Category Archives: Jones

Before there was the Salem witch hysteria there was….

IMG_4905And yes, these are our great grandparents.

Well, John is. He’s our 13th great grandfather. We are descended from John’s son John Carrington, JR.  and his first wife, Mary.  Joan Carrington is our 13th great grand stepmother. They were hanged 6 April 1651.


John Jr.’s daughter Hannah Carrington is the mother of Joshua Holcomb. Joshua is the father of Capt. Hezekiah Holcomb. Capt. is the father of Timothy Holcomb. Timothy is the father of Matilda Holcomb. Matilda is the mother of Jacob Gumm.  Jacob is the father of Jacob Gumm, Jr.  Jr. is the father of Lydia Gumm. Lydia Gumm is the mother of Ailsey Jones. Ailsey is the mother of Elijah Jones Armstrong. Elijah is the father of our great grandfather Ryal Armstrong.

When Lydia Gumm was widowed she married Shadrack Skaggs. Shaddrack was the son of Henry Longhunter Skaggs, our 6th great uncle, so who knows what additional relationship Lydia Gumm Jones Skaggs is to us.

Why have we never heard any witch stories?


The Salem witch trial were held  between February 1692 and May 1693. Connecticutt witch trials started in the mid-1600’s.  “The Witchcraft Delusion in Connecticut 1647-1697”, John M. Taylor lists thirty-five cases between 1647 and 1697, as well as two more in the 18th Century, of which a total of eleven resulted in executions.


Royal Armstrong – Aisley Jones

Royal Armstrong

(pronounced Ryal)

Born: 11 Jun 1797 White County, TN

Relocated with his parents: Menard County, IL

Died: 1847 Jasper County, MO

Father: Robert Armstrong

Mother: Nancy Greene [dau. of George W. Greene and Nancy Justice]

Married: 1828 to Aisley Jones [dau. of John Jones and Lydia Gumm]


Bowling Green Armstrong b: 1827 m#1: 1859 Martha Armstrong

Children: William, Frances Mary, Anna, May, Elijah

m#2: 1874 Sarah Ann Lee

Children: Margaret Maud Maltby

John b: 1829

Eliza b: 1831 m: Isaac Miles Watkins

Children: Mary Emaline, John Armstrong Watkins, William H. Aisley, Royal P.

Emeline b: 1833

Nancy Ann b: 1836

Robert L. b: 25 Dec. 1838 m: Lucinda Jenkins

Children: Silas Samuel, Eliza Edith, Anne E., Robert Royal, Mary Margaret, John Spivey, Thomas Hugh

Elijah Jones b: 18 July 1841 Our ancestor

Mary J. b: 1844 m: 1861 Nelson Russell Watkins

Children: Jay, Laura, Corvilla, Robert Lytke, Ell Linvell, Alia Jane, May

All the children with the exception of Elijah Jones and Mary J. were born in Menard County, IL. Royal and Aisley moved to Japser County, MO where Elijah was born. Royal died and Aisley brought the family back to Menard County.

Elijah Jones Armstrong – Susannah Watkins

Elijah Jones Armstrong

Born: 18 Jul. 1841          in Jasper County, MO

Died: 22 Sept, 1923       buried: Concord Cemetery, Menard County, IL

Occupation: Farmer

Father: Royal (pronounced Ryal) Armstrong

Mother: Ailsey Jones  [dau. of John Jones and Lydia Gumm]


M #1   20 Sept. 1860 Menard County, IL

Susannah Watkins [dau. of Samuel Watkins and Sophia Kirby]

Children: Matilda died in infancy, Samuel H., Mary died in infancy, Ryal Asbery, John D., Catherine R., George Kirby, James Senter, William C.


M#2  c.1910

Widow Frances Hudspeth (Fruits)


Here is a charming account of Great-Great Granpop
The full text of the book Past and Present of Menard County, Illinois is available as a free Google book.

For a similar post on Samuel Watkins This is a collateral line to ours. The essay packs a lot of information.