Levi G. JONES
Beckwith, H. W.; History of Fountain County, Indiana. Chicago: HH Hill, 1881, p. 267
Levi G. Jones, farmer and blacksmith, Newtown, born in Hamilton County, Ohio July 12, 1821 was the son of Jonathan and Nancy Caughron Jones. In 1839 Mr. Jones in company with his cousin, Griffin Jones, walked from Cincinnati to this county, a distance of 200 miles, in four days, arriving at Rob Roy oct 20. Again, in 1844, he traveled over the same ground, consuming 5 days in the journey. As soon as he arrived in Rob Roy he set about learning the blacksmith's trade. He was in the place 14 years and all this time lived with his uncle. He worked 18 months making carding machine irons and doing mill work. March 20, 1851 he married Jane Florey. Two years after this he moved out on Shawnee Prairie, and lived where Joseph Florey resides. From this time until 1862 he was associated with Nicholas Whitheall in the manufacture of plows. They made and sold the first patented stradde row cultivator in the US of which Mr. Whitheall was the patantee. Mr. Jones wife died June 2, 1867. They had 3 children: Newman, born Dec 23, 1853; Alonzo March 4, 1857 and Marian Etta Dec 12, 1863. His second marriage took place Sept 2, 1868 with the widow of Lewis H. Pogue, whose maiden name was Harriet Slusser. Her paernts came from Miami Co Ohio in 1850. Before her marriage to Mr. Jones she had 4 children: Laura born Dec 12, 1854; William H Oct 24, 1856; Sarah E May 3, 1859 and Albert F. Feb 27, 1861. The issue of the last marriage is one child, James Bertie born Nov 9, 1871. In 1863 Mr. Jones was drafted for the army, but sent a substitute at a cost of $700. He has been a healthy, hard working industrious man, and has not been confined to his bed two days at a time for 40 years. He is a democrat.