Jones Family

The Jones individuals in the line described here are primarily from the following states, in the approximate order of their movement:  North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Louisiana and Ohio.

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Jones Family History

Renna Jones, born in South Carolina in 1810, is my g-g-g-grandfather, and he is as far back as I can currently trace in my Jones ancestry.  On the 1880 census he stated that both his parents were born in North Carolina.  He moved to Pennsylvania as a young man, and there he married Louisa (surname unknown) and started a family, working as a farmer.  Their first child was Zachariah Jones.

Zachariah H. (Zack) Jones, my great-great grandfather, was born in Pennsylvania in 1841 and moved to Washington, Daviess County, Indiana at some point before his marriage in 1865 to Eliza Ann Eads (1846-1915).  During the Civil War he served with the Union Army, first in the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry (a 3-month unit, April-July, 1861), then as a 1st Lieutenant in Company H, 58th Indiana Infantry.  At the time of the 1870 Census, his occupation  was listed as "Tobacconist", which I later learned was someone who sells tobacco.  The 1880 Census stated Zack's occupation as "Sheriff of the county".  The family was obviously living at or near the jailhouse, since there were many prisoners listed on the adjacent pages.  He must have been a prominent person in Washington, IN, as he is mentioned several times in the book "Daviess County History".  There is a biographical sketch of Zack included in a Goodspeed history of Knox and Daviess Counties published in 1886.

Zack and Eliza had four children, one of which was Alfred Charles Jones (1868-1943), my great-grandfather.

Charles married Wiley Augusta (Orchard) Tilton (1877-1936) of South Carolina in 1897, in Covington, Kentucky.  I have a copy of their marriage certificate which states that their residences are Cincinnati, Ohio.  Wiley's birth surname was Orchard, and she had apparently taken the Tilton name when her mother Augusta married her second husband, Theodore Tilton.

I know very little about their early life, but they were living in Washington, Indiana at the time of the 1900 Census, and Charles listed his occupation as "Farm Laborer".  Charles and Wiley had seven children, one of whom was Kathleen Anna Augusta Jones, my grandmother, born in 1899.  The family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana sometime around 1905, where they were found on the 1910 census.  Charles's occupation was given as "Carpenter, House".  Kathleen married Leonard William Ferguson in Shreveport in 1916.  She had four children (one of whom was my mother, Ruth Ferguson), and lived the remainder of her life in Shreveport. 

Alfred Charles Jones and his wife and younger children moved back to Washington, IN between 1913 and 1918, where they were found in the 1920 Census.  By the time of the 1930 Census, the family was living in Lima, OH, operating a grocery store.

The youngest son of Alfred Jones, Pirkle Jones, became a renown photographer.  A student and associate of Ansel Adams, Pirkle's work has been published in numerous books and has been exhibited in many major art museums and galleries.  His late wife, Ruth-Marion Baruch, was a well-known photographer and poet.  He resided in Mill Valley, CA until his death on March 15, 2009 at the age of 95 (read his New York Times obituary here).


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