It is generally accepted historical opinion that Petersburg, Virginia was named for the first Peter Jonesor one of his namesakes, and yet the identity of his parents, the place of his birth, and the dates of his birth and death are not known with certainty. Yet, his accomplishments and those of his heirs are written all over the region. He appears in the public record in 1655 attesting to an agreement signed by his future father-in-law and business partner, Abraham Wood. Jones married Wood’s daughter, Margaret, and they had five children, Abraham, Peter, Richard, William and Mary.