Mary Madden Jones

Mary Madden Jones

Female 1843 - 1920  (77 years)

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  • Name Mary Madden Jones 
    Born 1843  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • birth date from 1900 Falls Co, census.
    Gender Female 
    Census 20 Aug 1850  Victoria, Victoria Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 20 Aug 1850 Victoria, Victoria Co, Texas
      1850 - Victoria Co census:
      M.M. Jones 30 Blacksmith 300 KY
      Sarah 30 MO
      G.W. Jones 9 MO
      Mary A 7 TX
      Susan M 4 TX
      Nancy J 2 TX
      Richard Bonum 22 Blacksmith MO (b 1828)
      Catherine Seber 9 DEU (Germany)

      next door, John (37) and Catherine (39) Seber, from Germany. Probably the Jones had taken in their child for some neighborly reason
    1850 Texas, Victoria Co, Victoria, Census
    1850 Texas, Victoria Co, Victoria, Census
    Mabra and Sarah Lovelady Jones and family, also Richard Bonum and Catherine Seber, age 9 (born in Germany). Richard Bonum is obviously a family member who traveled with them to Texas but not yet determined how.
    Next door, John (37) and Catherine (39) Seber, from Germany. Probably the Jones had taken in their child for some neighborly reason.
    Residence 15 Jan 1856  Manahuilla, Dewitt Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1856, 01/15
    Letter - 1856, 01/15
    from Mary M Jones to her aunt, Susan Bounds Butts. Mentions some friends, one being that Susan received a letter from Aurela Seal. Aurela. a child at this time, was the same age as Susan (b 1846), and was the daughter of John Seal, a blacksmith, and his wife Eliza. They were from Mississippi and living in Victoria (1850 census). Mabra worked as a blacksmith, as well, in Victoria; so quite likely he was a co-worker and family friends.
    linked to:
    Manahuilla, Dewitt Co, Texas
    Alfred Alonzo Lee Allee (I1539)
    Eliza Ann Bosworth (I32832)
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Jr (I1371)
    John William Butts (I1415)
    Margaret Ann Butts, (DNA-circle-g) (I2492)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)
    George Washington Jones, Dr (I604)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Religion 7 Aug 1856  Yorktown, Dewitt Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    joined Christian Church 
    Letter - 1856, 08/07
    Letter - 1856, 08/07
    Mary M Jones to her aunt and uncle, Susan Bounds and Andrew Jackson Butts, Sr., and cousins, tells of camp meeting where she, her sister Susan and her friend Aurela Seal from Victoria, brother George, and cousin John Butts (son of Susan and Andrew Jackson), John and Charlie Middleton, her cousins she says, and many others (47 total) joined the church. This would be the Christian church, pastor is her grandfather, James Lovelady. She also mentions "Grandma (Nancy Lovelady) is not well."
    linked to:
    Yorktown, Dewitt Co, Texas
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Jr (I1371)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Sr (I1463)
    John William Butts (I1415)
    Margaret Ann Butts, (DNA-circle-g) (I2492)
    Andrew Moses Cooley (I1424)
    Easter Jane Cooley (I1393)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)
    George Washington Jones, Dr (I604)
    Residence 14 Dec 1856  Yorktown, Dewitt Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1856, 12/14
    Letter - 1856, 12/14
    from Mary M Jones to aunt and uncle, Andrew Butts and Susan Bounds and cousins
    linked to:
    Yorktown, Dewitt Co, Texas
    Alfred Alonzo Lee Allee (I1539)
    Eliza Ann Bosworth (I32832)
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Jr (I1371)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Sr (I1463)
    John William Butts (I1415)
    George Washington Jones, Dr (I604)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Residence 6 Feb 1860  Dewitt Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Letter - 1860, 02/06
    Letter - 1860, 02/06
    from Mary M Jones to Aunt Susan Bounds and cousins. Told of how cold it was, and that Poppa preached at a house nearby, and coming back they ran into some people and they went to Dr. Throckmorton's and had dinner on the Cabeza; but Poppa went the other way. (d)

    Note: "Dr. Throckmorton" was listed in the Goliad County census the following July. He's listed as John, a physician, age 35, but he didn't know where he was born. He had a wife and six kids ranging from 16 to 6, born in Arkansas and Texas. He also was a slave owner, as listed in slave schedule.
    George (Mary's brother) was studying to be a doctor in Goliad County. Can't help but wonder if Dr. Throckmorton somehow assisted him in his studies.
    linked to:
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Jr (I1371)
    Berry Alexander Butts (I9060)
    John William Butts (I1415)
    Susan Delanie Butts (I9061)
    George Washington Jones, Dr (I604)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    John Augustine Throckmorton, M.D. (neighbor) (I40983)
    Residence 11 Jul 1860  Dewitt Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1860, 07/11
    Letter - 1860, 07/11
    from Mary to Aunt Susan Bounds Butts, referencing her new bro, Andrew (my g-gf), and other family news. Written in Dewitt Co, mailed from Helena, Texas.

