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Papers of Eli and Sybil Jones.


Scope and Contents note

Papers include, part I, papers of Eli (1807-1890) and Sybil (1808-1873) Jones, Friends' ministers and missionaries from Maine: personal and family correspondence, including letters, 1867-1890, from son-in-law William Jacob; Charles B. Jones, head master of Oak Grove Seminary, Vassalboro, Me., Sept. 26, 1887, telling of fire at the school; letters to and from Eli Jones, about work in Syria (modern Lebanon) and Palestine; letters, 1853-1883, of Richard Mott Jones, head master of William Penn Charter School, Phil., and letters about him and the school to his wife (Annie) Virginia (Costello) Jones, 1915-1918; letters to Susan Taber Jones, notabely 23 from her mother, Sybil Jones, during Sybil's travels in the ministry, ca.1851-1869, and 12 letters from her father, Eli Jones, about travels and Friends' work in Syria (modern Lebanon) and Palestine, ca.1852-1884. Papers also include travelling Minutes, journals and diaries, accounts of travels abroad, albums, memorials, poetry, legal and business papers, photographs and sketches, maps of Friends Meetings and missions abroad; other;

Papers of Charles M. Jones and Ellen (Maxfield) Jones.

204 items, 1892-1896.

These papers consist almost entirely of letters to Charles and Ellen Jones from family and friends, while they were in charge of the Eli and Sybil Jones Mission at Ramallah, Jerusalem, Palestine. Content is mainly personal. They also include a small group of William Francis Maxfield materials, 1895-1908, including photographs, clippings and genealogy.

Letters of James Parnell Jones.

35 items, 1852-1864.

These letters were written from Haverford College (student); Valley School (teacher) and as a soldier in the Civil War.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gifts , 1965-1966; Addition by purchase from Kenneth C. Walker, 1967. Another addition, gift,1979 and

gift , 1968.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Jones, Sybil. 12 items, ca. 1840-1871. [Diary beginning, So. China, 12th. month, 1850, tells of Sybil Jones's spiritual struggles in deciding to go abroad to minister, and of her children's encouragement] STORED IN 975-C;
  • Jones, Eli. Diary, 1869-71. Also, 8 items, 1833-1876. [Passport, 1853; accounts, 1833; records of distances travelled and letters sent and received, 1852-54, 1867-76; daily notes, taken for “Dearest” 1867; notebook, 1851- ] STORED IN 975-C.
  • Jones, Eli and Sybil. 2 items, 1854-1889. [Book of extracts from F. Annie Budge, 1868; album of French Bible verses, signed by pupils of Friends School at Nimes, 3mo. 1854, with Friends' autographs on Eli Jones's 78th. birthday, China, 3mo. 12, 1885, and one from an English Friend, China, Maine, 6mo. 27, 1889] STORED IN 975-C
  • Jones, Susan Taber. 2 items: Cook book [n.d.]; account book, 1843-44. STORED IN 975-C.
  • Album. anon. 3 items: Marine plants, pressed. Longport, N.J. [n.d.]; Sketches, pressed flowers, etc. Europe and England, 1853-54. British ferns. [n.d.]; Laid in: Brumana [Brummana] sketches, 1875-76, by H. N. 3l. ALL STORED IN 975-C.
  • Proceedings of Lake Division, No. 100 (Sons of Temperance, State of Maine), instituted at South China, June 20, 1859. 273 p. Laid in, at back: Forms used for annual reports to parent organization, forms for membership certificates, plus charter from the Grand Division of the State of Maine, to 18 men, including Eli Jones, making them the Lake Division, No. 100. Gardiner, June 24, 1859. STORED IN 975-A.
  • Town of China, School District No. 4, 1856. Record book. 2 vols. STORED in 975-A
  • [Vol 2 has mementoes, 1853-1869, of Sybil and Eli Jones laid in and Pasted in; notices of meetings abroad, pressed flowers, etc.] STORED IN 975-A.
  • Album, 50 × 39cm., containing photographs of Friends Training Home, its pupils and teachers, at Brumana [Brummana], Ain Salam, Mt. Lebanon, Syria [modern Lebanon, ca.1860] Laid in: 1 pencil sketch of land at Brumana [Brummana], 6 photographs, one of the Friends Mission in 1883 STORED IN 975-A.
  • Marriage certificate of Eli and Sybil Jones. China, Me., 6mo. 26, 1833. STORED IN 990-B.
  • Sketch book, pocket size, 1865. STORED in 975C,
  • Kennebec County Temperance Union: Constitution and Minutes, 1860-1861. Laid in: 5 items.STORED in 975C
  • Meetings of Friends, 1847: Pocket case containing maps of Friends Meetings in Great Britain and Ireland, with a schedule of times and places for meetings and Discipline of the Society, 1846. STORED in 975C
  • Jones, Eli. 10 items, 1842-1885. Passport, journals, pocket notebooks; records of travels, names and addresses of Friends, etc. STORED in 975C
  • Jones, James Parnell. Latin exercise books, 1852. 3 items. STORED in 975C
  • Jones, Sybil. 9 items [ca. 1850?] - 1869. Diaries, journals, notebooks. The diary, 1864-65, contains her thoughts and reactions at time of son's death. STORED in 975C
  • Jones, Virginia (Costello). Pocket notebook. [Name crossed out, on flyleaf; name of Eliza ?, 1874, on inner leaf; S, 1875, on flyleaf.] STORED in 975C

General note

Coll. no. 1009

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