- Apparently Hugh came to New England as an apprentice to Robert Gutch and soon after was in the employ of Robert Gardner in Salem.
On Nov. 18, 1661, he received from the township of Salem a homestead grant of about 3 acres near the brook that ran down to the mill. He sold this land on Apr. 22, 1673, and on Apr. 13, 1674, bough 5 acres in the “North Neck.”
Hugh had 8 children by his first wife, then married her cousin and had 7 more!
It is unknown how Hugh Jones died but he must have come to a mysterious end. “During the Salem witchcraft trials in 1692, Elizabeth Booth deposed that the uneasy ghosts of four murdered persons appeared to her; and that ‘the spectre of Hugh Jones assured that Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor killed him because he had a poght of cyder of her which he had not paid her for.’”
Founder of a town?????
Savages says: HUGH, Salem, m. 26 June 1660, Hannah, eldest d. of John Tompkins, had Hannah, b. 9 Feb. foll. d. next yr.; Sarah, wh. d. 12 Oct. 1662; Sarah, again, 30 Apr. 1663, d. soon; Elizabeth 2 Oct. 1664; Mary, 30 Jan. 1666; John, 4 Aug. 1667; Deborah, 10 Mar. 1670; Samuel, 30 Apr. 1672; and his w. d. 10 May foll. On 31 Dec. foll. he m. Mary Foster, and had Rebecca, 15 Oct. 1673; Abigail, 7 Jan. 1675; Hannah, again, 17 May 1677; Rachel, 17 Apr. 1679; Sarah, 10 July 1681; and Lydia, 20 Feb. 1685. When he d. is not kn. but it was bef. 30 June 1692, for that day Elizabeth Booth sw. on the trial for witchcr. of Elizabeth Procter, that the spectre of Jones assur. the witness that Mrs. P. k. him, "because he had a pot of cider of her, wh. he had not paid for." Such were the nonsense stories, that the Ct. allow. to be giv. to the jury. Essex Inst. II. 198.
Note that some sources were published that give Hugh Jones royal ancestors, however, in Gary Boyd Roberts 2006 version of his Royal Descents, he states that that ancestry has been disproved.. [1, 2, 4]
- “descended from an ancient Welsh line”
- to Salem, Essex Co., Mass.