Biography - John Jones

JOHN A. JONES was born in Johnson County February 9, 1847, and is now a resident of Cache Township. He is a son of Absalom and Catherine (Wilhelm) Jones, both of whom were born in North Carolina. The former came to Illinois at an early day and took up Government land, upon which he continued to reside until his death. John A. Jones was born shortly after his father's death, and as his mother married again, he remained at home until he was thirteen years of age. He then started out in the world for himself, first going to Kentucky, and working there about four years, when he returned to his native State and worked on a farm one year. He then worked land on shares for several seasons, and finally, at the age of twenty-five, had saved up money enough to purchase a farm in Johnson County. This farm was located on section 17, Cache Township, and was his home for some years.
In 1883 Mr. Jones sold that place and bought the farm where he now resides. This farm is also on section 17, Cache Township. He has now three hundred and sixty acres of good land, and has upon this farm a comfortable house and other valuable improvements. He has always been a hard-working and industrious man, and by his good judgment and economy has acquired his present handsome property, and is classed among the most enterprising and successful farmers of Johnson County. November 3, 1872, he married Nancy E. Dunsworth, who was born in Johnson County, and died in 1888, leaving three children: Sarah J., William Joseph and Mary E. Mr. Jones was again married, choosing as his wife Ruth Wright, of Johnson County. In their religious connections Mr. and Mrs. Jones are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically he is a stanch Republican, and always votes the ticket of the party of his choice.

Extracted 16 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1893 Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, pages 412-413.

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