Name: Noble Jones
Given Name: Noble
Birth: 20 Jun 1702 in London,, England
Christening: 20 Jun 1702 Saint Martin-Vintry, London, London, England
Death: 2 Nov 1775 in "Wormsloe", Chatham Co., Georgia
Burial: Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia
Reference Number: L41.12
! (1) "A History of the Glen Family of South Carolina and Georgia," by J.G.B. Bulloch, M.D. (1923) p.46-47, 97-99. FHL #929.273.G484b.
Change Date: 27 Jun 2012 at 01:00:00
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(2) "History of Savannah and South Georgia," by William Harden, Vol. II (1913) p.533-539.
(3) "Men of Mark in Georgia," p.195-207.
(4) Carolyn Tayloe Davidson Carey, Greenwood Village, CO. Cites: (a) "Wormsloe," Two Centuries of a Georgia Family."
(5) "Genealogies of Virginia Families from VA Magazine of History & Biography," Vol. V, p.833. "Thomas Wingfield (1670-1720) of York River, VA," by John Goodwin Herndon.
(6) "Genealogical Publications of the National Genealogical Society," by Mabel Freeman Lafar & Caroline Price Wilson (1933). Abstracts of Wills, Chatham Co., GA, p.73. FHL #975.8724 P2l. Cites: (a) Will Bk B.
(7) Find A Grave Memorial #24283231 (http://www.findagrave.com, 30 Jan 2008).
(8) "New Amsterdam Gazette," Vol. VII No. 10 (New York, 18 Jun - 31 Jul 1892) p.16.
(9) Biography of Noble W. Jones, "The New Georgia Encyclopedia, History & Archeology" (http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-679, 19 Sep 2002). Cites: (a) "Wormsloe: Two Centuries of a Georgia Family," by E. Merton Coulter (University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA, 1955). (b) "Eulogy on the Life and Character of Dr. Noble Wymberley Jones," by John Grimes, "Georgia Historical Quarterly," Vol. 4 (1920). (c) "Biographical Sketches of the Delegates from Georgia to the Continental Congress," by Charles C. Jones Jr. (Reprint Co., Spartanburg, SC, 1972).
(10) "Wormsloe Plantation," "The New Georgia Encyclopedia, History & Archeology" (http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-2870, 24 Nov 2004). Cites: (a) "De Renne: Three Generations of a Georgia Family," by William Harris Bragg (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999). (b) "Wormsloe: Two Centuries of a Georgia Family," by E. Merton Coulter (University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA, 1955). (c) William Harris Bragg, Georgia College and State University.
(11) England Marriages 1538-1973. Index, FHL film 823848 (https://familysearch.org, 2012).
(12) England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Index, FHL film 374482 (https://familysearch.org, 2012).
! Birth: (12) s/o Edward JONES/Jane. (2,3) His ancestors had been born and lived in Surrey Co., England. (1) The arms borne by Hon. Noble JONES are identical to those borne by Tudor TREVOR, Lord of Hereford, with a slight difference, as also the same as those borne by the JONES family of Denbighshire, Wales, which shows descent from Tudor TREVOR. Tudor TREVOR was King of Gloucester, Hereford, etc., eldest s/o Yn Yr/Rhiengar, d/o Lludoccaf ab Caradawg Ffreichfas, King of Gloucester, Hereford, etc. Yn Yr was s/o Cadfarch, s/o Guryemen or Gurge of the 14th Noble tribe of Gwynnedd. (8) Ynr ap CADFOREB, Lord of both Maelors, Owestry and Whittington, in Powys one of the Barons of that Kingdom, married Rbinegar, daughter and sole heir of Lluddoca ap Cardoc VRIEICHFUS, Lord of Hereford in South Wales, and was by her father of a son whose name was Tudor TREVOR, who became and was Lord or Earl of Hereford, Whittington and bother Maelors and founder of the Tribes of the Marches. The Welsh heralds assign to him as ensign "Parted per bend sinister, Ermine and Ermines, over all a lion rampant or," The Lord of Hereford and Whittington married Angbarad, daughter of Havell DHA, King of South Wales, A.D. 907, the celebrated law-giver Cambria, and had issue." From this onward the various branches of the family marrying the daughters of Lord and Princes kept on, one branch becoming the Royal House of Tudor, the others going into other names, until at last Robert ap JOHN's son assumed the name of JONES. The arms borne by the family of Noble JONES of GA, and which in years gone by was emblazoned on their silver, are this: Per bend sinister, Ermine and Ermines, over all a lion rampart, with a bordure engrailed on Ermine side, indented on Ermines side, Crest, a demi-lion rampant holding in its paws a mullet or five-pointed star. The bordure engrailed and indented each means something. This family is not only a descendant of Tudor TREVOR, Earl of Hereford, who married King Havell DHA's daughter, but the engrailed (?), indented bordure, demi-lion rampant, with the star between the paws, means descebnt not only from Rhodri MAWHR, the great King of all Wales, but from several other Princes, Powys, North and South Wales, etc., and therefore the Noble JONES family of GA and their descendants are lineally descended from the Earl of Hereford and the Princess Angharad, daughter of Havell DHA, King of South Wales, and also from Rhodri MAWHR, the great King of all Wales, North, South and the principality of Powys. (2,3,7) Age 73 at death in 1775 [b.1702]. (12) 20 Jun 1702.
