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 data. 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.
Jones 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
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.
survivors 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.
grandparents 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.
were 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.
us 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!
Please Note: The Family History was originally
compiled by Arnelia Druitt, 1988, and updated July 2012 by Audrey
Jones Ellis & Maj Keecia Jones Quinnie