William Thomas JONES Charles David JONES Elmer Foote JONES Marie Louise JONES Nina Mae MCSWAIN Levi Everett JONES Cornie M COCHRAN Mini tree diagram

Thomas Earl JONES1,8,9,10,2,6,3,7,4

23rd Jul 19141,5,6,3,7,4 - 22nd Jan 19388,2,4

Life History

23rd Jul 1914

Born in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,5,6,3,7,4

between 1920 and 1939

Resident in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3

22nd Apr 1933

Married Nina Mae MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.10

22nd Jan 1938

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.8,2,4

Drowned in the White River Chute.

22nd Jan 1938

Buried in Rowland-Jones Family Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.4


  • 1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 7 February, South Prairie Township, District 16, page 8B, Hse #103, Fam #161
    Jones, William T  Head Owns M W 45 Widowed AR VA US Farmer [b abt 1875]
    West, Thomas E Son M W 5 AR AR MS [b abt 1915]

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 29 April, Prairie Township, District 25, page 9A, Ethel and Chute Rd, Hse #155 Fam #156
    Jones, W T  Head  Owns M W 55  First married at age 20 AR VA USA Farmer [b abt 1875]
    Jones, Myrtle Wife F W 35  First married at age 25 AR AR AR Farm Laborer [b abt 1905]
    Jones, Thomas E Son M W 15 AR AR AR [b abt 1915]

    There are two records of marriage licenses issued to Thomas E Jones and Nina M McSwain in Arkanasas, Arkansas.  Certifiate and ceremony both have the same date.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Thomas E Jones
    Spouse's Age 18
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse Nina Mae McSwain
    Age 17, Birth Year abt 1916
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 22 Apr 1933 Arkansas County
    License issued 22 Apr 1933 Arkansas County
    Certificate 28340, Volume 0001

    There is a second record in the same names with a different date.

    Arkansas Marriage Index, 1933-1939, Certificate 00186, Volume 0001
    Thomas E Jones
    Spouse Nina M McSwain
    License Date 3 Oct 1933 Arkansas County

    Thomas Earl Jones died at the age of 24 in what appeared to be a drowning, though his boating companion Glen Horton was stabbed to death.  A newspaper (unidentified in clipping I read) reports that his body was found in Hurricane Bayou of the White River Chute of the Arkansas River near Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.  Thomas Earl was buried in a family cemetery in Ethel, according to the newspaper story.

    Here is a short exerpt of the story:
    "The body of Thomas Earl Jones, 24, was found in the White River Chute last Friday about three quarters of a mile below the head of Hurricane Bayou. ... No marks of violence could be detected on the body, which was thoroughly examined by a coroner's jury. ...The Jones boy was buried Friday night in a family cemetery near Ethel."

    This story says the body was found on Friday and buried that night.  I thought that was a short time to get the body out of the river, get it into town, perform the autopsy, have the coroner's inquest, and finish the legal investigation the same calendar day.  However, I found that the Arkansas Death Index reports his date of death as 22 January 1938.  This date was a Saturday.  Here is the official date of death from the Arkansas Death Index.

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Page 1908
    Thomas Earl Jones
    Death Jan 22 1938 Arkansas County


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