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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
They were married by the Rev. Mr. Eaton. ExGovernor
Frank Lubbock was one of the grooms.
Mrs. Jones was a native of Cologne, Germany,
and a sister of the great Parisian composer,
Jacques Offenbach. Previous to taking this step
Mr. Jones had purchased property on Broadway,
between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets (an
entire block), where, having erected what for the
time was an excellent dwelling, he established himself
and lived for some years in bachelor quarters,
dispensing a generous hospitality to his numerous
friends. Three daughters, Anna M., Rosanna
Osterman, and Henrietta Ord, and one son, William
Goodrich, named for his old friend, the jeweler of
New Orleans, were the issue of this union. -In the
earlier days Mr. Jones underwent many of the
privations to which the inhabitants of Galveston
Island were subjected, and during the Civil War
he and his family suffered in common with others
all the hardships which were visited upon the people
of that city. He passed through eight yellow fever
epidemics, he and his entire family at one time or
another having the disease, one daughter, Rosa,
dying of it.
After the war Mr. Jones took his family to
Europe, in consequence of his wife's broken health,
and remained there nearly a year, returning in the
latter part of 1866, when he took up his residence
in New York. There he organized the New
York and Texas Land Company, with which he
was subsequently connected; and as long as he
lived devoted his attention chiefly to land matters.
During his residence in Texas he had, as his means
accumulated, made considerable investments in
Texas real estate both in the city of Gavleston and
in unimproved lands in different counties, and
these holdings advancing in price with the settlement
of the country, formed the foundation
of a comfortable fortune, the oversight of which
together with his other duties occupied his
time during the last twenty years of his life.
He built a home in Brooklyn, N. Y., and a
summer residence at Saratoga Springs in that
State, and between these two places spent his time,
making an occasional trip to Texas, and once from
1872 to 1875--an extended trip to Europe.
Though much absent in later life from the State he
never forgot the scenes of his early struggles nor
the friends of his young manhood. He was devoted
to Texas and her people with that ardent attachment
which characterizes the feelings of all those
who have shared in the glories and sorrows of its
early days. He was the kind of material of which
new States are made. His honest, industrious,
upright ways won him friends and helped early in
his career to make him one of the foremost men in
the community where he settled. His achievements,
considering his chances, were great; but
back of these was something greater, a character,
into the formation of which had entered the inherited
wisdom and virtue of an excellent ancestry,
reinforced by patient discipline on his own part and
a fervent trust in God.
He spent much of his leisure time in after years
in study and philanthropy, and was a mal of much
knowledge and general culture, and of a strong
religious character. After hisremovalto Brooklyn,
N. Y., he was for many years a communicant of
the Rev. Theo. L. Culyer's Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian
Like his father, he neither smoked nor chewed
tobacco, nor drunk spirituous liquors, deeming a
man would remain healthier and happier without
these habits. He was an enthusiastic agriculturist
and lover of nature, and took great interest in tree
planting and the beautifying of cities. After a life
of much activity and crowned with more than
ordinary success he died, passing away at his summer
home at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., on the 21st
day of April, 1891, in the seventy-seventh year of
his age. His widow survived him a little less than
four years, dying January 8th, 1895, at Aiken,
S. C., whither she had gone for the winter. Their
two surviving daughters reside in New York, their
son at Temple, Texas.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/397/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .