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Guide to the Joseph Jones Papers, 1681-1895

Collection Overview

The papers of Joseph Jones (1749-1824) span the period 1681 to 1895, with the majority of papers dating from 1794 to 1842. The collection is divided into six series: Correspondence, 1781-1895 and undated; Legal Papers, 1681-1888 and undated; Financial Papers, 1772-1875 and undated; Customs Collector Papers, 1796-1836 and undated; Military Papers, 1788-1864 and undated; and Miscellany, 1801-1854 and undated. Within each series the material is arranged chronologically. The Correspondence and Customs Collector Papers comprise the bulk of the collection.

Primarily emphasized in the collection are Jones' land holdings in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio, some awarded on account of his military service during the Revolution; his service as Brigadier-General in the 15th Brigade of the Virginia Militia during the Whiskey Rebellion; his work as customs collector at the port of Petersburg; and a variety of legal and financial papers.

The collection covers three generations of the Jones Family. After Jones' death in 1824, papers chiefly relate to his children and other relatives. Among those represented are Jones' sons: Joseph Jr., who managed some of his father's farming interests; R. Benson, who worked for various merchants in New York in the 1840's; Thomas, who was sheriff in Chesterfield County, Va. in 1838; and Thomas' wife, Mary Newton Jones, and her brother Virginia Congressman Willoughby Newton, plus other related families. There is extensive correspondence between Mrs. Mary M. Jones and others (chiefly in the 1840's) indicating that she owned both real estate and slaves. Some of this property was located in Westmoreland County, Va.

Other subjects include reaction to the passage by Congress of Jay's treaty, documents relating to slave holdings, social conditions of women in the 19th century, and the service of Jones' grandson, Captain Thomas Jones, in the 40th Virginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.

For further information about Jones, see the Department's William Bragg Papers. Bragg became Jones' business partner about 1770 in Petersburg, Va.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Joseph Jones papers 1681-1895
Creator
Jones, Joseph, 1749-1824
Extent
1.33 Linear Feet704 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Information Folder
Box 1
Correspondence, 1781-1895

Includes personal and business correspondence. The bulk of the business correspondence relates to the family's landholdings and finances.

(8 folders)
Box 1
Legal Papers, 1681-1888

Includes land grants, survey patents, copies and extracts from deeds, bonds, land plats hills of lading, contracts, articles of agreement, promissory notes, power of attorney agreements, and some indentures involving slave sales. Three land grants (1798) awarded Jones several hundred acres of land in Northwest Ohio for his military service.

Box 2-3
Financial Papers, 1772-1873 and undated

Accounts, receipts, bills of sales (some involving slaves) and other miscellany financialpapers. A subseries (1853-1875 and undated) is listed under Mrs. Mary H. Peeples. It includes tax, clothing, and tuition receipts, and other financial records, covering the period after she was widowed in 1853. Her connection to the Jones family is unclear.

(2 folders)
Box 3
Customs Collector Papers, 1796-1836

Includes correspondence, printed circulars from the United States Treasury Department, lists of licensed vessels, and other items, relating to Jones' position as Collector of Customs at the port of Petersburg, Va. Among the items is a bill of lading (1818 Oct. 21) from Marseilles, France, to Jones notifying him of articles sent through Petersburg for Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

Box 4-5
Military Papers, 1788-1864 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 4-5
Miscellany, 1801-1854 and undated

Includes information about an association for improving its members' legal knowledge, speeches, and other items.

Box 4-5
Military Papers, 1864

Correspondence, printed circulars, return lists, muster rolls, and brigade division, and military orders, relating to Jones' military service with the 15th Virginia Militia Brigade. A few items concern the 40th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Jones' grandson was in the Quartermasters Department with the regiment. Includes supply receipts, supply vouchers, other quartermaster reports, and additional miscellaneous items.

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Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Papers of Joseph Jones, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The bulk of the Joseph Jones Family Papers was acquired by several purchases in 1937. Jones was a landowner, merchant, military officer, and customs collector front Petersburg, Va. Three generations of the Jones family are represented in the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by: Janie C. Morris

Completed January 14, 1988

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.