The Joneses: Ruth Ann
Jones, Sister to Joseph Hubbard Jones, daughter of William Stephens and
Mary Ann Witt Jones
Date: February 26, 2003
A cousin, Dian Layman from Arkansas recently shared this information
on Ruth Ann Jones. Dian is a descendant of Walsie Jones, Mrs. Pierce
Watkins. Walsie was a sister to my grandfather, Joseph Hubbard Jones and
At this time let there
be a note made, Ruth Ann Jones is listed
with the genealogy programs as a daughter of Stephen Williams and Mary Ann
Warner. This is an error and I suppose it cannot be changed. I have
records from the Tennessee Bridal Records showing William Stephens Jones,
Mary Ann, mother of Ruth Ann with a correct birthday of December 17,
listing her as Mary Ann WITT. She had a son, DeWitt, whose nickname was
Dee or Little Dee. He was a jockey. Their federal census records show
William Stephens also, instead of Stephen William. This is accurate;
therefore, I am listing grandfather's name in this way instead of as it
was on the records sent to me. The record of Warner instead of Witt was
probably honestly misread from hand-written papers found in Walsie's,
William Stephens Joneses daughter, belongings.
Ruth Ann Jones was
born in 1866. She owned a hotel in Burbank, Oklahoma. An aged resident of
the town pointed out the location of the hotel. It was on main street
across from what was a bank. The building of cut, natural stone, is mostly
just rubble with only part of it standing.
Today in the year 2000
even the rubble has been cleared. Ruth was married three times. Family
tells that the men's sir names Ruth Ann married were: Murray, Cushman and
Hendrix. She lived in Siloam Springs and a death notice is on record in an
old newspaper from there showing her last name as Hendrix.
The time she owned the
hotel was at the peak of the Osage oil boom and there, without doubt,
could be much history gleaned, if there are any of her descendants left
who knew of her.
I will add the pages
of her history sent to me by Dian Layman. This is accurate. I began
working on this after 1986 when my father, Lee Otis Jones, died. Today's
date: April 02, 2005
The town, Burbank,
Oklahoma, has a small population. The location is unique in that it rests
atop a sharp incline of a hill. There is a remaining three story school
building at the highest point of the town. In order to get to the school
one has to drive up a steep road to it. Down below the school is the
residential section and what was once the main part of town where the
banks, grocery store, filling station and hotels were located. The town
was established during the rough and tumble oil field days. This tells
you something about the resolve the Joneses had for succeeding. The way
Ruth is grimacing in this photograph looks like she needs glasses. I would
be safe in saying it probably has more to do with her being iron jawed and
stressed out. The will of the Welsh was their way of living. Somehow they
were able to inculcate into their children that kind of determination for
positive endeavors while adhering to strict self-control.
Descendants of Ruth Ann Jones
1. Ruth Ann Jones (father, William Stephens, grandfather, William Beaver
was bor 1866 in Boone Country, Arkansas, and died November 15, 1947 in
Roswell, Claves County, New Mexico. She married 1. John Murray about 1886.
He was born in Kentucky and died before 1900. She married 2. Loran L.
Cushman 1906 in Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas. He was born October 9,
1847 in Ohio and died June 20, 1918 in Oklahoma. She married 3. George W.
Hendricks June 8, 1920 in Independence, Montogomery County, Kansas. He was
born 1877 in Tarrant County, Texas and died January 23, 1947 in Flying H.
Ranch, Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico
More about Ruth Ann
Burial: November 17, 1947, South Park Cemetery, Roswell, Chaves
county, New Mexico.
More about George W. Hendricks:
Burial: January 25, 1947, South Park Cemetery, Roswell, Chaves
county, New Mexico.
Children of Ruth Jones and John Murray are:
2. Hattie Murray, b. August 1837-d. bfr 1920
3. Pearl Murray, b. January 26, 1891 Indian Territory (Ok.& Ks.)
d. May 13, 1964, Santa Barbara, California
Generation No. 2
2. Hattie Murray (Ruth Ann Jones, William Stephens, William Beaver) was
born August 1887 in Arkansas and died Bef. 1920. She marred James H.
Thomason Abt 1903. He was born Abt. 1876 in Missouri.
