Oliver Stillwell Jones, Mayor of Covington, Fountain County, Indiana.

Oliver Stillwell Jones, Mayor of Covington, Fountain County, Indiana.

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Oliver Stillwell Jones, third great grandfather to my children, was born on 24 Oct 1862 to Robinson Coke “Boby” Jones and Emily (Emma) S. Shelby of Warren County, Indiana in the United States.

 

A well-educated man, his early education was earned in Warren County, where he attended Indiana Normal School.

Warren County, Indiana courthouse.
Warren County, Indiana courthouse.

After completing his education, he worked first as a farmer, then was a teacher in Indiana, and then as a lawyer in Covington, Fountain County, Indiana.

On the 19 June, 1883, Oliver married Caroline “Carrie” Madaria. Carrie was born in March 1864 in Indiana to James H. Madaria and Harriet Hall.

In August 1898 Oliver was a special agent for the ‘Frisco railroad line, whose headquarters were in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He lived for a time in Kent, Warren, Indiana, United States in 1900.

In 1903, Oliver was elected Mayor in Covington, Fountain County, serving in this capacity between 1904 and 1906.

After serving his time as Mayor, Oliver resumed his law practice in Covington, but lived in Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio after 1910.

Oliver was appointed as a member of the Children’s Guardians in Covington.

He was described as a dedicated, life-long student and was well grounded with his knowledge of legal principles, keeping in touch with the latest decisions in the courts. Personable and well respected, he had numerous friends and was of high standing in the community.

He owned his homestead farm of 114 acres in Warren, which had been in his family since President Jackson‘s administration in 1913.

Covington Methodist Church
Covington Methodist Church

Both religious and civic minded, Oliver was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church , and a member of the Improved Order of Red Men.

His place of residence changes over the years from Covington to Troy, Fountain County, Indiana, where there is evidence of his living there in 1920, and then back to Covington by 1930 where he lived until his death.

Oliver died some time after to 1940, where he shows with his wife Carrie living in Pinellas, Florida. She subsequently died in 1942.

According to Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties, Indiana (1913); Volumes 1 & 2:

“Whether the elements of success in life are innate attributes of the individual or whether they are quickened by a process of circumstantial development, it is impossible to clearly determine. Yet the study of a successful life, whatever the field of endeavor, is none the less interesting and profitable by reason of the existence of this same uncertainty. So much in excess of those of successes are the records of failures or semi-failures, that one is constrained to attempt an analysis in either case and to determine the measure of causation in an approximate way. But in studying the life history of Oliver S. Jones, a well-known attorney at Covington, there are found many qualities in his makeup that always gain definite success in any career if properly directed, as his has evidently been done, which has resulted in well-earned success.

Oliver S. Jones was born in Warren county, Indiana, on October 24, 1862, and is the son of Robinson C. and Emily (Shelby) Jones. Robinson Jones was a native of Amelia county, Virginia, and in 1830 came to Fountain county, Indiana, settling in Covington with his mother, who was then a widow. The paternal grandparents were Richard Cannon Jones and Sarah R. Jones. The former died in eastern Indiana in an early day, and his widow was murdered by an insane man in Covington in 1867. The subject’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Shelby, came to Fountain county in 1828 from Circleville, Ohio, and settled in Troy township, where he entered land from the government. He was a surveyor for the government and also followed farming. During General Harrison’s historic campaign against the Indians, Mr. Shelby enlisted and served as quartermaster for three years. He was the father of six children, namely: Rachel, Mary, Oliver, Rezin, Indiana and Emily, the latter being the mother of the subject. On his way to Fountain county Grandfather Shelby stopped at Terre Haute and helped to build many of the first houses there. Robinson C. Jones was a printer by trade and, with his two brothers, William and John, established the newspaper known as The People’s Friend, now the Covington Friend. He followed his trade for fifteen years, also serving over a year in the war with Mexico, and then engaged in farming, in which pursuit he was engaged until his death, which occurred in 1897, at the age of seventy-five years. His widow survived him several years, dying on July 21, 1912, at the age of eighty-three years. They were the parents of three children, namely: Sarah Belle, who died in 1902, was the wife of Augustus Cronkhite; Oscar N., who died in 1890, and Oliver S., the subject of this sketch.