Christening: (12) 20 Jun 1702. Saint Martin-Vintry, London, London, England.
Marriage to Sarah HACK: (9) (1) Miss WIMBERLEY of ancient family. (4) Sarah WIMBERLY. (11) 30 Jul 1723. Lincolns Inn Chapel, Holborn, London, England.
Death: (2,3) 2 Nov 1775. (7,10) 1775. (2,3) "Wormsloe."
Burial: (2,3) "Wormsloe," near the fort he had built there. His remains were later removed from "Wormsloe" to the colonial burying ground in Savannah, and again to Bonaventure Cemetery near Savannnah. (7) Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co., GA. (10) Wormsloe.
(2,3) "Bred to the profession of physic."
(1,2,3) Lived at Lambeth, a village in the county of Surrey, England. (2,3) Lambeth was situated on the south side of the river Thames opposite Westminster.
(2,3) 1732, 7 Nov: Before leaving England he was appointed Conservator of the Peace by deed to which the seal of the corporation of the Trustees of the Colony of Georgia was affixed.
(2,3) 1732, 8 Nov: Appointed Recorder in place of Thomas CHRISTIE. He still held the office in 1735, and was eventually succeeded by CHRISTIE.
(4) 1732, Nov: (2,3) 1732: (2,3) He was induced by General OGLETHORPE, with whom he was intimately acquainted, to accompany the General on his first voyage to America. The friendship lasted all their lives. He brought his wife and two children, a daughter and son Noble Wymberley JONES. It was his intention to come without his family, but his wife objected to being left, and since he had promised his friend, be brought his family with him. He did not intend to stay permanently. (4) Noble JONES, wife Sarah, son Noble Wimberly, and daughter Mary plus two servants came to America on the ship "Anne."
(1,7,8,9) 1733: (1) Accompanied his friend Gen. OGLETHORPE to GA. (7) Arrived with James OGLETHORPE. [NOTE: James OGLETHORPE arrived in Charleston, SC 13 Jan 1733, accompanied by 130 prospective colonists.] (8) Came to GA with Gen. James Edward OGLETHORPE, the founder of the Colony. (9) Came to Savannah with wife Sarah HACK JONES, son Noble Simberly JONES, and daughter Mary, all members of the first group of colonists.
(2,3) After his arrival in Georgia he was so pleased with the country that he decided to stay.
(2,3) Soon after his arrival he leased from the trustees the southern end of the Isle of Hope, about 10 miles SE of Savannah. Later he received a grant from the trustees, which in turn was eschanged for a royal grant when the crown took charge of the colony. He named it "Wormsloe" and built on it a watch house to protect Jones' Narrows. Later he built a large fort. (7) Owner of Wormsloe Plantation, Isle of Hope. (8) His country seat was at Womsloe, a beautiful and romantic spot on the Skidaway River near the Isle of Hope, about 10 miles from Savannah, where to this day (1892) may be seen the tabby fort which serves as a frontier defence. (10) Wormsloe Plantation, the oldest of GA's tidewater estates, has remained in the hands of the same family since the mid-1730's. Claimed and developed by founding GA colonist Noble JONES, Wormsloe lies about 10 miles southeast of Savannah, occupying the southern portion of the Isle of Hope, a peninsula 4 miles long and as much as a mile wide. Originally spelled "Wormslow." Though it has long been assumed that the silkworms raised there explains the plantation's name, "Wormsloe" and close variants figures prominently as a place name in the English-Welsh borderland from which the JONESes came.
(1) One of the prominent citizens of GA.
(2,3) 1734/5, 1 Feb: Appointed Surveyor by Gen. OGLETHORPE, but did not give satisfaction and was discharged by the trustees. On 31 Dec 1740, Mr. STEPHENS wrote a letter to the Trustees that he had been a good surveyor, and other letters supported that opinion. (8) One of the Surveyors or Commissioners of Roads.
