John H. Jones married first to Mahala J. Gilliam on October 29, 1862, in Scott County, VA. They had at least eight children: Rebecca Ann (Jones) Shupe, James H. Jones, Mary E. Jones, Nancy E. (Jones) Hale, Martha J. Jones, Joseph "Joe" Jones, Barilla C. (Jones) Caudill and George W. Jones. Shortly after Mahala's death, John married second to Martha Jane (Dorton) Taylor on August 4, 1885, in Scott County, VA. They had five children: Isaac Conley "Con" Jones, Clara Alley (Jones) Banks, Rhoda (Jones) Banks, Emmitt Jones and Rosanna "Annie" (Jones) Whitaker. Martha had a child, Patton Taylor, from her previous marriage to Marion Taylor. At some point Patton took on the Jones surname. John moved to Letcher County, KY, with most of his family in November 1893. After Martha's death in 1910, John married third to Mary Ann Whitaker on December 21, 1912, in Letcher County, KY. They divorced or separated ca. 1918. John lived out his last days with his son-in-law and daughter, George and Rosanna "Annie" (Jones) Whitaker.
John's original headstone does not have any dates on it and it contains the wrong military service information (ie. "CO. G, 14 TEX. CAV., C.S.A."). According to the book "Confederate Pensioners of Kentucky, Pension Applications of the Veterans and Widows, 1912-1946" abstracted by Stephen Douglas Lynn, there was a James H. Jones who served in Co. G, 14th Texas Cavalry and who filed an application for pension (#3328) in Graves County, KY, in 1915. Further research revealed that John H. Jones actually served in Co. C, 25th Virginia Cavalry. John filed an application for pension (#2687) on June 3rd, 1912, in Letcher County, KY, and it was finally "allowed" on October 6, 1913.
In the summer of 1862, John enlisted in Company C, 25th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, in Scott County, VA; although, for most of the war the unit was known as the 27th Virginia Cavalry Battalion. Company C was mustered into service in Wytheville, VA, on August 16, 1862 under the command of Captain James S. Collings. According to John’s pension application, he was “injured by a part of a bomb” in the Battle of Piedmont Valley, VA, which occurred on June 5, 1864. The extent of his injury is not known, but it was probably not too servere since he continued to serve until the War’s end. John’s application also reveals some general information about his health at that time. He had “Rheumatism, partial deafness, conjunctivitis of eyes, and stiff joints”. John’s regiment was disbanded near New River, VA, in April 1865. He took the oath of allegiance at Chattanooga, TN, on June 5, 1865.
The following short article was published in the October 21, 1921, issue of The Mountain Eagle: "Uncle John Jones, of Roxana, an unterrified and undefiled Rebel and who fought and bled and died successfully thro '61-'65 and now draws a magnificent and magnanimous pension of $12 per month, was in town and left a whole year's subscription. We hope such men as Uncle John will live forever, and that is a doggone long time."