One of the early settlers of Mission township, Brown county, is Owen Jones, who came to this locality in 1857, making a permanent settlement. Through forty-three years therefore he has been a witness of the growth and development of this region, and has contributed in no small degree to its material prosperity through his efforts in reclaiming wild land for the purposes of cultivation. Agriculture probably contributes more to the wealth and prosperity of the world than any one industry and Mr. Jones has been a leading representative of farming interests in northeastern Kansas.
A native of Wales, he was born February 2, 1828, a son of William and Catherine (Owen) Jones, both of whom were natives of Wales. In their family were four children: Owen; John, who resides in Wales; Ellen, a resident of London, England; and Glyodyne. The father was a farmer by occupation and died at the age of fifty years, while his wife passed away at the age of seventy-four years.
Owen Jones, of this review, spent his boyhood days on his father's farm and was early trained to habits of industry, thrift, economy and honesty, -- qualities which have secured him success in his later life. In February, 1852, he was united in marriage to Miss Williams, a native of Wales and a daughter of Richard and Anne (Jones) Williams and a lady of intelligence, who has been to her husband a faithful companion and helpmeet in the journey of life. Her parents always resided in Wales, where the father died at the age of seventy-seven years, the mother when eighty-nine years of age. They had a family of eight children, namely: William and Reece, both of whom are now deceased; Richard, a resident of Elgin, Illinois; John, who has also passed away; Ellen; Catherine and Ann, who are living in Wales; and Mrs. Jones.
In 1852 the subject of this review bade adieu to friends and native land and sailed from Liverpool for New York city, six weeks having passed ere the voyage was terminated. He went to Utica, New York, where he had friends and relatives living, and spent two and a half years in that city. Subsequently he journeyed westward to Linn county, Iowa, locating in Mount Vernon, whence he removed to the vicinity of Winterset, Madison county, where he remained for more than two years. He then started on an overland trip to Kansas with two yoke of steers, four cows and his household goods. He built a sod house, after a time built a log house and in 1883 erected his present modern and commodious residence. He has been very successful in his farming operations and has made judicious investments in land, so that he now owns twelve hundred and eighty acres in Brown county. His home farm is nicely stocked with a high grade of cattle and horses and he is now one of the most successful cattle breeders and raisers in the county.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born seven children, namely: William, who is engaged in the real estate and loan business in Kansas City; Catherine, who became the wife of William Ryherd, of Atchison county, Kansas; Richard, who is engaged in the banking business at Everest, Kansas; Lincoln, a resident farmer of Atchison county; Owen, at home; Greeley, of Grove City, Kansas, where he is engaged in banking; and George, who follows agricultural pursuits in Atchison county.
In politics Mr. Jones is independent, preferring to vote for the best men, regardless of party affiliations. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge and is a citizen of sterling worth. He has passed the allotted span of three-score years and ten, having attained the age of seventy-two years, and is regarded as one of the most honored and respected citizens of the community, having won prosperity through straightforward methods, keen business judgment and diligent application.