(2,3) Held the office of constable, but was also suspended from that office by the Trustees. He was soon re-appointed. JONES and FALLOWFIELD are mentioned as the two constables "in whom the civil and military power was lodged." Each of them controlled three wards.
(2,3) Appointed by Gen. OGLETHORPE Agent for the Indians, and for Tomo-chi-chi in particular.
(2,3) 1735, 6 Jul: He wrote to Gen. OGLETHORPE, "I have been twice to the most southern parts of the province; the first time upon an alarm with about fifty men (all volunteers except ye scout boat), the particulars of which voyage (for fear of false account comes to your hands) I will send by next. The second time was with Captain DUNBAR, who, I do not doubt, has informed you thereof before now."
(2,3) 1738, 10 Apr: Mr. STEPHENS wrote, "The two constables, JONES and FALLOWFIELD (which was all we had), came early to town on the present occasion, conferring on the affair they came about, which was more immediately to look into the condition of the arms. It was resolved (for experiment's sake) to order the drum to beat immediately to arms, that thereby we might see how alert the people were and what number would get together on a sudden without previous notice. It was so done, and in less than an hour's time we saw eighty odd men in the center of the town with their proper arms, well appointed, and all able men, freeholders. Such as were absent were, almost every man, abroad busy planting."
(2,3) 1740: When Gen. OGLETHORPE invaded Florida and laid seige to St. Augustine, some 40 volunteers under Lt. Noble JONES joined the South Carolina Regiment. On their return the company was disbanded in Savannah, according to the General's orders, and Noble JONES was sent to Charleston to collect the pay due them. (NOTE: During the War of Jenkins' Ear, James OGLETHORPE, with the aid of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Creek Indians, invaded Spanish Territory in Florida and captured Ft. San Francisco de Pupo and Ft. Picolata on the San Juan River in Jan, 1740. From May to July they unsuccessfully laid seige to the Spanish settlement at St. Augustine, and were forced to withdraw when their forces were threatened from the rear.)
(2,3) 1742: When the Spaniards invaded Georgia, Noble JONES was in command of a company of scouts with Gen. OGLETHORPE's regiment on St. Simons, prepared to resist the Spanish army which had landed there. They surprised and defeated the Spanish at Bloody Marsh. Capt. McCALL wrote, "Capt. Noble JONES, with a detachment of regulars and Indians, being out on a scouting expedition, fell in with a small detachment of the enemy's advance, who were surprised and made prisoners. From these prisoners information was obtained that the whole Spanish army was advancing. This was immediately communicated by an Indian runner to the General, who detached Captain DUNBAR with a company of grenadiers to join the Regulars and Indians, with orders to harass the enemy on their advance. These detachments, having formed a junction, observed at a distance the Spanish army on the march, and, taking a favorable position near a marsh, formed an ambuscade. The enemy fortunately halted within one hundred paces of this position, stacked their arms and made fires and were preparing their kettles for cooking when a horse observed some of the party in ambuscade, and, frightened at the uniform of the soldiers, began to snort and give the alarm. The Spaniards ran to their arms, but were shot down in great numbers by OGLETHORPE's detachment, who continued invisible to the enemy, and after repeated attempts to form, in which some of their prominent officers fell, they fled with the utmost precipitation, leaving their camp equipage on the field, and never halted until they got under cover of the guns of their battery and ships." (8) Captain of the Colonial Troops.
(2,3) 1742/3, 21 Mar: Appointed captain by OGLETHORPE, but he had fulfilled the duties of a captain and was called that before that date. (2,3) OGLETHORPE appointed him Captain of the scout boat. He and Captain DEMETREE cruised together with sout boats to intercept unlawful trading.
(2) 1739, 22 Dec: "with boat well armed he captured a schooner in Ossybaw Sound and carried her around to Tybee."
(2,3) 1745, Aug: "Wormsloe" is described in the "London Magazine," "We arrived in somewhat more than two days at the Narrows, where there is a kind of Manchicolas Fort for their defense, garrisoned from Wormsloe, where we soon arrived. It is the settlement of Mr. JONES, ten miles southeast of Savannah, and we could not help observing, as we passed, several pretty plantations. Wormsloe is one of the most agreeable spots I ever saw, and the improvements of that ingenious man are very extraordinary. He commands a company of marines who are quartered in huts near his place, which is a tolerable defensive place with small arms. From this house there is a vista of near three miles cut through the woods to Mr. WHITEFIELD's orphan house, which has a very fine effect on the sight." He raised mulberry trees and silk worms, and the colony partly depended upon him for worm seed. (10) During the colonial era, Wormsloe's strategic location made it a valuable component of Savannah's outer defenses against Spanish attach. As a principal military officer of colonial GA, JONES used Wormsloe, then his leasehold, as a guard post, and his fortified tabby residence served as a nucleus for a garrison of marines.
