Copyright notice

This article is from the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, 6 volumes, edited by William S. Powell. Copyright ©1979-1996 by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher.

Printer-friendly page

Jones, Roland

by Linda Angle Miller, 1988

18 Nov. 1813–5 Feb. 1869

Roland Jones, attorney, congressman, and judge, was born in Salisbury, the son of Drucilla Brown and Samuel Jones. Samuel Jones was a man of some prominence in Rowan County. Besides having considerable landholdings, he operated an inn in Salisbury known as the Farmer's Hotel and served in the General Assembly (1819–20) and as county sheriff (1823).

Young Jones attended private schools in Rowan County and taught at the Wilkesboro Academy (1830–35). After graduation from the Cambridge (Mass.) Law School in 1838, he was admitted to the bar and began a practice in Brandon, Miss,; he also was editor of the Brandon Republican (1838–40). In 1840 Jones moved to Shreveport, La., where he continued to practice law. He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1844–48) and as district judge of Caddo Parish (1851–52). From March 1853 to March 1855 he served as a Democrat in the Thirty-third Congress but declined renomination in 1854 in order to resume his law practice. In 1860 he was again elected district judge, a position he held until 1868.

In 1844 Jones married Ann Neville Stokes, the daughter of North Carolina Governor Montfort Stokes, and the couple had six children: Montfort Stokes (m. Florence Burkett), Katherine Boylan (m. James B. Pickett), Mary Alice, Anne (m. Charles J. Randall), Roland, and Esmeralda Mathews. Jones died in Shreveport and was buried in Oakland Cemetery.


Biog. Dir. Am. Cong. (1971).

James S. Brawley, The Rowan Story (1953) and materials provided by Brawley.

James K. Greer, Louisiana Politics, 1845–1861 (1930).

"Jones File" (McCubbins Collection, Rowan Public Library, Salisbury).

Lilla McLure and J. Ed Howe, History of Shreveport and Shreveport Builders (1937).

Dunbar Rowland, ed., Encyclopedia of Mississippi History, vol. 2 (1907).

Jethro Rumple, History of Rowan County (1881).

Wilkes County Marriage Bonds (North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh).

Additional Resources:

"Jones, Roland, (1813 - 1869)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Washington, D.C.: The Congress. (accessed May 28, 2014).

"Death of Hon. Roland Jones." The Old North State. March 5, 1869. 2. (accessed May 28, 2014).

[It is with pleasure we are able to announce...]. Carolina Watchman. December 5, 1850. (accessed May 28, 2014).

"Wilkesboro' Academy." (advertisment). Western Carolinian. April 18, 1835. 4. (accessed May 28, 2014).

Origin - location: