Mary J. Jones, c. 1865.

Mary J. Jones, c. 1865.
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Like other members of the planter class, Mary J. Jones (1808-1869) found her life transformed during and after the Civil War. Although the Jones family prided themselves on their paternalistic regard for over 100 slaves, emancipation irrevocably altered relations between whites and blacks on the Jones plantations.

Born to a planter family in Liberty County, Georgia, Jones was educated at local women's academies. In 1830, she married her first cousin, Dr. Charles Colcock Jones, a Presbyterian clergyman who devoted much of his life to the religious education of African-Americans.
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