Was Jones’ Old Field Jones’?

by Lisa Y. Henderson

Jones v. Ridley, 4 NC 280 (1816).

A dispute over land ownership in Granville County.  Vinkler Jones produced a grant for the land from Earl Granville to Joseph Davenport, dated 1756, and several deeds thereafter.  He also produced to prove actual possession of the land over a period of time.  “[S]ome time after the expiration of Jones’s possession, a free man of color, by the name of Henry Smith, lived on the land” for two years with Jones’ permission. Some time after that, another free man of color, Hardy Artis, lived there.  “It appeared that an old field on the land had been for many years called Jones’s Old Field.”  Judgment for defendant.