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History of Madison County, Ohio
Its People, Industries and Institutions
Chester E. Bryan, Supervising Editor
With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and
Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families
Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana



  H. F. JACKSON, D. D. S.     Prominent in the civic and social life of the pleasant village of West Jefferson, this county, few residents of that part of the county have a wider acquaintance, or enjoy a greater personal popularity than Dr. H. F. Jackson, the well-known dentist, who, for the past twenty years, has been so useful a member of society thereabout.  Though not a native of Madison county, Doctor Jackson takes as hearty an interest in the affairs of this county as does any of its native sons, and his earnest efforts on behalf of the common good during his residence here have caused him to be known as one of the most public-spirited citizens in his part of the county.  Professionally, Doctor Jackson stands very high in the estimation of the people, and for years he has enjoyed a practice which attests unmistakably the confidence which the people repose in his abilities as a dental surgeon.  As a member of the West Jefferson school board, Doctor Jackson's earnest efforts in behalf of the cause of education in his home town have been productive of excellent results, and his unselfish devotion to the public good has endeared him to the whole community.
     H. F. Jackson was born in the village of Cadiz, Harrison county, Ohio, on Nov. 2, 1870, son of W. P. and Susan N. (Strickler) Jackson, both of whom were natives of Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, in which county they were reared and married.  W. P. Jackson was a millwright and shortly after his marriage located in Cadiz, where he eventually became engaged in the woolen-mill business, and for years was one of the proprietors of a large woolen-mill at that place.  His wife died on Aug. 25, 1896, and he is now living retired at New Castle, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife were the parents of seven children, all of whom are still living, those besides the subject of this sketch being as follow: Charles M., a traveling salesman, living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dr. W. E., a dentist at New Castle, Pennsylvania; Madge, who married Dr. H. W. Geissinger, of Gross City, Ohio; Minnie M., who keeps house for her father at New Castle; Jennie C., who married J. C. McMillin, chief clerk for the Carnegie corporation at New Castle, and Daisy, wife of H. B. Pruden, of Chicago, Illinois.
     Receiving his elementary education in the excellent public schools of New Castle, Pennsylvania, H. F. Jackson was graduated from the high school in that city and then took up the study of dental surgery in the Pennsylvania Dental College at Philadelphia, finishing his professional course at the Ohio Medical College at Columbus.  Receiving his diploma in 1896, he immediately located at West Jefferson, this county, and has ever since been engaged in the practice of his chosen profession in that pleasant village, with marked success.
     On Nov. 9, 1897, Dr. H. F. Jackson was united in marriage to Jessie Conklin, who was born and reared in this county, and to this happy union three children have been born.  Conklin, born on Aug. 12, 1898, a senior in the west Jefferson high school; Ellis, May 16, 1900, a sophomore in the same excellent school, and Harry, Mar. 11, 1911.  Dr. and Mrs. Jackson are deeply interested in the social and moral development of the community, of which they are so vital a part and take a prominent part in the promotion of all good works in and about West Jefferson.  Among the leaders in the social life of the town, they are held in the highest esteem by their large circle of friends and are popular among all.
     Doctor Jackson is a Republican, and ever since his location in West Jefferson has taken a good citizen's interest in the political affairs of Madison county, his devotion to the cause of good government causing him to give his most earnest attention to all measures designed to advance the same.  For Some time he has been a member of the West Jefferson school board and is tireless in his efforts continually to increase the efficiency of the already excellent schools in that little city.  He is a thirty-second degree Mason, his fraternal affiliations being with Madison Lodge No. 221, Free and Accepted Masons, at West Jefferson; Enoch Lodge of Perfection; Franklin Council, Princes of Jerusalem; Columbus Chapter, Rose Croix; Scioto Consistory of the Scottish Rite, at Columbus, and Aladdin Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic shrine, at Columbus.  He is also a member of the local, state and National dental societies.
