PERSON/S

THE PERSON/S
The Person coat-of-arms granted by Queen Elizabeth I - about 1588
All of the early history and genealogy information posted on this site, beginning about 1630 and goes through the mid to late 1800s, comes from my book, PERSON/S LINEAGE - compiled by George Fuller Walker.
Copyright, 1951, by George Fuller Walker.
Printed in the USA, By The Conger Printing company,
Atlanta, Georgia.
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The Person coat-of-arms granted by Queen Elizabeth I shortly after the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Arms: Argent two chevrons sable on a canton of the second an eagle displayed of the first.
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or: ostrich's head and neck sable between two feathers argent.
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JOHN PERSON
(1630-1707)
John Person, was born about 1630, sailed from England to Virginia as early as 1648 and settled in Isle of Wight County. This was the year before the beheading of Charles I, and it was not possible for a colonist to be indifferent to the struggle in England.
John Person's plantation was on the Blackwater River, and he was probably a neighbor of William and Mary Cook, whose daughter Frances he married about the year 1658. John and Frances Cook Person were the parents of only one child, John Person, Jr., who was born about 1660, the year when the monarchy was restored in England.

For having paid the passage of twenty-two persons from England to the Virginia colony, William Cook, Sr., received (jointly with William miles) a patent (Virginia Land Office Patents (hereafter cited as Virginia Land Patents), Book 5, pg. 460), of 1,100 acres of land "on the second branch of the Blackwater River at the upper conrner of John Oliver's land and running down to Mr. England's." The patent was granted on Sept. 29, 1664, during the reign of Charles II.

On April 10, 1665, a part of this land was presented through a deed of gift by William and Mary Cook (jointly with William Miles) to John Person, Jr., at that time about five years old. The stipulation was made that the property was to remain in the possession of John Person, Jr.'s parents, John Person the elder and his wife Frances, "until ye said John Person their sonne be of full age." The land was on the Blackwater River adjoining that of John Oliver."

John left a will in Isle of Wight County dated Oct. 2, 1707 (Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Will and DeedBook 2, pg. 662). The surname within the body of the will is spelled with the final -s, while the document is signed without the -s, an example of the fact that the name at that time was spelled indifferently with and without the -s).

The only devisees were those mentioned in the following paragraph: "I give and bequeath my whole estate real and personal to be equally divided between my loving wife Frances and my only son John." John Person's widow, Frances Cook(e) Person, continued to live on the plantation in Isle of Wight until her death about 1721. Reference is made to this fact in the will of her son, John Person of Surry County (Will and Deed Book 1738-1754, pg. 51).



Persons Lineage, compiled by George Fuller Walker. Copyright, 1951. By The Conger Printing Company, Atlanta, Georgia. pgs. 2-4.

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JOHN PERSON, Jr.

(1660-1738)

John Person Jr., son of John and Frances Cook Person, was born in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia about the year 1660. He was a Vestryman and Land Proprietor of Virginia. Over a period of years, John Person received seven land patents from the British Crown. The first (Virginia Land Patents, Book 7, pg. 374) was granted on April 20, 1684, during the reign of charles II and was signed by Francis, Lord Howard, Governor. It was for 290 acres of land in the lower part of Surry Co., on the head of Blackwater Branch, adjoining the land of T. Land, R. Ruffin, Mr. Binford and R. Bennett, and was granted to him for having paid the passage of six persons from England to virginia. The fact that the patent refers to him as "Jr.." precludes the possibility of its referring to his father, who was still living. 

The second patent (Virginia Land Patents, Book 7, pg. 376) bears the same date as the first, was for 740 acres on the southwest side of the Johnchehaucon Swamp in Surry County at the mouth of the Great Branch in or near Mr. Owen's line and was grated to him for having paid the passage of fifteen persons. He is also called "Jr." in this patent.

The third patent (Virginia Lands Patents, Book 10, pg. 343), was granted on Dec. 17, 1717, by King George I "to John Persons of Surry County for services performed towards making the new settlement for the Sapponi Indians at Christanna," and was for 76 acres on the north side of the Meherrin River in Isle of Wight County, "being part of a tract whereon said Indians lately dwelt."

The fourth patent (Virginia Lands Patents, Book 11, pg. 168), granted on Feb. 18, 1722, by King George I for 130 acres in Isle of Wight County on the south side of the Meherrin River.

The fifth patent (Virginia Lands Patents, Book 11, pg. 172), bears the same date as the fourth, and was for 100 acres on the south side of the Meherrin River and on the north side of Fountain's Creek in Isle of Wight County.

The sixth patent (Virginia Lands Patents, Book 15, pg. 441), was granted by King George II on Feb. 27, 1734, and was for 330 acres on the south side of the Meherrin River on Fountain's Creek in Brunswick County (Brunswick Co., was formd from Prince George, Isle of Wight and Surry).

