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  Burton Thomas Jones is a retired farmer of the town of Hamden but is yet active in public affairs, serving as the first selectman of his town. He was born in Westville, New Haven county, February 7, 1858, a son of Orlando and Sylvia (Thomas) Jones. The father was born in the state of New York, where he learned the machinist’s trade, and afterward removed to Westville, while subsequently he became a resident of Hamden. He was here employed as a machinist in the W. C. Ives factory at Augerville and his last days were spent in Hamden, while his wife, who was born there, also passed away in Hamden.

  Burton Thomas Jones was a lad of five years when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Hamden, where he obtained his education in the public schools. He was reared to the occupation of farming, which he continued to follow in Highwood until 1903, when he disposed of his farm to a real estate company that divided it into town lots. He afterward removed to a place further north on Whitney avenue, in the town of Hamden, where he purchased land and continued to engage in general agricultural pursuits until 1916. He then again sold his farm for use as town lots but retained the little tract upon which the buildings are located and still makes his home in what was formerly his farm residence. He then retired from active business life, but indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to his nature and he now concentrates his efforts and attention upon official duties. He has ever been a stalwart republican in his political views and upon that ticket he was elected to the office of first selectman in October, 1916, and is the present incumbent in that position. He is making an excellent record by the prompt and faithful manner in which he is discharging his duties.

  On the 9th of February, 1882, Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Alice Woodcock at Highwood, Connecticut, who was born in England and when ten years of age was brought to the new world by her parents, William and Margaret Woodcock, who were likewise natives of England. Her father was a tailor by occupation and on crossing the Atlantic to the new world with his family settled in Highwood, where he took up tailoring, becoming well and favorably known in his community. Both he and his wife died in Highwood. To Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born two children: Harry Clifton, who is a contractor of Hamden; and Lester Williams, who is engaged in carpentering. The former married Amy Lewis, of New Haven, and the latter wedded Alice Morley, by whom he has one child, Alice Charlotte.

  Mr. Jones is a member of Day Spring Lodge, No. 30, F. & A. M., and has taken the degrees of cryptic and capitular Masonry, being identified with Pulaski Chapter, R. A. M., and Crawford Council, R. & S. M. Both he and his wife hold membership in Alice Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Jones is well known in his section of the county, being for many years actively identified with agricultural pursuits and also conducting an extensive business as a market gardener. While thus engaged he did not seek public office but after his retirement from business his fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth and ability, called him to the office of first selectman, in which capacity he is rendering valuable service.

Modern History of New Haven
Eastern New Haven County


Volume II

New York – Chicago
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 

pgs 845 - 846

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