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William and Martha Jones

An Ancestry tree has William Evans Jones, born Jun 10, 1845 in Torch, Athens, Ohio.  On January 29, 1883 in Waterville, Marshall County, Kansas, marrying Martha Ann Houser, born December 6, 1858 in Crowley County, Kansas

In 1900 Marshall County, Kansas Wm. E. and Martha A. have Jas.R. 13, Minor A. 12, Chas A H. 10, Sam A. 7,  Alex B. 3, and E.J. 1.

In 1910 Thomas County, Kansas - a little further west, William and Martha have Charles 20, Samuel A. 16, Alexander B. 13, and Ruth E., 11.


Son Minor Azle Jones was born December 3, 1887 in Frankfort, Kansas.

William was back in Kansas in 1910, but died in Yuma December 3, 1911

October 1914 the Center area reported "Minor Jones of Hale has been spending the week visiting with home folks."


November 1915 the Center area mentioned Ruth Jones in the same sentence as George Smith." In 1917 ""they had quite a birthday dinner at George Smith's Sunday, it being Mrs. Smith's birthday."

A good possibility is the 1920 Joes census, with George A. 31 , Ruth E. 21, and 23-month old Dorothy.  Dorothy died February 1928 of diabetes complications.

In 1930 George and Ruth are at Abarr, with Velma M. 9, Irma W.8, and Isla L. 3. (Same page as Alex Jones' family_

In June 1934 a tornado struck the two-room house of Martha Jones. "a twisted mass, and timber and household effets were scattered over the countryside for a distance of nearly a mile. A coin pourse containing a ssmall amount of money was found three-quarters of a mile from the home, but the handbag which contained the purse was not located."
In October 1934 she had a new cement home.
December 1935 In 1940 Abarr George and Ruth have Illa L 13, Harley R. 9, and Eulah J. 6.

George Alfred Smith -May 23, 1888 - December 11, 1961 and Ruth Elizabeth Jones Smith August 5, 1898 - February 4, 1989 are in the Yuma cemetery

Harley Ray Smith - July 8, 1930 - November 3, 20001 and wife Wilma Johanne Bruns are in the Yuma cemetery too,

Martha A. Jones - almost certainly the same - in 1918 proved up two quarters in 2S 47W.

She's in the 1934 directory, section 32, 2S 47W.

In 1917 Minor served in WWI, and in 1920 proved up two quarters in 2S 47W - between Abarr and Brownsville.

In 1920 Minor is farming at Center - Martha is living with him, and his brother Alexander B., 30.

Samuel A. Jones is on the same census page, farming alone.  He was in a group entrained for Camp Funston in 1918 after being inducted into the Army.

In 1930 Minor is running a service station - most likely the one at Abarr - and his mother is living alone at Abarr.  He married Daisy Graham June 4, 1930 in Yuma - service performed by James R. Jones !

Martha died December 3, 1935 in Yuma, and she and William are buried in the Yuma cemetery.   The stone has Wm  E 1846 - 1911 and Martha A. 1858 - 1935.

In 1940 Minor is a grocery salesman in Yuma, married to Daisy B. 47. With them are stepdaughter Vernadeane Hinton 24, and grandsons William Hinton 2, and Joe Hinton ,1.  All three Hintons were born in Colorado
Verna Deane Hinton

Mrs. Hinton was born Nov. 29, 1915, in Yuma.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph D. and William A. Jr.; and a grandchild.

Graveside services will be at noon Monday at Yuma Cemetery, Yuma. Swan Law Funeral Directors is handling local arrangements.

Colorado Springs Gazette
June 4, 1999


"In 1959 Maud Dickson Nitzen  married Minor Jones, city judge and tax accountant, and was widowed in 1962."

Minor died March 19, 1963 in Yuma and is in the Yuma cemetery.  Daisy B. 1948 is also there.



In 1930 Samuel is still farming southeast of Yuma - Happyville- and is married to Pearl M. 28.  They have sons Charles W. 3, and James R 1.

That must be Pearl Uplinger, who in 1920 is 17, a servant in the Albert and Coral Moerer home.  In 1910 she was in Bloomington, Franklin County,. Nebraska with parents Joseph M. and Cynthia E. Uplinger.  Joseph had proved up on two quarters in 3S 48W in 1916, so they must have moved there about 1912.  Joseph Manson Uplinger filed notice of intention on April 9, 1912.

