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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index of some references in the Jones Family papers
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jones Family papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1847-1946
    Collection number: 208
    Creator: Jones family
    Extent: 28 boxes (14.0 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The Jones and Conger families were among the pioneers of California and Nevada. Thomas Conger became state senator in California. Conger's son-in-law, John P. Jones, became senator in Nevada and was the founder of Santa Monica. Jones' son, Roy Jones, helped organize the Ramina corporation, one of the most extensive developers of northern and southern California. The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs and family memorabilia. The papers cover nearly a century of American history including the westward movement, Nevada and California politics, government, mining, agriculture, and real estate.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Roy Jones and Dorothy Jones, 1949.
    • Collection donated in the name of Pauline Williamson Jones.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jones Family papers (Collection 208). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    The Jones and Conger families were among the pioneers of California and Nevada; Thomas Conger became state senator in California; Conger's son-in-law, John P. Jones became senator in Nevada and founder of Santa Monica, California; Jones' son, Roy Jones, helped organize the Ramina corporation, one of the most extensive developers of northern and southern California.
    John Percival Jones was born in Herefordshire, England, January 27, 1829; immigrated to the U.S. as a child, settling in Ohio; came west to California, 1850; engaged in mining, 1850-60; married Cornelia (Conger) Greathouse, daughter of Judge Thomas Conger of Sacramento, 1861; member of the California state senate, 1863-67; moved to Gold Hill, Nevada, 1868, and served as superintendent and part owner of the Crown Point mine; elected Republican U.S. senator for Nevada, 1873-1903; retired to Santa Monica, California; died November 27, 1912.

    Biographical Narrative

    The papers of the several families contained herein, together form an exemplary narrative history of the way in which the Westward Movement scattered the American seed across the continent and then, finally, gathered it together again in new arrangements of families. The several Jones brothers started for the California gold fields via the sea route about a year before Thomas Conger, his wife and her brothers started overland from Michigan. The men and women of these families were among the pioneers of the mining centers of the still rough-hewn territories of California and Nevada. They made their fortunes and reputations from ore and litigation, elements out of which came the politics of those newly created states. After the close of the Civil War, these and other men, like General James A. Williamson of Iowa, expanded their interests and their families throughout the West and Southwest. Mining remained one of the elements attended to by their children, but new opportunities crowded that occupation-opportunities in the form of agriculture and stock raising, made possible by the irrigation of arid lands, and real estate in booming Soothern California.
    The individual members of these families earned their own fame and fortune, and by their efforts sank the tap roots upon which their children have been building to this day. Thomas Conger became a state senator in California. His son-in-law, John Percival Jones, became United States Senator from Nevada, champion of Free Silver, and in his later years, founder of Santa Monica, California. Jones's son, Roy, helped organize the Ramina corporation which was one of the most extensive developers of the varied agriculture of the irrigated valleys of northern and southern California. The families of the sons and daughters of John P. Jones are scattered far and wide throughout the state and nation, and the endless process of American life continues.
    The correspondence and papers of the collection are, obviously, only a small portion of the effects of these families. Children saved the diaries of their parents, wives handed down the letters written by their husbands at the beginning of their lives together, sons retained letters from political and business associates. From these gleanings, Roy Jones and his daughter, Dorothy Jones Cook presented a portion to the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Through the efforts of Lindley Bynum, an equal portion was presented to the University of California Library in 1949, in the name of Pauline Williamson Jones, wife and mother of the donors.
    A chart showing the relationships of those persons whose letters and papers are to be found in the collection is included in the paper copy of the finding aid, available in the Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation.
    _Elmo R. Richardson.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material concerning the Jones family including John P. Jones and his family, Roy Jones and his family, James A. Williamson and his family, and the Morton-Conger families. Includes correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs and family memorabilia. The papers cover nearly a century of American history including the westward movement, Nevada and California politics, government, mining, agriculture, and real estate.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Papers of John P. Jones and his family.
    2. Papers of Roy Jones and his family.
    3. Papers of James A. Williamson and his family.
    4. Papers of the Morton-Conger families.

