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Biosketch of Samuel Jones (b. 1790) & son, Silas Jones (b. 1820)

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Biosketch of Samuel Jones (b. 1790) & son, Silas Jones (b. 1820)

Posted: 25 Jul 2003 11:33PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Jones Ruse Reveal Dillon Antrim
Samuel Jones, while a soldier during the War of 1812, passed through this part of Indiana, and was much pleased with the natural advantages of this country. He resolved if ever he left Highland County, Ohio to seek a home in the west, that he would settle in the territory now embraced in Huntington County, and before we conclude this biography, the reader will observe that he made good his resolution. He was born in Pennsylvania, December 20, 1790. His parents were John and Linna Jones, with whom he went to Ohio when quite young. On January 5, 1812, he was married to Sarah Ruse, of Highland County, Ohio, where his wife died July 28, 1825. He was again married to Nancy Reveal, and in the spring of 1833, come [sic] to Huntington County, Indiana, and entered the tract of land embracing the present site of Warren. The Indianapolis & Fort Wayne Wagon Road passed through this tract of land and on the first day of January, 1837, Mr. Jones offered lots for sale in what was then known as “Jonesboro,” but on learning that another town of that name existed in this State, he changed the name to Warren. Mr. Jones continued to reside here for forty years after his first settlement, and by his honesty and fair dealing won the confidence and respect of the pioneers. He served through the War of 1812. Politically he upheld the principles of the Democratic party, and in 1848 he represented Huntington and Whitley Counties in the Indiana Legislature. His early advantages for receiving an education were limited, but natural ability was great and he strongly espoused the education of our youths. He first introduced schools into Salamonie Township by employing a private teacher for his own family, and by donating a house for school purposes. After an honorable and useful life he was called away. Silas Jones, his son who was thirteen years of age when his father landed in this township, was born in Highland County, Ohio, September 19, 1820. He spent his boyhood and youth amid the hardships of pioneer life, and received a fair education for that day of log school houses. When twenty years of age, or on November 12, 1840, he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza J. Dillon, daughter of John and Sarah Dillon and residents at that time of this county. Eliza was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, and when about sixteen years of age accompanied her parents to this State. This union was blessed with seven children: Sarah E., Theresa J., Alfred W., Elvira E., Jasper J., Loyd S. and George P., of whom George P. is deceased. Mrs. Jones was also called away, May 5, 1877. She was a member of the Christian Church, and loved by all who knew her. On October 17, 1880 he was again married to Miss Sarah Antrim, a native of Highland County, Ohio. They are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Jones has always been an active worker in the Democratic party. He began life at the bottom of the ladder and by strict attention to business has been eminently successful during life. He owns a fine farm of over 200 acres, the one he spent the best part of his life in clearing. He is now leading a retired life in “East Warren,” which addition to Warrant he laid out in 1879. His health is fair for one of his age. He attended the first election held in Salamonie Township; his recollection of pioneer life in this township is good, and he has lived to see a great change in the development of the county. It would be proper to mention the fact that on the arrival of Samuel Jones in Huntington County, he entered a tract of land for Silas, Allen, Nancy, Matilda and Lucinda, the first two receiving 160 acres each, and the last three eighty acres each. William, John, Samuel and Sarah, the children by his second wife, each received a tract of land near Huntington.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Salamonie Township, pages 818 and 819

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