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cordingly Thomas ap John became Thomas Johnhis, w T hich, like
the previous form, had the effect of showing the relation of father
and son, and in the course of time the form w T as changed to
Thomas John, or Johnes, and then to Jones.

The family coat-of-arms is of early origin and has been
traced to that of Jones or Johns of Gothkenan, County of Denby,
Wales, which years ago was quartered with that of one of the
Welsh kings. This descended through Kichard Jones of London,
whose sons settled in Virginia during the early days of the colony
and took an important part in the building of that great State.
Kichard Jones had married Lady Jeffries of the Manor of Ley,
and had left London to settle in Devonshire, England, at the time
of the migration to America. Cadwallader, the eldest son heir
to the lordship and the manor, sold his inheritance to Sir Robert
Knights, an alderman of London, by a deed, dated at Rappa-
hannock City, 1681. By this means he severed all that bound him
to the old country, and entered with enthusiasm and energy into
the affairs of the western world.

Besides the Cadwallader Jones branch of the familv, one

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other and contemporary line was established among the early
settlers of Virginia. Robert Jones of Wales, boatswain on a
British man-of-war which made its appearance at the entrance
to Chesapeake Bay, during a brief stay ashore, made the acquaint-
ance of a charming Virginia lass, and the time for parting came
all too soon. The orders for sailing had arrived, and Robert
found that the Royal Navy no longer had its attractions, even for
so gallant a sailor as he. With heavy heart he made his way
aboard ship, yet with a hope that some way would be opened for
a return to the lass o' his heart. Courage is not always confined


to the battle line, which was proven iu this case, for as his ship
swung away from its anchorage and started on its long journey
to far-off lauds, Robert braved the condemnation of his superiors
and the penalties of desertion, and leaped overboard. He swam
ashore, and, returning to Norfolk, was reunited to the young
woman of his choice. The marriage ceremony was soon per-
formed, and Robert and his wife settled near the city, where
they established one of Virginia's earliest homes.

The United States census of 1790 reveals a large representa-
tion of this Welsh family, one of the first among all the Welsh
people to adopt a surname. All of the original States had their
respective shares of the men of that name, but Virginia and North
Carolina had the largest representations. Mecklenburg Count}',
Virginia, in which the father of Moses Street Jones passed his
childhood, has been the home of numerous members of the family
whose services have been recognized with high honors by their
fellow citizens.

Richard Jones, already mentioned as the father of one of the
earliest settlers of the State, had patented fifteen hundred acres
in Prince George County, and his son, Major Peter Jones, in 1676
was in command of fifty-seven men from Elizabeth City, War-

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wick, and James City Counties, part of a force that had under-
taken the task of checking the activities of Indians on the fron-
tier. A grandson, Captain Peter Jones, was a commander in the
Prince George County Militia, and in the next generation Major
Peter Jones was honored by the fact that Petersburg, Virginia,
was named for him. The son of the second Major Peter Jones,
Colonel John Jones, was a member of the Virginia House of Bur-
gesses before the Revolution, representing Brunswick County,
and in 1779-80, held membership in the Virginia Senate represent-
ing the Counties of Brunswick, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg, and
was elected speaker of that body. In the Revolutionary War he
was prominent as a leader of the militia in an attack on Colonel

The son of Colonel John Jones was one of the youngest of the
soldiers in the Revolution, for, although he was not born until
March 30, 1764, he joined General Green's command, and was in
the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780, the Battle of
Cowpens, January 17, 1781, and Guilford Court House, March 15,
1781. Thus father and son were fighting for the same cause, help-
ing to establish the independence of their country.

