The son of Robert Bennett Jones and Cynthia Adeline (Reece), and the grandson of W.B. Jones who was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was one of the first settlers of Marshall Co., Alabama.
John was first married to Mary Martha (Rather) of Tuscombia, Colbert Co., Alabama and they were the parents of William R. Jones who married Matilda (Banks); Charles Jones; Paul Jones, Samuel Elliot Jones who married Mabel Grace (Moore); Edwin T. Jones; Bessie East; and one other unknown.
After his wife's death in 1865, he married Zelia (Wise) on 14 Oct 1869. Zelia is believed to have been the widow of Duke W. Hartsfield of Tennessee. John W. and Zelia had Mattie M. Jones; Nettie Orr Jones, wife of William W. Callahan; and Frank B. Jones.