(2,3) After Gen. OGLETHORPE returned to England to live, he sent Col. JONES his portrait, with his Indian pupil standing by his side, reading. The portrait was lost when Savannah was captured by the English.
(2,3) 1749: Mary MUSGRAVE, later Mary BOSOMWORTH, assumed the title of Independent Empress. She set out for Savannah with a large body of Indian warriors to demand from the president and council a formal acknowledgement of her assumed rights. "The militia was ordered under arms, and as the Indians entered town, Capt. Noble JONES at the head of a troop of horses stopped them and demanded to know whether their visit was of a friendly or hostile nature. Receiving no reply he commanded them to ground their arms, declaring that his instructions were not to suffer an armed Indian to set foot in the town, and that he was determined to enforce the order at every hazard. The Indians reluctantly submitted. Later, at their solicitations, their arms were returned to them, but strict orders were issued not to allow them any ammunition." Mary was arrested. She was released when "at last an amicable adjustment of existing difficulties had been effected." She got drunk and rushed into the Assembly and told the president that the Indians were her people and that he had no business with them. "The presidnet calmly threatened to confine her again. Turning to Malachte in a great rage, she repeated to him with some ill-natured comments what the president had said. Malatche thereupon sprung from his seat, laid hold of his arms, and calling upon the rest to follow his example, dared any man to touch his queen. In a moment the whole house was filled with tumult and uproar. Every Indian having a tomahawk in his hand, the president expected nothing but instant death. During this confusion, Capt. Noble JONES, who commanded the guard, with wonderful courage interposed and ordered the Indians immediately to surrender their arms. This they reluctantly did. Mary was conveyed to a private room, where a guard was placed over her, and all further communication with the Indians was denied her during her stay in Savannah."
(2,3) 1750, 16 Jul: The trustees recommended to the common council on 13 Jul that Noble JONES be appointed an assistant in and for the province of GA. The appointment under seal was went to him 16 Jul.
(2,3) 1751, 24 May: Appointed as Register of the Province by the common council at the recommendation of the trustees.
(2,3) 1751, May: Appointed Colonel when news came from Augusta that there was fear of an Indian invasion. (1) Colonel of Colonial Troops.(2,3) Appointed to "accompany Mr. ROBINSON in his inquiry into the state of the colony." (7) 1751: Organized the militia. (8) Lt. Colonel of the Colonial Troops.
(2,3) 1752, 23 Jun: The trustees surrendered the colony to the British government. Noble JONES, James HABERSHAM, Pickering ROBINSON and Francis HARRIS were appointed assistants to Patrick GRAHAM when he became president.
(2,3) 1754, 6 Aug: Capt. John REYNOLDS was appointed Governor of GA and Noble JONES was confirmed as member of the councils. (1,7,8) Member of His Majesty's Council.
(2,3) 1754, 27 Nov: Gov. REYNOLDS appointed Noble JONES and Jonathan BRYAN judges to hold the approaching court of oyer and terminer.
(2,3) 1754, 12 Dec: Noble JONES and Jonathan BRYAN were appointed judges to hold the first general court in the province of GA. (1,8) Associate Justice of the General or Supreme Court, the first High Court in the Colony.
(6a) 1756, 9 Dec: (10) 1756: George II of England formally granted JONES ownership of Wormsloe. During the 1750s JONES used a small corps of slaves to cultivate some of his 500 acres there. His agricultural activities, limited though quite diversified, included some cotton and grains, perhaps even small quantities of rice, along with vegetables, fruits, berries, grapes, and mulberry trees. The leaves of mulberry trees were needed as food for the silkworms that GA's Trustees hoped would make the colony a supplier of silk. JONES also made a start with the landscaping and gardens that would later make Wormsloe a byword in the South. He cleared a wide swath of timber and undergrowth on Wormsloe's southwestern edge to afford a view of the Bethesda Orphanage, at that time GA's largest and finest masonry structure.
(2,3) 1756, 15 Dec: Gov. REYNOLDS "acquainted the board that he had thought proper to suspend Noble JONES, Esq., from all offices, for reasons which he would lay before the king." [NOTE: The board = the Lords of the Board of Trade.]
(2,3) It was found that Gov. REYNOLDS "removed Mr. Noble JONES from the board and bench to gratify Mr. LITTLE, and it is positively affirmed, to promote the establishment of BOSOMWORTH's titles to the Indian lands with a view to sharing the spoils." Gov. REYNOLDS was summoned to England to answer for his conduct, and he departed in Feb 1757.
