Jones County (taken from Baldwin County) was created 10 December 1807 and named for James Jones of Savannah, a young 23-year old legislator, member of the State Consitutional Convention in 1798, and a congressman. Old Clinton, the first site of the court house, was built in 1809.In 1905, the county seat was moved to Gray. The earliest county records survive. Baldwin and Bibb Counties should be searched along with Jones County records.
Jones County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Digital Images of Jones County Wills 1809 to 1835
- Jones County Marriages 1811-1850.
- Jones County Marriage Bonds 1811-1813 (digital images).
- Jones County Marriages 1811 to 1850
- Index to Jones County Bonds 1811 to 1813
- Index to Jones County Marriages 1811 to 1828
- Index to Jones County Marriages 1859 to 1866Testators: Adkerson, John Allen, Jesse Allen, William R. Allen, William W. Baldwin, Robert Ballard, John Barron, Joannah Barron, John Barron, Samuel Bedel, Abner Bell, Samuel Bourquin, Benedict Billingslea, Jacob Birdsong, Benejah Blalock, Alidia Blalock James Blount, Elizabeth Bond, Seth Boswell, Susannah Bowen, Charles Bray, Elizabeth Breedlove, Nathan Buckner, John Calhoun, John Carey, Robert Cary, Ann Carson, Elizabeth Carson, John Castleberry, Richard Chapman, William Childs, John Sr. Childs, Nathan Conner, Nancy Cook, James Cook, Samuel Cox, Jesse Cruther, Robert Davidson, William Davis, Gardiner Davis, William Dawson, Washington Dennis, Jacob Sr. Denson, James Dennis, John Dent, Samuel Dickens, Ephraim Dickson, John Driver, Giles Sr. Duckworth, Joseph Dunn, Nehemiah Edwards, Ambrose Eiland, Absalom Emerson, William Feagin, Richardson Finney, Benjamin Finnie, John Flewellin, William Flowers, John Fryer, Richard Gafford, Stephen Garrat, John Goodwin, Shadrack Gordon, Goven Grigsby, Grizzle Grigsley, Bathshiba Halstead, Jonathan Hamlin, John Hamlin, Richard Hammock, Benedict Hansford, Benjamin Harris, Edwin Harris, Joshua Sr. Harris, Richard Harrison, Joseph Hassell, William H. Hart, Warren Hawkins, Samuel Haws, C. Hester, Zackariah Hetton, Sarah Hines, John Hobson, John Hood, Elizabeth Horn, Simeon Hoskins, John Ivey, Jacob Johnson, Thomas Jones, Elizabeth Jordan, Robert Justice, Eliza King, Littleberry Kirk, John Lacey, Nancy Ledbetter, Benjamin Ledbetter, Samuel Ledbetter, Silas Long, Mary Magee, Davis Manning, Levi Martin, Elijah Mason, Gideon Mathis, Nathaniel McClendon, Joel McDaniel, Benjamin McDougall, Andrew McFarland, Dugal McFarlin, Peter McElroy, Reuben McGill, Susannah McLamore, Charles Messer, Noah Messer, Sarah Middlebrooks, Thomas Miller, George Mitchell, Robert M. Minyard, John Moore, Ebenezer Moore, Green B. Morris, Elizabeth Morris, Nathaniel Morris, Thomas Moughon, William Newberry, William Newman, Allison Oliver, Caleb Owen, Spencer Oxford, Jonathan Parramore, James Partings, Peter Person, John Pettway, Hinchia Philips, Mary Pigg, William Pitts, Aaron Rease, Ellexander Reese, Isham Sr. Reynolds, Benjamin Richardson, Sarah Rimes, Jesse Robertson, James C. Rogers, Collen Simmons, John Slatter, Solomon Smith, John Smith, John (2) Smith, John C. Smith, Samuel Spencer, Charity Stephenson, Nancy Stone, William Stubbs, James Taylor, Joseph G. Thompson, Henry Tooley, William Trammel, Daniel Trice, Elisha Trice, James Trice, John Walden, Richard Walker, George Wall, Elizabeth Ward, John Watson, Tabitha Weathers, Jenkins Wheless, Hardy Wilder, William Williams, James Williams, Joshua Willis, Joel Wimberly, Lewis Wyche, Peter Wynn.
Abstracts of Jones County Wills
Indexes to Probate Records
- Jones County Will Book E 1808-1850.
- Jones County Will Book C 1851-1856.
