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Jones family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Jones family.
Title: Jones family papers
Dates: 1621-2010
Extent: 2.55 cubic feet (4 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Identification: MS 2555

Biographical/Historical Note

James Dunwoody Jones was born May 1, 1842 and died on February 21, 1904. He married Mary Cornelia Ashley on November 2, 1870 and they had 9 children.

James Dunwoody Jones served as an Officer for the Confederacy during the American Civil War and was made 2nd Lieutenant Drill Master for the C.S.A. on November 7, 1862. Jones served as Drill Master at Andersonville Prison.

Collection contains information pertaining to Simon Munro. There is extensive information that connects James Dunwoody Jones' genealogy to Simon Munro from Scotland. Other relatives include Major John Dunwoody Jones who married Jane Bulloch (daughter of James Bulloch), Jones' great grandparents; Colonel James Dunwoody and Elizabeth West Smith, Jones' grandparents; and Dr. John Jones and Jane Adeline Dunwoody, Jones' parents.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains an autograph book, a daguerreotype and ambrotype, clippings and articles, correspondence, financial records, indentures, genealogy records, maps, notes, photographs, writings, and artifacts dating 1621-2010. Colonail era items of interest include a manuscript indenture between Simon Munro of Parish Saint John and Simon Patterson and John Pettigrew of Sunbury for lease dated year 1774; a letter from Mr. Arthur Carney respecting the Stock May 1768 written from the Cowpen; and a letter dated July 22, 1621 labelled, "Shaftesbury" addressed "Sir Anthony-Ashely-Cooper Care of Shaftsbury".

Civil War era materials include a leather whip belonging to James Dunwoody Jones that was reportedly made by him; an autograph album of Confederate Prisoners of War held at Fort Warren near Boston November 27, 1861; a memoir of Jone's time as Drill Master at Andersonville Prison entitled, "The Departure and Return of Peace" (also published in Civil War Times Illustrated, February 1964); military records naming Jones to the position of Drill Master; and Confederate money.

Items from the Reconstrution and World War II era include a one year agreement with the State of Georgia, Liberty County, dated December 29, 1868 written by J.D. Jones and signed "X" by "free persons of collor [sic]" to cultivate land at Laurel View; a rental agreement for "Liberty Co. Jan. 10 1869 of Laurel View between Sam Munroe signed by his mark and J.D. Jones; and a World War II photograph album.

Index Terms

Ambrotypes (photographs)
Armed forces--Officers--Georgia.
Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association.
Autograph albums.
Belt buckles.
Church bulletins.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Confederate States of America. Army--Officers.
Confederate States of America. War Deaprtment.
Daguerreotypes (photographs)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Jones, James Dunwoody, 1842-1904.
Lee, Robert E., (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
Letters (correspondence)
Liberty County (Ga.)
Membership cards.
Military commissions.
Money--Confederate States of America.
Munro family.
Photograph albums.
Plats (maps)
Postage stamps.
Presidents--United States.
Prisoners of War—United States.
Ration books.
Short stories.
Smith family.
Sunbury (Ga.)
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States. Indian School Service.
United States. Navy.
West Texas Sulphur Company.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collection acquired from Mack Kitchens, 2013.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Jones family papers, MS 2555, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Mack Kitchens, 2013.


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.

Publication Note

"The Departure and Return of Peace" by James Dunwoody Jones was published in Civil War Times Illustrated (February 1964).

