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Erasmus Jones

Dr. Erasmus Jones Passes Away at the Home of His Son in Minneapolis.

Dr. Erasmus J. Jones, a prominent pioneer citizen of this county, died at the residence of his son Theodore in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 24, 1892. The remains were brought to Porter Wednesday and buried in the Kimbell cemetery. The funeral was largely attended. The history of the deceased is a part of the history of Porter county. He was born in Ohio in 1814 and was one of twelve children born to Erasmus and Mary (Sellers) Jones, both natives of Virginia. The elder Jones was one of the first settlers of Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1778. Dr. Jones' mother was well educated, and, as there were few or no educational facilities in those days, she educated her son to nearly all he received, but, as the doctor is a self-made man, he early became interested in the study of medicine before he had the least idea of making it a profession, and did so only because he was urged to. The doctor lived, married, studied and practiced medicine in the house in which he was born until 1846; he had studied and reported progress to a physician near, but as M. D.'s were few and far between, and it was a sickly season, he was pressed into practice when only sixteen years old. In 1840 he went to Philadelphia and attended the Jefferson medical college. In 1846 he went in partnership with his brother-in-law, Dr. J. G. Kyle, an excellent physician in southwestern Ohio, but, on account of his wife's health, he concluded to go west in 1851, and procured a four-horse team and driver and started, intending to go to Iowa. Upon arriving in Porter county his family to sick which caused him to stop, and , on account of inducements offered by the people of Gossett settlement, he located there, intending to stay but a short time, but remained until 1859, when he was elected county clerk and lived in Valparaiso for two terms. He then removed to Chesterton where he resumed practice, and was in the drug business until 1881; then went to New Porter where he remained until last fall when his wife died. He then went to Minnesota to live with his son. Dr. Jones has always been a strong abolitionist and a republican. He was married in 1836 to Susan McCafferty, a native of Ohio. She died in 1839. In 1846 he married Elizabeth Bullard, a native of Xenia, Ohio. The doctor had six children living -- Laura Terry, Theo. C., Mary J. Sovereign, Joseph A., Schuyler C., and Willie.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: January 29, 1892
Volume Number: 8
Issue Number: 42
Page: 5
Column(s): 4

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    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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