Catesby ap Roger Jones
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BIRTH: 15 APR 1821, Frederick Co.,Virginia,(Now Clarke Co.),"Fairfield"
DEATH: 21 JUN 1877, Selma,Alabama
BURIAL: 1877, ,Selma,Alabama
Father: Roger JONES
Mother: Mary Ann Mason PAGE
Family 1: Gertrude Thomas TARTT
MARRIAGE: 23 MAR 1865, Selma,Alabama
- Roger ap_Catesby JONES
- Catesby ap_Catesby JONES
- Tartt ap_Catesby JONES
- Gertrude Letitia JONES
- Mary Page JONES
- Mattie Moran JONES
As a lieutenant he was the executive and ordinance officer on the first
Confederate Ironclad, "The Virginia," fomerly the U.S.S. steam
frigate, "Merrimac." She was engaged in a spirited battle off
the mouth of the James River, first, against the "Cumerland"
and the "Congress," lying at anchor. Later, while engaged with
the "Minnesota," Flag Officer Franklin Buchanan was wounded and
Catesby took over command. The fighting continued against the ironclad,
"Monitor," who retreated into shallow water where the "Virginia"
could not pursue her on account of the ship's greater draft.
This was the first naval battle between ironclad ships, and it changed
naval warfare forever. There are a number of descendants living in Selma,
He was shot down on the streets of Selma, Alabama, June 29th, 1877,
by a man whose child had had a fight with one of his children (Catesby)
when Captain Jones was wholly unexpecting and unprepared for such a catastrophe.
---Jones (1891), p. 78.
See W.S. Mabry's book, A
Brief Sketch of the Career of Captain Catesby ap Roger Jones, published
privately in Selma, Alabama, 1912.
- His career (detailed time line)
- As a US Navy Officer, he sailed around the world several times and
served on the Old Ironsides (USS Constitution).
- He served in the Depot of Charts under Matthew Fontaine Maury and helped
chart the eastern Gulf Coast.
- He worked on ordnance at the Navy Yard in Washington DC with Dahlgren
to develop the Dahlgren gun.
- As a Confederate State Navy officer, he was the Executive officer of
the C.S.S. Virginia
(formerly U.S.S. Merrimack) and was in command of the ironclad
when it fought the U.S.S. Monitor.
- He was in command of the Naval Works at Charlotte, NC.
- He was Chief of Ordnance Works at Selma, AL.
- His personal journal
covers the years from 1836 (age 15) to 1845 when he was at sea most of
Navy record of Catesby ap Roger Jones
From entry at Library of Virginia Digital
Catesby ap Roger Jones's uniform is on display in Columbus, GA. The
(burned-out) hull of the C.S.S. Chattahoochee,
commanded by Jones is there. Also has the hull of the C.S.S. Jackson,
an Ironclad. Another ironclad, C.S.S. Neuse is preserved at Kingston,
NC. The Cairo, and Ironclad riverboat, is at Vicksburg National
- Southern Historical
A Correction, by Catesby ap Roger Jones"
- George Washington Gift's papers
are held by the Southern Historical Collections at University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill. These include letters from aboard the Chatahoochee
and talk about life on board and refer to Catesby ap Roger Jones. There
are also two letters from Jones.
- The Navy Department Library has a list of officers
who resigned in the early days of the Civil War.
Last modified: May 6, 1998Mabry