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Donna Jones Flood, Mrs. Rodney Lee Flood was born May 31, 1937. She was the daughter of Lee Otis Jones and Velma Pensoneau Jones. Lee was the son of Joseph Hubbard Jones and Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones. Joseph H. Jones was the son of William Stephens Jones and Mary DeWitt Jones of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. William Stephens was the son of William Beaver Henry Jones of Georgia and Rhoda Holloway Jones. They lived in Harrison, Arkansas.

Rodney Lee Flood was the son of John Wesley Flood and Wenona Medler Flood. John was the son of Henry and Honora C. Gosney Flood.  Henry was the son of John Flood and Anna Tierney Flood, John Flood was the body guard to Queen Victoria in England. Anna Tierney was from Ireland, She was a hand maiden in the court of Queen Victoria.

Honora was the daughter of Sarah Griffing and John Gosney.  Sarah Griffing was the daughter of Aaron Ross Griffing of Kentucky and Maria L. Yelton, Griffing. The Griffings were a prominent family of early day Kentucky.

Velma Louise Pensoneau Jones was the daughter of Elizabeth, Meka-Thing-gay, Little Cook, Pensoneau Hernandez. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel and Esther Broken Jaw Litttle Cook, Esther was descended from Standing Pony and Buffalo Hide. Velma's father was Narcisse Pensoneau. His father was Stephen Pensoneau and Mary Kell, Canolis Ross.  Stephen's father was Paschal Pensoneau, a French trader. Paschal's brother Louis or Louison  was an attorney in St. Lewis. Paschal married Shikina, daughter of the Kickapoo chief. The genealogy of the Pensoneau family is recorded back to the La Fleur family of France and these records are at the Pensoneau family museum out of St. Louis.

Mary Kell Canolis Ross was daughter of father who was a Kell, and full Cherokee woman, listed on Federal Census as "Cherokee woman, only." Therefore, Mary Kell, Canolis, Ross would have been 1/2 Cherokee but was adopted by Jesse Chisholm of the well known Chisholm trail.  He also adopted Canolis, Yaqui Indian, not a Mexican captive, as so listed in the Shawnee records. Donna Jones Flood, his granddaughter has the records of Canolis adoption by Chisholm showing him to be Yaqui Indian.

Mary and Canolis were married.  Canolis died and she then married Eck Ross, full Cherokee. Since Mary and Canolis were living in the Shawnee's district she was registered on the Shawnee Absentee Roll even though she was full Cherokee. Mary Ross's daughter, Tilda married Stephen Pensoneau, son of Paschal Pensoneau the French trader under John Jacob Astor who married Shikina, Kickapoo.  Stephen and Tilda had Narcisse Pensoneau, father of Velma Louise Pensoneau, Jones, Mother to Donna Nancy Bellzona, mother to Lee Otis Jones, grandmother to Donna,  was the daughter of Elizabeth Ann Brewer Collins and Nathaniel Stewart Collins. Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of John Wesley Brewer and Mary Amerika Hunter. John Wesley Brewer was the son of Edith Crocker and Jacob Brewer.  Mary Amerika Hunter was the Daughter of David Hunter who was from Kentucky, county of Hopkins.

Nathaniel Stewart Collins, father of Bellzona,  was the son of Jesse Collins and Polly Ann Howard. They owned land in Bolivar, Missouri. That land was sold and they moved to Arkansas.

Donna and Rodney Lee Flood were married in September 6, 1957. They had three children: Rhonda Louise Flood, Mark Joseph Flood, Kharis Esteclair Flood Loya. Kharis has one child, Elizebeth. Kay's husband is Baraquiel Loya. Mark has three children, Alisha, John Ross and Anna Marie. Mark's wife is Kathy Carithers Flood.

Donna requests her ashes be spread over the prairie close to the little cemetery owned by her brother, Paul Martin Jones across from her family's home place in the Osage. A small marker with dates is to be placed at the Ponca Indian Cemetery close to her Mother and Father's marker.

As the Christian scripture admonishes, “Weep at a child's birth, and rejoice at their death,” Donna requests no funeral, be held. Her family provided lovingly and adequately  for her during her life time. She wants only those happy memories  be kept. The scriptures recorded telling of a paradise earth with no more tears and sorrow are the hope and legacy she wishes her loved ones to read, study  and remember in order to free them from unnessesary grief.  In this way they will know there will be a resurrection and life so they can be together when conditions permit freedom from suffering and death.

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