JOHN JONES. Of the young farmers in this part of the county none are more successful than he whose name is at the head of this writing. Mr. Jones occupies and owns the farm of one hundred and seventy-two acres on section 22, Brighton Township. He has lived here since 1862, and what he has accumulated has been by his own persistent effort and unwearying industry, for like so many others who have settled here, when coming into the country his only wealth was a strong constitution and an abiding faith in a bright prospect for the future. A view of his comfortable residence and rural surroundings appears on another page.
Our subject is a native of Wales, having been born in Rodneyshire, November 4, 1851. He is the youngest of the family born to his parents. James and Mary (Jones) Jones, both natives of Wales. There the mother lived and died being about fifty years old at the time of her decease. The father spent his last years in the United States and died in this township and county when seventy-four years of age. He and his wife with their family belonged to the Baptist persuasion, but at the time of his death he was a member of the Church of England.
Our subject with two brothers are all the children that came to this country, and five sisters are yet living in Wales. He of whom we write was only about twelve years old when with his father and another brother he came to the United States. Their passage across was made in the month of August, 1862, having taken ship at Liverpool and landed in New York City. One can readily imagine the impression that the American metropolis with its push and hurry made upon the little Welsh lad. He early got the idea that if he would succeed he must be up and stirring, allowing no one to step in ahead of him. Shortly after their advent into the country they proceeded to this township and county.
Soon after he became of age he entered into the matrimonial relation with Miss Clara E. Mason, their marriage being celebrated June 2, 1878. The lady was born in this township and county, her birth occurring on her father's farm, August 23, 1858. She was here reared and educated and is the eldest of the living children of her parents. Her father, William Mason, is an old settler and prominent and well-to-do farmer in this township. A biographical sketch of Mr. Mason may be found in another part of this volume.
Mrs. Jones is one of the women whose office in life is to help and encourage by the kind words and tender looks, those who are dearest to her. She is the mother of six children, two of whom are deceased. The children who have passed away were an infant and Gilbert E. Those living are Ray M., Levi C., Harry E., and Cyrus. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and liberal supporters of the same. Politically Mr. Jones is a Democrat, holding that the doctrines of the old original party in all their purity are most suited to the growth and advancement of this great country. He is the owner of a beautiful country home located on a slight elevation overlooking a fine landscape. The prairie is dotted with a high-bred stock, and water and clouds with a rare variety of trees lend the view an enchanting perspective.