Evan Jones’ faith was not fleeting, but it was movable.
In 1820 the American Baptist Foreign Mission Board appropriated funds to build a mission, farm and boarding school for the Cherokee Indians near Murphy. Jones was instrumental, translating the New Testament into the Cherokee language and, along with Humphrey Posey, building a school that once had as many as 50 students.
Then came the order to relocate the Cherokee to Oklahoma, the Trail of Tears. The Federal government disbanded the school and the mission. In 1838 Jones left for Oklahoma. Compelled to help the Cherokee Indians, he started once again.