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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 ago. 
    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." 
 

Submitted by:  Marjorie Cain on July 6, 2000
Note: (died 1931-from headstone)