Alexander County

Biography - French Jones

FRENCH JONES, farmer, P. O. Santa Fe, was born in Scott County, Mo., October 28, 1832, and is a son of Washington and Sophia (Overton) Jones. The father was a native of Illinois, the mother of Orange County. Va. Our subject's education was received in the old subscription schools of his native county, and he then helped his father on the home farm until about twenty, when he commenced life as a farmer. In 1869, he came to his present farm in Santa Fe Precinct. It is a tract of 400 acres, situated mostly in Sections 35 and 36 south, Town 15. Range 3 west, and now there are about 150 acres in cultivation. Mr. Jones was married in Scott County, Mo., on January 25, 1862, to Telitha J. Evans, a daughter of Rollie E. and Sarah G. (Barnes) Evans; the former was born in Missouri, and the latter in Kentucky. She is the mother of eight children, six of whom are now living — Amos W., born January 9, 1863; Sarah S., March 17, 1866; Margaret A., January 3, 1871; Telitha Alice, April 11, 1874; Lindsy F., August 23, 1876; Earnest W., November 2, 1881. Of the two departed ones, Mary A. was born October 24, 1868, and died October 10, 1872; the other was born September 18, 1879, and died the same day. Our subject enlisted in the late rebellion in a Missouri regiment, commanded by Gen. Watkins. Went out in 1861, and only served six months. Has served his township as School Trustee and Director. In politics, he generally votes the Democratic ticket.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, pages 247-248.

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