|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1813|
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1873|
Richard Jones, farmer; P. 0. Eureka; was born in Staffordshire, near Birmingham, England, Oct. 20, 1813; son of Richard and Sarah Jones. His father was a farmer. At the age of 19, young Richard left home and learned the trade of blacksmithing. He was married to Phebe Guest Nov. 16, 1837.
In the Spring of 1843, with his family, consisting of a wife and three children, he emigrated to America, living for short periods at various localities in Pennsylvania; and, in 1849, he removed to Georgetown, 0. Soon after his arrival, the entire family, with a single exception, was attacked with typhoid fever ; all recovered but his wife, who died, Nov. 16, 1849. Dec. 16, 1850, he was married to his second wife,
Keziah McAtee, a native of 3Iason Co., Ky. By his first wife he had seven children — Mary S., Julia A., Phebe M., Anna E., John G., Sarah J. and Lillie.
He commenced life in America with nothing; the little money that he brought to this country was lent to a friend soon after his arrival, and never repaid. In 1851, he came to Metamura, now the county seat. Residing there three years,
he purchased a farm near Eureka and remained upon it until his decease, which occurred July 1st, 1873. Value of his estate was about $40,000.00; Rep.; Bapt.; although he never filled a public office in his life, yet few men were better known throughout the surrounding country than Uncle Dicky Jones. He gave liberally of his means to public enterprises, and when he died the entire community felt the loss of a good man and true.
Richard Guest raised his nephew, Issac Samuel Guest, who was a member of Co. A of the 86th Illinois. Following is information about Isaac;
"Isaac Samuel Guest was born on June 11, 1840 on Brettle Lane in Stourbridge, Staffordshire County, England. Isaac S. Guest was the son of Job Guest, this was Phoebe's brother, and Ann (Jones) Guest, who was very likely Richard's sister.
Isaac's uncle, Richard Jones, who was married to Phebe Guest, Job's sister, on Nov. 16, 1837, imigrated to America in the Spring of 1843, with his family, consisting of his wife, Phoebe, and three children. Richard lived for short periods at various localities in Pennsylvania; and, in 1849, he removed to Georgetown, 0hio, before coming on west to Illinois, where he settled briefly in Metamora before finally settling on a farm near Eureka, Illinois.
Isaac's obituary states that he came to America with his parents when he was about 8 years of age, which would make it approximately 1848. The family settled near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After the death of his father in 18__, Isaac went or was sent west to Illinois, where he was reared by his uncle, Richard Jones, near Eureka, Illinois. Isaac spent the greater part of his boyhood in Illinois on the farm.
John G Jones*
Olio Township Cemetery
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Nov 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101114570