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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, South.
Colonel Jones 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.
Thaddeus Winfield 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.