Container List




11Miscellaneous items
2Newspaper clippings, 1855-1932
This folder contains newspaper clippings from The Constitution (December 28, 1890); Savannah Morning News (August 21, 1883); Griffin Semi-Weekly Star (undated); Atlanta Journal (undated).
3Partial invoices and bills, 1788-1903
4Geneaological research and family correspondence, 1861-1954
This folder contains book kept by James Dunwoody Jones dated 1899- account of family history, members of family, genealogy, loose drawings and photos, photo copy of marriage license, dual obituary of Col. James and Elizabeth West Dunwoody.
5Letter discussing family crest, 1621
This folder contains letter dated July 22, 1621 labelled, "Shaftesbury" addressed "Sir Anthony-Ashely-Cooper Care of Shaftsbury".
This folder contains individual portraits, headstone of E.W. Dunwoody, photograph postcards, scenery, and house interior photographs. Names of individuals include: Elizabeth W. Dunwoody, James Logan Jones, William Percy Jones, Julia Virginia Coffin, Lily Perry Coffin, Emily Barnwell, Perry Coffin. Also there is a Foltz Studio portrait signed 'With love from-Cornelia'.
7West family bills, invoices, and letters, 1767-1842
This folder contains letters and financial accounts involving Arthur Carney, Charles West Esq., Samuel West 1772, 1767, 1768, 1777.
8Mr. and Mrs. James Smith letters and correspondence, 1836-1852
9Mrs Elizabeth Munro account balance, 1792
This folder contains loan and debt information between Mrs. Elizabeth Munro and John McIver, 1792.
10Simon Munro Esq. letter, 1789
This folder contains a letter dated 22 September 1789 to Simon Munro Esq. of Sunbury from John Hodgson in London.
11James Dunwoody Jones letters of correspondence, 1863-1875
This folder contains various correspondence from James Dunwoody Jones, including a one year agreement State of Georgia Liberty County December 29, 1868 written by J.D. Jones and signed "X" by "free persons of collor [sic]" to cultivate land at Laurel View and rental agreement "Liberty Co. Jan. 10 1869 of Laurel View between Sam Munroe signed by his mark and J.D. Jones.
12James Dunwoody Jones military papers, 1862-1864
This folder contains a letter from "Head Quarters 20th Battn. Geo. Cavalry Riceboro Geo Febry 6 1964" granting authority to Lieut. J.D. Jones to raise a Company of Cavalry to be attached to my command: signed by John M. Millen Lt. Co Comdg 20th Battn Ga Cavalry with attached letter from "Richmond Feb 16, 1864" to Hon. J.A. Seddon Sec of War".
13Dunwoody Jones letter 'To Cal', 1888
14Dunwoody Jones letter from J.G. Bulloch, 1901
This folder contains letter from the Department of the Interior Indian School Service to Dunwoody Jones signed J.G. Bulloch, dated August 28, 1901.
15Dunwoody Jones letter from Ashley Jones, 1901
This folder contains 2 page letter "Dear Papa" (to Dunwoody Jones from "Your aff. Son Jno. Ashley Jones") dated March 21, 1901.
16Poem 'My Garden', undated
17H.H. Perry poem 'L'Homme Sans Peur', undated
18Letter from 'Grand-father' to 'Child', 1887
This folder contains letter from Satilla Bluff dated Feb. 7, 1887 addressed " My Child" and signed "Grand-father".
19James Dunwoody Jones military commission letter, 1862 View online.
This folder contains commission letter from Confederate War Department appointing 2nd Lieutenant James Dunwoody Jones as Drill Master, dated November 7, 1862 and signed by Secretary of War, Smith and confederate monetary bills.
20Confederate bills, 1860-1864
21 Civil War Times Illustrated article by James Dunwoody Jones, 1964 View online.
This folder contains a copy of Civil War Times Illustrated, February 1964, with the published version of James Dunwoody Jones' memoir, "The Departure and Return of Peace".
22Lieutenant Dunwoody Jones documents, 1990
This folder contains copy of "The Departure and Return of Peace" by Lt. Dunwoody Jones, C.S.A.
23Lieutenant James Dunwoody Jones, "The Departure and Return of Peace", unknown View online.
This folder contains original, "The Departure and Return of Peace" by Lt. Dunwoody Jones, C.S.A. detailing his experience as Drill Master at Andersonville Prison.
24James Dunwoody Jones cased images, unknown View online.
This folder contains a framed daguerreotype and a framed ambrotype.
26P.O.W. Listings autograph book, 1861
This folder contains signatures of P.O.W.s held at Fort Warren, dated November 1861. Some capture dates and places are listed along with the signatures. Front cover of book is no longer attached and some pages are falling out.
26Genealogy journal, 1899
This folder contains a book with drawings and an account of Dunwoody family history and genealogy dated 1899.



