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Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. family papers

Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. family papers
Creator: Jones family
Inclusive Dates: circa 1749-1930
Language(s): English
Extent: 7.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes & 5 oversized folders)
Collection Number: ms215
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. (1804-1863), Presbyterian clergyman and planter, married Mary Jones and resided in Liberty County, Georgia.

His son, Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. (1831-1893), lawyer and historian, married first Ruth Berrien Whitehead, then Eva Berrien Eve and resided in Savannah, Georgia. "Known as the 'Macaulay of the South,' Charles C. Jones Jr. was the foremost Georgia historian of the nineteenth century. Also a noted autograph and manuscript collector and an accomplished amateur archaeologist, Jones in later years became a prominent memorialist of the Lost Cause and critic of the New South." - "Charles C. Jones Jr." New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Charles Colcock Jones, Jr's son Charles Edgeworth Jones was an historian as well. He authored a widely read comprehensive history of Georgia education titled "Education in Georgia."

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of the Rev. Charles Colcock Jones family of Liberty County, Georgia from ca. 1749-1909. The early letters (1850-1861) are between Charles Colcock Jones and Mary Jones in Liberty County, Georgia and their son, Charles Jr., while at school in Princeton and Harvard and later in Savannah (Ga.) where he set up his law practice. The letters discuss social and family life, plantation life, politics and government, religious philosophies, and events leading up to the Civil War. From 1861-1865, Charles Jr.'s letters chronicle his involvement as an officer in the Chatham Artillery stationed along the Georgia coast near Savannah, then Charleston and James Island (S.C.), and Jacksonville (Fla.). After the war, the personal correspondence is mainly between Charles Jr., his mother Mary Jones, his wife Eva Eve Jones, and his brother Joseph Jones. There is also a smattering of correspondence regarding his law practice.

The collection also contains two volumes of letters Eva Eve Jones wrote to family describing her travels through Europe in 1879, manuscripts of Charles Jr.'s writings on Georgia history, Charles Jr.'s speeches including an 1861 speech to the Chatham Artillery, and addresses (1886-1892) he gave before the Confederate Survivors Association. Also included is a copy of the original manuscript for William Bartram's book Observations on the Creek and Cherokee Indians attributed to Ephraim G. Sqier (1821-1888). The manuscript contains tracings of Bartram's drawing of prehistoric mounds, Creek towns, and Cherokee and Creek structures not found in the published work.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. family papers, ms215, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 July 21.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Bartram, William, 1739-1823 -- Observations on the Creek and Cherokee Indians
Charleston (S.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Chemistry teachers -- Georgia -- Augusta -- Biography.
Cherokee Indians -- Georgia.
Clergy -- Georgia.
Clippings (information artifacts)
College students -- Massachusetts.
College students -- New Jersey.
College teachers -- Georgia.
Confederate Survivors Association
Creek Indians -- Georgia.
Florida -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia -- History -- 18th century.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865.
Georgia. Chatham Artillery of Savannah
Harvard University
Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
James Island (S.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Jones, Charles C. (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893
Jones, Charles Colcock, 1804-1863
Kentucky -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment.
Land grants.
Land surveys.
Lawyers -- Georgia.
Legal documents.
Liberty County (Ga.) -- Social life and customs.
Magazines (periodicals).
Mississippi -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment.
Plantation life -- Georgia.
Plats (maps)
Practice of law -- Georgia.
Princeton University
Real property -- Georgia -- Franklin County.
Real property -- Georgia -- Liberty County.
Religious life.
Savannah (Ga.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Social life and customs.
Soldiers -- Georgia.
South Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Women travelers -- Georgia.

Related Collections in Other Repositories

See also photographic materials from this collection that were removed to the Cased Image Collection, ms3529.TEMP.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Genealogy and Biography

