Date 1870
Place Crystal Springs, Copiah, Mississippi, USA
Description Editor & publisher of "Christian Unitist" for The Christian Church. Various records indicate in Crystal Springs, Garner and Jackson.

Source References

  1. Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi
      • Page: Vol. II, p. 369
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        In 1875 S. R. Jones edited a paper known as the Unitist, in the interest of the church.
        It continued for a year. or more and suspended.

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  2. Benjamin Franklin Manire: Reminiscences of Preachers and Churches in Mississippi
      • Page: Ch. 4 “1860‑1866”
      • Source text:

        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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