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in Edgar county, that State, and resided
there engaged in farming till his removal to
Texas in 1833. He came South mainly on
account of the conditi on of his wife's health.
The trip was made overland in a wagon, as
. was the custom of those days, and occupied
six weeks. The first stop was at Independence,
Washington county, then supposed to
be the garden spot of Texas. Mr. Jones obtained
a grant of a league of land, which he
located in what is now the eastern part of
Milam county, but then an unbroken wilderness.
His claim was located on the prairie
which now bears his name. He did not attempt
to make a permanent settlement, as
the Indians were then too bad to permit of
his residing for any length of time in one
plaee. He camped about in the timbers
with his family and supported himself and
them with the aid of his gun and dog for
about two years, in the meantime taking
such work as he could get to do at a distance.
The chief reliance for a living, however,
was on game. Houston was the
general supply point, but facilities for reaching
that place were so poor and means with
which to buy so meager in the Jones household
that very little was obtained in the
way of food and clothing save what was
furnished by the chase. In 1838 Mr. Jones
joined a surveying party which was going
on an expedition toward the Trinity river,
on which expedition he lost his life, being
killed by the Indians in the celebrated Battle
Creek fight in Navarro county. This is
one of the most noted Indian fights that ever
occurred in Texas. It is related that after
sustaining the attack of the Indians all
day, Mr. Jones and one of his cuJmrades
mounted a horse late in the evening apd attempted
to make their escape, but t/at the
Indians killed their horse, and then, closing
in on the riders, dispatched both of them, not
however until they had killed several of the
redskins. After the death of Mr. Jones his
family moved about and supported themselves
as best they could, living part of the
time in Madison county and part of the time
in Robertson county, not returning to Milam
county to live until 1857. At that date they
took up their residence on Jones Prairie in
Mr. Jones' wife bore the maiden name of
Sarah Brimberry, being a daughter of Isaac
and Mary Brimberry and a native of Kentucky.
He had eight children: Rosetta,
who was married to D. W. Campbell and
died in Robertson county Texas; James A.,
who married Martha McKinney and died in
Milani county; Juliet, who was married to
Elijah White and died in Milam county; Elizabeth
Jane, who died unmarried; Mary, who
was married to Armistead Rogers and died
in Brown county, this State; Caroline,-who
was married to J. T. Stidham and now resides
in Milam county; Maitha, who was
married to L. M. Etheridge and lives in
Kerr county; and Edward F., who lives in
Kerrville, Kerr county, this State.
J. T. Stidham, husband of one of the members
of this pioneer family of Milam county
and father of the gentleman whose name is
placed at the head of- this sketch, was a
native of the State of Georgia, where he
was born January 1, 1831. He was a son
of Martin Stidham, an early settler of the
"t Empire State of the South." J. T Stidham
was reared in his native State and
came to Texas in 1853, stopping in Milam
county, where he met Caroline Jones, whom
he married here in 1856. He was engaged
in farming until the opening of the late war,
when lie entered the Confederate army, enlisting
in Captain Ryan's company, Allen's
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