Although we know that Robert was the father of the Elizabeth Jones who married Charles Bellinger in Marylebone, London in 1839, we do not know if this Elizabeth was actually the sister of my husband's great-great-grandmother Catherine below, hence the caution above. We have made the connection between Robert and our Catherine because we know for certain that Catherine's children had an aunt named Elizabeth Bellinger and, for various reasons (see notes for Elizabeth Jones below), it seems more likely that this aunt was on the children's mother's side rather than the father's.
Unfortunately very little else is known about our Jones family apart from the fact that they probably came from Co. Kerry. The Jones surname in Ireland comes from settlers who came from Britain especially in the 16th and 17th centuries. The name is common throughout Ireland.
Griffith's Valuation (1847-1864) for Co. Kerry was checked to see where the highest concentration of land occupation by Jones families might have been at the time, thus giving us an idea of where in Kerry our Jones family might have originated. Sixty two plots of land rented by individuals by the name of Jones are recorded but they are spread quite widely throughout the county in the following parishes:
Listowel area: Listowel, Aghavallen, Duagh, Dysert, Finuge, Kilfeighny, Knockanure
Tralee area: Tralee, Ballincuslane, Ballymacelligott, Castleisland, O'Brennan, Ratass
Dingle area: Ballinvoher,
Killarney area: Kilcolman, Killeentierna, Killorglin
Caherciveen or Killarney area: Glanbehy
Caherciveen, Killarney or Kenmare area: Knockane
Kenmare area: Kilcrohane, Templenoe, Tuosist
Most of the above parishes are in north Kerry indicating that our Joneses may have come from the northern part of the county.