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Dr. Orlando Armstrong Jones, who is accounted as one of the trustworthy physicians and surgeons of Sharon, Pennsylvania, is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, born August 19, 1863, a son of David A. and Cecelia (Armstrong) Jones. The doctor's father was born in London, England, February 29, 1824, and died July 31, 1889. His mother was born in South Wales, May 9, 1828, and died December 18, 1879. This worthy couple were united in marriage at Tredegar, Parish of Bedwellty, county of Monmouth, South Wales, April 3, 1852. Of the five children born of this union, three survive: Thomas A., living in Mercer, Pennsylvania ; Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin R. Thomas, living in Sharon: Dr. Orlando A., of this narrative, who was the fourth child in order of birth.
The doctor's parents left England four weeks after their marriage, by a sailing ship, shipping in the month of August, 1852, and being three months on the ocean. They first located at Minersville, Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, where the father prospected for iron. Their first three children were born at this place. Subsequently, the family removed to Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, where the father became interested in iron mining and remained there a number of years. Later he removed to Youngstown, Ohio, and there engaged in mining for several years. His next location was Coalburg, Ohio, where he was a justice of the peace for a number of years. In his religious faith he was of the Congregational church creed and in politics a stanch defender of the principles of the Republican party. He was the first president of the first mining association in the territory covering the Mahoning and Shenango valley. Among his wide circle of acquaintances he proudly counted President William McKinley, James A. Garfield and ex-Governor Taylor. George Foster of Ohio called upon him to name the first mine inspector, and he suggested Andrew Roy as the most suitable person for this important position. Mr. Jones was sent to Mercer county, Pennsylvania, to what was known as Irish Town, by Chauncey Andrews, and they finally opened a mine on the James Hume farm, this being one of the first mines opened in Mercer county. He went to Mercer, from Cambria county (Johnstown) and on to Youngstown by canal boat. It was he who helped to frame the first mining laws of Ohio, under Governor Foster. It was through Governor Foster that Orlando A. received the appointment as a cadet to Annapolis, but on account of his father's dislike for the sea, he did not accept the appointment. He was appointed a second time to the marine service, by Professor Opie, but Mr. Jones named a friend to take his place.
Dr. Orlando A. Jones, during his boyhood days, attended the public schools at Youngstown, Ohio, and after his father's health failed worked in the mines, for the Mahoning Coal Company, until he had earned sufficient money to attend college. He attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Baltimore, Maryland, graduating March 17, 1886, after which he located in Sharon, Pennsylvania, September 1, 1886, and where he has since been in active medical practice. Dr. Jones is a member of the Masonic order; also belongs to the Odd Fellows, including the Canton degree, being past master of No. 61, at Youngstown. In educational matters he takes a lively interest and has been a member of the school board at Sharon for six years. He is a worthy member of Oakland Avenue Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a trustee. Politically, the doctor is firm in his belief as a loyal Republican.
Dr. Jones was married to Matilda J. Herbert, March 6, 1887. She was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, October 24, 1862, a daughter of Charles and Harriet (Hill) Herbert, both natives of England. The father died near Hubbard, Ohio, April 29, 1896, aged seventy years. The mother died September 12, 1905, aged seventy-five years. They were married in England and were the parents of several children, three of whom are still living: Hannah, wife of Lewis Owens; John H., who married Elizabeth Weaver; Matilda J., who is the wife of Dr. Jones, of this memoir. Some of the children died in infancy, but Esther grew up and married Allen Nuttle, a prominent cattle man of Kansas, and died when she was twenty-nine years old. Mrs. Jones' father came to this country along in the fifties, by sailing ship, landed in Philadelphia, from which point he came to New Castle, Pennsylvania, he being a mining prospector. He later went to Hubbard, Ohio, in which neighborhood he followed prospecting and subsequently, he became superintendent of the Mahoning Coal Company, which position he held until death. He was a Methodist and politically a Republican.