|Father:||James W. Jones|
|Date and Place of Birth:||7/3/1814. Paris, Kentucky.|
|Spouse:||Rosa Ann Rappelye (b. 1819 - d. 3/4/1899).|
|Children:||Mary E. (b. 1839), Julia E. (b. 1841), Alice C. (b. 1844), James (b. 1847), Seymour (b. 1849), Maurice (b. 1852), Percy Vivian (b. 1857), Ora (b. 1859).|
|Date and Place of Death:||April 5, 1872. Evansville, Indiana (Vanderburgh County).|
|Place of Burial:||Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Indiana (Vanderburgh
County). Section 13, Lot 34, Burial No. 5298.
|Military History:||Commissioned as Colonel of 42nd at time of regiment organization. Mustered out 11/5/1864. See details below.|
|Submitter of Information:||Mary-Frances Jones, Susan Ponstein.|
COLONEL JAMES G. JONES
Photo Courtesy of Susan Ponstein
of Judge Jones
Evansville Courier, Evansville, Indiana. April 8, 1872
G. Jones, late Judge of the Circuit Court of this District, died at his
residence, on Fulton Avenue, on Friday night at half-past eleven o'clock.
For many months Judge Jones had been in failing health, and since his
retirement from the bench he seldom left his home.
During the past week he drove into town several times, and it was
remarked by his friends that he looked much improved.
On Friday night he became much weaker, and about eleven o'clock he raised
up in bed, took some medicine, and as he laid back upon his pillow he ceased to
Jones was born in Paris, Kentucky, on the 3rd of July, 1814, and his father
removed to Evansville in 1819, and settled in what is now known as the Hull
property, just beyond the eastern city limits, but subsequently removed to Union
Township, where the subject of this sketch grew to manhood.
early education was very limited, and after he arrived at man's Estate he began
the system of self education that finally placed him in the front rank as a man
of profound learning. When he was
called to the bar, he met and contended successfully with the master minds of
that day - very few of whom survive - and labored to give Evansville the
prominence which she has since attained, not only by his efforts at the bar, but
by encouraging or participating in every laudable enterprise that promised to
develop the resources of the city and the surrounding country.
It was not only as a lawyer, that Mr. Jones was known, as a man of
learning for acquirements were varied as well as profound.
Mr. Whittlesey, of the Courier, who is one of the early residents
here, says of him.
the first positions which Colonel Jones held as a public officer was that of
Deputy Recorder of Vanderburgh County, and in that capacity it was his fortune
to have made the county records upon which most of the titles to the real estate
in this county depend. He
transcribed from the records of the Land Office, at Vincennes, all the field
notes of the government surveys within this county, and the early books of deeds
and mortgages, as well as those field notes, are in his handwriting.
He was a fine business penman, and his ability in that respect has
prevented much complication of old titles, and has materially aided every
Surveyor who has done business in our county.
addition to being a fine lawyer, James G. Jones was a good practical surveyor.
The land marks, which are the recognized guides for the surveys of
Evansville, including all of Lamasco, were fixed by him, aided by William M.
Walker and William Whittlesey. His
memory of localities was so perfect that he was able to state with accuracy all
the particular points fixed as guides for work twenty years after those points
had been made. We have often seen
his recollection in this respect tested, and never knew him to fail in a single
his long residence in Evansville, he occupied many offices of trust, among which
were Trustee and Attorney under the town corporation, and, having taken a
prominent part in urging the formation of a city government, he was elected the
first Mayor in 1847, under the city charter, which was drafted by him, and
granted by the Legislature mainly through his efforts.
He held the position of Mayor for six years, being elected to his last
term in 1850.
1860 Mr. Jones was elected Attorney General of Indiana over Hon. Oscar B. Hord,
and served in that capacity until September, 1861, when he was appointed Colonel
of the Forty-Second Regiment of Infantry, and served with his regiment until his
health gave way, when he came home on detached service.
At the close of the war, he resumed the practice of law, and in 1869 was
appointed by Governor Baker Judge of this Circuit, to fill the vacancy
occasioned by the resignation of Judge Parrett.
Judge Jones never fully regained his health, and, during the later
portion of his occupation of the bench, he had, on several occasions, to call on
some member of the bar to preside in his stead.
He was almost universally liked by the bar.
