Born: 1811-05-08 Georgetown, District of Columbia
Died: 1857-12-20 Pekin, Illinois
After completing his academic studies, Jones began studying law with John Marbury and also attended Virginia Law School at Winchester. Jones was admitted to the Virginia bar in March of 1830. Shortly thereafter, Jones moved to Springfield, Illinois. During the Black Hawk War, he served as a private in L. W. Goodan's company from April 21 to May 1, 1832, when he transferred to John Dawson's company. After the war, Samuel Lockwood appointed Jones as clerk of the Tazewell County Circuit Court, and he moved to the county seat of Pekin. Three years later, he resumed his private law practice. In June of 1846 Jones volunteered to fight in the Mexican War, serving as captain of Company G of the Fourth Illinois Infantry, where he participated in the storming of Vera Cruz and fought at the Battle of Cerro Gordo. After the war, he returned to Pekin, Illinois, and continued the practice of law.
John M. Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 1:165-66; Isaac H. Elliott, Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8 (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1882), 296.