Samuel and Thomas Jones papers
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Samuel and Thomas Jones papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Jones, Samuel, 1735-1814.
Creator: Jones, Thomas, 1742-1800.
Title: Samuel and Thomas Jones papers
Dates: 1774-1807
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0444

Biographical/Historical Note

The Rev. Samuel Jones (1735-1814) was born in Wales and was brought to Philadelphia by his parent in 1737. He graduated from the College of Philadelphia in 1762 and was ordained to the Baptist Ministry in 1763. In that same year he became pastor of the Lower Dublin Baptist Church and held that office until his death. He was very prominent and influential in the Baptist denomination in the United States. Thomas Jones, although noted as born in 1742 by the Library of Congress, was born in Wales in 1733. He moved to Philadelphia with his family in 1737. In 1762, he married Mary Broomfield. Thomas was the commissioner of Berks County from 1779 until 1786.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, a bill, an address, an apprenticeship bond, and meeting minutes primarily concerned with the Baptist faith. While Samuel and Thomas Jones resided in Philadelphia, a number of items in the collection concern Savannah. A letter from Cradock Burnell of Savannah to Thomas Jones mentions news of the family and the Baptist and Methodist Churches in Wales, as well as personal news. Also included is a bill of lading for 50 quarter casks of gunpowder shipped to John Marshall in Savannah on the schooner Polly, and a letter from Abner Davis of Montgomery County, Georgia, to Samuel Jones regarding the agricultural conditions in Georgia.

Index Terms

Agriculture--Georgia--Montgomery County.
Bills of lading.
Burnell, Cradock, 1751-1819.
Jones, Samuel, 1735-1814.
Jones, Thomas, 1742-1800.
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Polly (Schooner)
Savannah (Ga.)
Speeches (documents)

Location of Originals

Original letter, James Manning to Samuel Jones,,located at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Samuel and Thomas Jones papers, MS 444, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. T.M. McKesson, 1935.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: James Fanning's bond of apprenticeship to Enoch Holmes, 1774 August 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Printed form, filled in.
Item 2: Cradock Burnell to the Rev. Mr. Thomas Jones. Savannah, 1789 March 21 ( 2.0 p. )
News of family and Baptist and Methodist Churches in Wales; has been Deputy Collector at Savannah and now in vendue and commission business; has chance of being appointed to Custom House, Savannah. The Rev. Thomas Jones was in Great Valley, Pa. Typed copy filed with original.
Item 3: Bill of lading for 50 quarter casks of gunpowder shipped in Schooner Polly by Robert Henderson to John Marshall at Savannah. Philadelphia, 1790 July 20
Signed by John Towers.
Item 4: Address and declaration. Friends of Universal Peace and Liberty, 1791 August 21 ( 1.0 p. )
Broadside. J. Horne Tooke, Chairman.
Item 5: Abner Davis to Samuel Jones, D.D. Montgomery County, Georgia, 1798 January 9 ( 3.0 p. )
Regarding agricultural conditions in Georgia. The Rev. Samuel Jones was at Lower Dublin near Philadelphia, Pa.
Item 6: Minutes and circular letter of the General Committee of Georgia Baptists, and Trustees of M.E. College, Convened on Mount Enon, from the 8th, to the 11th of August, 1807, inclusive. Savannah, Thomas G. Collier, 1807 ( 34.0 p. )
On flyleaf: Rev. Dr. Jones from Wm. Rogers.
Item 7: For the benefit of the poor in spirit. Philadelphia, William Wood House. Broadside, undated ( 1.0 p. )
Item 8: James Manning to Samuel Jones. Providence, 1786 November 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Recommending Henry Kollock to take charge of a school in Kentucky. Typed copy of original in Brown University in Providence, R.I.