Notes for Martha Alice JONES

Twin of Mary
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Notes for Martha Louisa JONES

May be same person as Elizabeth Jones listed on 1885 Choctaw Census in Bl ue
County, Choctaw Nation.
Return to Martha Louisa JONES

Notes for Mary Elizabeth JONES

Twin of Martha.
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Notes for Maude C. JONES

Sources: William C. Thompson, et al. vs. Choctaw Nation, MCR File 341, Bur eau
of Indian Affairs, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Choctaw Re-instatement list, co
rrespondence from the Department of the Interior to the Commissioner of t he
Five Civilized Tribes, February 20, 1909; Choctaw Roll Number 16021, Ce nsus
card 5997, 15/32 Choctaw blood[Texas Indian Families.FTW]
Return to Maude C. JONES

Notes for May JONES

Note: Joyce Nowell , Jones, Harrison, Smith and Nowe ll
Families of Oklahoma and Texas Database, states her name may have be en Mary.
Return to May JONES

Notes for Morgan JONES

Enrolled Choctaw Academy in Blue Springs, Scott County, Kentucky 1838
Return to Morgan JONES

Notes for Nancy JONES

Questionable relatonship
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Notes for Narcissa "Sissy" JONES

Listed on 1885 Choctaw Census in Blue County, Choctaw Nation.
Return to Narcissa "Sissy" JONES

Notes for Nathaniel JONES

Not sure of connection from Samuel to Nathaniel
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Notes for Noel JONES

Believed to have lived in Smith County, Texas during the Civil War, return ing
to the Choctaw Nation in 1866.

Listed on 1885 Choctaw Census in Blue County, Choctaw Nation.

Noel Jones was bedfast in his latter years and lived in their home until h is
death in May of 1908.

Biography of Noel Jones
Submitted by: Ruth Morris, great granddaughter
Per Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Noel Jones (born approximately 1837) Mary married (Maiden name unknown) Jo nes
and both were full blood Choctaw (Note: Dawes records and other BIA da ta
indicate she was Cherokee and not Choctaw). Noel was enrolled. But t he number
for Mary is unknown. A daughter, named Narcissa Jones, was bo rn approximately
in the year of 1882, to them and her married name was Wil son. She died
07-28-1909. There were three boys born to her. They were: Cl arence Monroe
Wilson, born 12-07-1900; Walter Green, born 08-29-1902; a nd Noel J. Wilson,
born 11-17-1904. He passed away 01-24-1994. The three b oys were ½ Choctaw.
There was also a daughter named Mittie Mae Wilson, bo rn 05-13-1907 and died
12-25-1984. Record received later show that Narcis sa married a non-Indian by
the name of S.W. Wilson on 12-06-1899 at Lan e, Indian Territory. He was born
07-25-1866 and died 06-18-1953. To this u nion, there were ten children:

