9/06/2004

William Star Jones

Jones, William Star
b.1/2/1841; d.1/21/1930.
CSA, 34th Texas Cavalry (Alexander’s) Regiment
(aka: “2nd Texas Partisan Rangers”), Co.B.
Marlow cemetery (section 5); Stephens County, OK.

William Star Jones was born in Claiborne Parish,
Louisiana. I know nothing of his younger years, but
according to his Oklahoma CSA pension application
(roll 3, #905), he enlisted at the age of 21 on June 27,
1862. He is listed as present on the last existing muster
roll of the company (Jan./Feb.1864), but is reported
as “absent on regular furlough” in April 1865.

The 34th Texas Cavalry (Alexander's) Regiment (aka:
2nd Partisan Texas Rangers) was organized at Ft.
Washita in Indian Territory on Apr.17, 1862. Among
the offiers who served the 34th were Col. Almerine
M. Alexander and Lt. Col. John H. Caudle.

Weakened by sickness, poor morale, inadequate
provisions and frequent desertions, the 34th was
dismounted and made an infantry unit in the fall of
1862. Among the places it saw combat were: Newtonia,
Missouri (Sept.30, 1862; as a part of Cooper's Brigade),
Stirling's Plantation, Louisiana (Sept. 29, 1863; as a
part of Speight's Brigade), Atchafalya River, Louisiana
(Sept. 17, 1864; as a part of Polignac's Brigade) and
Morgan's Ferry, Louisiana (Sept. 20, 1864). It
surrendered on May 26, 1865.

Sometime after the war, W.S. married and raised a
family. He lived on Wildhorse Creek east of Duncan
from 1877 until ten or twelve years before his death
(1930), moving then to Marlow to live with one of his
daughters.

His obituary reads:
“W. S. ‘Star’ Jones, pioneer citizen of Stephens County,
died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rob Williams, in
Marlow Tuesday, following an illness brought about by
a fall some five weeks previously. Mr. Jones suffered a
fractured hip in the fall and his extreme age aided the
illness which fastened upon him in bringing about
dissolution.

“‘Uncle Star’, as he was affectionately called by
hundreds of friends over the county, came to this
section over 40 years ago and settled just east of
Duncan. He remained there until infirmities fastened
upon him, then moved to the home of his daughter
some 10 or 12 years ago, where he had since lived.

“W.S. Jones was born in Clabourne Parrish, Louisiana,
Jan. 2, 1841, and was in his 89th year at the time of his
death. He served throughout the Civil War, being a
member of Co. B, 34th Texas cavalry. He moved to this
section in the fall of 1887 and settled on Wild Horse,
east of Duncan, where he resided for nearly 30 years.
Mr. Jones has been a reader of the Duncan Eagle since
its first issue and his death removes from the books of
this publication perhaps its oldest reader and patron.

“Surviving Mr. Jones are two daughters, Mrs. R.C.
Williams and Mrs. Tom Forth, both of Marlow, and two
sisters, Mrs. J.M. Fitzhugh of Duncan and Mrs. Martha
Thompson of Marietta, Okla.

“Funeral arrangements had not been announced
Wednesday afternoon, but it is understood the body
will be interred at Marlow probably Friday or
Saturday.” (Duncan Weekly Eagle, January 23, 1930)
Unlike most Civil War veterans buried in Stephens
County, "Uncle Star," as he was known in his later
years, has a gravestone that indicates that he was
indeed a veteran. Most Civil War veterans buried in the
county do not have any indication on their gravestone
as to their military service.