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Archibald M. "Archie" Jones
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Birth: Oct., 1879
Waseca County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1911
Topaz PO
Mono County
California, USA

PVT US ARMY during
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR. (Philippine Insurrection).
Archibald was the youngest of seven children. He was a career soldier. He was described as an excellent soldier by his commanders. He originally enlisted with his older brother Ernest in the Missouri Volunteer Militia. He and his brother were both trained in Chickamauga, Georgia. He was in Company L, First Missouri Infantry. He would enlist to serve in Company E, 3rd Infantry (1899-1901) during the Philippine Insurrection. He would later reenlist in the 19th Recruitment Company (1909-1912). He would be honorably discharged before the end of this last enlistment on August 30, 1911 from Fort Logan in Denver Colorado due to a war related disability. He went to live with his brother Amos Jones dying a little over a month later. He held the rank of Private, Corporal, and Sergeant. Up until his discharge he listed his home as Arcadia, Iron County, Missouri where his family including his older brother Amos had been from. However, upon his discharge he requested his mail be directed to Topaz, California where Amos had moved to.

* The current military gravestone was placed on his grave approximately 27 years after his death by Archibald's nephew who was only 6 years old when Archibald died. The Gravestone application to the military listed the date of death as October 12, 1912. However, Find A Grave contributor Sue:(Find a Grave #47371789)located a newspaper article that came out on October 7, 1911 a year before referencing a Claude Jones buried in the same cemetery. The circumstances surrounding Claude Jones death are identical to Archibald. The date of death in the article is October 1, 1911. The excerpt reads as follows:

Bridgeport Chronicle-Union, 10/7/1911 (Saturday):

Mining Affairs in Antelope Valley.

Topaz, Oct. 4. - Claude Jones died here last Sunday and was buried at Coleville Tuesday. He was a soldier and came here from Denver for his health and to visit his brother, A. Jones and family. He leaves a wife but no children.

In October 20, 2005 as part of the California Tombstone Project Craig E. and Guy F.Terry recorded the inscriptions and photographed the graves. Previous inscription recordings occurred in 2000 by Robert Stocken, and in 1973 by Robert and Nona Parkin. The only "Jones" Grave in the cemetery is Archibald M. Jones with the date of death as October 12, 1912. It is this family member's belief that Claude and Archibald are one in the same, and the nephew made an error in the headstone application 27 years later. As such the date of death on the stone is incorrect. Currently,the death certificate can not be located to confirm this but all records indicate the earlier date of death. Topaz is located on the California Nevada Border. Nevada did not make death certificates mandatory until 3 months before Archibald's death, actual enforcement of the law did not happen til years later. California's requirements were much better, but Archibald is not listed in the digest, and niether Mono or Douglas Counties have any record of his death. The name "Claude" was either an error in the article or an affectionate name given to Archibald by his wife or family member.

Special thanks to Sue (Find a Grave #47371789) for posting the information in a separate memorial about Claude which helped the family identify this discrepancy.
Family links: 
  David Young Jones (1831 - 1907)
  Mary Jane Parish Jones (1840 - 1933)
  Mary Jones (1865 - ____)*
  Cora O. Jones Sellers (1867 - 1931)*
  Alma Jones (1869 - ____)*
  Everett Jones (1872 - ____)*
  Amos Freeman Jones (1875 - 1961)*
  Ernest Washington Jones (1877 - 1949)*
  Archibald M. Jones (1879 - 1911)
*Calculated relationship
Antelope Valley Cemetery
Mono County
California, USA
Created by: Trulymatters
Record added: Oct 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118588218
Archibald M. Archie Jones
Added by: Richard Farrell
Archibald M. Archie Jones
Added by: Richard Farrell
Archibald M. Archie Jones
Added by: Richard Farrell
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Rest in peace my Great Grand Uncle. You were a hero to our family.
- Trulymatters
 Added: Dec. 29, 2013
Thank you for your life of service to protecting our Nation.
- Trulymatters
 Added: Dec. 29, 2013

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