Author, inventor, and Spiritualist; daughter of Henry Jones and Mary Alma Mott Jones.
Jones was descended from Puritan, Huguenot, Quaker & Methodist ancestors,. Her forefathers were among the patriots of the American Revolution.
In 1872, Jones developed a vacuum canning process for preserving food, with the help of Professor Leroy C. Cooley, who was the brother in law of her sister Emily. The following year she obtained five patents relating to her process, of which two listed her as sole inventor. She developed another invention, an oil burner, which she patented in 1880. A strong supporter of women's rights and suffrage, she founded the Women's Canning & Preserving Company in Chicago in 1890, which employed only women. Jones continued to work with both of her inventions, obtaining patents on the canning process in 1902, 1905 & 1906, and additional patents relating to the oil burner in 1904, 1912 & 1914. She continued to publish occasional literary works. She published 6 books in her lifetime and many poems between 1855 and 1864. In 1910, she published her autobiography, A Psychic Autobiography, which focused on her interest in spiritualism. Late in her life, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, to pursue business interests, where most sources say she died of influenza in 1914, while her obituary says pneumonia. She is listed in Who's Who in America for 1912-1913 and inWoman's Who's Who in America for 1914-1915. Many of her poems are available at the University of Michigan's Making of America Journals Digital Library. This information obtained from Wikipedia.
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