Pioneer Woman is Dead at Smithfield
Mrs. Carrie M. Jones Dies After a Short Illness at age of 78.
"Mrs. Carrie M. Jones, 78 years of age, a pioneer
citizen of Polk County, died Monday, February 2 at Smithfield at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Lelia La Follette. She had been sick only a
short time, hence her death came as a shock to her relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the home February
3 by Rev. P. P. Dawson, pastor of the Presbyterian churches at Livingston
and New Willard. Burial was at the family cemetery near Smithfield, in
the presence of many friends and relatives.
Mrs. Jones is survived by three daughters, Mrs.
Virginia Munson, Mrs. Lelia La Follette, and Mrs. Pearl Wiggins, 12 grandchildren
and six great - grandchildren.
Born at Smithfield
Mrs. Jones was born at Smithfield July 18, 1852.
She had lived in this county practically all her life and at the time of
her death was living on the same estate where she had been born.
Her father, Capt. John F. Carr, and her mother came
to Texas from Memphis, Tennessee in the early days when Texas was still
a republic. So Mrs. Jones learned from her parents much about pioneer
life in Texas and heard stories of Gen. Sam Houston, Burnett, Austin and
other statesmen with whom her father was personally acquainted.
Taught by Private Teachers
She was educated chiefly by private teachers on
the plantation, also attending, for a time, a school conducted for
girls on Galveston Bay, by Mrs. A. G. A. Beazley.
September 3, 1874 she was married to Robert B. Jones.
They had eight children, four of whom died in infancy. The eldest
son, Robert, died in 1903. Mr. Jones died a little over two years
Mrs. Jones was a devoted Christian. In the
early part of her life she was a Methodist; several years ago, the Methodist
church at Smithfield having ceased to exist, she joined the Presbyterian
church. It is said she was known for the large number of kind and
charitable acts which she unostentatiously performed."