The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 173
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Slcetch of Oliver Jones and His Wife, Rebecca Jones. 173
federate soldier at the beginning of the war; he was stationed at
Dickinson's Bayou near Galveston, and died six months after his
enlistment. There are now but two of this family living, David N.
Harris, a merchant at Wallis, Texas, and Oliver Jones Harris,
who lives on part of the old Oliver Jones homestead tract in Waller
Phoebe, the other sister of Oliver Jones, was married to Joseph
Watts, and their descendants settled in Mississippi and Louisiana,
but eventually they all came to Texas to live. One of their daugh-
ters, Phoebe, died unmarried, the other, Maggie, made her home for
a number of years with her uncle, Oliver, and married Captain T.
S. Hammitt; after his death she was married to Jesse O'Brian, of
Bellville. She died without issue. After the death of Joseph
Watts, his widow contracted a second marriage with a Mr. Fro-
yard. They had two children, sons, William and Hiram. William
went to California, and has been lost trace of; Hiram moved to
Mississippi and married a Mrs. Newell. Their only son, Oliver
Jones Froyard, served with Lee in Virginia during the war be-
tween the States, and is now living at Wallis, Texas, with his son
Oliver Jones Froyard, Jr.
By this it will be seen that the name Oliver Jones, is treasured
by the family, it having been transmitted through three generations
as a token of regard for one who might well serve as an exemplar
of all that goes to make true manhood.
No record has been preserved by the family of the early life of
Oliver Jones, but it is probable that he was in the service of the
United States during the war with Great Britain, 1812-14; for in
his youth he was made prisoner, and was so disgusted at the indif-
ference of his government in not taking active measures to bring
about the release of himself and others that finally, when he was
once more at liberty, he vowed never again to live under such a
government. He made his way to Mexico, and there met with
Stephen F. Austin while the latter was in the City of Mexico work-
ing to secure the grant needed to authorize the establishment of his
colony in Texas. Jones immediately determined to become one of
his colonists; and the records show that on August 10th, 1824, he
received title to a sitio and labor of land, in what are now Brazoria
and Austin Counties, receiving his title from Commissioner Baron
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