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Samuel Jones was born in 1764 in Wales. He was the son of Stephen Jones & Unknown. Some trees list Agnes Shepherd as his mother, but Scott C. Jones in a 2013 email says he now thinks that is unlikely. Family story is that the family came to America when Samuel was "an infant", but old letters indicate that Samuel was sent back to Wales for his teenage years for schooling. He probably returned to America after the Revolutionary War ended and travel was safer, about 1781. Some online trees indicate that his middle name was Chandler, but I don't have documentation for that at this time.
Celia Jane Creech was born about 1764 in Rowan, North Carolina. She is believed to be the daughter of Stephen Creech & Elenor Fulghen, but more documentation is needed to confirm.

THE FAMILY OF SAMUEL JONES & CELIA JANE CREECH

Special thanks to Scott C. Jones, author of "The Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Jones and Celia Creech of Mouth of Wilson, Grayson County, Virginia" for much of the information on this family, especially the family stories. Also special thanks to Susie Burke for her kindness in giving me a copy of this book!

Samuel Jones & Celia Jane CreechSamuel Jones & Celia Jane Creech were married about 1783 in Rowan, North Carolina. Census records do not exist for the state of Virginia for 1790, 1800 & most of 1810, but Grayson Co., Virginia was created in 1793. In August 1793 Samuel Jones entered 50 acres on Beaver Creek, Grayson County, Virginia. (Book A, page 2) He is listed on tax records there in 1794, 1800, 1810, 1813 & 1817. The 1810 record states that Samuel lived in Wilson Creek. The family is listed on the 1820 census of Grayson Co., Virginia. According to his son Isaiah, Samuel was an excellent hunter. He only owned 50 acres when he died, but he left his heirs a large amount of money. Samuel Jones died on June 17, 1824 in Virginia. A family story told by James Madison Gilley (son of Isaiah Tilden Gilley and gr-gr grandson of Samuel) is that Samuel died along the road on a trip from Wise Co., Virginia to Grayson Co., Virginia and was buried along side the road close to where he died. I have not found Celia on the 1830 or 1840 census at this time. She is listed at age 86 on the 1850 census of District 31, Lee, Virginia, listed on the same page as the household of son Isaiah Jones, and next to the household of a Sarah Church. Celia Creech Jones died in January 1853 in Turkey Cove, Lee, Virginia.
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The Children of Samuel Jones & Celia Jane Creech

Martha Jones

Martha "Patsy" Jones was born about 1785 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. She is listed in the Scott C. Jones book as being a known child of Samuel Jones & Celia Creech. Scott credits descendant Danny Miller as the source of much of his information on Patsy's line. Patsy married John P. Baker about 1807 in Grayson Co., Virginia. John was the son of Rev. Andrew Baker, who was an early frontier Baptist minister in Ashe and Grayson Co., areas. Census records indicate that John and Martha had at least 10 children, born between 1808-1826 in Ashe Co., North Carolina. Martha "Patsy" Jones Baker died sometime between the birth of her last child in 1826 and April 1830, when her husband remarried. She probably died in Ashe Co., North Carolina. At the time of her death, their youngest child was age 0-8. Her husband John was married second to Keziah Cearly in Wilkes, North Carolina. The family is listed on the 1830, 1840 & 1850 censuses of Ashe Co., North Carolina. John P. Baker died sometime after July 21, 1855, probably in Ashe Co., North Carolina but I have not found a death record for him. There is a John B. (age 61, b. Virginia) and Kizziah (age 55, b. South Carolina) Baker living in Linn Co., Missouri in 1860 that is possibly them if there was census taker error for age. Children of Martha Jones & John P, Baker were: Elizabeth "Betsy" (1808), Eli (1808), Unknown Son #1 (1810), Unknown Son #2 (1812), Sarah (1813), Mary Eveline (1816), Unknown Son #3 (1818), Andrew (1820), John Calvin (1822) & William "Bill" (1826) Baker.