     A skilled practitioner in the art of his helpful profession.  Studiously attentive to the latest advances in the science of dental surgery, Doctor Jackson is widely known hereabout as a dentist of high attainments and enjoys a flourishing practice.  Enterprising and public spirited, he is recognized as a good citizen in all this term implies and enjoys in the highest degree the confidence and respect of his home community.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 553
  ALBERT N. JONES.     Two of the most highly respected citizens of Darby township, Madison county, Ohio, are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Newton Jones, both of whom are descended from pioneers of the great Buckeye state, and both of whom are well known in Madison county.  Mr. Jones is the proprietor of “Oakwood Farm,” a tract of sixty acres situated one and one-half miles southwest of Plain City, and Mrs. Jones owns two hundred acres of land in Canaan township, a tract known as the David Herrington farm.  They are interested in every phase of farm life and both are leaders in the community where they live.
     Albert N. Jones was born in Union county, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1858, and is a son of Thomas and Marian (Newton) Jones, the former of whom was born in South Wales, July 29, 1820, and who died Feb. 19, 1908.  Thomas Jones came to America with his parents in 1834, and located with them in Columbus, Ohio, where he grew to manhood.  Later he engaged in the saddlery business in Madison county.  He was married to Marian Newton, the daughter of Albert Newton, who helped to give him a start in life.  Albert Newton was one of the early settlers on the Darby Plains, having come to Ohio from the state of Vermont in 1814.  A wheelwright and chair manufacturer by trade and business, Albert Newton was a prosperous man and made a great deal of money during his active life.  He was a large landowner on the Darby Plains, progressive in all movements for the welfare of his community, a zealous worker in the Methodist church, and an all around useful citizen.  Albert Newton and his wife were the parents of one child, now Marian Newton.  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones are the parents of six children, as follow: Albert N., the subject of this sketch; Charles M., a prominent farmer and stockman of Jerome township, Union county, Ohio, married Ida Snyder, of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Elmer E. is a shoe dealer of Los Angeles, California; Harriet became the wife of J. D. Jones, the latter of whom was a native of Wales, now living in Cleveland, Ohio; Winfred is deceased, and Ann died at the age of ten years.
     Albert Newton Jones was reared on a farm in Jerome township, Union county, Ohio, and received his 'education in the district schools of his home township.  He attended school until he was eighteen years of age, but remained at home until he reached the age of twenty-five years.  His father had been one of the first breeders of Percheron horses in the state of Ohio, and Albert N., naturally became interested in horses and has made a commendable success of this line.
     Albert N. Jones was married to Flora Price on Apr. 30, 1884.  She is a daughter of John and Sarah (Wilson) Price, and was born on Feb. 27, 1861, the eldest child of her father's family.  She was reared on a farm in Canaan township and educated in the district Schools and is a graduate of Shepherdson College, of Granville, Ohio. having finished the course in that excellent institution in 1882.
     Mrs. Jones is a member of the Presbyterian church at Plain City.  Mr. Jones is an adherent of the Democratic party, although not taking an active part in political affairs, preferring to devote his time and . attention to his extensive agricultural inter ests.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones have traveled considerably and are enjoying life in full measure, having fine farms, which are well managed and very productive.  They are honored and respected residents of their community, thoroughly in sympathy with the spirit of the times in which they live.  Mrs. Jones is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is prominent in this order.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones are the parents of one child, who died in infancy.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 602

Cary Jones
CARY JONES.    For more than a quarter of a century, Cary Jones, attorney-at-law, has been practicing his profession at London, county seat of Madison county.  For a period of six years, Mr. Jones served this county as prosecuting attorney, during which time he was called on to prosecute numerous cases of more than ordinary importance, and has made a name as a lawyer that is known far beyond the confines of his home county.
     Cary Jones was born on a farm one mile east of Jeffersonville, in Fayette county, Ohio, on Sept. 10, 1862, son of Dr. William H. and Olivia (Hidy) Jones, the former a native of Wales and the latter, of Fayette county, her father having been one of the first settlers of that county, having arrived there from Virginia on horse back and settling on Paint creek at a very early day in the settlement of that section.  Dr. William H. Jones was the son of William and Jane Jones, natives of Wales, where the father followed farming and milling and there spent his entire life.  Upon his death, his widow, with two of her children, started for the United States, following her son William, who was already established here.  The brave mother died at sea, however, and the orphaned children were compelled to continue their journey alone.  They safely reached Cincinnati, where their brother, William, tenderly cared for them until they reached years of maturity. These children were David and Jane, later Mrs. Burnham.  Two other children remained in Wales.  On the maternal side, Cary Jones is descended from Joseph and Mary (Carr) Hidy, the former a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the latter of Virginia, he of German descent and she of Irish extraction, who located in Fayette county, Ohio, at an early day, becoming extensive landowners.  Both Joseph Hidy and his wife died in Fayette county, both having lived to advanced ages, she having been eighty-seven years of age at the time of her death and he, ninety-seven.  They were the parents of ten children, Joseph, Humphrey, Urban, Isaac, William, Mrs. Olivia Jones, Mrs. Margaret Beatty, Mrs. Louisa Tway, Mrs. Sidney Brock and Mrs. Clarissa Wendel.
