ABRAHAM JONES, a well known citizen and successful farmer of Gibson township, lives on his farm Of 4o acres,
situated in section 24, which is a part of the old homestead farm of too acres, on which his venerable father still
lives. Mr. Jones was born May 10, 1854, in Gibson township, Mercer County, Ohio, and is a son of James and Minerva
James Jones was born in Butler County, Ohio, and accompanied his parents to Mercer County when to years of age,
his father, Abraham Jones, being a pioneer. James Jones was married July 4, 1849, to Minerva Keltner, who was a
daughter of Abraham and Betsey (Wirtz) Keitner. She was born in Darke County, Ohio, and was reared near Rose Hill.
Almost immediately after their marriage, the young couple moved to Gibson township and established the present
home. Here 15 children were born to them, as follows: Hiram, who is a farmer in Miami County, Ohio; Nancy, wife
of Jackson Pearson, living in Darke County; Abraham; Susan, wife of Amos Robbins; George, a resident of Weston,
Ohio; Mary, wife of George Parant, residing in Oklahoma; Martha, wife of George White, living near Wellsburg, Indiana;
Frank; Abigail, wife of George Garretson, living at Ansonia, Darke County; James, who resides in Recovery township;
Albert and William, residents of Gibson township; Jacob, who is married, and lives at home; Cora, wife of Washington
Stump; and Sarah, who died aged one year. The 14 survivors of this large family are mainly scattered in different
homes, but all are near enough to have pleasant family gatherings very frequently. The old house gave way to the
present one in 1892.
Abraham Jones has always lived in Gibson township and still remains under the old home roof. In 1883 he was married
to Alice Emmons, who died in the following year, leaving one child, Alva.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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