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Stephen Jones Stephen Jones was born on February 2, 1787 in Grayson Co., Virginia. He is listed in the Scott C. Jones book as being a known child of Samuel Jones & Celia Creech. Scott credits B. David Sarles, Jr, descendant of Stephen's oldest son, Jonathan, as the source of much of his information on Stephen's line. According to Scott C. Jones' book, "Stephen became, perhaps, the best known of the children of Samuel & Celia. He held the most land, probably had more children, and had more influence than any of the other children." Stephen emigrated from Grayson to Lee County, Virginia about 1805, and he acquired a lot of land in the Turkey Cove area of Lee, Virginia. Stephen married Mary "Polly" Tipton in 1806 in Lee Co., Virginia. Mary had died by 1820, when the age of Stephen's wife on the 1820 census indicates that he had already married his second wife, Mary "Polly" Parsons. Polly's parents were next door neighbors of Samuel & Celia in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Stephen had 13 children altogether, born between 1808-1832, although there is some debate on which ones belong to which wives. All children born 1820 or later were children of second wife Mary Parsons. The family is listed on the 1820, 1830 & 1840 censuses of Lee Co., Virginia. Stephen Jones died on August 18, 1848 in Turkey Cove, Lee Co., Virginia. By the time he died, Stephen owned 2,000 acres of valley land and another 1,000 acres of grazing land in the mountains. Polly is listed with some of the children on the 1850 census of District 31, Lee, Virginia. Children of Stephen Jones & Mary "Polly" Tipton are Jonathan (1808), Elizabeth (1810), Sarah "Sally (1812), Lodena (1814), Arrena (1816), and William P. (1818) Jones. Children of Stephen Jones & Mary "Polly" Parsons are James Franklin (1821), Malinda (1824), Mary Caroline (1826), and Manasha (1828) Jones. Note that Mary Parsons was age 18 in 1811, and any children born after that date could be hers depending on when she and Stephen married.
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John Jones John Jones Jr. was born in 1794 in Grayson Co., Virginia. Based on birthyears of their children, John married Lavina Tipton in about 1815 in probably Lee Co., Virginia. John's older brother Stephen had married Mary Tipton in 1806, and his youngest brother Samuel later married Minerva Tipton in 1833. John & Lavina had 8 children. The family is listed on the 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 censuses of Lee County, Virginia. Wise County was formed from parts of Lee, Scott and Russell Counties, Virginia in 1856, and John & his family are listed on the 1860 census of Wise Co., Virginia and the 1870 census of Gladeville, Wise, Virginia. John Jones died on May 4, 1876 in Wise Co., Virginia. The Virginia Death and Burials Index states that his parents were Samuel and Sealy Jones, that his wife was Luvina Jones, and that he was born in Grayson Co., Virginia.. Children of John Jones & Lavina Tipton were Ruth (1815), Lavina (1817), Unknown Son (probably born about 1819), Emerantha (1823), Alfred (1825), Elizabeth (1827), James (1832), Lucinda (1833), Henry (1834), William (1837) & John (1840) Jones. Thanks to Nathan Vaughan Marks for his research in establishing Lavina Jones Wells and Ruth Jones Booth as children of John & Lavina (Tipton) Jones.
