George Fenwick Jones I family papers
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George Fenwick Jones I family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Jones, George Fenwick, 1842-1876.
Title: George Fenwick Jones I family papers
Dates: 1855-1881
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet (4 volumes)
Identification: MS 1638

Biographical/Historical Note

George Fenwick Jones (1842-1876), of Savannah, Georgia, served as secretary to William L. Yancey, the Confederate States of America Commissioner to London. As a boy, Jones studied for two years in Bellerive, Switzerland and kept a journal of a twenty-one day holiday in Switzerland. In 1871, Jones married Anna Wylly Habersham and together had three children: Josephine Noble Jones, Mary Savage Jones, and George Fenwick Noble Jones II. In 1876, after five years of marriage, Jones died of apoplexy.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four journals relating to George Fenwick Jones (1841-1876) and his family. The first journal is a summary of Jones' conduct while on a trip to Switzerland. It contains reports, in French, from his teachers. Additionally there are letters from Jones to his parents in both English and French. The second journal is Jones' personal account of his trip. Included are pictures of various castles he visited on his journey. The third journal is from Wallace Savage Jones and contains Wallace's account of the trip to Switzerland. The fourth journal is by Anna Habersham Jones, George's wife. In the journal she recounts her life with George Fenwick Jones, including their courtship, early married life, the birth of their three children, and Jones' sudden death of apoplexy.

Index Terms

Jones, Anna Habersham.
Jones, George Fenwick, 1842-1876.
Jones, Wallace Savage.
Switzerland--Description and travel.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from family of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], George Fenwick Jones I family papers, MS 1638, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. George Fenwick Jones, 1996.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Journal, Resumes about George Fenwick Jones including letters home. Switzerland, 1856


2Journal, travelogue of George Fenwick Jones. Switzerland, 1856


3Journal, travelogue of Wallace Savage Jones. Switzerland, 1856


4Journal, Anna Habersham Jones. Savannah, Georgia, 1881