David A. Jones, who has lived retired at Williamsburg since 1911, has been a resident of Iowa county for nearly
six decades and throughout his active business career was successfully identified with general agricultural pursuits.
His birth occurred in Blossburg, Pennsylvania, on the 30th of December, 1852, his parents being William and Mary
(Aubray) Jones, who were born, reared and married in Wales. They were born in the years 1820 and 1822 respectively
and celebrated their marriage in 1841. A decade later they emigrated with their three children to the new world,
settling in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, where they resided for six years. On the expiration of that period they
came to Iowa county, Iowa, William Jones here purchasing a quarter section of land which he began cultivating and
improving. As time passed and his financial resources increased, owing to his well directed industry and capable
management, he augmented his holdings by additional purchase until they embraced five hundred and sixty acres of
valuable land. His demise, which occurred at Williamsburg, Iowa, in 1892, was the occasion of deep and widespread
regret, for he had lived in the community for more than a third of a century and was widely recognized as one of
its esteemed and substantial citizens. For many years he had survived his wife, who passed away at Williamsburg
in 1878. They became the parents of five children, as follows: William R., who was born in 1842 and died in 1898;
Ruth, born in 1846, who is the widow of Thomas Ellis and makes her home in California; Rachel, whose birth occurred
in 1849 and who passed away in t904; David A., of this review; and Daniel, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1855
and now makes his home in Seattle, Washington.
David A. Jones remained under the parental roof until twenty six years of age, when he was married and established
a home of his own. At that time he also started out as an agriculturist on his own account, purchasing a farm near
Williamsburg which he operated with excellent success throughout his active business career. In connection with
the cultivation of cereals best adapted to soil and climate he also devoted considerable attention to live stock,
raising shorthorn cattle and also hogs, and both branches of his business brought him a gratifying annual income.
In 1911 he put aside the active work of the fields and took up his abode in Williamsburg, where he has since lived
in honorable retirement, renting the farm to his three sons, Frank, Ralph and Lloyd.
On the 10th of January, 1879, Mr. Jones was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary J. Jones, who was born in Cassville,
Oneida county, New York, on the 6th of September, 1852, her parents being John W. and Martha (Owens) Jones. The
father's birth occurred in Montgomeryshire, Wales, in 1828, while the mother was born in that country in 1830.
John W. Jones emigrated to the United States in 1850 and Miss Owens came in 1851, in which year they were married
in New York. After a residence of six years in the Empire state they came to Iowa county, Iowa, Mr. Jones purchasing
a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. His demise occurred at Williamsburg in 1896. Mrs. Mary J. Jones, the only
child of her parents, has by her martiage become the mother of ten children, namely: Ina, who was born November
28, 1879, and is at home; Edwin, born April 4, 1881, who is a resident of Waterloo, Iowa; Lloyd, whose birth occurred
September 26, 1882, and who is engaged in farming; Gertrude, who was born December 23, 1884, and died on the 23d
of November, 1888; Frank, whose natal day was June 19, 1886, and who is an agriculturist by occupation; Ralph,
born September 7, 1887, who also follows farming; Clark, who was born June 4, 1890, and lives in this county; Ruth,
born December 23, 1891; Bess, November 19, 1894; and David D., November 10, 1896. The three last named are at home.
In his political views Mr. Jones is a stanch republican, loyally supporting the men and measures of that party
at the polls. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Lodge No. 368
at Williamsburg. His wife is a devoted and consistent member of the Presbyterian church, while his children belong
to the Methodist church. His life has been upright and honorable in all relations and he enjoys an extensive and
favorable acquaintance in Iowa county, so that the record of his career cannot fail to prove of interest to many
of our readers.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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