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Wm Henry Jones


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Husband of Paratine Saxon

Wm Henry & Paratine Saxon Jones

Henry Jones & Paratine Saxon Marriage Entry, July 24, 1882 - Evergreen, Conecuh Co., Ala

Ezekiel Jones 1839-1920
Ezekiel Jones Headstone
To the left is his son, Wm Henry Jones, marker gone now

Wm Henry Jones, 1862-1925, h/o Paratine Saxon
Wm Henry Jones, unmarked grave to the left of Ezekiel Jones, his father
Notice how green his plot is.

Both photos are courtesy of Claire & MIC of Ala., members of www.findagrave.com
Flat Rock Cemetery
Flat Rock, Conecuh County, Alabama
Ezekiel Jones served in Company E,  38 Ala Inf. under Capt. E. W. Martin (who retired, 20 July 1864) then, under Lt. Samuel W. Landrum.  Ezekiel was at the Battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 1863.
Jones, Ezekiel
"He died after 1910.
He enlisted Apr-1862 VA as a private in Company E, 4th Alabama Infantry. He is buried Flat Rock Cemetery Conecuh County. " -- Conecuh County Al Archives Military Records

From cousin Doris Jones, of  Alabama: "He was born Feb 1839 and died April 5, 1920. He married Sarah Elizabeth Thomas, 1858. She was born March 1837 and died sometime between June & November of 1900."  We now know Sarah and Roxanna are buried in the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

From his Death Certificate, obtained by Mel Jones and posted further down this page, we know that Ezekiel was born Feb 5, 1838 in Oakey Streak, Ala and died April 5, 1920 in Gregville, Conecuh Co., Ala.   From the Historical Marker at the Oakey Streak Methodist Cemetery, we see that two pf the Pioneer Families who settled the community were Joe Jones and James Josey. Ezekiel's parents were David Ramsey Jones and Olive Belle Josey. 

The Death Cert raises questions because it states Oakey Streak is in Covington Co while records today show it to be in Butler Co.

Ezekiel & Sarah had 6 children, 4 born & died before 1880 and are buried in Flatrock Cemetery. The 2 surviving children were William Henry & Roxanna.

From Mel Jones, the great-great grandson of Ezekiel, stated Ezekiel married first Sarah Elizabeth Thomas and second, the widow of Edmund Levi Etheridge-Mary Susan Hammonds Etheridge, and third, Mary Joiner (Joyner?). Ezekiel was known among family members as "Uncle Zed", which substantiates that Zedeck Ezekiel S. Jones and Ezekiel Jones are the same person, although we are not sure what the "S" stands for, perhaps Samuel?

Doris Jones sent the following obit:

The Evergreen Courant, Evergreen, Alabama, April 29,1925

Jones Killed By Train

W. H. Jones, of Durant, Okla., was a pleasant caller at this office Saturday. He was a citizen of this county in former years, but moved away thirty-eight years ago and is on his first visit to his old home since that time. He is a splendid conversationalist and it was interesting to hear him tell of the many changes and note marked improvemnets of this country since the last time he went away.

Since the above was put in type, and just as we go to press, we learn that the body of Mr. Jones was found yesterday morning at the sharp curve on the railroad near Wilcox, and it is supposed that passenger train No. 5 killed him.

FamilySearch.org has some of the Alabama state death information but the details are not complete and the spelling or transcription is off.

You can see here.

Death Record of Wm Henry Jones (right side)
Submitted by: Sherry Johnston,Genealogist/Historian Evergreen-Conecuh Co. Public Library

Paratine Saxon Jones
Park Grove Cemetery
Broken Arrow
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Section L, Block 8, Lot 4, Space 4

Death Date is probably wrong, due to the Funeral Record below showing the 10th.

Photo of William Henry and Paratine Saxon Jones, taken at their home in Texas.  

Wm Henry was born in Selma, AL  Feb 16, 1862,  s/o Ezekiel Jones & Sarah Elizabeth Thomas  ( Ezekial served in 38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry C.S. A.)  They had 6 children, 4 of them died before 1900. The two surviving children were William Henry & Roxanna.  William's  brother "Trus", shown in the 1870 census, age 5 mos., is not present in the 1880 Census.    Ezekiel  b. abt 1839 & died Apr 5, 1920 in Conecuh Co., Ala.  (Alabama Deaths, 1908-59; Conecuh County, Vol 15, Roll 2, pg# 7345)

Year: 1870; Census Place: Oldtown, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: M593_10; Page: 270; Image: 533.