Eugene Waddie, born 04-19-1923, died 05-15-1977

Aubrey Delbert, born 03-23-1925, died 12-19-1983

Marjorie Nadean Wilson Warford, born 03-29-1927, died 12-12-1958

Edith Jewel Wilson Wood Soester, born 01-04-1929

G.E. (Peno), born 06-06-1931

Noel James, Jr., born 05-31-1934, died 06-24-1938

Ferman Dewayne, born 04-07-1937

Ruth Ellen Wilson Morris, born 03-06-1940

E.L. Louise Wilson Bingham, born 04-18-1943

Kenneth Harold (Butch), born 10-21-1946

There are 27 grandchildren: Delores Jean Wilson, born 02-27-1949; Joe Haro ld
Wilson, born 01-28-1951; Audrey Ann Wilson Miller, born 07-15-1945; Pat ricia
Marie Wilson Jameson, born 07-05-1947; Sarah Louise (Sallie) Wils on Buckelew
Hallows, born 06-27-1948; Jeannie Marie Wilson Mobley, born 12 -27-1948;
Patricia Ann Wilson Valdez, born 04-09-1950; Deborah Ann Wils on Cates, born
12-22-1954; Elizabeth Fran Wilson Pruitt Schulp, born 10-20 -1956; Patricia
Ann Warford Bonds Musick, born 07-16-1947; Ronnie Eugene W arford, born
10-27-1948; Carolyn Sue Warford Wold, born 05-07-1950; Ali ce June Wood
Puente, born 08-16-1948; Teresa Lynn Wilson White, born 12-07 -1956; David
Stewart Wilson, born 08-20-1959; Carla Ann Wilson Williams, b orn 05-26-1962;
Vickie Arlette Wilson Williams, born 04-19-1964; Emmett Dw ayne Wilson, born
06-01-1961; Marlin Darrell Wilson, born 01-02-1972, di ed 01-02-1972; Pamela
Sue Morris Heflin Pearce, born 07-14-1957; Peggy LaR ue Morris Daniel dean,
born 10-19-1958; Angela Kay Morris Mullen, born 08- 30-1962; Michael Wayne
Bingham, born 03-22-1961; James Anthony (Tony) Bing ham, born 12-08-1966;
Shawnda Rena Wilson Ables, born 05-18-1968; Buck Wil son, born 06-30-1968;
Misty Dawn Wilson, born 07-07-1975. There are 54 gre at grandchildren and 27
great great grandchildren.

Additional Information: E-Mail 9/26/2003 

Hello Jay,

My name is Terri Jones Schofield and i am the ggg grandaughter of Solom on and
Ruth Jones and gg grandaughter of Noel Jones and Mary Ella Sande rs thier
daughter Martha Louisa Jones is my g grandmother and one of her s on's William
Andrew Jones is my grandfather and his wife is Emma Lee Jon es which is my
granny my dads mother and this can get confusing because Em ma's maiden name
is Jones as well and Martha Louisa Jones also married fir st a John Henry
Wolfe then second she married a Thomas Watson Jones she h as kids by both
husbands the second being my g grandfather.
I can not tell you how HAPPY i am to find the info you have on our fami ly the
farthest i have ever been able to go was to just Solomon Jones a nd i have
nothing further back then him i am just so pleased to find yo ur site with
this info on it about Solomon's parents and his siblings i kn ew they was from
Mississippi but no earthly idea what part this is ju st to awesome.
My grandpa William Andrew Jones aka Jack Jones aka Willie Jones aka Willi am
Howard Taft Jones i will have to explain that to you later about all th ese
names he was given it was due to him being swindled out of all of h is
inhertinance from his mother after she passed when he was a small b oy 11
people took guardianship over him and two sister's to take away ever ything
they had.
anyways he never knew much about his mother's family and what he did kn ow he
told to my granny Emma and my dad said he didnt talk much to them ab out any
of it so what we do know my granny told us she passed in Jan 19 97 and my
grandpa William passed in Nov 1962 they have 8 children togeth er and 3 are
deceased now and 5 are still living.
I can shed some light on this part of our family for you if you would like ?
I see that Ruth Morris has been in contact with you as well i met her abo ut 4
years ago and how we happen to meet was somthing was published in t he
Bishnick about looking for family info and one of my cousins contact ed her
and the next thing we know she got an invite to a family reuni on in Durant so
me and my immeadiate family went to it and when we got the re this gentleman
ask if he could help us and my dad said yes we are he re for a family reunion
and the man said well you must be with the fami ly in the next building and my
dad said it is the Jones family and the m an looked at him and he said well i
am with the Jones family as well a nd my dad said well it looks like we are in
the right place then and th ey both laughed and we parked and got out and they
introduced thier se lf to each other and the man said how are you related and
my dad sa id i am the grandson of Louisa Jones (Martha Louisa Jones) is what
we ca ll her anyways he the man says well we didnt even know that any of her
des cendants even existed and my dad said well you do now and there is about 2
00 plus of us that live in Oklahoma and the man was so excited and so w as my
dad,now for another twist to this reunion we go inside and the man h elps us
to introduce ourself to everyone and this one lady kept looki ng at my mother
and dad and then they give grace and we eat and we are sit ting in the north
corner of this building and i remember looking up aft er taking a bite of food
and all these people looking at us and us looki ng at them well after lunch
this lady that was starring at my parents walk ed over and kept saying she
knew us from some where well my mother kept te lling me this woman was a
daughter to a lady we lived by for about 10 yea rs and my mother went to
church with well she tells my mom that we all loo ked real familiar to her and
my mom ask her if her mtohers name was Anna M ae Wilson and she said yes then
right there she knew who we was and it w as a big shock because we had known
her and her kids and i played with the se kids for 10 years and come to find
out after we got grown they was my o wn cousins and i never knew it this
lady's name was Patricia Wilson and s he is a neice to Ruth Morris which Ruth
had just found her that year it w as just unbelieveable and Patricia had a
daughter with spina bifida that p assed when she was 10 her name was Shiela
and i had gotten to play and g et to know her and i feel so blessed now that i
did because she was my cou sin.
well i got off key here but i wanted to email you and let you know th at i am
related to this Jones line and that i can help shed some lig ht on this part
of our family.
Also i met a new cousin about two years ago which is the grandson to Edmo nd
Jones one of Noels Jones Brother's his name is Clinton Jones and he ru ns the
Fort El Reno Trailer Park in El Reno Oklahoma but he lives he re in Oklahoma
City on the North side of town and he is just such an aweso me person we just
had a Jones reunion on Sept 6,2003 and he and his fami ly came and met lot of
kin folks he was so thrilled and even his cousin th at he calls his brother
his parents raised him after his parents dea th so they call each other
brother's but he and his wife came all the w ay from Colorado it was such a
neat time we had as well i found t wo of my first cousins that was taken from
our family 30 years ago i fou nd them in May and i had been looking for them
for so many years so this y ear has just been a great time for finding family
and bringing family toge ther.
I hope to hear back from you soon and again Thank you so much for all yo ur
hard work and time that you have put in on tracing our family.

