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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Isaac W. Jones, one of the pioneers of Wilson Township, is a native of East Tennessee, born in Coffee County, August 10, 1810. His father, Thomas Jones, was a native of North Carolina, was reared in Virginia, married Martha Stephens, a native of South Carolina, and served in the War of 1812. He was also an exhorter in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Both himself and wife died in Tennessee. Isaac W. grew to manhood in East Tennessee, learning the old way of making iron, and worked at this business until he came to Missouri. Besides working at his trade, he owned a farm, which he sold prior to his removal to Missouri, in 1854, when he located on the land upon which he now resides. He entered his land at 75 cents an acre, entering 160 acres at first, and about eighty afterward. He also entered some land in Knox and Macon Counties, but sold that off; about 100 acres were prairie land, and some of it timber. The neighbors at that time were few, and lived at quite a distance, his nearest one being about three-quarters of a mile distant. They were always ready to lend a helping hand, and would willingly come ten miles to perform a neighborly act. There were plenty of deer, the woods were filled with turkeys, and wild honey was abundant. Mr. Jones was married in Kentucky, in July, 1833, to Miss Sallie, daughter of Maj. James C. McGee, of Wayne County, Ky., who served in the War of 1812 seven years. Mrs. Jones was a native of Tennessee, where she was reared. They raised nine children to maturity: Martha J. (wife of G. B. Moody, of Macon County), C. H. (in Oregon), Elizabeth (wife of James Newton, Adair County), Mary Ann (deceased wife of John O. Tabor), Emma (deceased), Nancy (deceased wife of Dr. Tompkins), James C. (of Montana), Sarah Jones, Thomas Jones (in Adair County). Mr. and Mrs. Jones belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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