John Henry Jones From Dadeville, AL & Comanche, Texas

I need help because I am stuck, Stuck, STUCK on our Jones line so if you have any info at all, please send it my way! Here’s what I know:

John Henry Jones Family

John Henry Jones Family

John Henry Jones was born Christmas Day, 1865, in Alabama, possibly in or around Dadeville. Having traveled to Dadeville, I believe I have convinced myself that his father was Simeon Jones (1820-1908), and I know that his mother was Epsy Grizzle Jones, who was born in Georgia in 1835. Both are buried in the Wise Cemetery outside Dadeville, and I have seen those graves.

(Since writing the above, I have found the marriage certificate of Simeon Jones and Epsy Grissle, new spelling!! I am now sure of this much.)

John Henry Jones married Fannie Bartow Sims in Dadeville in 1888. The couple had five children: Lena Eppie (1889), Bartow Douglas (1891), Henry Clifton (1892), Ross Hartsfield (1894), and Nellie Frances (1899).

The John Henry Jones family arrived in Comanche County in 1904. They first settled in the Creamer community. When Fannie’s father, Carroll Martin Sims, died in Alabama, she used her inheritance to purchase a farm in the Sidney community. I also know that Fannie’s sister, Henrietta Sims Pitts, moved from Alabama to Mexia, Texas. Her son Sherwood moved to the Creamer community in Comanche County.

The only clue that I have (thanks to Kay Goodson Hall) is that Edmond Hardy Jones II was born in 1817, just three years before our John Henry Jones. He was killed in Virginia in 1864. His son, Edmond Hardy Jones III was born in 1864 in Georgia (where our Simeon was born) and, more importantly, his family moved from Dadeville, Alabama to Sidney, Texas after the war….as did our John Henry’s family.

More than this I do not know, and I cannot seem to go beyond Simeon. If you can, I’d love to know where this line goes!

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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One Response to John Henry Jones From Dadeville, AL & Comanche, Texas

  1. missyjones says:

    Fredda, from the papers and information left by Aunt Nell, Nellie Frances Jones, is a letter 9date unknown) from Henrietta to her sister, Fannie Bartow Jones Sims in Comanche, Texas. She heads it up: “to my one and only sister”. Evidently, those two were the only two children in the family yet living. Just think, when our pioneers left their home in the old states, they said goodby to parents and family, knowing full well that they would probably never see them again in this lifetime. Missy

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