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JOHN R. JONES, one of the oldest and a very highly esteemed citizen of Meriwether County, Georgia, son of John and Catharine (Dunn) Jones, was born in Columbia County, Georgia, in 1800.

His grandfather was a native of Virginia and his father was born in that state, where he came to Georgia and settled in Columbia County late in the last century, where he ended his days. His maternal grandfather, Richard Dunn, was a native of Virginia, was a soldier during the Revolutionary War, was a farmer and came to Georgia, becoming one of the early settlers of Columbia County.

Mr. Jones was given such an education as was afforded by the schools of the locality of the time, and was raised a farmer, a vocation he has followed all his life, realizing a fortune. No citizen in Meriwether County is held in higher esteem by its citizens, in fact is revered by them so estimable is his character.

Mr. Jones was married in 1828 to Miss Elizabeth, born in Jasper County, Georgia, April 5, 1811, daughter of James and Ondia Davis. He was a native of Virginia, came to Georgia when a young man, married and raised a family, was a captain in the Indian war, and died in Harris County. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Jones, four survive: Charles G., Catharine, William C. and Harriet. Mrs. Jones was an exemplary member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and died Dec. 28, 1882. Mr. Jones has been a remarkably industrious man; has always been a generous giver to the poor and to religious organizations, and is now living with his children. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895

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