JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
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
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
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
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