    Extended Organization and Arrangement

    • Part 1: Papers of John P. Jones and his Family
    • Correspondence of John P. Jones with various persons.
    • Correspondence of John P. Jones with members of his family.
    • Correspondence of members of the John P. Jones family.
    • Papers and documents of John P. Jones and the Jones family.
    • Memorabilia and photographs of the John P. Jones family.
    • Part 2: Papers of Roy Jones and his Family
    • Correspondence of Roy Jones with various persons.
    • Correspondence of Roy Jones with members of his family.
    • Correspondence of members of the Roy Jones family.
    • Business papers and documents of Roy Jones and his family.
    • Miscellaneous papers and memorabilia of the Roy Jones family.
    • Part 3: Papers Of James A. Williamson and his Family
    • Correspondence of James A. Williamson with various persons.
    • Correspondence of James A. Williamson with members of his family.
    • Correspondence of members of James A. Williamson family.
    • Papers and documents of James A. Williamson and his family.
    • Memorabilia and photographs of James A, Williamson and his family.
    • Part 4: Papers of the Morton-Conger Families
    • Correspondence of members of the Morton family.
    • Correspondence of members of the Conger family.
    • Papers and documents of the Morton-Conger families.
    • Miscellaneous memorabilia and photographs of the Morton-Conger families.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Jones family--Archives.
    Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912--Archives.
    Jones, Roy.
    Williamson, James A.
    Pioneers--California--Archival resources.
    Pioneers--Nevada--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Family papers.