    "Mr. Bean" referred to in this letter was Russell Bean, a 30 yr-old gentleman from Alabama, with a wife and two small children. She states Mr. Bean had bought Uncle "Alec's property and had a wonderful well, sustaining 4 families thru a drought. She states that he had been hurt in an explosion while blasting a well for George Jacobs who was son of Andrew Jacobs.
    A.J. Jacobs and Bean were neighbors with only one residence between them. George Jacobs was connected to the Jones family by marriage as his sister-in-law Julie Wilcox was 2nd wife of Alfred Allee, who was widower of Ann Lovelady, daughter of James and Nancy Lovelady. George was living next door to the Loveladys.

    Thanks to Geneva Garrett's voluntary search, she found the transaction where Russell Bean bought 252 acres from A. Allee, etux (Book J pg 239)
    A. Allee must be Alfred Allee, who was indeed Mary's uncle, but odd that he would be referred to as "Uncle Alec."

    She also states "Pap and Grandma talks of going to the mountains they have sold their cattle." (Pap=James Lovelady; Grandma=Nancy)

    She also mentions of Ann Bosworth's marriage: "I was surprised to hear of Ann’s wedding. I think she is quite young."

    Linked to:
    Dewitt Co, Texas
    Hallettsville, Texas
    Alfred Alonzo Lee Allee (I1539)
    Eliza Ann Bosworth (I32832)
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Jr (I1371)
    John William Butts (I1415)
    George W. Jacobs (I32535)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)

    Russell Bean "Findagrave Memorial #11364534"
    (d)
    Census 13 Jul 1860  Dewitt Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • residence 298
      Mabra Jones 40 1820 blacksmith 3500 1500 Kentucky
      checked "attended school within the year"
      Sarah 39 1821 Missouri
      George W. 19 1841 Missouri
      Mary M 17 1843 Missouri
      Susan D. 13 1847 Texas
      Cyrus 8 1852 Texas
      Stephen L. 6 1854 Texas
      Andrew 3 1857 Texas
      M.H. 5/12 1860 Texas

      residence 302
      James Lovelate 62 1798 minister 300 1,000 Tennessee
      Nancy 60 1800 South Carolina

      (Ancestry translators had the Jones name spelled Louer, Mabre and Lovelady was written as Lovelate.)
    1860 Texas, Dewitt County, Census
    1860 Texas, Dewitt County, Census
    Mabra and Sarah Lovelady Jones and children, George, Mary, Susan, Cyrus, Stephen, Andrew, and Henry; and James and Nancy Lovelady, Sarah's parents.
    Residence 14 Aug 1861  Middletown, Goliad Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1861, 08/14
    Letter - 1861, 08/14
    from Mary M Jones to Aunt Susan Bounds, news they moved into their new home (Middletown, Goliad Co, Texas) and are closer to her aunt, can now "come easy in a day." Aunt Susan lived in Halletsville, Lavaca Co.

    linked to:
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Andrew Jackson Butts, Jr (I1371)
    John William Butts (I1415)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)
    Henry M. Jones (I660)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Stephen Lovelady Jones (I648)
    Susan Maria (or Mariah) Jones (I626)
    Residence 10 Oct 1862  Middletown, Goliad Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1862, 10/10
    Letter - 1862, 10/10
    from Susan Marie Jones (sister of Mary M, writing to Aunt Susan Bounds Butts from Middletown, Goliad Co, Texas (no listing of Middletown on Google).
    linked to:
    Middletown, Goliad Co, Texas
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)
    George Washington Jones, Dr (I604)
    Henry M. Jones (I660)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Susan Maria (or Mariah) Jones (I626)
    Residence 22 Dec 1862  Middletown, Goliad Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1862, 12/22
    Letter - 1862, 12/22
    from Mary to Aunt Susan Bounds Butts, speaking of her cousin John Butts and bro George W. Jones.
    linked to:
    Middletown, Goliad Co, Texas
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    John William Butts (I1415)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)
    George Washington Jones, Dr (I604)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Stephen Lovelady Jones (I648)
    Susan Maria (or Mariah) Jones (I626)
    Residence 8 Dec 1866  Terryville, Lavaca Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1866, 12/08
    Letter - 1866, 12/08
    from Mary M Jones to Aunt Susan Bounds Butts, speaks of move to Terryville, Dewitt Co. Also speaks of upcoming singing school, apparenty in Lavaca, says she will at least be going to stay with Sue for about a month.
    linked to:
    Terryville, Lavaca Co, Texas
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Mary Elizabeth "Lizzy" Butts (I32435)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Susan Maria (or Mariah) Jones (I626)
    James* Lovelady (I1020)
    Census 1870  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    cannot find 
    Residence 17 Oct 1870  Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1870, 10/17
    Letter - 1870, 10/17
    from Mary M Jones, now married to Joseph Norton and is living in Oak Hill near La Grange (Fayette Co ?). Writing to her aunt about William wanting to buy her horse Selim. Is William her step-son?
    linked to:
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Joseph Norton (I932)
    Residence 18 Dec 1870  Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1870, 12/18
    Letter - 1870, 12/18
    from Mary M Jones Norton, to her aunt Susan Bounds Butts. Interesting letter about her life and such.
    (note: Runie is Runie Stapp, dau of Mary's sister, Susan. Not sure who William and Martha are - perhaps grown step children.)
    linked to:
    Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Berry Alexander Butts (I9060)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Henry M. Jones (I660)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Susan Maria (or Mariah) Jones (I626)
    Joseph Norton (I932)
    Runie Markley Stapp (I9784)
    Residence 25 Mar 1871  Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Letter - 1871, 03/25
    Letter - 1871, 03/25
    from Mary M Jones Norton to Aunt Susan, about her life and family, etc, including telling Susan "Frances wrote to me not long since. She said for me to tell you your Father (John Bounds) was dead. Her Ma (Martha Bounds Bosworth) had got a letter from some one there."
    Martha and Susan were sisters, John's daughters. He had died in 1867, four years prior, in Lee County, about 75 miles north of Lavaca County. Sad it took his daughters so long to get word he died.

