Date 1857 - 1861
Place Wooster, Wayne, Ohio, USA
Description Pastor of the Christian Church

Source References

  1. Benjamin Franklin Manire: Reminiscences of Preachers and Churches in Mississippi
      • Page: Ch. 4 “1860‑1866”
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        One Sunday morning in the spring of 1866, Dr. S. R. Jones dropped in on us at New Bethel, unannounced and unexpected. I had seen his name in some of our papers before the war; but knew not what manner of man he was. He staid with me some days during which we had a "feast of reason and flow of soul." From that time onward till we parted in the latter part of 1876 to meet no more on earth, the relation between us was virtually that of father and son. In his boyhood, he was a pupil of Thomas Campbell, and as the printer boy set type for the pages of the "Christian Baptist." In his early life, he was personally acquainted with all the prominent co‑laborers of Mr. Campbell in Virginia and Ohio, and thus had exceptionable advantages for the training both of his mind and heart. His reminiscences of those great men and their labors were deeply interesting and instructive. He was a man of extensive and varied information. As a printer, an editor, a lawyer, physician, and a preacher, he could have set up a man in each of these professions, and still have had a good stock of information left. Years before the war, he lived at or near Utica, Mississippi, and practiced medicine, preaching also whenever and wherever he had the opportunity. It was at Utica, I think, that he lost his first wife and married his second who was a sister of judge Fisher. Although much younger than he was, she survived him but a short time. At one time he filled a chair in a Medical College in Memphis, Tenn. He was living in Ohio when the war broke out, but returned to Mississippi, and located at or near Preston, where he practiced medicine for a number of years. He then lived at Garner's Station for a year or two, and from that place he removed to Crystal Springs, where he started the "Christian Unitist". In a short time however, he removed from that place to Jackson, and remained there or in its vicinity until he died.</line><line /><line> He was an elegant writer and a close reasoner. The subject‑matter of his sermons was always sound and instructive, and his language chaste and appropriate; but in consequence of an injury which his vocal organs received when he was quite a young man, he had an impediment in his delivery which greatly hindered his usefulness as a preacher. Had he possessed a smooth and flowing delivery he would have stood well up to the front among our able and popular preachers. His defect in this respect drew me perhaps still nearer to him; for "a fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind." A bad delivery has been my "thorn in the flesh" during all my preacher‑life, and a sharp thorn indeed it has been. If Paul's was any worse than mine has been, I am sorry for him even now. I have never been able to decide whether mine was from the Lord, or the adversary‑whether the Lord gave it to me to keep me from becoming vain and puffed up, or the adversary to hinder my usefulness. At any rate it has determined to a great extent my fields of labor, keeping me in the background mostly, where perhaps I have done as much good, as I could have done in more prominent places with the tongue of a Cicero. I have preached almost all my life in places where, for the time being at least, they could not get any one else; and hence the good that has resulted from these labors has been so much clear gain. I have never been in any other preacher's way, and never intend to be; and I have no fear of any other preacher ever getting in my way. But all this concerning myself the reader "can put within parentheses and read in a lower tone of voice," as Bro. Butler was wont to say.</line><line /><line> With all his vast and varied information, the chief greatness of Dr. Jones was found in his pre‑eminent goodness. If I have ever known a man who was absolutely without any mark of guile, and totally destitute of all feelings of selfishness, Dr. S. R. Jones was that man. He seemed to think of the good of others only, and to labor for their good with an unwavering devotion. He loved everybody, and always had a sunny smile and pleasant word for all whom he met whether old or young, rich or poor, white or black. His very presence was a benediction to all. He was especially fond of children, and always tried to say something to make them happy. I have as little use for the man who is not fond of children, as Shakespeare had for the man who had no music in his soul. Such a man is "only fit for treason, stratagems, and spoils." That I knew him and possessed his confidence and affection to the fullest extent, will ever be a happy memory to me. He had the love and confidence of all who knew him; and I doubt if he ever had an enemy in all his life. Who could have been the enemy of such a man? His stainless life was above criticism and his unselfish love for his fellow man disarmed all hostility. Ever blessed be his memory!

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  2. Perrin, William H.: History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois
      • Date: 1883
      • Page: p. 80, col. 2
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        The Ruralist. — This was the next newspaper venture, and was established in Palestine, in 1856, by Samuel R. Jones, a native Virginian, who had been brought up by Alexander Campbell, the eminent minister of the gospel and expounder of the doctrine and faith of the religious denomination known as Disciples or Christians. The Ruralist, like its predecessors, was independent in politics. Jones was rather an eccentric man, with numerous professions, combining those of a preacher, lawyer and doctor, with that of editor and publisher. He was imbued with the spirit of “Reform” in almost everything, and was disposed to make the paper a special advocate of his own peculiar notions and isms. In December, 1856, George W. Harper, a printer boy of some eighteen years, came from Richmond, Indiana, and was employed by Jones to take mechanical charge of the Ruralist, and as he had “so many irons in the fire,” he soon virtually surrendered all charge of the paper into Harper’s hands, who endeavored to make it more of a literary and local paper than it had been previously. Its publication was continued until October, 1857, when it was suspended, and Dr. Jones removed to Wooster, Ohio, to take pastoral charge of the Christian church there. He remained about a year, and just prior to the breaking out of the late war, he removed to Mississippi. After the close of the war himself and son published for a short time a religious paper at Garner, Hinds County, that State. He is now located at Jackson, Miss., and although over seventy years of age is still actively engaged in the ministry.

