Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 00:56:43
Richard Jones, is numbered among the honored veterans of the Civil war who at the time the Union was threatened by rebellion in the south went to the front to defense of the starry banner of the nation and the cause it represented. He is now an honored and worthy citizen of Boone, but is a native of Oho, his birth having occurred in Wayne county, that state, October 13 1838, his parents being R G and Jane (Culbertson) Jones. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Richard Jones who was born in Maryland in 1762, and had two brothers Daniel and William both of whom died in Pennsylvania. The family is of Welsh origin. At an early day the grandfather went to Pennsylvania and from there removed to Wayne county, Ohio in 1828. In 1852 he became a resident of Valparaiso, Indiana, and died in that state in 1855. His wife who bore the maiden name of Margaret Forsythe, was also a native of Maryland. Their children were Thomas R, Richard W, Peter, David, Elizabeth, Malinda, Hannah, Polly, and Sarah.
Thomas J Jones our subjectís father was born in Pennsylvania in 1802, and was married in Ohio about 1831 to Jane Culbertson, also a native of the Keystone state, born in Allegheny county in 1813, and a daughter of Alexander and Mary Culbertson, who were of Irish descent. By this union were born thirteen children: Robert C now deceased, George who is living in Story county, Iowa, Mary M wife of William Thompson of Bloomington, Illinois, Saphronia deceased, Richard, Milen, deceased one who died in infancy,. Esther A widow of P Sawyer, of Story county, Mrs Sarah S Hammond of Meadville, Pennsylvania, and Giles A, Paul F, Albert G and Zachary T all now decease. The parents resided in Wayne county, Ohio until 1855, when they removed to Story county, Iowa, the father purchasing a farm there. The motherís death occurred in 1867. For three years longer the father remained on the farm and then removed to Ames, Iowa where he died in 1882. Both were consistent member of the Baptist church.
Mr Jones of this review is indebted to the public school system of Wayne county, Ohio for the early educational privileges which he enjoyed. Reading, experience and observation however have added largely to his knowledge and he is now a well informed man. He continued under the parental rood until 1860, when he began farming for himself in Story county, there remaining until the spring of 1892.That year witnessed his arrival in Boone county and here he retired fro active business for his well directed labors in former years have brought him a comfortable competence.
ON May 20, 1860, Mr Jones was united I marriage to Henrietta Ross of Story county, who was born near Valparaiso, Porter county, Indiana, July 21, 181 a daughter of James and Mary (Nowlan) Ross, the former of whom was a native of Virginia, the latter of Kentucky. Her father was born in 1786 and died in 1864, while her mother whose birth occurred in 1801, passed away in 1868. Mrs Jones was one of eight children, namely Granville, who is living in Hawarden, Iowa, Emeline, Calvary and Jesse all deceased, William who also makes his home in Hawarden, Iowa, James a resident of South Dakota, Mary wife of Daniel McCarthy of Ames, Iowa, and Mrs Jones. The home of our subject and his wife has been blessed with four children. Thomas L born November 18, 1866 began his education in the schools of Story county and also attended college in Des Moines, after which he came to Boone and is now engaged in the real estate and insurance business as a member of the firm of Herman & Jones. He married Bertha Jones and they have three children: Bernice, Ethel and Edith. Edward W Born May 3, 1868, as also educated in Story county and in Des Moines, is now in the ral estate business in Crookston, Minnesota. HE wedded Alice Johnson and they have two children: Noble King and Lowell Edward. James F born November 24, 1870, was educated in Story county, Ames College and at Des Moines. Later he attended lectures at the Omaha Medical College and the Iowa City Medial College and is now engaged in the practice of medicine at Fargo, North Dakota. He wedded Mamie Clapp. Wilbur G born May 9, 1880 received his education in the high school of Boone, and now occupies the position of material clerk for the Northwestern Railroad at Verdegris, Nebraska. He married Myrtle Graham and they have one child. Wilbur Glenn.
At the time of the Civil war Mr Jones manifested his loyalty to the government by enlisting in Company A, Twenty-third Iowa Infantry, on July 29, 1862, under command of Captain L B Houston and Colonel Dewey. He participated in the campaign of Missouri in the winter of 1862-63 and later in the Vicksburg campaign, taking part in the siege of that city. After its capitulation he was sent to New Orleans and the expedition went to Texas. He was in the battle of Fort Esperanza, Texas, in the Red river expedition under General Banks an participated in the siege of Spanish Fort, Alabama, which continued of r fourteen days. He was present during the charge of Fort Blakely which was the last battle of the war and in which the killed and wounded numbered four hundred and sixty-five. This was only six miles from Spanish Fort, near Mobile. Later the troops were sent to Houston, Texas, where Mr Jones was mustered out August 11, 1865. Immediately afterward he returned to Story county and for a long period was identified with agricultural interests there.
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