|Photo by Patrick Jones. Discharge papers, US National Archives.|
|Photo by Patrick Jones.|
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.