Jones' Family Memories

Remember when...? What family hasn't sat around the kitchen table or lounged about the living room and swapped remembrances of times past? Shared memories are part of what makes a family, a family. Some of my favorite memories are of hearing and telling these family stories time and again. I doubt a holiday has passed in twenty years that someone hasn't brought up how I straight-jacketed my little sister and threw her off a bridge... (It didn't really happen quite that way, someday I'll write it all down and post it as my eternal record of The Real Story of How Brenda Got Her Face Messed Up.)

Writing Memoirs and Remembrances

Photograph of Walter Jones taken in 1943.

Walter Singleman Jones in 1943

To Help You Start Writing

When I started my journey into our family's past, I wanted not just a collection of names, dates and places, but a living, breathing memorial to those who had gone before. My father started me off with his remembrances of his grandfather and his grandmother, Jessie Augustus Reid and Dolly Olivia Greer. In those stories I not only met these two people for the first time, but discovered the poetry in my father's soul. After Dad got the project underway, others followed. So, without further ado, here are the memoirs of the Joneses.

Iona Yvonne Bruce Jones

On May 24, 2003, my mother died of cancer at her home in Kenner, Louisiana. My father wrote this loving tribute to his wife of over forty-six years.

In May 2005, my nieces, my sisters and I wrote these memories of my mother:

My Grandma by Angela Mitchell Moreau

My Mom by Brenda Jones Clesi

Mom by Becky by Rebecca Jones Doster

My Grandma by Chantel Jones Patterson

I Remember Mama by Patricia Jones Dumond

Walter Singleman Jones

My father began writing his life story around the time he wrote his memoir of my mother. This is the first installment: My Life.

My father wrote this memoir about the combat recovery of a helicopter, ET-46, when he was with HMM-262 in Viet Nam.

Bronis Suadrey Reid Fitzpatrick

Bronis Suadrey Reid was my paternal grandmother, our "Grandma in Mississippi". Four members of our family have written remembrances of her:

Bronis Fitzpatrick by Robert Paul Jones

Grandma in Mississippi by Brenda Jones Clesi

Memories of My Grandmother by Patricia Jones Dumond (Your everloving webmaster)

Bronis Suadrey Reid by Walter Singleman Jones

John and Inez Reid Walsh

Grandma lived with her sister, Inez, and brother-in-law, John Walsh, as far back as I can remember. "Aunt Ned and Uncle John" were like an extra set of grandparents to the Jones' kids, as "Aunt Bronis" was an extra grandmother to our Bartimoccia cousins. These are some memories of these wonderful people.

Inez Reid Walsh by Walter Singleman Jones

Aunt Ned by Rebecca Jones Doster

John Joseph Walsh by Patricia Jones Dumond

Jessie Augustus and Dolly Olivia Greer Reid

Dolly Olivia Greer was written by my father, Walter Singleman Jones, about his maternal grandmother. This was the second story he wrote for me to place on the first iteration of this web site. The first was this moving tribute to Dolly's husband, his grandfather, Jessie Augustus Reid.

Elmer Chandler

My mother, Iona Bruce Jones, wrote a brief biography of her grandfather, Elmer Chandler. Elmer Chandler had an interesting life, to say the least. I had been sharing these stories with a friend of mine as I collected them and she loved the stories my father wrote about his hard-working grandmother and grandfather. When I showed her Elmer Chandler's biography, she told me he sounded like an interesting fellow and I should try to cultivate some of his qualities as well as the industriousness of the Reids. I told her I'd go right home and build a still.

Kermit Reid

My father also shared these memories of his Uncle Kermit (Kermit A. Reid).

September 11, 2001

My sister, Rebecca Jones Doster, wrote this memoir of her recollections of the day the world changed for our generation.

I wrote this piece in remembrance of 9-11.

Hurricane Katrina

My family lives in communities around New Orleans and were all impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Some of them agreed to share their stories here.

Hurricane Katrina Hits Kenner -- my sister, Rebecca Doster, and her husband chose not to evacuate from Hurricane Katrina. They rode out the storm in our sister Brenda's house in Kenner, Louisiana. This is the first part to that story.

Coping with Katrina -- my niece, Angela Moreau, evacuated from her home in Lacombe, Louisiana, along with her four children while her husband rode out the hurricane on a tug boat in a canal near New Orleans. Angie and three of her children share some of their memories of Katrina.

We Served Proudly

Not exactly a memoir, but I need someplace to put it. This is a partial list of all the members of our families who have served in the armed services since the Revolutionary War: We Served Proudly.

Your Stories Wanted

I hope you enjoyed our stories. I enjoy them every time I read them. I just wish there were more of them. That's where you come in. I know the thought of writing can be scary -- I face it every day in my "day job" as well as in my roles as family historian and webmaster. But it really isn't as impossible as all that. The sidebar has a few links to sites with tips for writing family stories and autobiographies, if you need some help to get you started. If you have family stories or photographs to share, you can e-mail them to me or you can upload them to our family community page. If you are a family member and do not have an account on the family community page send me an e-mail using the link in the footer and I'll get one set up for you.