Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Laura Jones]
“This is to certify that the bearer Frank M. Jones served under me in the late war, at the “Battle Creek” or as the other side call it “Champion Hill”. He was dangerously shot at my side, the best among 4 men I could hold to work the gun on the advancing enemy.
He was a true soldier and may be by all received as each.
(Signed) J.F. Waddell
Major of Waddell's Artillery
Later we moved back to [Mosca?], Tennessee and then he was called to Alabama as his brother passed away. My husband was fireman for Montgomery and [West?] Point Railroad for about 3 years before we came to Texas. Later we went to visit my father in Enterprise, Mississippi, and we decided to come to Brenham, Texas. We lived there for about a year and went to [McDade?]. We traveled in our wagons with oxens and when we got to the Trinity River we could not cross the river and decided to stay there. We farmed for 3 years, then we came to Palestine and my husband went to work on the first mule drawn street cars. The track ran from the Section House of the Railroad to the courthouse. Later on the line was moved to Dallas. In later years they tried to get another street car line, but automobiles came in style about that time and the idea was given up. Then my husband started working for the Railroad, in the shops, when we came to Palestine it was thickly settled. “I've killed many a squirrel.” I used to shoot a gun as good as the men. No, I never killed a deer. but my husband has killed many a one”. Mr. Jones worked for the railroad 52 years and was retired from the service, and died April 30, [1928?] at the age of 90. We never did have any children, but always had some of our relatives children or someone living with us. We reared several children our lifetime. I use to have a dressmaking shop where the Humble Triangle Station is now located. I still have my old chart I used in those days to cut my material. Sometimes