compiled by Arnelia Druitt, 1988, and updated July 2012 by
Audrey Jones Ellis & Maj Keecia Jones Quinnie)
none of us were around to witness any of the events in the
lives of our ancestors nor were records kept, we will have
to accept the information passed down to us by word of mouth
from our parents. We may have different versions of what took
place, but we have been able to verify some things by census
The information I (Arnelia) have was recorded on tape by my
sister Portia L. Witherspoon's son, Robert Harvey Williams
in 1979 directly from Uncle Peter Jones; and from my mother,
Eliza Jones Williams in 1967. These were the only sources
of information available to me for the family's history.
name from which we are all related comes from our great grandmother
Eliza Jones and her two sons, General Jones and Alexander
Jones (our grandfather), who were born in North Carolina as
slaves, bought and brought by a slave master to the state
of Alabama. Great Grandma Eliza Jones had two daughters, Alice
Walton Hanesworth and Harriett Jones.
our great great grandmother, was three fourths white. Her
last name or surname is not known. Great Great Grandma Sally
had one daughter, name unknown, who was fathered by a colored
man and lived with her uncle. She had two sons fathered by
a white man named Dave Minge. The son's names were Robert
H. and Johnny Minge. Dave Minge freed his two sons and they
were never slaves. They became very successful and rich in
their textile industry. Great Great Grandma Sally had servants
just like the white people until Dave Minge went to war. They
lived in Marengo County southwest of Faunsdale, Alabama.
Dave Minge went to war, Great Great Grandma Sally married
Jacob Russell, a Black Creek Indian and they had five children.
their names were Jake, Allen, Dilsey, Adella and Adeline.
Russell was our great grandmother. Adeline Russell married
John White in Marengo County near Faunsdale by the Tom Big
Bee River. John White and Adeline Russell White, our great
grandparents, had eighteen children. Some of their names were
Margaret Louise, our grandmother and the oldest, Georgiana,
Collier, William H., Mary, Sallie, Arbella (Bella), Ellen
(Eleanor), Carrey, Delsa, Robert Henry, John, Benjamin, Jacob,
Eugene, and Susie. The other names are not known.
Jones (grandpa) and Margaret Louise White Jones (grandma)
were married in Stigmy on the other side of Faunsdale, Alabama.
They were parents of sixteen children. Eleven survived and
five died as young babies. The children that survived were:
Willie Anna, General, Edward, Minnie, Alexander, Samuel Collier,
Peter, Robert, Eliza Jane, Moses (died at eleven years of
age), and Wilbert.
except Moses were married and blessed with children listed
in this order: Willie Anna Jones White, one child, Maggie
Louise White the oldest grandchild of all who died February
18, 1920; General Jones, eight children, three still alive;
Edward Jones, one child, all are deceased in that family;
Minnie Jones Ward, no children, passed away less than one
year after her marriage to Richard Ward; Alexander Jones Jr.,
two children by first marriage and eight children by second
marriage, a total of ten, eight known to be alive; Samuel
Collier Jones, eight children, five alive and well; Peter
Jones, eight children five alive; Robert Jones, ten children,
four alive; Eliza Jones Williams, four children, three alive,
and Wilbert Jones, two children, one alive.
Alexander Jones passed away in June 1912, and Grandma Margaret
Louise White Jones passed away December 12, 1919.
were not academic scholars or college graduates, but were
blessed with wisdom from on high. It is not how much knowledge
we gain, but how well we use that knowledge with wisdom. They
were able to do what Booker T. Washington said (quote), "Take
what you have and make what you want" (unquote). Those
two people were instrumental in raising eleven children and
helpful in securing a home for eight of them.
people with good Christian beliefs and morals. We can be proud
and grateful to God for being a part of a prominent, well
respected family. As a result of their efforts and our parents'
efforts, we are blessed with off-spring who have made great
contributions in society. We are happy that this family has
been strongly motivated, encouraged and has maintained strong
Christian morals. We are blessed with ministers, administrators,
doctors, lawyers, educators, farmers, technologists, musicians,
singers, electricians and Christian lay people to name a few.
We are a family of cultural pride and self-esteem. We must
never become complacent, but must continue to persevere until
God says well done.
continue to come together as a family - individually and collectively
- in prayer to God asking for divine guidance and help - to
overcome all obstacles in our paths. Prayer will change things
if we only trust, obey and give God the glory!