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Sam P. Jones photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS327

Scope and Content

This collection contains portraits of Reverend Sam P. Jones, as well as his immediate and extended family. Photographs depict family and friends in front of "The Cottage," Jones' residence in Cartersville, Georgia; celebrations such as Sam Jones' 50th birthday; Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, where Jones held revival meetings. Other photographs include portraits Tom Dunham, Jones' secretary, and the Jones family cook, Mat McCoy. Of particular note is a group portrait of Foreign Christian Missionary Society members outside the Jones residence. All locations are unknown unless otherwise noted.


  • 1870-1953, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Samuel Porter Jones (1847-1906) was born in Oak Bowery, Alabama, to John J. Jones (1826-1872) and Nancy Sarah "Queenie" Porter (1826-1852). After his mother's death, he and his siblings went to live with their grandparents in Cartersville, Georgia. In 1859, John Jones married Jane Skinner (1827-1895) and settled permanently in Cartersville, Georgia. Samuel P. Jones studied law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1868. He married Laura McElwain (1850-1926) the same year and the couple had seven children: Beulah (1869-1871); Mary (1871-1955); Annie Cordelia (1873-1924); Samuel Paul (1875-1926); Robert (1877-1907); Laura (1881-1931); and Julia (1885-1965).

In 1872, Samuel P. Jones entered the ministry. He studied at the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and preached as a Van Wert circuit minister covering four counties. In 1880, the conference appointed him as the fundraising agent for the Methodist Orphan Home (later the United Methodist Children's Home) in Decatur, Georgia.


55 photographic print(s) (54 black and white photographic prints and one color photographic print)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Related Archival Materials

Samuel P. Jones papers, MSS 126, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative records, MSS 1007, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center


VIS 327 was previously catalogued as JON.

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Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2024.

Sam P. Jones photographs
Kate Daly
March 2024
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305