Indiana Jones and the Cuban Connection
Mu half-sister, Maurine, got me into family histories. She was working on Mom’s HOLIFIELD and Le VERT families and her Dad’s JENKINS . She wanted me to start work on my Dad’s WORRELL family. I kept resisting but then, Dad died and Maurine sent me a copy of a Civil War Letter written by Thomas Jefferson WORRELL who she thought might be my great grandfather. He turned out to be my grandfather’s oldest brother and this shocked me. I had thought of the Civil War as ancient history and couldn’t believe I was as close to it as my grandfather.
I prevailed on my husband Julio, to take me to the St. Louis City library to do research. But he was very bored while we were there and kept rushing me. As everyone knows, genealogy is time consuuming. I finally decided to put him to work looking up his own family records while there. Then he would have something to do and I thought that looking for the JONES name would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
I knew his grandfather was an American named Clyde Garland JONES from Indiana. and we had a tintype of his great grandfather , Abijah JONES. I went on the internet to see if I could find just enough info to keep him searching for his JONES family for the next few years. Instead, I found out that my Cuban husband’s JONES family was already up on the internet!
And they were pretty well known in their area. In fact, his gg-grandparents were Quaker founders of Jonesboro, Indiana, Obediah and Ann PEARSON JONES and it was all recorded on the Grant County website.
By the time we went to the library the next day I had traced the family to Richard Bright JONES born in Wales in 1679. Julio was delighted. Within about 30 minutes he had connected all the info he needed to connect himself to this family.
His grandfather, Clyde Garland JONES ran away from home at an early age due to not wanting to work at the family sawmill. He eventually made it down to Argentina where he married Louisa Alvarez. From there they returned to America, her under an assumed name and posing as the maid of Clyde and her daughter, Rosa JONES. (http://ellisisland.org/search/matchMore.asp?FNM=CLYDE&LNM=JONES&PLNM=JONES&bSYR=1874&bEYR=1874&first_kind=1&kind=exact&offset=0&dwpdone=1)
Afterward they migrated to Havana, Cuba. When Castro took over Julio got stuck at the University of Alabama where we met and married.
I discovered the Indiana Jones Cuban Connection in just two days. Needless to say, I am still looing for my great grandfather, William Wesley J. WORRELL, presumably and American born in 1811 in North Carolina.