"On motion of Rev. J. G. Webb an opportunity was given for persons to converse with Presbytery relative to a call to the ministry and brothers S. A. Comer and M. D. Jones came forward and gave a relation of their experimental acquaintance with religion and internal call to preach the Gospel and on motion of Rev. J. M. Hughes, said brethren were received as candidates for the ministry, and the following texts were assigned them, from which to write a discourse to be presented to Presbytery at its next Spring session, to Bro. Jones, Romans, 5th Ch. 12st Vrs., to Bro. Comer, Acts 10th, 43rd."
[Source: Minutes of Obion Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, November 2, 1874, page 55]
"Whereas, your candidate, M. D. Jones, has been making commendable efforts to prepare himself for the work of the ministry, and whereas it is believed his literary and theological attainments are sufficient to answer the requirement of our book, and whereas he has been laboring efficiently for the salvation of souls and could doubtless serve the church more efficiently if he were licensed to preach the Gospel. Resolved that he be licensed by this Presbytery at 3 o'clock to preach the Gospel.
3 o'clock the Presbytery of Obion being in session at Mt. Carmel Church in Graves county, Ky. on the 14 day of Oct. A.D. 1879 having testimonials in favor of M. D. Jones of his good moral character, of his being in communion of the church proceed to take the parts of trial for his licensure and he having given satisfaction as to his aptness to teach, as to his experimental acquaintance with religion, as to his internal call to the work of the ministry, as to his proficiency in divinity, the Presbytery do express their approbation of those parts of trial and he having adopted the confession of faith of his church and satisfactorily answered the question appointed to be put to candidates to be licensed. The presbytery do hereby license him, the said M. D. Jones, to preach the Gospel in the bounds of this Presbytery or wherever God in his Providence may cast his lot."
[Source: Minutes of Obion Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 14, 1879, page 43]
"Licentiate M. D. Jones sent Presbytery as request for a letter of dismission and recommendation. In considering his request, the Presbytery went into interlocutory and passed the following preamble and resolution. Whereas licentiate M. D. Jones, has been very negligent and careless as to his obligation to attend the meetings of Presbytery and whereas we have conclusive testimony that he has been very drunk more than once, and hence is a dishonor to the cause of Christ, therefore resolved that his licensure be hereby revoked and that his name be stricken from the roll of probationers."
[Source: Minutes of Obion Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, March 28, 1881, page 76]
"Whereas the name of Bro. M. D. Jones, who was once a Licentiate under care of the Obion Presbytery, of which this Presbytery then formed a part, and Whereas he was dropped from the roll of Licentiates and Whereas Bro. M. D. Jones now prays in humility to be restored to the position of a licentiate in this presbytery; Therefore Resolved that he be and is now by action of this Presbytery restored to the function of Licentiate under our care."
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 11, 1885, page 73]
"The business set for that hour was promptly taken up and Rev. P. M. Fitzgerald preached the ordination Sermon and Presbytery proceeded to set apart to the whole work of the ministry Bros. S. M. Radford, M. D. Jones and C. A. Langston, by the laying on of Hands. Rev. J. D. Kirkpatrick gave the charge."
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 14, 1889, page 178]
Report of Committee on Mortuary
Mayfield Presbytery.--M. D. Jones, retired, Dexter, Ky., died February 3, 1928, at the age of 81 years.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1928, page 124]