I have been able to trace our Jones family as far back as 1770 when James Jones was born on Oct. 25, 1770 in Albemarle Co., VA. He married Matlaid Watson. They crossed the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, had 3 sons, then Matlaid died. James married Elizabeth White in Aadir Co., KY. She gave birth to 12 more Jones children. The family settled in southern Illinois (Johnson Co., IL). Eventually, three Jones brothers moved due west into southern Missouri (LaClede Co., MO). My husband's branch of the Jones family moved southwest to Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX.
I have never come across the name of Willis Hinton Jones in any of our Jones family research. Sorry not to have been able to connect our families. If you have more questions , or can find a connection, my new email is firstname.lastname@example.org