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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Noble Jones of Savannah

Noble Jones of London came to the Georgia colony with Oglethorpe and built a vast estate on the Isle of Hope called "Wormsloe".  By the time of his death in 1775, his personal ambition, wealth and economy had helped to build a colonial city unparalled in beauty, elegance and social graces to any other of its era. After the Charter was surrendered to the crown in 1752, the colonials built great plantations in Savannah. Noble Jones received acreage on the Isle of Hope and surrounding areas. Also, town lots on Bull Street and in Reynolds Tything Ward. When he died he bequeathed his daughter, Mary Jones, "Wormsloe" plantation with the adjoining acreage going to his son, Noble W. Joned, and his other sons and grandchildren. I count thirty or more slaves named in his last will and testament, as well as others, unnamed, numbering somewhere around a hundred. Jones helped to create the golden era of sea island cotton and rice plantations. His legacy survives today, with remnants of ante-bellam homes built over the old home sites.

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