Terri Jones Schofield
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Notes for Patrick Henry JONES

Sources: Rankin County Historical Society, Inc., Brandon, Mississippi 3904 3
Rankin County, Mississippi, Cemetery Records, 1824-1980, published 1998
Return to Patrick Henry JONES

Notes for Paul JONES

Sources: William C. Thompson, et al. vs. Choctaw Nation, MCR File 341, Bur eau
of Indian Affairs, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Choctaw Re-instatement list, co
rrespondence from the Department of the Interior to the Commissioner of t he
Five Civilized Tribes, February 20, 1909; Choctaw roll number 16024, ce nsus
card 5997, 15/64 Choctaw blood[Texas Indian Families.FTW]
Return to Paul JONES

Notes for Peter N. JONES

Sources: William C. Thompson, et al. vs. Choctaw Nation, MCR File 341, Bur eau
of Indian Affairs, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Choctaw Re-instatement list, co
rrespondence from the Department of the Interior to the Commissioner of t he
Five Civilized Tribes, February 20, 1909 ; Choctaw Roll Number 16018, C ensus
card 5997, 15/32 Choctaw blood[Texas Indian Families.FTW]
Return to Peter N. JONES

Notes for Ransopher Henderson JONES

Per William Heyland, Woody Jones, Sr. Database 00 19

This is a copy of a handwritten sketch by and from a diary of Ransopher He
nderson Jones II, the son of James Jones and Harriett Williams Jone s. " I was
born one mile north of the old town of Mooreville, Falls Co.,.T exas, Oct. 28,
1867 in a log cabin. My early life was a very hard one as c ompared with the
meager advantages I am giving my own children at this tim e, but my sainted
parents did the very best they could and worked hard, a nd denied themselves,
to send us children to school and we only had the ve ry meagerest kind of an

" At young manhood I determined to be a physician and got a job with D r. C.
C. Hawkins and Dr. G. B. Harris, who had a little Drug Busine ss in my home
town. They paid me $15.00 per month with each of them by tur ns. I commenced
to work for them Sept 4th, 1884. On Jan 1st, 1885 my fath er bought the little
drug store and had the post office give to him a nd I could be manager and
keep the post office until an older brother, Jo hn D. Jones, who had run off
at 18 years of age and married, could g et in position to come up from
Madison, Texas and take charge, which was a bout May of 1885. I then returned
to my fathers farm about 3 miles out a nd helped with it till Jan. 1886, when
I went to Keachie, La; and enter ed a private school operated by a Rev.

" That summer I returned home and worked in the harvest fields and cott on
farm for my board and wash-till the fall of 1886 at which time about No v. I
secured a school near my home at a salary of $30.00 per month, my par ents
boarding me free-this was a 6 month school the parents liked me we ll I was
re-elected for the term of 1887 & 88. In May of 1888 I went to Le banon, Ohio
and entered the National Normal University where I remained un til Aug.
1889-returning home at that time and attended a summer Norm al at ---near my
home site and during this summer secured the Principalsh ip of the school at
Brady, Texas."

