Anonymous writes "Isabel Wilson Jones, née McCrohan, daughter of Eugene McCrohan, born in Ireland on August 12, 1838.
With thanks to Trevor Rimmer who found the article.
HOMESTEAD: Couple establishes ranch, family keeps up with Jones'sDescendants go on to mark land, cattle
By Jerry Lackey
William Currie Jones, born April 23, 1840, in Denbigh, Wales, began his journey to the United States when he was 18 years old.
At a stopover in Nova Scotia, William met and became smitten with Margaret Curry. They were soon married.
Some early accounts have them living in Pennsylvania and New Hampton, Iowa. After their son, William Currie "Will" Jones, was born April 14, 1873, in Iowa, the Joneses moved to Kansas and homesteaded their first land.
When grasshoppers devastated their rangeland twice, the family packed up its belongings again and decided to come to Texas. They traveled by train to San Antonio, where they purchased two wagons, horses and supplies. From the Alamo City the destination was Fort Concho, where a brother-in-law was the sutler.
They stopped on the Llano River near Mason and camped for about a week. While there, Margaret washed clothes in the river and baked enough bread over the campfire to last for the rest of their journey.
On Aug. 3, 1876, they arrived at Ben Ficklin in a covered wagon. The Jones family lived in a tent which was loaned to them by J.L. Millspaugh, a brother-in-law.
They had five children: Sadie Jones Weddell, William "Will" Currie Jones Jr., Minnie Jones McKenzie, Robert "Rob" Jones and Lizzie Jones Shepperson.
William Currie Jones scouted the area and found land on the South Concho River south of what is now Christoval where he wanted to settle. They pitched the tent and he built a picket house.
An account in the Standard-Times describes the house made of cedar posts with a dirt floor. In 1884, the family erected a two-story house north of present-day Christoval, built with lumber hauled from Abilene.
Through the years, William C. Jones Sr. would put together a large ranching operation including 12,800 acres south of the Concho River and 16,000 acres eight miles southeast of Christoval, according to the Standard-Times.
Young Will grew up as a cowboy working on some of the big cattle outfits. He joined the ranch owners with his own seven good cow horses, which were required of cowboys in the days of the open range, he said in a 1954 interview. One of his first jobs was at the Half Circle Six, owned by the Case heirs from Wisconsin.
"The ranch was managed by John Ryburn, Gus Thomas and Jim Lambert at various times," he said. "In one year we branded 20,000 calves. They ran two wagons."
Will also worked for the 7D brand which was the Fayette Tankersley ranch.
"There were no fences, so the cattle drifted while grazing," Will noted. "If a bad storm came up, we would start the cattle south. Line riders would try to hold them back but it was difficult to do. Everybody's cattle roved altogether."
He said many times several owners would be with one wagon, but they branded their own livestock.
When they came upon a herd with "doggies" at branding time, the orphan calves would receive a brand of the owner of the land where the chuck wagon and camp was set up.
Will participated in the last roundup on the open range in the area where Ozona was later established.
Other cowboys on the roundup were Tom McNeal of Richland Springs, Ace Robertson of Ozona, Willie Roberts of Christoval and Bob Hewitt of San Angelo. Bob Mims from Water Valley was running the chuck wagon.
After that, about the mid-1880s, ranchers started fencing their pastures. The first fence Will Jones remembered was in 1884 on the Berendo Stock Co. ranch.
The fence was built to enclose a horse trap and comprised about 640 acres. Cedar posts were used and each post had seven holes bored in it where smooth wire went through. No staples or barbed wire were used. The ranch was later purchased by Willis Johnson and named the Door Key Ranch.
On Dec. 28, 1898, Will Currie Jones Jr. married Isabel Wilson McCrohan at the Head of the River Ranch. They had two children, Eugene William Jones and Maggie B. Jones Upton.
As a child, Isabel survived the Ben Ficklin flood Aug. 24, 1882. Her father, Eugene McCrohan, was born in Ireland on Aug. 12, 1838, moved to Colorado in 1859, and lived in New Mexico before coming to Tom Green County in 1867. The McCrohan dairy was located near where the Lone Wolf Bridge was later located.
From 1917 to 1920, Will was a Texas Ranger. He was in several battles involving the Mexican revolutionary general Pancho Villa. One gunfight resulting from the theft of several mules by Villa's soldiers ended in the death of Jones' Ranger partner, Billy Stillwell.
Maggie Jones married Herschel C. Upton on Feb. 13, 1920. They had one son, Bill Upton, and two grandchildren, William Herschel "Bud" Upton and Carolyn Upton Quillen.
Eugene William "Big Gene" Jones Sr. married Hazel Seay. They had two sons, Eugene William "Gene" Jones Jr. and William Currie "Dub" Jones III.
Eugene "Gene" W. Jones Jr. married Sue Wilson. They had one son, Wilson Jones.
Dub Jones married Juanita Drake in 1953. They had two children: William "Currie" Currie Jones IV and Lisa Jones Kidd.
Currie Jones married Jo Ann Snodgrass on Aug. 14, 1982. They had two children, William Currie Jones V, and Jaime Jones-Tankersley.
Some of the descendants continue to operate partials of the original Jones Ranch at Christoval and near Knickerbocker."