JONES, Samuel, one of the first associate justices of Dauphin county, was from Bethel township, now in Lebanon county, where he was born about the year 1750. His father, William Jones, laid out Jonestown, dying in November, 1771, the son coming into possession of the greater portion of the estate. He was in active service during the struggle for independence, and November 8, 1777, was appointed by the Supreme Executive Council one of the commissioners to collect clothing, blankets, etc., for the half-clad army at Valley Forge. This service was well performed. On August 15, 1784, he was appointed one of the justices of the peace for Lancaster county, and judge of the Court of Common Pleas January 3, 1785. He was the next oldest in commission when the new county of Dauphin was formed. Of Judge Jonesí subsequent life we have little knowledge. It has been stated that he removed to Pittsburgh toward the close of the century, but even that is not certain.
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