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JONES, John Mather, journalist, born in Bangor, North Wales, 9 June, 1826; died in Utica, , New York, 21 December, 1874. He was educated in his native place, came to this country in 1849, and, after engaging in mercantile pursuits, made a voyage around the world for his health, acting as purser of a ship of which his brother-in-law was captain. After the close of the civil war he founded the Welsh town of New Cambria, Missouri, and in 1869, with James A. Whittaker, he bought a large tract of land in Osage county, Kansas, where he founded the town of Avonia. From 1865 till his death he was proprietor and publisher of "Y Drych" ("The Mirror"), the oldest Welsh newspaper in the United States, and in this place he exercised much influence over his countrymen. Mr. Jones was an earnest Abolitionist and a Republican in politics, but never sought nor held any office. He published a "History of the Rebellion" in Welsh (Utica, New York, 1866).
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