(2,3) 1757, 29 Mar: "Noble JONES of His Majesty's Council was appointed one of the new commissioners of the peace."
(2,3) 1759, 31 May: Noble JONES was re-instated councillor and senior justice of the general court by an order of the English Council to Gov. ELLIS.
(2,3) 1760, 16 Feb: Appointed treasurer of GA by Gov. ELLIS. He had no salary, but a 5% commission on taxes. (1,8) Treasurer of the Province. (6) Treasurer of GA under General OGLETHORPE.
(2,3) 1769, 28 Sep: Gov. James WRIGHT wrote to the Lords of the Board of Trade, "I take the liberty to acquaint your lordships that Noble JONES, Esq., senior judge of the courts here, has in every respect done and performed the office and duties of chief justice from 20th of October, 1768, when Mr. SIMPSON died, to the arrival of Mr. STOKES; and although Mr. JONES was not bred to the law, yet I believe that justice only was administered during that time and with integrity, and I have not heard any complaint made or fault found with his conduct. I therefore submit to your lordships whether it may not be reasonable that Mr. JONES shall receive the salary from the death of Mr. SIMPSON to the appointment of Mr. STOKES, and half of it from the appointment of Mr. STOKES to his arrival here."
(2,3) 1774, 7 Sep: In a notice appearing in the "Georgia Gazette," Noble JONES, James HABERSHAM, Josiah TATTNALL and 93 others criticized the meeting at Tondee's Tavern in Savannah, protesting that the resolutions there should not be adopted as reflecting the sentiments of the people of Georgia. [NOTE: See notes under John GLEN.] He could not sympathize with the idea of separation from England or independence.
(8) 1775: A warden of Christ's Church.
(2,3) 1775, 10 Oct: Was reported in records of the general court that Mr. Noble JONES, one of the associate justices, was lying extremely ill.
(6a) 1775, 12 Oct: Noble JONES wrote his will. Gives to daughter Mary; to John, George, Edward, and Catherine, children of my son Noble Wimberly JONES and his wife Sarah; to granddaughter Sarah, wife of John GLEN, Esqr.; to son Inigo and his children, Sarah, Mary, and Noble; to Margaret, Sarah, and James, children of John GLEN, Esqr.. Mentions his plantation called "Wormsloe," original grant 9 Dec 1756; tract of land conveyed by William SCALES and wife Frances, both since deceased, the Island of Redoubt, granted 15 Sep 1756; lands purchased from Thomas LEE, dec'd, and Grey ELLIOTT; lands sold to Francis HARRIS; town and farm lots in Savannah granted me 16 Jan 1756; lands at Ogeechee, and in St. Matthew and St. Andrews Parishes. Names executors, children, Noble Wimberly JONES and Mary JONES. Wits. Henry PRESTON, Rebeckah DAVIS, Alex. REID. (1) Will of Noble JONES gave to daughter Mary JONES, grant Wormsloe, 500 acres granted 9 Dec 1750; to Noble Wimberley JONES, grandson, John, son of N.W. JONES, and Edward and Catherine; Noble, s/o Inigo; Mary, d/o Inigo. (10) His will directed that Wormsloe go to his son Noble Wimberly JONES, and his heirs for ever. However, after JONES's death and burial at Wormsloe in 1775, his descendants made very limited use of the estate. His daughter Mary JONES BULLOCH had only a life interest in the state, as well as a Savannah residence. Nobel Wimberly JONES preferred to live in Savannah and elsewhere.
(6a) 1777, 2 Aug: Will proved, Chatham Co., GA.
(10) 1961: Descendant Effrida (DE RENNE) BARROW, who had created the nonprofit Wormsloe Foundation, presented the bulk of Wormsloe - 750 acres - to the foundation, reserving for her family mainly Wormsloe House and about 50 acres surrounding it.
(10) 1972: Wormsloe acreage was acquired by the Nature Conservancy and transferred the next year to the State of GA.
(10) 1979: The state opened Wormsloe Historic Site, which features a museum and walking tours that include the ruins of Noble JONES's fortified residence and the JONES family burial ground. Though visible from the oak avenue, Wormsloe House remains private property, still occupied by descendants of Noble JONES.
Father: Edward Jones
Sarah Hack (Wymberly)
30 Jul 1723
in Holborn, London, England
- Edward Jones c: 19 Jul 1724 in St. James, Westminster, Middlesex, England
- Eleanor Jones c: 10 Oct 1725 in St. James, Westminster, Middlesex, England
- Noble Wymberly Jones M.D. b: ABT 1726 in , England
- Mary Jones
- Inigo Jones