     Dr. William H. Jones for many years was one of the best-known physicians in Fayette county, he having continued his practice there until he was near the three score-and-ten stage of his career, after which he retired to his farm, where he died at the age of seventy-eight, his widow surviving him but a year or two.  They were the parents of six children, namely: Mrs. Mary J. Irwin, wife of Luther M. Irwin, who lives on the old home farm near Jeflersonville, this state; William Hidy, who lives near the town of Merom, in Sullivan county. Indiana; Humphrey, a well-known attorney, banker and farmer, of Bloomingburg, Ohio, with offices at Washington C. H.; Dr. Emma O. McCormack, a physician, wife of Richard McCormack, of Columbus, Ohio; Cary, the immediate subject of this sketch, and Mrs. Minnie Reading, wife of Dallas Reading, living near Jeffersonville, this state.
     Upon completing the course in the public schools at Jeffersonville, Cary Jones supplemented the same by a comprehensive course at Buchtel College. now known as Akron University, Akron, Ohio, from which excellent institution he was graduated with the class of 1887.  Thus equipped by preparatory study, he entered the Cincinnati Law School. with a view to preparing himself for the practice of the profession to which he had decided to devote his life, and was graduated from that institution in 1889.  Upon receiving his diploma, he came to Madison county and on July 1, 1889, opened an office for the practice of law in London, the county seat, and has been in continuous practice there ever since. Not long after locating in London, Mr. Jones was elected city solicitor, but did not complete the term for which he was elected, being compelled to resign the same to take up the duties connected with the office of prosecuting attorney, to which he was elected on the Republican ticket in 1892.  Mr. Jones was re-elected in the next county campaign and served two terms, a period of six years.  During his incumbency of the prosecutor's office, Mr. Jones was called on to represent the state in the trial of several homicide cases, including the noted Parnell case, one of the most celebrated trials in the history of the Madison courts.
     On Oct. 27, 1897, Cary Jones was united in marriage to Bessie Gamlin, who was born and reared in London, this county, daughter of William Gamlin, a prominent resident of that city, and to this union five children have been born, Catherine Olivia, William Humphrey, Norman Carl, Marian Virginia, and Helen EloiseMr. and Mrs. Jones take a warm interest in the good works of this community and are among the most active promoters of the same, their influence being felt in many helpful ways hereabout.
     Mr. Jones is a Mason of high degree, having attained to the rank of Knight Templar, and takes much interest in that order.  He also is a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at London.  As indicated above, he is a Republican and for years has been regarded as one of the leaders in that party in Madison county.  Mr. Jones owns a fine farm in Range township, this county, and also looks after several farms for clients  He has an extensive practice and is generally looked upon as one of the county’s most substantial citizens.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 548
  FRANK JONES.     Frank Jones was born in London, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1847 a son of John and Jane Hendricks (Melvin) JonesJohn Jones and his wife were the parents of six children:  Mary Eliza, born on Feb. 2, 1843, married on May 1, 1861, to Alvard Stutson, and died on Nov. 3, 1863 leaving one child.  Harry A., born on July 19, 1862. and died on Sept. 28, 1913; Lucien Bonaparte. born on Oct. 2, 1844, married on Sept. 15, 1870. to Alice Kinney, and died on May 24, 1876, leaving three children,  Kinney, Nora and Lucien; Frank, the immediate subject of this review; Horace Greeley, of London, born on Sept. 6, 1853, married on Sept. 10, 1879, to Lizzie Houston; Emma, born on Aug. 2. 1855, married on Dec. 22, 1881, to Harvey F. Chandler, of London; Dolly Ripley, married V. H. Wilson, of Lafayette, Madison county, Ohio, Mrs. Jane Jones (deceased), the mother of these six children, was the daughter of John and Sarah Melvin, and was born on Feb. 2, 1819.
