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The Joneses - William Stephens Jones II

William Stephens Jones ll, (Brother of Joseph Hubbard Jones,) and Mary Lou Barbee Jones

The Joneses - William Stephens Jones II (Uncle Billy), son of William Stephens Jones, husband of Mary Lou.

William Stephens Jones ll,  Mary Lou Barbee Jones. The child they are holding is probably Alonzo (Lonny) Carpenter Jones.

William Stephens Jones ll, (Brother of Joseph Hubbard Jones). Mary Lou Barbee Jones, wife of William (Uncle Billy. Mary Lou was born June 30, 1864, died June 6, 1938. Her marker is in a cemetery at Healton, Oklahoma.

William Stephens (Billy) Jones was the son of William Stephens Jones and Mary Ann.

There are records in the archives at the Oklahoma Historical Building behind the Capital Building to show Joneses in the Bartlesville area in l844. Since this was over fifty years before statehood and because Oklahoma was Indian territory no others were supposed to be living in the state. This Jones recorded in the archives was living in the state and had listed a number of improvements on the land, buildings and such. In order to do this he had to be using his Indian blood to be here or using his wife's Indian blood. Among themselves they spoke of their Indian blood, but it is a different matter when it comes to finding a recording of it. Old letters in the historic section in the back room of the Pawhuska library can only be accessed by those involved with the Historical group. In these records there are letters to Dan Jones, brother to William, and William Jones,  agents, who worked for the federal government. One particular letter is about how the “Little Osages” (Kaws) were complaining because Jones had delivered food first to the “Big Osages.”  The location of the Kaw tribe is quite some distance from Pawhuska and would have been the reason for that. It is humourous to me to see tribes were fighting over U.S.government provisions even way back then.

Billy and Mary Lou settled around Guymond, Oklahoma and they were separated from Joseph's, his brother's, family. They were spoken of affectionately by any family who knew them. The children acquainted with them remember Uncle Billy and Aunt Mary Lou with good thoughts such as: “Aunt Mary Lou always had the best meals. Her pickled beets were especially good."  During the oil boom at
Shidler, Oklahoma around 1920 Mary Lou had a tent under which there were tables. Here she cooked meals for the workers in the oil patch. Unless a person has ever cooked in a café they cannot appreciate the work that goes into this.

There is a faint photograph of Mary Lou's family standing in front of a "half dug-out," a house dug into the ground with a roof  built over that space, close to Guymond. This tells they suffered the same hardships and trials many Oklahomans knew when the state came into statehood shortly after the turn of the century, 1900.

In the year of l997,  Dennis Michael Jones, (Mike) my brother and son of Lee Otis Jones,  located the markers for Mary Lou Barbee Jones, and her son Alonzo (Lonny) Jones at a cemetery in Healton, Oklahoma.

Mary Lou's marker shows this: Born June 30, 1864, died June 6, 1938.
Mary Lou's  son's marker shows this:
Lon Carpenter Jones's marker: Born November 1894, died march 15, 1945.

I've wondered if this is where Dempsey's, Dad's nephew's,  initials came, “L.C.”

A sentence can hardly describe the hours of searching that went into this. Mike, at the time had a business for land improvement along highways, ecological projects, and road designs. His businesses took him to many locations where old settlers might have at one time lived. This was when he was pushing new highways through uncharted places. On his own time in the evenings and on Sundays he searched for this marker and was able to find it.



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