" At the close of this school in the spring of 1890- my brother John offer ed
me a position with him in his Drug & Grocery at Mooreville, paying me 1 0% of
his sales & board and lodging, I remained with him until Jan.1st, 18 92, when
I took a position with the County Tax Assessor to assess the tax es on the
west side of the Brazos River in Falls Co., which was complet ed by May 1st,
1892 and returning home worked in the crops with my Fath er until the crops
were layed by- In Sept of this year I took a contra ct to gather corn and put
in barn at 2 cents per bushels. My father furnis hing me his wagon & team."

"Oct. 1892 I left for Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tenn. to ta ke my
first course in medicine. At the end of this year, I transferr ed to the
Louisville Medical College, University of Louisville, Louisvill e, Kentucky. I
graduated as a medical doctor in a commencement exercise wi th 191 other
graduates on March 6, 1894. During the research necessa ry to document these
events, his granddaughter, Carmaleta Brewster-daught er of Opal Jones
Brewster- received a lot of help and information from a ll these Colleges. The
archivist at the University of Louisville did ha ve records that confirmed
Ransopher Jones attended the year of 1893-94 a nd did graduate that spring. He
also advised that "Texas was the first sta te, in 1873, to enact a modern
medical licensing law.""

In 1991 when Carmaleta Brewster, Jackie Frazer and Bill Heyland, his grand
children, were in Louisville and other cities in Kentucky, searching for d
ocumentation, we found the building that was the Louisville Medical Colleg e.
It is now being used for offices and one end of the building is us ed as a
Ronald McDonald House. On another research trip in 1993, these thr ee
grandchildren, went to Shreveport, La. and then due south, where in abo ut 25
miles we found Keatchie and an abandoned building that had been bui lt on that
location as a schoolhouse. Keatchie College building had been d emolished in
1928 to make room for the schoolhouse. Actually Keatchie Coll ege had been
closed in 1912 for lack of enough students.

As to John D. Jones, his father knew that he would have to have he lp if he
educated the other 8 children. By some fortune his father sent h im to the Sam
Houston Normal at Huntsville. He did well that year and retu rned for school
the next year. He did not understand that S. H. N. had a r ule that when you
attended one year that you must teach a year before retu rning- so he hunted a
job at Huntsville. By some coincidence he found th at Mr. Narnadore needed a
clerk at Madisonville. Here Mr. Narnadore litera lly took him in-His business
was teetering on the edge and he sold Jo hn a half interest for the money he
had for schooling provided he would wo rk in the store. To John's astonishment
one day the wholesalers closed h im out and got Judgment against him for the
debt. Probably then he clerk ed for Major Visor until he and Effie Visor were
married. His father boug ht the drug store at Mooreville and he came and took
over- he enlarged, p ut in groceries, built a mansion of a house for $3700. He
was rated by Bra dstreet and Dunn as being good for a debt of $30,000. He took
in Geo. Bowm an as a partner-then came a deep depression when Cleveland was
president w hen we went on the gold standard. They took mortgages on horses,
mules, e tc for $75 to $100 that they had to take in and sell for $20 or less.
He a nd Effie were the finest looking couple in the town.

Chronological Time line of Events--Ransopher Henderson Jones
Birth: October 28, 1867
Place: Mooreville, Texas
High School: Eddy, Texas
Business School: Galveston, Texas
College: Keachie College, Keachie, Louisiana
College: Oberlin College, Lebanon, Ohio (Graduated)
Superintendent of Schools: Brady, Texas
Medical School: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Postgraduate Term: Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville Medical College Graduate as Medical Doctor in 1894
Commenced practice of medicine.
Dr. Jones wrote and sent a poem from Fort Worth to his friends which was p
ublished in the Mullin Enterprise after he had been retired many years;

"The brother soul and the brother heart,
Of a friend or two;
Makes us drift on from the crowd apart,
With a friend or two.
A few who have watched me sail away,
Will miss my craft from the busy bay;
Some friendly barks that have anchored near,
In silent sorrow will drop a tear
but I shall have peacefully furled my sail
in moorings sheltered from storm and gale,
And greeted the friends who have sailed before,
O'er the unknown seas to the unknown shore."

