John H. JONES, a resident of
Goreville Township, Johnson County, was born in Middle Tennessee in
1849. His father, L. M. Jones, is of the same part of Tennessee and is
a son of Samuel Jones, of East Tennessee,who was a farmer and reared a
large family of children, of whom L. M. Jones was the fourth. The
grandfather died aged about seventy. L. M. married Sarah Hall, of West
Virginia, and came with her to southern Illinois about 1852, settling
first in Massac County. He then removed to Union County and is living
there at the present time. His wife died there in 1883, aged fifty-four
.years, having borne her husband five children, three sons and two
daughters, viz: James I., a carpenter living in Missouri, who has a
wife and children; John H.; Ruth A., wife of Joseph Walker, of Tunnel
Hill Township; William L., a farmer of the same township; and Lovina,
wife of Thomas Rushing, also of this township.
The subject of
this sketch was reared on the farm, receiving but a limited education.
Though his father was a well-to-do farmer and a practicing physician
with a practice worth $5,000 per year, and the schoolhouse was near by,
yet his children were kept at work and only learned to read and write.
Mr. Jones, seeing the value and even the necessity of education, is
giving his children the best educational facilities to be had. He left
home in his twenty-second year and was married August 6, 1871, to Mary
E. Walker, of Johnson County, a daughter of Sherman and Emily (Graham)
Walker. They began life on a forty-acre farm and have now eighty-three
acres, where they have resided twelve years. In 1887 they built their
present neat, cozy cottage. Their three children are all living, viz:
John G., a young man of twenty and a promising student in the district
school; Sarah E., eighteen, and Haley A., a young girl of twelve, both
in school and making satisfactory progress in their studies. The two
elder ones are nearly prepared to teach. Mr. Jones has been a School
Trustee of Goreville Township three years. He is an elder in the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Our subject is a
Democrat in politics, but he favors the temperance cause. He has been a
most successful farmer for a young man and carries on mixed farming.
His father at sixty-seven years is still active and well, and as he has
plenty of means is living in retirement, though he still practices on
the call of some of his friends. He, like his son, is a Democrat in