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Samuel P. Jones Papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS126

Scope and Content

The collection is primarily correspondence pertaining to Samuel P. Jones’ revival activities and letters from family members. Most of the letters are photocopies; however, a few are originals. In general, the revival correspondence references planning activities for future meetings as well as building projects. The majority of the Laura Jones correspondence is of a personal nature and the receipts are for incidental purchases. Receipts of interest include a buggy ordered by Reverend Samuel Jones just weeks before his death and several receipts from the Nunnally Company.


  • 1880-1925


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Samuel Porter Jones (1847 October 16 – 1906 October 15), Methodist evangelist, was born in Oak Bowery, Chambers County, Alabama, the son of John J. Jones and Nancy (Porter) Jones. In 1855, he and his siblings went to live with their grandparents in Cartersville, Georgia after their mother died. His grandfather, Samuel G. Jones was a Methodist preacher. In 1859, John Jones married Jennie Skinner and settled permanently in Cartersville, Georgia. Samuel studied law and was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1868. Also in 1868, he married Laura McElwain of Kentucky, where he had spent the last days of the Civil War. Samuel and Laura had seven children: Beulah, Mary, Annie, Sam Paul, Robert W., Laura, and Julia.In 1872, Samuel felt compelled to enter the ministry after a promise to his father on his deathbed. Samuel had fallen on hard times, due to excessive drinking, and made a pledge to his father he would reform himself. He was accepted by the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and began preaching as a circuit minister covering four counties. Samuel had a natural talent for preaching and before long he assisted other preachers with revival work. He had a plain and simple theology, “quit your meanness.” In 1880, the conference appointed him as the fundraising agent for the Methodist Orphan Home in Decatur, Georgia. In time, Samuel spent most of his time traveling around the country preaching at revival services. He estimated from September 1885 to September 1886 that he preached 1000 sermons to three million people. Samuel Jones died October 15, 1906 on a return trip from a revival in Oklahoma City. Several thousand people came to view him as he lay in state in the rotunda of the Capitol in Atlanta and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, Georgia.


0.5 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Lucy Cunyus Mulcahy, 1970, 1975 (1970.150, 1975.359, 1975.366); Gift of Louise Holcomb Cade, 1970 (1970.144, 1970.168)

General Physical Description note

Extent: .5 linear feet (half document box)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009

Samuel P Jones Papers: ahc.MSS 126
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305