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658 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Nannie Emery, nee Threadgell. They have
one daughter, Adaline. Mrs. Jones is a ineinber
of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Jones affiliates with the A. F. & A. M.,
Solomon Lodge, No. 484, and the R. A. M.,
of this city, and with the I. 0. 0. F., of
d R. JONES.-The subject of this notice
has lived on Texas soil sixty-nine years
and is therefore probably the oldest
Texan in Milain county and among the oldest
in the State. lie is a native of Vincennes,
Indiana, but comes of Southern ancestors, his
father, Allen C. Jones, having been born on
the Yadkin river in North Carolina, in 1785,
where Jesse Jones, father of Allen C. and
grandfather of James R., settled towards the
latter part of the last century. Jesse Jones
was a Revolutionary soldier, a patriot in the
times that, as tlie historian wrote, " tried
inens' souls." After taking an honorable
part in the colonial struggle for independence,
lie settled on a farm in North Carolina
where lie passed his remaining days, dying
there, well advanced in years. Allen C. Jones
was reared in North Carolina where he
learned farming and mastered the trades of
carpentering, cabinet making and blacksmithing.
He followed these trades in his native
State and in the States of South Carolina,
Tennessee and Indiana, before his removal to
Texas, in 1824. He was a man of great industry
and originality and like "'Tubal Cain"
of old was known as "an artificer" among
men. On coming to Texas, in 1824, he resided
in Nacogdoches county, then the first
stopping place of most of the early settlers.
Later he moved to Montgomery count where
be engaged in farming and stock-raising,
moving thence in 1845, when he settled in
Goliad county, where he died in 1854. He
had considerable experience, civil and military,
having served under General Jackson in
the war of 1812, in the Seminole war and in
the war by which Texas won its independence,
and having held, in Montgomery
county, the offices of Justice of the Peace,
County Commissioner and Commissioner of
the Land Board. He was three times married
and was the father of fourteen children. He
first married Margaret Ann Hynes, who resided
near Terre Haute, Indiana, by whom
lie had five children: Delathia, Keetion M.,
Andrew J., James R. and Charles 0. His
wife died, in 1824, and he married Jane
Cranford, by whom he had six children:
Martha, Teretha, Clarissa, Allen C., Rhoda
and Sam H. This wife died, about 1829, and
for his third companion he married Mrs.
Marias Stone, by whom he had three children:
David C., George W. and Fannie. Of
these fourteen sons and daughters but four
are now living, the subject of this sketch being
the eldest of this number; James 1K.
was born January 6, 1822. He was an infant
when his parents moved to Texas. His
childhood and youth were passed mainly in
Nacogdoches and Montgomery counties and
did not differ materially from that of other
boys of his day. He was old enough to know
something of the scenes which he saw enacted
around him during the days of the Texas
revolution (1835-'36) in which he took an incidental
part as a member of the Home
Guards organized to keep down Indian
depredations and to quell incipient revolts
on the part of Mexicans domiciled on Texas
soil. Having been almost reared in the saddle
and familiar from early youth with stock,
young Jones naturally turned his attention
in this direction when he began the duties of
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