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    Charles C. Jones, now deceased, was for many years a prominent agriculturist of Brown township and was a man whom to know was to respect and honor. He was born in the township where he so long resided, and on the farm adjoining his homestead. His birth occurred October 13, 1837, his parents being Solomon and Mary (Tuly) Jones. His father was born in Shelby county, Kentucky, December 25, 1816, and was brought to Ohio by his parents. Having arrived at years of maturity, he married Mary Tuly, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Borden) Tuly. She was born in New Jersey, January 24, 1814, and when six years of age was brought to Ohio, the family settling in Warren county, whence they came to Miami county when she was twelve years of age. Her parents died in this county, the former at the age of forty-six years and the mother at the age of seventy-five years. Solomon Jones began his domestic life in Lost Creek township, but, during the infancy of our subject, removed with his family to the present homestead farm in Brown township. He died at the age of thirty-eight years, leaving four children, namely: Charles Clinton; Elizabeth, who died at the age of sixteen years; Miranda, wife of Henry Chambers, of Princeton, Indiana; and Caroline, wife of Henry Eyer, of Troy. The mother of this family remained on the farm and is still living there with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Charles C. Jones.

    Mr. Jones, whose name introduces this review, was about eighteen years of age when his father died and after two years passed in Fletcher he assumed the management of the old home place. During the Civil war he volunteered at Camp Piqua, August 12, 1862, and served for two years and eleven months with the One Hundred and Tenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Winchester, Locust Grove and Kelly's Ford. At Winchester he was captured by "Stonewall" Jackson's army and held as a prisoner of war for forty days, being among the last prisoners of war exchanged. He rose from the ranks to the position of sergeant, and at the close of the war received an honorable discharge, having made an excellent military record as a brave and loyal soldier.

    After his return home Mr. Jones resumed the operation of the home farm, and later purchased his sister's interest in the property. His mother had remained on the old homestead and superintended the cultivation of a portion of it. The home place comprised one hundred and sixty acres, to which Charles C. Jones added from time to time until the farm is now four hundred and seven acres in extent. It is improved with four sets of excellent farm buildings and all of the place is rented, except the original homestead, which is occupied by Mrs. Jones and her family. In connection with the raising of grain Mr. Jones became an extensive and successful stock raiser, and kept on hand a fine grade of horses and cattle. During his life time he operated the entire farm and was very successful in both branches of his business. In 1874 he erected the present residence. He was married in that year, on the 28th of May, to Miss Jeanette R. Reynolds, who was born in Urbana, Ohio, September 27, 1855, her parents being Benjamin and Mary Ann (Townsend) Reynolds. She lived at Urbana until her marriage, and to her husband she was ever a faithful companion and helpmate. Their union was blessed with seven children: Fred R., born March 6, 1876, who is cultivating a part of the farm; Edith C., born September 30, 1877; Thomas E., born December 2, 1879, who is living on the old farm; Mary B., born May 9, 1882; Blaine, who was born May 13, 1884, and died at the age of two years and three months; Reah A., born March 27, 1886; and Charles Leonard, born November 30, 1896. All of the children are living at home. Fred R. was married December 24, 1895, to Clara A. Anderson, of Shelby county, and after four years of married life she departed this world, dying May 3, 1900.

    Mr. Jones died October 13, 1899 on the sixty-second anniversary of his birth. His death occurred quite suddenly as the result of heart trouble, which had been contracted by exposure in the army. For two or three years previously he had suffered considerably from his heart, but it was not thought that he was in a precarious condition, and even upon the day of his death he attended to his business affairs. His demise came as a great blow to his many friends as well as to his immediate family. In politics he was a stalwart Republican, unswerving in his support of the principles of the party, yet was never an aspirant for office. For twenty-three years he held membership in the Masonic fraternity, of Lena, and was buried with Masonic honors, many lodges throughout the county sending delegations to the funeral to pay the last tribute of respect to a brother whose life was a splendid exemplification of the benevolent principles of the fraternity, its mutual helpfulness, kindness and forbearance. He was an earnest, upright man, always just, and not without that greater attribute of mercy. In his farm work he took just pride, made first-class improvements upon the place, laid hundreds of rods of tiling and did all in his power to make a good home for his family and supply them with all the comforts of life. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground beside his father and sister. His friends were legion; he had no enemies. In all life's relations he commanded the respect of all with whom he came in contact, and to his family he left the priceless heritage of a good name. Mrs. Jones and her children still reside upon the old homestead, their residence being one of the best in the northeastern part of Miami county. The family is one of prominence in the community. Its members occupy leading positions in society, and are respected for their good qualities of both heart and mind.

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