Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     This week we will share details discovered in another fragile newspaper clipping found in the Opal and Lester Saffell family papers. The items are currently held in a private collection in Lubbock, Texas. The obituary was published on February 9, 1925, in “The Daily R___” (rest of newspaper title missing). Perhaps it was “The Daily Review Atlas,” published in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois. (Some punctuation, capital letters in proper names, and missing words or missing letters in words have been added for clarity or meaning and readability. All-caps for surnames are used for emphasis.)

     The article’s headline reads: “Aged Resident Died Sunday – John B. Jones, Ellison Township, Lived Seventy Years in Warren County.”

     A wealth of genealogical information appears in the obituary. “John B. JONES, for seventy years a resident of Warren County, passed away yesterday forenoon at his home in Ellison Township, his death following a sudden decline in health, which had its beginning in a stroke of paralysis about five weeks ago He was eighty-four years of age, but the years bore lightly on him, and even among his acquaintances, he passed for a younger man.

     For about fifty years, he had lived in the Empire school district and had come to be a part of the community. He had seen people come and go, had outlived all of his father’s family, but retained his own strength to an unusual degree.

     Mr. Jones was the son of Calvin and Rebecca (BEATTY) JONES, and was born in Virginia, March 5, 1841. With his parents, he came to Illinois in 1855, and from that date to his death, practically the whole of his life was spent in this section.

     His marriage to Miss Phebe MARTIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John MARTIN, occurred March 27, 1872, and they began housekeeping in the community which was to continue to be their home to the end. In the neighborhood of forty years ago, they moved to the farm where Mr. Jones died yesterday. Mrs. Jones passed away in 1911, and the bereaved husband faced a number of years of loneliness. He was fortunate in that nearly all of his children were near at hand, one daughter making her home with him, and he never lacked for the care that he needed.

     He is survived by two sons and four daughters: Harry and Glenn JONES, whose homes are in the neighborhood of their father’s; Mrs. Ida GALBREATH of Roseville, Mrs. Mable GALBREATH and Mrs. Bertha JACOBS of Kirkwood, and Mrs. Kate BROWN at home. Another daughter, Mrs. Naomi STONER, passed away about eighteen months ago at her home in Iowa. There also survive eleven grandchildren.

     A sister, Mrs. Sarah O. COWICK, passed away at Monmouth within a year, and two brothers also are deceased, Parker JONES of Monmouth, and Furney JONES of California.

     For many years, Mr. Jones was affiliated with the Methodist Protestant Church, holding his membership at Liberty Chapel, two miles north of his home. Through the years, he had been faithful in the discharge of his obligations, and, with the others who have made up that congregation, had left his influence on the community.

     He was also a veteran of the Civil War, having served three years in the 84th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. He was a member of the Kirkwood Post of the G. A. R.

     Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at Liberty Chapel, in charge of John LUGG. Burial will be in the Kirkwood cemetery.”


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