John D. Jones, one of the pioneers of this township, and a prominent farmer, was born in Highland County, Ohio, May 21, 1830. His parents were Samuel and Nancy Jones, whose biography appears about in this history. John was three years old when his parents came here, and has always made this county his home. He was reared on a farm and received a fair education. At the age of nineteen, he engaged as a clerk in Jacob Brownâ€™s general merchandise store, in Warren, and followed that occupation three years. While he was engaged in this work he was married to Miss Elizabeth Linse. This union was blessed with three children: George A., James M. and Samuel J., who were twins, of whom George A., is deceased. Mrs. Jones was called away in February, 1856. Mr. Jones was then engaged with Purviance, Cane & Co., in Huntington, and was in their employ about three years, when he was again married to Phebe E. Purviance, and to this union was born one child, John P., now living. Mr. Jonesâ€™ home was again visited by death and on April 14, 1880, Mrs. Jones was called across the dark river. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and loved by all who knew her. On December 16, 1882, he was married to Miss Amy Adsit, daughter of Daniel B. and Sophia Adsit. She was born in Clinton County, Ohio, January 19, 1855. When nine years of age she accompanied her parents to Warren. She has resided here ever since. Mr. Jones is a member of the F. & A. M. order, and has taken an active interest in the order for thirty years. He is a Democrat and can trace the Democratic principles generations back. In 1862, he was elected treasurer of Huntington County, and filled the office with credit one term. He has of late years given his entire attention to his fine farm which adjoins the town of Warren, and also to the breeding of trotting horses. In 1873, he went to Kentucky and purchased Membrino Mac, a fine horse that showed a speed on Mr. Jonesâ€™ race track of 2:30. Some of his best colts are Penut, Membrino Billy and Belva Lockwood, and others equally as good if they were properly trained. His running colts, are Wild Duck, which has made one half mile in fifty seconds, Wild Duck, Jr., which ran one-half mile in fifty seconds in 1886, and at Kokomo, during the same fall ran a mile in one minute and fifty seconds. Hoosier Maid is also showing good speed. Mr. Jones owns one of the finest farms in Section 29; it consists of 260 acres and well improved. He has aided his sons in securing farms and property. Mr. Jones expects to end his days where he has spent the best part of his life in making a home.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Salamonie Township, pages 819 and 820.