The seventh patent (Virginia Lands Patents, Book 17, pg. 111), was granted by King George II on June 5, 1736, for 1375 acres in Surry County on the north side of the Blackwater Swamp and on Johnchehaucon Swamp adjoining the land of R. Wiggins, B. Rix, J. Justice, W. Cooper, T. Washington, E. Scarborough and R. Proctor.

English records show that the ancestors of John Person were members of the Church of England and Virginia records show that he himself was a Vestryman (a member of his local church, not a member of the clergy. In England especially, Parish Councils have long been a level of local government) in the same church, and later records show that his children belonged to this church; yet the Quarker Records give the folllowing record of his marriage: "John Person, son of John Person of Isle of Wight County, and Mary Partridge, daughter of Thomas Partridge of Surry County. 10 day of 1st mo. 1692" (The first month in 1692 refers to March rather than January).

John Person was a vestryman in Isle of Wight County, and his name is listed among those for the Old Brick church. It appears that he held this office between 1724 and 1738.

The will of John Person, dated Aug. 8, 1721, was proved March 21, 1738 (Surry County, Will and Deed Book, 1738-1754, pg. 51). His second wife, Sarah, made a renunciation of her husband's will on Sept. 20, 1738 (Surry County, Deed Book 1730-1738, vol. 8, Part II, pg. 902).

John and Mary Partridge Person's children-
1. John Person III - 1693-
2. Thomas Person - died about 1754
3. Francis Person - 1697 - 1758
4. Joseph Person
5. William Person - 1700-
6. Benjamin Person
7. Samuel Person- 1704 -1754
8. Jacob Person
9. Mary Person Glover
10. Elizabeth Person Tuke

Persons Lineage, compiled by George Fuller Walker. Copyright, 1951. By The Conger Printing Company, Atlanta, Georgia. pgs. 5-7.
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Francis Person/s

(1697-1758)

Francis Person was born about 1697 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia and was probably named for his grandmother, Frances Cook Person. Under the terms of his father's will, he received certain slaves, stock, household goods, and "ye plantation in Isle of Wight Co. whereon my mother now lives with the land thereunto belonging" (Surry Co., Virginia, Will and Deed book, 1738-1754, pg. 51). Francis' father, John Person, distributed numerous plantations in his will, and the fact that he gave this particular plantation to his son Francis might indicate that Francis was more closely associated with his grandmother (whose name he fore) than were any of the other children. This plantation was the one deeded to John Person II, when he was about five years old, by William and mary Cook. William Cook had originally received it as a part of a royal patent in 1664.

Francis Person had land in both Surry (where his father died) and in Isle of Wight (where his granparents died), and seems to have been closely identified with both countries.

On May 1, 1750, Francis Person of Surry Co., Virginia, purchased from James Saintsing of Granville County, Nrth Carolina, land on the north side of Fishing Creek (Granville Co, NC, Ded Book A, pg. 516). The land was in that part of Granville Co., which in 1764 became Bute. When Bute was abolished in 1779, and Franklin and Warren Counties were formed from it, this property was in Warren near the dividing line of the two counties. The deed was witnessed by William Person and Joseph Person.

The children of Francis Person were the principal heirs of his brother, Samuel Person, who died in 1754 (Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, Will Book 6, pg. 123). Ten of his twelve children were devisees in the latter's will. these were Samuel, Jesse, Joseph, Mary, Henry, William, James, Jacob, John, and Sarah and with the exception of Sarah, all are identified in the will as children of Francis.
The inventory and appraisement of the estate of Francis Person were made on Feb. 18, 1758 in Surry Co., Virginia, by Richard Gray, Robert Hunnicutt, and James Cark (Will Book, 1754-1768, pgs. 125-127).

Francis Person was survived by his widow, Mary Turner Person, who spent her last years in North Carolina. Her will, dated May 20, 1761, was proved Aug. 11, 1761, in Granvlle Co., North Carolina.

Francis and Mary Turner(?) Person's children:

1. Samuel Person - 1721 - 1762

2. Joseph Person(s) - 1723 - 1772

3. Henry Person - ? - 1765

4. James Person - ? - 1765

5. John Person(s) - 1730 - 1786

6. Jacob Person

7. William Peson(s) - 1736 - 1816

8. Sarah Person

9. Mary Person

10. Lucy Person
11. Martha Person
12. Jesse Person(s) - 1747 - 1806
Persons Linage. George Fuller Walker, copyright 1951. By The Conger Printing Company, Atlanta, Georgia. pg. 22
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John Person/s
(1730-1786)
John Person was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He removed to North Carolina, and was living as early as 1752 in the area between Sandy Creek and Fishing Creek in that part of Granville Co., which in 1764 became Bute Co. He made three purchases of land in this area before Bute Co. was formed. The property was in the same vicinity as that purchased by his father, Francis Person in 1750.

