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Looking for any clue on what happened to my g-g-granfather, Leolin T. Jones, born in Virginia or Tennessee ca 1840. He was the son of John T. Jones and (possibly) of Martha Swindle, who lived in Hardeman County TN. Circa 1857 he married Susan Dixon, daughter of William and Eliza Deming Dixon; they were living in Hardeman Co.TN in the 1860 census with their son John T. Jones. Leolin (who may have gone by "Ollie" or "Olly") enlisted in the infantry regiment from Hardeman Co. He is shown as deserting at the end of the March pay period in 1862 (possibly shortly before Shiloh.) A family story told by Leolin's son John T. Jones (1859-1944) was that his whole family had died in a house fire in Hardeman Co. Although reluctant to give any details, John T.is quoted as saying, "It was around Civil War times, and there was a lot of bad feeling." In 1867 John T. Jones, listed as an orphan, was being assisted in some legal proceedings by neighbor Abiijah Crain (whose granddaughter John T. later married).
I have not been able to find Leolin and/or Susan Dixon Jones in any census after 1860, nor have I been able to find any cemetery record for either of them in Hardeman Co. I would appreciate any information which might corroborate or refute the house fire story, so that I can learn what happened to Leolin and Susan, who were my gt-gt-grandparents. Their son John T. married Martha Elizabeth McGlothlin in Hardeman Co. circa 1880; they moved to Henderson Co. TX sometime in the 1890s.