Page 806-807, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Marion W. Jones, a prominent farmer and stockman of Rose Hill, Kans., was born in Georgia in 1859. He is a son of Hampton and Mary (Cox) Jones, natives of Georgia. They were the parents of seven children, as follows: Miles, died at Rose Hill; Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, lives in Pleasant township; William, died in Texas; Mrs. Eliza Ketsler, Wichita, Kans.; John Nelson, died at Rose Hill, at the age of nineteen; Mrs. Lucinda Wells, Portland, Ore.; and Marion W., the subject of this sketch.

Marion Jones was educated in the common schools of Butler county, Kansas, and has followed farming and stock raising all his life. He came to Kansas with his father in 1865, and located first in Lyon county. In 1871, they came to Butler county, and located on Eight Mile creek in Pleasant township. The parents are both deceased. His father died in Arkansas, and his mother at Rose Hill, Kans.

Marion W., the subject of this sketch, fell heir to forty acres of land and later bought 280 acres, partly rich bottom land, and altogether he has one of the best farms in the county. He has forty acres under alfalfa. He has made a success of stock raising. His land is leased for gas and oil.

Mr. Jones was married in 1882, to Miss Ella Davis of Rose Hill, Kans. Her father, John P. Davis, came to Butler county in 1878, and settled in Richland township, and later moved to Pleasant township. Two children have been born to this union: Willie, deceased, who was accidentally killed by a kick from a horse in 1906, and Oscar A., residing at home. He married Miss Gertrude Silkwater, of Rose Hill.

In 1872 a prairie fire came sweeping from the southwest, jumped Eight Mile creek, and caught George Herit, a school teacher, on the prairie, two and one-half miles east of Rose Hill. He had started to his


claim and the high wind carried the fire so swiftly that he could not escape. He was able to get to the creek opposite the Jones residence, and call for help. His clothes were almost burned off. They took him to the house and cared for him, but he died four days later.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Friends Church of Rose Hill and the Jones family is one of the representative pioneer families of Butler county.

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