The name Jones is oft times indicative of
Welsh ancestry, and in this instance especially is it true. The
family of which LeRoy Jones is the present day representative came
from Wales to Massachusetts prior to the Revolution, and has since
been widely scattered throughout the East.
LeRoy Jones was born
in Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan, on September 7, 1869, and is
a son of Charles H. and Adaline (Fleming) Jones. The father was born
near Attica, New York, and he went to Eaton County, Michigan, with
his parents, when a small boy. He grew up there and married, later
moving to Ionia County, in the same state, settling in the Town of
Portland, in 1904. He is there engaged in farming and stock-raising,
which enterprise has held his attention all his active life. Mrs.
Jones, who was born in Lorain County, Ohio, in 1847, died in
Portland, Michigan in 1907. Four children blessed their home. Everett
E. is a farmer at Grand Ledge. Frank G., also a farmer, lives in
Ionia County, Michigan. LeRoy of this review was the third child.
Arthur died at Portland when he was twenty-seven years old.
LeRoy Jones attended
the public schools in Eaton County, and was graduated from the Grand
Ledge High School with the class of 1888. He at once undertook the
study of law in the offices of Judge J. L. McPeek, in Grand Ledge,
and he was admitted to the bar before the Supreme Court of Michigan
Mr. Jones first
engaged in practice at Grand Ledge, and in three years entered a
partnership with Judge McPeek, and moved to Charlotte, Michigan. In
1897 the judge died, the
partnership being dissolved automatically. In the meantime Mr. Jones
had been doing some post graduate work in the law department in the
University of Michigan, so that he was advancing himself in theory as
well as in practice. He continued in practice until 1901, when he
returned to the old home and was there at work in his profession
until 1903. It was in that year that he first came to Cordell, and he
was one of the pioneer lawyers of the community. He has been
continuously engaged in practice here since that time, and has
offices in the Smith Building, on the west side of the Square.
Mr. Jones is a
staunch republican. He served as circuit court commissioner of Eaton
county, Michigan, for four years, and was county attorney there for
two years. He has here been a candidate on the republican ticket for
the office of county judge of Washita County, but the strong democrat
sentiment was too much to combat successfully. He has been a delegate
to all the county and state conventions of the republican party since
he came here, and has taken an active and interested part in civic
affairs in his community.
Mr. Jones was
married in Coldwater, Michigan, in 1893, to Miss Laura E. Resseguie,
daughter of a well known miller of Hillsdale, Michigan. Seven
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jones. Harold is in business
with his maternal grandfather in Hillsdale, Michigan. Ronald L. makes
his home in Cordell with his parents. He is a student in the high
school, and is in training for the teaching profession. Charles E.,
Lillian and Henry are also attending the local schools, and the two
youngest children, Lockwood and Adaline, are still in the home.