Biography of William A. Jones
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William A. Jones, born at Lancaster, Ont., September 25, 1834, removed at. an early age with his parents to St. Lawrence county, and when old, enough to fend, for himself came to Malone, worked his way through Franklin Academy, then clerked in the drug store of Lauriston Amsden, and at length began business on his own account as a grocer. During the civil war he raised a company for the 142d regiment, and became its captain. Be was an efficient and brave officer, and was successively promoted to he major and lieutenant colonel, in which latter rank he was for a time in command of the regiment. Soon after his return to Malone he was appointed to a clerkship in the New York custom house, and was advanced for efficiency to be a deputy collector, and also at one time to be deputy naval officer of the port. His entire service in the custom house covered a period of more than twenty years, daring the latter part of which, and afterward, he made his home at Richmond Hill, L. I. Twenty years ago or such a matter he purchased what had once been the Ferguson hop farms in the village of Malone, and thereafter made his home in summer here, and was one of the most thorough. as well as one of the largest growers in the State. Colonel Jones was companionable and genial, warm in his friendships, public spirited, progressive, and ardent in politics, having been a Republican from his early manhood, and always a party worker. He died December 12, 1909.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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