The Life and Letters of John Paul Jones - Vol. 2

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APPENDIX C
TESTIMONY OF DESCENDANTS OF WILLIE AND ALLEN JONES REGARDING PAUL JONES'S ADOPTION OF THEIR NAME

The most direct as well as the most authoritative witness in regard to the association of John Paul with Willie Jones is Colonel Cadwallader Jones, of Rockhill, South Carolina, who has left in the genealogical record of his family, written and published in 1899, the statement that the illustrious Paul Jones adopted his name from his great-uncle, Willie Jones, in token of his gratitude for the many benefactions received at his hands. Cadwallader Jones lived until he was ninety, in the full possession of his faculties, and at the request of his family prepared this record, in which he put down the facts known to him in regard to his distinguished ancestors.

Mrs. Willie Jones long survived her husband, and resided at "The Grove" until her death. Cadwallader Jones as a child spent long months with his great-aunt, who repeatedly told him the story of how the famous Paul Jones had been befriended by her husband and had been received in their home. Besides the authoritative and direct testimony of Colonel Cadwallader Jones there are many corroborative statements from other lineal descendants of the family, as well as credibly reported confirmations from contemporaries. Miss A. J. Robertson, a great-granddaughter of Allen Jones, contributed an article to The American Monthly Magazine of November, 1899, not only stating the traditional fact of Jones's adoption of their name, but adding the interesting account of a conversation which took place in Washington, in the year 1848, between Mr. Loudon, nephew of Paul Jones, and the wife of Honorable

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