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Collection Number: 02884

Collection Title: Jones Family Papers, 1801-1932

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,050 items)
Abstract The Jones family of Oak Grove near Bethania, Stokes County (now Forsyth County), N.C., included Beverly Jones, a physician and planter; his wife Julia Amelia Conrad Jones; and their ten children: Abraham G. (Abram), James B. (1846-1911), Alexander C., Robert H., Erastus B., Virginia, Ella, Julia, Kate, and Lucien. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of Beverly Jones, his wife Julia Amelia Conrad Jones, and their children. Letters circulated among Jones family members and members of the Conrad, Hauser, Lash, Lemly, and Wilson families of North Carolina and Henry County, Va. Topics include household and women's affairs and education; religious activities of Moravians, Disciples of Christ, Mormons, and Christian Scientists, especially of Disciples ministers Virgil Wilson and James B. Jones; and medical practice and medical study by Abram G. Jones, a medical student at the University of Virginia and the University of New York. His 1867 thesis on abortion is included. Civil War materials include letters of soldiers in North Carolina and Virginia; letters from civilians commenting on recruiting problems and desertion in the Confederate Army; a diary, 1863, of James B. Jones as a lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina Battalion Sharpshooters serving in North Carolina and Virginia; and a diary, 1864, of Abram G. Jones, describing camp life during the siege of Petersburg. Reconstruction era material includes information on relations with freedmen and Abram G. Jones's medical day book listing physician visits and charges. Later papers are primarily those of the unmarried Jones daughters, Julia, Ella, and Kate. Among the volumes are Julia Amelia Conrad Jones's diaries, Beverly Jones's medical accounts, recipe books, and farm records.
Creator Jones family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Jones Family Papers #2884, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Volume 27 includes a typed transcription.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Kate, Julia, and Frances A. Jones, June-July 1944 and February 1953; D. Martin Lorber of New York, N.Y., in September 1982 (Acc. 82096); purchased from Louis Ginsberg in August 1983 (Acc. 83220); received from Anne R. Phillips of Greensboro, N.C., in June 1991 (Acc. 91069); and Abram D. Jones, September 1995 (Acc. 95069) and January 2006 (Acc. 100295).
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Beverly Jones, physician and planter, son of Gabriel de Remi Jones and Mary Bryant Jones of Martinsville, Va., was a graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He practiced first in Germantown, N.C., and later in Bethania, N.C. Jones built Oak Grove in Bethania after his marriage (ca. 1843) to Julia Amelia Conrad, daughter of Phillipina Lash and her second husband, Abram Conrad. The couple had ten children: Abraham G. (Abram), physician and druggist in Walnut Grove, N.C.; James B. (1846-1911), a minister of the Disciples of Christ and president of William Woods College in Missouri; Alexander C.; Robert H., a dentist; Erastus B., a lawyer in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Virginia, who married a Mr. Sullivan; Ella, Julia, Kate, and Lucien, all unmarried, who remained at Oak Grove, where Lucien ran the farming operations.

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The collection consists of papers, especially correspondence of Beverly Jones, physician and planter at Oak Grove near Bethania, Stokes County, N.C. (now Forsyth County, N.C.); his wife Julia Amelia Conrad Jones; and their children. Letters circulated among Jones family members and members of the Conrad, Hauser, Lash, Lemly, and Wilson families of North Carolina and Henry County, Va. Topics include household and women's affairs and education; religious activities of Moravians, Disciples of Christ, Mormons, and Christian Scientists, especially of Disciples ministers Virgil Wilson and James B. Jones; and medical practice and medical study by Abram G. Jones, a medical student at the University of Virginia and the University of New York. His 1867 thesis on abortion is included. Civil War materials include letters of soldiers in North Carolina and Virginia; letters from civilians commenting on recruiting problems and desertion in the Confederate Army; a diary, 1863, of James B. Jones as a lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina Battalion Sharpshooters, serving in North Carolina and Virginia; and a diary, 1864, of Abram G. Jones, describing camp life during the siege of Petersburg. Reconstruction era material includes information on relations with freemen and Abram G. Jones's medical day book listing physician visits and charges. Later papers are primarily those of the unmarried Jones daughters, Julia Jones, Ella Jones, and Kate Jones. Among the volumes are Julia Amelia Conrad Jones's diaries, Beverly Jones's medical accounts, and farm records.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated.

