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J. Ras Jones

J.R. Jones
Full Name: James Ras Jones
Birth date: August 26, 1834
Death date: February 26, 1916

Terms of Service

  • House, 28th (3) (4) (5) (7) (10) (11) Legislature
    1/13/1903 - 1/10/1905
  • House, 22nd Legislature
    1/13/1891 - 1/10/1893
  • House, 21st (1) (6) (9) Legislature
    1/8/1889 - 1/13/1891
  • House, 20th (8) Legislature
    1/11/1887 - 1/8/1889
  • House, 19th (2) Legislature
    1/13/1885 - 1/11/1887
(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives .
(2) "Maj. J. Ras Jones . . . a sound Democrat." Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 11/11/1884, p. 6. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers .
(3) R. Ras Jones, Longbranch, Panola County. "Members of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature, House of Representatives," 11/9/1902, p. 24. Galveston Daily News .
(4) PINEHILL, TEXAS. "Pinehill, also known as Pine Hill, is on a hill covered with pine trees eleven miles east of Henderson in far eastern Rusk County." Handbook of Texas Online .
(5) Long Branch, Panola County. House Journal .
(6) Democrat. Legislative Reference Library Card File .
(7) Long Branch, Panola County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(8) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(9) Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(10) Pine Hill. Texas Legislative Manual .
(11) Long Branch. Year Book for Texas, Volume II 1903.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 22nd Legislature (1891) - J. Ras. Jones, postoffice Pine Hill, nativity Georgia, age 56, farmer, 24 years in Texas, member of previous legislatures: 19th, 20th, 21st. House Journal .


Other Resources

  • J. Ras Jones of Carthage, Panola County, born circa 1835. Confederate pension application disapproved 3/25/1907; War Department memo. Pension File No. 02820, Alabama, Texas and Virginia, U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958. Ancestry.com .
  • "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 .
  • "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 .
  • Census of 1870 - J.R. Jones, Carthage, Panola County, age 36, born circa 1834 in Georgia, farmer, wife Emily, children John, Charles, Lizzie, Emily.
    Census of 1880 - James R. Jones, Precinct 8, Panola County, age 45, born circa 1835 in Georgia, farmer, wife Emily E., children John R., Charles S., Ever E., Emily J. , William R., Martha V.
    Census of 1900 - Junius Jones [James R. Jones], Justice Precinct 8, Panola County, age 66, born Aug. 1834 in Georgia, farmer, wife Emily E., children Dorsey, Cora.
    Census of 1910 - J. Ras Janes [J. Ras Jones], Justice Precinct 8, Panola County, age 75, born circa 1835 in Georgia, widowed, living in household of daughter Belle Jones and son-in-law Joseph H. Jones. FamilySearch . 1910 1900
  • 1880 1870
  • J. Ras Jones, birth date 8/26/1834, death date 2/26/1916, burial in Pinehill Baptist Cemetery, Pinehill, Rusk County. Find a Grave .
  • 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 .
  • Mentioned in Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature 1885.
  • Mentioned in Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature 1887.
  • 28th Legislature (1903) - J. Ras Jones, postoffice Pine Hill, nativity Georgia, age 68, farmer, member of former legislatures: 19th-22nd, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual .
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