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Jones county townships were formed from the original four voting districts, but they came about in a rather scattered way. Over a period of years larger townships were divided into smaller ones. Wayne, the last, wasn't formed until 1856, 16 years after the first one, and after that several changed their names. Check our Township Formation Page to see where your ancestors might have lived at an earlier time.

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Census Records: History and
How to Use Them

by Linda Haas Davenport
State Historical
Society of Iowa

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[space]In addition to the federal census, state of Iowa census records are available for Jones county for the years 1852, 1854, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925.
[space]The state censuses taken in 1852 & 1854 list the heads of households and number of males and females. In 1852 many times the wife is also named. From 1856 on, censuses are every-name censuses. 1856 includes the number of years people have lived in Iowa.
[space]The 1925 Iowa state census is particularly useful as it gives the father's name and birthplace, and mother's maiden name and birthplace for each person listed, in addition to information about education and home ownership. You can find the Iowa censuses on microfilm at some larger libraries or through your local Latter Day Saints Family History Center.
[space]Census records are very difficult to transcribe—beginning with the penman-
ship of the enumerator, through the marks, smudges, mildew and fading of time, to the limitations of the copying process, everything seems to conspire against the transcriber's efforts to create an accurate reproduction of these documents.
[space]Readers are encouraged to contribute additions and corrections to the information. The transcribers' errors will be fixed and the enumerators' errors will be noted.
[1850]
FEDERAL
TWPPOP
Clay445
Fairview721
Greenfield168
Monticello252
Richland414
Rome584
Washington423
Total=3007

Jones county population at the 2000 census was 20221.

The census bureau estimate of 2008 population was 20346.

[1852]
STATE
TWPPOP
Cass356
Clay710
Fairview927
Greenfield249
Hale227
Jackson143
Monticello229
Richland597
Rome448
Washington464
Total=4201

Jones county population at the 2010 census was 20,638.

The census bureau estimate of 2012 population is 20,639.

[1854]
STATE
TWPPOP
Cass203
Clay764
Fairview888
[space]Anamosa Town326
Greenfield424
Hale377
Jackson247
Monticello340
[space]Monticello Village37
Pierce535
Richland801
Rome539
[space]Rome Town104
Washington490
Total=6075
[1856]
STATE
TWPPOP
Cass447
Castle Grove377
Clay576
Fairview787
[space]Anamosa Town456
[space]Fairview Village161
Greenfield605
Hale518
Jackson434
Madison436
Monticello (Lovell)550
Oxford387
Pierce (Wyoming)921
Richland735
Rome737
Scotch Grove508
Washington872
Wayne313
Total=10481
 
[1870]
FEDERAL
TWPPOP
Cass913
Castle Grove839
Clay927
Fairview1001
[space]Anamosa2061
Greenfield1083
Hale997
Jackson899
Madison1067
Monticello (Lovell)905
[space]City of Monticello1337
Oxford1159
Richland794
Rome1068
Scotch Grove929
Washington861
Wayne1178
Wyoming1694
Total=19712
[1885]
STATE
TWPPOP
Cass739
Castle Grove701
Clay746
Fairview1342
[space]Anamosa1781
[space]Strawberry Hill153
[space]State Penitentiary238
Greenfield861
Hale743
Jackson835
Madison1179
Monticello (Lovell)904
[space]Monticello City1828
Oxford945
Richland696
Rome634
[space]Olin Town487
Scotch Grove763
Washington562
Wayne555
Wyoming988
[space]Wyoming Town620
Total=18300
[1895]
STATE
TWPPOP
Cass792
Castle Grove718
Clay673
Fairview1334
[space] Anamosa2006
[space] Strawberry Hill166
Greenfield752
Hale883
Jackson807
Madison803
[space] Center Junction254
[space] Onslow108
Monticello (Lovell)847
[space] Monticello City2079
Oxford700
[space] Oxford Junction730
[space] Oxford Mills144
Richland683
Rome927
[space] Olin Town648
Scotch Grove719
Washington530
Wayne1015
Wyoming838
[space] Onslow142
[space] Wyoming Town796
Total=20094
[1910]
FEDERAL
TWPPOP
Oxford1610
Rome1236

[1895]
STATE
TWPPOP
Cass744
Castle Grove550
Clay636
Fairview909
[space] Anamosa/Part 12401
[space] Anamosa/Part 2
[space] Anamosa/Part 3
Greenfield703
Hale681
Jackson734
Lovell768
[space] Monticello/Part 12618
[space] Monticello/Part 2
[space] Monticello/Part 3
Madison915
Oxford662
[space] Oxford Junction775
Richland695
Rome689
[space] Olin646
Scotch Grove644
Washington496
Wayne916
Wyoming764
[space] Wyoming Town684
Total=18271

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