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William Jones

William Jones was born about 1796 in Grayson Co., Virginia. He is believed to be the twin of his brother Isaac Newton Jones. William married Jane Sturgill were married about 1815, probably in Virginia. I had previously posted on this site that William was not married to Jane Sturgill who was daughter of Francis Sturgill & Rebecca Hash, but further research has shown evidence that she was his wife, and William Jones descendant Douglas Northup to date has had 9 DNA matches with Sturgill/Hash descendants. William & Jane had at least 5 children. The family is listed in a book on the Sturgill family as living in Grayson Co., Virginia in 1819, and they are listed on the 1820 & 1830 censuses of Grayson Co., Virginia. They moved sometime between 1830 to 1838 from Virginia to Ohio. Their youngest child was born on March 20, 1838 in Ohio, and their daughter Elizabeth married in Lawrence Co., Ohio on December 6, 1838. The households of William Jones & oldest son John Jones are listed together on the 1840 census of Lymins (Symmes), Lawrence Co., Ohio, on the same page as the household of Jane's brother William Sturgill. Jane Sturgill Jones died on Aug. 14, 1848, probably in Symmes Twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio. She is buried in Sandfork Cemetery, Walnut Twp., Gallia Co., Ohio. William is listed on the 1850 census of Symmes Twp, Lawrence Co., Ohio , living with Martin & Evalina (Jones) Thompson & family, and his youngest son Isaac. William was married to Matilda McDaniel Chick about 1852 in Gallia Co., Ohio. Matilda's first husband William T. Chick died February 28, 1851, so the marriage was after that. Matilda's brother Foster McDaniel had married William & Jane's daughter Elizabeth in 1838. Matilda died on July 25, 1858 in Gallia Co., Ohio and she is buried with her first husband William Chick in Sandfork Cemetery, Walnut Twp, Gallia, Ohio. William moved about 1858, probably after Matilda's death, from Ohio to Nebraska. He most likely went to join son Samuel who moved from Ohio to Kansas about 1855 and was in Nebraska by 1858. William Jones died on September 08, 1859 in Gage Co., Nebraska. He is buried in the Austin Creek Cemetery, Midland Twp, Beatrice, Gage Co., Nebraska. Samuel Jones is listed with his family on the 1860 census of Beatrice, Gage Co., Nebraska Territory, with his widowed sister Elizabeth also in his household. Another married child of William & Jane who settled in Beatrice Gage Co., Nebraska in 1866 was Evalina Jones Thompson. Children of William Jones & Jane were: Elizabeth (1816), John (1818), Evalina (1822), Samuel (1825) & Isaac (1838).The Family William Jones & Jane
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Isaac Newton JonesIsaac Newton Jones was born October 1796 in Grayson Co., Virginia. He was the twin of William Jones. Isaac married Mary Sarah "Sally" Baker in 1816 in Grayson Co., Virginia and they had 6 children. The family is listed on the 1820 census of Grayson Co., Virginia, and their son John was born March 1820 in Virginia. The family moved about 1821 to Ashe Co., North Carolina, and daughter Jane was born there in May 1822. Isaac is listed with his family on the 1830 census of Ashe Co., North Carolina. Isaac Newton Jones died in 1831 in Ashe Co., North Carolina. Sally was married second to James Davis in 1835, and she and James had 3 more children. She is listed as Sarah Davis on the 1860 census of South Eastern District, Ashe, North Carolina. James Davis died of smallpox in 1864, and Sally is listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Chestnut Hill, Ashe, North Carolina. She remained closely associated with the Jones family descendants, and was affectionately known as "Granny Davis". Sally Baker Jones Davis died in 1893 in Ashe Co., North Carolina. Children of Isaac Jones & Sally Baker were: William (1818), John (1820), Jane (1822), Calvin (1823), Jonathan (1827) & Samuel (1830) Jones. Children of Sarah "Sally" Baker Jones and second husband James Davis were: Belinda (1837), George Washington (1839) & Mary (1841) Davis