227West Texas Sulphur Company deed and certificate to William Percy Jones, 1916
28John Ashley Jones newspaper clippings and copy of Nylic Review, 1955
29Postage stamps, undated
30William Bee Coffin family bible documentation, 1956
This folder contains photostat of page inside a Bible with familial information.
31Mack Howard Kitchens letters, 1945-1953 ( (*PRESIDENTIAL SIGNATURE--HARRY TRUMAN*) )
This folder contains letters for Veterans Administration and the White House to Mack Howard Kitchens. Contains a presidential signature of Harry Truman (c. 1945-1953).
32William Percy Jones items, 1914-1917
This folder contains letters and cards to William Percy Jones (1914-1917); Index card with women's names and addresses on one side, and women's names with 'Oglethorpe Sanitarium' on the other side; pressing of unknown plant.
33William Percy Jones items, 1874-1916
This folder contains: Locket image of unknown woman; Fractional $0.10 currency (1874-1876); Wallet photographs of unknown woman and man; License to carry firearm (1916); Train pass (1903); Money loan (1911); Postage book (1891); Several wallet and locket photographs of unknown women and children.
34William Percy Jones and Cornelia Ashley Jones items, 1902-1978
This folder contains: Son of Confederate Veterans membership card (1977); Sunday school picnic fare (1902); William Percy Jones' driver's license (1942); 3 War Ration Books for Cornelia Ashley jones (1942-1943); Photograph postcard of sailor; Glass negative of an infant; Photographs of unknown women and infant; WP Jones American Legion membership card (1978); US Veterans Bureau letter (1928); Award of Victory Medal for duty in the Navy (1921); Naval rating badge (Petty officer, 2nd class and Engineer Technician/Machinist Mate); Wallet photographs; Empty envelope from Sixth Naval District Headquarters.
35Miscellaneous documents, 1949-1966
36Reverend John Jones D.D. biographical information, 1815-1893
37South Atlanta Steamship Line photograph, undated
38South Atlantic Steamship Line envelope, undated
39Cornelia Ashley Jones and Mack Howard Kitchens wedding announcements and photographs, 1951
40Miscellaneous photographs and photo postcards, 1914
41Cornelia Ashley Jones photographs, 1951
42Brigadier General B.G. Humphreys biographical information and photograph, 1808-1882
43Richard Arnold School newspaper "The Log", 1939
44Cornelia Ashley Jones and Queens College newspaper clippings, 1945-1949
45Cornelia Ashley Jones church and musical programs, 1938-1954
46Headquarters of Sons of Confederate Veterans letter, undated
This folder contains a letter from Walter L. Hopkins, Adjutant-In-Chief and Chief of Staff of General Headquarters for Sons of Confederate Veterans (undated).
47Copied poem for Lieutenant J.D. Jones (James Dunwoody Jones), 1863
48Major Livingston Mims, 1833-1906
This folder contains a photostat and brief biography of Major Livingston Mims (1833-1906).
49Munro family genealogical information, undated
This folder contains genealogical information for Munro family of Foulis (Scotland).
50Miscellaneous journal entries, 1837-1840
51Copy of Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug and Molton Realty Company cloth envelope, 1898
52Fish & Canned Goods price list, 1890
53Letter to Liberty County, 1819
54Jones family genealogical notes, undated
55Charles Edgeworth Jones newspaper article, 1899
This folder contains a newspaper clipping- The Constitution: Atlanta, GA Sunday November 12, 1899.
56Ashley and William Percy Jones letters, 1916, 1949, 1951
57St. Catherine's Island newspaper clipping, 1929
This folder contains a newspaper clipping- Savannah Morning News Sunday, April 7, 1929.
58F.C. Butler Cemetery lot deed, 1934
This folder contains correspondence for and title of cemetery lot to Mrs. F.C. Butler (1934).
59William Percy Jones letters, 1964
60Family photo album copies, 1861-1944
61Family photo album items, 1861-1953
This folder contains john Ashley Jones (1879); Jane and Ashley Jones (1953); Mary Allgood Jones Purse (1918); architectural drawings (1938).
62Family photo album items, 1703-1950
This folder contains: Fannie Baisden Dunham (1827-1897); Mary Baisden Dunham (1799 m.); James Smith--great grandson of Governor James Moore (1766-1854); photostat 1861 letter from James Dunwoody Jones to his 'Uncle and Aunt'; photograph of locket portrait of Elizabeth Munro (1740-1796); William Pinkney print (1703-1766); Reverend John Jones D.D. (1870); Dunwoody Jones (1850-51); Generals Robert E. Lee and Joseph Johnston with descriptive note (1870); James Dunwoody Jones and Mary Cornelia Ashley wedding portrait (1870) family portrait (1871); Dunwoody and Mary Jones with two sons (undated); Jones family portraits (1920) two photographs of Jones children only and Jones children with spouses and children; Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Pat Demere (1944); Virginia Coffin Jones (1926); Ed Pratt (1949); Ed and Mary Pritchard Pratt (1950); Ashley and Bliss Fine (1948, 1953); Mary Hillyer Fine (1942).
63Family photo album items, 1871-1949
This folder contains: General Pershing banquet agenda and reservation card (1919); Canal Convention ribbon and pin for John Ashley Jones (1919); John Ashley Jones delegation appointment by Governor Hugh Dorsey (1919); James Dunwoody Jones and Mary Cornelia Ashley portrait negative (1871, est.); piece of music manuscript written by J. Fowler-Richardson for Mrs. J. Ashley Jones 'Sun of My Soul' (undated); postcard of Confederate generals; William Percy Jones (undated); foreign delegates business cards; Ashley Valentine Fine (1949); newspaper clipping from Moultrie Observer (undated).