Roxanna Jones, b. June  15, 1866, Ala; d.
Aug 22, 1938, Century, Escambia Co., FL.;  m. 1st Julius Erastus Beasley on  July 30, 1884 in Conecuh Co., AL .   It is thought he was the son of Charles Wesley Beasley and Thirza/Theresa Northcutt, both of Darlington Co., SC. .; m. 2nd John Elbert Wilkinson/Wilkinson on Dec 15, 1921, - Conecuh Marriages, Book "F" for Marriages in the years 1916-1922 as Mrs. Anna Beasley.   (Reports have shown Julius Erastus Beasley married a second time to an  Annor Weekerson, 1866-1938.  I believe this is a mistake and that  "Annor Weekerson" & Roxanna Wilkerson are the same person. On Roxanna's headstone, her name is listed a "Roxanna Jones B. Wilkerson". ) NOTE: Escambia County, FL is the first county as you enter the state from the western gulf side that borders that tiny part of Alabama coast. Escambia County, AL was formed Dec 10, 1868 from Baldwin & Conecuh counties and Escambia County, FL, was formed July 21, 1821.

Photos below submitted by Mel Jones of Smyrna, TN


Roxanna Jones Beasley Wilkerson/Wilkinson,
b. June  15, 1866, Ala
d. Aug 22, 1938, Century,
    Escambia Co., FL


Buried together in the
Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery


Sarah Elizabeth Thomas Jones
b. March 1837
d.  Between June & Nov 1900

In 1900, Roxanna and her children, Alabama Beatrice, age 13 and Charles Ezekiel age 5,  are living with Ezekiel & Sarah in Gravella, Conecuh Co. AL.  Roxanna died 1938 in Conecuh Co. AL .
From what I have been able to cull from various sources, it appears that Alabama Beasley (1886/7 to 1978) married on Jan 8, 1905 to a Mr. Oliver Daniel Sanders ( b. Apr 2, 1883-d. Aug 8, 1976), Callihan, Conecuh Co., Al and had about 10 children:
Oliver C. Sanders, 1907
Leola Sanders , 1908
Charles Belton Sanders, 1911
Bracy G. Sanders, 1913
Olivia E. Sanders, 1915
Ernest Burson Sanders,  1918-1988
Bama L. Sanders, 1919
Claude E. Sanders, 1921
Anna E. Sanders,  1926
Alvanson B. Sanders, 1928

Charles Ezekiel Beasley married Grace Ellen Hadley and they had 6 children. He died in May, 1925. He was employed as a mine inspector in Lewisburg, Ala. During 1917-1918 he was working in Woodward, Ala as a carpenter for Woodward Iron Works and lived in Bessemer, Jefferson Co., Ala.

Wm Henry 1st married Georgiana Vestie Pickren on Mar 4, 1880 but she died Jan 23, 1881.
They had one child, a  son, Hillary A. Jones, on  Jan. 7, 1881, Conecuh Co., AL.   Hillary was about 2 weeks old when his mother passed away.  Hillary was raised by Sarah E. Jones, his grandmother, Conecuh County, Ala. 

+Hillary married just shy of his 17th birthday to Rhodia "Rhody" Etheridge, Dec 20, 1897. From this marriage,  were born William "Willie" - b. Aug 4, 1907, David "Dave"- b. 1909 and Joe Jones- b.Mar 29, 1912.  Rhodia died Jan 13, 1923.   His grandfather, Ezekiel is living with them.
Year: 1920;Census Place: Gravilla, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: T625_9; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 1070.

Hillary married again on Apr 2, 1928  to Lizzie Etheridge  (Mary Ann Lizzie Beth Etheridge)  and they had Henry, Ruby Dale, Lewis & John Jones.

While walking along a train track on April 28, 1925, William Henry was hit and killed by a train. He is buried next to his father, Ezekial Jones in the Flatrock Cemetery outside of Evergreen, Conecuh Co., Ala.  Please see his Death Record posted above, where it states, cause of Death was "killed by train".

Henry had left his home to go visit Hillary. Paratine is reported to have asked him not to go to Ala.  The family story is that when Henry died, Paratine was scrubbing the floor and quit, stating that Henry would not be coming back. 

