• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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Stephen F. and Louisa Jones Family History

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Stephen Fuqua Jones

Stephen F. Jones and Louisa M. (Barber) Jones Family

Born November 6, 1826 in Cannon County, TN
Died April 7, 1914 in Wichita, KS
This photo was taken in Emporia, KS around
1879 - 1880 at the age of 53 - 54 years old.

Stephen F. Jones' parental family tree

Stephen Jones age 63

Stephen Fuqua Jones

Date and place of photo unknown. We guess the date to
be around 1889 in Kansas City, MO (age 63)

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Stephen with granddaughter Mildred

Stephen Jones and granddaughter Mildred Hickman
Mildred was born December 14, 1891. We assume her age at 1 year when this photo was taken in late 1892. Stephen was 66 years old.

Stephen and Louisa Jones raised Mildred after Loutie's death in November 1894 until Louisa's death in 1908.

Louisa Margaret (Barber) Jones
There are no known photos of Louisa. Family members say they do not remember seeing one. Newspaper articles state two different portraits were done in the 1880s of Stephen and Louisa Jones and their two daughters, but these portraits have not been located.

An idea of Louisa's appearance may be surmised by viewing photos of her mother Adeline Barber and Louisa's two daughters, Christiana and Loutie.

Did You Know?

Grazing cattle at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Cattle can gain up to 2 pounds per day grazing on the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills. The calcium found in the limestone erodes into the soil, making the prairie plants more nutritious for grazing animals. Cattle grazing is still the main agricultural use of the Flint Hills today.