Jones County stood head and shoulders above the surrounding territory from
1827 to 1840 in leadership, wealth and production. She sent three and four
Representatives to the legislature and her leading city of Clinton boasted
12 industrial plants, with a capital of $55,625.00 with over $100,000 in annual
products, tanned hides, farming implements, lumber, corn, meal, flour, wagons,
ox carts, 900 cotton gins annually and lumber products. There were three large
taverns, two hotels, cotton warehouses, a photographic gallery, churches, schools,
silversmith shops, saloons, blacksmith shops, and stores. Sherwood says in
his Gazetteer of Georgia that there were over 55 homes in Clinton. In the thirty-year
period until the War Between the States, she continued to grow and prosper.
The 1850 census shows a total of 10,224 people and real estate value was $1,373,625
and personal property valuation was $3,525,464.