Both George J. Jones (1804) and Sarah /Lauderdale/ (1803) were born in Tennessee. It is believed the Jones’ moved to Alabama circa 1815 and settled in what became know as Jones Valley. George and Sarah married on September 23rd, 1824 in Morgan County, Alabama. George and Sarah Jones had six children: James Monroe Jones (1830, Alabama), Jeremiah Denman Jones (1832, Alabama), Josephus L. Jones (1835, Alabama), William M. Jones (1837, Alabama), George Washington Jones (1838, Alabama or Texas), and Sarah Ann Jones (1842, Texas). During the winter of 1838-39, the Jones family moved to Texas settling in Montgomery County. George is listed on the 1840 census for Montgomery County, Republic of Texas. George Jones applied for and was granted land under the Texas Land Grant laws a Third Class Headright. Republic of Texas Certificate No. 51, dated April 29, 1839, entitled George to 640 acres of free land. By December 13th, 1839 George J. Jones located and had surveyed 320 acres of land situated in Walker County about 6 ½ miles east of Huntsville on the waters of Harmons Creek. George is noted on land survey maps as the original grantee of an approximate 640-acre tract in the Manuel Riondo grant, which covered parts of Freestone and Anderson counties. According to the land grant application, George arrived to Texas on April 29, 1839. He completed the requirements for the land grant on January 5th, 1846. He received two land grants, one for 320 acres in Freestone County and one for 320 acres in Walker County [list certificate number]. Today, the land is situated about halfway between the Fairfield Lake Recreation area and the Trinity River. It is possible the Jones family made the move with Sarah /Lauderdale’s/ older brother Jeremiah Lauderdale who appears as a witness on George Jones’ land application. By 1850, the Jones and Lauderdale’s had moved north to what would become Limestone and then Freestone Counties. On the 1850 Census, the Jones family is listed as farmers and with property worth $2000. They were enumerated in Limestone because Freestone County was not organized until 1851. Although George was a lifelong farmer, he was elected as the first Coroner of Freestone County in January 1851. He received 24 votes. Freestone County was formally created out of Limestone in February 1851. The duties of coroner were to investigate sudden and violent deaths, principally homicides. The pay, which was on a by case basis, would have been about $5 per inquest. There is no evidence that he ever fulfilled any coroner duties, as there is not a record of payment in the Freestone County Commissioner's minutes for the period 1851-1853. There is no record he was reelected and there was a new coroner by 1859. For most of his life in Freestone County, George Jones and family most likely lived south of the non-extant community of Troy in central-east Freestone County. Troy was near the Trinity River port of Pine Bluff. County Commissioners frequently named George and his sons to work on the Troy to Centerville (Leon County) road. District Court records record William Cole & Josephus Jones indicted “for an affray” in which Jones was tried, found guilty, and fined ten cents and judgment on October 23rd, 1856 . Information on George Jones family from the 1850 Limestone County, TX census. All kids had been in school. George died of pneumonia in May 1860 . Sarah /Lauderdale/ died sometime in the 1850s.  From Davy Crockett’s Diary, p. 128.  White, Gifford. 1840 Citizens of Texas. Volume 1, Land Grants. 1983. p.135.  From Jack Leath, FREESTONE LAND RECORDS RELATING TO GEORGE JEREMIAH JONES.  1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedule, Freestone County, Texas. Notes of Thomas L Jones
"Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRVC-7YK : accessed 16 Mar 2013), George Jones and Sarah Lauderdale, 1824
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