The following article is a transcription from a photocopied document of unknown origin or date. My copy was obtained from D.L. Bond of Raleigh, NC, great-grandson of the article’s subject, Lewis Evan Jones Jr. of Cedar County, Nebraska. There is no author noted and this is one of several similar documents contained in the unpublished collection of papers associated with Lewis Evan Jones Jr. and his family. I have faithfully transcribed from the original photocopy in my possession. Since no sources are cited, no author is attributed, I would not cite this document as a referencable source. It does contain useful information, however care should be taken to verify the details from additional, referencable sources.
At the end of the article the author details a listing of descendents which is nearly incomprehensible. I have attempted to decipher this list and have placed it into a more standardized format following the article. I cannot be certain that my interpretation is correct. If you have more accurate information from a reliable source, I encourage you to contact me ASAP with corrections and citations.
I have also included notes immediately below the article (see asterisks).
“Lewis E. Jones Family
“It was June of 1858 that Lewis E. Jones of St. Louis, Missouri, first came to Cedar County. Being impressed with the available water power and thousands of acres of good timber, he moved his wife and three children to St. Helena in May, 1859. There he operated a sawmill and the county’s first newspaper.
“He began the construction of a flour mill in 1867 on land he had purchased along Bow Creek. The Indian name for this creek was Petit Arc River* meaning Little Bow. This mill was completed in 1868 and was named the Bow Valley Mill**. The main structure stands today much as it did when completed. Oak timber was used was used and the frame was mortised and pinned with wooden pins. No nails were used.
“Flour and milled products were not only supplied to the settlers as far away as Niobrara and Souix City, but a large volume was shipped by steamboat as far west as Fort Benton, Montana, since many big contracts were for the government.
“This mill is located about one and one-half miles north of Wynot. Meanwhile, a house, which was called Arc Lodge, was built across the road from the mill. Here in 1869 he moved his family from their home in St. Helena. The three children born in St. Louis were Louisa, William C. and Margaret. The five boys born in St. Helena were Evan (the first while child born in Cedar County), Thomas N., Lewis E., Frank and Albert W. As they grew older they gradually left home to establish homes of their own, except the youngest, Albert W.
“In 1893 Albert W. married Mattie C. Ferber and the house was made into a duplex with one part occupied by the newly-weds and the parents in the other. Albert resided there until his death in 1948. Mrs. Mattie C. Jones, his widow, whose father was one of a group that came to the St. James area in 1856-57, still maintains this home as her legal residence, although, because of her health, much of the later years have been spent in New Mexico with a daughter. A son, Edward, and wife share the ancestral home.
“Direct descendants who have lived continuously in the area are:
“John Jones of Wynot, son of William C. Jones, grandson of Mrs. Jacob Lemon, and son of her daughter, Margaret, (both deceased) who lives at York, and grandchildren of Mrs. Lemon, children of her son, George (also deceased), daughters, Peggy and Georgia, both of Lincoln; children of Lloyd Jones, deceased, (A son of Thomas N. Jones), Dorothy Heine, and eight children of Omaha, Betty Betty Garvin and four children of Wayne, and Daryl and four children of Wynot.
“Leslie Jones, deceased, son of Thomas N., Iona Gatzemeier and four children of Bancroft, Don and six children of Fordyce, Ralph and four children of St. Helena, and Merceda, also of St. Helena; Thelma, daughter of Orville Jones, three children and six grandchildren of South Souix City.***
“Children of Lewis Evan Jones (deceased) are Mrs. Marjorie Deist of Wynot, daughter of Hazel Jones Eby; Mrs. Joe Noecker of Hartington and four children, a daughter of Mrs. Mary Jane Rapp.
“Children of Albert W. Jones (deceased), Bryan Jones of Norfolk; Viola (Mrs. G.H. Anderson) of Omaha; Edith D. Jones of Wynot; Edward, son, Richard and nine children of Wynot; Buford Jones and two children of Lincoln, a son of Theodore Jones; Louisa, Mrs. Edward Newton of Obert and three children, Lowell of Wakefield and four children, Charles of Obert and one child and Penny Gran of Newcastle and two children.”
* “Petit Arc” is, obviously not Indian. It is French. French trappers and traders from Canada settled/visited this region well before settlers began moving in from the south and east coast of the United States.
**About one and a half miles below St. James, on Bow Creek, is Bow Valley Mill, built by Lewis E. Jones in 1867. It is eighty feet square, three stories high, contains four run of buhrs and cost about $8,000. Attached to it is a circular saw-mill. There is also a flouring-mill about ten miles above St. James, on Bow Creek, called Paragon Mills. It was built by M. M. Palmer & Co., of Yankton, costing about $25,000. It is sixty feet square, three stories high, and contains two run of buhrs.
