Benton County, TN. Families
The Jones/Smalley Family
Compiled by Marylee W. Knight
Who gratefully acknowledges a
wealth of assistance from
Mary Frank Dunn
Thomas C. Jones and Mary A. Smalley
THOMAS C. JONES
Born ca 1803-1808 in North Carolina
Married 1st wife in Henry County TN
Married 2nd wife in Benton Co TN
Moved to TX ca 1858-1859
1860 Census of Panola County TX listed his estate as being valued at $1,450
October 1861 a court document in a civil case allowed Thomas to make written Responses to interrogatories as he had enlisted in the CSA and was to Leave the county before the case would be heard in court. No CSA Service record has yet be found for him.
Died after Oct 1861 Buried Sugar Hill
Cemetery, Brooks Community, Panola County TX
Buried in the oldest marked grave in the cemetery.
MARY ANN SMALLEY
Born Mar 1824 (near Paris, Henry County, TN,
Daughter of JOHN SMALLEY and ELIZABETH HERRIN
Died 1906 Buried Sugar Hill Cemetery, Brooks Community, Panola County TX
Note: Mary Ann's mother was a sister to the legendary Baptist preacher Lemuel Herrin And Abner Herrin who helped Lemuel and the Rev. Isaac Reed organize a Large number of churches in the East Texas area.
Children of Thomas and his first wife:
Martha Jones who, according to family legends, married Payton Smalley, brother of her stepmother Mary Ann; however, in Benton Co TN on 20 Feb 1850 W.H. Smalley married Martha Jones.
A Daughter, name unknown, who married a Mr. Sardner
Children of Thomas and Mary Ann Smalley
John Jones, born ca 1844 in TN, buried in Abilene, Taylor Co TX
Henry Marble "Marb" Jones, born 1847 in TN, died 1915, buried in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty Community, Rusk Co TX He married May "Maggie" Sorters (1854-1919).
Louisa Jones who was born ca 1849 in TN, she married Abe Sparks, buried in Grand Saline, Wood Co TX
Loduska Stark "Duck" Jones was born 18 Nov 1851 in TN, died 1 Aug 1924, buried in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty Community, Rusk Co TX. She married Andrew Jackson "Little Andy" Crawford (1 Aug 1840-5 Jan 1910). On various records the spelling of her first name varies between Loduska and Lodusky.
Thomas Clayton Jones was born 15 Apr 1860 in Panola Co TX, died 23 March 1913, buried Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty Community, Rusk Co TX. On 16 Dec 1880 in Panola Co TX he married Sarah Behethlyn "Heth" McNeely (1862-1933). The birth date above appears on his tombstone; however, the 1860 Census of Panola Co TX lists him as being 5 years old and having been born in TN. In the first census records he appears under the name of "Oscar", but later appears as Thomas C. There is an oral tradition that when he got old enough he announced that he was taking his father's name and did so.
Clayte Jones was born ca 1860 in Panola Co TX (the 1860 Census shows him as being 4 months old and born in TX). He is buried in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty Community, Rusk Co TX. He first married Edwin Wallace and second married ? Hendricks.
NOTE: The tombstones at Sugar Hill Cemetery for Thomas C. Jones and Mary Ann Smalley Jones were erected ca 1950 and paid for by donations from various descendants. It is uncertain what marked their graves prior to that date and what is the source of their birth and death dates as shown on the tombstones.
Marylee W. Knight