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Biographical Sketch of Enoch Jones

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Enoch Jones, a well-known citizen of Battle Creek, Iowa, was a resident of Ida County since 1883, and of Iowa, since 1852. He was born in Bourbon County, Ky., March 6, 1825. He was reared and educated in Kentucky, and learned the trade of blacksmith.

John Jones, his grandfather, married a native of Wales. He was a prominent hotel man of Culpeper, Va. Moving to Bourbon County, Ky., he settled on Boone Creek, and was a participant in many of the Indian wars. His son, James Jones, father of Enoch, was born in Va., and married Dicie Gregory, a native of that state. After their marriage, they went to Kentucky, and there spent the rest of their lives. They lived on a plantation, and reared a family of eight children.

In 1852 he made the journey to Dubuque, Iowa, via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and settled at Scott’s Grove, in Jones County, Ia., where he was engaged in farming and operating a thresher. He opened up and improved a farm of 320 acres there.

In 1874, he first bought land in Ida County. He came to Battle Creek in 1883 to look after his real-estate interests, was pleased with the situation, and located at Battle Creek. He was also for eleven years engaged in the general merchandise business at Monticello, Iowa. This was between 1863 and 1873. Mr. Jones is now making a specialty of horses, buying and selling both draft and roadsters. He has some very fine horses, among which are Union Jack, a large chestnut sorrel, and Randolph, a dark brown hackney.


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