, 2022-05-11 21:18:12,
By LEW K. COHN, Inquirer Publisher
An online search for his roots led one United States expatriate to come to Gonzales for the first time ever last month after discovering he is the great-great-great-great grandson of empresario Green DeWitt.
George del Castillo Jones and his wife, Danette, visited with employees at the Gonzales Inquirer and the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture on Friday, April 22, and also perused historical texts at the Mary Elizabeth Tinsley Texas History Center at the Robert Lee Brothers Jr. Memorial Library.
The journey has been about “five years in the making,” del Castillo Jones said.
“I’ve been working on my genealogy for about 15 years, but it finally got back far enough to find out about the Joneses,” he said. “My mother is a Jones and she was born in Laredo, Texas, and we traced her roots back to Isham Green Jones, also known as Ice Jones, a captain with Terry’s Texas Rangers. He was the son-in-law of Green DeWitt and Sarah Seeley DeWitt. He married their daughter, Minerva.”
Performing genealogical searches through websites like Ancestry.com led del Castillo Jones to the DeWitt family, and especially, an extensive history of Green DeWitt, even prior to the start of the DeWitt Colony in Texas.
“I think he started in Kentucky, then moved to Ralls County, Missouri,” del Castillo Jones said. “He had married Sarah and they had, I think, the first three or four children in Ralls County, where he was sheriff, before he got approved for a colony here by the Mexican government, with a lot of help from Stephen F. Austin and Baron de Bastrop.”
It was in Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila y Tejas, that Green DeWitt was granted — on April 15, 1825 — a contract to bring 400 families to land…
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