Oliver S. Jones received his elementary education in the public schools of Warren county, and then attended what was known as the Indiana Normal School at Covington. During the following five years he engaged in teaching school, during which period he gave earnest attention to the study of the law. At the end of the period mentioned, he entered upon the active practice of law at Covington. In August, 1898, he accepted a position as special agent for the ‘Frisco railroad line, with headquarters at Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1910 Mr. Jones returned to Covington and resumed the active practice of his profession, in which he is still engaged. His abilities have been recognized and today he is commanding his full share of the legal practice at the local courts. He is well grounded in legal principles, and is an indefatigable student, keeping in touch with the latest decisions in the courts. Of attractive personality and recognized worth, Mr. Jones easily wins friends and stands high throughout the community. In 1903 Mr. Jones was elected mayor of Covington, serving from 1904 to 1906, to the entire satisfaction of his fellow citizens. In 1912 he was appointed by Judge Schoonover as a member of the board of children’s guardians.

On June 19, 1883, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Carrie Madaria, the daughter of James and Harriett (Hall) Madaria, natives of Warren county, this state, the father having successfully followed farming until his death. To Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born four children, namely: Maude, the wife of Clayton Blythe, of Vermilion county; Myrle is the wife of Asa Kauffman, of Terre Haute, Indiana; Carlos L., who married Belle Pruitt and lives at Terre Haute; Gilbert, at home.

Mr. Jones has been successful in business affairs, aside from his profession and is the owner of the old homestead farm in Warren county, consisting of one hundred and fourteen acres, which has been continuously in the possession of the family since it was entered from the government, under President Jackson’s administration. Fraternally, Mr. Jones is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, holding membership in Lodge No. 188, at Covington. His religious membership is in the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Jones gives his endorsement to all moral, educational, social or material interests which he believes will benefit the community, and as a man of sterling worth he justly merits the high regard in which he is held.”

I have been able to trace Oliver’s ascendancy through his parents Robinson “Boby” Coke Jones and Emily S. “Emma” Shelby to his grandparents, Richard Cannon Jones and Elizabeth (Sarah R.) Anderson, and the trail fades out there.

There is some scant evidence that Robinson’s parents were Richard Cannon Jones and Elizabeth (Sarah R.) Anderson.

However, the ascendancies of all other branches have been traced back for several more generations, connecting through the Shelby family of Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby and Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby; and the lineages of the Stehle, Meek, and Herron families. I am reasonably confident in the information I have connecting Robinson to Richard Cannon Jones (his father), but information concerning Elizabeth (Sarah R.) Anderson is especially questionable.

I would appreciate any assistance in finding more concrete sources because any information I do have for these individuals is rather tenuous and only of a documentary or biographical nature.