The French and Indian War, with which it is usually associated, began in the American Colonies in 1754. John Person, along with his brother, Joseph Person, served in the Colonial Militia of North Carolina. He was a member of Capt. Daniel Harris's Company, Granville Co., Regiment under the command of Col. William Person his uncle and Maj. James Paine. His name appears on a muster roll of the regiment taken Oct. 8, 1754.

John owned lands in both Franklin and Warren Counties and the records show clearly that these were north of Sandy Creek near the dividing line of the two counties.

John and Prudence Jones Person's children -1. Francis Persons - 1758 - 1815



2. Jones Persons - 1760 - 1850

3. Josiah Person - 1762 - 1806

4. Holly Berry Persons Walker - 1765 - 1846

5. Turner Persons - 1766 - 1827

6. Obedience Persons Bass - 1767 - 1827

7. Anderson Blevens Person

8. James Person - 1770 -

9. Amos Persons - 1771 - 1815
Persons Linage. George Fuller Walker, copyright 1951. By The Conger Printing Company, Atlanta, Georgia. pgs. 33-35.
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PRUDENCE JONES 
(1740-1798)
Prudence Jones was married to John Person (1730-1786) about 1756. 
John was a Soldier of the French and Indian War, a Planter of Virginia and of North Carolina and also a Patriot of the NSDAR. 
Prudence and John had 8 children:

1.   Francis Person (1758-1815)
2.   Jones Persons (1760-1850)
3.   Josiah Persons (1762-1806)
4.   Holly Berry Persons Walker (1765-1846)
5.   Turner Persons (1766-1827)
6.   Obedience Persons Bass (1767-1827)
7.   James Person (1770- ??)
8.   Amos Person (1771-1815)
Prudence Jones was born to Samuel and Sarah Jones in 1740 of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, where the Person and Jones family lived originally. 

These two families were very close in several ways - John Person’s brother, Joseph Person – married Prudence’s sister, Ann Jones.  Also, John Person’s sister, Sarah, is believed to have married a brother of Prudence Jones.  

John and Prudence moved to North Carolina about 1756, living in the area between Sandy Creek and Fishing Creek in the part of Granville County which in 1764 became Bute Co.
There is no doubt that John and Prudence Person were close to John’s brother and Prudence’s sister – Joseph and Ann Person since they were named in land deeds either as owners of adjoining property or as witnesses of various land deeds.  Another family that was close to the Person’s was Rev. William Walker, whose son, Joel, married John and Prudence’s daughter, Holly Berry Persons.
John Person passed in 1786 in Franklin Co., North Carolina.  Shortly after his passing, Prudence married Jacob Bass, Sr., who was a family friend of the Person’s and who had also lost his wife.

Since both of them Prudence Person and Jacob Bass had children by previous marriages, Prudence deeded her property and belongings to her children in order to protect her interests, should Jacob Bass attempt to assert any rights over her property. In 1789, Prudence deeded to her youngest son Amos Persons, a plantation on the north side of Sandy Creek and other belongings with the provision that Amos Persons was “to have no authority power or possession of either the land or belongings till after my (Prudence) decease.” This was witnessed by her oldest son Francis Person and 2nd son- Jones Person. On this same day, Prudence deeded to her son Turner Persons, belongings which were again witnessed by Francis and Jones Person.
Prudence’s second husband, Jacob Bass, Sr. died in 1792, at which time Prudence left Franklin Co., NC and moved to Warren Co., Georgia  where her children:  Jones Persons, Holly Berry Persons Walker, Turner Persons and Obedience Persons Bass were living.
In the book, The Records of the Church at Williams Creek, written by Kenneth Brantley, Prudence Bass attended Williams Creek in 1795.  
On March 12th, 1796, Prudence Bass was received into the Church by letter. On Sept. 21st, 1798 – Prudence Bass is listed as “dead”.


Information from-

Person/s Lineage,

by George Fuller Walker, copyright 1951

The Records of the Church at Williams Creek,

by Kenneth Brantley
Powder Springs, Georgia : Brantley Association of America, c1995


Ancestry.com

Historical Records


Compiled by Suzan Persons VandeVelde

*Prudence & John Person – 4 Gr. Grandparents of Suzan Persons
*Jones & Diana Neal Persons – 3 Gr. Grandparents of Suzan Persons


Jones Persons

(1760-1850)

