Jones, Louis A.(born: 1852)
Louis A. Jones was born on the Cassiday Plantation near Bowling Green, KY. About a year before his father died, Jones was 6 years old when he and his mother were sold to an owner in Okolona, MS. His father, John T. Jones, the slaveowner, was married to Nancy J. Cassiday. While in Mississippi, Jones was freed two years after being sold. As an adult, he had a series of jobs, including, in 1881, working as a janitor in the Office of the Railroad and Warehouse Commission in Springfield, IL [source: p.113 in Gould's Springfield Directory for 1880-81]. Louis Jones was a member of the early African American community that had migrated to Springfield, IL from the south. He belonged to the Masons Blue Lodge No. 3. He was briefly married to Ada Chavons (1856-1879), she was a member of Shiloh Court No. 1 and Eastern Star Chapter No. 2. For more see History of Sangamon County, Illinois; together with sketches of its cities, by Inter-state Publishing Company (Chicago).