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Reverend Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. notebook

Reverend Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. notebook

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reverend Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. notebook
Creator: Jones, Charles Colcock, 1804-1863
Creator: Andover Theological Seminary
Inclusive Dates: 1828-1829
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 volume(s)
Collection Number: ms1235
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Charles Colcock Jones was a Presbyterian clergyman, professor, and missionary to African-American slaves. He was born at Liberty Hall plantation in Liberty County, Georgia, the son of John Jones, a wealthy planter, and Susannah Hyrne Girardeau. Jones attended the Sunbury Academy, in Sunbury, Georgia (1811-1819); Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts (1825-1827); Andover Theological Seminary (1827-1829); and Princeton Theological Seminary (1829-1830). After graduating from Princeton, he returned to Georgia and married his first cousin Mary Jones. They had three children. Ordained by the Georgia Presbytery, in May 1831 he accepted a call to be pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Savannah. Eighteen months later he resigned his pastorate, returned to a family plantation in Liberty County, and began his work as a missionary to the African-American slaves of the region.

Scope and Content

A notebook containing over three hundred pages of notes in Reverend Jones' hand, made during his middle year at Andover Seminary. The entire work discusses "Christian Theology," but it is broken into two sections: the first of 247 pages is Jones' own course outline developed on the advice of Dr. Porter, who suggested to Jones that he "form a sketch of the subject, arranged in your own manner - then read on it extensively as time will permit - hear the lectures & recitations - and then write down the entire results" ; the second of 61 pages is the note-taking done in Dr. Wood's lectures on Christian Theology. Skillfully written and organized, this early example of Jones' scholarship exemplifies the meticulousness with which he proceeded and is valuable to show the formative influences of his theological training. In the decade preceding the Civil War, few theologians were more influential than the Georgian Charles Colcock Jones. For further information on this distinguished minister, consult "Children of Pride" by Robert Manson Myers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Reverend Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. notebook, ms 1235. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Jones, Charles Colcock, 1804-1863 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Lecture notes.
Woods, Leonard, 1774-1854

Related Collections in this Repository

Related material held by the Georgia Room: The children of pride: a true story of Georgia and the Civil War / edited by Robert Manson Myers, Ga Room F290 .M9 1977.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Notebook, 1828-1829