JOHN B. JONES

A successful farmer and stock-raiser of Ellison Township, has demonstrated, in his own creditable career, the pos­sibilities of Illinois farming for men of industrious habits and temperate ways. Mr. Jones was born in Washington County, Va., March 3,1841, and was educated in the district school. He was a son of Calvin and Rebecca (McDowns) Jones. His father, who was born in Washington County, Va., in 1819, died in 1886. his mother, born in the same County in 1821, passed away in the same year as her hudiand. Her parents, Isaac and Polly McQuown, were both natives of Pennsylvania. Calvin Jones came west in 1853, and after spending a year in Missouri, in December. 1854. came to Illi­ nois, locating near Walnut Grove, in Henderson County.

He lived in Henderson County four years, and then bought the northwest quarter of Section 35 (his farm being the east eighty). in Tompkins Township. Warren County, where he made his home the rest of his days, dying there. Soon after reaching man­hood John B. Jones was a soldier, enlisting in Company K, Eighty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in August, 1862, serving through the war, principally in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia, and being mustered out at Springfield, Ill., June 17, 1865, with a most honorable record. Mr. Jones came back from the scenes of war and carnage to become a farmer, beginning with a farm of eighty acres on Section 1, of Ellison Township, which has been doubled in area and highly improved by him in the years that followed his entrance upon its cultivation.

He is giving much attention to cattle raising, and every year puts about a hundred head on the market. His success is marked, and his standing high in his community. Mr. Jones was married in Ellison Township, March 27, 1873, to Miss Phoebe Martin, who was born in Iroquois County, Ill., January 29, 1853, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Roberts) Mar­ tin. They were farming people from Indiana. In 1854 they located on an Illinois farm, where Mrs. Jones was born. Her father died in 1856, and her mother the following year.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones have had the following children: Ida Elizabeth, Naomi Rebecca, Harry L., Katie Mae, Bertha June, Orville Glen and Mabel Marie. Naomi is the wife of William Stoaer, of Tompkins Township. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are members of the Methodist Protestant church, and, in his political affiliations, he is a Republican. For more than a quarter of a century he has been a School Director, and for the last four years has been Commissioner of Highways.

 

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