OBADIAH JONES, JONESBORO
Obadiah Jones - Born in N.C. ninth month 30, 1793. Ann Pearson born
in N.C. 1st month 17, 1792. They twain became one in Miami County, Ohio 8th
month 3, 1820. Their children eight in number were: David W., Abijah F.,
Martha Ann, Robert B., Enoch P. (listed below), Jonathan H., Jemima Ann and
Rachel H. Obadiah Jones died at Jonesboro, Ind. 8th month 23rd, 1856. Ann
Jones died at Jonesboro, Ind. 12th month, 14, 1853.
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Robert B. Jones - Son of Obadiah and Ann Jones, JONESBORO
Robert B. Jones Born in Montgomery County, Ohio 7th month 27th, 1826;
married Amanda Wall at Marion, Ind. 11th month 22nd, 1849; was an Attorney at Law
by profession, also Civil Engineer. In June 1861, enrolled himself as a soldier
for the Union; was elected Captain, assigned (as Co. "F") to the 34th Indiana
Volunteers, and ordered into camp at Anderson, Ind. following September; served
in the field the remainder of the war. After his regiment "veteraned" he was
promoted to Colonel. Died 7th month 25, 1866.
Jonathan H. Jones - Son of Obadiah and Ann Jones, JONESBORO
Jonathan H. Jones Born in Montgomery County, Ohio 1st month 28th 1830;
married Elisa Tracy, at Laciade, Missiouri, 2d month 22d, 1859; was a Printer and
an Attorney at Law by profession. Enlisted in the 101st Regiment Indiana
Volunteers, 8th month 15th, 1862 and discharged by reason of disability 5th month
15th, 1863, after which removed to Laciade, Missiouri, where he was appointed to
act as Provost Marshall; unprepared for defense, his town was suddenly raided
upon by rebel "bushwhackers" and, in his attempt to escape, was shot and killed,
8th month 18th, 1864.
E.P. JONES, M.D. Marion
(Listed below is another son of Obadiah and Ann Jones. More of the ancestry of
Obadiah and Ann Jones appears in the following biography.)
(Taken from the Grant County, Indiana Atlas of 1877)
In the year 1700, Richard Bright Jones emigrated from Wales to America,
settling in Opacon, Virginia.
Some years after his arrival, he was married to Miriam, daughter of Aaron
Coppock. From these persons descended the Joneses of America.
December 15, 1733, there was born to R.B. and Miriam Jones a son, called
Richard. Growing to manhood, he was married, 1759, to Jemima Huff, of Burlington
County, N.J., who was born April 1, 1741.
This couple, immediatly after their marriage, settled on Cane Creek, Surrey
County, N.C., where was born to them, November 23, 1767, a son called Abijah. In
1789 Abijah was married to Rachel Harris, who was born August 5, 1770. She was the
daughter of Obadiah Harris, whose father, Benjamin Harris, came from Wales and
settled in America in an early day.
Obadiah Jones, son of Abijah and Rachel Jones, was born in Randolph County,
N.C. September 30, 1793. He was married to Ann Pearson, August 3, 1820. She was the
daughter of Enoch and Ann Pearson, of Miami County, Ohio, and was born January 17,
To Obadiah and Ann Jones were born eight children as follows: David W. born
seventh month 11, 1821; Abijah F., born first month 19, 1823; Martha A. born tenth
month 18, 1824; Robert B., born seventh month 27, 1826; Enoch P., second month 28,
1828; Jonathan H., first month 28, 1830; Jemima A., ninth month 22, 1831, and Rachel
H., seventh month 9, 1833.
Abijah Jones, grandfather of Dr. Jones, was raised on Muddy Creek, near Muddy
Creek Church, Randolph County, N.C. Here he resided until 1800, when he removed to
Surrey County, the same State. In 1806 he moved to the state of Ohio. He settled
first in Greene County, but soon after fixed his home in Montgomery County, where he
lived until his death, which occurred in 1853.
Obadiah Jones, father of Dr. Jones, moved with his father, Abijah, from North
Carolina to Montgomery County, Ohio. Here in Montgomery County, the subject of this
sketch was born, February 28, 1828.
In 1835, when Enoch was 7 years old, his father with his family moved to Grant
County. Obadiah Jones had previously visited Grant County on business, and had pur-
chased nearly 300 acres of land.