    She again mentions "Martha," but not sure who Martha is.

    linked to:
    Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas
    Frances Elizabeth Bosworth (I921)
    Martha Bounds (I32497)
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    John Chapman Bounds (Bownds) (I9058)
    Berry Alexander Butts (I9060)
    Mary Elizabeth "Lizzy" Butts (I32435)
    Susan Delanie Butts (I9061)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Residence 23 Apr 1871  Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter 
    Letter - 1871, 04/23
    Letter - 1871, 04/23
    Mary M Jones Norton to her Aunt Susan, who lives in Halletsville, Lavaca Co. Speaks of seeds, and other things.

    Mrs. Upchurch who is mentioned is probably Mary Olevia Beshears Upchurch, wife of Alexander Upchurch. Alexander's mother was Delaney Butts, half-sister of Susan's husband, Andrew Jackson Butts - i.e. her nephew, and is the same "Mr. Upchurch" who Mary's brother George sent his regards to in his letter to John Butts more than 10 years prior.
    linked to:
    Big Hill, Jefferson Co, Texas
    Mary Olevia Beshears (I32899)
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Berry Alexander Butts (I9060)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev (I583)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    Stephen Lovelady Jones (I648)
    Susan Maria (or Mariah) Jones (I626)
    Joseph Norton (I932)
    Residence 25 Aug 1872  Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per letter (Rabb family) 
    • Mary talks of a Rabb family in a letter to her aunt Susan Bounds Butts.

      1860 Dewitt Co, Texas
      residence 298 - Mabra and Sarah Jones
      residence 299 M. and Elizabeth Parker
      residence 300 A.H. and Elizabeth Parker

      residence 301 (parents of Malissa Jones Rabb)
      Enoch Jones 74 1786 farmer Delaware
      Nancy Jones 67 1793 N Carolina
      Lewis B. Jones 1838 22 Mississippi
      Ulesses Rabb 29 1831 Texas <<<
      Malissa Rabb (Jones) 27 1833 Mississippi
      Paul M. Rabb 10/12 1859 Texas
      N.B. Steddom 1847 Texas (grandson Napoleon Bonepart Steddum/Steddom, son of Mary)

      residence 302 Lovelate (Lovelady) James & Nancy
      residence 303 G.W. & Ellena Jacobs
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      1870 West of Caldwell Road, Fayette, Texas
      pg 15
      residence 89
      Ulyses Rabb 39 1831 Texas farmer 100
      Malissa Rabb 37 1833 Mississippi
      L B Rabb 13 1857 Texas
      P M Rabb 11 1859 Texas
      R H Tollmson 17 1853 Texas
      Nancy Jones 75 1795 North Carolina

      also res 15
      J.W. Rabb 35 TX
      Kittie 22 TX
      Mina 1 1869
      Wm J. 1/12 1870
      also res 132
      Rabb, Virgil S. 30 miller and Dulce 21 TX

      (Mary (Jones) Norton not in this township)
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      1880 La Grange, Lafayette Co, Texas
      location listed is the county jail
      Rabb U. White Male 47 abt 1833 Self (Head)Self Married
      jailer, sheriff Texas Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
      Rabb M. White Female 36 abt 1844 Wife Married Mississippi Massachusetts Massachusetts
      Rabb Lee White Male 21 abt 1859 Son Single Texas Texas Mississippi
      Rabb Paul White Male 20 abt 1860 Son Single deputy sheriff Texas Texas Mississippi
      (also listed 8 prisoners)
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      http://bkatbird2.tripod.com/id2.html (source of picture)
      "Ulysses Rabb, son of Thomas J. and Serena (Gilbert) Rabb was born on Aug. 12, 1830, in the Colorado Dist. of Stephen F. Austin's Colony. He was known to family and friends as "Wit" Rabb. He served as Sheriff of Fayette County from 1876 to 1880. He died on Jan. 14, 1887."
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      http://camelotrr.com/heathcock.org/genealogy/ps07/ps07_389.html
      Melissa Edna Jones b 12 Jun 1833 MS
      father Enoch Jones 1785 NC - >1860 Walker Co, TX
      mother Nancy Swain 1793 - >1870
      m Ulesses Rabb 18 Aug 1855 Dewitt Co.
      children Lee Bell 1857-1936
      notes: It appears that Melissa Edna Jones was first married to Absolem Tumlinson but they must have divorced after the birth of Mary Ellen Tumlinson in 1850. She married Ulysses Rabb in Colorado in 1855. Her children by both husbands were living with Melissa's parents, Enoch and Nancy (Swain) Jones, at the time of the 1860 census (see miscellaneous note on the record of Enoch Jones). Absolem Tumlinson remarried and lived until 1889.