Dr. Jones kept a book, which was the 1931 Warner's Calendar of Medical His
tory, and over the years pasted newspaper clippings about the family and o
ther special events; in addition he pasted a number of poems among the pag es
which portrayed his thoughts. One such poem was written by Edgar A. Gue st:

by Edgar A. Guest
The city stores are fine to see with all their shiny cases
But still they don't appeal to me; they've banished sitting places;
They leave no boxes by the doors to use when days are sunny;
They've nothing social, they're just stores designed to get the money.

You can't go visiting down there and spend the morning talking,
The city's busier thoroughfare is only meant for walking,
The store has scarcely room to tread, so built for business is it
The merchant keeps no barrel head where one can sit and visit.

They all have managers in town who have to make a showing,
No time have they for sitting down to ask how things are going,
Oh, you might shop there all your life and never meet the owner,
If something you must ask your wife a nickel's charged to phone her.

I better liked that country store where neighbors met to chatter,
Where old men sat about the door and business didn't matter.
There, shopping was a pleasant task; a resting spot 'twas meant for.
So friendly we forgot to ask for half the things we went for.
Copyright, 1937.

AN IDEA ---"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opp
onent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to a mother, conduct that wi ll
make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; and to all men, charity."-

ON CONTROL-----"To know one's self is Wisdom,
To control one's self is Strength."

Memorium of Dr. Ransopher Henderson Jones II published in the paper at h is
Dr. Jones, one of the pioneer leaders of Mills County, was born in Moorevi
lle, Texas on October 26, 1867, and died at his home in Alice, Texas, on A
pril 12, 1949.

He served his community as physician, educator, and churchman. He attend ed
Eddy High School, Eddy, Texas; Keachie College, Keachie, Louisiana, a nd
National Normal University, Lebanon, Ohio. In order to attend medical s chool,
which he had chosen as his profession, he taught school several ter ms and
served as Superintendent of the public schools at Brady, Texas, f or two
terms. He graduated from medical college, Vanderbilt University, Na shville,
Tennessee, and later took post graduate work at Louisville Medic al School at
Louisville, Kentucky.

While in Lebanon, Ohio he met Mary Elizabeth Davis (Mollie) to whom he w as
married on June 7, 1893, and to them were born two sons, Carmon Davis J ones
and Rufus Vernon Jones and three daughters, Auriel Jones Heyland, Op al Jones
Brewster, and Aubra Jones Wood.

He and his family moved to Mullin, Mills County, in 1902 and here he liv ed a
full and honorable life, and many were the good deeds credited to h is name.
His years of faithful service as a physician will be remember ed by many
through the years.

He was an active member of the Methodist Church, serving as Steward a nd on
the Board of Trustees, and was an active member of the Masonic Lodg e. He
served as Mayor of Mullin and was a member of the Board of Truste es of the
Mullin Public Schools, serving as President for a number of year s. He was
interested in anything pertaining to the upbuilding of the commu nity, and
gave freely of his time, talents, and material goods for the bet terment of
the town he had chosen as home.
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Notes for Ransopher Heywood JONES