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Sarah Jones Sarah Jones was born about 1798 in Mouth of Wilson, Grayson Co., Virginia. There is a female the right age group to be Sarah, age 22, on the 1820 census of Grayson Co., Virginia in her parent's household if the census taker mistakenly put her sister Ann, age 16, in the 10-15 year old category. There is not a female the right age to be Sarah in the household of her future husband Elijah Baker in 1820, as the oldest female in his household was age 10-15. Sarah married Elijah Baker about 1821, probably in Grayson Co., Virginia. Elijah had been married previously (to who?) and on the 1820 census he is listed with 5 children under the age of 15 (probably under the age of 10 considering Elijah's was age 31 in 1820) and no female in the household older than age 15, so his first wife had probably recently died. In 1830 there is a female in Elijah's household who could be Sarah, age 32, and they have 6 additional children who are age 9 or younger. In 1840 there is a female the right age group to be Sarah, age 42, and 6 children still in the household. Only one son is age 5-9, and that may be one of the 3 sons who were age 0-4 in 1820 if he was an infant in 1820 and age 9 in 1840. Sarah Jones Baker died sometime between 1840 and the 1850 census in Grayson Co., Virginia or Kentucky. Elijah Sr. is listed on the 1850 census of District 1, Breathitt, Kentucky, living in the household of his married son John. He is listed on the 1860 census of Estill Co., Kentucky in the household of married son Elijah Jr.. Elijah Jr was killed in 1864 during the Civil War, and Elijah Sr. is listed on the 1870 census of Miller's Creek, Estill Co., Kentucky in the household of married son Samuel. Elijah Baker Sr. died sometime after teh 1870 census, probably in Estill Co., Kentucky. Children of Elijah Baker & his first wife (Unknown) were Samuel B (1810), Unknown Daughter ( abt 1810), John (1812), Unknown Son (b. 1816-1820) & Isaac (1818) Baker. Children of Sarah Jones & Elijah Baker are Ann (1822), Elijah (1824), Unknown Daughter (b. 1826-1830), William (1827), Ira D. (1829) & Unknown Son (1830) Baker.
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Ann Nancy JonesAnn Nancy Jones was born October 8, 1803 in Mouth of Wilson, Grayson Co., Virginia. There is a female the right age group to be Ann, age 17, in the household of Samuel Jones on the 1820 census of Grayson Co., Virginia. Ann's father Samuel died on June 17, 1824. There is a female the right age to be Ann, age 27, in the household of William Plummer on the 1830 census of Ashe Co., North Carolina. William's wife Rebecca was Ann's sister, and they were only a year apart in age. Ann gave birth to daughter Celia Jones about 1830 in North Carolina. Celia's father is Unknown at this time. Ann married James B. Wells on January 7, 1834 in Lee Co., Virginia, and they had 3 more children. The family is listed on the 1840 census of Lee Co., Virginia. Wise County was formed from part of Lee Co., Virginia in 1856. Ann Nancy Jones Wells died on December 20, 1857 in Wise Co., Virginia. Her husband James Wells is listed with two of their children on the 1860 census of Wise Co., Virginia in the household of his brother Thomas. He is listed with son Samuel on the 1870 census of Richmond, Wise, Virginia. He is listed in the household of his brother Marshall (listed as Mahal) Wells on the 1880 census of Wyoming, Bath, Kentucky. Child of Ann Nancy Jones & Unknown is Celia (1830) Jones. Children of Ann Nancy Jones & James B. Wells are Francis (1834), Rebecca (1835) & Samuel (1840) Wells.
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Rebecca Jones Rebecca Jones was born about 1804 in Mouth of Wilson, Grayson, Virginia. Rebecca married William Plummer in 1820 in Grayson Co., Virginia, and they had at least 8 children. Based on birthplaces of their children, the family lived in Ashe Co., North Carolina from 1821 to about 1833 when they moved to Lee Co., Virginia. The family is listed on the 1830 census of Ashe Co., North Carolina, probably with Rebecca's sister Ann Jones in the household. The Ancestry.com index mistakenly lists them under the name William Rumer. The family is listed on the 1840, 1850, 1860 & 1870 censuses of Lee Co., Virginia. In 1850 they are in District 31, in 1860 in Western District, and in 1870 in Yokum Station. William Plummer died in August 1869 in Lee Co., Virginia. Rebecca Jones Plummer died in 1878 in Lee Co., Virginia. I do not know where William & Rebecca are buried at this time. Children of Rebecca Jones & William Plummer were Sela/Cecilia (1821), Anne (1827), Mary (1829), Samuel (1831), Emeline (1835), Martha (1839), Elizabeth (1843) & William (1847) Plummer.