NOTE:  I have found family histories which show Wm HENRY as Wm HUGH Jones, s/o of Ezekiel & Sarah E. Jones, s/o "Hugh Jones & J/Genetta Wooley." They have mixed up two familes. Please remember, any family records on the net that cite WFT or One World Tree are NOT records. They are someone's belief.  The parents of Zedeck Ezekiel S. Jones, father of William Henry & Roxanna Jones, were David Ramsey Jones (1808-SC) and Olive Belle Josey (b. 1821 in SC. Olive's parents were James William Josey & Nancy Salter. Much has been written on this family as they were instrumental in the development of the Oakey Streak Community, Butler County, AL and according to Ezekiel's Death Cert., this is where he was born.).
Paratine's parents were Rev. Sanford Samuel Saxon (b. in GA abt 1825) & Maranza Anna Adams (Robeson Co., NC ) d/o Elijah Adams & Mary Lewis.  In 1850, Elijah & Mary are living in between his brother Zacheus & wife Dicey, and his father,  Absalom.  Absalom Adams, born about 1767 and died after 1850, married Jane Grantham. They had the following children: Elizabeth, Mathias, Zachariah, Zacheus, Mary, Elijah, Elisha.  They were living in the Southern District of NC .

Sanford S. Saxon served in the 3rd Ala Reserves during the civil war and signed an oath of Allegiance that said he was 6'tall, black hair, black eyes, dark skin. It is believed he was part Cherokee. In every record we have found, he used the initials S. S..  When he married Maranza in Butler Co. Ala (1860), he was working on the railroad.

1850 Robeson Co. NC - Adams pg1

1850 Robeson Co. NC - Adams pg 2

1870 Oldtown, Conecuh Co. Ala - Elijah Adams

1880 Gravilla, Ala. Census pg1
3073 x 4212 Large File

1880 Gravilla, Ala. Census pg 2
3073 x 4212 Large File


Death Certificate submitted by desc Mel Jones
Ezekiel Jones' Cert. copy of Death Certificate
Ezekiel's maternal grandparents were a big part of the Oakey Streak Community.

In the 1880 census above, we find Ezekiel & Sarah with children William H. (Henry) & Roxanna AND next door we find Zedekial Joynes (Jojnes) & his wife Nancy E. with their children , Louisa/e, Mary M, John E. and Levi. Is this the Zedeck Jones who joined the CSA, was wounded and spent most of the war as a POW? 

Other families are Edmond Jojnes (Jones?) & wife Rebecca with their son Robert T. and his wife Neely; John Powell Deason & wife Rebecca Jane Jones (sister of Zedeck Ezekiel Jones) and their children, Olive R, John H. , and Della R. which looks like "Aug daughter" (or maybe adopted daughter?); Olive B Jones, med wife, (mid-wife);  Moses Pickren (Pickerson, Pickron, Pickren..?) and wife Jane, with their children Thomas, Amanda & Moses.  (Note: Lydia Bell Deason, d/o John P. & Rebecca J. Jones Deason married a PEACOCK)

 William Henry Jones' first wife was the daughter of Moses & Jane Pickren, Georgianna Pickren. She died about 2 weeks after their son Hillery was born.


Note: There is some thought that Absalom's father was Zachariah Adams who fought in the American Revolution.  From Seventeenth Report of the National Society Daughters American Revolution, page ix: 89901. Adams, Zachariah

Paratine was born in Atlanta GA. and died in Okla.  The family came to Bastrop County Texas in about 1873 and had not been there long when Paratine's parents died. The children were put with different families. Paratine went to the  Stribling family and was put to use as a family servant.

Henry was killed in Aug. 1925 when he was walking the train tracks and was hit by the train.  He is buried in Flatrock Cemetery, Conecuh Co., Ala. 

Henry & Paratine were married July 25, 1882 in Evergreen, Conecuh Co., Ala.

1   Edna Ester JONES, b:  May 12, 1884, Ala. d: Dec. 28, 1955, TX,  married Count Zenzendorf Ratliff
2    Gracie E JONES, b:  Jan. 29, 1885,  Ala.,
3    Olif/Olief  "Ollie" Bell JONES, b:  Jan 11, 1887,  Evergreen, Conecuh Co. Ala.; d: Apr 5, 1962 Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX, buried in Rio Vista Cem. ;  m: Oliver McVicker
4    Sarah Ann JONES, b: Aug 1890, Rockdale, Milam Co. Tex., d: Dec 6, 1981, Okla.
5    Clara M  JONES, b: Nov. 1891, Tex. [looks like Maryetta (Jack Co.)]
6    William Count JONES, b:  May 1894, Leander, Williamson Co., Tex.
7    Stella Mae JONES, b: 1896, Leander, Williamson Co., Tex.;   m: Steve Wilson
8    Sanford Shelly G. JONES, b:  Oct. 1899, Leander, Williamson Co.,   Tex
9    Addie Mabel JONES, b: 1901, Leander, Williamson Co., Tex.
10  Count JONES, b:  Glen Rose, Somervell Co., Tex. died early
11  Joseph Bartes JONES, b: Jul 11, 1903, Glen Rose, Somervell Co.,Tex. d: Jul 9, 1985, Okla.
12  Maud E JONES, b: 1907, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., Tex.

