Death10 Apr 1856, Waynesville, DeWitt Co., IL.53
BurialUnion Cemetery, DeWitt Co., IL.53
1850 De Witt Co. ILL Twp. 21, N Range 1 Living right next to Mary Michaels family, and the CODY family.
1860 Waynesville, DeWitt Co., IL.
IN Union Cemetery with John & Rachel is buried an A.T. JONES, (one of the sons most likely, deathdate given as Aug 3, 1847, 21 years, 3 months, 5 days)
1882 History of DeWitt County
JOHN BRANSON JONES
THE JONES family, on the paternal side, are of Welsh ancestry, and on the maternal, English, and of the nobility while yet residents of England. Peter JONES, the paternal grandfather of the present family, was a native of Maryland; he settled in the Carolinas a short time after the Revolutionary war, where the family remained until about 1804, when they removed to Ohio, and subsequently in 1831 came to IL., and stopped in Sangamon county, and in the following spring came to what is now known as De Witt county, where Peter JONES died in 1842. He married Mary Branson, by which union came John Branson JONES. He was born in North Carolina December 24, 1799; he came with his father to IL., and here settled on Sec. 16, now in Waynesviile Twp., where be bought a claim, and afterwards rented land in same section, and there he lived until his death, which occurred April 10th, 1856. Mr. JONES in his life was in some respects a remarkable man, possessed of more than ordinary intelligence, and was one of those rugged minds that had for its basis much valuable common sense. During the Indian wars in Indiana he was commissioned as captain in the 39th Regiment Indiana Militia, dating from March 3d, 1832. Afterward he came to IL., and in 1840 he was commissioned by Governor Reynolds as Colonel of the 8th Regiment IL. Vols. Col. JONES took great delight in military matters, and on general mustering days was a conspicuous figure on the field where were marshalled the hardy pioneers in mimic array. He married Miss Rachel Thomas, who is a native of Ohio, and was born April 5, 1803. She still survives her husband, and is now in her seventy-ninth year, and a resident on the same place where she settled with her husband over half a century ago. She is a woman of whom it may be said she was a true helpmate and partner of her husband, sharing in his joys and bearing with him the burdens of life with a true womanly spirit. Although suffering for a number of years from physical infirmities which are of such a character as would have borne down much stronger natures, yet so gentle is her disposition, so kind and self-sacrificing her nature, that no sign or word has ever escaped her which might be construed as an expression of discontent or repining at her lot, or that the grievous burden might be lifted from her. There were twelve children born to John B. and Rachel JONES; Charles W. is the eleventh in the family; he was born on Sec. 16 Waynesville Twp., De Witt county, IL., February 13tb, 1842. His education is mainly self-culture, acquired by extensive and voluminous reading. He remained at home, at work on the farm, until 1861, when he entered in the first call for 75,000 troops to put down the rebellion; he became a member of Co. E of the 7th Regiment IL. Vols. At the close of his enlistment he returned home, and in the fall of the same year re-enlisted for three years service in Co. D of the 8th Regiment Mo. Vols. He participated with this regiment in the battles of Donelson, Fort Henry, CRUMp's Landing, Shiloh, Corinth and Vicksburg. In the latter fight he was wounded in the attempt to storm the works; he was sent to the hospital, and soon after discharged from reason of physical disability caused by the wound. He returned home and re-engaged in farming and stock raising, in which he still continues. On the 27th of February 1875, he was married to Miss Sarah A. Vinson, by which union there are two children, named Rachel and John Branson JONES aged respectively six and five years. In his religious beliefs, Mr. JONES subscribes to none of the formulated creeds, but is extremely liberal, and takes his stand with the advanced thinkers and the liberal thought of today. He is a Democrat, which ticket be voted until 1876, when he wandered from the Democratic fold and voted for Peter Cooper, but in 1880 came back to his first political love and cut his ballot for Gen. Winfield S. Hancock. He takes an active interest in political matters, and in one of the recognized leaders of his party in the county. In 1881 he was elected to represent his Twp. in the board of supervisors, and in the discharge of the duties therein imposed upon him has given complete and universal satisfaction. Mr. JONES is to the " manor born," and is in every sense a genuine type of the Western man. Of broad and liberal views: in sympathy with the masses upon all questions affecting them, fearless in the expression of what he deems right, of ready tact and good address, we say he is the natural product of the broad prairies of the West.
Death30 Oct 1885, DeWitt Co., IL.53
Marriage23 Jul 1820, Clark Co., OH.53