B. F. Jones, citizen and farmer of the Twenty-first District was born in South Carolina in 1825, and is one of eleven children, eight of whom are living, born to the union of John and Austocia (Floyd) Jones. The father was a native of South Carolina, born in 1774, was a cabinet workman and also a gunsmith. He was married in his native State and remained there till 1835, when he went to Gibson County and lived there till his death in 1852. The mother was born in Virginia in 1784 and died in 1860.

Our subject was reared at home and received a good practical education in the Gibson County schools. In 1847 he married Sarah Moore, who was born in Virginia in 1829 and who is the daughter of Yancy and Mary Moore. Eleven children were the result of our subject’s marriage, nine of wham are living: Mary C. (deceased), J. H., C. C., R. L., Laura (Mrs. T. B. Buff), C. F., W. B. (deceased), Annie, S. L., B. B., and R. R.

Soon after marriage Mr. Jones located in the First District of Gibson County and began farming, which occupation he has continued to follow up to the present time. In 1857 he came to Carroll County and located where he now lives, four miles due south of Trezevant. He owns 181 acres of very desirable land and is one of the county’s best farmers. He is a stanch Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for James K. Polk. He and wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and all the children except two who are members of the Baptist Church.


Transcribed by David Donahue

Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Carroll, Henry and Benton Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978.