The famous pirate of Thomas Jones.

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Who was Thomas Jones?



Major Thomas Jones was not always a pirate as many pirates of the time. He first joined the Irish and fought for James the 2nd against the British King William the 3rd during the Battle of Boyne in 1690.

Thomas Jones offered his services to the crown of King of William and received a Letter of Marques. This gave him the right to plunder as long as it was done to enemies of England, mainly the French. This was often the reason that many pirates began. One country would give sailors permission to attack and plunder other ships that were enemies so to speak.

In 1692, Thomas Jones was in Jamaica. Over the next four years, nothing much is heard about Thomas Jones, however, in 1696 he is found in what is known today as Massapequa, on Long Island. Here he purchased a large estate, which included a long stretch along the coast. Jones inlet and Jones Beach are both named for him.

There were many rumors all centered on the wealth that Jones had in his possession, but no one really cared and accepted him as part of the rich residents. He was in good graces with the crown and one of his sons was appointed Official Counsel of the Colony of New York. As far as anyone knew Jones made his fortune in the shipping industry but not too many mentioned piracy.


Thomas Jones.

 The famous pirate of Thomas Jones.

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