Jones Persons received his given name from the maiden name of his mother, Prudence (Jones) Person.  
 Jones served in Col. Elijah Clarke's Regiment during the American Revolution and received a land grant of 287 1/2 acres in Franklin Co., GA for his services on Oct. 12, 1787.  He was a Justice of the Interior Court and a Planter of North Carolina and Georgia.
Certificate of Service, Office of Secretary of State, Georgia
Two certificates of Elijah Clarke, May 17, 1784: Bounty Surveys, No. 252, Surveyor General's Book i, pg. 107.
Georgia Land Grants, Office of the Secretary of State, Book OOO, Pg. 378: Jones Persons, 287 1/2 acres in Franklin County, bounty grant, Octover 12, 1787. 
Persons Linage. George Fuller Walker, copyright 1951. pg. 54-80.
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  Jones was born in that part of Granville County, North Carolina, which in 1764 became Bute Co.  When Franklin and Warren Counties were formed from Bute in 1779, he lived in the northern part of Franklin County.  His parents, John and Prudence Jones Person moved to NC about 1752 from Virginia and they lived between Sandy Creek and Fishing Creek.  Jones' Grandfather Francis Person had property in the same vicinity which had been purchased in 1750. 
   Between 1787 and 1790 Jones moved to Georgia and first settled in Wilkes county which in 1793 became Warren Co.  He owned extensive holdings in the state of Georgia, and had plantations in the counties of Wilkes, Warren, Jackson, Greene, Jasper, Hancock, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, and Upson.  He was Justice of the Inferior Court of Putnam County, 1813-1815 and was the first to hold  this same office in Upson County after it was formed in 1824.
Persons Linage. George Fuller Walker, copyright 1951. pg. 54-80.
1787- Georgia Land Grants, Office of the Secretary of State, Book 000, pg. 378:  Jones Persons, 287 1/2 acres in Franklin County, bounty grant, Oct. 12, 1787.  
   Between 1787 and 1790 Jones Persons moved to Georgia, and first settled in that part of Wilkes County which in 1793 became Warren. In 1790, he married Diana Neal, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Neal.

