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William Ellis Jones
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Birth Date:   Apr 26, 1824       Death Date: Nov 22, 1892


U.S.Flag Organization: Confederacy
NAR: 4-1-65


William Ellis Jones and wife came to live at Estacado with their daughter, Mrs. R. L. Stringfellow. They had lived in Kentucky and moved to Virginia. He was a highly educated man and held a chair of Latin, Greek and Hebrew at Transylvania University. he also taught mathematics at Charlottesville, the first school this side of the Alleghenies.

Mrs. Jones was Rosa T. Thornton. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jones could trace their English ancestry back for many generations in England. Mr. Jones made a garden at Estacado, and wore his white shirt and black tie every day. He was buried at Emma 1892. Mrs. Jones died in 1921.

Bank Jones was a son of Mr. & Mrs. T. E. Jones. He came to the Plains in the early days. He helped lay out the townsite of Floydada. Later, he went to Amarillo and worked for Stringfellow and Hume as clerk. For 25 years he was city engineer at Amarillo. He died in 1930.

Others sons: Will Jones lived with his brother, Thornton Jones at Estacado, later moving to Plainview with the family, where he worked for Thornton Jones, who had his grocery store in a tent. He remained a bachelor and was killed by a horse. Will Jones was a surveyor of Crosby County at one time.

Thornton was born in Virginia. He moved to Paint Rock, Texas then to Crosby County in 1886. He freighted for Stringfellow and Hume from Colorado City. He took a contract to catch mustangs for Slaughters. He was to get the mustang and one dollar for each one he caught. He took a string of them to Waco and had to keep them several months before he was rid of them all. He took a contract to force some 75 miles of division fence for the XIT Ranch.

Mr. Jones had the first grocery store in Plainview. It was in a tent and was called the Jones Grocery Store. He dug a dug-out 24 x 40 feet for his home, and he was made Plainview's first postmaster, which he held for six months. He moved to Dimmitt in 1891, but went back to Estacado in 1893. Part of the time, he lived at Emma. He traded horses and cattle and farmed some. He married Miss Lura Tuck before he left Virginia. They had seven children.

The service record which was procured from the War Department did not match the family record. Thornton Jones planned to do further research in Washington. No further information was received before his demise.

Submitted by Ralls Historical Museum

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