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Isaiah H. JonesIsaiah H. Jones was born about 1806 in Wilson, Grayson, Virginia. There is a male the right age group to be Isaiah, age 14, in the household of Samuel Jones on the 1820 census of Grayson, Virginia. Isaiah's father Samuel died on June 17, 1824 in Virginia when Isaiah was age 18. Isaiah is listed on tax record in Grayson County in 1827. Isaiah married Mary Ann "Polly" Watson Davis about 1829 in Grayson Co., Virginia and they had 4 children. In 1832 the family settled in Lee Co., Virginia, and Isaiah & Polly lived on that land the rest of their lives. The family is listed on the 1850 census of District 31, Lee Co., Virginia. The land they had settled on in Lee County became Wise County in 1856, and they are listed on the 1860 census of Big Stone Gap, Wise Co., Virginia. They are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Richmond, Wise, Virginia, Post Office Big Stone Gap. Isaiah is listed as a Farmer on all census records, but he held several offices including Justice of the Peace and he was the first school commissioner from the Richmond District in 1856. Isaiah was instrumental in establishing The Jones School in Wise County. Isaiah's wife Polly died on October 29, 1880 in Big Stone Gap, Wise, Virginia. Isaiah H. Jones died in 1892 in Big Stone Gap, Wise, Virginia. Children of Isaiah H. Jones & Mary Polly Ann Watson Davis were Celia Virginia Jane (1830), Benjamin Franklin (1832), Elizabeth Emarantha (1840) & Mary A. "Polly" (1845) Jones.
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Frank Jones James Franklin "Frank" Jones was born about 1810 in Virginia. There is a male the right age group to Frank, age 10, in the household of Samuel Jones on the 1820 census of Grayson, Virginia. Franks's father Samuel died on June 17, 1824 in Virginia when he was probably about age 14. Family letters indicate that Frank went with his mother Celia to Lee Co., Virginia after his father died. I have no further information on Frank Jones.
Mary Jones Mary "Polly" Jones was born on March 18, 1812 in Grayson Co., Virginia. There is a female the right age group to be Mary, age 8, in the household of Samuel Jones on the 1820 census of Grayson, Virginia. Mary's father Samuel died on June 17, 1824 in Virginia, when Mary was age 12. I have not found Mary or her mother Celia in 1830 at this time. Based on birth years of their children, Mary married Absalom Hobbs Jr (b.1806) about 1831 in Virginia. At the time of their marriage, Mary was age 19. There can be some confusion when researching this family because Absalom's father, also named Absalom, married twice. His first wife, Susan Helvy, is the mother of Absalom Jr and six other children. Absalom Sr then married second wife Mary Ann Olinger, in 1825 and had 7 more children, so Absalom Sr and Mary Olinger Hobbs were having children during some of the same time period in Lee Co., Virginia that his son Abasalom Jr and Mary Jones Hobbs were. Also five children from Absalom Sr's first marriage and three from the second marriage all emigrated from Virginia to Tipton Co., Indiana, and they lived near each other. Based on birthplaces of their children, Absalom Jr & Mary emigrated from Virginia to Indiana in 1835. According to family story, they moved in 1838 to land that later became Tipton Co., Indiana. They are listed on the 1840 census of Hamilton, Indiana. They are listed on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Madison, Tipton Co, Indiana. Mary "Polly" Jones Hobbs died on May 20, 1878 in Tipton, Tipton, Indiana. Absalom is listed as widowed on the June 5, 1880 census of Madison, Tipton, Indiana. Absalom Hobbs died on September 27, 1880. Absalom & Mary are both buried in the Hobbs Cemetery, Hobbs, Tipton, Indiana. Thanks to Cynthia Joyner for the photo of Mary's gravestone. Children of Mary "Polly" Jones & Absalom Hobbs were Samuel (1827), Araminta (1833), Serelda (1835), Job (1837), Almira (1840), Lavina (1842), John (1843), Didama (1845), Winfield (1847) & Rebecca (1850) Hobbs.
