Name and Place
Emsley Jones moved to the Illinois territory in 1804 and settled at the Irish Settlement near the town of Rockwood. He moved in from across the Mississippi river from Ste. Genevieve.
In a quarrel with a man named Reed, living in the same neighborhood in the Mississippi bottom, he killed Reed. For this murder he was hung in the commons, south of Kaskaskia. His execution was witnessed by a great concourse of people. This was the second hanging to take place in the county.
Combined History of Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties, Illinois, page 70