A very old family
Bible shows these dates and names: William
Stephens Jones, Born December 13, Alabama, died December 20, 1891,
Bartlesville, Oklahoma. His wife, Mary Ann Witt was born December 17,
1835, Tennessee. Mary Ann died August 1891, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
In the book "Early
East Tennessee Marriages," Volume 2. Brides, author Sister is listed: Mary
A. Witt to William Stephen Jones. Her birthday is shown to be 12-17-1835.
His birthday 12-22-1835 which agrees with our family Bible from Bellzona,
daughter-in-law of William Stephens Jones, who came from Jefferson
County in Tennessee.
The name shown here
for Mary Ann is Witt. Since one of her children was DeWitt we are going to
show her maiden name to be Witt.
William Stephens was
the son of William Henry (Beaver) Jones, who is buried in the Jones
cemetery in Valley Springs, Arkansas close to Harrison. William Beaver
Jones, a nickname, and it is listed on his marker as such. William
Stephens was the son of Rhoda and William Henry (Beaver) Jones. Rhoda was
William's first wife and her maiden name was Halloway. Clarissa was his
* William Stephens
and Mary Ann DeWitt had nine children: (not in order by age) 1. Hiliah
Rebecca (Becky) Jones, Killian 2. William Stephens (Billy) 3. Seborn
Cicero (Seib) 4. Joseph Hubbard (Our grandfather) 5. Ruth Ann Jones,
Cushman, Hendrix 6. DeWitt 7. Dora (Doshia) 8 Walsie 9. Juda
Rebecca) first husband was John Killian.
Ruth Ann was married
three times. 1. Cushman 2. Murray 3. Hendrix. Her last name showed Ruth Ann Hendrix in
the obituary at Siloam, Springs. Possibly this branch settled in
Farmington, New Mexico.
Dora's husband was Ed
Frenchman, who was Delaware and Cherokee Indian. His Indian name was
Coo-Weet-Scoo-Weet (Ross). This is translated, "White Dove That Flies In
Walsie's husband was
Juda's husband was
Jones fought for the protection of the Osage Indian people who were
relocating around the Bartlesville area. This was an uncommon thing to be
done at the time unless one had the blood of the people running through
their own veins or through his children's veins from their mother. There
was a story told of how he and his sons met an angry crowd of men who came
into the Osage camp. This may explain the tragedy that surrounded this
Seborn, “Seib” was
shot and killed in 1891 at Independence, Kansas.
Hiliah Rebecca's first
husband was shot and killed.
Juda's death was made
to look like a car accident.
Dora's tragic death
recorded at the archives in Oklahoma City**.
William Henry (Beaver)
Jones, father of William Stephens Jones came from Georgia. The marker at
Valley Springs, Arkansas shows this. William Henry (Beaver) father's name
was Wiley or Willy who married Nancy Stewart, widow of Dr. Isaac Stewart,
Mobile, Alabama. From the records of wills etc. the county of Jones there
in Georgia was owned by these people. Since they stayed neutral during the
civil war they were persecuted and many left Georgia for Arkansas after
the civil war.*
An account of one of
the Jones women tells of how she sewed their gold in her petticoat and
even though they hung her until she passed out, "I never told them where
the gold was," she said.
**Having traced their
Welch ancestry to their castle of Llanarth of England and finding their
crest I can see why it was no problem to marry into the dark beautiful
The name Jones,
originally Herbert goes in a lineal descent through William the Conqueror
to King Stephen and directly to Charlemagne.
This woman, Mary Ann
Witt, is a descendant of John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee. Sevier
was the son of French parents. He is listed in the encyclopedia.*** He
died in 1817. He was also a senator and died while in office. History
accounts do not give details as to his death. However, family accounts
whisper about his death as to have been a tragedy. He was a democrat which
brings the thing around to politics, also.
In actuality this
woman, Mary Ann, was probably most genteel, as one can see the fineness of
her children's appearance. Joe with a soft cravat around his neck, Doshia,
in a fashionable period costume, Juda's girl, Loretta, “Babe” in her
Sunday finery and later on in the book, Dennis, Gertrude and Lee Otis
dressed in a very stylish manner.
John Brewer was a
photographer. John Brewer was Bellzona's family. Bellzona was William Stephens
Joneses' daughter-in-law. He may have been responsible for taking these
In the book "Early East
Tennessee Marriages," Volume 2. Brides, author Sister is listed: Mary A.
Witt to William Stephen Jones. Her birthday is shown to be 12-17-1835. His
birthday 12-22-1835 which is correct according to our family Bible from
Bellzona. Jefferson County in Tennessee is their location.
December 11, 2000 new
information was received from Jerry Young who has written a number of
books and is quite an authority on this Jones genealogy. This is what he
Rhoda Holloway was
born about 1797 in Georgia. Rhoda died about 1848. She married William
"Beaver" Henry Jones, 24. on January in 1823 at Madison County Alabama.
Rhoda Holloway was the
daughter of John Holloway 111 and Mary "Molly" Hubbard.
John Holloway 111,
Rhoda Holloway's father, was born March 8, 1769. His wife, Mary "Molly"
Hubbard was born about 1771. Her father was Moses Hubbard.
John Holloway 111, was
born March 8, 1769, he died July 17, 1817. His parents were Samuel
Holloway and Rebecca Hubbard Holloway. Rebecca was the daughter of Joseph
Hubbard (the author's grandfather's first two names as in Joseph Hubbard
Samuel Holloway was
born 1740 in Cumberland, Georgia. he died July 17, 1817. Samuel Holloway
married Rebecca Hubbard 1763 at Cumberland county, Virginia.
Samuel Holloway was
the son of John Holloway and Hannah Spiers. William Beaver Joneses second
wife was Clarissa Sanders.
*Joneses, Pioneers of the
Prairie, Jerry Young, LTD, Tulsa, Ok. library His informtion from Arkansas
Federal Census rolls.
**John Burk's History of
the Commoners of England.