JONES, BENJAMIN F., Postmaster, Nortonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, July 25, 1839, the son of Jesse J. and Susan (Covington) Jones, natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1846 Jesse J. Jones, father of Benjamin F., migrated, with his family, to Morgan County, Ill., purchasing land and settling near Pisgah. He was the father of twelve children - eight sons and four daughters - Benjamin F. being second in order of birth. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Benjamin F. Jones, with his father and two brothers enlisted in the Union Army, Benjamin joining Company G, First Missouri Cavalry ("Duncan Rangers"), at Jacksonville, Ill. Perhaps the most important engagement in which he participated was the battle of Pea Ridge; he also took part in the battle of Sugar Creek, Ark. After serving three years he returned to Morgan County and the homestead, and there engaged in farming until 1901. His father died in 1887.
On January 30, 1868, Benjamin F. Jones was married to Miranda Sargent, and they became the parents of eleven children; nine of whom survive, viz.: Hattie B., wife of J. M. McNeely; George E., Elmer B., Jesse W., Rolfe E. and Nellie. Mr. Jones is the owner in Nortonville of a house and two lots. In 1900 his son, Warren, was appointed Postmaster of Nortonville, and Benjamin F. Jones, his deputy. In 1902 the latter was appointed Postmaster, and is still serving in that position. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Grand Army of the Republic.