      Enoch Jones 23 Oct 1785 NC
      d aft 13 Aug 1860 Walker Co, TX age 74
      father Ebenezer Jones 1763 - 1862
      mother Mary Wroten 1762 - 1829
      m Nancy Swain b 29 Jul 1793 NC

      Name Ebenezer Jones , GGG Grandfather
      Birth 21 Jan 1763, Kent County, Dover, Delaware278,279
      Death 9 Mar 1862, Washington, Daviess Co, IN278 Age: 99
      Burial Odd Fellows Cemetery, Washington, IN280
      Burial Old City Cemetery, Washington, IN

      Ebenezer Jones son of Zachariah Jones and Ellen Smith
      Name Zachariah Jones, GGGG Grandfather
      Birth ca 1735
      Death 1789, Mispillion Hundred, Kent Co DE Age: 54
      Ulysses Rabb: 1830 TX - 14 Jan 1887 Fayette TX (age 57)

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      Nancy Swain b 29 Jul 1793 NC
      father Elizar Swain
      mother Ann Swift

      1780 Tyrrell County, North Carolina
      Eleazar Swain
      Name on a petition, 20 Oct 1779, to the General Assembly from inhabitants of Tyrrell County asking that the county be divided to form a new county called Buncombe County because of the difficulty in a...
      also signed that petition:
      Cornelus; John, John, Lovick?

      1800 Eleazar Swain
      Washington Co, NC
      10 in his household:
      male age 45 and over 1
      female 26-44 1
      male 16-25 1
      female 10-15 2
      females <10 2
      slaves 3

      also John Swain
      1810
      Capt Joseph Lewis, Washington Co, NC
      & Thomas Swain
    Letter - 1872, 08/25
    Letter - 1872, 08/25
    Mary M Jones Norton to her beloved aunt, lamenting about family affairs and speaks word that Pa had moved into the "Devils Pocket" (?), and speaks of her and Mr. Norton's possible move to Northern Texas.
    She speaks of a family Rabb. Mrs. Rabb was a Jones, and interestingly enough, they lived next door to the Loveladys and only a two or three residences down from the Mabra Jones in Dewitt County in 1860. However, further research has not found any connection of the two Jones families. Ulysses Rabb served as sheriff in Fayette County in the 1880s.

    linked to:
    Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas
    Frances Elizabeth Bosworth (I921)
    Susan Evaline Bounds, (foster?) (I8850)
    Berry Alexander Butts (I9060)
    Mary Elizabeth "Lizzy" Butts (I32435)
    Susan Delanie Butts (I9061)
    Andrew* Prather Jones (I1209)
    Cyrus Young Jones, Sr. (I637)
    George Washington Jones, Dr (I604)
    Henry M. Jones (I660)
    Rabb, Ulysses
    Rabb, Ulysses
    Mary talks of a Rabb family in a letter to her aunt Susan Bounds Butts. She says:

    "And Mrs. Rabb come to see me not long ago. Mrs. Jones (Mrs Rabb's mother) staid a week with me she gave me her picture. She is in good health. Bob, Mrs. Rabb's oldest boy is quite a handsome young man he is in the ministry in the family. Mr. Rabb is a weakly man and had the misfortune to have all his fingers sawed off of his right hand. Bob can use tools very well. Lee and Paul are little men to work. They are the size of Andrew. Either of them will go to the field and work all day alone as well as though they had their father with them. They are very hard run, lost all they had in both overflows. Every spare day they have they work for some one else and get the money and help improve their home. Mr. Rabb thinks as much of Bob as he does his own. Bob joined the church last summer. He is exactly one year younger than Cyrus."



    Fayette County History features a bio of Virgil S. Rabb, nephew of Ulysses.
    http://www.fayettecountyhistory.org/biographies_record_of_swtex.htm