Child of Hattie Murray and James Thomason is:
1. John Henry Thomason, b. November 25, 1904, Oklahoma, d. Feb. 1,
3. Pearl Murray (Ruth Ann Jones, William Stephens, William Beaver) was
born January 26, 1891 in Indian Territory (Ok or Ks), and died May 13,
1964 in Santa Barbara, California. She married (1) Robert Clarence Holsey
June 28, 1907. He was born November 05, 1886 in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
and died between 1932-34 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She married (2) Edward
Voight May 28, 1920 in Independence, Kansas. He was born September 16,
1890 in Delhi, Jersey Country, Illinois, and died December 18, 1960 in
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
More about Pearl Murray
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico
More About Edward Voight
Burial Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Children of Pearl Murray and Robert Holsey are:
4. i. Morris Elmer Holsey, b. March 23, 1909, Kansas, d May 13,
1945, Okinawa, Japan, at sea.
ii. Thelma Ruth Holsey, b. Abt. 1911, Oklahoma
iii. Eveyln Louise Holsey, b. October 21, Bartlesville,
Washington County, Oklahoma; d. April 1980
4. Morris Elmer Holsey (Pearl Murray, Ruth Ann Jones, William Stephens,
William Beaver) was born March 23, 1909 in Kansas, and died May 13, 1945
in Okinawa, Japan, at sea.He married (Bonnie Ruth Carrol May 27, 1932 in
Chaves County, New Mexico. She was born January 04, 1914. He married (2)
Dorothy Mabel Rogers Abt. 1940 in Ilwaco, Washington
Child of Morris Holsey and Bonnie Carrol, is:
7. 1. Milton Edward Holsey, b. March 26, 1934, Amarillo, Texas; d.
May 15, 1990, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.
5. Thema Ruth Holsey (Pear Murray, Ruth Ann Jones, William Stephens,
William Beaver) was born Abt. 1911 in Oklahoma. She married
Thurman I. Bennett January 25, 1928 in Tecumseh, Oklahoma. He was
born March 04, 1907 in Texas, and died 1979 in Antlers,
Pushmatala County, Oklahoma
Children of Thelma Holsey and Thurman Bennett are:
i. Donald Gene Bennet, b. August 05, 1929, Pawhuska, Oklahoma: d.
August 1975: m. Juanita Miller, January 30, 1950
ii. Richard Dix Bennett, b. Ocotber 06, 1934
iii. Evelyn Allen Bennett, b. Juanuaray 28, 1937, m. O.D. Nichols
iv. Barbra Ann Bennett, b. August 30, 1939, m. Warren Bailey, May,
v. Billie ray Bennett, b. October 07, 1946
vi. Bobbie Joe Bennett, b. May 10, 1948
6. Evelyn Louise Holsey (Pearl, Murray, Ruth Ann Jones, William Stephens,
William Beaver) was born Otober 21, 1924 in Bartlesville, Washington
County, Oklahoma, and died April 1980. She married (1) Robert Walter
Howard December 14, 1934 Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico. She married (2)
Thomas Edward Dean December 1950. She married (3) Joseph Dinnocenzo June
More About Evelyn Louise
Divorced: March 14, 1951, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Ca.
Children of Evelyn Holsey and Robert Howard are:
i. Connie Jean Howard. b May 07, 1936, Tuscon, Pima County,
Arizona, m. Glenn Orwan Mapouet, April 01, 1961
ii. David Allen Howard, b June 19, 1937, Tuscon, Pima County,
m. Judith K. Stokes, March 29, 1958
iii. Joan Marleen Howard, b. May 22, 1945, Santa Barbara,
m. Robert Jones Lupo, August 26, 1962
7. Milton Edward Holsey (Morris Elmer, Pearl Murray, Ruth Ann Jones,
William Stephen, William Beaver) was born March 26, 1934 in Amarillo,
Texas and died Mary 15, 1990 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He
married Margee Irene Duncan. She was born June 21, 1946 in Jacksonville,
Duval County, Florida.