     John Jones was one of twelve children born to William and Elizabeth (Droke) Jones, the others being Job K., Sarah, Isaac, Mary Eliza, Margaret, Rachel, William, James St. Clair, Lydia, Elizabeth and Martha Jane.  The father of these children died on Apr. 19, 1857, and the mother on Sept. 29, 1866.  John Jones. the fourth child, was born on Oct. 31, 1818, in London, Ohio. and was reared to manhood in the town of his birth.  After receiving such education as the public schools afforded he began to assist his father in the mercantile business in London.  Later he became a clerk in the store of William Warner.  His genial manner soon won him the respect of all who knew him and led to his appointment as deputy sheriff of Madison county in the fall of 1848 by William Warner, then sheriff of the county.  After serving in this capacity for four years he was elected sheriff on the Whig ticket and served two years, refusing a second nomination.  John Jones was a charter member of the London Independent Order of Odd Fellows, joining the lodge on Sept. 18, 1846.  He died on Apr. 11, 1900.
     William Jones, the father of John and the grandfather of Frank Jones, was familiarly known by the whole county as “Dad Jones.  He was one of the pioneer merchants of London, a philanthropist and a Christian gentleman in every sense of the word.  By trade he was a blacksmith, and did some work at his trade after coming to London.  He devoted his long and useful career to merchandizing and the buying and selling of real estate throughout the county.  William Jones was born near Knoxville,  Tennessee, May 18, 1789, and removed with his father to London, Ohio, in November, 1814.  He was one of four sons born to Solomon and Lydia (Sill) Jones, the other three sons being Isaac N., Zachariah and Samuel William Jones was married on Aug. 9, 1810, to Elizabeth Droke, who was born on Oct. 18, 1793.
     Frank Jones was educated in the public schools of London and then worked on one of his father's farms for a time.  Later he clerked in his father's store in London and then went to Illinois and farmed for one year.  In 1874 he and his brother.  Lucien, purchased their father's store and the brothers continued in partnership until the death of Lucien in 1876.  At that time Horace G. Jones, the brother of Frank, became his partner, the firm name continuing as Jones Brothers.  The two brothers were in business until 1911. when they disposed of their store, but continued their coal business until June, 1913.
     Frank Jones was married on Sept. 30, 1874, to Lizzie H. Koogler, who was born at Marion, Indiana, May 22, 1852.  She was a daughter of Samuel and Lucy Ann (Van Tilburg) KooglerSamuel Koogler was born on Feb. 24, 1825, and died on Aug. 23, 1914.  His wife was born on Dec. 14, 1827, and died on Dec. 28, 1865.  Samuel Koogler and wife were married on Oct. 24, 1848, and were the parents of four children: Helen B., Lizzie, William and Oella JaneMr. Koogler became a large landowner in Champaign county, Illinois, and at the time of his death owned nine hundred acres of land in Scott township, also six hundred acres in Mississippi.
     Frank Jones and wife are the parents of one child, Nina K., who was born on June 29, 1875.  She graduated from the London schools and then went to Columbus to continue her education.  She then went to New York where she attended Rutgers College one year, after which she attended the Peebles & Thompson school for three years, graduating form that institution with honors on June 4, 1896.  She then studied for two years in the Lambert School of Music, in New York, and later became a upil of Albert Mildenburg, a famous music teacher of that city, after which she taught music in New York one year, her health failing, when she spent one year at home, then joined a Miss Huggins in an art studio in New York, where they remained one year when they went to Europe for one summer.
     Nina K. Jones was a most talented woman along many different lines and her sympathies were as broad and generous as her education.  She always assisted those in need of help and her cheering and encouraging words endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.  Her sense of justice was one of her distinguishing characteristics and she never failed to extend a helping hand to the unfortunate.  Among the mission schools and the East side poor of New York City she was known as the angel of mercy.  For four years she was associated with the Park Presbyterian church of New York city and during this time taught the infant class in the Sunday school.  She never ceased to take the most lively interest in everything that affected the welfare of her home community.  However, her life of usefulness and self-sacrificing service was cut short by her death on Dec. 19, 1914.
