Monday, January 26, 2015

Finding William Patton Jones


The following is an email received from a volunteer in the Archives of Maryville College:

Thank you for contacting Maryville College about the ledger that you found at a flea market.   I think that it is very possible that it belonged to a Maryville College student.  Here are a few facts:

Maryville College is known by MC to most current and former students.

William Patton Jones was enrolled at Maryville College in 1908-1909 as third year student in the Preparatory Department (high school), in 1909-1910 as a fourth year student in the Preparatory Department, and in 1910-1911 as a freshmen in the College Department.   In the first year his home address was Asheville, NC, R.D. 2.  For the second and third years his address was Swannanoa, NC.

Books were rented by students from the Loan Library on Campus.

On the page which had a list of names I find the following students:  James Alexander Burnette, John William Campbell and Allen Long Clark.





Dr. Barnes was a Professor of Psychology and Political Science at MC during this time.

Students who lived on Campus ate at the Boarding Club.  Students did all of the work from cooking to washing dishes. 

Another work-study job was ringing the College bell which called students to rise, to meals, to chapel, to class, to lights out.

The fees are in line with what I found in Catalogs from these years.  Young men had the option of living on or off Campus.

If you have other questions or need specific information, please contact me.  This was very interesting.


These pictures are from the annual for which W. P. Jones recorded paying $2. You can follow the link to see the whole thing on line. (It's really cool!)

My original lead to Maryville College came from Esta, a reader of this blog. And over on Facebook, Susan found a William Patton Jones from Swannanoa enrolled at MC in 1910. She also located him in a census.

So WPJ would probably one of the gang pictured below -- Class of '13.

Did he graduate? I don't know but I'll ask the nice person in the Archives. 

I found a bit more  in a Moffitt family genealogy.  WPJ was born in 1887 in Buncombe County, NC, son of Thomas Jefferson Jones (great name) and Sarah Elizabeth Ellen Moffit. He married Leona May Lowns from Illinois -- they had seven children but only one is named --George Carl Jones (1928 -1968.)

William Patton Jones died in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, in 1974, having outlived his son.

So how did his ledger end up in Marshall, NC? 

 


Annual

7 comments:

Barbara Rogers said...

What a fun bunch of detectives you all are! But getting the ledger into your drawer does remain the final mystery.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a great post! I have spent lots of time with the Annual. They surely had a great focus on writing. It is indeed a wonderful piece of history. And the advertisements are fascinating. Imagine having this Online. The Internet is wonderful.

KarenB said...

So fun! Fascinating to delve into history like that.

Jim Egerton said...

That was wonderful. The annual was delightful with the poems and stories. Seems to me the young people had alot of fun back then with their chants and poems and outlooks. Thanks so much Vicki

Jim Egerton said...

That was wonderful. The annual was delightful with the poems and stories. Seems to me the young people had alot of fun back then with their chants and poems and outlooks. Thanks so much Vicki

jennyfreckles said...

I love a bit of detective work, so fascinating what you've managed to uncover with a bit of help from your collaborators.

Ms. A said...

How did I miss this??? Awesome info you got!