Child of Milton Holsey and Margee Duncan is:
1. Morres Edward Holsey, b. February 13, 1969, Jacksonville,
Duval County, m. Patricia Rae Green Byrum, May 1, 1991, Atlanta, Fulton
Roswell Daily Record (Front Page)
Friday, January 24, 1947
BROTHERS DIE IN CRASH OF LIGHT PLANE
Flying H. Ranch Owners Victims of Air Accident
A.C. Hendricks, 68, and George Hendricks, 70, brothers and prominent
rancers of the southwesst, lost their lives yesterday afternoon when the
Taylor-craft airplane in which they were riding crashed near their
Flying H. ranch, 65 miles south west of Roswell at 4:24.
Mrs. Fred Teel, school bus driver, who witnessed the accident with
Mrs. Lily Norton, of the Flying H, and the pupils of the Flying H.
school reported she first saw the plane flying at a low altitude down
Loco canyon near the school. Twice before the light craft nosed to the
ground, she said, it suddenly turned up as if trying to gain altitude,
then it swooped and a portion of the nose appeared to fall away.
Arriving at the scene of the crash, about a quarter mile from the
highway, the two women found A.C. Hendricks still alive but said
apparently George Hendricks had been killed instantly. Unable to remove
A. C. Hendricks from the plane, the women drove to the headquarter of
the Flying H four miles distant.
Fred Teel and another man returned to the scene with the two women.
They found Mr. Hendricks still alive, but he died a few minutes later.
The bodies of both men were badly mangled.
A.C. Hendricks was born at Tarrant County, Texas October 5, 1872 and
purchased the Flying H in 1929 from S.S. Ward. He also owns ranches near
Carrisoso and Capitan.
An aviation enthusiast for a number of years A.C. Hendricks learned
to fly in 1942, but had not done regular flying until during the lst
year. He was the owner of three planes beside the one in the accident,
he owned a twin-engine plane and an Aero-coup.
Survivors of A.C. Hendricks are his widow and a son, Clement
Hendricks of the Flying H. and a daughter, Mrs. Bryce Dugger of
Carrisoso. another son, Algin, died about a year ago.
George Hendricks is survived by his widow and four sons, Eugene,
Bert, Dee, and Dan, all of parts unknown.
Othere survivors of the two men are two brother, E.H. Hendricks, of
Capitan, and Ricks Y. Hendricks, of the Flying H. and five sisters, Mrs.
Mort Smith, Lubbock, Mrs. Sadie Finley, and James Oxford, both of the
Flying H; Mrs. A.M. Blalock, Christine County, Texas; and Mrs. John
Jones, Erick, Oklahoma
District Attorney G.T. Watts announced that an inquest will be held
but that no date has been set.
The double funeral service will be held at the Ballard funeral
chapel Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. A.A. Dulaney, pastor of the
First Baptist church officiating
Bearers will be Onis Reynolds, Dick Callens, Fred Teel, W.C. Teel,
Ike Norton and Boyd Williams. Honorary bearers will be selected from
among members of the various flying schools here.
Roswell Daily Record
November 17, 1947
Mrs. Ruth (Jones) Hendricks Dies Suddenly Here
Mrs. Ruth C. Hendricks, age 71 passed away suddenly Saturday at
11:40 p.m. Mrs. Hendricks had been living at the home of her
sister-in-law, Mrs. Bertie Smith at 113 E. Summitt Street. She had been
in the best of health but after retiring Saturday night she became
suddenly ill and was rushed to the hospital where she died a few minutes
Mrs. Hendricks and her husband, the late George W. Hendricks, moved
New Mexico in 1929, locating on the Flying H. Ranch in Sacramento
mountains where they lived until last January when her husband was
killed with his brother, the late A.C. Hendricks, in a plane crash while
flying over the Flying H. Ranch. Since that time she had made her home
with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Bertie Smith.
For a number of years before moving to Roswell, the Hendricks lived
in Bartlesville, Okla., where they were engaged in farming and ranching.
They were united in marriage June 9, 1920 in Bartlesville. Mrs.
Hendricks is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Voight of Albuquerque
and three grandsons, E.W. Hendricks of Fairfax, Okla., Burt Hendricks of
Oklahoma City, and G.D. Hendricks of Paoli, Oklahoma.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., today in Ballard Chapel
with the Reverend A.A. Dulaney conducting the service.