Hi Janice, I did some checking for you and found the following: Illinois State Death Index 1916-1947at LDS Pilot Site: John H. Jonesdied 1 October 1942 Chicago, Cook County, IL born: 21 February 1880 Fisher, IL[Champaign County] occupation: Hotel Clerk father: ALFREDmother: blank wife: Jessie A. Jones Burial: Hoopeston,Iroquois County, ILcemetery: FLoral Hill
John H. Jones [Jackie]was that his nickname? Jack is a nickname for John born: 2-21-1880Fisher, IL wedding date: 1-16-1902 Spouse: Jessie died: 10-1-1942burial: Floral Hill
I would really try to find that marriage license/application. Try starting with Vermilion County-write to the County Clerk's office. Parental information should be on it.
I did find an Alfred Jones in Champaign County, IL: 1880 Condit Twp., Champaign County, IL8/9 June 1880 102/102 Jones, Alfred27farm laborerborn: INfather: VA mother: KY Jones, Mary23wifeINKYKY Jones, Johnny3sonINININ
I think that this could be your John; he would have been about 3 months old [would have turned 4 months on 21 June] and the census taker made a mistake when he wrote down 3 for years, rather than 3/12 as in months.
1900 Concord Twp., Iroquois County, IL15 June 1900 184/184 Jones, Alfredheadb. August 1854/45 widowed IN WVA KY Jones, WaltersonFeb 1882/18 singleIL IN KY Jones, ErnestsonMarch 1886/14 single IN IN KY Jones, Charles sonSept 1888/11 singleIN IN KY
John H. would have been 18 and is probably out on his own. The last two children were born in Indiana, so Alfred's wife Mary may have died in Indiana. I looked for, but did not find, a marriage for Alfred to Mary ?John H's marriage may give her maiden name and that might make it easier to find a marriage for Alfred to Mary.
I also found this at the LDS Pilot Site: http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#P=0http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#P=0 Iowa Marriages 1809-1992 Charles E. Jonesborn 1890Remington, IN[Jasper County] age 29married to: Jessie Hazel Hunterborn: 1893Audubon, Iowa age 26 Married: 19 July 1919Carroll, IA Groom' father: Alfred J. Jonesmother: Mary Barret Bridefather: S.A. Huntermother: Minnie Kurl
John H. Jones' marriage may confirm that the name Mary Barrett is correct. Above Charles' age is off from the 1900 census and may not be the right Charles, BUT, it is possible that Alfred gave the wrong year of birth for the census.