Donna Jones Flood, Mrs.
Rodney Lee Flood was born May 31, 1937. She was the daughter of Lee Otis
Jones and Velma Pensoneau Jones. Lee was the son of Joseph Hubbard Jones
and Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones. Joseph H. Jones was the son of William
Stephens Jones and Mary DeWitt Jones of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. William
Stephens was the son of William Beaver Henry Jones of Georgia and Rhoda
Holloway Jones. They lived in Harrison, Arkansas.
Rodney Lee Flood was the
son of John Wesley Flood and Wenona Medler Flood. John was the son of
Henry and Honora C. Gosney Flood. Henry was the son of John Flood and
Anna Tierney Flood, John Flood was the body guard to Queen Victoria in
England. Anna Tierney was from Ireland, She was a hand maiden in the court
of Queen Victoria.
Honora was the daughter of
Sarah Griffing and John Gosney. Sarah Griffing was the daughter of Aaron
Ross Griffing of Kentucky and Maria L. Yelton, Griffing. The Griffings
were a prominent family of early day Kentucky.
Velma Louise Pensoneau
Jones was the daughter of Elizabeth, Meka-Thing-gay, Little Cook,
Pensoneau Hernandez. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel and Esther
Broken Jaw Litttle Cook, Esther was descended from Standing Pony and
Buffalo Hide. Velma's father was Narcisse Pensoneau. His father was
Stephen Pensoneau and Mary Kell, Canolis Ross. Stephen's father was
Paschal Pensoneau, a French trader. Paschal's brother Louis or Louison
was an attorney in St. Lewis. Paschal married Shikina, daughter of the
Kickapoo chief. The genealogy of the Pensoneau family is recorded back to
the La Fleur family of France and these records are at the Pensoneau
family museum out of St. Louis.
Mary Kell Canolis Ross was
daughter of father who was a Kell, and full Cherokee woman, listed on
Federal Census as "Cherokee woman, only." Therefore, Mary Kell, Canolis,
Ross would have been 1/2 Cherokee but was adopted by Jesse Chisholm of
the well known Chisholm trail. He also adopted Canolis, Yaqui
Indian, not a Mexican captive, as so listed in the Shawnee records.
Donna Jones Flood, his granddaughter has the records of Canolis adoption
by Chisholm showing him to be Yaqui Indian.
Mary and Canolis were married.
Canolis died and she then married Eck Ross, full Cherokee. Since Mary and
Canolis were living in the Shawnee's district she was registered on the
Shawnee Absentee Roll even though she was full Cherokee. Mary Ross's
daughter, Tilda married Stephen Pensoneau, son of Paschal Pensoneau the
French trader under John Jacob Astor who married Shikina, Kickapoo.
Stephen and Tilda had Narcisse Pensoneau, father of Velma Louise
Pensoneau, Jones, Mother to Donna Nancy Bellzona, mother to
Lee Otis Jones, grandmother to Donna, was the daughter of Elizabeth Ann
Brewer Collins and Nathaniel Stewart Collins. Elizabeth Ann was the
daughter of John Wesley Brewer and Mary Amerika Hunter. John Wesley Brewer
was the son of Edith Crocker and Jacob Brewer. Mary
Amerika Hunter was the Daughter of David Hunter who was from Kentucky,
county of Hopkins.
Nathaniel Stewart Collins,
father of Bellzona, was the son of Jesse Collins and Polly Ann Howard.
They owned land in Bolivar, Missouri. That land was sold and they moved to
Donna and Rodney Lee Flood
were married in September 6, 1957. They had three children: Rhonda Louise
Flood, Mark Joseph Flood, Kharis Esteclair Flood Loya. Kharis has one
child, Elizebeth. Kay's husband is Baraquiel Loya. Mark has three
children, Alisha, John Ross and Anna Marie. Mark's wife is Kathy Carithers
Donna requests her ashes be
spread over the prairie close to the little cemetery owned by her brother,
Paul Martin Jones across from her family's home place in the Osage. A
small marker with dates is to be placed at the Ponca Indian Cemetery close
to her Mother and Father's marker.
As the Christian scripture
admonishes, “Weep at a child's birth, and rejoice at their death,” Donna
requests no funeral, be held. Her family provided lovingly and adequately
for her during her life time. She wants only those happy memories be
kept. The scriptures recorded telling of a paradise earth with no more
tears and sorrow are the hope and legacy she wishes her loved ones to
read, study and remember in order to free them from unnessesary grief.
In this way they will know there will be a resurrection and life so they
can be together when conditions permit freedom from suffering and death.