About 1000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly correspondence of members of the Jones family among themselves and their friends and relatives. The earliest items are a group of papers written in German script. Among these is a letter, in fragments, by Christiana Swan Van Vleck to Phillipina Conrad. Until the 1840s, the majority of the letters are from various members of the Conrad and Hauser families. Among them are Julia Amelia Conrad Jones's letters to her parents from school in Salem, N.C.

Beginning in the 1840s, various Jones family members were the primary correspondents. In 1844, there are letters from Dr. Jones and Julia while they lived in Philadelphia. Topics include the births of the Jones's many children; education of nieces and nephews; discussions about conversions to the Disciples of Christ; and news of illnesses, deaths, and plantation business.

During the Civil War, letters include discussions about conscription laws, scarcity of materials, high prices, deserters, and related topics. Two of Beverly Jones's sons, Abram G. Jones and James B. Jones, joined the Confederate Army, and there are letters from them to their parents about the war and conditions in the army. Another son, Alexander C. Jones, attended Hillsborough Military Academy and wrote about school, military service, and desertion during the last weeks of the war. On 13 May 1865, Reuban E. Wilson, a former prisoner of war wrote to the Joneses that he hoped all southerners would take the Oath of Allegiance and work with northern Democrats to check some of the wild schemes of the Republicans. In summer 1865, Wilson was arrested and charged with murdering Unionist citizens in North Carolina.

During Reconstruction, the Joneses and their friends and relatives began renewing education efforts, going into new businesses, and moving West. A few of the Joneses's friends joined the Mormon Church, and there are letters discussing the Mormon faith and moving to Utah. Some of letters, such as the one written by James B. Jones to his sister, Ella, have a decidedly melancholy tone. In his 22 December 1871, James reflected upon his childhood at "Oak Grove."

The remainder of the series contains letters from the younger Joneses--Kate, Julia, and Erastus--from their various schools. There is some correspondence about business matters, especially the estates of Henry Wilson and Henrietta Wilson. The financial losses of William Lash during the panic in the late 1870s are also discussed. Other topics include the starting of Robert H. Jones's dental practice, church matters, James B. Jones's move from the University of Kentucky to William Woods College in Missouri, drilling and camp life for soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and family history.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

1804-1836 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 2

1837-1839 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1840-1841 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1842-1843 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1844-1847 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1848-1851 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1852-1854 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1855-1856 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1857-1858 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1859-1860 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1861-1862 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1863 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1864 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1865-1866 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1867-1868 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1869-1870 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1871-1874 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1875-1878 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1879-1880 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1881-1883 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1884-1886 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1887-1892 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1893-1896 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1897-1903 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1904-1910 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1914-1932 #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 26

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Folder 27

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Folder 31

Undated #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 27-31

Folder 32

Fragments #02884, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1804-1932 and undated." Folder 32

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About 20 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Day book, ledgers, account books, deeds, bonds, trust agreements, and related items. The majority of the series are volumes relating to Beverly Jones's medical practice.

Folder 33

Loose materials, 1801-1898 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 33

Folder 34

Beverly Jones account books, 1837-1868 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 34

Volume S-1: 1837-1868. About 524 pp. Beverly Jones's accounts with patients. Names and amounts due and settled transferred to this book from a more detailed day book. Contains index.

Volume S-2: 1838-1858. Beverly Jones's accounting of cash and notes for medical service. Index in front of volume.

Volume S-3: 1838-1852. About 456 pp., not including index. Day book in the form of a ledger containing a full chronological record under each individual account. These figures were later transferred to Volume S-1.

Folder 35

Volume 4: Gabriel de Remi Jones account book, 1841-1846; 1848-1851 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 35

Account book of Gabriel de Remi Jones, executor of the estate of Benjamin Jones Sr.

Folder 36

Volume 5: Gabriel R. Jones memo book, 1843-1853 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 36

Accounts relating to his father's estate; also contains miscellaneous accounts, 1847-1853.

Folder 37

Volume 6: Julia Amelia Conrad Jones petty cash account book, 1844-1846 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 37

Records of items purchased; also contains word studies and definitions.

Folder 38

Volume 7: Ledger, 1849-1874 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 38

Accounts of local blacksmith; accounts for general merchandise and produce, 1852-1859; and Julia Amelia Conrad Jones's accounts with domestic help and general merchandise and produce supplied to the help, 1870-1874.

Folder 39

Volume 8: Julia Amelia Conrad Jones account book, 1855-1873 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 39

Accounts with women for sewing, spinning, drying fruit, etc., and supplies received by the women.

Folder 40

Volume 9: W. Laurence memo book, 1856 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 40

Record of receipts on judgments from Beverly Jones.

