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Originally inhabited by the Creek Indians, Jones County covers 395 square miles. Located in Central Georgia between Macon and Milledgeville just miles from the geographic center of Georgia, one-fourth of the county is federally owned national forest.  The county was named for James Jones, a prominent Savannah attorney, Georgia legislator, and a United States congressman. In 1807, Jones County was partitioned from neighboring Baldwin County and sat on Georgia’s Western border, the Ocmulgee River. Originally Clinton was the county seat and in the 1820s was the fourth largest town in Georgia.

The Civil War had a profound effect on Jones County as many citizens were lost to the war effort. Griswoldville was home to a Confederate pistol factory that was burned by Union soldiers to stop manufacturing of Confederate pistols. Known as the Battle of Griswoldville,

Named in honor of James Jones, who, despite his age, swayed the state to vote for Thomas Jefferson in the highly contest election of 1800. He was popular and considered to have a long political career in front of him when he died at the age of 32

 

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The History of Jones County, Georgia 1807 - 1907 , written by Carolyn White Williams, is an excellent source of early Jones County family history.   The Memorial Edition has been reprinted and is available for purchase at the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce.  The first edition, now out of print,  is available for review at the Jones County Library and the Washington Memorial Library in Macon. This is an excellent source of information on the early times in Jones County.

Generations of History, Volumes I and II, published by The Jones County News, is a pictorial history of Jones County families and descendents.  This publication is available for purchase at the news office at 138 Madison Street in downtown Gray.

Jones County, Georgia, is fortunate to have records dating back to the early 1800's for marriage and wills, and birth records from 1924. Visitors are welcome to search county records at the Courthouse in downtown Gray, Georgia, or requests for information may be directed to the office personnel of the Probate Court of Jones County. There is no email address for this office. There is a very small staff available to assist with research which can only be done as time allows after regular duties are completed. This process, by necessity, will not allow for a quick turnaround. A search fee and a charge for copies will be imposed. This office may be contacted at:  Probate Court of Jones County P. O. Box 1359 Gray, GA 31032
Phone: (478) 986-6668.

 

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Clinton Historical Society
Earlene Hamilton
Cats’ Lair Farm
106 Glosson Rd
Gray, GA 31032
(478) 986-6383
Jones Co. History & Heritage Committee 
Earl Colvin
http://www.friendsofcems.org/  (Reference for  listing and information for Jones County cemeteries)
(478) 214-0687 
Chamber of Commerce History of Jones County
Cemeteries
Jarrell Plantation state park
 
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