364Photographs of Savannah Port and River, undated
This folder contains two images of unidentified ships on the Savannah River.
1Wooden Christmas ornament, undated
2Book The Art of Incubation and Brooding: A guide to profitable poultry raising by E and C Von Culin, 1894
3Book Learning to Think owned by Dunwoody Jones and Ashley Jones, 1856-1874
4James Dunwoody Jones metal sword belt buckle and leather envelope with written note from John Jones., 1861-1864
This box contains a black leather envelop with a note from John C. Jones describing provenance of Major James Dunwoody Jones' sword belt buckle. Metal belt buckle for sword belt--two oblong rings held by 'S' shaped metal piece in form of animal heads.
5Folding camera box holding H.P. Ashley leatherbound pocket notebook., undated
This box contains leather notebook and wallet in Agfan folding camera box, H.P. Ashley, Engineer & Machinist, Atlanta.
6William Percy Jones' copy of Tarr and McMurry's Geographies, Second Book: North America, 1900
7Book Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, 1899
89Two copies of book Listen; are you listening? by Willis E. Howard, 1952-1957
10Southa Atlantic Steamship Line, Inc. playing cards, undated
11William Percy Jones and Julia Virginia Coffin "Holy Matrimony" ceremonial book and 3 telegrams, 1917-1918
This box contains a 'Holy Matrimony' ceremonial book gifted by W.H.K. Pendleton to William Percy Jones and Julia Virginia Coffin and wedding announcements (1917), 3 telegrams (1917-1918).
12William Percy Jones clippings journal, undated
13Ceramic personalized Christmas ornament, 2010
14Straw handbag with monogram 'VCJ' (Virginia Coffin Jones), undated
15Memorial service guest book for Lily P. Coffin Butler, 1940
This box contains a Fox & Weeks Memorial Service guest book for Lily P. Coffin Butler; obituary newspaper clippings and unknown pressed plant clipping; and listing of flowers donated to the service.
16Cornelia Cunningham's Atlanta: City of To-Day, a Sketchbook, 1933-1937
17Incomplete book Historical Collections of Georgia, undated
This box contains loose pages from a book, Wilkes County – Wilkinson County and plate of George Whitefield.
18Framed Dunwoody family crest, undated
19Photo album of unknown sailor from World War II, 1943-1945
20Bound book of music, 1909



421Leather bullwhip, undated
This box contains a leather whip said to have been made by Dunwoody Jones. In 1867, Jones, along with another assailant, physically assaulted a freedman in Riceboro, GA, for which they were both required to appear in court. This may have been the whip used in that attack. The whip is similar to those used by slave owners, such as Jones, against enslaved individuals.


1Land sales and leases, 1770-1786
This oversize folder contains: Envelope to J. H. & D. Jones, Atlanta, GA. from The Trenton Iron Co., Trenton, NJ; Land sale from Michael Rudolph to Ferdinand O'Niel in Liberty County (1786); Land lease from Simon Munro to Simon Paterson and John Pettigrew in Sunbury (1775); Land lease between Elisha Butler and Simon Munro (partial)(1770); Release of lots of land from Simon & Elizabeth Munro to Simon Paterson & John Pettegrew in Sunbury (1775).


2Map of the Counties Baker and Miller, 1872
This oversize folder contains a 'Map of the Cos. of Baker and Miller, Georgia. Compiled by J.C. Jones, Esq.' Note on front indicates: 'Newton P.O. & C.H. Lat 31 (degrees) 18' Lon fr Wash. 7(degrees) 29'. Milford small town & P.O. Aggregate value of property 1,500,000 in Baker. Taxes paid 3,482'.
Note on back reads: Rev. J. Jones. 104 McDonough St. Atlanta Ga. May 13th 1881.


3Map of Land in Liberty County belonging to Rev. Mr. John Jones, 1847-1889
This oversize folder contains a map of plots of land in Liberty county belonging to Reverend John Jones. The front note of the surveyor reads: 'The above Plot delineates seven adjoining tacts of land situate in Libery County on and near a fine navigable stream, and the Rev. Mr. John Jones is the proprietor. These tracts collectively form a valuable plantation. The soil is peculiarly adapted to Cotton. The marsh land is high and extremely fertile: draining and culture would make it very productive. On this plantation a considerable quantity of rice might be raised also. The uncleared land is well timbered. Resurveyed & executed by Wm. Hughes, C.S.L.C. Septmber 8th, 1847.'
The notes on the back read: 'Rev. J.Jones. 104 McDonough St. Atlanta Ga. September 26th 1877' and 'Revd. J.J. 104 McDonough St. Atlanta Ga. Resurveyed May 18th 1889. S. In. Fleming surveyor.'