Another incident in the early history of the Jones family in
America which has its romantic interest is that of the adoption
of the name by John Paul Jones, immortal naval hero of the
Revolution. The grandson of Robert who won a bride by swim-
ming ashore from a warship at Norfolk, was Robin Jones, who
moved to North Carolina as agent or attorney for John Carteret,


Earl of Granville, one of the Lords Proprietors. When the char-
ters were surrendered, Lord Granville made an agreement by
which he was to retain large rights in North Carolina, and
through his influence, Robin, who had been educated in England,
was appointed Attorney-General for the Crown of North Caro-
lina. He was also a member of the Assembly in 1754-5, and was
the author of a bill to establish the Supreme and County Courts.
He was rated as the largest land proprietor on the Roanoke.
His sons, Allen and Willie, were educated at Eton College under
the charge of Lord Granville, and later acquired large estates on
the Roanoke, where they were for many years prominent planters.
John Paul, as a young sailor, became acquainted with them, and
was a frequent visitor at their homes. His admiration of their
exceptional qualities caused him to adopt their name, and thus
he became John Paul Jones. The prediction he made at that
time, that if he lived he would make them proud of his name, has
been borne out by the events of history. It was through letters
from these two brothers to Joseph Hewes, Congressman from
North Carolina, that the young sea-fighter obtained his com-
mission in the United States Navy.

Allen and Willie Jones were both delegates to the various
congresses held in North Carolina for the purpose of demanding
the rights of the colonies, and they participated in the first con-
gress ever held in the State, without royal authority. The two
brothers were on a committee, which reported a resolution under
which North Carolina was the first of the colonies to move in its
congress for independence from British rule, and the right to
form a constitution and laws for the colony. At that time a mili-
tary body was organized and Allen Jones was made brigadier
general for Halifax district, and Willie Jones was chairman of
the committee of safety of the entire colony, which in effect
brought him into the position of acting governor when Governor
Martin fled.

In the more northern colonies, the name of Jones became
equally prominent, through the coming to American shores of
men from Great Britain who cast their lot with the Pilgrims.
Benjamin Jones from South Wales settled in Connecticut, about
the middle of the seventeenth century. Up to less than one hun-
dred years ago his descendants were located in only the States
of Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, but during the past
century they have spread into twenty-three States. The son of
this original settler was the first to establish a home at Somers,

The descendants of this New England family were prominent
in the settlement of certain sections of Pennsylvania, and took
an active part in the Revolutionary War, while at the same time



contributing their share to the formation and growth of the
colony in which their domicile was first established.

The father of Moses Street Jones was also Moses Jones, who
spent his earliest days in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, but was
left an orphan when very young. The mother of the elder Moses
Jones was of the Comer family of Virginia. The family was
highly esteemed and the young orphan did not want for friends
who were eager to assist him when the sad bereavement left him
to fight the battle of life without parental guidance. One of the
kindest of these early friends was a relative named Street, in
Person Countv, North Carolina, who furnished a home for the

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young man, giving him a start in life, w r hich enabled him in after
years to turn over to his son a farming property as the foundation
for a rural establishment which has become a model in the com-

Appreciation of the kindness of the man who had befriended
him caused the elder Jones to name his son Moses Street. The
latter, born March 2, 1834, at Woodsdale, received a thorough
public school education, which prepared him to take his place in
Person County, w r here he has since devoted his attention to the
care of his property and the building of a substantial home.

When war was declared between the States Moses Street
Jones entered the ranks with the other patriots who fought for
the "lost cause," and gave the best of his vigorous manhood for
the upholding of the Confederacy. He was a soldier in Com-
pany K of the 12th North Carolina Regiment, under General


At the close of the struggle, Mr. Jones returned to the old
home to meet the new problems and the trying experience of the
war's aftermath. Few of those who resumed their accustomed
occupations in North Carolina failed to meet with adverse con-
ditions, but Mr. Jones was young, and the difficulties soon began
to loom less darkly. Energy and optimism were his most potent
inheritance, and the results, long since shown in his material
advancement, furnish a tribute to his native ability.

He was past forty years old when, in 1880, he decided to
share his home with one who would add to it its brightness, and
Miss Bettie King, a neighbor in Person County, was his choice.
She was eight years his junior, and among their host of friends,
far and near, the match was regarded as an ideal one. Her death
a few T years later brought profound sorrow into his life.

