Born in Shelby County, Alabama, Jones moved with his parents to Talladega County, Alabama, in early youth. He pursued an academic course and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Henderson, Texas.
During the Civil War Jones enlisted in the Confederate States Army and served as captain and lieutenant colonel of the Eleventh Texas Infantry, and later as colonel commanding the Third Brigade of Walker's Texas Division.
He resumed the practice of law in Henderson, Texas, and died there March 22, 1904. Jones was interred in the New Cemetery, Henderson, Texas.
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