The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 150
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way of St. Louis under orders of Captain Philip St. George
Cooke, and this gave friends in the Jones' former home state an
opportunity to defend the action of all the Texans in Colonel
Snively's party. The statement as it appeared in the St. Louis
newspaper said in part:
"We have long and familiarly known Myers F. Jones, the cap-
tain of Company D, in Col. Snively's party. He has repeatedly
represented the county of Washington in the legislature of this
state, is a man not only above reproach, but above suspicion so
far as integrity and truth is concerned, and this character of his
will be sustained by the thousands who know him in the vicinity
of his former residence. Several years ago, he removed to Texas
to make it his permanent residence, and while his feelings may
be directly enlisted for his adopted country, we know there is no
man who entertains a higher or more devoted wish for the repu-
tation and spotless character of his native land."
John Rice Jones, the first, father of the three boys who came
to Texas, was a Welshman of high education, a graduate in both
law and medicine. Soon after arrival in America, he stopped
awhile in Philadelphia, then went to Louisville, Kentucky, and
there joined the army of George Rogers Clark in its march
against the Indians in the Northwest Territory. He was at the
taking of Vincennes, and became a member of the Constitutional
Convention of Indiana; then moved to Illinois and became its
first English-speaking lawyer. Moving to St. Genevieve, Mis-
souri, he was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention
of that state and was made a member of the state supreme court,
which position he held up to the time of his death, February 3,
Another of his sons, George Wallace Jones, went north instead
of south. He was representative in Congress from Michigan and
Wisconsin, and when he got through a bill creating Iowa, he be-
came a citizen of that state. He was elected to the United States
Senate from Iowa, holding the position for twelve years.
It is remarkable that every son of the Welsh immigrant should
have made conspicuous marks over a country so widely separated.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932, periodical, 1932; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101092/m1/154/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.