    VIRGIL S. RABB. The life of any man is of great benefit to the community in which he resides when all his efforts are directed toward its advancement, and when he is honest, upright and progressive. Such a man is Virgil S. Rabb, a native of Fayette County, Texas, born February 15, 1839, the son of John and Mary (Crownover) Rabb, and the grandson of William and Mary (Smalley) Rabb, and John and Mary (Chesney) Crownover. William Rabb was born in the Keystone State, in Fayette County. At an early date he moved with his family to near St. Louis, Mo., on the Illinois side of the river, where he erected a water mill for grinding flour, ran it successfully, sold out and moved to Washington, Ark., and there resided until 1819. He then came to Texas, but did not bring his family until 1822, coming with Austin's colony. However, be himself was here in 1821 and raised his first crop on Rabb's Prairie that year. This was the first crop made by an American in this section. His son, Capt. Thomas J. Rabb, accompanied him on both his early trips, and they assisted in building one of the first forts, or block-houses, of Austin's settlement. Early in 1822 William Rabb crossed the Colorado River where La Grange now stands, and one of the first block-houses in the county was erected four miles east of West Point and close to the Colorado River, at a blue called Indian Hill, the entire neighborhood taking part in the building. William Rabb first located on the west side of the river. In 1831 he built a water mill on the Colorado River, on Rabb's Prairie, getting the stones from Scotland, but the rest of the material from New Orleans. This was the first mill built in the county. In getting the stones from the coast Mr. Rabb made a wooden axle and used the stones for wheels, attaching the tongue to them, wagons not having yet come into fashion in Texas. In that way he brought them from Matagorda, a distance of over 200 miles. For this Mr. Rabb received from the Mexican Government three leagues of land, which he selected on Rabb's Prairie. In 1833 occurred the big overflow of the Colorado River and the mill was destroyed, this being the second overflow of the river after the settlement. Previous to this, in 1828, an Indian scare occurred, but the settlers had gathered in the fort, and although kept, there for three days by the Indians, they escaped with no loss greater than having some of their stock killed. After the Indians had left, Mr. Rabb and his friends moved to Wharton County, where his sons, Thomas and Andrew, had previously located, and resided there until 1829. He then returned to this county and settled for the first time on Rabb's Prairie, where he was actively and extensively engaged in raising stock. During the building of the mill before mentioned, or in 1882, he passed away when about sixty years of age. For some time during his life he resided in Illinois, and became the owner of fifty or sixty negroes, but later he lost them all when that State passed a law freeing them, except one called Frank, who came with him to Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Rabb reared a family of five children: Rachel, wife of A. M. Newman; Andrew, John, Thomas (called Captain Rabb), and Ulysses. John Rabb, father of our subject, came to Texas in 1822,. and located on the west side of Colorado River, nine miles north of La Grange. He immediately went into the Colorado bottom and commenced to clear land, but subsequently, on account of Indians stealing his stock, moved to Fort Bend County. From there he moved to Wharton County, 'Texas, where he improved a good farm and where he resided until 1829, when be located on Rabb's Prairie, this county, on the place now known as the Dr. McKinney place. On the mill mentioned as being built by William Rabb, John Rabb did most of the work and took charge of it until it was washed away. After this he turned his attention to farming and stock-raising and continued this until 1848. Previous to this, in 1835, he joined the Texas army and was in the fight at Gonzales, Conception and others, and when the army had fallen back to Burnham's block house on Colorado River and began again to retreat, Mr. Rabb came home and took his family, with others, as lain Robin's Ferry on the Trinity. He then returned to the army, but was not in the battle of San Jacinto. Returning home afterwards he devoted his energies to building up his fallen fortune, for he was a heavy loser during the war. Later he was in many Indian fights, but did not take part in the War of 1848, but was represented by his son Montgomery, who was a member of Hays' Regiment. In that year Mr. Rabb built the first steam saw mill in the county, located on Rabb's Creek in the northern portion of this county, and he operated this mill until 1859. He then sold to Alexander McDow for $45,000, this being the largest transaction made in the county up to that time, and bought Barton's Springs,. near the city of Austin, which embraced a track of laud of thirty acres. The remainder of his days were passed in retirement and he died June 5, 1861, after spending one of the most active lives of the early settlers. His wife survived him until October 13, 1882, dying when in her seventy seventh year. Both were earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the first Methodist sermon ever preached west of the Brazos River was preached in his house. The nine children born to this worthy couple were named as follows: Montgomery, George W., Melissa, Marion, J. W., L. D., V. S., Mary, wife of David Croft of this county, and G. T. of Austin. All these children are deceased except our subject, Mary and G. T. Our subject's maternal grandfather, John Crownover, was a native of one of the Carolinas. V. S. Rabb was educated at Rutersville, and branched out for himself in 1862 by joining the Confederate army, Company I, Sixteenth Texas Infantry. He was made Third Lieutenant and served in the trans-Mississippi Department, and was in all the battles of Louisiana, except those that occurred while on "leave of absence." Later he was made Captain of his company by general promotion, and was honorably discharged from the army at Hempstead, Texas. After his return home he erected a saw mill, but only followed this for six years, when he engaged in farming, continuing this until 1884. He then moved to La Grange to educate his children, and while there was in the lumber business. In 1891 he moved to West Point, this county, and in connection with the lumber business here has been engaged in merchandising since 1890. In the latter occupation he has been successful, and has opened stores at Winchester and Smithville. Mr. Rabb was married in 1869 to Miss Dulcie Kenedy, a daughter of A. S. and Mary (Earthman) Kenedy. Mr. Kenedy came to Texas in 1837 from Alabama, his native State. Mr. and Mrs. Rabb are the parents of six living children: V. S., Jr., Gussie, David P., Dulcie, Jr., George F. and Sallie L. Two children are deceased. Mrs. Rabb is a member of the Christian Church. Like his father, Mr. Rabb is a strong Democrat in politics, and takes a deep interest in the welfare of his party. He is a prominent and influential citizen and a man who has done his share towards the county's advancement. His brother, J. W. Rabb, was a member of Captain Jarmon's Company of the Terry Rangers, known as the Eighth Texas Cavalry, and served through Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia, and participated in all the battles. fought by that noted regiment, except during a short period when he was disabled by a wound, from which he never fully recovered. His death occurred in 1885.—pp.337-341
    Residence Abt May 1877  maybe Oak Hill (near LaGrange), Fayette Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Frances living in Red Rock, dates her letter simply "May." Guessing this is about 1877. She writes to Susan Bounds Butts
      "Pap started down to Lavaca about two or three weeks ago. He went by Mary's. I expect he will stay there some time. I got a letter from Mary the same day I got yours. She was well and doing well."
      Leonard surmised Mary was in Burleson, but that would not be enroute from Red Rock to Lavaca. Perhaps this was after Nancy died, or perhaps it was after Mr. Norton died. Mary might have still been living near LaGrange.
    Letter - 1877 (about), May
    Letter - 1877 (about), May
    from Frances Bosworth, wife of George W. Jones, brother of Susan and Mary Jones, writing to Susan Bounds Botts of family news, church, and daily life. Stated that Pap had left there and was going to Lavaca, but would stop by Mary's to stay awhile. Perhaps this is when Mr. Norton died.
    linked to:

