Martha "Jane" (Robinson) Jones August 30, 1859 - May 16, 1928
Martha Jane (Robinson) Jones, known by her middle name "Jane," was born in Willard, Missouri on August 30, 1859 to Bettie (Dicks) Robinson, an enslaved woman. Sometime before 1865, Jane's family moved—or was most likely taken by their enslaver—to Farmerville, Texas (see entry for Ellison, Mollie). By 1881, Jane was back in Missouri. She married Rufus Jones, of Dade County, at the Ash Grove home of Flem Murray on February 10, 1881. Rufus Jones died before 1900, and Jane moved in with her mother. Jane also appears to have been living, at least part-time, with the family of Ash Grove grocer Courtney B. Comegys, working as their servant. From 1910 to 1920, Jane lived with her niece, Bessie Robinson, near Ash Grove. Both women worked as washerwomen. According to her death certificate, Jane died of "paresis" and "arterio sclerosis" on May 16, 1928, in Ash Grove, and was interred on May 17th in the "Berry Cemetery, Ash Grove" (Russel 2012).
Berry Family, Ash Grove, MO; Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum; Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology, Reynolds College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Missouri State University