The Discovery of Great-great-great grandfather Allen Jones: A Once Sold Slave

It was men like Great great-great grandpa Allen Jones who chose not to focus on revenge or hold onto resentments and bitterness for all of the evil inhumane treatment that they suffered; who choose to channel their energy towards helping the helpless, feeding the hungry, uplifting the dejected, etc. Notably, it is quite evident that he was still willing to endure farther sufferings for the sake of his people truly he was his people’s keeper.
Furthermore, he had been taken away from his mother, sold to another plantation in another state and he would never see his mother again. He spent the first 55 years of his life as a slave. Now, those things alone were enough to create hatred, resentment and vengeance to take shape in e’s heart. Instead, he put aside whatever longing for retaliation.
For individual details, I will start with a few things of interest with regards to our enslaved family member born between 1795 through the Reconstruction Era of 1890. On the 1870 & 1880 census, Great great-great grandpa Allen Jones was a person of various occupations a farmer, a minister and public official. He was an A. M. E. minister with a wife and nine sons, he was a farmer; and with the real estate valued at 1300 acres and personal income of $250. His usage of this was another way in which great great-great grandpa Allen Jones helped his fellow freed people during the Reconstruction era.
Next as an A. M. E. minister, it was through the use of his farm in providing community work and shelter for about 25 local people and among them were a white family of four with his 1300 acres of farm land. And, as time went by he began to sell and give much of the land away to family members and church members and he served his community as a public official; as minister in 1865 he assisted in the erection in Arnett Chapel his community church. One of the most importantly beneficial reasons for the use of the organized church was its necessity of being a central part of the freed black’s community life during the Reconstruction Period.
During this perilous time, there was an extreme need in this newly established for competent leadership from both men and women within the communities. These religious leaders assertiveness was most needed and useful for the now freed people for the restoration of their fragmented families. By unifying and bring them together a as a functioning community of interconnected body of people, it provided them as unified strength in the promotion autonomy over their community for the advancement of their people They would help in the organization of schools for the purpose of teaching ex-slaves how to read, write and do arithmetic. In order that they not to be taken advantage of by dishonest persons; especially those who would misused them through the exploitation the new legalized share-crop system__ which merely was a new way to enslave black people. Now, one of the primary goals of great great-great grandpa Allen Jones the other religious leaders were to helped establish and strengthen the individual religious faith. They were often denied this religious freedom during their enslavement.
Furthermore, great great-great-grandpa Allen Jones and other black clergy leaders when called upon for public service became involved in politics for the purpose of giving the black community a voice in establishing of new laws which would provide them with the protection and benefits they needed against onslaught violence from their former slave owners and other vengeful southerners. Therefore, he served as the Commissioner of Gadsden County from 1870-1874, as well as an A. M. E. minister and farmer all at the same time. He did not just talk about his faith; he lived a life of faith, commitment and service.
And the sacrifices that great great-great grandma Mary Roundtree Jones along with other women likeminded made for their husbands; allow them the time needed in service to their church organizations as well as their community. These faithful women commitment and devotion were commendable. Many times in the absence of their husbands; they were required to be both mother and father with the rearing of the children and taking care of the home. These devoted women of faith were extra ordinary in their maternal responsibilities. They were able to maintain their home and their religious life. They wanted to pass on their spiritual heritage to their people and descendants of future generations.
This enabled their husbands the time for establishing lasting friendships, learning how to work together in forming connective interrelationships in and outside of their communities and building lasting friendships with their new found freedom. Eventually, they were able to develop strong ties of commitment to their extended families. Yes, Great great-great grandpa Allen Jones and great great-great grandma Mary Roundtree Jones were definitely doers of the scriptures, “…present your bodies as living sacrifice, holy and acceptable…”
Furthermore, after gaining their freedom from slavery they purposefully exchanged the yoke of enslavement (servitude) to slave masters; and took upon themselves a yoke of servitude and worship for their Heavenly Father YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA . From reading about their struggles in the book entitled, Laborers in the Vineyard of the Lord one can see that their lives exhibited the Compassionate Love of YAHUAH their Heavenly Father through their servant’s attitude… “Love YAH with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and Love your neighbor as yourself” Matthews 12:30-31. For it was during their enslavement that they put trust in YAHUSHA for their salvation; and after slavery they implemented His Word (scriptures) into their daily lives…”be a doer of the Word…”


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