Jones County is bounded by Jasper and a part of Putnam, on the N., by Baldwin on the E., by Twiggs and a corner of Wilkinson on the S., and by the Ocmulgee and Bibb on the W. Population, 16, 498. Academy funds received, $1,051.67. Poor School do., $801.86. Three incorporated Academies in the county; but wo have ceased operations. Clinton is the capital.
Pubic Place. Blountsville, Freeman's store, and Fortville.
Source: A Gazetteer of the State of Georgia: Embracing a Particular Description of the Counties, Towns, Villages, Rivers, &c., and Whatsoever is Usual in Geographies, and Minute Statistical Works, Together with a New Map of the State. By Adiel Sherwood
Edition: 3. Published by Printed by P. Force, 1837
Laid out in 1807; part added from Putnam 1810; part to Bibb, 1822. Length, 21 m.; breadth, 18 m.; area square miles, 378.
The chief river is the Ocmulgee.
The face of the county is hilly. The soil, though much worn, is productive.
Clinton is the county town distant from Milledgeville 22 miles.
Blountsville, a small place is 10 miles from Clinton.
Griswold's Cotton Gin Factory is situated in Griswoldville. Machinery moved by steam. Yearly average sales, 900 gins, worth not less than $40,000; saws worth about $80,000; 70,000 pounds of castings, mostly of iron, used per annum; 50,000 pounds of wrought iron, 40,000 pounds gin-saw cast steel, and 200,000 feet of lumber. Annual profits of business, $20,000. Connected with this establishment are two saws, cutting 600,000 feet of lumber pr annum, besides wagon, smiths' shops. &c. Whole number of hands employed, 80.
The most common diseases are fever and pneumonia.
Extract from the Census of 1850. White males, 1,972; white females, 1927; free coloured males, 17; free coloured females, 29. Total free population, 3,945; slaves, 6,279. Deaths, 85. Farms, 405; manufacturing establishments, 15. Value of real estate, $1,373,625; value of personal estate, $3,525,464.
Among the first settlers were, Captain Jonathan Parish, Peter Clower, Henry Low, Wm. Williams, Wilkinson Jackson, Jeremiah Dumas, Thomas White, Jeremiah Peason, Major Humphries, James and High Comer, Roger McCarthy, Allen Greene, Benjamin Tarver, Bailey Stewart, James Anthony, George Harper, John Chapell, Jesse M. Pope, Henry Pope, John Bayne, Stephen Kirk, Wm. Carbanus, P. A. Lews, James Jones, Wm. Jones, Robert Hutchings, James Grey.
Mr. Benjamin Reynolds died in this county, aged seventy-three years. He was a native of Caroline County, Virginia. At the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, he was too young to enter the service. As soon as his age would admit, he, together with the patriotic citizens of the Revolution took up arms, and entered the service of his country. At the end of the war he removed to South Carolina into a neighborhood distinguished for their loyalty to the British crown. Mr. Reynolds, from his zealous devotion to the cause of liberty, encountered the most violent persecution from his misguided associates. After the purchase of the land on which Jones County is included, he removed thither, being one of its earliest settlers.
John Lamar, Esq., died in this county. As a soldier of the Revolution, he was not only brave to a fault, but his services were of long continuance, and his sufferings excessive. Very shortly after entering the army, he was deputed with others to the performance of a perilous duty, in which he was deserted by his companions, and left to execute the order alone, which he did to the admiration and astonishment of all. For this act of intrepidity and fidelity, the Government tendered him a Lieutenant's commission in the regular forces, which, however, he modestly declined, on the ground that he was too young and inexperienced to assume the responsibilities of the station, being at this time only in his seventeenth year. He served under General Marion and Pickens, attached generally to the battalion of the latter; was at the battle of the Eutaw, Cowpens, siege of Augusta, and in several other engagements; once taken as a prisoner, but made his escape from the camp of Lord Cornwallis, rescuing at the same time one of his cousins' was twice wounded during the war by the British, and once by the Indians, after his removal to Georgia.
Many of the citizens of this section of the State have done honour to it by their virtues and talents.
Dr. Hamilton, now of Cass, was a practitioner of medicine in this county for many years, and had a high reputation.
Colonel Robert Hardeman is well known as a courteous gentleman and eminent lawyer.
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