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Charles Colcock Jones

JONES, Charles Colcock, clergyman, born in Liberty county, Georgia, 20 December, 1804; died there, 16 March, 1863. He was educated at Andover and Princeton theological seminaries, was licensed to preach in 1830, and in 1831 became pastor of the 1st Presbyterian church of Savannah. Ga. In 1832 he returned to Liberty county and devoted himself to the education of the negro race. He was professor of church history and polity in Columbia seminary, South Carolina, in 1835-'8, returned to missionary work in 1839, and was again professor in this institution in 1847-'50. He then removed to Philadelphia, and was secretary of the board of domestic missions of the Presbyterian church until failure of health necessitated his return to Georgia in 1857. Besides many tracts and papers, he published "Religious Instruction for Negroes in the Southern States" (Savannah, 1837); "Suggestions on the Instruction of Negroes in the South" (1855); and a "History of the Church of God," edited by his eldest son, Charles (New York, 1867).--His son, Charles Colcock, lawyer, born in Savannah, Georgia, 28 October, 1831, was graduated at Princeton in 1852, and at the Harvard law school in 1855. Returning to Savannah, Georgia, he was admitted to the bar the next year, and practised his profession, holding the office of mayor in 1860-'1. He joined the Confederate army in 1862, and served as colonel of artillery, surrendering with General Joseph E. Johnston in April, 1865. Mr. Jones removed to New York city in 1866, practised law there ten years, and, returning to Georgia in 1876, settled in Augusta. He has devoted much time and research to the history of his state and that of the antiquities of southern Indians, and his archaeological and historical collections are of interest and value. He received the degree of LL.D. from the University of New York in 1880, and from Oxford university, Georgia, in 1882. Since 1879 he has been president of the Confederate survivors' association of Augusta. He has published, besides many papers on historical and scientific subjects, "Monumental Remains of Georgia" (Savannah, 1861); "Historical Sketch of the Chatham Artillery during the Confederate Struggle for independence" (Albany, New York, 1867); "Historical Sketch of Tomo-chi-chi, Mico of the Yamacraws" (1868); "Reminiscences of the Last Days of General Henry Lee" (1870); "Antiquities of the Southern Indians" (New York, 1873); "Siege of Savannah in 1779" (Albany, 1874); "Life of Commodore Josiah Tatnall" (Savannah, 1878); "Dead Towns of Georgia" (1878); "Hernando de Soto and his March through Georgia" (1880); "Memoir of Jean Pierre Purry" (Augusta, Georgia, 1880); "History of Georgia" (2 vols., Boston and New York, 1883); "Life, Labors, and Neglected Grave of Richard Henry Wilde" (1885); "Nine Annual Addresses before the Confederate Survivors' Association of Augusta, Georgia" (1879-'87); and has edited, besides, his father's "History of the Church of God"; "Acts passed by the General Assembly of the Colony of Georgia from 1755 till 1774" (Wormsloe, Georgia, 1881); and "Journal of the Transactions of the Trustees of the Colony of Georgia by Rt. Hon. John, Earl of Egmont" (1886).--Another son, Joseph, physician, born in Liberty county, Georgia, 6 September, 1833, was graduated at Princeton in 1853, and at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1855. He was professor of chemistry in the Medical college of Savannah, Georgia, in 1856-'7, of natural philosophy in the University of Georgia in 1858, of chemistry in the Medical college of Georgia, Augusta, in 1859-'65, and also a surgeon in the Confederate army. In 1866-'8 he was professor of medicine in the University of Nashville, and since 1869 has been professor of chemistry and clinical medicine in Tulane university, New Orleans, Louisiana He was president of the board of health of the state of Louisiana in 1880-'4. and is now (1887) president of the Louisiana state medical society. Dr. Jones has devoted his life to the investigation of the causes and prevention of disease in civil and military hospitals, as well as in private practice, and while president of the board of health was successful in excluding yellow fever from the valley of the Mississippi. Besides constant pamphlets and addresses on scientific and medical subjects, he has published "Investigations, Chemical and Physiological, relative to Certain American Vertebrata" (Smithsonian institution contributions, 1856); "First Report of the Cotton Planters' Convention of Georgia on the Agricultural Resources of Georgia" (Augusta, 1860); "Sanitary Memoirs of the War of the Rebellion" (New York, 1869); "Surgical Memoirs of the War of the Rebellion" (1871); "Hospital Construction and Organization" (Baltimore, 1875); "Explorations of the Aboriginal Remains of Tennessee" (Smithsonian institution contributions, Washington, 1876); "Reports of the Board of Health of Louisiana" (New Orleans, 1884); and "Medical and Surgical Memoirs" (1887).

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