His knowledge of the law was so thorough, his memory so remarkably
accurate, and his decisions so correct, that his opinions were always very
a case before the Circuit Court since he retired from the bench, he was on one
occasion a witness and also one of the attorneys. He testified concerning the title of the property now
occupied by Dr. Muhlhausen's residence, and surprised the whole Court by the
extent and accuracy of his memory of the various owners ' and occupants thereof.
Later in the case the records were introduced, and Judge Jones objected
to their admission as evidence. He
had, up to that time, not taken much active part in the case, and his objection
was a source of surprise to his associates, as well as the others.
In arguing the question of admissibility, he showed them to be informal
and incorrect, and succeeded in having them rejected, his remarkable memory
being his reliance.
medical jurisprudence he was especially well versed, and in a case before the
Criminal Court about two years ago, where he presided by a change of judges, he
displayed this knowledge to a remarkable degree by his questions to the
witnesses when the attorneys had exhausted their knowledge.
Jones possessed as strong poetic temperament, and in his leisure moments he has
written many pieces that are said to possess high poetic merit.
But a few days since he promised the writer to jot down some of his early
recollections of Evansville and vicinity for publication in the Journal, saying
that his health was so much improved that he hoped to be able to do so in a few
days. It was because he appeared so
much improved in health during the few days prior to his death that the
announcement on Saturday morning caused so much surprise.
Jones was married in 1838, to Rose Ann Rappelye, daughter of a well known
citizen of that day, and the union was blessed with eight children, six of whom
survive. Of these, the eldest
daughter is the wife of Major Blythe Hines, the second, is the wife of Mr. Chas.
H. Wentz, formerly of this city, but now a resident of Missouri, and the
third, the wife of E. G. Van Riper, Esq., now resident of Liverpool, England.
His other children are Morris now employed by the post office, in this
city, Percy, a lad, and an unmarried daughter.
his intercourse with his fellow-man, he was genial and pleasant in his manners,
and very entertaining in conversation. He
was a man of kind heart, as many young members of the bar bear testimony.
Although at one time possessed of considerable property, and always,
until his strength failed, very enterprising, he was never grasping, and his
possessions at the time of his death were very limited.
was the intention of the family to have kept him until Tuesday when Mrs. Wentz
was expected to arrive from Missouri, but the warm weather of Saturday rendered
this impossible and he was buried yesterday.
A long procession of carriages attending his funeral to Oak Hill
Cemetery. The funeral services were
performed by Rev. W. H. Van
Antwerp, of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Messrs.
Parrett, Garvin, Reavis, Shackelford, Butterfield and Wood, of the
Evansville Bar, acting as pall bearers.
a meeting of the Evansville bar, held on Saturday, at which Hon. John Law
presided, and Mr. Chas. H. Mann
acted as secretary, it was resolved to attend the funeral of Judge Jones in a
Shackleford, Dyer, Warreh, Dennis and Maier, were appointed a committee to draft
appropriate resolutions, and at a meeting to be held on the first day of the
next term of the Circuit Court, at two o'clock.
Biography of Colonel James G. Jones
and Its Men of Mark, Published 1873.
work on Evansville would be complete without mention of Col. JAS. G. JONES.
He grew up with the city and was
ever identified with its interests.
One of the earliest settlers in this section, his personal reminiscences
went back to the time when Evansville was a mere village, and the surrounding
country a wilderness.
Jones was born at Paris, Kentucky, July 3d, 1814. He came, with his parents, to Vanderburgh County in 1819, and
settled in Union Township. His
youthful education consisted in the sports
and labor of pioneer life-proficient in the use of gun and oar-able to read and
write-he even then gave promise of the larger fame and fortune which he was
destined to experience.
is only owing to his indomitable pluck and the aid of a hickory fire that his mind
became familiar with the abstruse sciences of
mathematics, which he diligently studied in his father's cabin. By dint of hard work he became a lawyer, and was recognized
as among the most brilliant of the State. His
logical mind made his services as a counselor invaluable, and ranked him above
the eloquent advocate, for he came out from all legal encounters with victory on
his side, where it was possible of attainment.
One of his first public positions was that of County Recorder, and he has
made the county records upon which most of the titles to the real estate depend.
He was also, a good surveyor, and his work in this capacity is the
recognized guide for the present surreys of the city.
1840, he was Attorney of the city under the corporation; also, a town trustee.