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   Jones Persons received two land grants in Georgia in addition to the bounty grant.  One of these was for 287 1/2 acres of land in Franklin County, dated Oct. 3, 1787, and the other was for 12 1/2 acres in Wilkes County, dated Oct. 17, 1798. (Georgia Land Grants, Book OOO, pg. 369.  When Jackson County was formed from Franklin in 1796, this land was then located in Jackson.  Jones retained it until March 15, 1815, at which time he sold it to his brother, Turner Persons. Jackson County, Deed Book F, pg. 183.)
    Between 1793 & 1817- Jones Persons was a grantee in three deeds in Warren Co., (Deed Book A, pg. 620; Deed Book B, pp. 50, 453), and was a grantor in three deeds (Deed Book A, pg. 539; Deed Book B, pg. 450; Deed Book C, pg. 255). 
   The Land Lottery of July 19, 1805, represents the distribution of lands obtained from the Creek Nation of Indians by the Treaty of Fort Wilkinson, June 6, 1802, in compliance with the Act of December 10, 1803.  Jones Persons is #1041 on the list.   The Georgia Land Lottery of 1805 lists Jones Persons for Warren Co., Georgia.
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1793- North Carolina Census Index-
Jones Persons
County: Wilkes County
Township: Thorntons District
Year: 1793
Record Type: Tax list
Page: 275
Database: NC Early Census Index
 North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
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1801- Georgia, Property Tax Digests-
Jones Persons
District: Captain Stephen Marshals
Place: Warren, Georgia, USA
Georgia Tax Digests [1890]. 140 volumes. Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives.
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History of Upson County, Georgia, by Carolyn Walker Nottingham and Evelyn Hannah,
Accepted as the official county history by the County Commissioners, April 1930.
Sponsored by the John Houston Chapter, DAR
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1820 US Federal Census-
Jones Persons
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Monticello, Jasper, Georgia
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 11
Free White Persons - Under 16: 3
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total Slaves: 21
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 28
 Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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Jones Persons is shown as Georgia Head of Household in Upson Co., Ga. 1830 Census- image 51 pg. 238 & 239. 
In the 1840 US Census, Jones is the Head of Household in District 588 of Upson Co., Ga. with only one female between the age of 60-60; being his wife Diana, living with him.  
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1823-
Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Jasper Co., GA 1812-1829 Male Membership Roll-Sept. Association 1819:  Jones Persons
"A list of all those received by letter since the association 1823"- Jones Persons
Source: "Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Jasper Co., GA. 1812-1829 Minutes and Membership Roll"  687 available through interlibrary loan; Mercer University.
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1824-
Jan. 12, 1824- Thomas Persons of Jasper Co. to Jones Persons of Pike, 1. in 11D. was then Pike now Upson.
Chapter VIII, Early Deed Records, pg. 300
History of Upson County, Georgia, by Carolyn Walker Nottingham and Evelyn Hannah,
Accepted as the official county history by the County Commissioners, April 1930.
Sponsored by the John Houston Chapter, DAR
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1824-
New Hope Primitive Baptist Church at Yatesville, Upson County (Georgia)
New Hope was organized March 31, 1824, the first preaching service being held the following April.  It has been an active church since that time.  According to their well preserved minutes since the organization of the church, we find they first belonged to the Echeconne Association but in 1833, they joined the Flint river Association.  Those constituting the church were:  Alex Caddenhead, Thomas Sanders, Jones Persons, William Willis, Anna Caddenhead, Milly Allen, Marthy Sanders and Naomi Sanders. "At the requests of the above named brethern and sisters. . . . and after being duly examined, finding the brothers and sisters sound and orthodox in their faith in the Apostles, proceeded to constitute them into a regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ."  John Hamrick was chosen moderator, and Jones Persons was chosen clerk.  Among the ministers who have served this church we find the following name: James P. Lyon (Jones' son Lovett Persons' wife- Malinda Lyon Persons' father).
Among the membership of the church, a partial list taken from the church roll: Diana Persons (Jones Persons' wife) , Nancy Persons, Malinda Persons, Aneliza Persons, Sarah Persons (possibly Jones Persons' daughter), Malinda A. Persons (Lovett Persons' wife), Sarah Persons (Lovett Persons' daughter). 
Chapter IX, Church Cemetery and Bible Records, pgs. 333-335
History of Upson County, Georgia, by Carolyn Walker Nottingham and Evelyn Hannah,
Accepted as the official county history by the County Commissioners, April 1930.
Sponsored by the John Houston Chapter, DAR
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1825-
The first county officers were elected early in 1825 and were the Justices of the Inferior Court.  They were commissioned January 6th, 1825 for four years, but some of the men resigned before a year had elapsed.  the following constituted the first Inferior Court of the cournty:
Jones Persons, succeeded Aug. 31, 1826 by Thomas K. Smith.
Chapter I. Early History of the County- pg. 26 + pg. 44
History of Upson County, Georgia, by Carolyn Walker Nottingham and Evelyn Hannah,
Accepted as the official county history by the County Commissioners, April 1930.
Sponsored by the John Houston Chapter, DAR
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1830- US Federal Census-
Jones Persons
Home in 1830 - Upson, Georgia
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total Slaves: 18
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 21
 1830 US Census; Census Place:  , Upson, Georgia; Page: 120; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 21; Family History Film: 0007041. 
 Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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1840 US Federal Census-
Jones Persons
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): District 587, Upson, Georgia
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 10
Total Free White Persons: 2
Total Slaves: 25
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 27
Year: 1840; Census Place: District 587, Upson, Georgia; Roll: 52; Page: 27; Image: 58; Family History Library Film: 0007048.
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1850; Census Location:   Militia District 86,   Upson,   Georgia; Page:  641; Line:  3.  Shows that Jones Persons passed in Feb. 1850.  He was a Farmer and cause of death is Old age. 
Jones Persons' probate records were found in the Thomaston and Upson County Archives, GA. Grandsons Amos W. Persons of Burleson Co., TX and Thomas N. Persons of Washington Co., TX did inherit proving their lineage. Jones' son William Pinkney Persons and son-in-law Stanley Peurifoy were administrators. The archieves also contain probate of Jones' widow Diana Neal Persons dated 1859, with Lovett Persons the administrator.
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Edward Norphlet Brown (born 1830) wrote a manuscript that is posted in the Person/s Lineage about his Grandmother's (Holly Berry Person Walker) brothers and sisters who moved to Georgia.  Edward lived with his Grandmother Holly until her death and continued to live and grow up in Warren County, Georgia. This manuscript is found on pg. 43.
"My Grandmother's parents were reared in Franklin County, North Carolina on Fishing creek some forty miles west of the town of Halifax on Roanoke River. It was their Market Town. Gen. Cornwallis retreated in Yorktown, Va. and there surrendered to Washington in 1781.  This was the end of the war.  but there were hot times in Va. and NC after Cornwallis surrendered between Whig and Tory . . . . To get away from this continual fuss, the Persons, Walkers and others formed a colony and trekked away to Georgia in 1782 some five hundred miles and entered lands from the authorities, . . . . forty to fifty miles from Augusta, the head of navigation on Savannah River. Three of my Grandmother's brothers came in this trekking crowd, viz., Jones Persons, Josiah Persons and Turner Persons.  They all settled in Warren County and raised large and influential families."  According to the author George Walker, on page. 44, he notes, "A close study of the deeds and other county records in North Carolina and Georgia makes it clear that any trip made to Georgia by members of this family in 1782 was only a preliminary one, and that the very earliest permanent settlement made by them in Georgia was not earlier than approximately 1788.  All children of members of this group who were born as early as 1788 and who were still living in 1850 listed their place of birth as North Carolina in the census records.  All of the brothers and sisters named in the manuscript were in Georgia prior to 1790."  
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Jones Persons is a Patriot for the Daughters of the American Revolution and his number is A087088.
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Jones Persons married Diana Neal about 1790 in Warren Co., Georgia.
The names of Jones and Diana Persons' children and dates of birth were obtained by Miss Ann Persons from the Bible of Jones Persons. 
resource book- PERSON(S) LINEAGE, by George Fuller Walker
copyright 1951, Printed in USA, Atlanta, GA.
Chapter IX - Jones Persons (1760-1850) and his Descendants pgs. 54-82
Research on Ancestry.com for further information was contributed to the list:
1. Thomas Henry Persons (1791-1881)
2. Turner Persons, Sr. (1793-1848)
3. Amos J. Persons (1795-1874)
4. William Pinkney Persons, Sr. (1797-1874)
5. Benjamin Franklin Persons (1800-1885)
6. John Persons (1803-1854)
7. Mary J. Persons Allison (1804-1888)
8. Sarah Rose Persons Smith (1807-1883)
9. Martha Neal Persons Peurifoy (1809-1889)
10. Jones Persons, Jr. (1812- ??)
11.  Lovett Persons (1814-1862)
PERSONS FAMILY CEMETERY -  
YOUNGEST SON LOVETT BUILT THIS CEMETERY FOR HIS FATHER JONES PERSONS IN 1850
Looking inside the Persons Family Cemetery -
before the clean up in 2012
summer 2011
After the clean up in April 2012