    Index of some references in the Jones Family papers

    Agriculture - California Mines and Mineral Resources - Alaska. Box 4/folder 3; 10/2 and 4; 11/1 and 2; 12/4; 13/5; 23/2; 15/2.
    Allison, William B. - Letter: Box 4/folder 3.
    Arthur, Chester A. - Doc. signed: Box 4/folder 6.
    Baldwin, Elias Lucky, - Letter: Box 2/folder 2.
    Booth, Newton - Ref.: Box 3/folder 3.
    California - Agriculture California. (Fruit and other Products) - Box 10/folder 1 and 2; Box 11; Box 12. [See also Ramina Corporation].
    -Description and Travel- Box 20/folder 6 and 7 and 8.
    Irrigation California - Box 10/folder 1 and 2 and 4; 11/1 and 2 and 3 and 4; 12/2. [See also Ramina Corporation].
    Real Property - California - Box 4/folder 8; 10/1 and 4; 11/1 and 2 and 3; 12/4; 14/2 and 3; 23/1.
    -Mines and Mineral - Resources - Box 1/folder 2; 2/1 and 3 and 5; 3/2 and 4; 22/6; 11/1 and 2 and 3; 20/1.
    Petroleum Industry and Trade -- California - Box 10/folder 1 and 4; 11/1 and 4; 24/2.
    -Politics And Government - Box 20/ folder 8.
    Civil War - [See U.S. History - Civil War - Campaigns and Battles].
    Clark, William A.- Letter: Box 15/folder 2.
    Cleveland, Stephen Grover - Ref.: Box 13/folder 1; 25/folder 2
    Conger, Thomas (father-in-law of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 20/ folder 6 and 7;
    Letters to: 20 / 8 and 10;
    Ref.: Box 21/ folder 2 and 3.
    Conger Family - Papers: Box 20/ folder 6 and 10 and 11 and 12 and 13 and 14; 21/ 1 and 2;
    Genealogy: Box 13/folder 1; 21/11 and 2. [See also: Jones, Hannah Cornelia (Conger); Whittingham, Marie Antoinette (Conger),].
    CURRENCY QUESTION - U.S. - Box 5/ folder 2; 6/1.
    Curtis, William E. - Letter: Box 17/ folder 4.
    Dodge, Grenville M. - Letters: Box 17/ folder 3;
    Telegram: Box 17/ folder 4;
    Ref.: Box 16; 18/2.
    Dorsey, Stephen W. - Ref.: Box 3/folder 5.
    Fremont, Mrs. Jessie (Benton) - Ref.: Box 13/folder 3.
    Fremont, John C. - Ref.: Box 16.
    Friday Morning Club, Los Angeles - Box 13/folder 6; Box 14/folder 1
    Grant, Ulysses S. - Ref.: Box 16.
    Harrison, Benjamin - Doc. signed: Box 18/folder 3.
    Howard, Oliver O. - Ref.: Box 16; 25/2.
    Hoyt, Colgate, - Letter: Box 15/folder 2;
    Telegram: Box 17/folder 4.
    Hull, John A.T. - Letter; and Telegram: Box 17/folder 4.
    Huntington, Collis P.- Letter: Box 15/folder 2;
    Ref.: Box 3/folder 5.
    Iowa - History - Civil War - Box 16; 18/folder 1 and 2; 19/4.
    - Politics and Government - Box 16.
    Iowa State Historical Society - Box 15/folder 1 and 2; Box 17/ 4.
    Irrigation - California
    Jones, Cornelia (daughter of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 12/4.
    Jones Family - Genealogy - Box 13/folder 4.
    Jones, Frederick H. (brother of John P. Jones) - Doc.: Box 4/folder 6.
    Jones, Georgina R. (daughter of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 3/folder 7; 12/4; 13/1; 17/4;
    Letters to Box 12/2.
    Jones, Georgina (Sullivan) (second wife of John P. Jones) - Letters to various persons: Box 4/folder 3;
    Letters to family: 3/3; 4/1;
    Letters to: 3/2; 4/2;
    Writings of: Box 5/3.
    Jones, Gregory (grandson of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 12/folder 5;
    letters to: 12/1.
    Jones, Hannah Cornelia (Conger) (first wife of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 20/folder 8 and 9;
    Doc. 21/2;
    Photograph: 21/5.
    Jones, Henry (brother of John P. Jones) - Writing: Box 6/folder 2.
    Jones, John Percival - Letters to various persons: Box 1/folder 1;
    Letters from various persons: Box 1/folder 2 and 3 and 4 and 5; 2/1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5; 3/1;
    Letters to family: Box 3/folder 2 and 4 and 5;
    Letters from family: 12/6; 3/3 and 6 and 7;
    Writings: Box 5/folder land 2;
    Biographical Material: Box 4/folder 3; 11/3; 24/2;
    Ref.: 6; 22; 20/2; 11/5; 20/8;
    Jones, Marion (daughter of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 4/folder 2; 12/4;
    letters to: Box 12/2; 13/1.
    Jones, Pauline (Williamson) (daughter-in-law of John P. Jones):- Letters from various persons: Box 13/folder 5;
    letters to family: 13/1; 15/4;
    Letters from family: Box 13/folder 2 and 3 and 4;
