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Rice Jones

September 28, 1781
December 7, 1808
Home Town:
Brecon, Wales
Later Residences:
Philadelphia, PA
Vincennes, Northwest Territory
Kaskaskia, Illinois Territory
Biographical Notes:
Rice Jones was the eldest child of John Rice Jones and his first wife Eliza Powell Jones. He was born at Brecon, Wales on September 28, 1781. In 1784, Jones traveled with his parents to Philadelphia to make arrangements to bring the entire family to America. A few years later, the family moved to Vincennes, then located in the Northwest Territory (in the present day state of Indiana).

As a young man Jones attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He then studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, but soon after beginning the practice of medicine formed a dislike for the profession and decided to pursue the study of law. He began his legal studies at the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut, and after completing his studies moved to the town of Kaskaski ...
Additional Notes:
The historical record on the Bond-Jones duel and the circumstances surrounding Rice Jones's death are varied. Early written histories suggest that Jones accidentally fired his gun at the time of the duel, thus allowing for the peaceful resolution of the duel without Bond taking his shot at Jones. These histories hold that Bond's second, Dr. James Dunlap, was insistent that Jones had purposefully fired his weapon and that Bond should have been allowed to take a shot at Jones. These theories claim that the incident led to ill feelings between the two men and Dr. Dunlap murdered Rice Jones in Kaskaskia, avoiding trial by fleeing the territory before a trial could take place and abandoning his wife and son.

New research suggests that these early histories may be biased by political leanings ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended both Transylvania College and then earned a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Reynolds, John. The Pioneer History of Illinois, Containing the Discovery, in 1673, and the History of the Country to the Year Eighteen Hundred Eighteen When the States Government was Originated. Belleville: N.A. Randall, 1852.

Mason, Edward G., Ed. Early Chicago and Illinois. Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, 1890.

History of Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties, Illinois. Philadelphia: J.L. McDonough & Co., 1883.

Jones, Burt W.A. "Rice Jones, A Brief Memoir to the Last Representative of Randolph County in the Indiana Territory General Assembly, and the Victim of a Historical Tragedy of Early Illinois." Chicago Historical Society Collections 4 (1890), pp. 274-278.

Ostewig, Kinnie A. "Life of Shadrach Bond." Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society ...

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