Allen Jones, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Franklin County, in 1836, the second of six children of Chaldon and Martha (Browning) Jones, probably natives of the same county.
Their parents, early pioneers of Franklin County, were married about 1832, and located near Benton where the father died about 1852, and where the mother still lives. He was a farmer and millwright, erecting the first horse mill built in the county. Nathaniel Jones was the grandfather. The mother is a daughter of John Browning, well known as an early pioneer of considerable influence. The father and mother were both members of the Missionary Baptist Church. With a limited education our subject left home at sixteen, and soon saved from his $6 per month enough to buy a small tract of land five miles northwest of Benton. He sold this and bought more, until he now owns 290 acres, finely improved, near Christopher. He was, in 1856, married to Altamira Silkwood. Three of their eight children are living: Sarah E., wife of John Neal, of Kansas; Martin T. and Hosea M. The wife died in January, 1874, and in August he married Mrs. Martha F. Winn, nee Spillman. Their only child is Martha. This wife died January 29, 1876, and September 17, same year, he married Mrs. Sarah E. Blake, nee Mulkey. In 1858 he began in a log cabin, then in the woods, only nine acres cleared, and now has become a large farmer and stock dealer, and a well informed man. He is a Democrat, first voting for Douglas. He is a prominent member of the F. M. B. A. He and his wife are members of the church.