In the latter capacity he drew, in his own beautiful chirography, the
draft of the city charter, under which the city government was formed.
His efforts secured the many special
privileges which Evansville to-day enjoys, and which were put into practical
operation in 1847. He was the first
Mayor of the city, receiving a salary of five hundred dollars; and in 1850 he
was reelected to a second term. His
election involved the Temperance question, or that of "license" and
"no license," and his majority as the license candidate, against
Conrad Baker, his no-license
competitor, was sixty-three votes. In
1853, he was defeated for this office,
on local issues, by Hon. Jno. S. Hopkins; and in 1856, by
the late John Henson, on political questions-Col. Jones being the Republican
nominee. He was afterward twice defeated for the City Council.
1860, Col. Jones was elected by the Republican party for the office of
Attorney-General of Indiana, an office which he gave up in 1861,
to accept the colonelcy of the Forty-second
Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. His
patriotism was manifested by distinguished services in the cause of the Union.
Sickness, from which he never really recovered, took him from the field
of battle; but he was, without doubt, of as
great service to the country as Provost Marshal
General of the State, and subsequently as the head of the recruiting bureau.
the close of the war he resumed his practice of the law, but his tremendous
labors in the army had told on his constitution; and in 1869 he held his last
official position, by appointment of Governor Baker, as Judge Of the Fifteenth
Judicial Circuit, caused by the resignation of Hon. Wm. F. Parrett.
February, 1838, he was married to Miss Rose Ann Rappelye, the daughter of one of
our oldest citizens; and four sons and four daughters were born to them.
Jones died April 5th, 1872, and his loss was deeply mourned.
His genial temperament rendered him a good companion and a deservedly
popular man in all circles. His
gifts of heart and mind held all in his friendship and bound them still closer to him.
The loving husband and kind father-there is also, the broad circle of the
community which recognized his worth; the State which honored him in its trying
moments; and the loving recollections in which his memory is enshrined.
Death of Col. James G. Jones
by S.F. Horrall, late Captain of Co. G, 42nd IVI
Source: Washington Gazette, Washington, IN, Sat., Apr. 13, 1872, v. 7, no. 6, p. 2, c. 3.
Death of Colonel James G. JONES -- It is with a feeling of profound sorrow that we announce the death of Col. James G. JONES, late of Evansville, which lamentable event took place at his residence in that city on Tuesday night of last week. Col. JONES was one of the oldest citizens of Evansville, and more thoroughly identified with that city than any man now living there. Our first intimate acquaintance with the deceased was in Sep. 1861, when with the members of Company G, we joined the 42nd IN Volunteer Regiment. At that time or before he organized the regiment, he was Attorney General for the State, which position he resigned to accept the commission of Colonel of the regiment. Feeling that he had a high duty to perform Col. JONES, though then advanced in years, entered the active service of his government and to his untiring energy and devotion to the welfare of his men mainly is due the valuable service the 42nd rendered the government afterward. At the battle of Perryville, on the 8th of October 1862, Col. JONES displayed his valor and though it was the first time the whole regiment was under fire, he commanded the troops admirably and proved himself as true and brave as he was kind-hearted to his men. At that battle the regiment was most unfortunate. Out of about five hundred men then in the ranks, near two hundred and fifty were killed and wounded. The writer of this article commanded Company G on that day and out of fifty-six men twenty-two fell, killed and wounded. We speak thus in detail for the purpose of paying a tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased. After this fight, which for the numbers engaged was as bloody a one as the regiment engaged in. (and if our memory serves us right, the number of battles and skirmishes was forty-two.) Col. JONES, as far as he was able that night, visited at the hospitals in person the soldiers of his regiment who were wounded and spoke words of cheer to them. This is the only engagement Col. JONES was ever in. While at Nashville he was attacked with disease that came near proving fatal but he partially regained his health and remained a Colonel in the army on detached service until the close of the war. It has been said and that truly, that the army is the place to try a man's friendship his kind-heartedness and his faithfulness to friends. Those of his old companions in arms, who knew COL. JONES best, loved him most. Thus, another of the ardent friends of our government in the darkest hours of the rebellion has passed from earth. Many of the members of his old regiment, who reside within the limit of the circulation of the Gazette, will read this with heartfelt sorrow. A true patriot and a good man is gone.