Jones - talk about the needle in the haystack. I won't go into the origins of the name, heck it confuses me at times, but this site Jones Genealogy has lots of great info on the origins of the name and a good article on Jones Patronymics.
So if I'm not giving the history why did I pick the name, well, because I still get nervous jumping into my Jones research. The number of Jones' is daunting to look at, add on all the common names like John, Sam, George, well you get the drift.
This post is to A) admit my nervousness B) pledge to conquer my fears and jump deeper in. This feels a bit easier now with another new found distant cousin who is also looking into the Jones line. With all these new distant cousins collaborating together, we just may uncover a few more secrets and have a few extra shoulders to lean on when the brick walls seem too high. So here goes:
My Jones' men
George Washington Jones (g-grandfather) 1890-1962 born in Alabama
Andrew Belson Jones (gg-grandfather) 1862-1936 born in Alabama
Belson Jones (ggg-grandfather) 1822-1894 born in SC
Benjamin Jones Jr. (gggg-grandfather) 1795-1870 (still verifying)
Benjamin Jones (ggggg-father) 1763-1846 (still verifying)
Andrew and Belson each fathered over 10 children, so the amount of distant cousins out there is, well, a lot (I've never been known for my math skills).
So, for all the other Jones researchers out there (I know your are out there) know this: you aren't alone, and neither am I with my new found cousins. So feel free to say hi, we can share stories and yell at our Jones' together ;)