Diana Jones


Mrs. Diana Jones, mother of Dr. P. F. Jones of Table Grove, died Thursday at her home in New Philadelphia. Following is a brief sketch of the life of this good christian wife, mother and neighbor.

Diana Haffner, the 8th child of Jacob and Susana Haffner, was born near Stanton, Augusta county, Virginia, June 16, 1833, and departed this life Sept. 11th, 1913, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 25 days. On Nov. 28th, 1850, she was united in marriage to Fauntleroy Jones near Port Republic, Rockinghan Co., Va. After a residence of some five years in Virginia they moved by wagon to Harris township, Fulton co., Ill. In the spring of 1856 they located on a farm 2 1/2 miles southeast of the present town of New Philadelphia, where they lived until 1903, when they moved into the town of New Philadelphia.

To this union were born fifteen children, eleven sons and four daughters, tow of the daughters dying in infancy. All of the remaining children grew to maturity. Of these there have preceded her to the other shore, her husband, three sons and one daughter.

She leaves to mourn her departure two sisters, Mrs. Susanna Butler of New Philadelphia and Mrs. Sarah Groves of Astoria; two brothers, Andrew Haffner of Alabama and William Haffner of Kansas; eight sons as follows: William J. of Elsie, Neb.; Thomas J. of Lewes Station, Mo.; James Leroy of Alva, Okla.; Dr. Edward L. of Greenwood, Neb.; George W. of Omaha, Neb.; Wesley D. of Hammond, Ind.; Dr. Perry Franklin of Table Grove, Ill.; and Charles A. of Moline, Ill.; one daughter, Mrs. Emily M. Hiett of Peetz, Colo.; also thirty-two grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Over fifty years ago she united with the Christian church and has ever since lived a consistent, conscientious christian life, ever sacrificing for her family, highly respected and esteemed by all her neighbors and consistently acting the part of the good Samaritan.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)



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