James Persons - Nov. 13, 1855- Feb. 20, 1856
upper half - found Feb. 2013

The inscription on James headstone-

Child of Lovett & M.A. Persons

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Sleep, Loved one! In thy Lonely bed,

Beneath the green turf, damp and chill;

For "blessed are the dead."
Whisper sweet voices, soft and still.
Feb. 2013

We found all the missing slabs for
Lovett's flat stone and pieced it together.

Now if someone visits the Persons Family Cemetery; they will find the stones for Malinda A. Lyon, Lovett and Baby James Persons.


LOVETT PERSONS
(1814-1862)
Lovett Persons was the youngest child born to Jones and Diana (Neal) Persons in 1814.  Lovett's father Jones, was the Justice of the Inferior Court of Putnam County from 1813-1815 and was the first to hold this same office in Upson County after it was formed in 1824. 
According to the 1820 Federal Census, Jones and his family lived in Monticello, Jasper Co., Georgia in 1820. 
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Family information states that Lovett served in an Indian War. The above photos are what I have found so far. 
Jones and his family moved to Upson Co. and is living in District 587 in 1830.  
August 10, 1841, Lovett Persons married Malinda Lyon in Monroe Co., Georgia.  By 1850, Lovett was 36.  He and Malinda had 3 daughters, Marian E. (6), Sarah E. (4) and Susan D. (1) were living in Monroe Co., Ga.  Lovett lived five dwellings away from his older brother William Pinkney (1797-1874), who lived next door to his son Thomas Persons (25). His Value of Real Estate owned 6,000.
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1830 US Census - Upson County, Georgia
Lovett would have been 16 years old for the 1830 Census.  It has to be assumed that Lovett accounts for the Free Whie Male between 15 and 19. His father, Jones Persons is listed in this US Census with the following informaiton-
Name: Jones Persons
Home in 1830: Upson, Georgia
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total Slaves: 18
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 21
1830 US Census; Census Place:  , Upson, Georgia; Page: 120; NARA Series: M19; 
Roll Number: 21; Family History Film: 0007041.
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1840 US Census - District 587, Upson Co., Georgia
Head of household - Lovet Persons
This census shows Lovett living next door to Jones & Diana Neal Persons, his parents. 
White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 
He was living alone and had 3 slaves. 
Year: 1840; Census Place: District 587, Upson, Georgia; Roll: 52; Page: 27; Image: 58; Family History Library Film: 0007048.
Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, 
Washington, D.C.
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1850 US Federal Census - Slave Schedules record for Monroe, GA
Shows that Lovett Persons owned 11 slaves.  
5 males- ages 40-16 yrs.
6 females - ages 25-4 yrs.
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1850 US Federal Census-
Lovett Persons
Age: 36
Birth Year: abt 1814
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1850: Division 60, Monroe, Georgia
Gender: Male
Family Number: 146
Household Members:
Name Age
Lovett Persons 36
Malinda Persons 25
Marian E Persons 6
Sarah E Persons 4
Susan D Persons 1
1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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On Dec. 30, 1850, 
Pinkney Persons, as administrator of the estate of Jones Persons, deeded to Lovett Persons lands in Upson Co., Ga.  (Deed Book M, pp. 199-200.)
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1860 United States Federal Census 
Culloden, Monroe, Georgia  Gender: Male  Post Office: Culloden  Value of real estate:
 Household Members: Name Age  
Lovet Persons 46
Malinda Persons 35
Mary A Persons 16
Sarah E Persons  14
Susan D Persons 12
John W Persons  10
Emma R Persons  7
Erastus J Persons  3
Charles M Persons  10
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W. Pinkney Persons, Lovett's older brother,  lives next door with his wife Nancy and their children. 
This is the last US Census that Lovett will be shown since he passes in 1862.
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Lovett and his father-in-law and brother-in-laws belonged to-
Grand Lodge, in 1854
King David's Lodge No. 139, Culloden P.O., Monroe County, Georgia
Lovett Persons
Jordan Lyon
John H. Lyon
James P. Lyon, E.A.
-Dues paid $23.35
Regular meetings of this Lodge are held on the
second and fourth Monday nights in each month,
from 1st of October to the 1st April, and the 
second Monday nights, from April 1st to Oct. 1st.
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Lovett and Malinda were married August 10, 1841 in Culloden, Monroe Co., Georgia. 
Their children were:
1. Mary Ann "Mollie" Persons Williams (1843-1917)
2. Sarah E. Persons Miller (1846-1910)
3. Susan Diana Persons Ward (1849-1923)
4. John W. Persons (1850- ???)
5. Emma Rebecca Persons Abercombie (1853-1934)
6. James Persons (1855-1856)
7. Erastus Jones Persons, Sr. (1857-1927) 
8. Charles W. Persons (1859-1908)
9. Lula Persons McLester (1862-1941)

