Jones, John Taylor, Dd

Jones, John Taylor, D.D.

a Baptist missionary, was born at New Ipswich, N.H., July 16, 1802. He graduated at Amherst College in 1825; studied theology at Andover and Newton Seminary; and, having joined the Baptist Church in 1828, was the following year appointed a missionary to Burmah. He arrived at Maulmain, his destined place of labor, in Feb. 1831, and, after having mastered the Taling and Siamese languages, he was chosen to go to the kingdom of Siam, and reached Bangkok in April 1833. After a successful mission, he left Siam in 1839, on account of his children, went to Singapore, and thence on a visit to the United States. After returning to Siam for six years he came home again in 1846, and in the fall of 1847 went away for the last time. He died at Bangkok Sept. 13, 1851. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon him a few years before his death. Dr. Jones published three tracts in Siamese, 1834; and a translation of the New Testament in the same language, Oct. 1843. The Rev. William Dean says of Dr. Jones's qualifications for the missionary work, "Take him altogether, I have never seen his equal; and among more than a hundred men I have met among the heathen, I would select Dr. Jones as the model missionary." — Sprague, Annals Am. Pulpit, 6, 772.

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