Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa - 1892 - J

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Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa. 
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892.


Unless otherwise noted, the following biographies were submitted by Dick Barton.

George L. Jackson is a native of Delaware county, Ohio, born May 6, 1844. His father, Leonard M. Jackson, was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, of Scotch- Irish extraction; his mother, nee Clarissa Clark, was a native of the Green Mountain State. His parents were married in Delaware county, Ohio, and the family lived in that State until 1855, when they came to Mahaska county, Iowa, and settled on the frontier. The father died at the age of seventy-nine years. He was a shoemaker and followed that trade most of his life. In politics he was first a Whig, and later a Republican; in religion a Protestant. The mother died in Delaware county, Ohio, in 1854, leaving five sons and one daughter. The subject of our sketch was the third born in the family, and he was eleven years old when his father moved to Mahaska county, Iowa. There he grew to manhood on a farm and received his education in the public schools.

During the late war Mr. Jackson was one of the first to go out in defense of his country. He enlisted in November, 1861, in Company C, Fifteenth Iowa Infantry, and served until August, 1865. He participated in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, Vicksburg, Black River, and was with General Sherman on his memorable march from Atlanta to the sea. He was at the grand review at Washington, after which he returned west and received an honorable discharge at Davenport, Iowa. Then going to his home in Mahaska county, he remained there until he came to Adams county and bought his present farm, eighty acres, located on section 14, Carl township. His farm is well improved and cultivated, and its general appearance shows the owner to be a man of enterprise.

At the age of twenty-three Mr. Jackson was married in Mahaska county, Iowa, to Miss Marie Hoff, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Samuel Hoff, of that State. He and his wife have eight children: Clarissa, Leonard, William, Emmory, Emma, Huldah, Charles and Ray. Clarissa is the wife of James Bohannan.

Mr. Jackson cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has ever since affiliated with the Republican party. He is a man in the prime of life, frank and cordial, and has the good will of all who know him.

Mrs. Nancy E. Jewett was born in Olney, Maine, December 23, 1820. Her father's name was Nathan Plummer, born in northern Maine. Her mother's name was Nancy Plummer and she was born in Wiscasset, Maine. Mrs. Jewett was the only child of her parents.

She was married to John Jewett December 29, 1840. John Jewett was born in Whitefield, Maine, April 29, 1811, and died April 13, 1886. They had five children born to them, two boys and three girls, four of whom are living: Clara A., Sarah A. who married T. M. Ball, now residing in Colony township; D. B. Jewett married Horace H. Whipple, now in Colorado; Oliver P. Jewett, married Emma Wheeler, of Canada, now residing in this township; Clara A. Jewett married Albert Delany, now living in Nevinville. John Jewett was a strong Republican in politics.

Mrs. Jewett has always been a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Jewett removed from Maine to Adams county, Iowa, where they arrived May 10, 1858, and settled at Nevinville, where they lived until the death of Mr. Jewett, and where Mrs. Jewett still resides. Mr. Jewett owned in this township previous to his death, 270 acres of land. Mrs. Jewett retained thirty seven acres of the home farm, the same on which she resides. The dwelling, which is a large and handsome one, is situated at the edge of the town, surrounded by a beautiful grove of evergreen and deciduous trees; the grove embraces thirteen acres; there are five acres of orchard and an abundant supply of small fruit. Flowers and flowering shrubs are found on every side; the house is furnished in a style that indicates that it is the home of wealth, culture and refinement. A good barn, commodious cribs, sheds and outhouses complete the surroundings. Mrs. Jewett has lived in Adams county long enough to see small trees grow to large dimensions, from three to four feet in diameter, to see the wild deer and wilder Indian give way before the advance of civilization, and now at more than seventy years of age is still quite hale, enjoying the full use of body and mind. She and her husband were representative people of this township, and lent their aid to every enterprise that tended to better the condition of their fellow men, and have enjoyed the respect and confidence of all who knew them. All the family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Jewett held several township offices and was Treasurer for many years. He chopped the first log for a cabin in Colony township.

