Aaron Jones, Jr.

 
Pastor FBC Hillsborough, 1854 -
Aaron Jones, Jr. was one of the presbytery elders who met in Hillsboro on November 19, 1853 to constitute the church.  He was called as the first pastor of the church on February 26, 1854.1   He served as pastor for only one year before moving to Mecklenburg County, VA to pastor the Clarksville Baptist Church between 1855 and 1856.2   

In addition to the Hillsboro church, he also helped constitute the Lystra Baptist Church, an arm of Mt. Carmel, in November 1852.3   He was pastor of the Baptist Church in Edenton, NC prior to coming to Hillsboro.  A reference in the history of the Colerain Baptist Church (organized in 1789 in Colerain, NC) indicates that … “In 1849 a new sanctuary was built and dedicated on December 15th with Rev. Aaron Jones of Edenton preaching the Dedication Sermon.”4 His wife, Margaret G. Jones, died on May 11, 1850 and is buried “under the church” in Edenton which is located in Chowan County, NC.  Her tombstone indicates that she was born on January 24, 1811 in Guilford County, NC.5  She was 39 years old at the time of her death.  The cause is unknown.

The last reference to Aaron Jones, Jr. in NC has him marring a couple, John Glass and Margaret Powell, in Caswell County, NC on February 14, 1854.6 

There is a reference to an Aaron Jones, Jr. in Mississippi in 1860.  He and W. M. Farrer took charge of the Mississippi Baptist paper with J. T. Freeman as associate editor.  In July 1860, it appears that Aaron Jones, Jr. became the sole editor to the paper.  The paper went “extant” during the Civil War with the last copy dated December 11, 1862.7 From the September 20-22, 1862 minutes of the Simpson County Baptist Association, it is noted that … “Under unfinished business, clerk made statement that an amount collected at the previous session of $36.50 and sent to Elder Aaron Jones, Jr., Jackson, Miss., for the purpose of printing Testaments for the soldiers had not been accounted for, neither were the Testa­ments forthcoming. He was instructed to enquire after it, and make report at the next session.”8  
The final chapter of Aaron Jones’ ministry is unknown to us at this time.  There is no record of his birth or death that can be found by searching the Internet.
 
References:
  1. Minutes of First Baptist Church Hillsborough, NC from November 19, 1853 to December 2, 1953.
  2. Turner, Warren.  History of the Clarksville Baptist Church, 1818-1976.  Accessed on February 23, 2011 at: http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/mecklenburg/church/chcb0001.txt
  3. Lystra Baptist Church: Cemetery Index. Reference:  Wade H. Hadley, Jr. , et. Al., Chatham County 1771-1971.  Accessed on February 23, 2011 at: http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/chat/cem106.htm
  4. Colerain Baptist Church: Our History.  Accessed on February 23, 2011 at:  http://colerainbaptistchurch.org/#/our-history/4537003211 
  5. Find a Grave: Edenton Baptist Church Cemetery.  Margaret G. Jones.  Accessed on February 23, 2011 at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GScid=2186631&GRid=15708355&
  6. Caswell County, North Carolina, Marriage Bonds, 1778-1864; by Katharine Kerr Kendall. Published June 1, 2009. – Digitized by Google Books.
  7. A complete history of Mississippi Baptist: from the earliest times; by  Zachary Taylor Leavell and Thomas Jefferson Bailey. Published 1904 by Mississippi Baptist Publishing Co. in Jackson, Mississippi. Accessed on February 23, 2001at http://openlibrary.org/books/OL6938009M/A_complete_history_of_Mississippi_Baptists
  8. Simpson County Baptist Association (Formerly Strong River) by J. L. Boyd. Accessed on February 23, 2011 at:  http://simpsonbaptists.com/EarlyHistory1853til1927.aspx 

Compiled by Reginald Carter, Historian, FBC Hillsborough
Last Updated: February 23, 2011