Sunday, November 15, 2015

On this Day: Thomas W. Jones born 15 November 1883

This is a story of a short life.

Thomas W. Jones was born probably in Hill County, Texas on 15 November 1883.[1] His parents were Thomas W. Jones and Nancy A. Huff. His grandparents were Benjamin W. Jones and Amanda A. Haley, my third great-grandparents. So that would make Thomas my first cousin three times removed.

Thomas had a sister, Amanda E. Jones who was born just a few years earlier in March 1880.[2]

The only record of little Thomas is a tombstone in Vaughan Cemetery in Hill County, Texas.[3]
Vaughan Cemetery in Hill County, Texas, showing Thomas W. Jones, son of T.W. and N.A.
Jones;, photo taken by Doreen Morelli.
This poor tombstone is broken and the death date cannot be made out clearly from the photo. However, on the Hill County, Texas webpage, someone had made a transcription of the cemetery and the death date was listed as 1 February 1885.[4] Perhaps the recording was done before the stone was broken.

His mother, Nancy would go on to have 5 children with two dying young.[5]

Such sadness to lose a child so young.

Happy Birthday, Thomas.

[1] Vaughan Cemetery Listing, “J,” Thomas W. Jones, 1885, Hill County, ( : accessed 13 Nov 2015).
[2] Texas, Comanche Co, 1880 U.S. census, pop. sched, ED 30, p 95a, fam 169, W. Thomas Jones, digital image,  ( accessed 28 Jul 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration, T9 roll 1297.
[3] "Find A Grave," database and digital image, Find A Grave ( : accessed 13 Nov 2015), Vaughan Cemetery, Vaughan, Hill Co TX, Memorial# 6946612, Thomas W Jones.
[4] Vaughan Cemetery, Thomas W. Jones.
[5] Texas, Erath County, 1900 U.S. census, pop. sched., Dublin City, ED 69, sht 15a, p. 123 (stamped), dwelling 287, family 296, Tom W. Jones, digital image,  ( accessed 13 Nov 2015); citing National Archives and Records Administration, T623 roll 1631.

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