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Jones, Albert G.

Born: 1822-XX-XX Virginia

Albert G. Jones was a lawyer and state representative. In June 1845 in Coles County, Illinois, he married Sarah M. Vanderen, with whom he eventually had at least two children. He worked as a lawyer in Charleston, Illinois, and, by 1850, owned $2,500 in real estate. By 1853, he owned more than 200 acres of land in Coles County. Politically, Jones was a Whig. From 1854 to 1856, he served in the Illinois House of Representatives on behalf of Coles County. By 1860, however, he was living in Jackson, Missouri and working as a lawyer again. He owned a personal estate valued at $5,000, real estate valued at $10,000, and three enslaved people—one woman and two toddlers.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Coles County, 16 June 1845, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; John Livingston, Livingston's Law Register (New York: Monthly Law Magazine, 1851), 46; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Charleston, Coles County, IL, 14; For an exhaustive list of Jones's land purchases, search "Jones Albert G," https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/landsrch.jsp; Albert G. Jones to Abraham Lincoln; George H. Harlow, Illinois Legislative Directory (Springfield: H. W. Rokker, 1881), 110; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Jackson, Cape Girardeau, MO, 173; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Slave Schedule, Jackson, Cape Girardeau, MO, 7.