One of twelve children of Woody Jones and Elizabeth Magee Jones, Ransoph er
was born in Rankin Co., Miss., March 14, 1819.  As a young man he we nt to La.
where he met and married Cassandra Morris on Jan. 9, 1840.  Th ey went back to
Miss. and their first child James Thomas Jones was born th ere on Jan. 23,
1841.  They went back to La. and a second son Hardy Richar dson Jomes was born
Jan. 7, 1844 in Washington Parish.  Then in about 18 45 or 46 they started to
Texas but could not cross the Red River and we re in Arkansas for 7 years. 
During that time another son, John D. Jones w as born in 1848.
      In the gold rush of 1849, Ransopher went to California to "make h is
fortune"--leaving his family in Louisiana.  Returning to Louisiana ca 1 854
with one gold nugget and one gold stick pin, he packed up his fami ly in 1855
and moved from Louisiana to Texas--first to Cooke County, then ce to Bee
County, to McLennan County, and finally settling at Moorevil le in Falls
County.  Years later,he gave two granddaughters the frui ts of his gold rush
days in California: to Carrie (daughter of son, James ), the gold nugget; and
to Madge (daughter of son, Hardy), the gold sti ck pin. The trip to California
was an ordeal, but he was thought to have T .B. and exposure was thought to be
a cure. Even though he found no gol d, he was healed in body and lived to be
86 years old.
      Their son, John D. Jones died in Bee Co. from a snake bite and is bu
ried on the Ceilson  Ranch, after many years of being engaged in farming a nd
stock raising.  In 1855 they crossed the river at Old Fulton and mov ed in to
Cook Co., Texas.  Then in 1859 they moved to Bee Co. settling 6 m iles South
of Beeville.  In 1860 they came to McLennan Co. settling 20 mil es north of
Waco on Hog Creek.  In 1863 he joined a Co. of State Troope rs for the
protection of the citizens against the Indians. In 1866 they mo ved to Falls
Co. settling 2 miles west of what is now the village of Moore ville.  Still
engaged in farming, stock raising and ran a gin.  James a nd Hardy had been 4
years at Galveston in Co. A Cooks Heavy Artillery in t he service of their
country during the Civil War but as the war was over t hey were home and had
families. Ransopher served in the Texas Militia duri ng the Civil War --
enlisting in 1863 to assist in protecting settlers aga inst Indians. A letter
written (copied below)  in 1866 from R. H.'s brothe r, Hiram Jones, related
how the Mississippi family members had been devast ated during the Civil War.
      Living near the creek there were lots of mosquitos, flies and the ch
ildren had chills and fever.  The Doctor thought the chills were caus ed by
decayed timber in the woods and advised them to move to the prair ie which
they did in about 1874.  Buying land 3 miles west of Moorevill e. Died Jan.
23, 1906.  He loved to ride horseback and every pretty day co uld be seen
riding over the fields watching the crops grow.  He was a wond erful man this
Grandfather of mine.  Written by Aunt Carrie.

Census Check on Ransopher Heywood Jones:
Year of 1820----Lawrence Co., Ms. Township 9, Roll #57, page 71.
Year of 1830----Rankin Co., Ms. Roll # 71. page 107.
Year of 1840----Washington Parish, La., M-704, page 107, 142.
Year of 1850----Lafayette Co., Ar. Red River Township. Roll #27, page 169.
Year of 1860----Bee Co., Tx. Roll # 1303, Family #330.
Year of 1870----Not found.
Year of 1880----Falls Co., Tx. Family #231 & 239, page 26.
Year of 1990----Falls Co., Tx. Prec. 5, Family #226.

Letter written by Hiram Jones, probably to Ransopher Jones (his brothe r) on 1
Aug., 1866. Hiram would have been approximately 57 years old at t he time.
This is a literal translation of the typed copy from the origin al
hand-written document.

