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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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T. J. JONES, of Graves County, is a native of Dickson County, Tenn., in which State his grandfather settled at an early day, being one of the first white men to locate in that section. Our subject’s father, John Jones, was born in June, 1784, gained considerable distinction as a soldier in the war of 1812, rose to a high degree in the Masonic order, and died in November, 1832. The mother of our subject Jennie (James) Jones, was born September 9, 1788, and died in March, 1856. Like the majority of youth in a pioneer community, T. J. Jones enjoyed but few educational advantages; yet be possessed good natural ability, which enabled him, as he grew up, to comprehend surrounding circumstances. He was married July 24, 1833, to Minerva, daughter of Daniel Underhill, and to this union were born ten children, eight of whom are living. On the 20th of March, 1850, he came to Kentucky, and one year later settled on the large farm which has since been his home. May 31, 1862, Mrs. Minerva Jones departed this life, and in 1867 Mr. Jones married Mrs. F. O. Lovelace, from whom he separated. On the 5th of December, 1878 Mr. Jones espoused Mrs. S. F. Irvin, daughter of Thomas W. Pitt, of Virginia, a relative of Sir William Pitt, of England. Among other offices, Mr. Jones has filled those of constable, revenue collector, deputy sheriff and high sheriff, and in 1871 was elected to represent Graves County in the lower house of the legislature, in which he served until 1873.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in the Graves County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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