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The Murder Trial of the Reverend Evan Jones, Baptist Missionary to the Cherokee in North Carolina, 1833


Abstract:
An examination of the circumstances surrounding the trial of Baptist Reverend Evan Jones, missionary to the Cherokee. Jones, who lived among the Cherokee for 47 years, marched with them along the Trail of Tears in 1838, translated the Bible into Cherokee, published the first periodical in the Indian territory, and converted more Cherokee to Christianity than another missionary in the 19th century was arrested on February 11, 1833 for the double murder of his sister-in-law and her newborn infant. Charged along with his wife, motive for the crime was said to be an effort to conceal scandal that would have damaged the Jones Family reputation and the missionary efforts among the Indians.
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21281