Eli and Sybil Jones Family papers
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- Jones, James Parnell (Author, Person)
Sybil Jones (1808-1873) was born in Brunswick, Maine, the daughter of Ephraim and Susannah Dudley Jones. She taught in a Friends School in 1824-1825, then in public schools for eight years. Jones was acknowledged a Quaker minister, traveling with her husband in the ministry. In 1850, she felt moved to minister in Africa; she and her husband were guests of President Roberts in Liberia. During the Civil War, she tended the wounded in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. She comforted Mrs. Lincoln after the President's assassination and gave spiritual advice to President Johnson. In 1867, Sybil and Eli Jones began their last missionary journey to Europe, Athens, Syria, Egypt, England, and Palestine, establishing missions on Mt. Lebanon and Ramallah, Palestine. Sybil Jones was a member of China (Maine) Monthly Meeting.
James Parnell Jones (1835-1864) was born in Dirigo, Maine, the son of Eli and Sybil Jones. He was a cousin of Rufus M. Jones and older brother of Richard Mott Jones. He married Rebecca Runnels in 1857. He attended Haverford College from 1851 to 1852 (he received his bachelor's and master's from the University of Michigan). He became a teacher and principal of Valley School in Michigan. Still a Quaker, he determined that the outrage of slavery was a stronger principle than his pacifism and became an officer in the Union army, achieving the rank of major. He was disowned by his Meeting in China, Maine. He died in battle at Crystal Springs, Virginia.
Biographical information from Dictionary of Quaker Biography, internal evidence and an article by Peter Curtis, "A Quaker and the Civil War." <emph render="italics">Quaker History</emph>, vol. 67, 1978, no. 1, p. 35.
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- Eli and Sybil Jones Family papers, 1830-1890
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