemetery near Pennsboro, Ritchie Co., W. Va., near his wife. There is a Revolutionary War headstone marker at his grave.