Author: Brant & Fuller (1893)
JOSEPH G. BLOUNT, son of Thomas and Mary (Ricketts) Blount, was born in Jones
county, Ga., January 12, 1833. Thomas Blount, the father, was a native of
Virginia, who came to Georgia when a young man. He married a daughter of ex-Gov.
David Emmanuel, one of the early governors of Georgia. He was married the second
time, in 1830, to the mother of J. G. Blount. He died in 1840 and his wife in
1845. There were three boys and two girls by the last marriage, two boys and a
girl are now living, namely: Joseph G., the eldest; James H., who represented
the Sixth Georgia district in congress for the last twenty years, and Virginia,
wife of Maj. John B. Rudolph, of Lowndes county, Ala. The father was a planter
and left a large estate. He took great interest in politics, and was a man of
fine standing and influence. J. G. Blount was brought up in Jones county, Ga.,
and was educated at the university of Georgia, graduating therefrom in 1852. He
removed to Alabama at the age of twenty-one, where he lived till 1868, and then
five years at Gadsden, and sometime in Atlanta, in the cotton business, and in
1885 moved to Gadsden again. He was married in 1856, in Gordon county, Ga., to
Maria L. Freeman, and three children were born to them-Anne T., James H., Jr.,
and Joseph Augustus, a rising young lawyer of Gadsden, who was born April 19,
1867, at the old homestead, and was educated at Kirkwood Military institute at
Atlanta, and at Mt. St. Mary's college, a Catholic institution at Emmitsburg,
Md., where he graduated in 1886, and took up the study of law with Judge James
Aiken, of Gadsden, in 1888, and was admitted to the bar in 1890. In politics he
is a democrat, and by religious predilection is a devout Catholic. Joseph G.
Blount is a democrat also, and a member of the church. Has a fine plantation of
1,200 acres, and owns considerable realty in Atlanta, Ga.
from "Memorial Record of Alabama", Vol. I, p. 1014
Brant & Fuller (1893)
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