STATEMENT OF DRURY JONES In the claim of the children and heirs of Elizabeth Jones for whom a reservation was taken by her husband, Thomas Jones, on the Tennessee River, under the Treaty of 1817, as per Register of Reservations NO 58 and forfeited by David Jones, administrator.
Drury Jones appears before the Commission this 1st day of April in 1845 and being justified as one of the children of the reservee makes the following statement:
The reservation entered by my Father for my Mother, Elizabeth, was in Jackson County, Alabama on Jones Creek near Kings Cove on lands ceded by treaty of 1817. My Father was a white man and my Mother wasnative Cherokee. My Mother and her family had been living on the place, which was afterwards entered for the Reservation, three or four years before the Treaty of 1817. The place had been improved some before Mother and Father moved there, but the owner, Bill Brown had abandoned it and it was the custom in those times for any person to take possession of an abandoned place.
My Mother had 7 children at the time of the Treaty. Five of them lived with her. The other two--James and myself--were both married at the time of the Treaty and settled to ourselves. I lived two and a half miles from my Mother's place. Several years after the Treaty--can't name exactly how many--there were several White men--Hamilton King, John Kellyson (?), M. (?) Smith, Tom Gunter, Bill Gunter, and Charles Reed, and some others (all living within the neighborhood) were in the habit of coming to my Mother's house and tormenting her in every way they could device and invariabley at night and would stone the house. In some instances, (they) broke in the doors and windows with heavy rocks. One time, the door being broken in, a stone was thrown that struck my Father upon the face and broke his jaw bone. At another time, they threw the grindstone dwon the chimney. The attacks were very frequent, sometimes twice or three times a week, and becoming more harrassing and frequent everyday. Father came to the conclusion that it was unprofitable for them to live on the Reservation and he and Mother, very reluctately, left it, and moved to the Cherokee Nation, which was 5 or 6 miles distant.
Don't recollect whether my parents ever lost any property by it eing stolen by the whites. About 2 years after he left the Reservation, Father died, when absent from home on a visit in the Chickasaw Nation. My mother continued to live on the Reservation until she immigrated to this country in the year of 1831 (i) and died six years ago next August.
My Mother had all together TEN children:
Mary Elizabeth Wilkerson Jones immigrated to Carroll Co. Ark. with four of her sons she either died there or Indian Territory has most of them were in the Deleware District and on the 1851 Old Settler Roll there.