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  1. 1800 US Census – Derry, Mifflin, Pennsylvania – Steely, Gabriel.
  2. 1830 US Census; Jones, Elizabeth; Randolph, Dearborn, Indiana.
  3. 1840 US Census; Jones, Elizabeth; Dearborn, Indiana.
  4. 1850 US Census, Troy, Fountain, Indiana, Troy, Fountain, Indiana, Page: 56A, Roll: M432_145; Page: 56A; Image: 477, ; digital image, Ancestry.ca (: Internet 28 July 2013).
  5. Jones, Robinson; 1860 US Census; West Pine Township, Benton County, Indiana.
  6. Jones, Robinson C; 1870 US Census; Kent, Warren County, Indiana, 82; Household 662.
  7. Jones, Robinson C; 1870 US Census; Kent, Warren County, Indiana.
  8. 1880 US Federal Census, Kent, Warren, Indiana, roll: 320; family history film: 1254320; image: 0242, , enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District: 066, Page: 120A, ; digital Ancestry.ca (: Internet 28 July 2013).
  9. Jones, R.C.; 1880 US Census; Kent, Warren County, Indiana, Page No. 5, SD No. 4, ED No. 66.
  10. Madaria, James H.; b. 1821; 1900 US Census; Kent, Warren County, Indiana.
  11. Jones, Harriet Maude; 1900 US Census; Kent, Warren County, Indiana, Roll: 411; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0120; FHL microfilm: 1240411.
  12. 1910 US Federal Census, Terre Haute, Ward 7, Vigo, Indiana, roll: t624_385; page: 11b; enumeration district: 0173; fhl microfilm: 1374398, , enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District: 0173, Page: 11B, ; digital image, Ancestry.ca (: Internet 28 July 2013).
  13. 1910 US Federal Census, Burk, Minnehaha, South Dakota, roll: t624_1486; page: 9b; enumeration district: 0323; fhl microfilm: 1375499., Burk, Minnehaha, South Dakota, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District: 0323, Page: 9B, Roll: T624_1486; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0323; FHL microfilm: 1375499, ; digital image, Ancestry.com (: Internet 4 August 2013).
  14. Jones, Olliver; 1920 US Census; Troy, Fountain County, Indiana, Roll: 587; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 18; Image: 104.0; FHL microfilm: 2340322.
  15. Jones, Olliver S.; 1930 US Census; Troy, Fountain County, Indiana, Roll: 587; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 18; Image: 104.0; FHL microfilm: 2340322.
    1940 US Federal Census, Pinellas, Florida, roll: t627_611; page: 81a; enumeration district: 52-66, Pinellas, Florida, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District: 52-66, Page: 81A, ; digital image, Ancestry.ca (: Internet 28 July 2013).
  16. “U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976,” database, Ancestry.ca, Ancestry.ca (: Internet 28 July 2013).
  17. Shelby, Oliver S. and Nebecker, Hannah; Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959, (Page 144, GS Film number: 001321668 ,  Digital Folder Number: 004540464 ,  Image Number:  00146), Marriage Record: “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JCJB-1TV : accessed 22 Jul 2014, Oliver Shelby and Hannah Nebeker, 13 Nov 1845; citing Fountain County; FHL microfilm 001321668; FamilySearch.org, , Indiana.
  18. Robinson C Jones and Emily Shelby, Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959, database, FamilySearch.org, FamilySearch.org (GS Film number: 001321635 ,  Digital Folder Number: 004540456 ,  Image Number : Internet 28 July 2013), ; citing “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JCJB-8KJ : accessed 22 Jul 2014), 10 Apr 1851; citing Fountain County; FHL microfilm 001321635.
  19. Meek, William and Shelby, Indiana; Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, (Page 61;  GS Film number: 001321634 , Digital Folder Number: 004540455 , Image Number: 00040), Meek, William and Shelby, Indiana; Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959: “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JCJB-J9Y : accessed 27 Jul 2014), William Meek and Indiana Shelby, ; citing Fountain County; FHL microfilm 001321634.; FamilySearch.org, Indiana.
  20. Jones, Carl and Nicholson, Georgia; Marriage Record, (9 November 1933), Marriage Record: “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV99-8XXC : accessed 18 Jul 2014, Carrie Madarea in entry for Carl Jones and Georgia Nicholson, 09 Nov 1933; citing County; FHL microfilm 002425249.; , Page 445; GS Film Number: 002425249 , Digital Folder Number: 007578370 , Image Number: 00606, Indiana.
    “Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920,” database, Ancestry.ca, Ancestry.ca (: Internet 28 July 2013).
  21. “Jones, Carrie M.; Florida Death Index, 1877-1998,” database, Ancestry.ca, Ancestry.ca (: Internet 28 July 2013).
  22. “Died,” obituary, Covington Republican, 11 May 1897, page 1; digital image Newspaper Archive; http://newspaperarchive.com/us/indiana/covington/covington-republican/1897/05-14/ : Internet 11 March 2014.
  23. Obituary, West Lebanon Gazette, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, United States, 20 May 1897.
  24. “Find A Grave Index,” database, Find A Grave, Find A Grave; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=SHEL&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=17&GScntry=4&GSsr=481&GRid=26618625&&ftm=1 : Internet 4 September 2013.
  25. Thomas A. Clifton, Editor, Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana: Volumes 1 & 2, 1913 (Indianapolis, Indiana: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1913), ; pdf, archive.org, Internet Archive; https://archive.org/search.php?query=fountain%20indiana%20AND%20mediatype%3Atexts : Internet 12 March 2014.

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