F. H. Jones

 
Pastor FBC Hillsborough, 1872 - 1873
The church met on April 27, 1872 to discuss procuring the services of “Bro. F.H. Jones” who had agreed to “supply the pulpit ... the 2nd Sabbath night in each month.”  A subscription was taken and only $29 was subscribed “being only a few members present.”  Nonetheless, the church agreed to call Jones for an indefinite period.  Interestingly, on October 18, 1872 the church voted to invite and pay the way for Rev. C.A. Woodson of Virginia to visit Hillsboro to explore “securing his services as pastor.”  Apparently, this visit did not occur and F.H. Jones remained as pastor.  In July 1873, the church learned that “Brother John M. Blackwood & wife had taken their child to the Episcopal Church and had it sprinkled according to the usage of that church.”  Hearings were held and a presbytery, chaired by G.W. Purefor of Chapel Hill, was called to render judgment which is in the church minutes.  The Blackwood’s considered the act a dedication service and not a baptism.  Mrs. Blackwood’s letter of explanation and apology is in the church minutes.1 Nothing is mentioned about Jones after this October event.

A search of the Internet provides little biographical information for F.H. Jones.  He was pastor of First Baptist Church, Greensboro from 1867 to 1870.2   At the meeting of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention in 1877, he was appointed to a committee to investigate, “If the office of an Evangelist scripturally exists? and there is a demand for such work in our State?”3 At the time, he was pastor of the Baptist church in Yanceyville, NC and according to a wedding announcement, was still there in 1885.4   Two additional churches list him as a former pastor.  They are the Calvary Baptist Church, Reidsville, NC (1901) and the Boonville Baptist Church, Boonville, NC (1900-1903).5,6

While attending North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Azariah Graves Thompson writes a letter home on December 10, 1905 saying, “I have just come in from church. I took supper at Mr. Lowery's on 220 Martin St., with cousin Tom. He was awfully nice to me, introduced me to lots of folks. I met Old Bro. F. H. Jones. I reckon that is his name. He told me to give you his love. Then I met Maj. W. A. Graham, and lots of folks that used to know you or Papa or Grand Papa or some of our folks.”7 Jones may or may not have been  all that “Old” – since the author was a young man and anyone over 50 would be considered old by his standards.

References:
  1.  Minutes of First Baptist Church Hillsborough, NC from November 19, 1853 to December 2, 1953.
  2. Albright, James W.  Greensboro, 1808-1904: facts, figures, traditions, and reminiscences.  Publisher: Greensboro, N.C.: Jos. J. Stone & Company (1904).  Accessed on March 11, 2011 at:  http://www.archive.org/details/greensboro18081900albr
  3. Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention, 1877. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Creator).  Accessed on March 11, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/details/proceedingsofann1894bapt
  4. Rootsweb Genealogical Database: Caswell County Family Tree.  Accessed March 11, 2011 at: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=caswellcounty&id=I05599
  5. About Our Church: Calvary Baptist Church, Reidsville, NC.  Accessed on March 11, 2011 at: http://www.cbcrnc.com/about.html
  6. Pastors: Boonville Baptist Church, Boonville, NC.  Accessed on March 11, 2011 at: http://www.boonvillebaptistchurch.org/pastors.php
  7. Letters written by Azariah Graves Thompson from NCSU.  Accessed on March 11, 2011 at: http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/bitstream/1840.6/568/1/0001_NoteMostofthefollowingletterswerewritten.pdf

Compiled by Reginald Carter, Historian, FBC Hillsborough
Last Updated: March 11, 2011