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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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J. BERTRAND JONES, junior member of the firm of Fraser & Jones, is well descended from an old Vermont family, of English origin. His great-grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, Sr., fought as an American soldier in the war of the Revolution, going from Massachusetts. After the war he settled in Vermont, married and reared a family of eight children, the eldest of whom was Nathaniel Jones, Jr., the grandfather of our subject. He, in early life, removed from Orange County to Lamoille County, Vt. He had a family of eight children, the second of whom, Alger, is the father of J. B. Jones. Nathaniel Jones, Jr., was a man of rare ability, and served for thirteen consecutive years in the Vermont State Legislature. Alger Jones also attained distinction in his State, and served as a member of the legislature for four years. He married Mary M. Bliss, a lady of high family connections, and daughter of Sylvester Bliss. She died in 1860, leaving four children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eldest. His father is still living, at the age of seventy-three, in Orleans County, Vt. J. B. Jones was born in Lamoille County, Vt., August 22, 1847. He there received an academic education, and began life as a salesman, first in his native State, later in Boston, and in 1870 removed to Golconda, Ill., where he engaged in business about three years. From 1873 to 1878 he was a salesman for a wholesale boot and shoe house, of Evansville, Ind. In 1878 he assisted in organizing and became a member of the firm of Rice & Jones, in an extensive hat manufactory, of which he had the entire management. In 1881 he severed his connection with that institution to take a partnership with D. J. Fraser, of Paducah. Mr. Jones was married, in Evansville, Ind., in 1879, to Miss Elise C. Disch, daughter of Col. Victor Disch, a prominent lawyer of that city. They are both members of the Presbyterian Church, and have one child, a daughter, Ov Jones.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken 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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