THOMAS J. JONES.
Although a native of England Thomas J. Jones, who was for many years a fanner of Troy township, thoroughly identified
himself with the interests of this county and did all in his power to promote its progress. His birth occurred
on the 27th of January, 1831, and he was educated in his native land and remained there until 1861. In that year
he came to the United States and made his way to Ohio, where he lived until 1867, when he came to this county and
settled upon a farm in Troy township. When it came into his possession the place was unbroken prairie but he brought
it under cultivation, erected buildings and planted many trees which added greatly to its value and attractiveness.
He continued to operate the farm until called to the great beyond in June, 1908. He followed general farming and
stock raising and derived a good income from his activities in those lines.
Mr. Jones was married in England to Miss Ann Jones, who although of the same name was not a relative. They became
the parents of eleven children: Sarah, Edward, Mary, Ann, Eliza, Katherine, John P., Philip, Jane and Reese, all
of whom are living; and Thomas, who is deceased.
Mr. Jones was a republican and stanch in his advocacy of the principles of that party. In religious faith he was
a Congregationalist and his widow is likewise a member of that church. She still owns the homestead which comprises
two hundred and forty acres and which is a well developed and valuable property. Mr. Jones owned four hundred acres
of land at the time of his death but one hundred and sixty acres has since been sold. He was not only respected
as an agriculturist but was also esteemed as a man of strict integrity and incorruptible honesty.
Reese Jones, the youngest son living, is still with his mother upon the homestead, which he operates, and is one
of the most progressive and most prosperous young farmers of Troy township, where he has many friends.
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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