John Paul Jones Timeline

  • Birth

    On July 6, 1747, John Paul(Jr.) was born to Jean Duff and John Paul(Sr.)
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    John Paul Jones's Life and Death.

  • Maritime Career Start

    Maritime Career Start
    When he was 13, Jones began his maritime career as an apprentice on the "Friendship".
  • Father's Death

    Father's Death
    Jones''s father dies.
  • Arrest

    Jones orders sailor Mungo Maxwell flogged. He later dies while on another ship and John Paul is arrested for homicide. He is released on bail and obtains documents proving Maxwell died of yellow fever, not of his wounds.
  • Mutiny

    Some of his sailors launched a mutiny on Jones. So he then had to kill one of them in self defence. Then he was forced to flee so the admirality would not be informed of the incident.
  • Fredricksburg

    Arrives in Fredricksburg, VA. As a Mason, meets many influential Virginia revolutionaries. Assumes the name John Jones and plans to be a Virginia farmer. His brother William dies, but leaves nothing to John.
  • HMS Glasgow

    HMS Glasgow
    Jones engages the HMS Glasgow to protect his sargo ships.
  • Many Victories

    Many Victories
    Jones captures eight British ships and destroys eight other ships while eluding larger warships in seven weeks aboard Providence.
  • USS Ranger's victory over the HMS Drake

    USS Ranger's victory over the HMS Drake
    On April 24, 1778 the USS Ranger took on the HMS Drake in an hour long fight finally ending when the captain of the British sloop HMS Drake was killed. Jones later left his luitenant in charge of the Ship. Jones then later acquired the Bonhomme Richard.
  • Bonhomme Richard v.s Serapis and the Countess of Scarborough

    Bonhomme Richard v.s Serapis and the Countess of Scarborough
    John Paul Jones led the assault on the Serapis and the Countess of Scarborough. This was the battle Jones would be famously known for. He said his most famous quote " I have not yet begun to fight" to a British officer. The Bonhomme Richard sank due to its damage but Jones took over the Serapis.
  • Knighthood

    John Paul Jones was made a "Chevalier" or Knight by France though in contrast he was labeled a pirate in Britain. He then on insited that his title be Chevalier.
  • Job Offer

    Job Offer
    Offer of Major General rank in Russian navy is received.
  • Offer Accepted

    Offer Accepted
    Jones accepts Russia's offer.
  • Sickness

    John finally returns to Paris during French Revolution. He is offered a military commission by George Washington, but he does not accept because of his poor health
  • Death

    On July 18 1792, John Paul Jones died. He died of a disease to his kidneys. He was buried in Paris shortly after his death. In 1905 the U.S recovered his body and his remains are found at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
  • Relocated Remains

    Relocated Remains
    On this date the body was recovered from France and put to rest at Annopolis Naval Academy.