JONES, Noble Wimberly (1723-1805)

JONES, NOBLE WIMBERLY, (father of George Jones), a Delegate from Georgia; born in Lambeth, near London, England, in 1723; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Savannah, Ga., in 1733; studied medicine and practiced in Savannah 1756-1774; member of the colonial assembly in 1755, 1756, 1760-1762, 1764, 1768, 1769, 1771, and 1772, and served as speaker in 1768 and 1769; member of the council of safety and the Provincial Congress in 1775; member of the State house of representatives in 1777 and 1778; moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1778; captured at the fall of Charleston in 1780 and imprisoned at St. Augustine, Fla.; exchanged in 1781; moved to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1781 and engaged in the practice of medicine; Member of the Continental Congress, accredited to Georgia, in 1781 and 1782; returned to Savannah, Ga., in 1782 and resumed his profession; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1783; president of State constitutional convention in 1795; died in Savannah, Ga., January 9, 1805; interment in Bonaventure Cemetery.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1766-1811, 16 items.
The collection of Noble Wimberly Jones includes a letter from Noble Jones to Benjamin Franklin lamenting the outbreak of hostilities near Boston, Mass.; a letter concerning the hiring of slaves; a certificate of the colony of Georgia, used as currency; act, 1778, of the Georgia Assembly setting up a superior court system, signed by Noble Jones as speaker; two statements relative to state funds; and papers concerning Noble Jones's estate.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: In the Jones family papers, 1723-1936, 4.5 cubic feet.
This collection includes family papers of Noble Jones and his descendants, including his son Noble Wimberley Jones.

Papers: In the Cowper & Telfairs Records, ca. 1770-1780, 6 items.
Other authors include Noble Wimberly Jones.

Papers: In the papers of John Grimes, 1804-1807, 1 folder.
Collection includes an 18 page account of the life of Noble Wimberly Jones and a 44 page eulogy of Noble Wimberly Jones.

  • Franklin, Benjamin. Some Notes and Reflections Upon a Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Noble Wimberly Jones, October 7, 1772, by Malcolm Bell, III. Darien, Ga.: Privately printed at the Ashantilly Press, 1966.