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JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
BIOGRAPHIES

Lewis E. Jones

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 dealers.

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

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