Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

TIMOTHY H. JONES. Of the various enterprises that have made Greeley one of the thriving cities of Anderson County, the lumber trade has always held an important place, employing large capital in its conduct, and giving to cognate industries a decided impetus by the energy and ability displayed in its development. Among the most active, enterprising firms engaged in this line is that of Jones & Harrison, which deals extensively in lumber and building material at Greeley.

Timothy H. Jones was born in Clinton County, Ind., September 29, 1846, to the marriage of Uriah and Elizabeth (Boyle) Jones. The grandfather of our subject was a native of Wales, and on first coming to the United States settled in Virginia. He was married in that state, but later moved to Pennsylvania, where he passed the remainder of his days. His son, Uriah, father of our subject, grew to manhood and was married in the Keystone State. From there he moved to Indiana, settled in Clinton County, but in 1851 moved from there to Iowa, stopping near Mt. Vernon at first. About 1854 he settled in Poweshiek County, that state, and there purchased raw land, paying for the same with a land warrant given him for service in the Mexican War. He became wealthy as a farmer, and died in that state April 3, 1893, aged eighty years, lacking ten days. the mother is still living. Besides farming, Mr. Jones followed contracting and building, and for a number of years had quite an extensive business, building churches and schoolhouses. He affiliated with the Democratic party in his political views and for some time was County Commissioner of Poweshiek County. Left an orphan at an early age, and being the youngest of the family, he was bound out. After reaching his fourteenth birthday he branched out for himself, and what he accumulated was the result of many years of hard labor.

Uriah Jones was one of the civil engineers who surveyed the Wabash Canal, having followed surveying more or less for many years. Socially, he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being Past Grand Master. A complete account of the life of this worthy citizen will be found in the history of Poweshiek County. He was the father of ten children, who are named in the order of their births as follows: John W., a farmer of Poweshiek County, Iowa; Uriah C, a physician of Carroll County, Iowa; Newton Jasper, a physician at Shelby, Iowa; Timothy H.; Henry S., a farmer of Audubon, Iowa; Martha, who married S. M. Winchell and resides at Malcolm, Iowa: David F., a merchant of California; Jacob, a farmer on the old homestead; Dora; Frank, of Poweshiek County, Iowa; and George W., a physician of Boulder, Colo. The original of this notice, who was the fourth in order of birth of the above-mentioned children, was reared on the farm, attended the common schools and served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade. Later he worked at his trade with his father, but in 1869 he came to Kansas and purchased sixty acres of prairie land in Liberty Township, Linn County, which he at once began improving. At the same time he carried on his trade, and subsequently purchased one hundred acres.

Until 1884 our subject was a resident of Linn County, after which he rented his land and moved to Greeley, where he followed his trade until 1888. He then embarked in the lumber business at Goodrich, continued there three years, and then sold out and returned to Greeley, where he has since been engaged in the lumber business under the firm name of Jones & Harrison. June 16, 1870, he wedded Miss Lizzie Holmes, a native of Brownsville, Ohio, but at the time of her marriage a resident of Poweshiek County, Iowa, and the daughter of Thomas J. and Eliza Holmes. Mr. and Mrs. Jones' union was blessed by the birth of six children, as follows: Mayne D., Alice M., Iris E., Harry, Frank A. and Opal. Formerly a Democrat in politics, he is now a Populist, and has held a number of local offices. At one time he was a candidate for county office, but his party was in the minority. He is a member of Greeley Lodge No. 211, A. F. & A. M., and in his religious views has been a Methodist for nearly thirty years. Our subject had two brothers in the Civil War, and, although but a boy of fifteen at that time, he was anxious to fight for the Old Flag. They would not enlist him, but he joined Company C, Sixth Iowa Cavalry, and remained with the same for three months.

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