Pages 219-220, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WESLEY N. JONES, of Marmaton township and a pioneer Kansan, has resided upon the southeast quarter of section 22, town 24, range 20, for the past ten years, having come into Allen County from the adjoining county of Anderson in the spring of 1890. In 1865 his father, John M. Jones, settled in the valley of Deer Creek, near Colony, Kansas, and became one of the substantial farmers of Anderson County. He emigrated from Montgomery County, Illinois, where he was reared and married. He was born in Tennessee in 1826, was a son of Hugh Jones, and died near Colony in 1894. Hugh Jones left Tennessee about 1836 and improved a farm in Montgomery County, Illinois, where he settled permanently and died.

John M. Jones married Frances Grisham, a daughter of Spartan Grisham, who survives her husband at the age of sixty-nine years. Her children are: Mary, wife of W. H. Quiet, of Anderson, County, Kansas; Wesley N.; Emma, wife of Jesse Day, of Chase County, Kansas; Hugh Jones, of Boston, Massachusetts; a lawyer and a telephone promoter.

Wesley N. Jones was born in Montgomery County, Illinois, in May, 1854. He consequently grew up in Kansas from his eleventh year. His education was obtained in the early schools of Anderson County and he began life as a farmer. In 1877 he was married in Allen County to Ella, a daughter of George H. Bacon, of Elsmore township. The children of this union are: Jesse M., Laura, Charles, George, May, Roy and Junia.

Mr. Jones made farming a success in Anderson County for several years and when he came into Allen County he purchased one of the good farms of his township. It is two and one-half miles northwest of Moran and was the "Snyder League claim." His surroundings present the appearance of thrift and a degree of prosperity not uncommon with men of


industry and ambition. He is growing into the stock business and is reaching a plane of financial independence most desirable in the evening of life.

The Jones' have a reputation for staunch Republicanism. Our subject cast his first presidential vote for Mr. Hayes and his last one for William McKinley and the Republicans of Marmaton selected him for the candidate for Trustee in 1900.

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