Samuel A.  November 15, 1893 - July 21, 1981 and Pearl May Uplinger Jones (DAUGHTER) 1902 - 1994 are buried at Yuma
  • Pearl M. Jones was born to Manson and Elizabeth Uplinger on February 16, 1902 in Naponee, Nebraska, and passed away February 11, 1994 at Cedardale nursing Home in Wray after a brief illness.
    Pearl came to the Yuma area around 1910 in a covered wagon and spent her early childhood doing farm chores and living with Albert and Coral Moore.
    In 1920 Pearl married Samuel Amos Jones and to this union five children were born: Joseph Evans, Charlie Wayne, James Robert, Coral Ann and Alice Marie.
    Pearl and Sam homesteaded south of Yuma in the Joes/Abarr Community, then later moved to Heartstrong where Pearl operated a creamery along with assisting in the Heartstrong Post Office and General Store.
    In May of 1940 the family moved to Yuma and in the spring of 1941 moved to the Huey Ranch west of Yuma. Here Pearl and Sam became the foster parents of William "Bill" and Joesph "Joe" Hinton. Also Pearl helped with branding, dehorning and other tasks associated with ranch operations.
    Pearl moved back to Yuma in the fall of 1948 and opened a small nursing home on the north side of Yuma. In the early 1950's she moved the nursing home to South Main. She later moved to Otis and made this her last home.
    Pearl always worked hard and attended church regularly. Her love for the Lord was continuous and was expressed in her caring for other people.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sam; sister, Goldie; son, Joseph; and brother, Alva.
    Surviving are her children, Charlie and Wife, Janice, James and wife, Marie, Coral Ann and husband, Jim, Alice Korf, and foster sons, William and Joseph Hinton; a close cousin, Floyd Martin; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.
    Funeral service was held Tuesday, February 15, 1994 at 10 a.m. at the Yuma Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Mike Greenwood conducting the service. Internment was made in the Yuma Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Spellman-Schmidt-Baucke Mortuary of Yuma.
    A memorial fund has been established in her honor at the Yuma Church of the Nazarene, 505 E. Beatty Avenue in Yuma.
  • Floyd's Story, page 112,
    Uncle Manson became nearly blind with cataracts when Alva was small, and was operated on to have the cataracts removed. In 1912 he and his family moved from near Franklin, Nebraska, to the sand hills south of Yuma, Colorado, where he took up a homestead. Goldie Mary is buried on that homestead. Manson was a very strong, hard-working man, but without much ability to manage his own affairs, and he was cheated out of his homestead and about everything else he had.





    In 1930 Alexander is farming at Abarr, married to Bertha C. 25, also born in Kansas.  They have William C. 6, Norman S. 5, Elizabeth S. 3, Martha E. 2, and Doris C. newborn.

    They're still there in 1940.  B. Alex, C. Bertha, E. William, S. Norman, S. Elizabeth, E. Martha, and C. Davis 10, F. Edna 7. B. Harry 4, and J. Sarah 1.


    April 10, 1910 James Jones of Yuma declared intent on two quarters in 1S 48W (that's just a few miles northwest of Martha's claim).  He proved up in May 1914 with witnesses George W. Hall, John Tanner, James R. Baker, and Alice H. Names.

    September 1914 "Mr. Jones is to preach at Keota the coming year."

    1915 the Wray Rattler "Rev. James. R. Jones and wife returned to their home at Keota, Colorado, Thursday after a short visit with home folks."

    September 1915 he was re-appointed.

    1917 "The preaching at Center was well attended Sunday night.  Next Saturday (June 7) Rev. J.R. Jones, From Evans, Colroado, will preach.  At it is to be children's day, Sunday school starts at 10 a.m., followed by preaching by Rev. Jones.  All are to bring baskets filled with eatables and at noon have a picnic dinner followed by a program.  There will also be preaching in the eveningl.  Everybody is welcome."

    The Ancestry trees says that in 1917 James Rush Jones was a Methodist minister in Evans, Colorado, and in the 1920 census there with Mollie.  In 1930 Ovid, Sedgwick County, Colorado James is a minister, with Molley and three-month-old son Donald. Fleming Colorado in 1940 (he's married to Mollie E, and they have Donald J. 10).   The census said they were in Idaho Springs, Colorado in 1935.   The tree said James also married in 1968

    The Rev. James R. Jones in the Yuma Cemetery 1886-1977 on the stone, 1976 by the cemetery records  with Mollie E. 1890 -1947 is too old to be Samuel and Pearl's son. - so he has to be William and Martha's son..


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