Bellzona's Picture Book
Osage Wedding - Osage
Wedding Party, March 20, 1920
must all indicate happiness. The bear relatives must be extremely pleasant
to the visiting Eagle, and the Eagle must act as courteously as guests are
supposed to act. The Bear relatives must donate food for the feasts, and
the Eagle relatives must make their donations as well. This must be so if
they wanted the marriage to be a success. Quarreling, frowning, acting
surly would not be propitious, and the young people might start out under
The above taken from John Joseph Matthew's,
This blanket is properly worn with one arm
left free in order to perform chores, cooking and such.
The following information was tediously and
lovingly compiled by Esther Inez Jones Epperson, younger daughter of Lee
The girl on the right is Thelma Collins,
the daughter of William Matthew Collins, brother to Nancy Bellzona Collins
This is the genealogy of Bell and Uncle
Bill: Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones was born 1-8-1871 at Harrison,
Arkansas, Boone county. She died 9-9-1945 at Foraker, Oklahoma Osage
county. She was married to Joseph Hubbard Jones, who was born 1863, Valley
Springs, Arkansas. He died 1955, February 1, Tonkawa, Ok. Kay county. Bell
and William (Bill) were the children of Nathaniel Stewart Collins, born
5/19/1845 at Powell, Tennessee. Nathan's wife, Elizabeth Ann Brewer
Collins was born 2/19/1844. She died 11/4/1926 at Ralston, Oklahoma.
Nathaniel Stewart Collins was the son of
Jesse Lee Collins who was born in North Carolina. Jesse's wife, Polly Ann
(Mary) Howard was born 1829 in Georgia. Polly Ann died 8/2/1902. Nathan's
wife, Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of John Brewer. John Brewer died
1865, Polk county, Missouri. John Brewer was married to Mary America
Hunter. America is shown on the Benton township census rolls, Polk county,
Mo. along with their children after John's death.
John Brewer was the son of Jacob and Eda
Brewer. Jacob was born 1795 in Georgia.
Returning to the Collins side, Jesse Lee
Collins, father of Nathan was the son of Thomas Duren Collins and Wineford
Walter, Tennessee. Jesse's wife, Polly was the daughter of William Howard
and Annie Blaylock 1816, North Carolina. Thomas Duren Collins was the son
of Ruben Collins and Monica Duren.
Genealogy of Joseph Herbert Jones, husband
of Bell: Jo was the son of William Stephens Jones who was born 1833 in
Alabama. He died at Bartlesville and is buried at Hennesey, Ok. William's
wife, Mary Ann DeWitt Jones was born in Tennessee on December 17, 1835.
She died August 1891, Bartlesville, Ok.
William Stephens Jones was the son of
William Henry (Beaver) Jones. William Beaver Jones's wife was Rhoda
Hollaway. She was born January 24, 1823 in Madison county, Alabama.
William Henry Beaver Jones was the son of
William "Wily" Jones and Mary Matthews. She was born February
15, 1783, Wake county, North Carolina. If there seems to be repetitions
please understand these are necessary to cross check for accuracy.
The Mathews name is well-respected today
with the Osage people. John Joseph Matthew's recording of their histories
is a valuable tool in understanding the ancient culture. With this
knowledge one can understand why Lee Otis Jones held so tenaciously to
these pictures, throughout his life. He saw the value of a recorded
pictorial history in them.
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