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THOMAS JONES PASSES AWAY. The Amador Leiyer (published at Jackson, Cali- fornia) of October 13th, has the following: One of Jackson's oldest residents, Thomas Jones, departed this life at his home near Jackson upon Saturday last, and was interred in the Jackson cemetery upon Monday, the 9th inat., the funeral services taking place at the Methodist church, where many sorrowing friends assembled to pay honour to the deceased. The following obituary notice was read at the church by Rev Williams Thomas Joms was born in Newtown, Montgomery- shire, North Wales, on the first of January, 1817. He emigrated to America in 1843, and the same year, shortly after his arrival in New York, was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Owens, also a native of Newtown, who had preceded him to America several months. When the news of the discovery of gold in California reached the Eastern States, he was among the first to resolve to try his fortune in the new-found gold regions of the west. Leaving his wife and child in Philadelphia, in the early part of 1849, in company with a party of kindred adventurous spirits, he started for California by the Panama route. Arriving in Vera Cruz, Mexico, they crossed to Tehautepec, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Here Mr Jones, with a party of twenty-six, purchased a schooner, with which they intended to make the trip to San Francisco, the nearest seaport to the gold fields. They had proceeded but a short distance on the voyage when disaster befell the vessel, compelling them to put into the nearest Mexican port for repairs. Here the party divided, one portion concluding to stay with the schooner the other, which included Mr Jones, decided to muke the remainder ot the journey entirely by land. This journey of over twelve hundred miles, through Mexico and desert country in Lower and Southern California, was full of peril and hardship in those days. Among the party was James McClatchy, afterwards proprietor and editor of the Sacramento Bee, and several other men who after- wards took a prominent part in the history of the State. After suffering greatly by the way, being once or tw<ce reduced to tho necessity of subsisting on horseflesh. Mr Jones reached the neighbourhood of Jackson in Juiy, lS49, and for a number of years thereafter devoted himself with considerable success to mining the rich placers so pLntiful hereabouts in early days. His family joined him m 1853. Sub- sequently he engaged in the hotel business in Jackson, which piopyrty was reduced to ashes in the great fire of 1862 leaving only the homestead on the confines of the town, and which has boon the scene of his I domestic joys aud sorrows for nearly forty years. J Deceased was a man fur above the average in mental j and moral character. Under all circumstances he I Sooadtaatiy lived up to his convictions of right, and ] during nis residence of nearly hair a century here commanded to the last the coafid^nce and esteem of all who knew him. He his filled several offices of pu'jlia trust. He was Justice of the Peace here, afterward deputy Internal Revenue Collector of this district for many years. He was one of the organizers of the Republican party in Amador county in 1856, and prior to 1876 was chairman of the county central committee for two or three successive terms. His last illness was brief. He first complained of feeling sick on September 30th. He was able to get around the house for several days thereafter. On Wednesday the symptomi were such as to demand medical assistance. The disease was pronounced to be an attack of pleurisy, .vhich rapidly developed to a fatal termination. He died at 1.30 p.m., October j 7th, a.ged 70 years, 9 months and 6 days. His mind wus unclouded almost to the last. In the few wandering moments that preceded dissolution, he was heard to murmur the name of his beloved wife, who over five years before him pas,ed through the valley of death, and by whose side ic becomes the fiad duty of the surviving members of his family to plac3 his mortal remains to-day. The deceased leaves two sons, T. R. Jones, of Sacramento, and H. W. Jones of Jackson, and one daughter, Mrs E. Webb of Jackson. —