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James Athearn Jones

Massachusetts & New York

--novelist, poet, and folklorist

We find in the American National Biography bio that Jones "read for and practiced law in New York City (by 1822), and also found time to teach school and do some journalistic work (to 1827). A piece indicative of his legal erudition is 'A Digest of All the Criminal Cases, Which Have Been Decided in the Supreme Circuit, and District Courts of the United States, and in the Supreme Courts of the Several States, with a Few Decisions of the Court of Sessions for New York City.' This work was appended to A Digested Index of the Crown Law . . . by Harold Nuttall Tomplines (1823)."

For a biographical sketch of James Athearn Jones, see Rich. L. Pease, Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society: 1853-1855 (New England Historica Genealogical Society, 1908)(vol.2).


James Athearn Jones, Bonaparte; The Storm at Sea; Madaline and Other Poems (New York: Haly and Thomas, 1820) [online text]


James Athearn Jones, Hardenbrass and Haverill; or, The Secret of the Castle, a Novel (London: Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1817)

________________, Conidan: Or, The St. Kildians, a Moral Tale (London: Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1817)

________________, Reft Rob, or, The Witch of Scot-Muir, Commonly Called Madge the Snoover: A Scottish Tale (London: Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1817)

________________, The History of Julius Fitz-John (London: Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1818)

________________, The Refugee: A Romance (New York: Wilder & Campbell, 1825)(2 vols.) [vol.1: online text]

________________, A Letter to an English Gentleman on the Libels and Calumnies on America by British Writers and Reviewers (Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826)

________________, Tales of an Indian Camp (London: Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1829)

________________, Traditions of the North American Indians (London: H. Colburn & R. Bentlye, 1830)(Rev. ed., 1830)(3 vols.) [vol.2: online text] (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Litetature House, 1970)

________________, Haverhill: Or, Memoirs of an Officer in the Army of Wolfe (New York: J. & J. Harper, 1831)(2 vols.) [vol.2: online text] (London: T. & W. Boone, 1831)

________________, Biographical Memoir of Ichabod Norton of Edgartown, Mass (Boston: Coleridge and Wiley, Printers, 1848) [online text]

Biographical Profile

John Theodore Flanagan, A Pioneer in Indian Folklore, James Athearn Jones, 12 (3) New England Quarterly ___ (1939)

Katharine Amanda Conley, James Athearn Jones (1791-1854): A Critical Biography, M.A. thesis (University of Maine, 1939)