Engraving Sauk & Fox Indians circa 1839

You may remember the blog [11 August 2013] where some of our correspondence with Clay Jones concerning his ancestor William Washington Jones was discussed. To refresh your memory here is a bit of background from Henry Rideout’s book William Jones, Indian, Cowboy, American Scholar, and Anthropologist in the fields, p 7. “William Washington Jones–…By Katiqua the Fox chief’s daughter, he had three children, of whom only one is living, a son, born in Iowa in 1844. This son Bald Eagle, as his mother’s clan called him took from his father the name of Henry Clay Jones.”
Additional information regarding the family of William Washington Jones was received from Jacob Case Family Data, Clay Jones & Martha Louise Case, shared via e-mail from Clay Jones 7/22/13, 7/23/13.). “William Washington Jones …is said to have served in the Black Hawk Indian War acquiring his Sac and Fox wife and my g-grandfather Henry Clay Jones was born on the Iowa river near Tama, IA in 1844. There was a daughter as well who had moved to San Francisco but contact was lost after 1906.”
This is where things stood when we received independently of the previous research of Clay Jones another inquiry from family researcher Ron Schulz that offered more information on the Sauk and Fox Indians of Iowa and a tantalizing clue to the Jones family. Ron Schulz wrote: “I only just came across your Huffstutter Family website & this is the first I’ve been in touch. My ancestor, Sophia Jones was born in 1832 in Iowa according to the 1900 census. The story passed down was that she was part Indian. She, with or without any of her birth family, turned up in St. Charles County MO, where she married a 1st time to Jacob Crandle, before running off with my own ancestor William Ontis and eventually marrying him. In fact, she is the mother of all the Illinois branch of the Ontis family. Unfortunately I cannot find her on the 1850 census after years of trying, but I find that Indians and even many whites living with them in Indian reservations or territories were missed or left off before the 1900 census and tribal rolls did not begin until late 1880’s. A dearth of records to document her origins, except that a John “William” Jones born about 1843(?) married to Mary Pujol had 2 boys before supposedly dying in the early 1870’s, one of whom, Lewis Andrew Jones described as a nephew, turns up on the 1880 census in Jersey Co. ILL as a 12 year old boy with the Ontis family, his brother was raised by the Navarre family in Calhoun County ILL.
I’m just wondering if William Washington Jones, who also I cannot find on the census, might figure into the mysterious origins of my Sophia’s Jones. The only white people allowed in Iowa in the 1830’s & early ’40’s were traders or married into the Sac-Fox or Ioway tribes. Could WW have had other children before Clay?”

I was intrigued with Ron’s little puzzle and couldn’t resist hunting and pecking around the internet. That led to what appears to be another grandson of William Washington Jones through his only known child Henry Clay Jones and first wife Sarah Penny. Unfortunately I didn’t find any additional children for William Washington Jones and Kah-te-quah. The book about his life written by William Rideout mentions there were three children. Was one of them John William Jones, born about 1843? Who was Sophia? Could she be Kah-te-quah or was she the missing daughter mentioned by Jacob Case?

The mystery continues and awaits further proof.

Connie Graves
Shalimar, Florida
June 26, 2014


  1. Connie,
    Here is some information about Kah -Te- Quah gleaned from one of Green’s monographs, How I missed this earlier I don’t know. She was a sister of Powesheik. And Powesheik’s band resided at 110 and Dragoon creeks junction.

    “Mr. Wiggans bought the claim he lives on (viz: the N. E. & of sec
    tion 18, township 16, range 17,) the spring of 1869 of Henry Jones the Sac
    and Fox half blood interpreter for $1200. His mother Mrs. Jones lived on
    it several months at the last to help him hold it while he worked at Quenemo.

    Mrs. Jones was a pure Indian, a sister of old Chief Powesheik a Fox In
    dian who was buried on the north side of the “110” crossing. Powesheik
    was quite an Indian town there at the Junction in 1859. Mr. Wiggans has
    lived on this farm more than 32 years and is well known all over that sec
    tion of the country as a man of deep conviction and sound logic on whatever
    reform he takes hold of. ”


    • Thank you Clay for this excellent information. Your family history has a fascinating story and thank you for sharing it.

  2. In reply to Ron Schultz’s query, other Jones of Iowa of that time might have descended from other relatives of William Washington Jones. His birth year by his enlistment papers in the original 2nd CO infantry (later 3rd CO Cav.) from Breckenridge, CO in 1862 (occupation gold miner) is 1818. But that would have made him 14 for the Black Hawk Indian War. Realizing that the maximum age for enlistment was 45 I think he was older and fudged his age. I assume he arrived in IL with relatives from KY. Apart from what my grandfather said that the Joneses lived near the Lincoln’s, Hardin Co. KY, and went west with the Boones to MO, I neither have been about to find the KY family, nor know how William Jones was in IL for the Black Hawk Indian War. That William W. Jones was in Breckenridge CO, in 1862 showed that he at least did not stay in one place. He mustered out in March of 1865 with eye problems and the instruction to forward correspondence to the Sac and Fox Reservation in KS, and was dead before the move to OK in 1869.

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