“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Halifax in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Willie Jones

Willie Jones Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
1. Willie Jones Marker
Inscription.  Statesman of revolutionary era, leading champion of democracy in N. C. His home, “The Grove,” stood 400 yards west.
Erected 1938 by State Historical Commission. (Marker Number E-9.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 36° 19.218′ N, 77° 35.64′ W. Marker is in Halifax, North Carolina, in Halifax County. Marker is on U.S. 301 south of South King Street (Business U.S. 301), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Halifax NC 27839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hutchins G. Burton (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Southern Tour (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Independence (about 500 feet away); Cornwallis (about 700 feet away); Ram Albemarle (approx. 0.4 miles away); John H. Eaton (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Colonial Churchyard" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Eagle Tavern (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Regarding Willie Jones.
Willie Jones Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
2. Willie Jones Marker
His first name is pronounced “Wylie.”
Also see . . .
1. Willie Jones (1741–1801). by Troy L. Kickler, North Carolina History Project. “In great part because of Jones’s influence, the state of North Carolina remained out of the Union in 1788, but returned when it ratified the Constitution in 1789. And because of Jones and men like him, the Bill of Rights was eventually adopted. ” (Submitted on February 17, 2009.) 

2. Ruins of “The Grove”. Photograph from 1912 book by Mary Polk Branch Memoirs of a Southern Woman “Within the Lines” (Submitted on February 17, 2009.) 

3. John Paul Jones’s Name. 1901 letter to the New York Times Saturday Review by Armisted C. Gordon. He quotes Mr. A. J. Robertson, great granddaughter of Gen. Allen Jones (brother of Willie Jones), who says “ ... Willie Jones, the foremost man of his State, and one of the most remarkable men of his time. Educated abroad, [he] was a profound and elegant scholar, and a thinker and actor rather than a speaker. Like Franklin and Jefferson, he perhaps owed his uncompromising republicanism to the abuses of royalty he had seen in the Old World. He served as Governor in 1776, refusing compensation; was in the Continental Congress of 1780–81, and, in fact, filled every office within the gift of
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his State. He is especially memorable now for his refusal to act as delegate to the convention which framed the Federal Constitution by North Carolina in 1783.

“His home, The Grove, near Halifax, was not only the resort of the cultivated and the refined, but the home of the homeless; Mrs. Jones having sometimes twenty orphan girls under her charge ... ” (Submitted on February 17, 2009.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,021 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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