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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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Dr. S. Paul Jones was born near the village of Marthasville, in Warren County, Mo., on May 6,1833, and now resides in St. John’s Township, Franklin Co., Mo. His father, Dr. John Jones, was a Kentuckian by birth, and came to Missouri (then a Territory) in 1812, and located in the village of Marthasville, where he began the practice of medicine, and near which place he was married to Miss Minerva Boon Callaway, daughter of Flanders and Jemima Callaway, in 1819. Dr. John Jones was a man of rare ability, and at that time the most prominent and successful practitioner of his profession in the State, his practice extending over nearly all that district of country which now forms the eastern central counties of the State of Missouri. He served for many years as surgeon of the State militia, receiving his commission from Gov. Ashly, who was one of the first governors of Missouri. His father, Giles Jones, was a native of Wales, and served under Washington during the Revolutionary War. Dr. John Jones, was assassinated January 21, 1842, by one of a band of counterfeiters operating in the vicinity of Durst Bottom, in St. Charles County. Receiving some money from Mrs. Clay due him, and the Doctor detecting it as a counterfeit coin, he at once investigated the matter and succeeded in arresting the guilty party, one George Murdock, who had passed the same money on Mr. Clay, and this arrest resulted in the Doctor’s assassination within a short distance of his office door. His untimely and cruel death cast a shadow of gloom over a large section of country. His name had become a household word, and was loved and respected; there was no one to fill his place in the hearts of the people. Mrs. Minerva Boon Jones, mother of Dr. S. Paul Jones, was born in Kentucky in 1801, and died on the old homestead near the village of Marthasville, Mo., in December, 1850. She was the daughter of Flanders and Jemima Callaway, the latter a daughter of the celebrated Daniel Boon, of Kentucky, and the same Jemima Boon, who was captured by the Indians at Boonesborough, shortly after the arrival of the Boon family in Kentucky. Dr. S. Paul Jones remained with his mother after the death of his father until her death. The Doctor received his early education in the primitive log schoolhouse. In 1848 he attended the private school of Prof. Lewis Howell, in St. Charles County, Mo., and finished his studies at the State University of Missouri in 1850. In 1852 he began the study of medicine under an elder brother, Dr. Daniel Boon Jones, at Newport, Mo., and in 1853 was a private student of the celebrated surgeon and physician, Joseph N. McDowell, of St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Jones graduated from the medical department of the University of Missouri in March, 1854, and has ever stood in the front rank as a physician. In 1857 he married Miss Melvina Gall, daughter of John and Elizabeth Gall. The former was a son of John and Margaret Gall, who came from Pendleton County, W. Va., in 1816, and settled on the farm upon which the Doctor now resides, in the year of 1817. To Dr. Jones and wife have been born five children: Anna E., John P., William A., Edward L. and Lilly (deceased). Those living have enjoyed good educational advantages. Since 1860, Dr. Jones has resided on the farm, where he has enjoyed an extensive and successful practice in the capacity of a physician, but recently he has given his attention principally to his farm duties and stock raising. He has the honor to be the pioneer breeder of short horns in Franklin County, Mo. The Doctor served as surgeon of the Second Regiment of McBride’s Division of Gen. Sterling Price’s army, Confederate service. He is a man of rare ability, and an earnest worker for the cause of Jeffersonian Democracy and the primitive principles of this republic of republics, as instituted by its founders, and frequently contributes able articles of that nature to various periodicals. He has been a member of the Masonic Order for more than twenty years, whilst Mrs. Jones and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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