John Johnson, a prominent citizen of Washington township, Adams county, Iowa, was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, February 16, 1842, son of John and Mary Johnson, both natives of Ireland. The father came alone from the Emerald Isle at the age of eighteen, and settled in Pennsylvania. In 1847 he moved to Butler county, Ohio, where, as in Pennsylvania, he worked by the day and the job, chopping, ditching, etc. He removed from the latter place to Bartholomew county, Indiana, in 1856; bought a team, rented land and began farming for himself. In 1866 he moved to Iowa and settled in Adams county, living on a rented farm here until 1870. That year he moved to Cass county, where he still resides. He is now about eighty years of age, and is highly respected by all who know him. His wife came from Ireland with her parents when she was four years old. She and Mr. Johnson were married in Pennsylvania. Her death occurred at the age of fifty-seven years. The subject of our sketch was the third born of their thirteen children.

July 19, 1862, Mr. Johnson enlisted as a private and a recruit in Company D, Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry. His first battle was the second Bull Run fight. He was in the army of the Potomac, and served two years with the Seventh Indiana. Their time expiring, the recruits and the veterans of the Seventh Indiana were consolidated with the recruits and veterans of the Fourteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Indiana regiments, and was afterward called the Twentieth Indiana Veteran Volunteers. Mr. Johnson was a sergeant of the regiment when mustered out, his discharge being dated June 8, 1865. At the battle of Antietam he was struck once, and at the Wilderness was hit on the knee with a spent ball, these two being the only times he was hurt, and then not seriously. While in the service he contracted chronic diarrhea, and from this disorder has never recovered.

After the war he worked by the month as an employe until 1868, when he engaged in farming on his own account in Adams county. He had bought ninety acres of land in Washington township. This he sold in 1870, went to Tipton county, Indiana, bought eighty acres of land, and remained there engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1878. In 1880 he came a second time to Adams county, Iowa, and the following year purchased the farm on which he now resides. It is located in section 12 and consists of 175 acres, 135 acres of which are improved and under a good state of cultivation. His residence is located on the section road, a mile and three-quarters from Mount Etna.

September 1, 1867, he was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Harader, daughter of Christian and Mary A. Harader, of Adams county. Mrs. Johnson was born in Pennsylvania, and came to Iowa with her parents in 1856. Her father is still living in Kansas, and is now sixty-five years of age. Her mother died in 1867, at the age of forty. Her father is a Dunker minister, well known throughout the State. He had seven children by his first marriage and two by the second, Mrs. Johnson being the third born in the first family. She has been a consistent member of the Dunker church for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have twelve children, namely: Martha, wife of Samuel Hinton; Martin, Rosella, John C., Earnest, David Waldo, Daniel, Roscoe, Bertha, Lulu and, Anda L. Mr. and Mrs. Hinton have two children: Goldie and John.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the G. A. R., the Farmers' Alliance and the Industrial Union, being treasurer of the last organization. Politically he is a Democrat.

Samuel G. Johnston, dealer in agricultural implements, etc., at Corning, was born in Ohio, in 1824, a son of John and Margaret (Carnes) Johnston, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Pennsylvania. He was reared on a farm and received only what education the pioneer days afforded. He began farming in Ohio, but in 1866 he went to New York City, where he was a wholesale merchant for twenty-three years. In 1878 he came to Adams county, Iowa, and engaged in farming in Prescott township. In March, 1879, he bought the implement stock of Charles Morse, and afterward added stoves and tinware. He keeps a complete line of farming implements, also wagons and buggies. His goods are exactly as represented, and his trade is constantly growing. In his political principles he is a Jeffersonian Democrat. At his advanced age he is one of the most genial and lively men of the community.

In 1848 he married Miss Sarah Helen Johnston, a native of Ohio, and of their ten children nine are living. Mrs. Johnston is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Anthony D. Jones, one of the venerable citizens of Montgomery county and a carpenter and joiner of Villisca, was born in Greene county, New York, July 14, 1821. His parents were Lora and Nancy (Smith) Jones, and both died in New York State, the former in 1867, at the age of sixty-seven years, and the latter in 1870, aged seventy-eight. Of their thirteen children, twelve grew to maturity and seven are still living, Anthony being the fourth born and the oldest now living. He was reared in the Empire State. At the age of fifteen he commenced to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner. That trade he has followed through life, although at various times he has been engaged at farming and other work.

