Jones County, Mississippi, Newton Knight

Newtown Knight – Leader Of “The Free State Of Jones”

Newton Knight was a Confederate deserter who lead other deserters, women and former African American slaves, who professed loyalty to the Union, in a successful revolt against the Confederate authorities in Jones County, Mississippi. After the revolt ended, the United States flag was raised over the county courthouse in, “The Free State of Jones”.

A photograph of Rachel Knight.

During the revolt, Newton Jones had Rachel, one of his grandfather’s former slaves, join him. Newton and Rachel ended up having five children together on the 160 acre property that Newton owned.

During reconstruction, Newton Knight became a commissioner whom gave goods out to individuals of need, which included working with federal troops to free slaves from farmers who would not acknowledge the nationwide illegality of the institution of slavery after the war.

Chief Powhatan, Ellisville, Mississippi, Jones County, Mississippi, Mississippi U.S. Senator Powhatan Ellis

Ellisville, Mississippi – Named After A Descendant Of Pocahontas’s Father Chief Powhatan

In 1826, Ellisville, Mississippi was established as the first county seat for Jones County. Ellisville is named for Powhatan Ellis, a former U.S. Senator for Mississippi and descendant of Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas.

Painting of Mississippi U.S. Senator Powhatan Ellis.

During the American Civil War, Ellisville and Jones County were a centers of pro-Union resistance.