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GEORGE A. JONES, Company "A"

     George A. Jones deputy sheriff of Marshall county, was born in the same September 25, 1838, the son of Jeremiah and Jane (Parry) Jones. The father, a farmer by occupation, was president of the board of supervisors under the old constitution, and justice of the peace many years. He died August, 1889, aged eighty-four years, and his wife survived until the age of seventy-four years. Their eleven children are all living in Marshall county, except two in Belmont county, Ohio. G. A. Jones was engaged in farming in his youth, and in 1858 was married to Melissa, daughter of Thomas and Ellen Riggs, respected pioneer settlers of Marshall county. On August 16, 1862, he enlisted as a non-commissioned officer of Company A, Twelfth West Virginia infantry, and served nearly three years, taking part in Sheridan's campaign, Hunter's raid, and in the battle of Winchester. He then went with his regiment into the Twenty-fourth corps, and his brigade took Fort Gregg, the key to Petersburg. He saw Gen. Lee at the surrender and helped cut the first chip from the historic apple tree. Two of his brother and four brothers-in-law were in the army, and the seven served fourteen and a half years in the aggregate. Mr. Jones is a member of the S. B. Stidger post, G.A.R., of which he has been commander for several years. After returning from the war he resumed agriculture and continued at that until January 1, 1889, when he became deputy sheriff and removed to Moundsville. To his marriage have been born nine children: Theodore N., a carpenter and painter; Lucy O., wife of George M. Longdon; Sarah J., wife of John Harsh, of Greene county, Penn.; Jerry H., Maggie P., Lemuel O., Charles A., Eva C. and Gertie.

From History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol. I, pages 709-710. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.