Mr. Jones was married a second time, in 1894, to Addle
Jones, of Brunswick County, Virginia, and after her death, to
Ida Jones, w r hose parents w y ere Benjamin and Rebecca Jones.
The death of his third wife has served to intensify the great at-
tachment that exists between this still vigorous veteran of one
of the world's greatest wars, and his daughter, Addie Garnett,


who became the wife of Claude Tip Hall after completing her
education at Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Miss Bettie King was descended from an ancient and honor-
able family. The Kings were among the most prominent of the
early settlers of America and were represented in all the original
colonies. The family is found in early English history and was
entitled to bear arms. The surname King appears in English
records as early as the twelfth century. In the "Catalogue of
Ancient Deeds/ 7 published by the British Government in 1695,
there were records of many deeds in the twelfth and thirteenth
centuries in which Kings were grantors or grantees. The name
has been spelled Kynge, Kyng, Kinge and King. Burke in his ex-
haustive research in heraldry, has found records of thirty-eight
King and fifteen Kinge coats-of-arms, although many of the fami-
lies bearing them are related. The name appears in old records
in Devonshire, London and the counties of Northampton, Dorset,
Sussex, Cornwall, Suffolk and Essex. Sir John King of Hunting-
donshire was given by Queen Elizabeth in 1559 the lease of the
Abbey Boyle, as a reward for military services. The family has
produced statesmen, soldiers, admirals, Arctic travelers, scien-
tists, authors, dramatists, composers and bishops. Many are re-
corded on the rolls of the Revolution in this country, including
several members of the Cumberland County troops who were de-
scended from early settlers in Maryland. The word "king" has
always been applied in English history to chiefs of tribes or clans.
One tradition which has almost the force of verified historic fact
is that the early family sprang from a line of West Saxon kings.
In any event it is certain that they have been leaders of men for
many centuries.

Mr. Jones' mother was Joanna Boltin Springfield, a descend-
ant of an old world family which took its name from one of the
ancient communities of Great Britain.

Moses Street Jones throughout his life of constant advance-
ment in productive work has not neglected those interests which
bring men into contact with their fellow citizens in such a way
that their personal influence may be exerted with marked effect.
While he has not held public office, he belongs to the Democratic
party. As a member of the Missionary Baptist Church he has
been devoted to the advancement of its interests.


THE life of George Willis Pack, financier, philanthropist,
scholar, gentleman, illustrates the personification of
Saint John's conception of the true Christian as expressed
in his terse definition : "We shall know that we have
passed from death unto life because we love the brethren." And
as George Willis Pack had kindness and sympathy for every one,
the great lesson of his life is the gracious fruitfulness of unselfish
striving for impersonal aims ; for seldom has any one been more
universallv beloved bv his fellow townsmen and intimate asso-

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Endowed with an unusually generous disposition, he was
always willing to work for civic progress and his residence in his
adopted home, Asheville, North Carolina, was a blessing and a
benediction. When his active career came to a close in South-
ampton, New York, August 31, 1906, the citizens of Asheville
were among the many loving friends who mourned the passiv_
of a great spirit. While the last sad rites were being observed in
Cleveland, a public memorial service was conducted in the Ashe-
ville Court House as an expression of the esteem in which he was
held and of the grief of his fellow townsmen ; bells were tolled, all
business suspended and street cars stopped for several minutes.

It was fitting that the citizens of Asheville should pay every
mark of respect to George Willis Pack, the friend who had lived
among them and had dispensed so generously the fortune which,
by wisdom and energy, he had acquired. He had moved in 1882
from Cleveland, Ohio, to Asheville, and in a wise and liberal way
had contributed to the civic, social, and intellectual life of the
city. His numerous gifts to his adopted city are significant of
this broad-visioned, generous-hearted man.

He perceived the need of a new Court House, and gave Bun-
combe County an ample and suitable lot on condition that the
old site be left for the recreations of the public. He was instru-
mental in contributing nearly all the funds in the erection of a
monument to that distinguished and beloved son of the Old North
State, Zebulon B. Vance, Confederate General and Senator. He
gave to the Asheville Free Library a commodious building, and
by his wise foresight, the offices in the upper stories furnished a
fund for the maintenance of the building and for the purchase
each year of new books. He donated two small public parks to





the city, choosing especially sheltered sites suitable for the many
invalid visitors.