Lovett's death is listed as Nov. 13, 1862.  He may not have been alive for the birth of his last child Lula Persons since we are not sure of Lula's birth date.

ERASTUS J. PERSONS, Sr.
(1857-1927)
Erastus J. Persons, Sr.
1886
Erastus J. Persons was born April 1857 in Culloden, Monroe Co., Georgia to Lovett Persons (1814-1862) and Malinda Adaline Lyon Persons (1825-1908). 
His middle name was Jones, for his Grandfather Jones Persons (1760-1850), who had died just 7 years before his birth.
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1860 US Federal Census-
Erastus J Persons
Age in 1860: 3
Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Georgia (country)
Home in 1860: Culloden, Monroe, Georgia
Gender: Male
Post Office: Culloden
Lovet Persons 46
Malinda Persons 35
Mary A Persons 16
Sarah E Persons 14
Susan D Persons 12
John W Persons 10
Emma R Persons 7
Erastus J Persons 3
Charles M Persons 10
1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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1870 US Federal Census-
Erastus Persons
Age in 1870: 13
Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1870: Monroe, Georgia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Forsyth
Malinda Persons 45
Sallie Persons 24
Susan Persons 22
Emma Persons 17
Erastus Persons13
Charlie Persons 11
Lulu Persons 8
1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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Census records taken close to the time of birth are generally considered accurate, even if the relationships are not known.  We have established that the Persons Family lived in Monroe Co., Georgia. In the 1860 US Census, Lovett Persons' older brother, Pinkney Persons (1797-1874) lives next door to Lovett and his family.
Nov. 1862, Lovett Persons died. Erastus Jones was only 5 years old when his father passed. Lovett's wife, Malinda Adaline Lyon Persons is the administrator for Lovett's Estate. I have included a poor copy of the papers for the credit to and from the Estate of Lovett Persons.  
It is the Monroe County, Georgia Annual Returns, Vol. M - 1853-58, Drawer 3, Box 59, Reel 103 at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Ga. 
If you turn to page 458 of the copy, you will see where -
"Mrs. M.A. Persons to Mrs. M. C. Goosamy(?)
For tuition of  John W. Wilkenson       $12.00
 "      "       "   Emma R. Persons            9.60
 "      "      "    Erastus Persons           7.50
                                                  ---------------
                                                      $24.10
Recd. of Mrs. M.A. Persons admin. on Estate of Lovett Persons, $29.10 for tuition Sept. 28th 1863."
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Louella "Lula" Ann Zellner Persons
1886

 1886, Erastus Jones Persons, Sr. married "Lula" Ann Zellner (1862-1913) in Culloden, Monroe Co., Georgia.
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1900 US Federal Census-
Erastus Persons
Age: 43
Birth Date: Apr 1857
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1900: Union Hill, Upson, Georgia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lula Persons
Marriage Year: 1887
Years Married: 13
Father's Birthplace: Georgia
Mother's Birthplace: Georgia
Erastus Persons 43
Lula Persons 38
Floy Persons 12
Charlie Persons 9
Francis Persons 7
Erastus Persons 4
Susie Persons 1
William Persons  11/12
Alford Harris 19
1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
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1920 US Federal Census-
Erastus Persons
Age: 62
Birth Year: abt 1858
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1920: Culloden, Monroe, Georgia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Georgia
Mother's Birthplace: Georgia
Erastus Persons  62
Susie Persons 22
Clarence Persons 18
1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
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1927- Death Certificate- (info. is wrong)
Erastus Jones Persons
Birth Date: abt 1857
Birth Place: Georgia
Death Date: 16 Nov 1927
Death Place: Thomaston, Upson
Death Age: 70
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Father Name: Charles Persons (this information was provided by Erastas Jones Persons' brother.  Charles is NOT  his father.  His father is Lovett Persons who died in 1862.) 
Mother Name: Malinda Townes (this information was provided by Erastas Jones Persons' brother. His mother's name was Malinda Adaline Lyon Persons).
FHL Film Number: 2365002
Georgia, Deaths Index, 1914-1927 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:
"Georgia Deaths, 1914–1927." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2007. "Georgia Deaths, 1914–1927" and "Georgia Deaths, 1930," images, FamilySearch. Georgia Department of Health and Vital Statistics, Atlanta, Georgia.