    Red Rock, Bastrop Co, Texas
    Dotia Olevia Bosworth (I32838)
    Frances Elizabeth Bosworth (I921)
    Henry Chipman Bosworth (I32498)
    William M. Bosworth (I32500)
    Martha Bounds (I32497)
    Mary Madden Jones (I615)
    James* Lovelady (I1020)
    Census Jun 1880  McLennan Co (District 106), Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Jun 1880 McLennan Co (District 106), Texas

      Moore, W.C. 49 1831 farmer Georgia -- --
      Mary M. 36 1844 Missouri Missouri Missouri

    Residence Between 1886 and 1887  Waco, McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    not in city directory 
    • bet 1886 and 1887
      Stephen Jones is not listed in 1884 edition of city directory
      Henry Jones is not listed
      (No Jones in our family is listed)
      Moore - William C and Mary (Jones) are not listed
      Lithicum - none listed
      Stapp - none are listed
      Stricker - none are listed
    Residence Between 1892 and 1893  Waco, McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    not in city directory 
    Residence Abt 1894  Palestine, Anderson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per journal 
    • from "Texas Girlhood" by granddaughter, Mary Ann "Nona" Stricker, "When Mama (Runie) was bout ten the family went to live with Grandma's younger brother in Palestine, Texas. This didn't prove to be the promised land either. To make the arrangements business like, Grandma was to do the cooking for the combined families, which numbered some eleven Jones and Moores. Things bumped along the inevitably rough road until Mama, with a child's lack of discretion, caused a conflagration with consumed the slight store of amenities left."
      note: this would be her baby brother Henry and his family. The story relates an altercation between Runie and Ethel, Henry's oldest child.

      attached journal for the related incident, page 4)
    TEXAS GIRLHOOD
    TEXAS GIRLHOOD
    Written by Mary Anne "Nona" Stricker Sturgeon, daughter of Henry Stricker and Runie Moore, granddaughter of Mary Madden Jones Norton and 2nd husband, William C. Moore, written in 1930s, tells of her life growing up in predominantly Waco and various maternal and paternal family members.
    Journal graciously provided by Nona's grandson, Kris Banvard, son of Mary Elizabeth Sturgeon and Roger Emil Banvard,and his wife Paula Deming. (d)
    Census 08 Jun 1900  Marlin (Ward 1), Falls Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 08 Jun 1900 Marlin, Ward No. 1, Falls Co, Texas