Ollie Bell Jones McVicker Death Certificate
contributed by Dale Ratliff

In the 1880 Ala Census, Paratine Saxon has returned to Elijah Adams household (her grandparents) and is incorrectly recorded as a daughter.   See: Year: 1880; Census Place: Old Town, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: T9_9; Family History Film: 1254009; Page: 103.3000; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 0208.

As the story goes, Paratine, living with the Stribling family in Bastrop TX after the death of her parents, accompanied the family onto neighboring land. The purpose isn't known but they were trespassing. Paratine, while tending to the campfire,  accidently (or maybe on purpose) caught the grass on fire which swept a good deal of the property. The family quickly packed their wagon and left. Fearing that Paratine would admit to starting the fire, thereby giving away the trespass, Mr. Stribling quickly sent her back to her grandparents.  It is while there that she met William Henry Jones, who would later become her husband.

d/o Wm Henry & Paratine Saxon Jones
Edna Ester Jones on wedding day to Count Z. Ratliff
Edna E. Jones Ratliff Headstone

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Paratine Saxon Jones

1870 Conecuh Co., Ala - Wm H Jones with parents

Year: 1870; Census Place: Oldtown, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: M593_10; Page: 270; Image: 533.

1900 Williamson Co, TX - Wm H. & Paratine Jones

Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Williamson, Texas; Roll: T623 1679; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 127.

R. T. Wood, Nephew of Edna E. Jones Ratliff

Georgia Wood, Niece of Edna E. Jones Ratliff

Count Z. & Edna E. Jones Ratliff ca. 1914

1955 Obituary sent by Dale Ratliff


Funeral services are incomplete at Lucas Funeral Home for Mrs. Edna E. Ratliff, 72 who died at her home 1712 N. Sylvania, Wednesday night.

She moved to Fort Worth in 1946 from Wellington where she had lived since 1914. She was born in Alabama.

Survivors are three sons, Arthur Ratliff of Bowie, Percy Ratliff of Quanah and Ben Ratliff of Wellington; three daughters, Mrs. Polly Smyth and Miss Mai Ratliff, both of Fort Worth, and *Mrs Frank Cook of Smithfield; six sisters, Mmes. R. P. Wood of Claude; Ollie McVicker of Cleburne, D. N. Serber of Shamrock, and Harve Wilson, Steve Wilson and Lacy Lofton, all of Broken Bow, Okla; three brothers, Bill Jones of Shamrock, Shelly Jones of Tulsa and Joe Jones of Broken Bow; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

*Dorothy Nell

Paratine with Stella (b Jan 1896) and Maudie (b 1907). We think the little boy is Stella's son by Steve Wilson. Marriage date unknown

1880 Conecuh Co Ala - Ezekiel & Sarah E. Jones

Year: 1880; Census Place: Gravilla, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: T9_9; Family History Film: 1254009; Page: 26.1000; Enumeration District: 47; Image: 0054

In the census below, the Census taker incorrectly list her name as "Caroline". Perhaps he didn't know how to spell "Paratine"?

1910 Somervell Co, TX - W.H.& Paratine Jones

Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Somervell, Texas; Roll: T624_1587; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 86; Image: 806.

1920 Caddo, Bryan Co., Okla (Pg 2)

Paratine Saxon Jones, 10 June 1946, Funeral Record
Funeral Record, June 10, 1946 -Paratine Saxon Jones

Many thanks to Dale Ratliff for his contributions. If you have more information about the JONES or SAXON lines, please contact me.

National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, online <http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/>, acquired 2007.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Gravilla, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: T9_9; Family History Film: 1254009; Page: 26.1000; Enumeration District: 47; Image: 0054.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Gravella, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: T623 10; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 53.

Year: 1920;Census Place: Gravilla, Conecuh, Alabama; Roll: T625_9; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 1070.

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