Martha Jane “Mattie” Jones

15 April 1849–2 February 1925 (Age 75)
Dallas, Polk, Arkansas, United States

The Life Summary of Martha Jane “Mattie”

When Martha Jane “Mattie” Jones was born on 15 April 1849, in Dallas, Polk, Arkansas, United States, her father, Lauderdale Milton Jones, was 25 and her mother, Elizabeth Eliza Melton, was 27. She married Alfred Milton Cress about 1871, in Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Justice Precinct 1, Titus, Texas, United States in 1920 and Polk, Arkansas, United States in 1920. She died on 2 February 1925, in Mount Pleasant, Titus, Texas, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Masonic Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Titus, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alfred Milton Cress
Martha Jane “Mattie” Jones
Marriage: about 1871
John Lauderdale "Lod" Cress
Fannie Cress
Isaac Alexander Cress
Arizona Ada Cress
Robert Samuel Cress
Abbie Corell Cress

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1871Texas, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1850 · Compromise of 1850
    Age 1
    The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.
    Age 14
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment
    Age 21
    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

    Name Meaning

    English and Welsh: from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John ), with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. It began to be adopted as a non-hereditary surname in some parts of Wales from the 16th century onward, but did not become a widespread hereditary surname there until the 18th and 19th centuries. In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. It is (including in the sense 2 below) the fifth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.English: habitational or occupational name for someone who lived or worked ‘at John's (house)’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (18)

    • Martha J Jones in household of L M Jones, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Mattie Jones in entry for J A Cress, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"
    • Martha J Sossamon in household of Daniel J Sossamon, "United States Census, 1900"

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