ZARDUS JONES, deceased, was formerly a resident on section 33, Jackson Township. He was born in Webster, Monroe Co., N. Y., Feb. 16, 1833, and was a son of Chester and Hannah (Millard) Jones, natives of New York. He was reared on a farm, educated in the public schools, and at the age of ninteen years went to California, where he remained five years, engaged in mining and various other occupations. He then returned to New York, remaining two years, engaged in farming.
He was married, Oct. 21, 1858, to Antoinette Hoskins, also a native of Monroe County, and a daughter of Eli H. and Elizabeth (Woodford) Hoskins, natives of the same State. After his marriage Mr. Jones moved to Calhoun County, Mich., where he resided six months, engaged in farming. He then made another trip to California, being gone about two and one-half years, then moved to Kalamazoo County, where he lived two and one-half years, still engaged in agricultural pursuits. Returning to Calhoun County again, he lived there three years, and then returned to New York, where he staid three and one-half years, engaged in his old occcupation of farming. In the fall of 1871 he came to Benton County and located on section 33, Jackson Township, where he bought 160 acres of land. His death occurred on this homestead Feb. 24, 1873.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones were the parents of five children — Agnes A., wife of Theodore La Grange, who lives at Reinbeck, Grundy Co., Iowa, engaged in the drug trade; Arthur B., at home, engaged in farming; Millard W. and Hattie L., at home; Carrie, who died in 1872, aged five months. The father of Mr. Jones died in 1878, aged sixty-two years, and his mother in 1884, at the age of seventy-five. Mrs. Jones' father is still living in New York and is in his eighty-third year; her mother died in 1873, aged sixty years.Mr. Jones enlisted in the late war but was not taken out of his own State. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Methodist Church. He was universally esteemed, a kind and loving father and husband, a good friend and neighbor, and his death was deeply regretted by all who knew him. He was a strong advocate of temperance. Although considered a rather robust man, he died of consumption, and was buried in the Big Grove Cemetery.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 257-258.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.