Benjamin J. Jones, aged 79 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hattie McNeeley, near Nortonville, Sunday morning.
Deceased was born in Zanesville, Ohio, July 25, 1838. When a boy his parents came to Illinois where he has since made his home in Morgan county with the exception of the years spent in the Civil War. In 1868 Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miranda Sergeant of Franklin who died in 1891. To this union was born 11 children, seven of whom survive. They are: Robert Jones of Turner, Mont.; Mrs. Hattie McNeeley of Nortonville, Walter Jones and Mrs. Nellie Seymour of Modesto, Rolfe Jones of Alberta, Canada, and Reece Jones of Murrayville. He also leaves the following brothers and sisters, John Jones of Edwardsville, Joshua Jones of Okmulga, Okla.; Z. T. Jones of South East street, Jacksonville; Mrs. Mary Hobbs, Franklin; Mrs. Hannah Meredith, Franklin, and Mrs. Sarah Kelly of Jacksonville.
Mr. Jones was affectionately known as “Uncle Ben.” He was a member of Durbin church and was always faithful in his religious worship. He was a member of Company G, First Missouri Cavalry and served his country with credit during the war. In his death the community loses a good and useful citizen. Funeral services will be held from the residence of Elmer Jones in Nortonville, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in charge of the Rev. W. E. Keenan of Franklin. Burial will be in Providence cemetery.(Jacksonville Daily Journal - dtd. 17 Sept 1918)