JONES, PERCY (1885–1951). Percy Jones, railroad executive and oilman, son of Thomas Charles and Jane Elizabeth Jones, was born at Fence Houses, Durham County, England, on January 23, 1885, and was educated at Barnard Castle School. In 1903 he came to America and joined his uncle, Morgan Jones, in railroad building and operation. He was an engineer in the construction of the Abilene and Northern and the Abilene and Southern railroads, was president of the Abilene and Southern for a period beginning in 1926, and was later president of the Paris and Mount Pleasant Railroad Company. He was also president of the Western Compress and Storage Company. Oil discoveries on land Jones had bought in Kent and Howard counties brought him a substantial fortune, which he augmented by developments through his own oil company. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and a philanthropist, who made most of his benefactions anonymously. Jones married Ruth Legett (see JONES, RUTH L.), daughter of Judge Kirvin K. Legett, on December 25, 1915. They had a son and two daughters. Jones died in Abilene on February 11, 1951.
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