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Nancy Bellzona's Picture Book
The Joneses - Joseph Hubbard Jones

Joseph Hubbard JonesJOSEPH was born March 7, 1863 at Valley Springs, Arkansas and he died February 1, 1955 at Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Kay county. He was married to Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones. His father was William Stephens Jones, whose father was William Beaver Jones, originally from Georgia, buried **at the Jones Cemetery, Valley Springs, Arkansas. Joseph's mother was Mary Ann DeWitt. He and Nancy Bell were married February 8, 1889 at Harrison, Arkansas, Boone county while he was on a cattle drive with his father there.

His brothers and sisters were: Hiliah Rebecca (Becky) William Stephens (Uncle Billy), Seborn (Seib) Cicero, Ruth Ann, DeWitt, Dora (Doshia), Walsie.

One of Hiliah Rebecca's descendants, Jerry Young did a meticulous search and recording of dates and information on this gigantic family. His information is taken from old wills, probates, dates of cemetery markers and family Bibles. He published his limited edition book called, "Joneses, Pioneers of the Prairie," in 1992. It is in the library at Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harrison, Arkansas, and New York City.

This is an old picture taken around 1883. It was not in very good condition but since it speaks of Joe's appearance up until his death it was included. The picture set on Bellzona's dressing table until she died. The only difference being the soft cravat seen here. One of the elder relatives said "he probably made that suit he has on, they teased him a lot about it too."

One of the word games my grandfather and I played was, "Grandsir, are you up for the day?" His answer, "Yes, my dear, if I don't fall down."

Probably, it was his telling of stories to the children that brought about an interest in family history. He told one that always fascinated me. It was about a particular piece of cut glass bowl that had a silver hinged band on it allowing it to be opened up. The beauty of the glass always appealed to a child. He told me that his mother sat at the window watching for the union soldiers and when she saw them coming down the road she gathered the children together and ran with them to the root cellar. He said he stood and looked through the cracks of the board door and watched them burn the house. She had unconsciously stuck the bowl she used as a sewing bowl under her arm and this was all that was left of their possessions.

In the book, "Children of Pride," Letters of the Jones family in Georgia. There are a number of Joseph Jones, and Joseph H. Jones. There are so many customs practiced that are so like the family it is likely this is the family of William Beaver Jones, grandfather of Joseph H. Jones.



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