- Jones County Will Book D 1864-1890.
- Index to Jones County Wills, Books A, B and C 1809-1851.
- Index to Jones County Wills, Parts of Books C and D 1851-1867.
- Index to Jones County Annual Returns and Estates, Bk F, 1825-1828.
Newspapers (images of select issues)
- Lowe, John (will)
- Simmons, William (estate)
- Sommons, John (will
- The Jones Headlight
Gray's Station in Jones County
In 1886 the Covington and Macon Railroad Company began building a railroad fromm Macon to Covington. At the time, the tracks passed through land owned by Congressman James Henderson Blount and a depot was built near his house. The depot stood on the present site of 115 E. Clinton St. in Clinton Georgia. Old issues of The Jones Headlight published at Gray's Station are available to members to read. They are found under "obituaries" on Georgia Pioneers Graves of the Pioneer Families to Waystation. "In the company with several friends on sabbath afternoon last we visited the old homestead of the elder Carons, one of the pioneers of Jones County. Not much remains to mark the spot where once stood (for aught we know) a stately country mansion. Our party which had been augmented by a descedant of the red man (though this individual was far from being red) repaired to the ancient burial ground of the Carsons, Finneys and Barons. Here are uried some of the first settlers to the county. Our party wended its way back to the Station without an accident save breaking a foot log across the creek. " Signed. Leviticus. To track this cemetery down, one must search on the map for Gray's Station,where a railroad station was built two miles northeast of Clinton, Georgia. When the county seat moved to Gray the current courthouse was built in 1905. Source: The Jones Headlight Gray's Station. February 11, 1888.
"Sheriff's Sale. Georgia. Jones County. To e sold before the court house door in Clinton on the first Tuesday in March next the following property: one 8-horse power engine and Talbott make and one fifty saw cotton gin and one rubber belt. Levied on the property of Robert Lundy to satisfy a fi fa. from Jones County in favor of Talbott & Sons vs. Robert Lundy." Source: The Jones Headlight, Gray's Station, Georgia, February 4, 1888.
A Treasured Scottish Brooch
By Jeannette Holland Austin
"Judge J. W. Harkness has in his possession an old scotch brooch that has been in the possession of his wife's family for more than 200 years. It is an old style Masonic breat pin with the faint outlines of the compass and the square engraved on it but the date is worn away Mr. Hartman prizes is very highly and says he will wear it on his shirt the remainder of his days." B7 Jackson Argus. Source: The Jones Headlight, Gray's Station, Georgia, March 17, 1888.
A Champion Butter Maker
By Jeannette Holland Austin
"Mrs. J. R. Chiles is champion butter maker and housewife of this County and there can be found more substantial housekeepers in Jones County than anywhere in middle Georgia. Mrs. Chiles has made and sold more than
one hundred dollars worth of butter since the first of Octber, besides having used all the family needed at home, and divided with neighbors and friends also. She has not Jerseys either, but believes in good feeding and close attention to dairying." Source: The Jones Headlight Jones County, Georgia, January 7, 1888.
By Jeannette Holland Austin
The Jarrell or FitzJarrell home is located in northwest Jones County, southeast of Juliette, Georgia. It was operated as a cotton plantation by the Jarrell family, who owned it for more than 140 years. John Jarrell built this house in 1847 on a 600-acre plantation having 39 slaves, a sawmill, cotton gin, gristmill, shingle mill, planer, sugar cane press, syrup evaporator, workshop, born and other out buildings. In 1860, the 600-acre plantation was farmed by 39 slaves. After the Civil War, John increased his land holdings to nearly 1,000 acres farmed by former slaves. But as John became older, the workers left and the slave houses deteriorated and disappeared. After the death of John Fitz Jarrell, his son, Dick Jarrell, gave up his teaching career to return to the farm, and in 1895, he built a small house for his family which had grown into twelve children. Dick diversified the farm, added a sawmill, cotton gin, gristmill, shingle mill, planer, sugar cane press, syrup evaporator, workshop, barn and outbuildings. In 1974, his descendants donated these buildings to establish Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site.
By Jeannette Holland Austin (profile)
"Mr. Robert F. Ezelle of Smithboro has in his possession a silver spoon in his wife's family (Howards) for more than 100 years. A badge of 1844 obtained in Madison, Georgia at the Madison Convention with the following printed on the face:Madison ConventionSource: The Jones Headlight, Gray's Station Georgia. May 5, 1888.
One Presidental Term.
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