The cabin which is on this property was built by Smith Jones (1803-1861).
Smith Jones was born in 1803 in a section of Jackson County that in 1818
became Gwinnett County. We do not know how he came to be named “Smith” but
at that time it was a common practice in the South to use a surname as the
given name, especially for a son.
Before Smith Jones was twelve years old he and his brothers became
orphans. His father died before May 1812 and his mother died before March
11, 1811. In July 1817, Smith’s maternal grandfather, Nathan Fowler, died
and in his will left to the five orphan Jones children a tract of land,
including his plantation house, and his farm equipment. Since no record of
the settlement of Nathan Fowler’s estate has been found, we do not know what
happened to this land.
After the death of their parents, their sister, Matilda, Continue reading