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Jones family World War I letters

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Finding aid for the Jones family World War I letters

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

January 8, 2014



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-08T11:11-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Jones family
Title: Jones family World War I letters
Dates: 1918-1919
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains letters written during World War I to Lelia Jones Morgan by her brothers William Earl and Paul, and by Paul's wife Dorothy.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.55
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters written during World War I to Lelia Jones Morgan by her brothers William Earl and Paul, and by Paul's wife Dorothy.


Biographical Information

William Earl (Earl) and Paul Robert Jones, and Lelia Jones Morgan, were children of Robert Marion Jones and his first wife, Nancy Hester Jones. Their grandparents, John and Narcissis Jones, had settled in Sebastian County, Arkansas, in the 1830s.

Earl was working as a telegrapher with the railroad in Shawnee, Oklahoma, when he registered for the draft in June 1917. He entered the service in May 1918 and served with the 66th Engineers, which operated a narrow gauge railroad. Letters included in this collection, written to Lelia back in Arkansas, come from Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and Laurel, Maryland, along with a card confirming his arrival in France. After his service in the war, Earl returned to Oklahoma and again worked for the railroad. He died in 1969.

Paul was married and working as a fireman in Oklahoma City in June 1918 when he enlisted in the army. He trained at Fort Rosencrans, California, and served with the 54th Ammunition Train. His unit shipped out to France in September 1918. Two of the letters in this collection were written to Lelia from France. Paul became ill with pneumonia during the return trip to America, and died aboard ship on February 16, 1919.

Paul's wife Dorothy was with him in San Diego during his training, returning to Oklahoma City when he shipped out for Europe. Dorothy wrote to Lelia from California, and wrote again from Oklahoma City shortly after Paul's funeral.

Lelia married Jesse Morgan in 1903, and the two farmed land outside of Charleston, Arkansas. It is to this home near Charleston that the letters in this collection are addressed. Lelia and Jesse later moved to Oklahoma, where Lelia died in 1958.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Charleston (Ark.)
Jones, Paul Robert, 1894-1919
Jones, William Earl (Earl), 1891-1969
Morgan, Lelia Jones, 1884-1958
Sebastian County (Ark.)
United States. Army. Ammunition Train, 103rd.
United States. Army. Engineer Battalion, 66th.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Arkansas.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France.
World War, 1914-1918.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jones family World War I letters, MSS.13.55, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased from eBay, 2013


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