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Addition,, ca. 1839-1917



Primarily letters by Eli, Sybil and Richard Mott Jones, also includes several journals, diaries, photographs, printed items, scrapbook, and other papers chiefly of Eli, Sybil and Richard Mott Jones.

Letters and journals of Eli and Sybil Jones discuss their travel and work in the ministry, including time spent in:

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  1. - Liberia (1851)
  2. - England, Ireland, France, Norway, Germany (1852-1855)
  3. - Washington, D.C. (1864-1865)
  4. - England, Ireland, France, Bêirut, Jaffa, Jerusalem (1866-1870)

Letters of Eli and Sybil Jones are primarily addressed to their sons, James Parnell Jones and after his death in 1864, to Richard Mott Jones.

Letters of Richard Mott Jones are chiefly from the years he was a student at Haverford College (1863-1867), a tutor in Besborough, Ireland (1867-1869) and while he was traveling in Europe (1869-1870). Also included are some letters while a student and later as Principal of Oak Grove Seminary, Vassalboro, Me. Other papers include: diaries (28 vols., 1890-1917), notebooks while at Haverford College, minute book of Theta Psi Fraternity (China Academy), scrapbook of newspaper clippings.

Letters, 1848-1864, of James Parnell Jones include some written while a soldier in the Civil War. Also a diary, 1851.

Other material in this addition to the Jones family papers includes miscellaneous letters chiefly addressed to Eli, Sybil and Richard Mott Jones from various persons and photographs of Eli and Sybil Jones and family.

This addition consists of 9 boxes, numbered 5 through 13 (original collection consists of boxes 1 through 4], arranged as follows:

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  1. Box 5 - Eli Jones letters, 1839-1865. (p. 2)
  2. Box 6 - Eli Jones letters, 1866-1875; journal; other papers. (p. 3)
  3. Box 7 - Richard Mott Jones letters, 1852-1892; notebooks and other papers. (p. 4)
  4. Box 8 - Richard Mott Jones diaries, 1890-1917. (p. 5)
  5. Box 9 - Sybil Jones letters, 1851-1864. (p. 6)
  6. Box 10 - Sybil Jones letters, 1865-1873; journal; other papers. (p. 7)
  7. Box 11 - Miscellaneous correspondents, [name unknown] to Pike, L. C. (p. 8)
  8. Box 12 - Miscellaneous correspondents, Pinkham to Yarnall.
  9. Miscellaneous papers of Eli and Sybil Jones and family. (p. 9)
  10. Box 13 - Photographs, books and artifacts. (p. 10)

Letters are arranged alphabetically by author and chronologically within a specific author. As an aid to the researcher, the locations for Eli, Sybil and Richard Mott Jones's letters are listed for each folder. These place names are only listed once and are listed in the order in which they first appear in the folder.


  • Creation: ca. 1839-1917

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use


Eli Jones (1807-1890) of China, Maine, married Sybil Jones (1808-1873). As Quaker ministers they went to Liberia in 1851, later traveling to various countries in Europe, including England, Ireland, France, Norway and Germany. Eli and Sybil Jones's children included James Parnell Jones (1835-1864; teacher and soldier killed in the Civil War); Sybil Narcissa Jones (1839-1903, “Cissa” who married (1) J. Wm. Jacob, (2) [] Beale); Richard Mott Jones (1843-1917, teacher and Headmaster of William Penn Charter School, 1875-1917); Susan Tabor Jones (1847-1913) and Eli Grellet Jones (1850-1933 or 4?). Sybil Jones worked in Washington area hospitals during the Civil War, ministering to the wounded. She was in the Capitol when Lincoln was assassinated and paid visits to Mary Todd Lincoln and to Secretary Stanton at the White House in the days immediately following. In 1867 Sybil and Eli went to the Middle East, working in Palestine and Syria (modern Lebanon). They began a girls school at Ramallah (Rām Allāh) which bears their name.

(Sources for above: DQB; Jones genealogy collection; Eli and Sybil Jones: their life and work by Rufus M. Jones, 1889 [BX7753 J89 Z4])

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift, , Sept. 26, 1980 [acc. #4099]

General Physical Description note

9 boxes

General note

Ms. Coll. 1009

Jones family papers, Addition, ca. 1839-1917

General note

User Note: This addition begins with Box 5.

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