      res 118 Moore, William C May 1831 69 married 20
      Georgia, Delaware Georgia
      Mary M wife Nov 1842 57 married 20 2 births 1 living Missouri Illinois Illinois
      (her parents were not born in Illinois. She would have known that. Andrew also stated in his 1880 census that father was born in Illinois and mother in Texas. However, 1920 she states both parents born in Kentucky)
    Residence 8 Jun 1900  Coleman Street, Marlin, Falls Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Other-Begin 10 Jun 1901  Waco, McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    reunion 
    • (see notes about reunion on her father Mabra Madden Jones page)
    Jones, Mabra Madden Family Reunion
    Jones, Mabra Madden Family Reunion
    Mabra and children of 1st marriage to the late Sarah Lovelady Jones.
    taken at Family Reunion in 1910 in Waco, Texas.
    back row: L to R: Henry, Susan, Stephen, Cyrus, Andrew
    front row: L to R: Mary, Mabra, George
    Residence Abt 1914  Burleson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Other-Begin 1918  Family Reunion, Palestine, Anderson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    summer 
    1918 Jones Family Reunion - Palestine, Anderson County Texas
    1918 Jones Family Reunion - Palestine, Anderson County Texas
    Undated article in a Palestine newspaper; however it was subjequently learned the reunion was held in the summer of that year. (assuming July) (d)
    Census 17 Jan 1920  Waco (Ward 6), McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 17 Jan 1920
      Henry J Stricker 40 Texas Germany Germany merchant furniture
      Bunie M Stricker 38 [37] 1902 Texas Georgia Missouri
      Henry J Stricker 16 1904
      Mary A Stricker 14 [17] 1906
      Eugene M Stricker 11 1909
      Mary M Stricker 76 1844 wid Missouri Kentucky Kentucky
    Died 05 Oct 1920  Waco, McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • d.c. age 77, widow, retired, born Missouri
      father, Mabra Madden, b Kentucky
      mother's maiden name: Sarah, birthplace -- don't know
      informant, Mrs. H.J. Stricker, Waco, Texas
      (this would be her daughter)

      Mary's granddaughter, Mary, called Nona, wrote a journal called "Texas Girlhood." Mary, age 77, was living with her daughter Runie and Nona was 15 years old. She wrote of that night when Mary died, "When Grandma died at seventy-seven, the joyous circle (yearly reunions at alternating homes) was broken, and it seemed to be understood there would be no more Jones family reunions.
      "One midnight in 1921, I was startled awake by cries of discress. I called Mama and Papa and we rushed to Grandma's room. But she was already only partially conscious. After seventy-seven years, her merry heart had just stopped beating. She couldn't have known for long that the time for her departure had come. And that was well. she loved life but not for the material blessings it had bestrowed on her. The only tangible legacy she left us was, rather appropriately, a piano. She had made what seemed at the time an even trade when she deeded Uncle Henry a lot in south Houston for the charred remains of a piano, the interior of which he had rehabilitated. Papa remade and refinished the exterior. It was something of a disappointment to the eye, but its tone made one forget that."
    Jones, Mary Moore
    Jones, Mary Moore
    death certificate
    Buried Greenwood Cem, Waco, McLennan Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Greenwood Cemetery Historical Marker
    Greenwood Cemetery Historical Marker
    Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas
    Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas
    Notes 
    • A letter from Mary (apparently written around 1863-1864) goes thus: "We are all about to leave this country. Pap (James) and Grandma talk of going to the mountains. They have sold their cattle." There seems to have been a terrible drought that caused many people to leave that area.
      Added in a postscript at the beginning of the letter is, "I have got the sweetest little brother. He can sit alone. He is as fat as a pig." That must have been Henry at several months old.
      Apparently she had been married previously to a Mr. Norton. They had moved to Oak Hill near LaGrange, Texas. After several years, they moved to North Texas, then moved back. Mary was living in Burleson Co about 1914. According to the n item, Mary had married a Moore and Sue had married a Linthicum.
      Mary never had any children (by choice), and I am of the opinion that the friction between her and Mabry was because she married and did not continue to take care of his "four little motherless boys" as she put it (which would have been Cyrus abt 11, Stephen abt 9, Andrew abt 6, Henry abt 1).
      Anyway, she tried to get one of the boys, as George and Sue did. In another letter, she complains that Mabry had given George and Susan a brother to keep, but had refused to give her one.
      Mabry farmed the boys out at times, some of them to my great-grandmother Susan. But the 1870 Census reveals that Stephen and Andrew were living with Mabry and Martha then, as well as daughter Nancy and Nellie (b 1864 & 1868) and the 1880 lis a son Joel A, born November 28, 1874.

      Stephen's letter of Jan 19 1916 mentions "Mary, Sue and myself reside here" - Waco, McLellan Co.

      After Mary was widowed and in her senior years, she lived with her daughter Runie and family, the Strickers. Granddaughter Mary "Nona" Stricker wrote a journal entitled "Texas Girlhood" and wrote of her grandmother,
      page 36
      "Grandmohter was a wonder despite several disabling physical afflictions with which she lived for many years. One of these ailments directly influenced the expansive rotundity of her unrestrained middle - all stomach to our anatomically untutored minds. She found irrepressible joy in living, and laughed long and often with such gusto that her "stomach" shook without solemnity, much to our delight. Though sevent-five and mostly sedentary, Grand had the appetite of an adolescent boy. How she enjoyed food! And why not? She still had all her own teeth, and a handsome set they were although no dentist had ever had a closeup of them.

      "Grandma's chief source of joy was her family of brothers and a sister. When we were very young we used to wonder why she and great aunt and Susie always cried when they met after being separated for even a short (page 37) while. Grandma and these brothers and this sister she had mothered formed in their later yers the nucleus of the Jones family reunion. How they adored each other and reveled in being together - Mary (Grandma),Stephen, Cyrus, Andrew, Henry, and Susie. The several half-brothers and sisters were also welcomed, as were, of course all the children, grandchildren, and in-laws. They loved to sing and enjoy most of the songs of the Sacred Harp. First, the notes of the traditional Do-Re-Mi and Fa-sol-la tunes were named and sung. Then the words.

