Biography of David W. Jones
Madison County, NY Biographies





Jones, David W., was born in Wales, April 1, 1849, a son of Thomas J. and Hannah Jones, who had eight children: Annie E., David W., Esther, (wife of Evan Williams of Iowa City), James T., of Columbus, Ohio, Margaret, (wife of Samuel G. Jones), John L. of Waterville. N. Y., Mary, (wife of Rev. Harry Roberts of Iowa City), and William B., of Brooklyn, who is a teacher in an industrial school. Thomas J. and Hannah Jones came to Oneida county in 1850 with their family which consisted of Annie and David W., one year later they removed to the town of Nelson, where the remainder of the children were born. Thomas was a farm laborer until 1853, when he purchased the farm known as the Jones homestead. He was a public spirited man and took an active part in public affairs. He was one of the founders of the Welsh church and was sexton of the church and cemetery for many years. During the late rebellion he championed the northern cause in which he took an active interest. David W. Jones was educated in the common schools of the town of Nelson and Cazenovia Seminary. When about thirteen years of age he started in life for himself as a laborer and school teacher. October 12, 1876, he married Jennie, daughter of Levi and Penis (Payne) Keith; they have one child, Keith Walton Jones. In 1878 he took charge of the Keith homestead, where he has lived to the present time and follows general farming. He has been active in town and county affairs and has held the offices of inspector of elections and supervisor, and at the present time is railroad commissioner and county committeeman. He has been active in school and educational work and at the present time is superintendent of the Sunday school. He is a charter member of Nelson Grange No. 615, of which he was its first master and has also been its secretary, and also lecturer of the Madison County Pomona Grange and served as a State delegate two years. His first wife died November 23, 1886. On September 24, 1895, he was married to Ida, only daughter of Spencer and Minerva (Hamblin) Smith, who died March 27, 1897.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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