Jones County was carved out of Craven County in 1779. The records abstracted in this volume are the earliest and oldest records of the county, beginning in 1779 and continuing through 1868, and they relate to several thousand individuals. The abstracts consist of Deeds, Wills, Tax Lists, Guardian Accounts and Settlement, Census Records (Censuses of 1786 and 1850), Land Grants and Entries, and Marriage Records. The Wills and Guardian Accounts are alphabetically arranged for the convenience of the reader. A comprehensive, multiple-reference index to the Deeds and Land Grants and Entries occupies the last 100 pages of the text.
The original records from which these abstracts were taken are housed in the State Department of Archives and History at Raleigh and in the county courthouse in Trenton. The 1850 Census is housed in the National Archives in Washington.