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Edward Jones, merchant tailor, doing a profitable business at Sharon, was born in Pantywe, Radnorshire, Wales, March 6, 1841. His parents were William and Mary (Lewis) Jones, both descendants of old and highly- respectable families of Radnorshire. The paternal grandfather and grandmother were John and Susan (Morgan) Jones.
William and Mary (Lewis) Jones had ten sons and two daughters.
The father was a merchant tailor, and under him Edward Jones and his brother, Evan I. Jones, of Sharon, learned the tailor's trade. Edward came to America in 1866, resided in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, remained there one year and then went to Brookfield, Ohio, where he worked at his trade up to 1877; then moved to Sharon, Pennsylvania, which city has since been his home. The brother, Evan I. Jones, also born in Wales, February 24, 1847, came to the United States in 1880, since which time he has for the greater part of the time resided in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and followed the tailor's trade. He married in 1880 Miss Huldah Alderman, of Trumbull county, Ohio. For twenty- seven years they have been members of the Baptist church.
October 25, 1865, Edward Jones married in his native land Miss Margaret Jones, who though of the same name as himself, was no relation. This was indeed a fortunate marriage union, for to Mr. Jones she remained a faithful and valuable helpmate for forty-five years, her death occurring in 1908 at Sharon. She was born in 1838, in Llanidloes, Wales, of Welsh descent, her people having lived in Wales for centuries and were among the preservers of the Welsh language. She was a niece of Owen Davis, the celebrated watch manufacturer of Llanidloes, Wales.
Soon after their marriage Edward Jones came to America to make for them a home. He came to North Point, Bedford county, Pensylvania, and there worked at his trade. His wife followed him to this country in 1866. She was a widow when he married her, her former husband being a Mr. Lowe, and by him she had two children. Mrs. Jones was possessed of sterling qualities of heart and mind. Her life was that of an exemplary Christian, a devout member of the Presbyterian church, to which Mr. Jones has belonged many, years.- She was beloved by all who knew her and true in her friendship, faithful as a wife and loving as a mother, she left a deep impression-for good on her family and friends. The children of this truly good woman and her husband were: Hugh O.. the present clerk of Mercer county courts; Mary, at home with her father; William E., assistant superintendent of iron works at Coatsville, Pennsylvania; Margaret, who married T. M. Eagan, in the employ of the Driggs-Seabury Ordnance Corporation, of Sharon; Thomas R. Jones, superintendent of the Buffalo Mining Company at Cobalt, Canada, known for his remarkable ability in his role. Mr. Jones, of this biographical narrative, has been successful in business affairs. He has always been an ardent Republican; true in his friendship, and honest in business, he is esteemed by all.