Profoundly in sympathy with the ambitions of youth, he fur-
nished the means for the education of many worthy boys. So
modest was he that although ten years have passed since his
soul "drifted out into the Great Beyond" his nearest relatives
are constantly learning of unsuspected beautiful deeds of his
loving service to humanity. His fame is secure, for it rests on
the foundation laid by Him who went about doing good.

It is interesting to study the inherited potentialities of a
great and good man, and in George Willis Pack the working of
the law of heredity is well illustrated. He came of a long line of
virile, sturdy, courageous and industrious men in whom were
bred a mighty resourcefulness and self-reliance. Genealogists
give the family of Pack as being originally of the County of

Various branches of the family attained to considerable
honor in England and Ireland, where one branch is found both
in the civil and military service; but not one of them ever ren-
dered greater service than did those of the name who cast their
lots in the New World, and have for two hundred and fifty years
being doing their full share toward the making of a mighty

George Pack, Senior, the progenitor of the family to which
the subject of this sketch belongs, came to New Jersey a few
years after Charles II had wrested that region from the Dutch.
He was one of the founders of Elizabethtown, New Jersey. His
great-grandson George Pack married Philotte Greene, cousin of
Major-General Nathaniel Greene of the Revolutionary War, and
this latter George Pack was the grandfather of George Willis
Pack. All of the other immigrants of the name were residents
of the colonies of Massachusetts, Plymouth or Rhode Island, who
came in several companies, between 1621 and 1663. Of these
emigrant ancestors were Samuel Gorton and John Greene, who
were among the actual founders of Rhode Island, Reverend John
Lathrop, the historic minister of the Plymouth Colony, and the
progenitors of the oldest Allen, Anthony, Potter, Russell and
Slocum families in America.

George Pack, the father of George Willis Pack, married
Maria Lathrop, a lineal descendant of the Reverend John Lathrop
above mentioned and a daughter of Abram Lathrop, who came
from Connecticut and settled near Chittenango, New York, when
that district was almost a wilderness. Of this union there were
fourteen children, George Willis Pack being the eldest son. He
was born in the township of Fenner, Madison County, New York,
June 6, 1831.

He received a common school education at Peterboro, New


York. He caine under the tuition of < Jen-el t Smith in the Pres-
byterian Sunday School at this place, and this strong, noble char-
acter, made a powerful and lasting impression upon his youthful
mind. At the age of seventeen he, with his father, removed to
Sa i lilac County, Michigan. His father, George Pack, was one of
those resolute men who braved the dangers and endured the hard-
ships of clearing up the wilderness and making it blossom into
1'ertile fields. He was a pioneer lumberman, too, operating saw
mills and inventing machinery. It was no easy task to penetrate
the unbroken forests of Michigan, but it was the task attempted
by George Pack in 1848. As George Willis Pack was the eldest
son of this large family, upon him devolved the duty of assisting
in the making of the new home in the wilderness of heavily-tim-
bered laud. As soon as he attained his majority he spent several
years exploring the forest region near his home. As these forests
belonged mostly to the Federal and State governments, he
located and purchased land for many people. In this work,
which involved long stays in the heart of the woods, he gained
valuable knowledge of forestry, and laid broad foundations for
his life work.

In 1854 Mr. Pack launched out for himself in a small wav,

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in the lumber business. As a successful lumberman, he was later
a member of the firm of Carrington, Pack and Co., which existed
at Sand Beach, Michigan, for nine years; of Pack, Jenks and
Company, which existed at Rock Falls, Michigan, for eleven
years; of Woods and Company, which existed at Port Crescent.
Michigan, for eight years; of Albert Pack and Company, which
existed at Alpena, Michigan, for ten years ; and of Woods, Perry
and Company, which existed at Cleveland, Ohio, for twenty-three
years. He was also President of Pack, Woods and Company, of
Michigan, first a firm and afterwards a corporation; and senior
partner of Pack, Gray and Company, which firm existed over
thirty years. In all of his long business experiences he was the.
leading factor among his associates.

In political life Mr. Pack adhered to the Republican party.
His religious affiliations were with the Presbyterian Church.

