Nancy Ann <I>Huff</I> Jones

Nancy Ann Huff Jones

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Death 8 Jul 1902 (aged 85–86)
Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Washington County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 197155877 · View Source
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Although there is no definitive documentation at this time indicating this is where Nancy is buried; in light of multiple newspaper articles about her located from a search on GenealogyBank.com, I am inclined to believe this is her finally resting place next to her husband Darling Jones. Below is a transcription of the newspaper notice of her death.

Comet Newspaper
Thursday, July 10, 1902
Johnson City, TN
Vol: Nineteenth Year / Page:4

NANCY JONES DEAD
Widow of Darling Jones Who Took Part in Battle of King’s MountIn.
Jonesboro, Tenn., July 8 — Nancy Jones, a revolutionay war pensioner, is dead at her home near Jonesboro. Her maiden name was Nancy Huff, and she was born about 1816. At the age of 16 she was married to Darling Jones, who at that time was about 68 years old.

Darling was born about the year 1764, twelve years before the Declaration of Independance was signed. At the age of 16 he and his father were soldiers in the North Carolina line and took part in the battle of King’s Mountain. He died October, 1848.

When the Great War of 1861-65 came three of Darling Jones’ sons were soldiers in the federal army.

Lewis Jones, born May 22, 1835 was a member of company, Eighth Tennessee federal cavalry, and his brother William H. Jones, was a member of a Kentucky union regiment. After serving three years he was veteranized and then re-enlisted, so that at the end of the war he had two discharges.

In 1898 when the Spanish-American war broke out Lewis H. Jones (son of Lewis above mentioned), fried by the martial spirit of his ancestors, enlisted in Co. K, Third Tennessee infantry, and served until the close of the war.

When Lewis H. jones came home from the Spanish war, there was the venerable grandmother, her head whitened by the snows of 84 winters, drawing a pension as the widow of a soldier in the revolutionary war; his father, Lewis Jones, a grizzled veteran of the war of 1861, also a pensioner — three members of the Jones family with money received from the United States government for services in three wars running from 1780 to 1899, a period of one hundred and nineteen years, the only instance perhaps of the kind in the United States.

The little house in which Nancy Jones lived was erected over forty years ago and the only improvement which has been made upon it since that date was a new board roof. Up to a few weeks previous to her death Mrs. Jones was bright and sprightly, riding every morning at daybreak and doing her own cooking. She had a beautiful little flower garden and also a small plot where she cultivated her own vegetables; fenced off to one side is a chicken yard, where she raised chickens for the market.

She was very frugal in her habits and her ambition was to have enough money when she died to be decently buried and to have a fine tombstone erected at the grave of herself and her dead husband in the little Baptist graveyard near her home.

Mrs. Jones received many letters from people who asked for her autograph and they amused her very much as she could not write and would read nothing but the Bible. Many of the letters contained money and she was always glad to receive that kind.

With her death there now remains only three other widows of revolutionary soldiers who are on the government pension list. They are Mrs. Rebeccah Mayo, Newbern, Va., and Mrs. Mary Snead Parksley, Va., and Mrs. Rhoda Augusta Thompson,of Woodbury, Conn. There are living only seven daughters of revolutionary soldiers and only seven veterans of the war of 1812 drawing pensions and there is no account of any others living.


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  • Created by: SRM1210
  • Added: 27 Feb 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 197155877
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Ann Huff Jones (1816–8 Jul 1902), Find a Grave Memorial no. 197155877, citing Jones-Bayless Cemetery, Washington County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by SRM1210 (contributor 47287351) .