Birth: Mar. 29, 1821, Erie County, New York.
Death: Mar. 8, 1893, Rice County, Kansas.
Wife: Julia A Smith Fones (1861 - 1893)
Children: Alonzo Fones (1844 - 1925), Marian Fones Heffner (1881 - 1961), Roy Fones (1887 - 1887).
Burial: Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons, Rice County, Kansas.
DR. HARRY FONES, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4, Town 19, Range 8 west, P. O. Lyons. He came with the first settlers to Rice County, Kan., in March, 1871. He has 130 acres of land adjoining Lyons village site on the north; 100 acres is cultivated. In 1882 he raised 2,500 bushels of wheat. He was born in Erie County, N. Y., March 29, 1830 (1820), and was raised in that county. He began the study of medicine in 1854, and the practice of his profession in 1855.
Moved to Whiteside County, Ill., in 1838, where he farmed, studied and practiced his profession until he came to Kansas. He enlisted in 1862, in Company I, One Hundred and Twelfth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. Participated in all the battles of his command. Mustered out July 8, 1865. Married, September 2, 1878, to Miss Julia A. Smith. They have three daughters - Marion, Mabel, and Jennie L. By a former marriage he had four children - Alonzo, Hortentia, Joseph, and Hattie.
He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Has served as County Coroner of Rice County (sic) four years.
Co. I. was not in the engagement, but was stationed in rear of the line, in command of Lieut. Lawrence then acting as Provost Marshal of the brigade in addition to other staff duties as Provost Guards. First Serg. Harry Fones, however, was hit by a musket ball from a long-range gun in the hands of a rebel sharpshooter with such force that he was knocked down, senseless, but soon returned to consciousness. The ball struck the company roll-book in his pocket, and that doubtless saved his life.
Second Lieut. Harry Fones. Mustered in as Sergeant. Promoted to Second Lieut. Sept. 14, 1864, to rank from June 7, 1863. Commanded company as Sergeant from Sept. 26, 1863, to Feb. 6, 1864. Hit by musket ball at long range company acting as provost guard in the action at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 18, 1863, and knocked down ball struck company roll book in his pocket, which saved his life. Residence, Lyons, Rice county, Kansas.