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JONES, Lucinda Ball Brown -- Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 12 March 1897

On last Thursday, March 4, the children and friends of Mrs. Lucinda Jones gathered at her home, three miles southwest of Wesley, to celebrate her 82d birthday. Mrs. Jones’ maiden name was Welch. Her father, Benjamin Welch, came to this country in 1823, 74 years ago. Lucinda married Zopher Ball at the age of 18, who entered the land and built a cabin on her present farm home. At that time that entire country was a wilderness, and deer, wild hogs, wolves, and other wild game were plentiful around their cabin door. Five children were born to them, three still living, Benjamin Ball, Mrs. Mullen and Mrs. Martha Buck, of this city. After the death of her husband, the widow suffered all the hardships of those days to keep herself and five children, and the country still a wilderness, she weaving and spinning for neighbors, the nearest living four miles through woods and swamps. At times herself and five children were down with the ague. She killed wild game for meat and made garden, clearing land and all work required in those days. There were present twenty seven grandchildren, thirty six great grandchildren, and a hundred neighbors and friends to enjoy the day. Her present husband is Harrison Jones. Mrs. Jones is still an active, bright and intelligent woman and a good Christian and looks younger than her children. She has lived on the present farm 65 years. -s
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