Folder 41

Volume 10: Beverly Jones day book, 1856-1860 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 41

Chronological record of Oak Grove receipts, expenditures, and notes relating to purchases, labor hired, etc., for 1856-1857. For 1856-1860, there are accounts, primarily medical, for individuals, each kept chronologically

Folder 42

Volume 11: Beverly Jones and R. A. Hauser cash book, 1858-1860 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 42

273 pp. Record of cash received on accounts (names and amounts only) arising from Jones and Hauser medical practice; also record of notes and accounts not liquidated.

Folder 43

Volume 12: Beverly Jones day book, 1860-1881 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 43

519 pp. Contains individual accounts for medical service, produce, meat, labor, etc., with each account kept chronologically and showing the nature of the items (diagnosis, drugs used, etc.). In the back of the book, no date, is written a farm-labor agreement between Jones and two share-croppers.

Folder 44

Volumes S-13, S-13A, S-14, S-15 #02884, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1801-1923." Folder 44

Volume S-13: Day book, 1861-1868; 1883-1888; 1901-1908. 470 pp. Contains individual accounts for medical services, produce, farm items, labor and miscellaneous items. The early accounts are of Beverly Jones. Accounts, 1901-1908, are the farm records of Lucien G. Jones. Volume S-13A is the index to volume S-13.

Volume S-14: Lashe slave and land assessments, 1863. 14 pp. The book lists slaves of J. G. Lashe and T. B. Lashe, giving their names, ages, and value; also similar lists for other slaveholders in Richmond district, Forsyth County, N.C. Also included are lists of non-slaveholders owning land in the Richmond district, giving their names, acres, value and lots.

Volume S-15: Lambda Phi Gamma record book, 1923. 272 pp. Contains only the membership lists of the three chapters at Trinity College, University of North Carolina, and Presbyterian College (a total of 16 members). This organization was founded by J. Ray Shute and M. J. Carver at Trinity College, Durham, N.C., for the purpose of strengthening the bonds of friendship between the members of the musical groups of the schools and the promotion of music and the musical life of the schools.

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17 items.

Diaries and recipe books, primarily of Julia Amelia Conrad Jones, but also a pocket diary of James B. Jones (1846-1911) during his service in North Carolina and Virginia with Company A, 1st North Carolina Battalion Sharpshooters; six volumes of the diary of William Alexander Hauser; a diary, 1864, of Abram G. Jones, describing camp life during the siege of Petersburg; and Abram G. Jones's diary and medical day book, 1870-1871, describing travel and physician visits and charges.

Julia Amelia Conrad Jones, wife of Dr. Beverly Jones, kept an account of her daily life and work--sewing, preserving, illnesses, preaching, her husband's health. She also discussed her father, relatives, and neighbors. Entries are irregular, with entries for each year except 1863, 1866, and 1868. The diary contains from six to sixteen pages per year. The first section is mostly her meditations on the question of marriage. The remaining volumes are a record of her household activities after marriage.

William Alexander Hauser was the half-brother of Julia Amelia Conrad Jones. He was a successful business man, who lived most of his life in Louisville, Ky. These volumes were written in his old age, as he was apparently born about 1816. The entries indicate that he spent the winters in Florida and summers near Asheville, N.C. These volumes also contain cash accounts and memoranda.

Folder 45-49

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Folder 49

Volume 16: Julia Amelia Conrad Jones diary, 1843-1871 #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 45-49

Folder 50

Volume 17: James B. Jones pocket diary, 1863 #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 50

About 80 pp.

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Folder 56

Volumes 18-23: William Alexander Hauser diaries, 1899-1907 #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 51-56

Folder 57

Volume 24: Recipe book, 1837 #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 57

Includes recipes for dyes and also for foods, cures and beverages kept by Julia Conrad Jones before and after her marriage.

Folder 58

Volume 25: Julia Amelia Conrad Jones recipe book, 1840 #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 58

Folder 59

Volume 26: Recipe book, undated #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 59

Contains primarily beverage and food recipes

Folder 60

Volume 27: Abram G. Jones diary, 1864 #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 60

Diary describes camp life during siege of Petersburg, Va. Includes typed transcription.

Folder 61

Volume 28: Abram G. Jones diary, 1870, and medical day book, 1871 #02884, Series: "3. Diaries and Recipe Books, 1837-1907." Folder 61

Diary describes travel and medical day book records physician visits and charges.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff, 1955-20066

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, April 2006

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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