Posted By:Lynn Fredregill
Subject:Unusual Jones Family
Post Date:July 16, 2002 at 09:52:10
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This is the story we got from GrGrpa Elec Jones with some info provided by my husband's mom. He was born in San Antonio, Texas. He didn't know his actual birthdate so he chose 1/1/1876. His father's name was Frank or Henry. His father owned a livery stable on a street behind the Alamo. Two cowboys came to the stable and an argument ensued. His father was killed in the argument. His mother; either Mary or Martha took his sisters (names unknown) and returned to her people (rumored to be Comanche). He and his brother became seperated and he never saw him again. He joined the Tx. 1st Cav in the Span-Amer War. He didn't know his last name so he used the same last name as the guy in front of him ... Jones. However, on his military records he lists a Andy Jones in Sherman, Tx. as who to notify in case of an emergency. His military records show he was born in St. Louis. He married Ella Olive Lewis from E. St. Louis. Her dad was Robert or Frank Lewis. Her mom was Hannah or Hanora Robbins. She had two brothers ... possibly Fred and Frank. Elec and Ella had Doris, Evelyn and Lenora. Elic and Edna worked in the circus and vaudeville across the country but Chicago, IL is most mentioned. Ella's stage name was Bonny (Bonnie?) LaTour. They supposedly were in the major circus train wreck that occured and also in a circus fire in Florida. In their show they had three monkeys (chimps) named Mags, Dinty Moore and uh (drat .. I forget the 3rd one). The monkeys babysat Lenora. About 1926 they came to Texas. Elec was a trader for a time with the Alabama-Coushatta and Leonora remembers a playmate named Baptiste from the reservation. I do not have the info at hand as to when Ella passed away but Elec passed away in Houston, Tx. on 1/17/51. He had been working at the stage entrance at the Houston Coliseum. His nickname was Doc.
I swear .... it's exactly what we were told. If anyone sees anything familiar or can make any connection with anything in this story we would be most grateful.