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Jones, Volney

VOLNEY JONES, retired farmer and minister, P.O. Guy’s Mills, was born in Rutland County, Vt., November 9, 1800, son of Joel and Rhoda (Sprague) Jones, natives of Massachusetts, and parents of nine children, of whom Volney is third. Our subject, when seventeen years old, came to Randolph Township with his parents; his chief occupation was farming, with the exception of about ten years spent in the West as traveling missionary. He has been connected with the United Brethren Church the greater portion of his life, and has preached more or less until within the past few years. On November 29, 1829, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Esther Thurston, a native of Mead Township, this county, and who died in 1844. Seven children were born to this union, two only now living: William and Addison. Our subject owns a nice farm of forty-eight acres, under an excellent state of cultivation. He is the oldest living land-mark left to tell the tale of the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life in Randolph Township, and one of the pleasures of his declining years is the knowledge of having lived an upright and honorable life. In politics Mr. Jones was originally a Democrat, but since the nomination of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency he has been identified with the Republican party.


 

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