He was a member of the Union Club and the Country Club
of Cleveland, of the Asheville Club, and the Swannanoa Hunt
Club, of Asheville.

He was married on June 28, 1854, at Detroit, Michigan, to
Frances Brewster Farman, born March 20, 1836, at Sackett's
Harbor, Jeft'erson County, New York, daughter of Samuel Ward
Farman and Harriet Pack. Of this marriage there are three
children :

Charles Lathrop Pack of Lakewood, New Jersey, President
of the National Conservation Congress, 1913. He married Alice
G. Hatch and their children are: Randolph Greene Pack, who


married Georgia Fuller; Arthur Newton Pack, aucl Beulah
Frances Pack.

Mary Pack, who married Amos Bush McNairy. Children,
Gladys McNairy, who married Philip Trumbull White, and Eliza-
beth McNairy, who married Frank Adair Monroe, Junior.

Beulah Brewster Pack, who married Philip Ashton Kollins.

In literary matters Mr. Pack's taste ran to French and Eng-
lish classics. He traveled abroad extensively and was a man of
wide cultivation. His greatest pleasure was classic music. In
his later years while spending the winters in New York he rarely
missed a symphony concert. He was intensely interested in re-
foresting the lands. His son, Charles L. Pack, Forester, is con-
tinuing the work laid out by the far-seeing father.

No one can look at the portrait of George W. Pack without
being impressed with both the strength and goodness of the face.
Along with the power written upon it, and even overshadowing
the expression of power is the benevolence which is apparent in
every line. In his life he bore out the promise of his features,
and no man of his generation labored more faithfully to be a
good and useful citizen. He was rated as one of America's suc-
cessful men, and this was true in every sense, for successful in
business he was yet more successful in those things out of which
alone can be built the foundation upon which this nation must
rest if it is to endure.

Some one in writing of Mr. Pack made the statement that
notable as were his achievements in business he was yet more
notable for what he was in the personal sense. This is a true
summing up of the character of a man who lived worthily and


WITH the Presbyterian families arriving in the Carolinas
from the North of Ireland there came C. J. Malone and
his Irish wife, who landed at Charleston in 1768 or 1770,
and settled on Fair Forest Creek, a branch of the Tyger,
in Union County. Twenty years later their sons Jeremiah and
Daniel were themselves the heads of families, the former with his
wife and four minor sons residing in Salisbury District, in the
area then embraced within the boundaries of Rowan County.
Daniel, with three minor sons in a family of seven, was living in
the Ninety-six District of Union County, South Carolina. Their
third son was Jonas and it is among his descendants that the
subject of this sketch is found. Jonas Malone married Lucy
Dumas, daughter of a numerous Huguenot family who were large
slave holders and among the most extensive planters of the
Carolinas at the end of the eighteenth century. In the year 1790,
a Jonas Dumas was a member of the Huguenot settlement in
Orangeburgh, South Carolina, his family then consisting of four
males and nine slaves. As indicated by his Christian appella-
tion, there may have been a relationship between himself and
the Jonas Malone who married Lucy Dumas.

Orangeburgh District was known to the French congregation
as the "Orange Quarter." On the "Liste des Norns des Fran-
caises qui se recuille en 1'Eglize du Cartie d' Orange" appears
this entry: "Jean Avnant, natif de Nisme, fils de Jean Avnant
et de Sibelle Dumas, et son femme Marie Soyer natif de Dieppe
en Normandie." In the meager lists of Huguenot settlers of
South Carolina to be found to-day, this is the sole occurrence of
the name of Dumas. Yet from this slender record is gleaned the
fact that there was a family of Dumas in the ancient Gallic town
which furnished a member, in the person of John Avnant, son of
John and Sybille (Dumas) Avnant, to the early church on
French Quarter Creek. The settlers of Orange Quarter arrived in
the Carolinas in 1680 on board the "Richmond" ship-of-war. The
very ancient town of Msme or Mines was an important Huguenot
center and the scene of much oppression during the religious up-
risings. Under the Romans, Mmes was one of the most impor-
tant of the cities of Gaul, and no town in France has so many
fine Roman remains.

It is apparent that male members of the Dumas family came,

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