BOOKS, JONAS, was born in Lower Swatara township, Dauphin county, Pa., January 4, 1842. He is a son of John and Elizabeth (Ulrich) Books. Jacob Books, his grandfather, was born in Dauphin county. He died at the age of fifty-six years. He was the father of six children. John Books, the father of Jonas, was born in Derry township, in 1803. He married Elizabeth Ulrich, by whom he had ten children, five died in infancy, three died at old age, Levi, living near Rockville, Pa., and Jonas. The latter was reared and educated in his native place. He remained in his first home till he was ten years of age. In this time he had secured such training and preparation for the work of life as the common schools afforded, in connection with careful home instruction, he was then employed with farmers until seventeen years old, when he learned a trade, that of shoemaking. In 1862 he removed with his father's family to Susquehanna township, where he remained nine years, in various employments. In 1871 he moved to Steelton, where he was employed in the steel works for ten years. In 1881 he moved to Londonderry township, where he has since lived. In 1892, desiring to possess a home of his own, he purchased the place where he now lives. While he has changed his place of residence a number of times, he has kept steadily employed and has always sought to make every change profitable and agreeable. He has everywhere been a useful citizen and a good neighbor. He has also met with the other ordinary experiences of life. He was married, in 1870, to Miss Esther Meyers, by whom he had four children: Elias W., married Miss Katherine Kinsey, daughter of Samuel Kinsey, Mary Ann, Clara Esther, and Pierson M. His wife died in 1884. March 1, 1893, he married, for his second wife, Miss Amanda Felker, daughter of Joseph Felker, of Londonderry township.
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