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Re: Callaway Legend Jefferson F. Jones was a Snedi

Colonel Jefferson F. Jones Plantation, Callaway County, Missouri
In 1860, Colonel Jeff Jones owned 10 slaves and before his death in the 1870s had accumulated nearly 1,400 acres. The Colonel built his magnificent home in 1859, which was razed in c. 1950. The house had a massive cupola on top, which it is said the Colonel used to survey his property and watch his slave from a spy glass. During the Civil War, Colonel Jeff Jones became embroiled in the conflict and was instrumental in the founding of the Kingdom of Callaway.
“There are but few persons in Missouri who have not heard of
Colonel Jeff Jones, of Callaway County, the "Kingdom of Callaway," as he appropriately named it during the "late unpleasantness." He is one of the leading thinkers of our State, and has only failed to gain a national reputation by his honest repugnance to mingling in the dirty politics of the day. He is firm in his convictions of right and justice, and would not yield an iota of his principles for the highest place in the gift of his fellow countrymen. He has never hesitated to denounce wrong and the authors of it in the boldest and most unequivocal language, and hence he has frequently incurred the enmity of men in high places, but on the other hand has gained the respect and confidence of hosts of friends and honest men wherever he is known.
He belongs to one of our old American families which dates back beyond the Revolutionary War, and which has numbered among its members heroes and patriots.
William Jones, the founder of the family, in this country, was born of Welch parents, in the city of London, England. He died on his way to America, leaving a young widow, who, soon after landing in Virginia, gave birth to a son whom she named Mosias. She afterward married a man named Webb, of Albemarle County, and they soon removed to Greenbriar County, VA., where Mosias was raised and married. After his marriage he removed to Kentucky, and settled on the head waters of Caney Fork of Otter Creek, in Madison County, four miles east of Richmond. His children were: Mosias, Foster, George, William, Roger, John, Thomas, Rebecca and one other daughter, who married a gentleman from Virginia named Garrison. Rebecca married Henry Burnham, a Hard-Shell Baptist preacher. All the boys served in the Revolutionary War, and most of them through the entire struggle.
William married Lucy Harris, who was also a native of Greenbriar County, VA., and they had: Levi, Thomas G., Elizabeth, Robert H., Nancy, John B., Ransom P., William, Milton and Rebecca. Elizabeth was married to Joel Hern. Nancy married Tyro Harris. Rebecca married Mr. Irvin Ogan.
Thomas G., the second son of William Jones, was married in Montgomery County, KY., to Rebecca B. Snedicor, and removed with his father to Boone County, MO., in 1824 and in 1848 he settled in Callaway County. His children were: Jefferson F., Pamelia A., William D., Caroline M., Sidney F., William H., Miranda J., Mary E. and George W. Pamelia A. was married first to S. B. Ham, and second to Joseph Young, now of Johnson County, MO. Caroline M. married Dr. B. B. Thornton, of Johnson County. Miranda J. married William S. Foster, of Johnson County, and Mary E. married Joseph L. Craig, of Callaway County.
Colonel Jefferson F. Jones was married on March 6, 1844, to
Sally Ann Jameson, by whom he had sixteen children, ten of whom are living. The Colonel began the practice of law at Fulton, where he was raised, in 1843, and soon gained a large and lucrative business, his superior talents placing him at the start among the leaders of the bar in his county. His powers as a debater were soon recognized by the party to which he belonged (the Whig), and in 1844 he was appointed to canvass the county against his wife's uncle, Hon. John Jameson. In 1848 he was appointed Whig Elector for the State of Missouri; and in 1852 he was nominated by his party as a candidate for the Legislature, but declined to run. In 1856 he was again nominated for the same position, and although he again declined, he was elected by a large majority, and served his county to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. In 1860, after his removal to his farm, he was again nominated for the Legislature, but declined positively. In 1875 he was again elected a member of that body, on the Democratic ticket, and became one of the leaders of the House immediately upon assuming his seat. Since the close of the war he has been sent as a delegate to every Democratic State Convention except one, and so great is the confidence of the people of his county in his ability and integrity that they would readily entrust with any office in their gift.
Colonel Jones was for many years a manager of the State Lunatic Asylum at Fulton, the duties of which position he discharged in the most faithful and conscientious manner. When the North Missouri Railroad Co. was organized he became a member of the incorporating board of directors, and did much toward the construction and progress of the road.
In all his public services he has regarded himself as a servant of the people, and endeavored to perform his duties in such a manner that their interests would be protected and advanced. Fidelity and energy have marked his entire career, and if our affairs of State could always rest in hands as true as his, they would be safe.”

From "A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, etc., relating to Early Days in Missouri" by William S. Bryan and Robert Rose, Published by Bryan, Brand & Co., St. Louis Missouri, 1876. (Pages 426-428)

NB: Jones was a principal in the North Missouri Railroad! Wonder what he thought of his cousins burning his bridges...Oh what tangled webs we weave. But this little tid bit may be why the Union Army negotiated with him. In 1861 he was definitely Mr Big in the neighborhood and the army probably could not afford to raise his indignation. Again he was a pro-union, anti-abolitionist slave owner.

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