James Jacob Stephen "Jake" Jones
James Jacob Stephen "Jake" Jones was born in Pickens County, Georgia on July 2,1869, the son of Charles Allison Jones and Hester Ann Prather. James was the grandson of Stephen Griffeth and Mary J Jones of Pickens County. His grandparents Stephen and Mary had a common law marriage and when Jake's father Charles A. Jones was born, along with a brother Caleb Jones, both boys took their mother's maiden name of Jones, thus the Jones name survived and continued down
Jake had one sister, Lillie Parthenia Jones. The 1870 Pickens County census lists Jake and his sister Lillie as living with their mother Hester Ann (Prather) Jones. Jake's father Charles was not listed in that census. It is unknown whether Charles was just gone from the house the day the census was taken, or whether he and Hester were seperated at that time. What became of Charles Jones after Jake's birth in 1869 is still a mystery that will hopefully be cleared up one day. It is known that Jake's mother Hester later married Benjamin F. Dorsey sometime in the 1870's and had more children.
The 1880 Pickens County census lists both Jake and his sister Lillie as living in the household of their grandparents, James Prather and Parthenia (Pool) Prather, who raised both children to adulthood in Pickens County. Lillie later married James William Padgett and moved to Rome, Floyd County, Georgia where she had a large family. She remained there until her death in 1925.. Jake went to work in the area mines when he became old enough, and he also worked as a laborer doing odd jobs.. He married his wife Mary Catherine Stepp about 1899 and they are listed in the 1900 and 1910 Pickens County census records, Jake working as a laborer.
Sometime during the year 1916, Jake and his family moved to Jacksonville, Alabama where they are listed in the 1920 census for Cherokee County, Alabama. By this time, Jake and Mary had their four children, Stephen and Ethel who were twins born in 1900, Cale born in 1902 and Jesse who was born in 1905, all born in Georgia. While living in Alabama, Jake worked at Fort McClelland, an army base near Jacksonville, as a laborer building housing for the soldiers to live in.
About 1923 Jake moved his family to Naples, Florida. He had taken a job working to help build the famous Tamiami Trail, running from Naples to Miami. He must have liked the tropical climate in Naples, because this was where the family stayed for the remainder of their lives.. By the 1930 census, Jake was listed as living in Naples and working as a messenger for the Telegraph Company.
Most of Jake's and Mary's decendants still live in and around the area today in Central and South Florida. Jake and Mary's son Cale Howard Jones Sr. became the first police chief in Naples, working at that job for a little over 30 years, until he retired in 1958. Cale married Alice Lowery from Biloxi, Ms.and had two sons, Cale H. Jones Jr. and Charles Edward "Ed" Jones. Cale passed away in Naples in 1966. Stephen Allison Jones married Beatrice Bickford and raised a large family in Naples. Jesse Floyd Jones married Ethel Chesser Fuller and they had a large family also. Jesse's oldest son Jimmy Jones became Fire Chief for the North Naples Fire Dept. and retired from that job. Ethel B.Jones married William Frank Roland and moved back to Alabama where she raised her family.
Jake passed away in 1938 in Fort Myers, Lee Memorial Hospital, in Lee County. Mary passed away in 1948 in Naples at the home of her son, Cale H. Jones Sr. Jake and Mary are both buried in the old Fort Myers Cemetery, Fort Myers, Lee County, FL
copyright Mary Jones O'Neil