Biography of Dr. T. Z. Jones
Oneida County, NY Biographies





T. Z. JONES, M. D.
The history of the medical fraternity in Waterville would be considered incomplete and unsatisfactory were there failure to make prominent and personal reference to Dr. T. Z. Jones. In no profession does advancement depend more entirely upon individual merit than in the practice of medicine and surgery. In this profession there is demanded careful preparation and continual advancement in accordance with the progress that is being constantly made by the medical fraternity at large. Meeting all of the requirements of the well equipped physician, and performing his duties conscientiously and well, Dr. Jones now enjoys a large practice which is substantially remunerative. He was born in Waterville, New York, on the 23d of June, 1860, and represents a family which has long been established in this county. His grandparents, John L. and Martha Jones, were natives of Wales and came to the United States in early childhood. The families located in Philadelphia, and, after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. John Jones drove to Oneida county, New York, with an ox cart; arriving here in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Here, Mr. Jones secured a quarter section of state timberland, most of which he cleared and put under cultivation. The log house which he erected thereon was standing until about thirty years ago. At that time there were few roads in this district, and he followed a blazed trail when taking his corn to Fort Schuyler to be ground. He continued in the operation of his farm throughout his remaining days, he and his wife both passing away on the tract upon which they had originally located upon coming to this county, and which yet remains in the possession of the Jones family. In their family were six children who grew to maturity: William, John, Zephaniah, Martha, Mary and Henry. William, the eldest, was the only child born in Philadelphia prior to the removal of the family to New York; and he, later, became a pioneer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The second son, Zephaniah Jones, the father of our subject, was born in Remsen, Oneida county, on the 22d of April, 1832, and in this county his entire life was spent. In early life, he engaged in farming in Remise but later became identified with merchandising and proved himself a most capable and successful business man. He passed away on the 22d of February, 1874. His wife, who in her maidenhood was Margaret Goodwin, was born in Wales, on the 10th of August, 1832. She came to America with her widowed mother in 1854, making her way direct to Oneida county, where she spent her remaining days. She passed away January 17, 1908. By her marriage with Zephaniah Jones she became the mother of two children, of whom Dr. Jones is the elder. His brother, Charles H. Jones, is practicing dentistry at Cortland, New York.

Dr. T. Z. Jones pursued his preliminary training in the common and high schools of Waterville, and, in the fall of 1880, began his professional study as a student in the Bellevue Medical College, of New York city. He was graduated therefrom on March 14, 1883, at which time he received his M. D. degree; after which he spent thirteen months as interne in the insane asylum on Blackwell's island. For eight months, he was also interne in the Kansas State Insane Asylum at Ossawatomie, Kansas; but, on account of failing health, he was compelled to resign that position, and, returning to Waterville, New York, took up private practice here on the 1st of January, 1885. In 7892 he went to London, England. There he pursued a postgraduate course in medicine, and thus greatly augmented his already extensive knowledge. He is now accorded a large and distinctively representative cientage, his financial returns therefrom making him one of the well to do residents of this community.

Dr. Jones was married, on the 28th of September, 1893, to Miss Clara Allen, who was born in Syracuse, New York, on the 13th of May, 1870. She was brought to Madison county when but three days old. Losing both parents in early childhood, she went to live with her grandparents. She was a daughter of Freeman and Clarissa (Allen) Blanding, but upon her adoption by her grandparents assumed their name. Unto Dr. and Mrs. Jones has been born one daughter, Gwendolyn, whose birth occurred on the 6th of September, 1902.

The political support of Dr. Jones is given to the republican party. Although not active in political circles, he has filled the office of president of the board of health for seventeen years; he has also acted as president of the board of education for five years. He has been a member of the Pickwick Club for twenty years; and, fraternally, he is identified with Sanger Lodge, No. 129, A. F. & A. M., and with Warren Chapter, No. 22, R. A. M., of Waterville. He has kept abreast of the progress which has constantly been carried forward in medical circles through his membership in the Oneida County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society and the National Medical Association; so that few are better equipped for the practice of their profession than Dr. Jones. Possessing a genial manner and social disposition, and that spirit of deep human sympathy so essential in the true physician, he is greatly beloved by all classes and is ranked among the most popular and honored residents of this locality.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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