William Jones was born
Jones’s contributions to science were almost exclusively on Algonquian language and lore, particularly on the Fox branch from which he sprang and to whose secrets his Indian connection gave him full access. In addition to the technical papers listed below, which were intended only for specialists, Jones wrote short stories about Native Americans and the American West, magazine articles, and gave lectures.
His major technical papers are: “Episodes in the Culture-Hero Myth of the Sauks and Foxes” (Journal of American Folk-Lore, October-December, 1901); “Some Principles of Algonquian Word-Formation” (American Anthropologist, n.s. Vol. VI, no. 3, Supplement, 1904), his doctor’s thesis; “The Algonkin Manitou” (Journal of American Folk-Lore, July-September 1905); “Central Algonquin” (Annual Archaeological Report, Ottawa, Canada, 1905); “An Algonquin Syllabary” (Boas Anniversary Volume, 1906); “Mortuary Observances and the Adoption Rites of the Algonkin Foxes of Iowa” (Congrès International des Américanistes, Quebec, 1906, 1907); “Fox Texts” (Publications of the American Ethnological Society, Vol. I, 1907); “Notes on the Fox Indians” (Journal of American Folk-Lore, April-June 1911); Algonquian (Fox), an Illustrative Sketch (Bulletin 40, Pt. I, Bureau of American Ethnology, 1911).
In an article appearing in the January-March 1909 edition of the American Anthropologist, Jones’s Fox Text is praised as being “the first considerable body of Algonquian lore published in accurate and reliable form in the native tongue, with translation rendering faithfully the style and contents of the original . . . these texts are probably among the best North American texts that have ever been published.”
 Dictionary of American Biography, p. 205-206 and Anthropologic Miscellanea, p.137-139