Allen Jones (Continental Congress)

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Allen Jones (December 24, 1739 – November 10, 1798) was an American planter and statesman from Northampton County, North Carolina.

Allen Jones was born in Bertie County (later Halifax County), in colonial North Carolina. He attended Eton College in England.

After returning to the colony, he was a member of the colonial assembly between 1773 and 1775 and delegate to the five North Carolina Provincial Congresses (1774-1776), serving as vice-president in the Fourth Provincial Congress. Jones served in the military throughout the American Revolutionary War (1775-81), attaining the rank of brigadier general.

He also served in the State senate 1777 to 1779, 1783, 1784, and 1787; and as a Member of the Continental Congress in 1779 and 1780. Jones was a delegate at the state convention that rejected the proposed Constitution of the United States at Halifax, in 1788.

Allen Jones died on his plantation, Mount Gallant, near Roanoke Rapids, Northampton County, N.C., on November 10, 1798. Interment was in the private burial ground on his estate.[1]

Allen was the slightly older brother of Congressman Willie (pronounced Wylie) Jones, a leader in neighboring Halifax County. Together they were the source of the Jones surname adopted by the Scottish American naval hero during the Revolutionary War, John Paul Jones — whose birth-surname was Paul.

Allen Jones was also the father-in-law of North Carolina Governor and Constitutional Convention delegate William Richardson Davie.


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