Dr. Noble Wimberly Jones Medical Monument

Dr. Noble Wimberly Jones Medical Monument

Dr. Noble Wimberly Jones Medical Monument

Dr. Noble Wimberly Jones Medical Monument

At Bay and Drayton Streets
SavannahGA  31401
 

Noble Wimberly Jones, patriot, born near London, England, in 1724; died in Savannah, Georgia, 9 January, 1805. He was the son of Dr. Noble Jones, an early settler of Georgia. The son was associated with his father in the practice of medicine in Savannah from 1748 till 1756.

Noble W. Jones and his sister, Mary, were members of the first group of Georgia colonists. He was trained for a medical career by his father, who was also in government service. Like his father, Noble W. Jones accumulated thousands of acres of land, including his estate at Wormsloe, in the young colony. His planting interests, particularly in rice lands along the Ogeechee River, contributed considerably to his income.

 

Noble Wimberly Jones became active in politics and was called the "Morning Star of Liberty". He was prominent among Georgia's Whig leaders before and during the American Revolution (1775-83) serving in both the provincial and state legislatures and in the Continental Congress. He later turned away from politics and became more involved as a physician and Savannah civic leader.

In 1804 he helped organize the Georgia Medical Society and became its first president. Though increasingly ill in the early 1800s, Jones practiced medicine until his death. He entered his final illness, in his early eighties, after five consecutive nights of exhausting obstetric cases. In Savannah his death elicited general mourning as well as numerous eulogies, appropriate to both the last survivor of Georgia's original colonists and a principal leader in the colony's struggle for independence.