Son of John Adam Crain Jones (1782-1857) and Martha W. Fretwell (1794-1857). Samuel married Sarah Jane Craig in Nacogdoches, TX, in 1857. The couple had seven known children: Lewis Garrett; Daniel Lafayette; Sarah E. A. (Betty); Ida Amanda; Nancy Vicena (Nannie); Wm. Adolphus; and Mintie Ella. Samuel fought on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War.