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Near Gentryville in Spencer County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Colonel Jones Home / Colonel William Jones

The Colonel Jones Home and Colonel William Jones markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, June 4, 2013
1. The Colonel Jones Home and Colonel William Jones markers
(left panel) The Colonel Jones Home

The Colonel Jones Home conveys the prosperity of a successful merchant.

Twenty-five people sat at the table in the dining room, with Mr. Jones at the head of the table, laughing and joking with his guests.
Col. James S. Wright

When Colonel Jones arrived in Spencer County (1827), he built a log cabin across the road. In 1834, he built this brick home. It rests on a regional high point. His store and barn were located near by.

Jones and Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was employed by Jones to work in his store. The young Lincoln unpacked boxes, butchered hogs and packed meat in barrels.

Jones shared his political views with Lincoln. Later, as an Illinois politician, Lincoln spent the night here and made a speech on behalf of the Whig Party.

The Merchant of Jonesboro
There are countless tales of settlers arriving, staying a few years, then moving West. Jones represents the frontiersman who carved out an existence, stayed and prospered. His success as an entrepreneur brought
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success to his community and to his fledgling State.

Jones Home Ownership
1834 - early 1850s: William Jones
1850s - 1887: several owners
1887 - 1976: Bullock Family
1976 - 1990: Gayle and Bill Cook (restoration of Jones Home)
1990 Jones Home transferred to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

(right panel) Colonel William Jones (1803 - 1864)

Colonel Jones epitomized the spirit, hard work, ambition and patriotism that moved Indiana from the frontier to a modern state.

Following the death of his first and their children, William moved to Spencer County and opened a general store. Jones remarried and became a successful merchant. At this period in Indiana, merchants not only sold goods to the local farmers, but also shipped farmers' produce to markets along the Ohio River and New Orleans. Jones' store was a central point in moving frontier products to eastern and southern markets.

A community grew with the Jones General Store at its center. A school house, doctor's office and several log cabins formed Jonesboro. Jones himself served as the town's first postmaster.

The Civil War
In his 60s, Jones enlisted and fought in the Civil War. He was killed in battle near Atlanta on July 22,
The Colonel William Jones Home, built 1834 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, June 4, 2013
2. The Colonel William Jones Home, built 1834

Account of Jone's Death
In the field, Near Atlanta
July 23, 1864
Lt. Col. Jones, commanding 33rd Indiana Volunteers, fell wounded through both thighs early in the engagement, and was again struck by a shell on the head and instantly killed. Colonel Jones was in his 63rd year and was a brave and patriotic officer. After he was first wounded he drew his revolver and assisted in guarding prisoners behind the works, where he received his death-wound; then gallant Major Vestal took command and was soon severely wounded.

William Jones was born in the Indiana Territory. His father, Peter, served in the territorial government of William Henry Harrison in Vincennes. Peter Jones was also the owner of the Green Tree Inn. William received a formal and informal education due to his father's involvement in the events of the day.

If I had asked him for a loan of $100, he would have handed it over to me without a word.
Col. James S. Wright

Jones had political influence and ambition. He was active in the campaigns of others, and was himself elected to the General Assembly in 1838, 1838, and 1843.
Erected by Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
Location. 38° 6.827′ N, 87° 2.539′ W. Marker is near Gentryville, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker is on E County Road 1575 N, 0.4 miles west of Park Drive, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at the Colonel William Jones Home unit of Lincoln State Park, west of the main section of the park and a half-mile west of Gentryville. Marker is at the east entrance of the semicircular drive leading up to the house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 620 E County Road 1575 N, Gentryville IN 47537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lamar Barn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gentry Home Site (approx. 1.1 miles away); The James Gentry Home and Store (approx. 1.2 miles away); James Gentry, Sr (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Little Pigeon Cemetery / The Little Pigeon Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lincoln Spring (approx. 2.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza (approx. 2˝ miles away); Now he belongs to the ages (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gentryville.
Also see . . .  Lincoln State Park. Indiana Department of Natural Resources (Submitted on November 12, 2021.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2021, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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