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Joseph Jones/Madison Parish

I've hit a brick wall in regards to my great grandfather JOSEPH JONES (also called Joe). What I know for fact is that he was born in 1890 and he had two children within one year (1919-20): his daughter MYRTLE JONES with his wife, and my grandfather EDWARD JONES outside the marriage. I've located him in the 1920 census in MOUND, MADISON PARISH, LA living with his wife and daughter but I can't go back any further than that, nor can I locate him in the 1930 census.

A relative recalled my grandfather getting word of his father's death in the early 1940s and aided with this info I was able to locate a death certificate for a Joseph Jones born 1890 and died 1942 in THOMAS TOWN, Madison Parish. The informant is his wife SARAH JONES. Parents names were listed as NATHAN JONES, birthplace Alabama, and MINERVA GREEN, birthplace written as "s" space "alb", almost as if someone started writing and stopped. With this info I was able to locate this Joseph in the 1940 census living with wife Sarah, mother Minerva Green (birthplace listed as Georgia and marital status listed as widow suggesting Green is not her maiden name), mother in law BETTIE BUTLER and two sons: AG JONES, 16 yrs old, and JOHNNIE LEE JONES, one yrs old.

I cannot say with 100% certainty that the death certificate and 1940 census Joseph is my great grandfather, though I believe it to be likely. My aunt says that Myrtle Jones and her mother left Louisiana for St. Louis when Myrtle was a small girl. My grandfather Edward left Louisiana for Mississippi between 1920 and 1930 and did not grow up around his father. My aunt says it's entirely possible that my grandfather has two brothers that he never knew about (or chose not to mention that he knew) and with their ages, particularly the one year old, if there's a chance that either of them are still living we'd like to make a connection. Census wise I'm finding it very difficult to find Joseph Jones in the 1900, 1910 or 1930 census. Maybe I'm overlooking something. Any help anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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