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Samuel Jones

Samuel Jones was born about 1814 in Grayson Co., Virginia. There is a male the right age group to be Samuel, age 6, in the household of Samuel Jones on the 1820 census of Grayson, Virginia. Samuel's father Samuel Sr. died on June 17, 1824 in Virginia, when Samuel was age 10. I have not found Samuel or his mother Celia in 1830 at this time. Samuel married Minerva Tipton on March 21, 1833 in Lee Co., Virginia. (Minerva's sister Lavina had married Samuel's brother John in 1824.) Samuel & Minerva had 3 children. Samuel Jones died on October 1849 in Marshall, Alabama. He was age 36 at the time of his death, and is listed on the 1850 Mortality Schedule of Marshall Co., Alabama as being born in Virginia, occupation Farmer, and cause of death Pneumonia. Minerva is listed as head of household on the 1850 census of Red Hill, Marshall, Alabama with children Celia, William C & John in the household. After Samuel's death, Minerva was married second to Robert Bruce Elgin who was a widower with 3 children. They married about 1851 in Alabama, and had two more children. The family is listed on the 1860, 1870 & 1880 census of Marshall Co., Alabama. In 1860 they were in Western Division, in 1870 in Township 9, Range 2, and in 1880 there is no town listed. Robert Elgin died on April 6, 1880 in Marshall, Alabama. There are two older women named Susan and Mary Putnam living in the household with Robert & Minerva in 1860 & 1870, and Robert is buried in a connecting stone with Susan Putnam in Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Alexandria, Calhoun, Alabama. I do not know where Samuel or Minerva are buried at this time. Children of Samuel Jones & Minerva Tipton were Celia (1842), William C. (1844) & John (1846) Jones. Children of Minerva Tipton Jones & Robert Bruce Elgin were Samuel J.(1853) & Martha J. (1856) Elgin.
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Lavina Jones (NOTE: I believe this is granddaughter of Samuel & Celia, and that her parents were John Jones & Lavina Tipton)Lavina Jones was born on February 20, 1817 in Wilson, Grayson Co., Virginia. Birthdate is from an 1881 bio of her husband W. S. Wells that was printed in "The History of Buchanan County, Missouri." Lavina is listed in "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia" as being a relation to Samuel & Celia's family, and a large number of online trees list her as a daughter, but I think she was a grandaughter. Celia Creech Jones was about age 53 in 1817, and it is possible but not probable that she had a child at that age, and also there is only one female under age 10 in the household of Samuel Jones in 1820, and I believe it is his daughter Mary, age 8. There is an unidentified male under 10 in the household that year, who may be Lavina if there was census taker error. After reviewing research of Nathan Vaughan Marks, I agree with him that Lavina is most likely a granddaughter of Samuel & Celia, and that her parents were John Jones & Lavina Tipton, above. Lavina married William Samuel Wells on May 8, 1833 in Lee Co., Virginia, and they had 10 children. According to a bio on William Wells, they moved in 1837 from Virginia to Platte Co., Missouri, and William taught one of the first schools opened there in the spring of 1838. The family returned to Virginia in late 1838, but in 1843 they moved to Wright City, Missouri, and then in 1844 to Marshall Co., Alabama. The family is listed on the 1850 census of Red Hill, Marshall, Alabama. According to the bio, they moved later in 1850 to Western Tennessee, and William became an ordained minister in 1853. In 1856 William & Lavina moved to Douglas Co., Kansas, where William was elected a member of the Locompton Convention, which framed a constitution for the state of Kansas. They are listed on the 1860 census of Willow Springs, Douglas, Kansas Territory. In November 1860 the family moved to Atchison, Kansas, and in January 1861 they returned to Missouri, and settled in Rushville, Buchanan, Missouri. William served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War from 1861-1862. In May 1866 he established a Mercantile Business. William and Lavina are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Rush, Buchanan, Missouri. In 1874 William was elected to the 28th General Assembly, and he was reelected in 1876. In the 1881 bio it was also noted that he had been a justice of the peace for 6 years, and a notary public since 1873. Lavina Jones Wells died in 1899 in Rush, Buchanan, Missouri. In 1900, William is listed as widowed and living with his married daughter Celia Wells Allison in Rush Buchanan, Missouri.
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