In 1837, he laid out on this land a town, which, in memory of its founder, was
The summer after his arrival, he built on the present site of Jonesboro a saw-
mill. Two years later there was attached a corn-cracker. This mill was well located
and did a splendid business.
In after years, Jones built both the mills now owned by the Fankboners, at
Jonesboro. Mr. Jones and his sons David and Robert seemed peculiarly adapted to milling.
His other sons, however, had no taste for this business and worked on the farm until
In the winter season, when Enoch could be spared from the farm, he enjoyed
such rude advantages for an education as were offered by the common schools of those
early days. When but a child, he conceived the idea of being a physician. Those
boyhood dreams were not to be relinquished. But as the years sped on, and as he
enlightened his mind, by reading, by thought and by observation, he was the more deeply
impressed with the broad field for usefulness which opened before him the study of
medicine. As he observed here the splendid opportunities for manly, honest toil in
the service of his fellow man, he was the more resolutely determined to pursue such a
course of study. Accordingly, when 21 years of age, he began this study at home,
reciting to various physicians of allopathic order. He continued these for nearly
three years, but with poor satisfaction, when he determined to investigate farther and
see if, to him, more satisfactory methods of practice could not be developed.
He, therefore, at the age of 24, changed his course and entered the office
of his cousin, Dr. Steven D. Jones, of Dayton, Ohio, now a prominent physician of
Dr. Steven Jones was of the Physio-Medical school - later, Homeopathic.
He remained at Dayton about one year, when he returned home and entered the
office of Dr. J.W. Ellis, whose student he remained until his course was completed.
He graduated at the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati, in the spring of 1854.
Immediatly after receiving his diploma, he returned to Jonesboro, and engaged
in the practice of his chosen profession, where he remained for more than a quarter
of a century.
This step in the life of Dr. Jones is different from that pursued by the
majority of physicians on graduating, namely - engaging in practice where they were
reared. It is well known that, generally, they seek a place where they are unknown,
so that if they have sown "wild oats" in their young days, or have been negligent
in preparing themselves for their life work, no one will be aware of the fact.
Certain it is that no one would attempt the practice of medicine where he had been
raised, unless he had made due preparation; unless his course through life had been
upright and honorable, thus assuring him of the confidence and support of the people.
Hence we conclude by Dr. Jones locating in Jonesboro, that his boyhood, youth and
manhood had been upright and manly, lived in such a way as to give him the confidence
of the entire community, and to assure the people that when they called him to their
homes they were consulting an honest man.
Dr. Jones was not long at Jonesboro until he had a good practice. By his
diligence and strict attention to business, he had, in 1873, made quite a little
fortune, but which by misplaced confidence he was so unfortunate as to lose.
In 1875, owing to his health failing, and in the hope that he might lesson
his labors, he moved to Marion, where he is now living. His health is now almost
entirely restored; his business is prosperous, and he is in a fair way to regain his
former financial standing.
When Dr. Jones had been engaged in the practice of medicine three years, he
was married to Lydia Ann Ellis, daughter of Robert and Anna Ellis, formerly Anna
Hockett, and sister of Dr. J.M. Ellis, formerly of Marion, now of Peru, Miama County.
This marriage occurred July 27, 1857. Of the seven children resulting from this
union, four died in infancy: Idella, in her sixteenth month; Carlos in his eighth
month; Harris C. in his fifth year, and Robert C., in his third year. Those living
are Carrie, born January 6, 1861; Linton E., born May 5, 1870; Raymond O., born
January 27, 1877.
Dr. Jones, in politics, is a Republican. In religion both he and his wife
were raised Friends. At the time of their marriage, varying from the discipline of
the church, they were both disowned, but subsequently, in 1867, were restored to
Dr. J. has been a worthy member of the I.O.O.F. for more than twenty-two
years, having filled during this time all the offices, up to Deputy Grant Master.
He is also a Mason in good standing, having been connected with that order for
Dr. E.P. Jones is now in his fiftieth year. He has before him a good prospect
for many years of usefulness. We leave him with the sincere hope that the future
may be even more fruitful of good than the past, and trust that in the evening of
life it may be his to look back upon one blessed with the bounteous fruitage of good
deeds - to walk to and fro in the wide vineyard of God with the light of peace, of
joy and of hallowed resignation shining over his worn and aged face.
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