    Writings: Box 13/folder 6 and 7;
    Papers: Box /folder 1.
    Jones, Alice (daughter of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 4/folder 2; 12/4; 13/1;
    letters to: Box 12/folder 2.
    Jones, Roy (son of John P. Jones) - Letters to various persons: Box 10/folder 1 and 2;
    Letters from various persons: 10/3 and 4 and 5; 11/ 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5;
    Letters to family: Box 12/1 and 2 and 3; 3/6;
    Letters from family: 12/ 4 and 5 and 6 and 7; 15/3;
    Business papers: Box 14 and 14 A;
    Writings: Box 5/folder 3;
    Ref.: Box 4/5; 20/8 and 9.
    Jones, Samuel L. (brother of John P. Jones) - Letters from: Box 1/folder 2;
    Letters to: Box 1/folder 5; 12/3;
    Ref.: 1/2; 4/5; 11/1;
    doc.: Box 14/4.
    Jones, Samuel L. - Grandson of Roy Jones Box 12/5
    Jones, Thomas (brother of John P. Jones) - Letter: Box 1/folder 4.
    Kasson, John A. - Ref.: Box16/; 18/2; 19/5.
    Kirkwood, Samuel J. - Ref.: Box 16.
    Mines and Mineral Resources - Alaska
    Mines and Mineral Resources - California; Mines and Mineral Resoures - Nevada
    Modjeska, Helena - Letter: Box 13/folder 5.
    Morton Family - Correspondence: Box20/ folder 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 7 and 13 and 14;
    Papers: 21/3;
    Genealogy: 21/4.
    Nevada - Description and Travel - Box 3/folder 6; 4/4; 9.
    Real Property - Nevada Box 1/folder 2.
    Mineral Resources - Nevada
    Mines and Mining - Box 1/folder 2 and 5; 2/3; 3/2; 3/4; 4/8; 23/6; 20/10.
    - Politics And Government - Box 1/folder 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5; Box 2/ folder 2 and 3 and 4 and 5.
    Nevada State Historical Society - Box 4/folder 3.
    Real Property - New Mexico Box 10/3; 17/4; 18/3.
    Petroleum Industry and Trade - California (see p.15 of paper finding aid)
    Ramina Corporation - Box 10/folder 1 and 2 and 4; 11/1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5; 12/2 and 4 and 5; 14/1; 23/ 2.
    Real property - California; Real property - Nevada; Real property - New Mexico.
    Sage, Russell - Ref.: Box 18/folder 3.
    Santa Monica, California - Box 3/folder 5; Box 22/ folder 6 and 7; 10/1 and 3 and 4; 14/4; Box 8.
    Santa Monica, California - Views,
    Sargent, Aaron A. - Letter: Box 15/folder 2;
    Ref.: Box 3/folder 3.
    Sharon, William - Ref.: Box 1/folder 2 and 3 and 4 and 5; Box 2/folder 1 and 5.
    Sherman, William T. - Ref.: Box 16.
    Smith, Charles E. - Letter: Box 3/folder 1.
    Stimson, Henry A. - Letter: Box 17/folder 4.
    Studebaker, J.M. - Letter: Box 1/folder 4.
    Stewart, William - Ref.: Box 2/folder 1; Box 20/folder 8;
    Letter: Box 1/folder 2.
    Sutro, Adolph - Ref.: Box 2/folder 1; Box 22/ folder 6.
    Swayne, Wager - Letter and Telegram: Box 17/folder4.
    Taft, William H. - Photograph: Box 9.
    Tarkington, Booth - Letters: Box 11/folder 5.
    Territorial Enterprise (Virginia City, Nev.) - Ref.: Box 1/folder 2 Box 2/folder 3.
    THAYER, JOHN M. - copy of letter: Box 15/folder 2.
    U.S. - History - Civil War - Campaigns AND Battles - (Atlanta Campaign, 1864; Chattanooga, Battle of, 1863; Corinth, Miss, Battle of, 1862; Pea Ridge, Battie of, 1862; Savannah, Siege, 1864; Vicksburg - Siege, 1863) - Ref.: Box 16; Box 18/folder 2.
    Villard, Oswald G. - Letter: Box 10/folder 3.
    Washington, Booker T. - Letter: Box 3/folder 1.
    Whittingham, Marie Antoinette (Conger), - Letters from: Bpx 12/folder 6; Box 13/ folder 1 and 4; Box 20/14;
    Photograph: Box 21/folder 5;
    Ref.: Box 21/folder 1.
    Williamson, Haidee (daughter of James A. Williamson and sister-in-law of Roy Jones) - Letters from: Box 12/folder 7; Box 13/1; Box 15/ 4; 17/ 1;
    Letters to: Box 15/3; 17/ 2; 17 3 and 4;
    Writing: 25/1.
    Williamson, James Alexander - (father-in-law of Roy Jones) - Letters to various persons: Box 15/folder 1;
    Letters from various persons: Box 15/folder 2 and 3;
    Letters to family: Box12/7; 15/3 and6;
    Letters from family: Box 15/4;
    Writings: Box18/1 and 2;
    Papers: Box 19/ 1 and 2 and 3 and 5 and 6;
    Photographs: Box 25/3;
    Biographical material: 17/3; 25/1.

    Related Material

    Related Jones Family material available at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.