William Smith Jones, the ninth and youngest child of John William Jones and Elizabeth Eddy, was born on an unknown date between 1841 - 1848 in Alabama (my note: pension application would have his birth year at 1831).

In 1860 we find him in the Scott County census at Lafave Twp., PO Cedar Creek living with his mother and two brothers, B.L. and Martin V. Also living with them is his widowed sister, Matilda A. Welch and her two young sons. William is recorded as being a farmer, and it also indicates he has attended school during the past year.

William S. Jones enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Arkansas Mounted Infantry of the Confederate Army about 1862. He served in Company I, and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. On December 31, 1862 he was badly wounded in the left leg in Tennessee. His left leg was amputated January 2, 1863 at the Temporary Field Hospital at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He evidently resided at "Gravel Hill (Gravelly, I believe) in Yell County at one point, as that is where he was living when he made application for an artificial limb. This application was signed May 2, 186_. The year is illegible. To read his Civil War pension application file, CLICK HERE.

In the 1870 Scott County census, we find him in LaFave Twp #6/6. He is recorded as being 27 years old. He is living with his mother, who is 70 years old. His sister, Matilda Welch, and her children are also in the household. He married Sarah E. (Sallie) Franklin between 1870 and 1880.

William S. Jones homesteaded land in Scott County. The secretary of the President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, signed the final document July 1, 1875. This land was described as the West half of the Southeast quarter of Section 26 of Township 3 North of Range 26 West in the district of lands subject to sale at Dardenelle, Arkansas, containing 80 acres.

We find him in the 1880 Scott County Census, Lafave Twp #207 at age 38 with his wife, Sarah who is 27 years old. Also living in the household is a Dock Jennings. There are no children listed. Sarah E. (Sallie) Franklin was born about 1853 in Arkansas.

At some point after 1880, William Smith Jones and his wife moved to Polk County. I believe that he moved there before 1900, as he does not appear in the 1900 Scott County Census.- Notes courtesy of Charlene Holland 1999

Additional note: According to information from another researcher and descendant of William Smith Jones, Sallie died about 1907. William married Lucinda Emmeline Standford on December 19, 1909 in Scott County, Arkansas. He died in 1914 and is buried in Pine Crest Cemetery, Mena, Arkansas. Lucinda then married William Jesse Oller after William Smith's death.

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