11Genealogy and biography

Business and Legal Documents

Series 2. Business and Legal Documents contains a vast array of business, financial, and other legal transactions important in colonial Georgia. While these legal and business transaction do not always take place directly within the Jones familythey are nonetheless related. Several early documents include wills, deeds, estates and signatures of distant forebears of the Jones family and notable Georgia figures; later documents indicate financial transactions, debts, and indentures, some of which relates to the Jones Plantation. For related material, see the first few folders of Series 3. Correspondence, wherein are mixed with the correspondence some Jones family business letters and legal documents.
12Splatt, John of South Carolina. Will, (fragments), 1749
13Masses, Joseph. Grant, 1757
6Mackay, Patrick. Release to James Sperinck [oversize], 1760?
15Gibbons, Jos. Deed. (w/Zubly signature), 1761
16Maybank, David. Estate, 1769
17Crooke, Heriot. Lease, (fragments), 1775
18Streetman, Sarah. Deed (includes seal), 1785-1793
19Telfair, Edward. Signature, 1786
110Maybank, Andrew. Will (fragment), undated
111Stewart, James. Way, Thomas. Girardeau, Richard. Land plats, no date
112Georgia Seals. Royal and 1799., 1799
VB1Georgia Seals. Royal and 1799
113Business Documents - Deeds, indentures and land plats (includes Liberty, Burke, and Richmond counties), 1783-1787
114Indentures, deeds, and receipts, 1780-1797
115Receipts, indentures and commissions (includes some Jones Plantation records), 1830-1839
116Financial papers and legal documents (including receipts, bonds, letters of introduction), 1777-1826
Signature of Hon. Augustin S. Clayton (fragment)

Jones Family Correspondence

Series 3. Correspondence comprises the largest series of the collection and spans the years XXXX to XXXX, documenting the Jones family for 4 generations / decades of the Jones family. Generation shifts can be tracked by the correspondents and subject matter. The correspondence is divided into 6 subseries: Subseries 3.1 Early Correspondence consisting of Legal Documents and letters regarding John Jones and Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, Sr.: The first few folders this subseries also contain Jones family business letters and legal documents mixed in with the correspondence.Subseries 3.2 Correspondence between Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. and C. C. Jones, Jr. while away at school: This subseries consists of letters written by Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. and his wife Mary Jones to their sons studying in Princeton. Letters from the sons to the parents are also included. Additionally, some folders contain speeches written by C.C. Jones Jr. on the concept of beauty, and one titled "National Attachments" as well as a poem entitled "The Old Oak Tree."Subseries 3.3 C.C. Jones, Jr. professional correspondence: This subseries consists of correspondence during C.C. Jones, Jr.'s time in Savannah as a laywer and mayor, and while he was a lieutenant colonel in the Civil War. The appearance of Ward, Owens, and Jones law firm stationary signifies Jones becoming an established lawyer in Savannah. Around box 5, the letters shift from predominantly family correspondence to correspondence between C. C. Jones, Jr. and Eva Eve Jones. Scattered among this subseries are civil war documents and business letters. Subseries 3.4 C.C. Jones, Jr. later correspondence, including letters to son Charles Edgeworth Jones: While this subseries mostly consists of C.C. Jones, Jr's correspondence with lawyers and statesmen, letters to son Charles Edgeworth Jones, studying at the University of Georgia, become more frequent and lengthy.Subseries 3.5 Undated C.C. Jones, Jr. Correspondence: Include both incoming and outgoing letters, drafts of speeches and miscellaneous research from all periods of C.C. Jones, Jr.'s life.Subseries 3.6 Charles Edgeworth Jones Correspondence. Consists of mainly incoming letters containing replies to Edgeworth's various research queries. Included are several printed articles, clippings, and signatures.

Early Correspondence consisting of Legal Documents and letters regarding John Jones and Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, Sr.

117John Jones correspondence (with Mary Jones and George Walton), 1779-1797
118Letters - various correspondents , 1807-1829
119Joseph Jones estate letters , circa 1846
120Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. letters and business documents, 1843-1849

Correspondence between Rev. Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. and C. C. Jones, Jr. while away at school

121Letters, 1850
122Letters and C. C. Jones, Jr. speeches on genius and beauty, 1851-January-June
123Letters and C. C. Jones, Jr. speech "National Attachment", 1851-July-December
124Letters and C. C. Jones, Jr. speech "Great Men the Glory of their Country", 1852-January-June
125Letters, account records, and Centennial Odes, 1852-July-December
21Letters, 1853-January-August
22Letters and poem "The Old Oak Tree", 1853-September-December
23Letters, 1854-January-June
24Letters, 1854-July-December
25Letters, 1855
26Letters, 1856-January-March
27Letters, 1856-April-September
28Letters, 1856-October-December
29Letters, 1857 January-June
210Letters, 1857 July-December
211Letters, 1858 January-May
212Letters, including some from Mary Jones to Daughter, 1858 June-December
213Letters, 1859 January-March
214Letters , 1859 April-August