 Rebuttal for incorrect information given on - Certificate of Death for Erastus Jones Persons on Nov. 16, 1927 gave the name of his father as Charles Persons and his mother as Malinda Lownes. The proof of the Georgia Marriage Records for Monroe County, Georgia shows that Lovett Persons married Melinda Lyon on August 10, 1841. The name Lyon sounds like and is known to be spelled Lownes. Simple mistake on Charlie Persons part. 
Lovett Persons died in 1862, which was 65 years from the 1927 death of Erastus, when Erastus was 5 years old. More than likely, Erastus did not know or remember his Lovett. The person who validated this information was Charlie Persons of Thomaston, Georgia - the son of Erastus and  Grandson of Lovett. Charlie was named for his Father's brother Rev. Charles M. Persons (1859-1908).  It seems that Charlie did not remember his Grandfather's name who had passed 65 years before and simply wrote in the name of his Uncle whom he was named for and who also had passed in 1908 - 27 years before.
Further, a search of the Monroe County Federal Census in 1860 for any man named Charles/Charlie/Charley/C with the last name starting with P shows no one who would qualify as the father of Erastus.
Finally, the Erastus Persons named in the death certificate is to be buried in Culloden, Monroe County, where the Erastus named on this application was born and where he lived from the age of 3 until at least age 13. The Persons Family Cemetery indicates that the cemetery is between Yatesville and Culloden.  It will be remembered that Malinda Lyon was born in Yatesville.  The two towns, although in different counties, are less than six miles away.  
Taking all of this into account, it seems reasonable that Erastus Jones Persons was the son of Lovett Persons and Malinda Lyon. 
Erastus and Lula's children were:
1. Floy Emma Persons Massey (1887-1979)
2. Charlie Lovett Persons (1890-1958)
3. Elvira Frances Persons Hardy (1892-1925)
4. Erastus Jones "EJ" Persons, Jr. (1894-1962)
5. Susan "Susie" Alice Persons Ellington (1897-1988)
6. William "Bill" Bryant Persons (1899-1965)
7. Benjamin "Clarence" Persons (1903-1957)
8.+9. Twin Boys (1904)
Susie Alice Persons Ellington
Thomaston, Georgia

Bill with his brothers, Clarence, E.J., and Charley
Picture taken in Grand Island, Florida
1957


WILLIAM "BILL" BRYANT PERSONS
(1899-1965) 

William Bryant Persons
1899-1965
WWI - In France 1915.




Bill was born in 1899 in Upson Co., Georgia.  His father, Erastus Persons worked him so hard in the fields that he ran away about the time his Mom passed.  One of his older brothers signed his papers so he could join the army and he first served on the Mexican Border in 1912 with Gen. Pershing.  Then he became a cook during WWI, with much of his time in France.  Bill would share some of his war stories with his daughter-in-law and one of them was about the time he spent his entire month's pay on champagne.  His CO told him that he could walk or he'd tie a rope around him and be drug behind the wagon to the next location.  As the cook, Bill would keep a pot of coffee on the back stove and if he didn't like his CO, he'd dump "all kinds of stuff" into the coffee pot.  And with war comes death -- a close buddy died with the last name of Mudeirous from New York.  He gave this name to his son, Franklin Mudeirous Persons in 1931.


Bill and Marie Persons
Grand Island, Florida - 1924
  
After the war, Bill traveled to Florida, met Margaret Marie Little and they were married April 6, 1924.
Margaret Marie Little
1902-1990
Daytona Beach, Florida - 1920
Marie was born in Hamilton Co., Tennessee at her Mother's home, Jennie Alora Shelton Little.  Jennie had T.B., so Marie's father Ninnian Adam Little moved the family to Florida as the doctor instructed in hopes of prolonging Jennie's life. 

Charlotte, Marie, Franklin Persons
Grand Island, Lake Co., Florida
1941

Bill and Marie raised Charlotte and Franklin Persons in Grand Island, Lake Co., Florida in the middle of an orange grove surrounded by fresh water lakes full of fish. 
This is one of the only pictures with the whole family pictured together,
 in Grand Island, Lake Co., Florida in 1949.
Charlotte, Bill, Marie and Frank Persons




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