Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John R. Jones papers

Abstract

The John R. Jones papers (dated 1851-1865; 0.4 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise diaries, clippings, and legal papers that document life before and during the Civil War in Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John R. Jones papers
Creator
Jones, John R., 1785-1864
Extent
0.4 Cubic Feet
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0044: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John R. Jones papers, 1851-1865, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John R. Jones was born August 27, 1785 to Baalam Jones (1750-1820 and Martha Green (1750-1832) in Virginia. He owned a large farming operation in Nelson County, Kentucky and property in Washington County, Kentucky. Jones married his first wife, Elizabeth Betsy Lewis (1795-1862), on July 4, 1809 with whom he had three children: Inis G. (1810-1847), Green C. (1819-1898), and Fanny M. (1827-1884). Elizabeth passed away in 1862 and Jones married his second wife, Anna Grant on May 8, 1864. On June 17, 1864 Jones, a Union sympathizer, was shot and killed by two confederate soldiers attempting to take his horses. According to one account, two confederate soldiers were executed for his death, though most likely not the ones involved in the killing of Jones. Confederate sympathizers angered over the revenge killing of the two soldiers drove Anna to leave Kentucky and move to Missouri.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The John R. Jones papers (dated 1851-1865; 0.4 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise diaries, clippings, and legal papers that document life before and during the Civil War in Kentucky. There are two diaries, one kept by John from 1851-1856 and one kept by his second wife, Anna, from the date of John's death in June 1864 to May 1865. Additionally included in the collection is Jones's will, clippings concerning his death and the actions taken afterwards, and a typed family letter describing the death of Jones.
The John R. Jones papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

John Jones diary, 1851-1856

  • Box 140, folder 1
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John R. Jones will, 1864

  • Box 140, folder 2
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Receipts and Bloomfield, KY map, 1865

  • Box 140, folder 3
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Typed copy of letter detailing Jones's death, 1864

  • Box 140, folder 4
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Anna Jones diary, 1864-1865

  • Box 140, folder 5
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Newspaper clippings, undated

  • Box 140, folder 6
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Jones family history, undated

  • Box 140, folder 7
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William Quantrill guerilla band document, 1865

  • Box 140, folder 8
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