My dear Brother,
     I received your letter of July the first which was thankfully receive d.
It finds us all well. That is those who are living. But it is a heart r
endering thing to give you the sad misfortunes of our family since you la st
heard from us. But the Lord's will be done and not mine. Our good Moth er
(Elizabeth Magee Jones) departed this life the second day of Decemb er of 1865
after a long protracted illness of nearly four years of chron ic diarrhea. But
perfectly resigned to the will of the Lord; so I trust o ur loss is her gain.
I trust we will all meet in that upper and better wor ld where parting will be
no more.
     Brother Anselm (Ansom) died the -- day of February 1861 and his wi fe
died the -- day of February 1866. They left dear five interesting boy s. I
have the care of all of them. I trust my Master will spare me to rai se them.
     Solomon Dobson has lost his wife. She died the 30 Nov. 1865. She le ft a
fine little girl. I have her too.
     William Laird was killed at Marietta, Georgia. He leaves four childre n.
John McLenden was in the seige of Vicksburg and came home sick. He di ed and
leaves five children. My son, Wright, went off in the first compa ny to
Virginia and he came home sick and died. Soloman Dobson is the on ly one of my
family that came through safely, and he was wounded four tim e, but not
seriously. He was in Virginia nearly four years and one of t he best soldiers.
He is now teaching school and studying medicine. I thi nk he will make himself
useful to the age in which he lives.
     Now you may see if it is not heart breaking to think of the misfortun es
of my family. I have with me seven children of my own and five orpha ns and
nine fatherless grand-children. So you may know I have my hands a nd heart
full, but I trust my heavenly Master may spare me to raise the m. I hardly
promise myself any such of life but the Lord only knows low lo ng I have to
live, I don't. But my Prayer in that let my days be many or f ew they may be
spent in the service of my Master and that I may be a gui de to those I have
the care of. I am now in the 56 year of my age and it d on't look like I can
be spared to see our baby raised. He was five years o ld the 30th of last
June. I call him Anselm and Anselm called his last b oy Hiram. He was four
years old last December. His oldest one was 12 yea rs old last May. They all
are the finest looking boys you ever saw. I thi nk I am the strongest man that
I know of for my age, for which I tha nk my heavenly Father for his blessings.
If it were not so I don't know wh at I should do for the war has injured me by
the misfortunes of war, b ut I care not for that. If my family could of come
through safely, but I s ubmit to the will of my heavenly Master. His will be
done. It doesn't lo ok to me like I could stand again what I have stood for
the last five year s.
     After the surrender of Vicksburg the soldiers came by the thousan ds by
my place, and I tell you it looked like they would take everythi ng I had.
They took between 300 and 500 bushels of the corn out of my fie ld and $285
worth of beef and chickens. It looked to me the children a nd I would be left
to starve, but after all I was not hurt like those whe re the enemy burned
everything. After they left I have plenty to live on a nd plenty of --- and
good prospects for a crop. I think I will make 20 bal es of cotton and plenty
of corn to do me. Both my widowed daughters have v ery good places and stock
enough to do them. Brother Robert is doing ve ry well and has a tolerable good
crop. He bought himself another place la st fall three miles East of me. I
never expect to move from the place whe re I live. If I wanted to move I could
not do it on account of my childr en and their lonely condition, but if I am
spared I think I can raise t he children and educate them if the Lord is on my
side. I have freed men m aking crops for both my daughters and two families
working for me, renti ng land from me, they work fine. The freed men generally
doing very we ll in this country.
     The old lady Edeline is not married yet. Permelia is married and Hamp ton
is married. I don't know how they are doing. I have not seen them th is year.
The man that Permelia married was an old man and a cripple at tha t. His name
is McGelem. Hamp married a Miss Price. You wrote to me to kn ow of Miranda.
Sad news, I received a letter from her dated June 28 whi ch gave us sad news
of her misfortunes. She wrote me on the 10th day of Ma rch 1863. A band of
robbers came to Morris's house, six in number and sa id they wanted to stay
all night. Henry was not at the house at the time t hey stopped, and she told
them she did not like to take in travelers as ti mes were so critical, but
they said they were very tired and could they g et supper and horse feed. She
told them they could. Three of the men lit ( dismounted) and came to the door
and the other three stayed at the gate. T he three that came to the door came
with their guns in their hands which s cared her and she told the boy to go
and tell Henry of the conduct. In a f ew minutes she heard Henry and the men
at the gate talking about staying t he night. He told them he was scarce of
corn; had to haul a long ways b ut to come in and let's talk about it. So they
came in and as he walk ed in and turned around with his back to the fire they
commenced firi ng at him and two of the balls passed through his chest. He
died instantl y. One of the balls passed through her arm and halfway between
the should er and elbow. It makes her stiff so she can't put on her clothing
witho ut help and the thieves took his horse bridle and saddle and two mules.
     Henry had left Mississippi and gone further west into Louisana and so ld
all the Negroes he had, but Pomp. He sold them for cattle. Ten Negro es so you
know he had a fine stock. I do not know the name of the place wh ere he was
killed. Miranda said the government took from her while the w ar was going on
200 beef. Never paid her one cent, but she writes me she m arketed last June,
165 calves. She said she knows nothing of Henry's deb ts but I think by the
way she writes she will be broke. Pomps still sta ys with her and she said he
has treated her like a child. Now see if you a re so lucky as to get this
badly written letter. Write soon and give you n ews and the kind of a country
you are in and your market. I think horses w ould sell well this fall about
November. Horses are scarce in this count ry and the freed men have none. In
the fall when they get money for the ir cotton they would buy cheap horses.
Beef is high and scarce. Heavy be ef in Jackson is worth from 6 to 8 cents per
     Quit for the want of space
          Brother in dead
               Hiram Jones
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