Mrs. Mary Jones passed thru death into life eternal Sunday, Dec. 9th, 1917 at her home, two and one half miles west of Franklin and near Rees Station. Mrs. Jones was the daughter of Henry and Katharine (Dudhope) Rawlings and was born in the Durbin neighborhood March 28, 1851.
She was united in marriage March 9, 1871 to Jesse Jones, whose death occurred Nov. 27, 1914. To this union seven children were born, Margaret who died at the age of 11 months; Williams who died aged 5 years, Nettie, Mrs. George Ebrey; Effie, Mrs. August Walters; Emma, Mrs. Leslie Cox; Laura, Mrs. Grover Shepherd; and Ernest. Twelve grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. George Oxley, and two brothers, David and James Rawlings survive; while four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
At an early age Mrs. Jones was converted and united with Durbin M. E. church, of which organization she has always tried to be a faithful consistent member. She was a good woman, always prone to speak well of others, or else not speak at all.
She will be greatly missed not only by her family but by the community in which her life has been spent.
Funeral services will be held at Durbin church Tuesday at 11 a.m. in charge of the pastor, Rev. W. E, Keenan, and interment will be in Providence cemetery.(Jacksonville Journal, December 11, 1917)
Jesse Jones At Rest.
Jesse Jones, a well known resident of the west side, who has been in failing health for two years and underwent an operation in a Jacksonville hospital lately without securing relief, died at his home Friday morning aged 68 years.
He was one of eleven children born to Jesse and Susan (Covington) Jones who moved to this county from Ohio shortly before his birth. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Rawlings) Jones, one son, Ernest, and four daughters, Mrs. Nettie Ebrey, Mrs. Effie Walters, Mrs. Emma Cox, and Mrs. Laura Sheppard, and 12 grandchildren. Two children preceded him in death, Willie at the age of 5 years and Margaret at the age of 11 months.
Mr. Jones is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Curtis and Benjamin, of Nortonville; Rees, of Murrayville, John of Edwardsville; Joshua of Oklahoma; Zachary, of Durbin; Mrs. Mary Hobbs and Mrs. Hannah Meredith of Franklin; and Mrs. Sarah Kelly, of Jacksonville, one brother, Joseph and an infant sister died someyears ago.
In boyhood Mr. Jones was converted from the Durbin M. E. church, Sunday morning in charge of the pastor, Rev. John W. Kettle. The deceased had been a member of that congregation for many years and had attended services there from boyhood and a large congregation of friends and neighbors gathered to pay him a last tribute of respect.
Music was furnished by the choirs of the Durbin and Providence churches and the many beautiful flowers were cared for by Mrs. J. O. Ralston, Mrs. Nellie Ebrey, Misses Marie Dodsworth and Irene Oxley.
Interment was made in the Providence Cemetery. The bearers were John Hall, of Palmyra, Wm. M. Rees, Geo. Oxley, Thos. B. Smith, Thos. Oxley and Wm. Oxley.(The Franklin Times, December 3, 1914)