Thaddeus Winfield Jones, Jr. The
name of Jones is frequently found to indicate Welsh origin, and in
the case of Thaddeus Winfield Jones, Jr., it is particularly true.
The family came from Wales to America in the early days of our
history, and settled in North Carolina. Men of the name were
participants in the struggle for American independence, and they have
been identified with the history making epochs of the land from then
down to the present time. Alexander Hamilton Jones, the grandfather of
the subject, was born and reared in North Carolina, and there spent
many years of his life. He was a newspaper man of some prominence
there, and was a veteran of the Civil war, serving throughout the
conflict in the Union army. He was a merchant for some years in
Norman, Oklahoma, where he went in 1890. Toward the end of his life
he went to Long Beach, California, where he lived quietly to the time
of his death.
One of the sons of
Alexander Hamilton Jones was Thaddeus Winfield Jones, father of the
subject. He was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 1850. From
that place he went to live in Asheville, North Carolina, and was
graduated from the West Point Military Academy in the class of 1872.
Mr. Jones made the first map of the staked plains of Texas for the
United States Government, and he served through the Indian campaigns
of Oklahoma and Arizona. His first post, after his graduation
in 1872, was Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and he passed through the Geronimo
campaign while located there. He was with the Tenth Cavalry at San
Juan Hill, passing through the entire Cuban campaign and for his
conspicuous bravery in that period he was made a Colonel of
Volunteers. Since that time he has served on several occasions in the
Philippines, winning much distinction during his military career from
first to last. He was retired in 1913, and is now living in Long
Beach, California. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
married Mary Lee, a native daughter of Michigan, and four children
were born to them: Thaddeus Winfield, Jr., was the first born.
Alexander Hamilton is a first lieutenant in the Thirteenth Cavalry,
and is stationed at Brownsville, Texas. Margaret Leo is married and
lives in Texas. Mazel Lee is at home with her parents.
Jones, Jr., was born at Fort Stockton, Texas, on January 6, 1880. He
was graduated from the University of North Carolina with the class of
1900, a Bachelor of Science. He then entered the law department of
that institution and spent the years 1901-2 in preparation for his
profession. He was admitted to the bar in North Carolina in February,
1902, and in September of the same year came to Weatherford,
Oklahoma, here to establish a general law practice. He has been
engaged in his profession here up to the present time. Mr. Jones has
served in the office of city attorney, being elected to the position
in 1908 and 1910, and is now acting city attorney. He was a candidate
for the office of district judge in Oklahoma, but he is republican in
politics, and the district is overwhelmingly democratic in political
sentiment, consequently he suffered defeat in that campaign.
Mr. Jones is a
member of the Episcopal Church. His college fraternities are the
Sigma Chi, the Gorgon’s Head, the Pi Sigma and the Theta Nu Epsilon.
In 1903 Mr. Jones
was married in Weatherford to Miss Ruby Butcher, daughter of
Nathaniel Butcher, a farmer living in Lecoma, Mississippi. She died
in 1913, leaving a son and a daughter: Ruby Winfield, born December
4, 1910, and Thaddeus Winfield 3d, born November 19, 1913. In
October, 1914, Mr. Jones married Miss Ida Lee Garrison, daughter of
C. E. Garrison, of Foss, Oklahoma.