Biographical Sketch of Zachariah Jones

(From: Goodspeed's History of Knox and Davies Counties, Indiana, Page 782, published in 1886)

"Capt. Zachariah Jones, a highly respected citizen of Daviess County, was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, September 28, 1841, and is one of five living children of Renna (Madara) Jones, natives, respectively, of South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. His father came to Daviess County with his parents at an early day, and lived here until he had arrived at the age of manhood, when he returned to Pennsylvania, married, and lived in that State until 1861. He then returned to Daviess County, and has since resided here on a farm.

The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and secured at common school education in his youthful days. At the age of ten he began learning the cigar-maker's trade, which he followed until 1861, when he enlisted in the Sixth Pennsylvania Infantry, serving out the time of his enlistment, three months. He then came to Daviess County, and enlisted in Company H, Fifty-eight Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. He was promoted from Orderly Sargeant, to Second and First Lieutenant, and was brevetted Captain at the close of the war. After the Battle of Stone River, he was appointed to the staff of Gen. Buell, and was serving on Gen. Hooker's staff when mustered out of service.

He returned to Washington, and engaged in the cigar and tobacco business, which he continued with good success, until 1873. This business he resumed in 1876, and conducted until 1885, when he engaged in the general grocery business, which he is now conducting with a fair measure of success. He carries a full and select stock of goods, and enjoys a large share of trade. He has always been a stanch Republican, and in 1878, was elected by his party as sheriff of Daviess County, serving one term faithfully and efficiently. He is a Mason and a member of the I.O.O.F. In 1865, he was married to Eliza A. Eads, by whom he had four children, three of whom are now living: Alfred C., Cora C., and Lucy May."


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