MG 069 - Jones Family Papers

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Scope and Content

A scrapbook of newspaper clippings mainly concerning history of Harrisburg in the late 1800's and early 1900's, including a "Handbook of the Capitol," 1906, war ration books, 1942-43, made out to John and Mary Groome, and a number of photos. (The Groome connection to the Jones family is unknown.)

A scrapbook of newspaper clippings, early 1900's, postcards, programs, invitations, envelopes addressed to John Paul Jones, ticket stubs, etc.

Correspondence, 1889-1902, to John P. Jones and Joshua W. Jones

A copy of the last will and testament of William Jones, 1768

Genealogy of the Jones, Harper, Fox, Brightbill, and Shaeffer families, 1743-1905, compiled by J. W. Jones in 1905

Certificates presented to Joshua W. Jones including a certificate of safe passage from Henry M. Hoyt, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1880 and a 1909 catalog of the J. W. Jones Company, dealers in appliances for railways, printing and allied trades


WILLIAM JONES was the progenitor of one of the numerous families by that name in Pennsylvania. He was the founder of Jonestown which he laid out in 1761 on land granted to him by the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Catherine had ten children, the last of which was born after his death in 1771.

JOSHUA W. JONES, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Fox Jones was born in 1831 in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County. He is the great grandson of William Jones who founded Jonestown, Pennsylvania. He was apprenticed to W. O. Hickok to learn the printing trade, and later was general manager for various state printer in Harrisburg. He introduced a number of improvements in printing and binding and invented a rotary paper cutter, a folding machine, the Signature Press, and other improvements in the trade. He was appointed Superintendent of Printing and Binding for the State of Pennsylvania by Governor Hartranft in 1873, a post he held for several years. In 1862 he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Second Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers under Colonel Henry McCormick. He continued inventing various items and with his brother J. R. was the inventor and owner of the Standard Wire Compensators for railroad switches and signals. He was married to Mary E. Miley who was one of the founders of the Children's Industrial Home. They had seven children.

JOHN PAUL JONES was a son of Joshua W. and Mary Miley Jones. He was born in 1879.

Date(s): Late 1890's-1943

Extent: 1 box, 5 folders, 11 enclosures