      "Our five room house was headquarters for one year's retunion. Of course we couldn't sleep them all, but though parcelled out to other relatives at night, the whole crowd ate, sand and enjoyed each other at our house during the days of the customary week. When Grandma died at seventy-seven, the joyous circle was broken, and it seemed to be understood there would be no more Jones family reunions."
      (complete journal attached)

      Some samples of the sounds of Sacred Harp singing are here:
      http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/~mudws/sounds/

    Person ID I615  Roots
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2017 

    Father Mabra* Madden Jones, Rev,   b. 1820, Cark Co, Kentucky (probably) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1902, Palestine, Anderson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Sarah* Lovelady,   b. 1820, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860 and 1863, Dewitt Co, or Lavaca Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married Between Jun 1840 and 23 Nov 1840  Platte Co, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: Mabry Madden Jones
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: KY
      Birth Year: 1820
      Spouse Name: Sarah Lovelady
      Spouse Birth Year: 1820
      Marriage
      Year: 1840
      Marriage State: MO
      Number Pages: 1

      appear to be married and living with Mabra's father, Stephen in census dated November, 1840.
    Documents
    Texas, Dewitt Colony Land Grants map 1 of 2 (d)
    Texas, Dewitt Colony Land Grants map 1 of 2 (d)
    Lavaca and Dewitt County maps
    Texas, Lavaca County, map 2 of 2 (d)
    Texas, Lavaca County, map 2 of 2 (d)
    Lavaca and Dewitt County maps
    Albums
    Mabra Madden Jones and James Lovelady Families
    Mabra Madden Jones and James Lovelady Families (70)
    Mabra Jones and wife Sarah Lovelady, daughter of Rev James Lovelady and Nancy Linville (maiden name unproven) - this family settled in Dewitt and Lavaca counties area of Texas before 1850, eventually spreading out to places like Waco and Beaumont and Palestine. This album is dedicated to that family unit. Letters written by some of these family members, mostly Mary Jones, are included. These letters span a time from 1855 on through in the 1920s. They were transcribed and supplied to me by Leonard Meyer in the late 1990s. He was from Halletsville and a descendent of the Butts, Bounds, Coolie families. James Lovelady's daughter Jane died with a young family of her own. Her husband, Andrew Butts, stayed a "son" to the family, even after he remarried Susan Bounds. Susan became the beloved Aunt to the Jones children who most of these letters were written to. While the Jones children were still young, Sarah Lovelady, daughter of James, and sister to Jane, died at an early age. Mabra remarried Martha Ponton and had several more children. But it's through these letters that we get a good view of the whole family and indeed brings them all to life and allows us to share their memories.
    Family ID F287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Joseph Norton,   b. Abt 1843,   d. Bef 1880  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married 02 Mar 1869  Lavaca Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Texas Marriages 1837-1973
      Joseph Norton Mary M Jones 2 March 1869, Lavaca, Texas
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Calhoun Moore,   b. May 1831, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1904, Waco, McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1880  McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Runie Mable Moore,   b. 30 May 1881, Battle, McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Oct 1968, Waco, McLennan Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 20 Aug 1850 - Victoria, Victoria Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - per letter - 6 Feb 1860 - Dewitt Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - per letter - 11 Jul 1860 - Dewitt Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 13 Jul 1860 - Dewitt Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - per letter - 8 Dec 1866 - Terryville, Lavaca Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 02 Mar 1869 - Lavaca Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - per journal - Abt 1894 - Palestine, Anderson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Greenwood Cem, Waco, McLennan Co, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Jones, Mary Madden (Moore)
    Jones, Mary Madden (Moore)
    1901 Family Reunion, Waco, Texas

    Albums
    Mabra Madden Jones and James Lovelady Families
    Mabra Madden Jones and James Lovelady Families (70)
    Mabra Jones and wife Sarah Lovelady, daughter of Rev James Lovelady and Nancy Linville (maiden name unproven) - this family settled in Dewitt and Lavaca counties area of Texas before 1850, eventually spreading out to places like Waco and Beaumont and Palestine. This album is dedicated to that family unit. Letters written by some of these family members, mostly Mary Jones, are included. These letters span a time from 1855 on through in the 1920s. They were transcribed and supplied to me by Leonard Meyer in the late 1990s. He was from Halletsville and a descendent of the Butts, Bounds, Coolie families. James Lovelady's daughter Jane died with a young family of her own. Her husband, Andrew Butts, stayed a "son" to the family, even after he remarried Susan Bounds. Susan became the beloved Aunt to the Jones children who most of these letters were written to. While the Jones children were still young, Sarah Lovelady, daughter of James, and sister to Jane, died at an early age. Mabra remarried Martha Ponton and had several more children. But it's through these letters that we get a good view of the whole family and indeed brings them all to life and allows us to share their memories.