     Frank Jones has now retired from active pursuits and is spending his declining years in the town where he ahs lived practically his whole life.  He has given his support to the Republican party during his career, but has never been an aspirant for political preferment.  He is a member of the local lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  For many years he has been a stockholder in and a director of the Madison National Bank.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden  & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 588
  HORACE GREELEY JONES.    One of the leading banks of Madison county and of London is the Central National Bank, of which Horace Greeley Jones is president.  Not only is he president of this bank, but he is heavily interested in various business enterprises in London and owns a magnificent farm of two hundred and sixty acres opposite the prison farm.
     Horace Greeley Jones was born in London on Sept. 6, 1852.  He received his education in the public schools of London and in the high school under Professor McClintick.  His parents were John and Jane H. (Melvin) Jones, the former of whom was reared in London and who, although he attended school not more than two years, became a well-informed man and a prominent factor in his father’s store, in which he clerked as a boy, John Jones, also clerked in the store of William Warner for two years, and, in February, 1841, was married to Jane H. Melvin.  She was the daughter of John and Sarah Melvin, natives of Madison county.  In the fall of 1841, John Jones became deputy sheriff under William Warner.  He served in this position for four years.  Later he was elected sheriff for one term and served two years.  Still later he served twelve years as justice of the peace.  He also served one term as mayor of London. in the meantime. he had purchased a grocery store. which he conducted a great many years, and upon his retirement he sold to his two sons, Lucien and Frank.
     His younger brother, an attorney at Champaign, Illinois, was partly reared and educated by him.  At the time of the organization of the Odd Fellows lodge, in 1846, he became a charter member.  Six children were born to John and Jane H. (Melvin) Jones, as follow: Mary, Lucien, Frank. Dollie, Horace and EmmaHorace is the subject of this sketch.  Dollie is the widow of Valentine Wilson Emma is the wife of Harvey Chandler, Mary and Lucien are deceased.
     The late John Jones, who was born at London, Oct. 21, 1818, was the son of William Jones, who was born and reared near Knoxville, Tennessee, and who came with his father, Solomon Jones, to Ohio.  William was a blacksmith by trade.  He settled at London in 1814, and for a time dealt in property, grain and other merchandise.  He became wealthy but. nevertheless, was a liberal man and extended financial assistance to many of his neighbors and friends.  In the financial panic of 1837, he suffered severely as a consequence of having secured the debts of others.  Still later, he removed to a farm.  He died at London a few years “fter the panic of 1837.
    Horace Greeley Jones, after finishing his education, clerked for his two brothers, Lucien and Frank, in the general store established by their father.  At the death of his brother, Lucien Jones, in 1876, after having spent six years in the store.  Horace Greeley Jones succeeded to his brother’s interests.  The firm was continued as Jones Brothers until 1912.  In the meantime, about 1903.  Horace Greeley and Frank Jones had organized the London Coal. Company on West High street.  This company did no retail business and was very successful.  On June 1, 1915, the company was sold to the Pierce Lumber Company.  Mr. Jones was manager of the coal company. and did all the buying for the firm.  In 1913, the Central Bank, of which he had acted as president for a number of years, became the Central National Bank.  Mr. Jones continued as president.  He is at present one of the liquor commissioners of Madison county.
     On Sept. 10, 1879, Horace Greeley Jones was married to Lizzie Houston, the daughter of Doctor James and M. J. Houston Mrs. Jones's father was a fine physician, who also owned a drug store at Jamestown.  He finally sold the store and spent his later years with his daughter, passing away at the age of eighty-one.  Not only was he a successful physician, but he was a brilliant man personally and a man who was always well informed in regard to current history.  He liked to argue political and religious questions.  He, himself, was an ardent devotee of the Universalist faith.
     Mr. and Mrs. Jones spent a year in Europe, taking a very extensive tour of the principal points of interest.  They also spent three winters in Florida and one in California.  Likewise, they visited Cuba and Nassau, and were in the Northwest on two occasions.  About the same time, they visited the Grand Canyon.  Mr. Jones is a man who believes in seeing America first.  Mrs. Horace Greeley Jones is prominent in all the clubs of London, and has been president of most of the clubs.  She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Houston ancestry dating from Revolutionary stock.
