Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Photo - Best of My Street Art Pics for 2014

I consider myself very lucky to see the world from travels in my primary field. 2014 has been another great year. I thought it might be good to look back by sharing some of my favorite street art finds from this year's travels.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Faith47's Lion at the Truman Brewery.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Martin Ron's tamarins in Shoreditch.
Street art in Shoreditch, London (see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Additional street art in London here.

Photo by Patrick Jones. Inti Castro in Beirut, Lebanon.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Beirut, Lebanon.
Street art in Beirut, Lebanon (see Part 1 & Part 2).

Photo by Patrick Jones. Main Street, Santa Monica.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica.
Street art in Santa Monica, California (see Beautify Lincoln Part 1, Part 2, Marco Polo mural, Main Street).

Photo by Patrick Jones. Eduardo Kobra's Ballet Dancer.
 Ballet dancer mural in Moscow, Russian Federation.

Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Street art in Montevideo Part 1, Part 2.

Photo by Patrick Jones. Culpeper, Virginia.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Fantastic Find

I have been researching my 4th-great-grandfather Robert Thomas Jones Sr going back to the beginning of the blog. I previously posted the widow's pension file of his wife Elizabeth Thornhill Jones in 2012 (see Part 1 and Part 2). Bounty land application files are currently in the process of being indexed at the National Archives, and since I recently found a bounty land application for my 5th-great-grandfather Thomas Jones, I thought I might find applications for some of Thomas' siblings in Tennessee. Today was a fantastic find - the bounty land application for Robert's widow Elizabeth.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Discharge papers, US National Archives.
The file contained the original discharge paper for Robert, something that was not included in Elizabeth's pension application. It's an amazing document to hold.

Photo by Patrick Jones.
From a review of the small file, Elizabeth applied on the 16th of September 1848. Looks like the application was approved 24 July 1849, for 160 acres. This really made my day to see this, after reading her widow's pension file and the rejected mother's pension file for her son, Robert Thomas Jones Jr.

The application states that Robert T. Jones was Fourth Corporal in Captain John Reese's Company of the Fifth Regiment Tennessee Volunteers. Her statement recounts the story of Robert falling overboard on the Mississippi River north of Memphis sometime between 21-25 July 1848. It also lists his surviving children: Eliza Jane, Catherine, Caroline, Emaline, Adaline, Joseph, Martin, Francis Marion, Mary and Sarah Melissa. All of these names match up except for one - Eliza Jane, a previously unknown daughter.

The application was supported by the affidavits of Josiah Rankin, James Newman, Ewen J. Newman, Benjamin Zirkle and William Coulson. Ewen Jefferson Newman served in the 5th Tennessee with Robert, and later married his daughter Margaret Caroline Jones in February 1849. Rankin and Zirkle's affidavit listed Eliza Jane Jones as Eliza Jane Barbee.

Elizabeth's application was witnessed by her brother Richard Thornhill.

I'm thrilled to find to this.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas at the White House

Yesterday our office was treated to a tour of the East Wing of the White House. This was a special visit to see the Christmas decorations and lights. I think my last visit to the White House was in the summer of 1974, so it was cool to see it as an adult.
Photo from the Blue Room of the White House. 12 Dec 2014.
Photo by Patrick Jones. White House, 12 Dec 2014.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Library, White House.

Photo by Patrick Jones. State Dinner Room.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Inside the East Wing.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Ornate details on the White House.

Friday, December 12, 2014

80 Acres of Bounty Land

In addition to a War of 1812 service record for my 5th-great-grandfather Thomas Jones, the National Archives had a separate bounty land application file submitted by Thomas. He received 80 acres of land.
Bounty Land application by Thomas Jones.
The bounty land application was submitted on 12 November 1850. Thomas notes that he turned 72 years old on 15 September 1850 - this is the first document I have seen a date of birth for him. Thomas was a corporal in Captain Gregory's company, and was drafted into service on 8 January 1814 in Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee. He notes that he fought in the war against the Creek Indians, and that he was honorably discharged in May 1814 at Knoxville.

As with the pension file, 2nd Lieutenant James Tillet provided a statement on behalf of Thomas for his service in the company. Tillet notes that Jones accompanied him from Four Springs Camp, Lookout Mountain in March 1814 to press for guns and supplies for the company. Tillet left him at either Fort Strother or Fort Williams in the middle of April 1814, while Tillet continued to the camp of General Jackson.

On 4 April 1855, Thomas Jones applied for additional bounty land. On this document he again notes that he will turn 77 on 15 September 1855.

I was also able to check the service record for Sergeant Thomas Jones in Colonel Bunch's regiment, but this person was from Washington County, Tennessee.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Christmas Picture

I think the photo below is from around 1951 or 1952, showing my Granny with my Mom, her sister Patty and their cousin Bobby Jean. This is part of the photo set from my Aunt Patty.
Photo Source: Patty Marple. Christmas in Indy.