Source: Andreas’ History of the State of Nebraska, CEDAR COUNTY, Part 2, St. Helena.
From the same source: LEWIS E. JONES, proprietor Bow Valley Mills, P. O. St. James, is a native of Wales. In his early years followed the sea, having made several voyages to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas, also made several between different ports of Great Britain and those of the United States. After leaving the sea, he worked on several newspapers in New Orleans. In 1848, he came to St. Louis, Mo.; published the St. Louis Christian Advocate for six years, having formerly worked on the Missouri Republican. In 1858, came to Cedar County; laid out the town of St. Helena and published the St. Helena Gazette. This paper, however, was of short duration. He built a steam saw-mill, which he ran about ten years. This mill is now the property of J. J. Felber. In 1869, he removed to his present locality, and built these mills, consisting of a grist and saw mill. These mills are run by water and are the finest in Northern Nebraska. Mr. Jones represented this county in the Territorial Legislature; has also been County Commissioner most of the time since coming to the county. He owns several hundred acres of land and formerly owned the land where St. Helena is now located.
Gen 1] Lewis Evan Jones Jr. (1825 – 1910) – married – Louisa Richards (b.d. unknown – 1893)
— Gen 2] Margaret Jones – married – Jacob Lemon
—— Gen 3] George Lemon
——— Gen 4] Unknown number of Grandchildren (surname Lemon)
—— Gen 3] Peggy Lemon
—— Gen 3] Georgia Lemon
— Gen 2] William Carnarvon Jones (b. 1853) – married – Unknown
—— Gen 3] John Jones – married – Unknown
— Gen 2] Thomas Norcliffe Jones (1861 – unknown) – married – Unknown
—— Gen 3] Lloyd Jones – married – unknown
——— Gen 4] Dorothy Jones – married – ? Heine
———— Generations 5] Eight children (surname Heine) born/residing in Bow Valley, Cedar County, NE
——— Gen 4] Ardyce Jones – married – ? Klanderud
———— Generation 5] Five children (surname Klanderud) born/residing in Omaha, NE
——— Gen 4] Betty Jones – married – ? Garvin
———— Generation 5] Four children (surname Garvin) born/residing in Wayne, NE
——— Gen 4] Daryl Jones – married – ?
———— Generation 5] Four children (surname Jones) born/residing in Wynot, NE
—— Gen 3] Leslie Jones – married – Unknown
——— Gen 4] Iona Jones – married – ? Gatzemeier
———— Generation 5] Four children (surname Gatzemeier) born/residing in Bancroft, NE
——— Gen 4] Don Jones – married – Unknown
———— Generation 5] Six children (surname Jones) born/residing in Fordyce, NE
——— Gen 4] Ralph Jones – married – Unknown
———— Generation 5] Four children (surname Jones) born/residing in St. Helena, NE
——— Gen 4] Marceda Jones
——— Gen 4] Orville Jones – married – Unknown
———— Generation 5] Thelma Jones – married – Unknown
————— Generation 6] Three children (surname unknown) born/residing in Sioux City
—————— Generation 7] Six children (surname unknown) born/residing in Sioux City
— Gen 2] Lewis Evan Jones (1863 – unknown) – married – unknown
—— Gen 3] Marjorie Jones – married – Unknown Diest
—— Gen 3] Unknown Female Jones – married – Joe Noecker
——— Gen 4] Four children (surname Noecker) born/residing in Hartington
— Gen 2] Albert Webster Jones (1866 – ?) – married – Unknown
—— Gen 3] Bryan Jones
—— Gen 3] Viola Jones – married – G.H. Anderson
—— Gen 3] Edith D. Jones
— Gen 2] Franklin Richard Jones (1865 – 1896) – married – Unknown
—— Gen 3] Edward Jones – married – Unknown
——— Gen 4] Nine children (surname Jones) born/residing in Wynot, NE
—— Gen 3] Buford Jones – married – Unknown
——— Gen 4] Two children (surname Jones) born/residing in Lincoln, NE
—— Gen 3] Theodore Jones – married – Unknown
——— Gen 4] Unknown son
—— Gen 3] Louisa Jones
—— Gen 3] Unknown Daughter – married – Edward Newton
——— Gen 4] Three children (surname Newton)
—— Gen 3] Lowell Jones – married – Unknown
——— Gen 4] Four children (surname Jones ) born/residing in Wakefield, NE
—— Gen 3] Charles Jones – married – Unknown
——— Gen 4] One child (surname Jones)
—— Gen 3] Penny Jones – married – ? Gran
——— Gen 4] Two children (surname Gran) born/residing in Newcastle, NE