C.C. Jones, Jr. professional correspondence

215Letters, some written on Ward, Jackson and Jones Law Firm stationary, 1859 September-October
216Letters, 1859 November-December
217Letters, 1860 January-March
218Letters, including stocks of the Milledgeville Railroad Company, 1860 April-June
219Letters, 1860 July-September
220Letters, including a clipping from the reopening of the Charleston-Savannah railroad, 1860 October-December
31Letters, 1861 January-March
32Letters, 1861 April-May
33Letters, 1861 June-July
34Letters, 1861 August
35Letters, 1861 September
36Letters, 1861 October
37Letters, with C. C. Jones, Jr.'s letters originating from Head Quarters Chatham Artillery, 1861 November
38Letters, 1861 December
39Letters, 1862 January
310Letters, 1862 February
311Letters, 1862 March
312Letters, 1862 April
313Letters, 1862 May
314Letters, including a Reciept Roll of Hired Men and a Reciept Roll of Men on Extra Duty, 1862 June
41Letters, including a copy of James Carter's Bill, a Monthly Summary Statement, a Reciept Roll of Hired Men and two Rolls of Enlisted Men employed upon Extra Duty, 1862 July
42Letters, including a copy of a reciept to Dr. Daniel O'Connor, a Reciept Roll of Men on Extra Duty, and a Monthly Summary Statement, 1862 August
43Letters, including a copy of a reciept to Dr. Daniel O'Connor, a letter written on Ward, Jackson and Jones stationary with Jackson's name scratched out, a copy of a recipet to Dr. J. B. Marshall + Bro, and a Reciept Roll of Hired Men, 1862 September
44Letters, 1862 October
45Letters, 1862 November
46Letters, 1862 December
47Letters, 1863 January 1-15
48Letters, 1863 January 16-31
49Letters, 1863 February 1-12
410Letters, 1863 February 13-28
411Letters, 1863 March 1-15
412Letters, 1863 March 16-31
413Letters, 1863 April 1-15
414Letters, 1863 April 16-30
415Letters, 1863 May 1-15
416Letters, 1863 May 16-31
417Letters, including Letters of Administration of William J. Eve, 1863 June 1-15
51Letters, including a poem titled "The Solace" and an epistle from Eva, 1863 June 16-30
52Letters, 1863 July 1-15
53Letters, including a subscription to the Southern Presbyterian Review, 1863 July 16-31
54Letters, 1863 August 1-15
55Letters, 1863 August 16-31
56Letters, 1863 September 1-15
57Letters, 1863 September 16-30
58Letters, 1863-October 1-15
59Letters, 1863 October 16-31
510Letters, including a subscription to the Morning News and a policy from Southern Mutual Insurance Company, 1863 November & December
511Letters, including bills from the Savannah Gas Light Company, 1864 January
512Letters, including a copy of the appraisement of the Estate of William J. Eve, 1864 February
513Letters, including a poem titled "Our Boy in the Army", 1864 March 1-12
514Letters, 1864 March 13-31
515Letters, 1864 April
516Letters, 1864 May-July
517Letters, 1864 August
(Artillery Rangers here)
Confederate Flag notebook containing artillery ranges of various weapons
61Letters, 1864 September
62Letters, 1864 October
63Letters, 1864 November
64Letters, 1864 December
65Letters, 1865 January-July
66Letters, 1865 August
67Letters, 1865 September
68Letters, 1865 October-December
69Letters, 1866 January-February
610Letters, 1866 March-December
611Letters, 1867
612Letters, 1868 January-March
613Letters, 1868 April-June
614Letters, 1868 July-December
615Letters, 1869
71Letters, 1870
72Letters, 1871
73Letters, 1872
74Letters, including mostly letters to "Auntie (J.M. Cumming? Emma O. Smith?)," and some childhood notes from Charles Edgeworth Jones, C. C. Jones, Jr's son, 1873
75Letters, including letters to Edgeworth from aunts and uncles, 1874
76Letters, 1875
77Letters, 1876 January-June
78Letters, 1876 July-September
79Letters, including a London and Lancashire Fire Insurance Company statement for Mr. Philo C. Eve, 1876 October-December
710Letters, 1877 January-June
711Letters, including a pamphlet from the "Congres International Des Americanistes" and a "Memorandum of Agreement", 1877 July-December
712Letters, 1878 January-June
713Letters, 1878 July-December
714Letters, 1879 January-June
81Letters, 1879 July-August
82Letters, 1879 September-December
83Letters, 1880
84Letters, 1881
85Letters, 1881

C.C. Jones, Jr. later correspondence, including letters to son Charles Edgeworth Jones

