Robert Jones was born in 1779 in Longhope where he worked as a butcher. On 9 August 1823, at the age of 44, he was sentenced to be death commuted to transportation for life for the theft of one steer and two heifers owned by Thomas Nelmes. After a spell on a hulk, he was transferred to the Countess of Harcourt which set sail for New South Wales on 23 March 1824 arriving on 12 July 1824.
Jones married Elizabeth Smith on 24 June 1831. He was given a ticket of leave on 23 March 1833, a certificate of freedom on 10 April 1829 and a conditional pardon on 1 August 1839 and 16 January 1850. Robert Jones died on 28 Sept 1852 in Parramatta, New South Wales.