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JONES, JOHN C. (1837–1904). John C. Jones, physician, son of Tignal and Susan (King) Jones, was born in Lawrence County, Alabama, on March 10, 1837. After earning a master of arts degree from LaGrange College in Alabama, he moved to Texas in 1856. Shortly thereafter he went to the University of Edinburgh to spend four years specializing in obstetrics. He also took a special course in surgical pathology and operative surgery under Sir Joseph Lister. Jones worked as resident student at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, and studied in London and Paris before 1861, when he returned to Texas at the beginning of the Civil War. He volunteered his services to the Confederacy and, upon the recommendation of President Jefferson Davis, was attached to Hood's Texas Brigade. When Gen. John Bell Hood lost his leg at Chickamauga, Jones was picked as the general's surgeon. After the war he returned to Texas to settle in Gonzales. In 1867 he married Mary Kennon Crisp, and they had five children. He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of Texas (vice president, 1885). Jones died on January 25, 1904. Writing on behalf of the State Board of Medical Examiners, associate Dr. J. T. Wilson referred to Jones as one of the state's "best citizens" as well as "one of its most able and skillful physicians."


Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]).

Stephen L. Hardin

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