DAVID W. JONES, a useful and highly esteemed adopted citizen of the town of Nelson, was born in Caermarthenshire, Wales, April 1, 1849, and is a son of Thomas J. Jones, a native of the same shire. The parents of the latter were James and Ann Jones, who were lifelong residents of that shire and locality. Thomas J. Jones was reared in his native land, and married there to Hannah Jones, who was also a native of Caermarthenshire, and was a daughter of David L., and Dinah Jones. They resided in Wales until the year 1850, when, accompanied by his wife and two children, Mr. Jones came to America, landing in New York after a voyage of six weeks in a sailing-vessel. They then came, via the Hudson River and Erie Canal, to Utica. After residing for one year in New Hartford, they removed to Nelson, where Mr. Jones purchased a farm, upon which he lived until his death, in October, 1873. His wife, who reared eight children, still occupies the home farm. Her parents, David L. and Dinah Jones, also came to America, and spent their last years in the town of Nelson.
David W., son of Thomas J. and Hannah Jones, received his early education in the district school, and supplemented it by attendance at Cazenovia Seminary. In 1874 he went to Iowa, and taught school one year in Montgomery County, after which he returned, and was married October 12, 1876, to M. Jennie Keith, the only child of Levi and Persis (Payne) Keith. After his marriage Mr. Jones went to reside on his father-in-law's farm, where he has lived ever since. His wife died November 22, 1886. She was a true and noble woman, devoted to her parents and a loving and faithful wife. She left one son, Keith, who was born October 25, 1886. Mrs. Jones could trace her ancestry on her mother's side back to Moses Cleveland, of Woburn, Mass., in 1641, who appears to have been the common progenitor of the Clevelands of New England, of whom the present President of the United States is a descendant. Moses Cleveland is said to have emigrated to this country in 1635, from Ipswich, Suffolk, England. (See "Genealogy of the Cleveland Family," by Horace Gillet Cleveland.) Mrs. Jones's maternal grandfather was James Payne, who married Persis Cleveland, a descendant of Moses, in Wendell, Franklin County, Mass., July 4, 1798. Her mother, Peris Payne, was born in Eaton, Madison County, N.Y., April 20, 1810, and was married to Levi Keith, June 22, 1834.
Mr. Jones is a member of the Presbyterian church of Cazenovia, to which his wife also belonged. He was President of the Town Sunday School Convention for two years after its organization, in 1890. A Republican in politics and a loyal supporter of his party, having an intelligent comprehension of its principles and a correct knowledge of its history, he has served his town as a member of the County Board of Supervisors, and is at present Railroad Commissioner of the town. He is a member of Nelson Grange, No. 615, and has served as Master of the Grange for two years. In brief, Mr. David W. Jones is well known as one of the prominent agriculturists of his town, and universally respected as a man of upright character, and as a patriotic citizen who faithfully performs his public duties, and is ever willing to lend his aid to the advancement of every worth cause.
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