Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Wiley Thomas & Sophrona Jones

Wiley Thomas Jones (1829-1901) and Sophrona E. Jones Jones (1850-1916) are my husband's great-grandparents on his mother's side.  They are buried in Central Section 12, Row 10, East side (10 e 2), in Old Hall Cemetery in Lewisville, Texas, as is their daughter, Nora M. Jones (1873-1893).

We don't know much about Wiley, except that he was born in Kentucky and was postmaster in nearby Bartonville, Texas.  He married Sophrona Jones on February 8, 1869, in her family's then-home county of Weakley, Tennessee, and they had ten children.

Sophrona is the oldest of the 11 children of Walter Hurdle Jones (1822-1902) and Sophia Cartwright Jones (1831-1916).  Walter and Sophia were born in North Carolina, but Sophrona and the first eight of her siblings were born in Tennessee.  Walter, Sophia, Sophrona, Wiley, and most (if not all) of those siblings moved to Texas sometime between February 1869 and April 1871 (when Wiley and Sophrona's first child was born) - I have yet to find any of them on the 1870 census. Sophrona's two youngest siblings were born in Texas.around 1873 and 1874.

Walter and Sophia, as well as many of Sophrona's siblings and siblings-in-law, are also buried at Old Hall Cemetery.

Photos are courtesy Dr. Robert M. "Bob" Leahy via FindAGrave.com

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