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Below is a family biography included in The History of Polk County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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 Marion Jones, M. D., a practicing physician of Bolivar and vicinity, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, March 22, 1841, and is the son of Abraham and Sarah (Lewis) Jones, both natives of New Jersey, the father born in 1796, and the mother in 1799. He was of Welsh-English descent, and she of English. After their marriage they remained in their native State until 1814, when they moved to Madison County, Ohio, and owned the land entered by his father, where West Jefferson is now built. The father was a farmer and an extensive land-owner. He also practiced medicine under the old Botanic system. He was a soldier in the War of 1812; was not an office-seeker, nor were any of his family, but he was a Democrat in politics. He was a deacon in the Baptist Church for over forty years, and his wife was a member of the same church. He died in 1864, and she in 1876. They were the parents of eleven children, five sons and six daughters, and one of the sons, Lewis R., became a Baptist minister. Isaac M. Jones, the youngest child, and the only son now living, married August 30, 1858, Miss Christina Leffler, a native of Muskingum County, Ohio, and the result of this union was nine children, four now living: James A., Thomas J., Pleasant W. and Mary E. Both Dr. and Mrs. Jones are members of the Baptist Church. In i860 the Doctor moved to Moultrie County, Ill., and in 1869, to Polk County, Mo. In 1872 he graduated from the St. Louis Medical College, returned to Polk County, and has practiced there ever since. He is a member of the Polk County Medical Society, and has been coroner one term.

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