In May, 1846, Mr. Jones enlisted in Company I, First Regiment of New York Volunteers, for three years or during the war. The regiment went from Bath to Governor's Island, New York, and there our subject, and indeed one-third of the company, were sick, caused by bad water. By permission from his colonel, he went to the house of a friend and while there and before he had recovered, the vessel with his regiment on board left New York harbor for the seat of war. The war closed, however, before they were one-half way to Mexico.

Returning home, Mr. Jones worked at his trade there until the fall of 1862, when he moved to Clinton county, Michigan, and located near Lansing. He worked in and near Lansing till the spring of 1864; moved to Bureau county, Illinois; in 1875 came to Iowa and settled in Taylor county; and since 1883 has been a resident of Villisca. While in Taylor county he served two years as Justice of the Peace. As a workman he is skillful with tools, having few superiors in his trade. He is a remarkably temperate man; never drinks or uses tobacco and never played cards.

He was married, August 8, 1854, to Miss Elma F. Aldrich, daughter of Warner and Phidelia (Eddy) Aldrich. Six children have been born to them: Frank; Addie, wife of W. B. Woods; Charles; Warner, deceased; Elizabeth, now Mrs. Stephen Matson; and Delia B. The whole family are church members. In politics Mr. Jones is a Republican.

B. L. Jones, a prominent business man of Carbon, was the second child born in Quincy, then the county seat of Adams county, Iowa, his birth having occurred June 22, 1855. His father, John W. Jones, a pioneer of this county, located here in 1854, and is still a resident of Adams county.

John W. Jones was born in Hampshire county, Virginia, February 9, 1822, son of Jephthah Jones, born in Virginia, son of John Jones who was a soldier in the war of 1812. The Joneses originally came from Wales and were among the first settlers of Baltimore, Maryland. The mother of John W. was Martha Poland, a native of Hampshire county, Virginia, and a daughter of Samuel Poland of New Jersey.

In 1853 the Jones family took boat at Wheeling, Virginia, for Burlington, Iowa; thence by stage to Mount Pleasant, where the father and brother of John W. had come the fall before. In March, 1854, John W., in company with L. V. Ritchie, came to Adams county, and the former subsequently went to Council Bluffs and entered land for Mr. Ritchie and himself. Jephthah Jones and his wife came to this county in 1858. The father died here in 1865 and the mother, in 1888, the latter at the age of eighty-six years. They had reared a family of nine children, seven of whom are living at this writing.

John W. Jones was married in Marion county, Virginia, May 18, 1843, to Jane Jonst, daughter of Peter Jonst and Margaret his wife. She died in Virginia, in 1851, of cholera. February 7, 1854, he wedded Mary Wolf, a sister of Judge Barnett's wife, and by her had two children: B. L., the subject of our sketch, and Salona, who is deceased. his second wife died in March, 1859. In May, 1862, he was united in marriage with his present wife, Clara, daughter of William Lockwood, a pioneer of Adams county. This union is blessed with five children, namely: Clara, Lillian, Frank Eathel, Bessie and John Cleveland. John W. Jones has filled many local offices of trust; was county Assessor in 1858, and for a number of years served as Justice of the Peace.

B. L. Jones received his education in the common schools of Polk and Adams counties, completing his studies at the Baptist University at Des Moines. He then began teaching, in which profession he was engaged for some time. In 1878 he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits in Lincoln township, and in 1883 came to Carbon and engaged in his present business.

He was married, in 1876, to Ella J. Hall, who was born in Pennsylvania and reared in Iowa, daughter of William and Mary Hall. They have two children: Willie P. and B. L., Jr. Their second born, Ruby May, died at the age of two years.

Politically Mr. Jones is a Democrat and is identified with the best elements of his party; he is a member of the Democratic Central Committee. During President Cleveland's administration he was postmaster of Carbon. He is a notary public and does all kinds of legal business; he has been active in educational matters, and is now serving as a member of the school board. In short, every good cause calculated to promote the best interests of the town and county receives from him a hearty support.

