This geneology originates with our Paternal Grandparents, Jessee Hurst and Martha Ada Jones Hurst. There are several GedCom files on the World Family Tree that can be found by searching Sidney Lane Jones, Ada's father. These sources trace our Jones family lineage back 11 generations to Ancestor, Miles Jones in 1660, of Cowen County, Virginia. Although these histories show Ida Jones (my Grandmother's sister) and several of her brothers, for some reason, they fail to list my Grandmother, Martha Ada ("Ada") Jones as a daughter of Sidney Lane Jones & Martha Willis Jones, her parents.
There is a Worth County, GA History Book which may be found in the Sylvester, Georgia, Margaret Jones Library (Margaret Jones was married to Charlie Jones who was my Grandmother's brother). This history book retraces the migration of this particular Jones family from the current Tempy, GA (Worth County) to Wake County, N.C. (present day Raleigh), to Cowen County, Virginia, then notes they are of "Welsh" descent.
As for our the ancestoral history of Paternal Grandfather, Jessee Hurst and his wife, Martha Joyce Hurst, this recovery has been more challenging. Jessee's father was also named Jessee Hurst and we determined he was born around 1820 in Thomas County, GA. My Dad's sister, Alyce Hurst Whiddon gave us some verbal family history. Alyce said she was told as a child that these Hursts were of German descent. Through the online research that I began in 1996, I met a cousin, Riva who was the daughter of my Dad, Glen Hurst's, first cousin, Dorothy Hurst (a/k/a Anna Riva who is a published author). Riva has continued to do extensive research into this Hurst lineage. We are both stuck at 1820 with Jessee Hurst, Sr. as there were no birth certificates recorded in Thomas County, GA in 1820 that could give us Jessee's father's and/or mother's name and none of the present living relatives have recollection of the Grandparents names. Jessee left his family to move to Tempy, GA where Ada's family resided; therefore, the kids did not grow up close to these relatives and the memory is fuzzier. Alyce did remember traveling to Macon, GA as a child where there were relatives and also to Cairo, GA where Jessee's brothers and sisters lived. Online research has also revealed there were many Hursts in Effingham, GA who left Germany due to religious persecution. They were known as the Saltzbugers and they were Lutheran. Some Hursts also originally settled in Tennessee. I will continue to research to determine if there is a connection with our family and either of those Hurst lineages.