The family of JONES, of Moneyglass, County Antrim, claim descent from the ancient Welsh family of JONES, of Ystrad, Carmarthenshire, of the line of the ancient princes of the Cambrai.
MORRES JONES (grandson of Morres Jones, of Ystrad, in the reign of CHARLES II), married Anne, daughter of Captain William Dobbin, of Duneane House, Toome, by Sarah his wife, sister of "French John" O'Neill, of Shane's Castle, and first cousin of Jane, wife of Arthur Dawson, of Castledawson, to whom Mr O'Neill granted, as a portion with his niece, a lease in perpetuity of the lands of Moneyglass.
Mr Jones died in 1765, leaving issue (with two daughters, Mary and Anne), an only son,
THOMAS MORRES JONES ("Bumper Squire Jones" of Carolan's Muse), who wedded, in 1740, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Cope, of Loughgall, County Armagh, MP for Armagh.
Squire Jones died in 1769, and was succeeded by his son,
ROBERT MORRES JONES, who died unmarried in 1775, and was succeeded by his next brother,
THOMAS MORRES JONES (1746-1818), of Ivybrook, who wedded, in 1770, Letitia Hamilton, of Glerawly, County Fermanagh, and had issue, four sons and eight daughters, viz.
William Morres, dsp;Mr Jones was succeeded by his third son,
Thomas Morres Hamilton, dsp;
KENDRICK MORRES, his heir;
Elizabeth; Mary; Ann; Britannia; Emma; Letitia; Harriet; Helen.
KENDRICK MORRES JONES (1785-1830), who assumed his maternal name of HAMILTON.
He espoused, in 1818, Mabella, daughter of Major Charles Hill, of Bellaghy Castle, County Londonderry, and had issue,
THOMAS MORRES, his heir;Mr Hamilton-Jones was succeeded by his eldest son,
John Charles Hill;
THOMAS MORRES HAMILTON-JONES JP DL (1821-81), of Moneyglass House, County Antrim, and Jonesborough, County Armagh, and The Cottage, County Fermanagh, High Sheriff of counties Armagh, Antrim, Down, and Fermanagh.
Mr Hamilton-Jones married, in 1859, Sara Ellen, only daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Day, East India Company, and had issue,
KENDRICK JOHN CHARLES, his heir;Mr Hamilton-Jones was succeeded by his eldest son,
ARTHUR HENRY MORRES;
Mary Lizzie Mabella; Emmeline Hawtry Sara; Adeline Ida Sara (twin).
KENDRICK JOHN CHARLES HAMILTON-JONES JP (1860-87), of Moneyglass House, Jonesborough House, Flurrybridge, and The Cottage, Belcoo, County Fermanagh, Captain, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, who married, in 1882, Hannah, daughter of P McErlain, of Toome, and had issue, two daughters,
MARY SARA LOUISA (1883-99);Mr Hamilton-Jones was succeeded by his younger daughter,
EMMELINE ANNIE MABELLA.
|Photo credit: FRIVILOUS KATE|
MONEYGLASS HOUSE, near Toomebridge, County Antrim, was a fine mid-19th century Italianate house of two storeys over a basement.
It was in the style of Sir Charles Lanyon, with round-headed windows on either side of the entrance porch and elsewhere on the facade.
The central section of the entrance front consisted of five bays, with two bays projecting boldly on each side.
The porch was similar to a three-arched Italianate loggia, with Tuscan columns surmounted by latticed balustrading.
The end piers of the porch had rock-faced rustication around the windows on either side and elsewhere.
The roof was singularly low-pitched, almost concealed.
Ca 1850, Moneyglass House was re-designed, complete with two new gate lodges.
First published in January, 2013.