Sherry Stocking Kline
November 21, 2009
For me, it’s a sniffly sneezy, Saturday night. I’m on the mend, but Kleenex still needs to be on stand-by.
Here is our Saturday Night Fun Challenge from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings! Have Fun!
Hey, genies, it’s Saturday Night, time for some Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where’s my Mission Impossible music…drat, lost it), is:
1) Who is your MRUA – your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.
2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don’t you scan it again just to see if there’s something you have missed?
3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?
4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or a comment on Facebook or some other social networking site.
My most elusive mysterious ancestor and the brick wall I most want to break down is my Great-grandfather, Willis Washington Jones.
What do I Want to Know?
Who was his father. If his last name wasn’t Jones, it would certainly be a lot easier.
If I could find a marriage license/record for his mother and father, it would certainly be a lot easier.
If he had been on a census with a Jones mother and father, it would be a lot easier.
Here’s What I Know, and What I Think I Know…
He was born in Kentucky, according to his death certificate and most census records, though one granddaughter thought he was born in Illinois. He may have been born in Barren, Edmonson, Hart, or possibly even Metcalfe County and he died in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Reviewing some of the following info for Willis, I see a couple of gaps I have that I can probably fill without too much travel involved.
But if anyone out there has a lot of Jones’ family info in one of the above counties, I’d sure be interested! I’ve nearly come to the conclusion that I need to gather all Jones’ info for those counties in that era, and see if I can by process of elimination figure the puzzle out.
I do have one question that I would like an opinion on, on the 1860 census that my great-grandfather Willis is on, (see below) he is listed at the very bottom of the list, and not with what I believe are his half–siblings.
Any comments would be welcome! Does that mean that Elizabeth is probably not his mother. (Either an obituary or death certificate names her as his mother, and yet, never a mention of his father.)
She, her husband, and one of her daughters also moved to Kansas, and lived near Willis for a time.
The following is part of a ‘cheat sheet’ that I’ve typed up to take with me when I’m out and about researching.
Willis Washington Jones – Misc Info
Born: Mar. 28, 1853 in Kentucky.
Willis’ mother was Elizabeth Laird Jones (Elizabeth’s parents were Hezekiah Lard/Laird and Patsey Carter.)
I have no idea who Willis’ father is.
I have no proof that Elizabeth married anyone named Jones before she married J. R. U. Crabb. (5 March 2012 – I have now viewed the marriage certificate for Elizabeth and her second husband, J. R. U. Crabb and her name is listed as Jones.) So, apparently Elizabeth did marry Willis’ father, and either they divorced, or his father died while he was very young.
Willis last name was Jones on the census as a child, and ever after.
1860 Census in Barren County
Is Willis with his mother and a stepfather, J.R.U. Crabb, or is he an orphan taken in by this couple?
1860 Census Page 87 – Metcalfe County, KentuckyPost Office – East Fork4th of July, 1860
J.R.U. Crabb – 28 – Male
Elizabeth – 28 (1880 census says born in KY, mother born in South Carolina)
Daniel U – 02
Patsy S – 1/12
Patsy C. Crabb – 60 – North Carolina
Willis Lard – 25
Catherine Piper – 17
Amanda Gooden – 12
Willis Jones – 7 – born Kentucky
I have not found Willis on the 1870 Census
Willis W. Jones married Martha Ellen Smith, daughter of Charles and Virginia (Hawley) Smith on 27 June 1876 in Barren County, KY.
They were married by Minister Bertram at his home. (later, in 2005, a new-found cousin, Nancy Bertram Bush, told me the minister was Ephraim Bertram, a circuit minister.)
Martha Ellen Smith was born Sept 03, 1852. She died on July 23, 1898.
I do not know where she is buried, but believe it to be in Kansas, Oklahoma, or possibly even Arkansas, as I’ve been told they had a strawberry farm in Arkansas for a time.
No one living knows where the strawberry farm was in Arkansas, and I question the person’s memory who gave me that information. I’ve done no research in Arkansas – yet.
1880 Sound-Ex Edmonson Co., KY, Brownsville Dist.
Jones – Soundex# – is 520
Roll 40 – Kentucky T-570
Jones, Willis White, Male, 27 years
Jones, Martha E. Wife Age 28 Born KY
Jones, Evan B Son 3 KY
Jones, Pearl dghtr 1 KY
1880 Census – Edmonson Co., KY
Jones, Willis white Male 27 married Farmer
Jones, Martha white Female 28 married housewife
Jones, Evan B white Male 3 son
Jones, Pearl white Female 1 dghtr
Willis W. Jones remarried and had more children, and he died Sept 26, 1929 in Sapulpa, OK (this is certain, I have the death certificate), he is buried there, and some of his descendants live there.
1910 Oklahoma Census – Sapulpa Township 47, 47(There was a third son later, William)
Jones, Washington W. Hd Male Age 57 born KY fthr brn US. mtr brn U.S.
Eliza C. wife white Age 40 # of yrs of present marriage 2 (or 7 not a good copy)
Bessie B age 18 born KY mtr & ftr born in KY
Vechel N. age 6, born Oklahoma parents born KY
Richard T age 1, brn Oklahoma parents KY – Willis Lard
This seems like such a lot of information, but hope springs eternal that someone with the answers will find this post, and contact me.
The thing that makes this more unlikely, is that I doubt that my Great-grandfather Willis had any more full siblings who would have the information that I need.
If you are reading this after googling one of the names listed above, We need to talk! Please leave a comment, so we can share info! Thanks….