A. R. JONES. merchant, Xenia, was born in Salem, Marion Co., Ill., December 16, 1851, and is the son of D. B. and Rebecca (Farris) Jones. She was born in Indiana, but came to Clay County, Ill., with her parents, when she was small. He was born in Tennessee, and was brought to Marion County, Ill., by his parents, when about eight years of age, and has resided in that county ever since, except about seven years spent in Clay County. His occupation is that of a farmer. They are the parents of eleven children, all of whom are living, except the youngest. Our subject is the oldest of the family, and his early life was spent assisting on the farm and in attending the schools of the county. When twenty years of age, he began teaching school, and continued teaching in the winter, and farming at home in the summer till he was twenty-four years of age. He continued teaching till in the summer of 1880, when he went into the store of J. W. Westcott, at Xenia in the summer of 1880, where he remained for two years. In the winter of 1882-83, he again was engaged in teaching. In spring of 1883, he engaged in business for himself in the firm of A. R. Jones & Co. The firm carries a complete general stuck of goods, averaging about $3,500, and with a good trade. December 26, 1882, he was married to Miss Ada M. McNeil. She was born in Jersey County, Ill., and is the daughter of Louis C. McNeil, deceased. He is a member of the Xenia Lodges, I.O.O.F. and K. of H. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, while his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is an active Democrat in politics.
Source: 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 161.