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Charles A. Gliozzo

Jones, John (03 November 1816–21 May 1879), civil rights activist and Chicago county commissioner, was born on a plantation in Greene County, North Carolina, the son of John Bromfield (occupation unknown), of German ancestry, and a free mulatto mother, whose last name was Jones (first name unknown). Due to the ancestry of his parents, John Jones was considered a free black. His mother, fearing that his father might attempt to reduce Jones to slavery, apprenticed Jones to learn a trade. It was in Tennessee that he received training as a tailor.

In 1841 while working for a tailor in Memphis Jones fell in love with Mary Jane Richardson the daughter of a free blacksmith The Richardsons moved to Alton Illinois and Jones remained in Memphis to complete his apprenticeship At age twenty seven after saving approximately $100 he went north to Alton and married Richardson in 1844 ...