Ted Jones was born and raised in New Brunswick. From McAdam High School, he went on to the Provincial Teachers' College and then to the University of New Brunswick, from where he received his BA and MA degrees. His thesis for the latter was a biography of American author Willa Cather (in relation to her summer home on Grand Manan Island).

He taught in New Brunswick schools for 35 years, retiring from the English Department at Fredericton High School in 1993. Besides his biography of H.A. Cody (All the Days of His Life), published by the New Brunswick Museum), other publications include:

Bryan Priestman - a biographical sketch published by the University of New Brunswick;

Both Sides of the Wire - a two-volume history of the Fredericton Internment Camp, published by New Ireland Press, of which one volume was made into a documentary film for television;

numerous articles in The Atlantic Advocate, The New Brunswick Magazine, The Atlantic Provinces Book Review, various New Brunswick newspapers, and various education periodicals.

For three years in the mid-1990's, he was the volunteer editor and a regular contributor to The Officers' Quarterly, the official publication of the York-Sunbury Historical Society. Since retirement, he has served as a director on three local museum boards: York-Sunbury; School Days; and the Internment Camp. For the past three years he has written a regular column for The Daily Gleaner, entitled "Fredericton Flashback". This fall, Nimbus Publishing Limited released Fredericton and Its People, a book co-authored with his wife, Anita.