(1856 - 1890)

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John Calvin Jones

John C. Jones (1835 - 1891)

Franklin Recorder - March 4, 1891 

DIED - At his residence in Reeve Township, February 28, 1891, Captain John C. Jones, aged 55 years, 5 months and 28 days.

John Calvin Jones was the son of the late Levi Jones of Reeve township and was born in Taylor county in what is now West Virginia, July 30, 1835.  In 1854, with his father's family he moved to Iowa and settled in Reeve township.  In October of 1856 he married Mary J. Creighton who survives him.  Six children were born to them, four of whom are living.

In the summer of 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company "E" 12th Regiment Iowa Volunteers and served three years.  He was then promoted to a Captain in the 88th U.S.C.T. of which regiment the late Colonel Reeve was the first major and served in that capacity until the close of the war, since when he has resided upon the farm in Reeve township where he died.

For many years he has been out of health, suffering from blood poisoning caused by poisonous vaccinations while in the Army.  Two or three years ago the disease seemed to have settled in one of his legs and a year again last fall it was amputated in the hope of saving his life.  He recovered so far as to get around on crutches and to ride out.  He took the census of Reeve township last summer which was about the last of anything like work he tried to do.  In the fall, however, the old malady had returned and developed new forms and for months he has been slowly dying, until death came to his relief last Saturday.

Captain Jones was a good and upright citizen and a splendid soldier.  Colonel Reeve once said to a writer, "I believe John Jones was as good all around soldier as I ever knew."  He was modest, retiring and unpretending, and during long years of suffering bore all unflinchingly.  He was a member of the Kedron Lodge, A. F. & A. M. at Geneva and of J. W. McKenzie Post Number 81 G. A. R. of Hampton.

The funeral service took place at the family residence on Monday last and were conducted by Reverend T. A. Trimble of Geneva.  The burial was under charge of the Kedron Lodge, members of McKenzie Post being the pall bearers.

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