“The Kind-eyed Chief”
He was born April 24, 1790 to Major Catesby and Lettice Turbeville Jones at Hickory Hill in Westmoreland County, Virginia. (The ‘ap’ in his name is a Welch prefix noting he is ‘Thomas, the son of Catesby Jones.’) Jones came to the Islands and elevated the image of America.
He protested the agreement His Britannic Majesty's Consul-General, Captain Richard Charlton declared the islanders to be mere tenants at will, subjects of Great Britain. He “secured for himself among the people the designation of ‘the kind-eyed chief’ - a compliment falling on the ear of many of different classes”.