California Genealogy and History Archives
|Joseph C. Jones
Early in the colonial settlement of New England a branch of the Jones family became established along the shores of the Atlantic ocean, and from that pioneer ancestry descended the prosperous farmer whose name introduces this article and whose activities for many years have been associated with the material development of Sonoma county. New Hampshire is his native commonwealth, as it was likewise the birthplace of his parents, Eliphalet and Eliza (Woodward) Jones, the former of whom, a man of sterling character and irreproachable honor, died in 1856 at the age of forty-nine years, a useful life finding its earthly end all too soon. There were five sons and four daughters in the parental family, namely: Samuel, Joseph C.,, Henry, Samuel, George, Elizabeth, Elmira, Emeline and Abigail. Of the daughters Elizabeth, Mrs. G. W. Dunlap, had two children, Herman and Mrs. Alameda Willard, the latter being the mother of three daughters and two sons. Elmira, Mrs. Saltmarsh, had one daughter. Emeline, wife of George W. Moody, had four sons and one daughter, namely: Charles, Frank, Henry, Gill and Abbie, who is married and has three children. The sons in the parental family for the most part remained in New England; Henry married Belle Benepay, but had no children. The others established homes of their own and became citizens of influence in their several localities.
Little of especial importance occurred to mark the boyhood of Joseph C. Jones. His early recollections are associated with the village of Unity, N. H., where he was born in 1843 and where he attended the public schools, laying the foundation for a liberal education afterward extended by travel and close observation. Desiring to settle in the great undeveloped west he came to California in 1865, landing at San Francisco, where he secured employment and remained for a time. During the year 1876 he removed to Sonoma county, and now resides near Guerneville, where he owns a farm of two hundred acres. His attention is given to the care of the land, a part of which is in timber and pasture and the balance under cultivation. A vineyard of one acre has proved a source of considerable revenue. Perhaps the most valuable improvement is an orchard of twenty acres, containing four thousand fruit trees in thrifty condition. Much time is required for the care of the trees and the harvesting of the crops of fruit, but Mr. Jones feels abundantly repaid for the labor, as the prices received for the fruit are always such as to bring him a gratifying profit. His ranch, which is known as Mountain View ranch, is located on top of a mountain, overlooking the Russian river, and in clear weather it is possible to get a view of St. Helena and Santa Rosa, and also of Mount Tamalpais on the coast.
At the time of coming to California Mr. Jones was unmarried, and it was not until 1876 that he established domestic ties, his marriage in that year uniting him with Miss Mary Powers, a native of Springfield, Vt., and a woman of education and refinement. An only child came to bless their union, a daughter, Nellie M., who was given fair educational advantages and is now the wife of James George. Mrs. Mary Jones passed away in 1885, and on November 17, 1901, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Mrs. Frances (Campbell) Lynch, a native of Wisconsin and a resident of California since 1876. she was the daughter of A. H. and Emiline B. Campbell, who at their deaths were living in Benicia. By her former marriage Mrs. Jones has two children, as follows: Mary, who is the wife of P. M. Autzen, of San Anselmo, and Frank H. Mr. Jones and his family stand high in the social circles of the community and re active members of the Episcopal Church, contributing generously to its maintenance, as w3ell as to other worthy religious and philanthropic movements. Well posted concerning national issues, Mr. Jones has always favored Republican principles and has given the party his support in both local and general elections, but has not sought office for himself nor been solicitous for political preferment.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011