Biography of Aaron Jones
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

AARON JONES, who is a large manufacturer of drain tile, at Burkettsville, belongs to an old and numerous family which has been established in Ohio since the grandfather's time. He was born January 18, 1855, in Gibson township., Mercer County, Ohio, on the old home farm, and is a son of Edward and Mary Ann (Rood) Jones.

Abraham Jones, our subject's grandfather, was a farmer in New Jersey; before he was married and had a family, he moved to Butler County, Ohio, where he engaged in farming and manufacturing brick. At a later date he removed to Darken County and settled in what is now Gibson township, Mercer County, being among the first settlers. At that time this whole country was yet covered with a heavy growth of timber. He died on this farm when about 65 years old. His wife, Rebecca Pierson, a native of Butler County Ohio, survived him many years, dying at the age of 92. Of their large family these names have been preserved: Sallie Ann, who was the wife of Isaac Foster; Edward, father of our subject; Washington and Francis (twin); Margaret, who was the wife of Amos Keller; Abbie, who was the wife of Jacob Replogle; Betsey, who was the wife of Benjamin Misner; and James, the only survivor, who married Minerva Keitner and now lives on the homestead farm in Gibson township.

Edward Jones, father of our subject, was born on the farm in Butler. County, Ohio, and was a boy when he accompanied his father to the farm in Darke (now Mercer) County, but was old enough to give assistance in the erection of the round log house which constituted the first home, and in the clearing of the land. At the age of 21 he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Rood, a daughter of Aaron and Phebe (Carter) Rood. She was born November 30, 1821, on a farm in Connecticut and lived in the house in which she was born until she was 18 years of age, when she accompanied her parents to Darke (now Mercer) County, Ohio. Her mother lived to be 94 years of age. She was the only daughter in her parents' family, her three brothers being: Alpha, Lauren B. and William Henry. The Rood brothers well known residents of this county, are large farmers and successful brick manufacturers. To them is credited the making of the first brick in this county.

After the marriage of Edward Jones and Mary Ann Rood, in 1849, they resided for a short time at the Jones home and then moved to Fort Recovery, where Mr. Jones went into the manufacture of brick. This was a new industry as nothing but logs had previously been used in this locality for construction purposes. The present thriving town of Fort Recovery was then a cluster of TO log houses, built around the old log inn, and it was long the custom of the young people to gather in it and enjoy dancing on its rough floor. The greater number of meetings of all kinds were held there on account of the old building given a larger audience room than was afforded by any of the private cabins. Whether brick cost too much or whether the early settlers of Fort Recovery were well enough satisfied with their picturesque log huts, the writer is not informed; at any rate Mr. Jones seems to have given up his brick making enterprise there after a short trial and moved on a farm of 40 acres which he bought, which was located southeast of the hamlet. Ina short time he sold this farm, however, and bought zoo acres from his uncle, Walter Decamp.

After moving to the new farm, Mr. Jones put up a commodious, hewn log house and set to work making brick for the new house, Which in thetcourse of time replaced the log one and which still stands sound and strong. On this farm Edward Jones passed the rest of his life and died in August, 1900, when over So years of age. His widow still survives, bearing her weight of years remarkably well. In 1906 when she attended a farmers' jubilee celebration, held at Fort Recovery, the first prize, a bonnet, was awarded her, she being the eldest woman in attendance.

Edward Jones and wife were the parents of 12 children, as follows: Harvey, who married Mary Arnold and lives not far from Fort Recovery, in Indiana; David P., who married Elizabeth N. Williams and lives in Mercer County, near Fort Recovery; Abbie, a resident of Indiana, who is the widow of Abraham Rantz; Lauren B., who married Sadie Winn and lives near his brother, Aaron; William T., who married Amanda Winters and lives in Chicago; Elizabeth, deceased, who was the wife of George Fremeyer; Aaron and George (twins), the latter deceased at the age of six months; Henry, who married Lucy Howe and lives at Lightsville, Darke County, Ohio; Phebe, who married O. A. Penny and lives in Paulding County, Ohio; Mary Ann, who married E. T. Firth and lives at Greenville, Ohio; ands William Henry, who died in infancy. Edward Jones was a prominent man in his township; he served in the offices of trustee and supervisor and was also a member of the Board of Education.

Aaron Jones attended the schools of his native township until old enough to he of use to his father at the farm work and at brick making, in which occupations he became well trained. On August 30, 1883, he was married (first) to Irene Whitesell, a daughter of David Whitesell. They moved to Burlettsville, where Mrs. Jones died on October 23rd of the following year. Mr. Jones was married (second) on October 14, 1888, to Emma Arnold, who was born December 23, 1868, on her father's farm in Darke County, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have had seven children, as follows: Edward L.; Nellie, who died aged it years; Harley, who died aged 14 days; Orley, who died aged 11 months; and Nora, Jesse and Ora.

Henry Arnold, Mrs. Jones' father, was twice married; first, to Catherine Holsapple, to which union were born eight children, namely: Mary, Isaac, Samuel, Sarah, Susan, Joseph, Sophia and Elizabeth, deceased. Mr. Arnold was married (second) to Sophia Ulery, and they had six children, as follows: Eliza, Anna, Henry, Emma, John and William. Both parents of Mrs. Jones died in Darke County. They were worthy members of the Drunkard Church. Mr. Jones has been a resident of Burkettsville since 1884. He owns an excellent farm of 64 acres in section 34, Granville township, and 20 acres in the home place, where he grows farm products and tobacco. He has large business interests at Burkettsville and in his 22 years of residence here has firmly established himself in the confidence of his fellow citizens. Politically he is identified with the Republican party and takes a deep interest in all that concerns good government both in local and national affairs, but is not an aspirant for office.

Mr. Jones and family belong to the Disciples' Church at BurBurlcettsvilleo which he gives a liberal support. A view of the family group accompanies this mention. He is connected fraternally with the Knights of Pythias and the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics. He is one of the representative men of the town.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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