     Although Horace Greeley Jones is a Republican, he is not a political worker, and is not especially interested in politics.  Fraternally, he is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, a life member of the consistory, a life member of Mt. Vernon Commandery No. 1, at Columbus, a life member of Syrian Temple Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.  He is also a member of Columbus Lodge Lodge No. 37, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  Formerly, he was a member of Mystic Lodge No. 36, Knights of Pythias.  Mr. Jones is interested in the Young Men’s Christian Association, and in all such religious influences.  He was reared in the Methodist Episcopal church, but is not now a member of any church.  Mr. Jones is a member of the London Club of this city.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 526
  OMER E. JONES.     In a biographical sketch presented elsewhere in this volume, relating to the life and the public services of the late Hon. William M. Jones, of London, this county, there is set out at some length the history of this well-known family in Madison county.  It will, not be necessary, therefore, in this connection to review the genealogy of the gentleman, whose name is noted at the head of this brief biography, the reader being respectfully referred to the sketch above mentioned for further essential details.  Omer E. Jones, a worthy son of his distinguished and lamented father, is doing well his part in the life of this community and it is but fitting that there should be set out here some brief and modest mention of his active career.  Having been a resident of the city of London, county seat of Madison county, since he was three years of age, Mr. Jones has been a most interested witness of the later development of that thriving little city, and it properly enough may be said that he has been a no small factor in that development.  Identified with the banking interests of the city since he was twenty years old, Mr. Jones has acquired an acquaintance with the business interests of the county which gives to his service in the bank with which he is connected, as well as to the community at large, a special value, and it is not too much to say that he is regarded as one of the leaders among the younger set of enterprising business men who have done so much in recent years to bring about better conditions hereabout.
     Omer E. Jones, teller of the London Exchange Bank, of London, this county, was born on a farm in Fayette county, Ohio, on Sept. 4, 1879, son of the late Hon. William M. and Lucy A. (Pancoast) Jones, proper mention of whom is made elsewhere in this volume.  Being but three years of age at the time his parents moved to London, in 1882, Mr. Jones has spent practically his whole life in that city.  Receiving his early education in the excellent public schools of London, he entered Duff's Mercantile College, a high-grade commercial School at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was graduated from that institution.  Upon receiving his diploma, Mr. Jones returned home and at once entered upon his business career as a bookkeeper in the London Exchange Bank, with which his late father at that time was prominently connected.  That was on Sept. 1, 1899, and Mr. Jones ever since then has been connected with this bank.  He rapidly rose to the position of teller in the bank, which position he now is holding, much to the satisfaction of the customers of the bank, with whom, it is not improper to say, he is exceedingly popular, as he is with his business and personal associates generally throughout the county.  In addition to his connection with the above bank, he also is secretary of the Citizens' Loan and Savings Company, of London.
     On Nov. 2, 1904, Omer E. Jones was united in marriage to Carrie W. Warrington, of South Charleston, Ohio, daughter of William O. Warrington, a prominent citizen of that place, and to this union one child has been born, a daughter, Virginia Mr. and Mrs. Jones are members of the Methodist church and are earnestly interested in the various good works of the community.  They are prominently identified with the social life of the town, and their many friends are pleased to regard them as among the leaders in London’s pleasant social activities.
     Mr. Jones is a Republican, as was his honored father before him, and takes a good citizen's interest in the political affairs of the county, though never having been included in the office-seeking class.  He is a Mason of high degree, being a member of the chapter and of the council of that ancient order in London, as well as a Knight Templar and a member of the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, being affiliated with Aladdin Temple of the latter order at Columbus.  He also is a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at London and is treasurer of the three Masonic bodies at London.  In addition to his banking interests, Mr. Jones owns a fine farm in Oak Run township, this county, to which he gives considerable personal attention, he being much interested in the wonderful developments recently made in the science of agriculture.  Enterprising, energetic and public spirited, Mr. Jones is performing admirably his part in the complex life of his home city and very properly enjoys the utmost confidence and the high regard of all with whom he comes in contact.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 493
  HON. WILLIAM M. JONES.    “In Memoriam.” No two words combine in more meaningful expression than these.  How much of respectful consideration; how much of tender devotion, and how much of sincere regard for the memory of one who has gone before, is implied in the use of the term with which this paragraph is introduced.  In a monumental work of the character contemplated by the compilers of this extraordinary volume, it seems eminently fitting that there should. here and there throughout these pages, he presented for the consideration, not only of the present generation, but for those who, perchance, shall have occasion to review these pages in generations yet to come, a brief and modest summary of the lives of those departed fathers of the commonwealth who long since have passed from the scenes of present worldly activity.  In following this design. the biographer surely would be remiss in his duty to the people of Madison county if this book were permitted to go forth without an epitome of the life and of the works of the gentleman whose name heads this particular chapter of the biographical section of the history of the county, a name which has the power to recall many pleasant memories on the part of those now surviving. who, in his day here, knew so well and respected so highly the subject of this respectful memoir.