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  3. Ben Douglass: History of Wayne County, Ohio, from the days of the pioneers and the first settlers to the present time
      • Date: 1879
      • Page: pp. 402-403
      • Source text:

        Church of Christ.
        The Church of Christ, meeting in Wooster, was organized July 26, 1835. The following statements are taken from the records of the church:
        At a meeting on Lord's Day, July 26, 1835, the persons whose names appear below extended to each other the hand of Christian fellowship, and organized themselves into a worshiping assembly, under the following pledge:
        We, the Disciples of Jesus Christ, living in and near the town of Wooster, being desirous of attending to all the ordinances of the Lord's House, do unite ourselves together in a congregated capacity, taking for our guide or discipline the New Testament of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And we propose, as soon as practicable, to appoint Bishops and Deacons, whose duty it shall be to take charge of the temporal and spiritual interests of the congregation, according to the Holy Scriptures. And in order to protect ourselves from imposition, we further agree not to receive any person claiming to be a Christian who is not known by us, or who does not present a letter of commendation from some congregation. To the above we have authorized our several names to be affixed:
        Wm. F. Pool; Peter Willis and Elizabeth, his wife; Frederick Kauke and Elizabeth, his wife; John Miller and wife; Jacob Wachtel and Elizabeth, his wife; Samuel Zimmerman and Mary, his wife; George K. Zimmerman, Griffith L. Jones, Elizabeth Scott, Eleanor Jones, Mary McCurdy, Elizabeth Hickman, Rebecca Hull, Sophia Zimmerman, Kimball Porter and Susannah, his wife.
        From the time of this initiatory movement until May, 1847, there is no record of the proceedings of the church. But from some of the older members we learn that the little band continued to meet from week to week to "break the loaf" and to join in social exercises, whenever preaching could not be obtained. As an evidence of the zeal which characterized the members, we mention the fact that during their interval of twelve years the little company of twenty-one had increased to nearly one hundred.
        There is no record to be found of the election and ordination of officers until 1850. On Saturday, December 7, in that year the church met and unanimously selected the following persons as its officers: Elders, Kimball Porter, William Grim and Constant Lake; Deacons, George K. Zimmerman, Michael Miller and Martin Rowe.
        The following sisters were chosen as Deaconesses: Almira Grim, Mary Bartol, Barbary Hickman, Eleanor Lake, Mary Porter, Rebecca White, Arta Porter, Harriet Harbaugh and Hester Snook. On the next day, Lord's Day, December 8, at 2 o'clock p. M., the church met to attend to the ordination of these officers. Elder J. H. Jones was the officiating minister on this occasion.
        For several years the church had no house of worship. And indeed, it had no regular place of meeting. Part of the time it occupied the old Court House, where it had been organized. Sometimes it assembled in a brick school house in the south part of town, located on what is now known as South Market street. Another place of meeting was the residence of Frederick Kauke. And occasionally it worshiped in the dwelling houses of other members. For a time it occupied a cooper shop, situated on what, at present, is called Grant street. Then again, in a large room in J. S. Lake's building on West Liberty street. Finally, in the year 1847, *ne church completed a house of its own on the corner of Walnut and South streets, which house it has continued to occupy until the present time.
        The first regular pastor was J. H. Jones, who began his labors for the congregation in the year 1845. He remained in this position until 1857, and was succeeded in the pastoral work by the following persons in the order named: John W. Errett, Samuel R. Jones, Robert Moffett, N. A. Walker, J. H. Bauserman, J. N. Lowe, D. J. White and H. D. Carlton.
        In addition to its regular preaching, this church has frequently enjoyed the pulpit ministrations of eminent Evangelists. Prominent among them may be mentioned Alexander Campbell, Wm. Hayden, A. S. Hayden, John Henry, Wm. Pool, A. B. Green, James Porter, John Rigdon, John Secrist, Wesley Lamphere, C. E. Van Voorhes, Adamson Bently, John Whitacre, D. S. Burnett, Jasper Moss, M. Wilcox, Walter Scott, Isaac Erritt, W. K. Pendleton, C. L. Loos and Benjamin Franklin.
        It may be mentioned, as a matter of interest, that during the time that has elapsed since its organization about seven hundred persons have been members of the church; but the growth in numbers has been largely counteracted by removals. Many have been removed by letters to other congregations; some have died, and some have been excluded. The following persons are at present the officers of the church: Elders—Constant Lake, James W. Hughes, Silas H. Sharp, H. D. Carlton; Deacons—Alex. Garing, Wm. H. Smith, Henry Myers, Jehu L. Grafton; Deaconesses Elizabeth Sharp, Mary Bartol, Hannah Miller, Elizabeth Yamall, Anna P. Lake. H. D. C.

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        Mamie Jones married a man surname "Sharp", possibly related to Silas?