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Eliza Adam Jones

(1839-1911)

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At a Glance

Eliza Adam Jones was a superior musician, and became the organist at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, NC, developing a superior musical tradition the Church continues today [1].

Story

Eliza Adam Jones of Hillsborough, NC was the daughter of Dr. Pride Jones and his first wife, Mary E. Cameron. Lizzie, as she was called, is listed as a Burwell student in the Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51 [2] and likely attended the school beginning in 1850 or 1851. Lizzie Jones's special forte was music, and she concentrated most of her time and effort on her music lessons in the Brick House.

Lizzie traveled to New York, NY for additional music study in 1855-1856. Frances Armistead Burwell  called on her there, as Lizzie's grandmother, Rebecca Edward Long, reported to Mrs. Burwell (Anna Robertson Burwell ) on January 19, 1856. Mrs. Burwell wrote to her daughter Frances Armistead Burwell :

I enjoyed Mrs. Jones visit very much. She is certainly one of the loveliest of old ladies. She told me it what a pleasure it was to Liz to have you go to see her. She thinks Liz will come home in February.

Lizzie Jones eventually became  "Miss Lizzie Jones,"  the organist at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, NC and the coadjutor with Rev. Moses Ashley Curtis in developing a superior musical tradition at the Church. Of many tributes to her musicianship, perhaps that of Bishop Joseph Blount Cheshire in his Centennial Celebration Address on August 24, 1924.

Eliza Adam Jones died in 1911 at the age of seventy-two and is buried in St. Matthew's Churchyard in Hillsborough, NC [1].

Biographical Data



Eliza was called Lizzie.Eliza Adam Jones was always know in her later years as  "Miss Lizzie Jones"Mrs. Burwell (Anna Robertson Burwell ) called Eliza Adam Jones  "Liz"  in the popular mode of the day.

Important Dates

Eliza Adam Jones was born on May 16, 1839, in Hillsborough, NC. She died in 1911, and was buried in St. Matthew's Churchyard in Hillsborough, NC.

Places of Residence

Schools Attended

  • Burwell School, from 1850. Lizzie is listed as a Burwell student in the Burwell School Catalogue 1848-51 [2], and likely attented the School beginning in 1850 or 1851. Lizzie Jones's special forte was music, and she concentrated most of her time and effort on her music lessons in the Brick House [1].
  • [unknown] music school, between 1855 and 1856 [1].

Relatives

References

  1. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).
  2. Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51.