86Letters, 1883
87Letters, including a clippings of an address delivered before the Confederate Survivor's Association by C. C. Jones, Jr., 1884
88Letters, 1885-1886
89Letters, including writing "A Venetian Episode in Augusta, and what came of it", 1887
810Letters, 1888
811Letters, including a letter by Gov. Gordon appointing C.C. Jones, Jr. the Chairman of the Georgia Commission at the Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington , 1889 January-April
812Letters, including letters and condolences regarding the death of the sister of C.C. Jones, Jr. , 1889 May-December
813Letters, 1890
814Letters, 1891
815Letters, 1892
816Letters, including letters of condolence regarding the death of C.C. Jones, Jr., 1893-1899

Undated C.C. Jones, Jr. Correspondence

817Letters, Undated
91Letters, Undated
92Letters, Undated
93Letters, Undated
94Letters, Undated
95Letters, Undated
96Letters, Undated
97Letters, Undated

Charles Edgeworth Jones Correspondence

98Letters, 1887-1889
99Letters, 1890-1892
910Letters, 1893 January-June
911Letters, 1893 July
912Letters, 1893 August 1-24
913Letters, 1893 August 25-31
914Letters, 1893 September-December
915Letters, 1894 January-June
101Letters, 1894 July-December
102Letters, 1895
103Letters, 1896
104Letters, 1897
105Letters, 1898
106Letters, 1899
107Letters, 1900-1919
108Letters, 1920-1930
109Letters, undated

Charles Edgeworth Jones papers

1011Charles Edgeworth Jones List of the writings of C.C. Jones, Jr.
1012Latin examination , 1884 July 5
1013Greek examinations, 1883, 1884
1014Education in Georgia by Charles Edgeworth Jones, 1889
1015Correspondence re: Education in GA
1016Clippings, Pictures, Notes re: Education in GA
1017Commonplace Book
1018Biographical sketch of Dr. Joseph Jones written by Charles E. Jones
This is a biographical sketch of Dr. Joseph Jones written by Charles Edgeworth Jones. The biography was published in the 1890-1891 Christmas issue of the magazine Dixie and appears on pp. 962-1043. There are also 7 ALS pasted in the pages of the magazine and seven newspaper clippings laid in.


111"Cleburne's Letter", 1864 January 2
112"Monument-- Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton - Signers from Georgia of the Declaration of Independence"
113"The Recent Freshet and its Lesson"
114"Military Operations in GA during the War between the States"
115"Negro Slaves and their relations to Confederate Government during the Civil War"
116"The Settlement of Jews in Georgia"
117"History of Georgia." Ch. 1-5
118"History of Georgia." Ch. 6-10
119"History of Georgia." Ch. 11-15
1110"History of Georgia." Ch. 16-19
1111"History of Georgia." Ch. 20-22
1112"History of Georgia." Ch. 23-24
1113"Was It A Ghost?"
1114"Negro Boat Song"
1115"Negro Myths from GA Coast."
1116"Indian Language" (Bound)
1117"Improved Muzzle and Rear Sights for Field Pieces, Seige Guns and Cannon in Fixed Batteries"
121"History of Augusta, GA during 18th Century." Ch. 1-3
122"History of Augusta, GA during 18th Century" Ch. 4-6
123"History of Augusta, GA during 18th Century" Ch. 7-11
124"History of Augusta, GA during 18th Century" Ch. 12-14
125"Indian Remains" (bound) (Bound)
121"Address before the Confederate Survivors Association" (bound), April 26, 1886 (bound volume)
131"Oration before the Chatham Artillery", May 1, 1861 (bound volume)
132"Aboriginal Remains in Southern Georgia" (bound) (Bound)
131"Account of the Indians of The South with A Description of the Aboriginal Monuments of the Southern States" by William Bartram (Bound) Access Online
copy of Bartram manuscript

Notebooks, Journals, Commonplace Books, and Day Books

132Unidentified journal, 1815
133Hodgson Journal, including a typed transcription, 1864 November & December Access Online
Hodgson Journal, November & December
134Eva Eve Jones Correspondence Notebook, 1861-1863
141Commonplace book, Eva Eve Jones, 1872
142Jones, Eva Eve, "Memories of Europe" Vol I, 1879 Summer
143Jones, Eva Eve, "Memories of Europe" Vol II, 1879 Summer
144Charles Edgeworth Jones Autograph book
145Philoclea Casey Autograph & Note Book
146Commonplace Book
147Commonplace Book
148Clippings removed from scrapbook
152Papers from scrapbook
152Mt. Vernon Assn. Account Book, Philoclea Casey Eve
153Mt. Vernon Assn. Corres. & Documents, Philoclea Casey Eve
154Botany Notebook
155Journal of Sarah Eve Transcript by Eva Eve Jones
156Correspondence & Notes re Sarah Eve Journal

