JONES, Joseph (1727-1805)

JONES, JOSEPH, (uncle of James Monroe), a Delegate from Virginia; born in King George County, Va., in 1727; member of the colonial House of Burgesses; served on the committee of safety in 1775; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1776; served in the State house of delegates in 1776, 1777, 1780, 1781, and 1783-1785; Member of the Continental Congress in 1777 and 1780-1783; appointed judge of the Virginia General Court January 23, 1778, and resigned in October 1779; reappointed to the same court November 19, 1789; member of the State convention in 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution; major general of State militia; died in Fredericksburg, Va., October 28, 1805.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: ca. 1681-1895, 704 items.
Collection contains the papers of Joseph Jones, his children, and grandchildren, include business, personal, and military correspondence, deeds, Virginia militia records, general orders, Treasury Department circulars, lists of licensed vessels, letters regarding western lands, and papers relating to the port of Petersburg, Virginia. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Huntington Library, Manuscripts Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the papers of Benjamin Harrison, 1779-1788, 57 items.
Correspondents include Joseph Jones.


Library of Congress
Manuscripts Department
Washington, DC
Papers: 1780-1784, 3 items.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: ca. 1766-1841, 1 box.
The papers of Joseph Jones include protests against British measures, particularly the Stamp Act; a proposal for militia regulation in Virginia; matters concerning the conduct of the Revolutionary War, including criticism of Britain's use of mercenary Indians; the work of Joseph Jones on the cession of frontier lands to the United States government; a copy of Meriwether Smith's plan for a new governmental structure; and a chronology of Benjamin Franklin's peace efforts with French minister Vergennes. Other papers relate to William Cocke's executorship of the estate of Continental Congressman Thomas Adams; a letter from economist Josiah Tucker to his publisher Thomas Cadell; two Noah Webster letters; and a letter describing the nation's response to President William H. Harrison's death.


University of Virginia
University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the papers of Virginia members of the Continental Congress, 1767-1820, 12 items.
Collection contains two letters from Joseph Jones dated 1791 and 1800 regarding legal and financial matters and the tobacco market.