The families of Jones
and Johnson were among the
early arrivals in Noble township ... The first
comers of these families were Virginians ... Francis
W. Jones and Elenor Johnson, who were of the second
generation, grew up together, attended the same school,
became sweethearts, and ... joined their fortunes ...
[They] spent their lives in agricultural pursuits ...
F. W. Jones was successful as a farmer ... Mrs.
Elenor (Johnson) Jones was one of fourteen people who
organized the Bethel (Separate) Baptist Church ... and
her husband helped build three churches. His good wife
closed her earthly career in 1889, and he passed away
August 12, 1905. They had four children, Margaret married
John Swift, but both are dead, Mary died in
infancy. Henrietta married Benjamin Rathburn, but both
have been dead some years.
Amos L. Jones, youngest
and only surviving member of the family, was born in
Noble township ... April 10, 1855. ... [He is] one of
the successful stock raisers and general farmers of the
township. In 1873 he married Permelia E. Dodds, a member
of one of the old time families, ... She was born in
Ohio March 21, 1858, came with her parents to Shelby
county when a girl, and grew up with the family of Jones.
Mr. and Mrs. ... Jones had seven children, five of whom
are living, Carl W., Austin E., Zola L. is the wife
of John Wright, of Noble township; Claude H. and
Those deceased are Jennie E. and Pearl M. The entire
family are members of the Separate Baptist Church at
Bethel, of which Mr. Jones is a trustee. ...
From pp. 817-8 of Chadwick
Condensed and submitted by Don T. Mitchell