Estate and Property Documents

157Misc. Property Inventories
158Marriage settlements
159Papers re the Estate of Caroline S. Jones, Returns and Accounts with vouchers, 1878
1510Papers re the Estate of Caroline S. Jones, Returns and Accounts with vouchers, 1879-1880
1511Papers re the Estate of Caroline S. Jones, Returns and Accounts with vouchers, 1881-1882
1512Papers re the Estate of Caroline S. Jones, Returns and Accounts with vouchers, 1883-1884
1513Papers re the Estate of Caroline S. Jones, Returns and Accounts, 1885
161Papers re the Estate of Caroline S. Jones, Returns and Accounts with vouchers, 1886-1887
162Papers re the Estate of Caroline S. Jones, Returns and Accounts with vouchers, 1888-1889
163Papers re the estate of Caroline S. Jones, returns and accounts with vouchers, 1890-1891
164Papers re the estate of Caroline S. Jones, petitions, 1879-1885
165Papers re the estate of Caroline S. Jones, correspondence, April 10, 1884-April 2, 1886
166Papers re the estate of Caroline S. Jones, correspondence, June 21, 1886-October 1887
167Papers re the estate of Caroline S. Jones, correspondence, January 12, 1888-September 12, 1889
168Papers re the estate of Caroline S. Jones, checks and misc.
169Miscellaneous deeds, 1774-1864
1610Miscellaneous deeds, 1870-1874
1611Miscellaneous bills and receipts, 1831-1893
1612Lease. P. E. Eve to Owen P. Fitzsimmons, 1869
1613Fragmented deeds


171Miscellaneous Printed Material
172Notices of the Excursion of the Chatham Artillery to Nashville
173Articles by C. C. Jones, Jr. (printed)
177John MacPherson Berrien Material
178Paul Hamilton Hayne
179Safety attachment for stopping runaway horses. Samuel L. Cooper
1710 Book of Psalms
1711Steel Plates. Charles Colcock Jones, Jr.
1712Cotton sales, 1844-1846
181 The Autographic Collection and its Engraved Portraits and Views gathered by the late Colonel Charles Colcock Jones, LL.D. Historian of Georgia

Oversize documents

Including maps, plats, land grants, deeds, and indentures, etc.
1A1Indenture, James and Semor Smith--William Ward Concerning Land in Liberty County, 1 February 1813
1A2Indenture, William Gibbons--Joseph Gibbons Concerning Land in Franklin County, 12 July 1790
1A3Document, Appointing Charles C. Jones, Jr., Commissioner of Deeds for the State of Kentucky; Granted By James B. McCreary, Governor, 15 October 1877
1A4Document, Appointing Charles C. Jones, Jr., Commissioner to Administer Oaths, and Take Depositions and Affadavits for the State of Mississippi, Granted By Benjamin G. Humphreys, Governor, 22 April 1868
1A5Land Grant to Thomas Smyth Regarding 1000 Acres in Franklin County by George Mathews, Governor (Plat Attached), 24 April 1794
1A6Land Grant As Above But For Adjacent 1000 Acres
2A1Indenture, James and Martha Carter--John Peacock, Sr. Concerning Land in Liberty County, 20 October 1801
2A2Indenture, Matthew and Hannah McAllister--Morgan Mara Regarding Land in Liberty County, 19 October 1816
2A3Land Survey for James Smith 352.5 Acres in Liberty County, 3 June 1801
2A4Indenture, Josiah Wilson, Sheriff--Captain P. H. Wilkins Concerning Sheriff's Land Sales in Liberty County, 3 July 1810
2A5Indenture, Joseph Law, Sr. for the Estate of Arthur Carney--James Smith Regarding Land in Liberty County
2A6Will of Mark Carr of the Parish of St. Patrick, Dated 8 June 1767, True Copy From the Original Copy Made , 16 November 1791
3A1Land Grant to Thomas Carter Concerning 200 Acres in the District of Newport (Later Liberty County) with Plat by Yonge and DeBrahm Attached, 15 May 1756
4B1Plat of Arcadia, the Plantation Owned By Rev. C. C. Jones, in Liberty County, original, 26 August 1848
4B2-3Plat of Arcadia, 1848- photocopy (2)
4B4Plat of Arcadia, original, 1872
5B1Plat of Land Owned By James Donwody [Dunwody] in Liberty County, original, 27 March 1786
5B2-3Dunwody Land Plat, 1786, Photocopy (2)
5B4Dunwody Land Plat, original, 1816
5B5Dunwody Land Plat, original, 1828