Robert T. Jones, one of the influential and prosperous residents of Cotter, where he is now living retired,
was long and actively identified with agricultural interests in Louisa county, owning at one time more than nine
hundred acres of valuable land. His birth occurred in Liverpool, England, on the 27th of February, 1836, his parents
being David M. and Elizabeth Jones, both of whom were natives of Wales. After emigrating to the United States they
resided in New York for a time and subsequently removed to Ohio. In June, 1855, they came to Louisa county, Iowa,
locating on a farm whereon they resided throughout the remainder of their lives and which is still in possession
of the family. David M. Jones passed away in 1863, while his wife was called to her final rest in 1890, at the
age of ninety years. Their children were six in number, namely: Robert T., of this review; Alice, the wife of D.
G. Lewis, of Columbus City township, this county; William O. who participated in the Civil war as a member of Company
F, Twenty fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was killed at the battle of Atlanta, Georgia; Catherine, who gave
her hand in marriage to Hugh Davis and was killed in a railroad wreck near Burlington; Elizabeth, the deceased
wife of J. N. Evans, of Missouri; and Albert, who passed away at the age of seven years.
Robert T. Jones supplemented his preliminary education by a course of study in the Miami University of the state
of Ohio, of which institution he is a graduate. During several winter seasons he followed the profession of teaching
and in the summer months worked at farm labor. After the death of his parents he purchased the old homestead farm
and devoted his attention to its operation throughout the remainder of his active business career. Since putting
aside the work of the fields he has made his home at Cotter, where he owns a fine residence and lot. At one time
his landed holdings aggregated more than nine hundred acres but he has now disposed of all except three hundred
and fifty acres. He was one of the organizers of the Cotter State Savings Bank and has been identified therewith
as president continuously since. He is likewise a stockholder in the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Columbus Junction
and a stockholder in the Hartline State Bank of Hartline, Washington.
In February, 1864, Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Dinah Davis, a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Davis,
who were natives of South Wales and came to America in 1853, locating on a farm in Henry county, Iowa, where they
spent the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of twelve children, ten of whom grew to maturity and
eight of whom are yet living. Mr. and Mrs. Jones had four children, as follows: William O., who owns and operates
the old homestead farm in Louisa county; H. T., who is engaged in the banking business at Hartline, Washington;
and two who died in infancy. Our subject and his wife also have eight grandchildren.
In politics Mr. Jones has always been a stanch republican, loyally supporting the men and measures of that party.
From 188o until 1886 he served as a member of the board of supervisors of Louisa county. His religious faith is
indicated by his membership in the Congregational church, to which his wife also belongs. He has now passed the
seventy fifth milestone on this earthly pilgrimage and is enjoying the evening of life in honorable retirement.
A resident of Louisa county for more than a half century, he is widely known within its borders and the substantial
qualities which he has displayed in his citizenship and in his business relations have gained him a high place
in the regard and good will of his fellow townsmen.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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