Born: February 8, 1865, Yates City, Illinois.
Died: September 1, 1936, Santa Barbara, California.
Buried: Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California.
Lewis was the son of Lewis Wesley Jones and Frances A. Taber, and husband of Lora Wright.
He attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, where he was a classmate of evangelist Billy Sunday.
After graduation, he worked for the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Davenport, Iowa; Fort Worth, Texas (1915); and Santa Barbara, California (1925). Hymn writing was his avocation.
In addition to the entry given below in the sources, Findagrave has another entry, in Altoona, Alabama, for a Lewis Ellington Jones, which also claims to be the song writer. Despite being carved in stone, the Alabama grave site is in error, based on this October 1932 letter from Jones to Haldor Lillenas:
In regard to the writing of my songs, would say that a great many came from sentences in a pastor’s sermons. Since I began this work, I have always been listening for some such inspiration. I remember that ‘Power in the Blood’ was written during a camp meeting at Mountain Lake Park, Maryland.
My life has been uneventful. I was born in Illinois, moved with my parents to Iowa, where I lived on a farm until I was twenty-one. Then I went into business for a while. Eventually I entered Y.M.C.A. work.
Attended training school in Chicago; Billy Sunday graduated from the same class. I was in Y.M.C.A. work for thirty-six years. I retired five years ago, and am now living in California, where all bad weather is unusual.
Preacher’s Magazine, Volume 25, Number 1, January-February 1950, pp. 37–38