Daniel Jones, a farmer by occupation and a resident of Jasper township, will be given the following space in this history of Adams county, Iowa. He is a native of Wales, born in Corriganshire, in 1849, and is the only living son of Reese D. and Mary (Jones) Jones. The father followed agricultural pursuits in the old country; in 1863 he emigrated to the United States, and located in Sauk county, Wisconsin, where he rented a farm on which he resided until 1870; in that year he came to Adams county and purchased eighty acres of land in Jasper township which was in a wild, uncultivated condition; he improved this, placed it under cultivation, and made a comfortable home where he passed the last days of his life. He and his wife had four children, two of whom survive: Daniel, the subject of this notice, and Elizabeth, the wife of John Thomas; Janie died in Wales at the age of six years, and David died in Iowa at the age of twenty-one years. The father of these children died February 2, 1885, at the age of seventy-six years, and the mother passed away April 13, 1884, aged sixty-six years; both were consistent members of the Episcopal Church.

Daniel Jones resided with his father until his death, at which time he took charge of the home farm.

He was married, November 6, 1884, to Miss Maggie C. Douglas, a native of Prince Edward's Island, and a daughter of Matthew and Christina (Campbell) Douglas, natives of England and Scotland respectively. When Mrs. Jones was a child of four years her parents removed to the Province of Ontario, and settled in the town of Cayuga, Haldinand county, where she grew to womanhood. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are the parents of two children: Henry Reese and Walter Earl. They are honored members of the Episcopal Church. Politically our subject is identified with the Republican party.

John W. Jones is one of the early settlers of Carl township, a highly respected and esteemed citizen and an ex soldier of the late war. He came to Adams county, Iowa, in 1875, and has since made this place his home.

Mr. Jones is a native of Champaign county, Ohio, born March 28, 1837, son of john and Mary (Laferty) Jones. Grandfather Jones was of Welsh extraction, and was among the early pioneers of Champaign county. The parents of our subject, both natives of Champaign county, passed their lives there and die in the same neighborhood where they were born. The father died July 15, 1876, at the age of seventy-one years; the mother died September 18, 1884, at the age of seventy-six years and eight months. They reared a family of seven children. The father was a farmer by occupation; in politics a Whig and later a Republican; in religion a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was also his wife, and he was a class-leader of the church a great many years.

The subject of our sketch grew up on his father's farm and received his education in the public schools of his native county. During the war of the Rebellion he enlisted, May 3, 1864, in Company G, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Ohio Infantry, volunteers, and served four months. His regiment was stationed at Cumberland, Maryland, and at Bermuda Hundred, on the James river. He was honorably discharged in August, 1864, at Columbus, Ohio. Returning to his home, he engaged in farming. In 1869 he moved to Clinton, De Witt county, Illinois, and subsequently to Douglas county, that State, locating near Tuscola. In 1875 he came to Iowa and settled on his present farm, 120 acres, section 25, then all wild land. As a result of Mr. Jones' well directed efforts his farm has been brought up to a high standard of development, and now ranks favorably with the best farms in this vicinity. His first home here, a box house, 16 x 16 feet, with a room in the loft, served its purpose then, but has been replaced by a modern cottage of seven rooms, tastefully furnished and complete in all its requirements. A beautiful lawn, dotted over with ornamental shrubs and trees surrounds the house. Everything necessary for the successful carrying on of farming operations is found here - good barn and outbuildings, fine pond, stock scales, etc. His farm is well stocked, he being especially interested in a high grade of cattle.

Mr. Jones was married in De Witt county, Illinois, February 29, 1860, to Miss Sarah E. Hendricks, a native of Vermont. She was four years old when her parents moved to Ohio, where she grew up and received her education. Her father and mother, Moses and Lucy (Hall) Hendricks, both died in Clinton, De Witt county, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have four children: John H., who married Miss Mary E. Wallace, October 6, 1886, and lives in Carl township, this county; Mary Elizabeth, Charles W. and William C. Their second child Samuel A., born September 17, 1862, was accidentally killed August 30, 1867, aged five years.

Mr. Jones is a Republican, and he and his wife and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.