     The late Hon. William M. Jones. for years one of the best-known and most prominent citizens of Madison county, was a man eminently qualified for the important position he, so long occupied in the civic life of this community and the value of his service to the public never can be properly estimated, for such service does not end with the life of him who renders it, but goes on. gathering weight as it goes, enriching the lives of future generations.  Faithful in all his relations in life, a tried and trusted public servant and a good citizen, Mr. Jones was found to be worthy of high rewards and he became a man of large substance.  Rich as he was, however, in worldly possessions, he was far richer in those more valuable possessions, the esteem and confidence of his fellowmen, and his passing, in 1907, was widely mourned throughout this section of the state, where he was so well known and where he had labored so intelligently and so usefully.
     William M. Jones was born on a farm near the village of Yankeetown, Fayette county, Ohio, on Dec. 5, 1850, son of James and Sarah (White) Jones, pioneer residents of that county, the former of whom was born there in the year 1813.  Reared on the farm, William M. Jones attended the common Schools of his home township until he had acquired sufficient education to matriculate at the old Bloomingdale Academy, from which he later was graduated.  He then entered Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, and was graduated from that excellent old institution in 1872, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.  The extensive farming interests of his father requiring his attention, he returned to the farm upon receiving his diploma and was thus engaged at the old home in Fayette county until 1880, in which year he came to Madison county, locating at Mt. Sterling, where he lived for two years, at the end of which time, in 1882, he moved to the county seat and made his home in London the rest of his life.
     Upon his arrival in London, Mr. Jones engaged in the grain business and until the day of his death was thus engaged.  His enterprise and energy were exerted most successfully in this business, and he prospered largely, owning, at the time of his death, in addition to his extensive elevator interests at London, partnership interests in grain elevators at Mt. Sterling, Denby and Orient.  This form of endeavor was but one outlet for Mr. Jones' boundless energy, however, for he was interested largely in various other enterprises.  In addition to his extensive farming interests, for he was the owner of a farm of nearly one thousand acres of fine land in Fayette and Pickaway Counties, he was prominently identified with the affairs of the Madison National Bank and the London Exchange Bank, of London, for nine years prior to his death, having been president of the former institution and for many years one of the most influential directors of the latter.  Ever deeply interested in enterprises which had as their object the advancement of the general interests of the community, he was also president of the London Home Telephone Company and director in numerous other enterprises.  When London’s beautiful new library was completed he was chosen a member of the board and for several years served as president of this useful public service body, his service in that connection having proved of large benefit to the library.
     In his public services the Hon. William M. Jones brought to the commonwealth a most valuable equipment, his large business experience and training admirably fitting him for the important public duties to which his admiring fellow citizens repeatedly called him, and it is undoubted that he performed a very great service in this community.  It was not long after his arrival in London that Mr. Jones was called to serve as a member of the city council, and he was kept there several years, his service in that connection being of large benefit to the city at large.  He also was called to act on the city board of education, and in that capacity performed equally meritorious public service, his interest in the school system and his well-trained mind giving to his duties in that connection unusual value.  In 1886 Mr. Jones was elected county treasurer, his manner of administering the affairs of that office commending him so highly to the public that he was re-elected in 1888.  In 1895 he was elected, by a plurality of more than four thousand votes, to represent the senatorial district of Madison, Clark and Champaign counties in the seventy-second Ohio General Assembly, and he was regarded as one of the foremost members of the upper house during that session of the Assembly, his sound judgment and clear thinking, coupled with his acute and comprehensive knowledge of public affairs, giving to his counsels in that body a weight and solidity that his confreres soon learned to rely on and he exerted a wide influence upon the deliberations of the Senate in that memorable session.. Upon completing this term of service, Mr. Jones declined further political honors and devoted himself thereafter to his large and growing business interests.
