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J. Ras Jones J. Ras Jones
Full Name: James Ras Jones
Date of birth: 1835
Date of death: February 1, 1916

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 14 Jan 13, 1903 - Jan 10, 1905 28th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Long Branch / Panola   Panola
H 7 Jan 13, 1891 - Jan 10, 1893 22nd   Democrat Pinehill / Panola   Panola
H 7 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (7) (8)   Democrat Pinehill / Panola   Panola
H 7 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 8, 1889 20th   Democrat Pinehill / Panola   Panola
H 7 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th (9)   Democrat Carthage / Panola   Panola
(1) Members of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature, House of Representatives, 11/9/1902, p. 24, lists R. Ras Jones, Longbranch, Panola County. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Long Branch, Panola County. House Journal.
(3) Home address, Long Branch; home county, Panola. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Postoffice Pine Hill, nativity Georgia, age 68, farmer, member of 19th-22nd and 28th Legislatures, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
(5) Postoffice address, Long Branch. Year book for Texas, 1903, 1903.
(6) Pinehill, also known as Pine Hill, formerly Pine Hills, is located eleven miles east of Henderson in far eastern Rusk County. Handbook of Texas Online.
(7) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(8) Democrat. Card File.
(9) "Maj. J. Ras Jones.. a sound Democrat.", Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 11/11/1884, p. 6. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Birth year estimated from age (56) at beginning of 22nd Legislature. House Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biography of Louis Jones - J. Ras Jones arrived in Panola County in 1867 and later served as State Representative; reprinted from Rusk County History. Lady Texian County Research Pages..
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Other Resources
  • "Mortuary - Father of Mrs. W. R. Jones Dead," 3/25/1916, p. 4. Also notes "Judge W.R. Jones of Brownsville, whose father, J. Ras Jones, died in Clayton [Panola County], Texas, a month ago..." Brownsville Herald.
  • "Personals," 12/21/1910, p. 3. "J. Ras Jones of Carthage, Tex., arrived in the city yesterday to spend a month at the home of his son, Attorney W.R. Jones. The older Mr. Jones bears the distinction of having served for fourteen years in the State legislature." Brownsville Herald.
  • Census of 1870 - two J.R. Jones, born in GA, in Carthage, Panola County: 1) J.R. Jones, age 36, wife Emily, children John, Charles, Lizzie, Emily; 2) J.R. Jones, age 23, wife Jennie, age 22, child Edgar, age 2, all born in GA. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Census of 1880 - Precinct No. 8, Panola County, James R. Jones, age 45, farmer, born in Georgia, wife Emily E., children John R., Charles S., Ever E. [?], Emily J. , William R. (age 6), [?], Martha V.
    Census of 1900 - Panola County, James R. Jones, born Aug. 1834 in Georgia, age 66, farmer, wife Emily E., children Dorsey [?], Cora [?]. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Census of 1920 - W.R. Jones [son of J. Ras Jones], Brownsville, Cameron County, age 26, father's birthplace Georgia, lawyer practice. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Listed in Panola County, Texas - Military: Confederate Pension Applications. USGenWeb Project, 1996.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J. Ras Jones, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Ras Jones, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Ras Jones, 28th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 19th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 20th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, north wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 21st session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 22nd session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, north wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 28th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    28th R.S. - 1903
    Claims and Accounts  
    Examination of Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
    Public Debt (Chair) 
    State Asylums  
    22nd R.S. - 1891
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Public Building and Grounds  
    Representation and Apportionment on Senatorial and Representative Districts  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 
    Town and City Corporations  
    21st R.S. - 1889
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Public Health and Vital Statistics  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 
    State Asylums  
    20th R.S. - 1887
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office, Examine (Chair) 
    County Government and County Finance  
    Revenue and Taxation  
    State Lunatic Asylum, Charges Against Management and Condition of Female Inmates (Chair) 
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    19th R.S. - 1885
    County Governments and County Finances  
    Public Debt  
    Revenue and Taxation  

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