Randal  Jones

Portrait of Randal  Jones Headstone Photograph

Captain Randal Jones
Born in Georgia Aug. 19, 1786
Died in Houston, Tex. June 1, 1873

His Wife
Mary Andrus
Born in Louisiana Dec. 6, 1808
Died at Richmond Tex. Apr. 17, 1871

Their Daughter
Martha Beale
Born January 6, 1831
Died June 12, 1857

Erected by the State of Texas

Captain of a Company of the
Mississippi Militia in the War
of 1812. First Came to Texas in 1814.
In 1818 he was Brigade Major
of Long's Expedition
returned to Louisiana and
next came to Texas in 1822 with
Stephen F. Austin
fought in the battle of
Velasco in 1832
and was a delegate to the
Consultation in 1835
Full Name: Randal  Jones
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 2 (C2)
Row:U  Number:10
Reason for Eligibility: Veteran, War of 1812; Delegate, Consultation of 1835; Veteran, Republic of Texas 
Birth Date: Sepember 19, 1786 
Died: June 1, 1873 
Burial Date: Reinterred in 1934 
JONES, RANDAL (1786-1873). Randal Jones, early Texas soldier and public official, was born in Columbus, Georgia, on August 19, 1786. He moved to Wilkinson County, Mississippi, in 1810, became a captain in the United States volunteers in 1812, and took part in the "Canoe Fight" with Creek Indians on the Alabama River in 1813. In 1814 or 1815 he moved to Texas, opened a store at Nacogdoches as an Indian trader, and had some dealings with Jean Laffite. In 1820 he joined the Long expedition and conducted Jane Wilkinson Long from Louisiana to Texas to join her husband. Driven from Texas by the failure of the expedition, Jones and his brother, James W. Jones, returned to Texas in January 1821; they built a house for Mrs. Long on San Jacinto Bay in 1822 and later escorted her to San Antonio.

In June 1824 Randal Jones wrote to Stephen F. Austin proposing legislation to require registration of marks and brands and prevention of prairie fires and to forbid the killing of deer and mustangs. As one of Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, Jones received title to a league and a labor of land now in Wharton and Fort Bend counties on July 15, 1824; he settled on Jones Creek two miles above the site of present Richmond. He was captain of the Texas militia organized to quell trouble with the Karankawa Indians and was in command at the battle of Jones Creek in September 1824. He married Polly Andrews on October 12, 1824; they had nine children.

In December 1830 Jones was elected regidor of Austin Municipality. On October 11, 1835, he was at army headquarters at Gonzales and was appointed by Austin to appraise horses and equipment for the army. He represented Fort Bend County at the Consultation in November 1835, was a member of the General Council, and served on the first petit jury impaneled in Fort Bend County in February 1838. Jones became blind and moved to Houston shortly before his death, which occurred in June 1873. He was buried on his land in Fort Bend County and reinterred at the State Cemetery in 1934.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Eugene C. Barker, "General Austin's Order Book for the Campaign of 1835," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 11 (July 1907). Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924-28). Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828-1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21-24 (January 1918-October 1920). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). J. H. Kuykendall, "Reminiscences of Early Texans," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 6-7 (January, April, July 1903). Harold Schoen, comp., Monuments Erected by the State of Texas to Commemorate the Centenary of Texas Independence (Austin: Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, 1938). Andrew Jackson Sowell, History of Fort Bend County (Houston: Coyle, 1904; rpt, Richmond, Texas: Fort Bend County Historical Museum, 1974). Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.

"JONES, RANDAL." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Mon Feb 17 10:48:29 US/Central 2003].
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