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James Jones, Nephew of Col. Leonard Marbury, for whom Jones County is named
Posted by: Frances Freeman (ID *****6003) Date: December 09, 2005 at 20:56:12
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I am seeking information on James Jones for whom Jones County is named. He was a protegee of Gov. James Jackson of GA. and the nephew of Col. Leonard Marbury or Revolutionary War fame. Relatedly, I would like to learn more about Leonard Marbury. Marbury and Jones came to Georgia in 1740. Jones died in 1801 while serving in the Sixth Congress as a representative from GA. I believe he was the father of William Jones who was the father of two sons: William (b. 1779) and James (b. 1782. This William (b. 1779) married Bersheeba Abercrombie. They had 8 children including William Jones, Jr., who married Caroline Jelks.

I hope to correspond with anyone with information on this James Jones and his family or on the Marbury family.

The following is taken from the Congressional Biographies:

JONES, James, a Representative from Georgia; born in Maryland, birth date unknown; moved to Georgia with his uncle, Colonel Marbury, in 1740; attended the academy in Augusta; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Savannah; first lieutenant of East Company, Chatham County Regiment of Militia, in 1790; member of the State house of representatives, 1796-1798; member of the State constitutional convention, May 1798; elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-January 11, 1801); died on January 11, 1801, in Washington, D.C.; interment in the Congressional Cemetery.

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