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Jones, Charles Colcock, Sr.

Minister and planter Charles Colcock Jones Sr. was born on Liberty Hall Plantation in Liberty County, Georgia on December 20, 1804. Jones early on showed enthusiasm for the church, though he was apprenticed to a counting house at age fourteen. But illness forced him away from the business, thus allowing him to pursue religious studies - which he did at Andover Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. While studying in the North, he was influenced by temperance movement and reform agencies of his day. Jones returned home determined to be a minister to the slaves of his native South. This he did for most of the remainder of his life, though his reform mindedness did not extend to a belief in abolition. While being a highly successful planter himself, Jones worked for a benevolent society of slaves and masters, believing each had his proper place in society. He wrote a number of tracts on instruction of and ministering to blacks. Unfortunately for him, the “benevolent” society of which he dreamed was shattered in his final years. He died in 1863 - just as his dream of a peaceful Christian society of slaves and masters was dying on Civil War battlefields. Jones was buried in Midway Cemetery.