1st Corporal Robert Emmett Jones was born at Baltimore, November 9, 1842. When he was an infant, his parents removed with him to Florida, where he there remained until he attained the age of seventeen years, attending the best schools of Quincy, and becoming thoroughly prepared for a collegiate course.
He then entered Wolford College, South Carolina, and graduated with honor. He returned to Quincy, where he began the study of law in the office of Honorable Charles H. Dupont, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of that State.
After three years, he was admitted to practice in the various courts of the State, and was actively and successfully engaged when the American civil war began. In 1860 he was living near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida in the home of his mother, Lucretia, along with five younger brothers and a younger sister. He was listed as being a law student.
He enlisted in Davidson’s Company on March 14th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida and was appointed as 1st Corporal. He tendered his resignation from this position May 1st, 1862 and was transferred to Company B of the 1st Florida