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2012-10-04

Jones cemetery plans reunion, workday

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Descendants of Mahala and John A. Jones will meet at the Jones Historical Family Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 14, for a reunion, cemetery clean-up and luncheon.

The cemetery is located on the Stevens Ranch off of 173 North. Turn left on Lazy J Road, about 8.8 miles from the intersection of 173 North and Highway 16 in Bandera. Go west 2.5 miles to the cemetery on the left.

The event begins at 10 am.

"We're inviting family members to bring a covered dish and any old photos they might have for a memory album," said organizer Marilyn O'Brien Perdew, of Kerrville.

The private family cemetery was established in 1886, according to an arched sign marking the entrance that was erected in 1955. The cemetery continues to be used by family members.

Both John A. Jones and one of his sons, Andrew, served as Texas Rangers and are buried at the site.

"Some of the descendants are the Stevenses, Boulewares, Browns, Chaneys, O'Briens, Whites, Williams and many more," said Perdew. "We have people coming from as far away as Maryland, as well as other states. But we are really hoping many of the local relatives will attend."

For more information, call Perdew at 830-370-0236 and leave a message.

More information about over 50 gravesites in the cemetery may be found at

banderagen.com/Cem_01/Mahala%20Jones%20Cemetery.html.

Pictured: Photo by Carl Holt
Jones family patriarch, John A. Jones, served as a Texas Ranger.

Photo by Carl Holt
Descendants of Mahala and John Jones placed an attractive entrance at the family cemetery in 1955.