     On Feb. 22, 1877, William M. Jones was united in marriage to Lucy Pancoast, of Pancoastburg, Ohio, and to this union five children were born.  Mr. Jones‘ death occurred on Wednesday, Apr. 17, 1907, after an illness of eleven weeks, and was widely mourned, for he was a good man, who had done well his part in life.  Mrs. Jones is still living in her beautiful home on North Main street, in the city of London, and enjoys countless evidences of the esteem and affection of many friends.
     The Hon. William M. Jones was a progressive, enterprising and public-spirited citizen, faithful in the performance of manifold duties, and his memory long will be cherished in this community.  He was a kindly man, a true neighbor, whose genial, ever-ready smile greeted one and all, and few men in this county ever enjoyed a larger measure of public popularity than he, his gentle spirit making him literally a friend of all the world.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 478
  WILLIS JONES.     It is said that “a nation’s civilization is the outgrowth of the literature produced by its writers,” but greater power than even a nation’s literature is that gained through the integrity of the individual and the proper individual adjustment to the needs of the community.  The record of each attainment, when the result of earnest endeavor, should he given the public, for the men and women of today find much that is helpful to themselves in the perusal of the battles fought and won by others.  The name of Willis Jones, of Mt. Sterling, Madison county, Ohio, may well be listed among those men of integrity who have realized their responsibility toward the community.  He was born on Feb. 14, 1865, in Monroe township, Pickaway county.  At the early age of seventeen he rented land and began farming for himself.  He followed this occupation for five years and, at the age of twenty-two, removed to Derby, Pickaway county, Ohio, where he engaged in the grain business.  He continued in the grain business until 1902, when he returned to Mt. Sterling, succeeding his father, who owned a grain elevator there, and now deals in the selling of grain, coal and seed.  In addition to this business he owns an elevator in Derby, Pickaway county, and one in Orient, in the same county.  He is also the owner of eight hundred and ninety acres of land in the three counties of Madison, Pickaway and Fayette, the greater part of which is in Fayette and Pickaway counties, only twenty-five acres being located in Madison county.
     James Jones, the father of Willis, was born in Fayette county, Ohio, in 1836.  At an early age he began investing in land and at the time of his death, in 1901, was the owner of eight hundred acres.  James Jones was married to Annette Bostwick, who was born in Fayette county, Aug. 26, 1840, and to this union six children were born, five of whom are living, namely; Mrs. E. C. Breyfogle, Willis, Mrs. S. W. Beal, Mrs. Charles H. Clark and Mrs. John O’DayMrs Jones’ death occurred on Dec. 18, 1908.  After farming for several years, Mr. Jones removed to Mt. Sterling at the time the Baltimore & Ohio railroad was being built, and entered the grain business, which he conducted for many years.  He became president of the old Farmers Bank of Mt. Sterling, gaining a reputation for justice and honesty.  His parents, Isaac and Unity (Graham) Jones, were also natives of Fayette county.
     This short review of the principal events in their lives of the parents and grandparents of Willis Jones is necessary that the reader may better judge of the sterling worth of this energetic citizen.  Mr. Jones is a stockholder of the Citizens Bank of Mt. Sterling, in which he is also a director.  Mr. Jones has always been a stanch Republican, devoting his enthusiasm and time to the interests of that party and to the election of its nominees.
     In 1895 Willis Jones was married to Lora E. McKinley, who was born on Feb. 14, 1877, in Pickaway county, Ohio.  She is the daughter of William F. and Elizaeth (Sherman) McKinley, both natives of Ohio.  To Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born two children, Harold C., a graduate of Mt. Sterling high school, and now attending the  Ohio State University, and Elizabeth Annette, who is still living at home with her parents.  Mr. Jones is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Free and Accepted Masons, and the order of the Mystic Shrine.  He is a Christian gentleman, finding his religious inspiration in the creed of the Methodist church, of which he is a member of the board of trustees.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 861


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