Samuel P. Jones Papers
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Samuel P. Jones Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Jones, Sam P., (Sam Porter), 1847-1906
Title: Samuel P. Jones Papers
Dates: 1880-1925
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: .5 linear feet (half document box)
Identification: ahc.MSS126

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Porter Jones (1847 October 16 – 1906 October 15), Methodist evangelist, was born in Oak Bowery, Chambers County, Alabama, the son of John J. Jones and Nancy (Porter) Jones. In 1855, he and his siblings went to live with their grandparents in Cartersville, Georgia after their mother died. His grandfather, Samuel G. Jones was a Methodist preacher. In 1859, John Jones married Jennie Skinner and settled permanently in Cartersville, Georgia. Samuel studied law and was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1868. Also in 1868, he married Laura McElwain of Kentucky, where he had spent the last days of the Civil War. Samuel and Laura had seven children: Beulah, Mary, Annie, Sam Paul, Robert W., Laura, and Julia.In 1872, Samuel felt compelled to enter the ministry after a promise to his father on his deathbed. Samuel had fallen on hard times, due to excessive drinking, and made a pledge to his father he would reform himself. He was accepted by the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and began preaching as a circuit minister covering four counties. Samuel had a natural talent for preaching and before long he assisted other preachers with revival work. He had a plain and simple theology, “quit your meanness.” In 1880, the conference appointed him as the fundraising agent for the Methodist Orphan Home in Decatur, Georgia. In time, Samuel spent most of his time traveling around the country preaching at revival services. He estimated from September 1885 to September 1886 that he preached 1000 sermons to three million people. Samuel Jones died October 15, 1906 on a return trip from a revival in Oklahoma City. Several thousand people came to view him as he lay in state in the rotunda of the Capitol in Atlanta and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is primarily correspondence pertaining to Samuel P. Jones’ revival activities and letters from family members. Most of the letters are photocopies; however, a few are originals. In general, the revival correspondence references planning activities for future meetings as well as building projects. The majority of the Laura Jones correspondence is of a personal nature and the receipts are for incidental purchases. Receipts of interest include a buggy ordered by Reverend Samuel Jones just weeks before his death and several receipts from the Nunnally Company.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Cartersville (Ga.)
Evangelistic semons
Jones family
Jones, Sam P., (Sam Porter), 1847-1906
McElwain family
Methodist Episcopal Church, South
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. North Georgia Conference.
Skinner family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel P Jones Papers, MSS 126 , Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Lucy Cunyus Mulcahy, 1970, 1975 (1970.150, 1975.359, 1975.366); Gift of Louise Holcomb Cade, 1970 (1970.144, 1970.168)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Correspondence, Laura Jones, 1905-1925
2Correspondence, Samuel P. Jones, tabernacle/revival, 1886-1906
3Correspondence, Samuel P. Jones, personal, (copies), 1887-1901
4Miscellaneous, 1905, 1971, undated
5Receipts and invoices, Laura Jones, 1906-1907, undated