JOHN WESLEY JONES
One of North Carolina’s most eminent physicians, was born in this city September 26th, 1831; he received his classical education at Lewisberg Academy, and later went to Chapel Hill where his health broke down. On this account he made a voyage to the West India Islands, and after a lapse of some six months turned his attention to the study of medicine; he commenced under Dr. Pittman, of this county, and after twelve months with him entered himself at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his M. D. in 1857. After practicing medicine till the following December with Dr. Pittman, he sailed to Europe, studied a year in Paris and visited the principal cities of that continent. In Paris he was a member of the American Medical Society; he returned to his native county, opened his office in Tarboro in May, 1858; ever since his star has been on the ascendant, and to-day no one enjoys more the confidence of the people of the county where they practice.
During the war the Doctor was two years purveyor in the Confederate Army, and for a similar length of time on hospital duty and the Examining Board. He was elected one of the State Medical Board of examiners, serving six years; he was elected President of the State Medical Society in May, 1874, and has always taken a prominent part in its doings; he was also appointed corresponding member of the Boston Society of Gynaecology [sic] In this branch of surgery Dr. Jones has gained a special reputation. He was elected a member of the State Board of of Health in May, 1883, and chosen president of the same last February; he is a member of the American Medical Association, and on the Committee on Necrology; he is versed in other sciences besides the one he practices.
He has gained some note in the literary world; several papers of his on surgery and gynaecology have appeared in the State Medical Journal; he edited for some time “The Reconstructed Farmer,” – the agricultural department. At home, in Tarboro’, he is respected in his social relations. He is a Master Mason and a light in the Methodist body; he married November 8th, 1860, Miss Helen Eugenia Jeffreys, of Franklin county, by whom he has two sons and a daughter; his eldest son graduated from Trinity last June.
Transcription from the book, Historical and Descriptive Review of North Carolina, written by John Lethem, published in 1885, pages 189-190, found on the website, Internet Archive (http://archive.org), accessed 20 February 2021. Photograph from the book, Physicians and Surgeons of America, edited and compiled by Irving A. Watson, published in 1896, page 211. found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), accessed 20 February 2021.