LEWIS E. JONES, of Mt. Vernon, who is now serving as Circuit Clerk of
Jefferson County, was born in Jennings County, Ind., June 28, 1843, and comes of a
family o fWelsh origin, which in early Colonial days was founded in Virginia. There
the great-grandfather was born, as was the grandfather, George Jones. The latter
went to Jackson County, Ind., in 1816, becoming one of its pioneers, and his death
occurred in Jennings County in 1853.
George D. Jones, father of our subject, was born in Jackson County, Ind., May 12, 1821,
and was the fourth in the family of seven brothers and one sister. Three brothers came
to Illinois. George located in Pendleton Township, Jefferson County, in 1865, and in
connection with farming dealt in agricultural implements. He was a very successful man,
accumulating a handsome property. He held a number of offices - served as Justice of
the Peace in Indiana, and was filling the same position in Illinois at the time of his
death. For thirty years he was a leading member of the Methodist Church. He belonged
to the Masonic and Odd Fellows' fraternities, and was a prominent Democrat. he died in
1879, at the age of fifty-eight. His eldest brother, William A., was a Methodist preacher
in early life, but afterward engaged in merchandising in Jefferson County. He was a
member of the first board of County Supervisors, and lived to the ripe old age of
seventy-seven. David C. served for three terms as Sheriff of Jennings County, Ind.,
was twice a member of the Legislature of that state, served as County Supervisor in
this county for several years, and reached the age of seventy-six. James K., a successful
farmer, is now living retired in Mt. Vernon. J.C., a farmer, died at the age of fifty-eight.
Isaac S. came to Jefferson County in 1863, but is now a prosperous agriculturist of Clay
County, whither he removed in 1868. Samuel W., the youngest of the brothers, and the first
to come to Jefferson County, is now successfully engaged in farming three miles west of
Mt. Vernon, and has served as County Treasurer.
The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Sarah Brougher, and was born in
Jennings County, Ind., in April, 1821. Her father was one of its pioneers. He was
born in North Carolina, and was of German descent. His twin brother, Frederick Brougher,
went to Mississippi, became a large slave holder, and had five sons in the Confederate army.
The eldeset, Charles A., was Secretary of State in Mississippi at the breaking out of the
war. Jacob Brougher had four sons, three of whom were in the Union army. His son Lewis F.
was a captain, and is now living on a farm in Jennings County, where he was born. For several
years he has served as Township Trustee. Frederick C. was a Lieutenant in the late war
and was wounded at Pittsburg Landing, where two of his cousins in the Confederate service
were killed. He is now a wealthy citizen of Oakland, Cal. Andrew D. served for four years
with the boys in blue, was taken prisoner, and for a long time was confined in Andersonville
and Libby Prisons. He is a carpenter and is now living in Opdyke, ILL., where John W., an
elder brother, is living retired.
Lewis E. Jones belonged to a family of four sons and two daughters, all younger than himself.
They are Silas W., of Mt. Carmel, ILL.; Jacob B., a farmer of Tippecanoe County, Ind.,; Isaac,
a farmer of Jefferson County; C.L. V., of Mt. Vernon; catherine, wife of Alexander Mobley,
a farmer, and Rosa L., wife of J.W. Estes, of the firm of Estes Bros., merchants and stock
On the old homestead in Indiana, Lewis E. Jones was reared to manhood, and in the public
schools acquired a good education. At the age of twenty he began teaching, and was thus
employed for five years. In 1868, he came to Illinois and taught one term of school in
Jefferson County. His fellow-townsmen, appreciating his worth and ability, have frequently
called upon him to serve in positions of public trust, and for three terms he was a member
of the Board of Supervisors, Collector one term, and School Trustee twleve years. In 1893,
he was elected Circuit Clerk, and is now filling that office with credit to himself and
satisfaction to his constituents.
In 1863, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Catherine Burns, of Decatur County, Ind.,
and to them have been born seven children, Eldo W., a tinner residing in Sumner, ILL.;
Isham H. and Lemon C., at home; Nellie M., wife of John Boyd, a railroad man of Venedy,
ILL.; George B., Ina and Susie. In politics, Mr. Jones is a Democrat, and is a member of
the Methodist Church. He is one of the leading officials of the county and has the high
esteem of all.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of
Clinton, Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois
Published by Chapman Publishing Co, Chicago - 1894
Page 305 & 306
Submitted By: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer