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Silsainey Jones Submitted by: Louise (Samuel) Amos

Silsainey Jones Ward was my aunt. My mother, Silway Jones Samuel died 05-12-1929, and her sister, Silsainey took me, my brother Leroy and sisters Leona, Pauline, and Cordie, step sister Levida Bell Going in along with her brother, Robinson Jones’ family; Perry, Hason, Charlie, Dorene, and Myrtline. I was two years old when we moved away from Smithville so I didn’t know my parents. This was besides her own 13 children. As far as I know, the nieces and nephews were sent to government school at Wheelock and Goodland, which she donated money to. I didn’t go to government school, but summertime all would come home. We helped can peaches, apple butter, and blackberries. Since my hands were small, I had to wash the fruit jars. I’m very thankful to Silsainey for taking us to church. It seems like we were there every time they had services. Then they had all day service and sometimes singing and dinner. Today my husband, Bill Amos and I have moved back to the McCurtain County area and active in the Living Land Methodist church and sing at Gospel Singings in the area. My aunt loved singing and would take some of us to Dallas Convention School. I think Jesse Watson was more musically inclined and sung with a quartet and could really play the piano. They traveled a lot. I remember one time they had a singing convention when I was about six years old and he asked me to come help sing “Amazing Grace” in Choctaw. I as so scared but today that is still my favorite song. I don’t speak Choctaw but I like some Choctaw songs when it’s not too slow. Rich Indian Woman dies Idabel—The richest woman in the Choctaw Indian Nation, Mrs. Reed ward, 67, widely known throughout the southeastern Oklahoma district for her philanthropies, died Thursday in a Paris, Texas hospital. Mrs. Ward was active I the Idabel Presbyterian Church. Her friends recalled that she befriended nearly every needy child in this section. She took many home with her to clothe, feed, and educate. She was known as Silsainey Jones before her marriage. Her first four husbands died. After she married Ward, she reportedly settled a threatened alienation of affection suite for $10,000 and commented: “Him good man—worth the price.” Mrs. Ward had 13 children of her own and besides reared seven brothers, six sisters, and legally adopted and cared for many others. Eight children and her husband survive. Her wealth came from oil production on her Indian allotment near Ardmore. The funeral for Silsainey (Jones) Ward will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday from the home here. Silsainy (Jones) Ward

  Submitted by: Wesley Samuels
              Silsainey Jones lived in Smithville during the early thirties
  and was a midwife for the community. She was there to deliver co-author
  Wesley Samuels on November 24, 1923 in Smithville, Oklahoma, there in the
  Quachita Mountains in northern McCurtain County where neighbors were
  neighbors who helped each other as a large family. I remember Silsainey
  (Jones Ward through my lifetime as a very caring and helpful person and
  have always felt honored to have been able to know her and her family.
  Four of her nieces and a nephew were first cousins to me.

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