MORE ABOUT THE FAMILY
Edward Jones (1821-1901) was born in a log cabin on a farm in
Londonderry, Ohio, to Quaker parents, Henry and Rachel Corkin Jones.
He was the least robust son in a brood of nine children. Since he
held little promise as a farmer, he was the only one in the family
that was permitted to leave home to pursue a formal education. He
attended Berea College in Kentucky, but poor health forced him to
abandon his studies and to return home. When his health permitted,
he read medicine with a Cincinnati physician. In 1845 he traveled
to Cleveland, Ohio, where he pursued a degree in the Western Reserve
Medical College. It was there that he met his future wife, Virginia
Smith. Nelson became an esteemed physician in Circleville in the
second half of the nineteenth century. He was also an amateur naturalist,
a loving husband, and a devoted father.
Smith Jones (1826-1906) was born in New London, Connecticut.
She moved to Cleveland, Ohio, as a young girl, accompanied by her
mother, Amy Beckwith Smith, and six siblings when her father, successful
woolen merchant Anson Smith, relocated the family in 1837 because
his business had suffered reversals. He quickly established another
successful business shipping produce on the Great Lakes and the
Ohio and Erie Canal. Virginia and her sisters were home-schooled
by a governess. Her brothers attended private schools and Yale College.
Virginia met Nelson Jones, the best friend of her oldest brother
Hamilton Lanphere Smith, at a family party. They corresponded for
a year while Nelson tried to establish a medical practice in Iowa.
They were married 1846 after Nelson returned to Cleveland.
Estelle Jones (1847-1879) was born in her grandfather's home
in Cleveland, Ohio, and named after one of her mother's sisters.
She was a bright, inquisitive child who loved to be out-of-doors.
When she was only a toddler, her father commissioned a set of miniature
gardening tools from the blacksmith so that she could work outside
along with the gardener. She moved to Circleville with her family
at the age of six. Soon afterward she began the lifelong practice
of riding with her father in his buggy as he visited his patients.
She was home-schooled by her mother, who also taught her watercolor
painting, until she was of high-school age. She attended Everts
High School and graduated in 1865. After that event, her education
was continued at home where she was tutored in Greek, Latin, French,
and German and studied the piano until her teacher refused to continue
taking money for lessons because she had become a better musician
than he was.
Edward Jones (1853-1945) was also born in his grandfather's
home in Cleveland, Ohio. Shortly afterward he moved with his family
to Circleville. As a young boy, he was an avid hunter who enjoyed
roaming the woods for hours at a time. He maintained a collection
of live, wild birds as pets in his father's barn. He graduated from
Everts High School in 1871, after which he went on to study at Hobart
College in New York and then to the Ohio Medical College. He became
a respected Circleville physician who was also well known as an
author, public speaker, historian, and an amateur naturalist, scientific
illustrator, ornithologist, and archaeologist.
The other artist and the colorists:
J. Shulze (1847-1920?) was born in Pennsylvania but grew up
in Circleville where she became Genevieve's closest friend. She
helped to plan the production of the book and had completed ten
illustrations at the time of Genevieve's death. Shortly afterward
she left Ohio, selling her part of the copyright back to the Jones
family, so that she might pursue formal artistic training in New
Klippart (1848-1936) was the daughter of John Hancock Klippart
and his wife, Emeline. She was born in Osnaburg, Ohio, but grew
up in Columbus. She began to paint as a youngster and started winning
accolades in state-wide competitions when she was still a child.
When her father was appointed to the Ohio State Board of Fisheries,
she used her skills to create the illustrations for the Annual Reports
for 1875 and 1876. It was this work that brought her to the attention
of Dr. Nelson Jones, who recruited her to assist Virginia Jones
with the coloring of the nests for Illustrations of the nests and
eggs of birds of Ohio after Genevieve died.
Gephart (1850-1912) was the daughter of Emanual Gephart, a wholesale
dealer of tobacco, liquor, and oil in Circleville, and his wife,
Maria. She was an amateur watercolorist who joined the Jones book
production team to assist Virginia by coloring less important parts
of the compositions.
D. Jacob (1856-1893) was the daughter of John Jacob, a dry goods
merchant in Circleville. She was an amateur watercolorist who was
hired after Genevieve's death to help Virginia color the patterns
on the eggs.