Rev. Samuel G. Jones Celebrates His 87th Birthday

 
The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
August 18, 1892, Page 1
 
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Grand Old Man.

Rev. Samuel G. Jones Celebrates His 87th Birthday.

Eighty-Seven Descendants

Living and twenty-seven gone before—fifty three present to participate in this joyous annual celebration.

On Tuesday, August 16th, Rev. Samuel G. Jones celebrated his eighty-seventh birthday.

He was born near Abbeville, S. C., August 16th, 1805, and at the age of four years was left an orphan by the death of both his parents. He then lived with an uncle until the age of seventeen when he was turned loose to make his own way in the world. He left South Carolina and went to Elbert county, Ga., where he entered a tannery as an apprentice and served three years, when he was put in charge and ran the business for a number of years.

At sixteen Mr. Jones joined the Methodist church and at thirty three he was licensed to preach. He was only a local preacher but has served many churches, and his whole life has been devoted to good works. He now looks back upon the seventy-one years which have passed since he gave his heart to God, and feels that each year has brought him closer to the throne of grace.

In 1825 at the age of twenty-one he was married in Elbert county to Elizabeth Ann Edwards who shared his joys and sorrows for fifty-one years. Eleven children blessed their union, of whom eight are still living. Mrs. Jones died in Cartersville in 1876 at the age of sixty-six.

Mr. Jones followed the business of tanning for about fifty years, and at the same time filled his appointments with his churches with the regularity of a clock. He moved from Elbert county to Heard, and from Heard to Chambers county, Ala., and again moved back to Georgia in 1861, and settled near Allatoona. He came to Cartersville in 1869 and has made this his home since that time.

Of the eight children living there are R. H. Jones, Miss M. E. Jones and R. L. Jones who live in this city; Wm. E. Jones, of Atlanta, Mrs. Ellen Williams, of Rome, H. C. Jones, of Hamilton, Ga., A. P. Jones , of Emerson, and Dr. Jas. H. Jones, of Ragland, Ala. There are eighty-seven children and grandchildren living, and twenty-seven have passed over the river to await the coming of those left behind.

There are five sons of Rev. Samuel G. Jones who are preachers: R. H., Wm. E., A. P. and Jas. H. Jones, and two grandsons: Sam P. and Jos. J. Jones.

Of this large family fifty-three were present on Tuesday, and formed an interesting group. Grandfather Jones was seated in his easy chair surrounded by his descendants to the fifth generation, which was represented by the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evans Mays, a grand-daughter of Rev. Sam P. Jones.

It was a joyous reunion. From the aged grandfather down to the little toddler about his knees all were happy to once more be allowed to assemble together and show their love for each other.

Religious services were opened by Rev. J. H. Mashburn who led in a song, and prayer was offered by Rev. R. H. Jones. Then came a short talk from Grandfather Jones who spoke feelingly of his past life. He spoke of the religion which had been his guide and help throughout all his days. He was followed with short talks by Rev. J. H. Mashburn, J. S. Hillhouse, A. P. and Wm. E. Jones.

After this service dinner was announced and the long table was laden with every conceivable article to tempt the appetite and appeal to the inner man. It was a grand feast and was greatly enjoyed.

The afternoon was spent in social intercourse, and Grandfather Jones baptized four of his grandchildren.

Mr. Jones is loved and venerated by all of his descendants and acquaintances who honor and respect him for the good that he has accomplished and the goodly life he has led. His general health is good, and he is able to go about the house, but for several weeks he has not been out of doors. His eye sight has failed, and he is unable to distinguish one person from another. He is a grand old man, and lives in the love of all who know him.

 

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