[Mrs. Laura Jones]
Mabel M. Hamilton
Federal Writer's Project
I was born in Newman, Georgia, June 17th, 1847. When I was about 11 years of age we moved to Illinois and six months later we moved to Buffalo City, Ark., We lived there for two years and my father practiced medicine at the time. We had a houseboat built and moved from there to Tennessee. There was 31 people on the boat and our pet deer. We came to a place on the river and ran on a snag where 7 steamboats had sunk. We yelled to a man who came along in a canoe and he got us out-all except the deer. They finally saved the deer by pulling the boat to the side of the canoe. Then we got on a steamboat later and they took us to Memphis. When we left there we went to Lafayette and the Civil War had just begun. They got to fighting so and ate up everything we had so they gave us a [pass?] to go out 7 miles and we just kept on going. We left our cattle and everything except what we just had to have. We took the train from Aberdeene to Mobile, Alabama, and from there we took the steamboat to Montgomery, Alabama. My sister and I took typhoid fever and she died when we reached Montgomery. We stopped there and father and my two brothers worked in the Arsenal making guns to fight with. One brother joined the fifth Georgia Regiment and went to war. He lived to be pretty old-around 70 and died and is buried in Little Rock. My father moved our family to Opelika, Alabama and we lived there until the end of the war.
My maiden name was Laura Harris. I was married in Opelika, Alabama, August 31, 1865 to Mr. Frank Jones who was a wounded soldier. He was shot at Baker's Creek, the bullet going through his shoulder while loading the cannon. He was in [Waddell's?] Artillery. I have a letter which I have had framed and prize very highly from my husbands Major, J.[F?]. Waddell, written at Seale, Russell Co., Alabama, February 23, 1892 when he was on his sick bed which reads as follows to Mr. Jones:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: