Civil War veteran gets headstone dedicated

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

It’s been 97 years, but a Civil War veteran who died in Limestone County got his headstone dedicated this past weekend. Angus Vernon Jones’ great-great-grandson, Thomas Jones, who now lives in Georgetown, arranged for the dedication with his family members, and also with help from the Austin branch of Sons of Confederate Veterans, of which Thomas Jones is now a member. 

The ceremony took place Saturday, April 29, at Faulkenberry Cemetery, in Groesbeck. Several members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Major George W. Littlefield Camp 59 of Austin, helped put on the ceremony. The event began with unveiling the headstone, after which a chaplain gave an invocation. Thomas Jones then told how his ancestor came to fight in the Civil War. To complete the ceremony, a cannon was fired three times; and finally, those assembled sang a verse and chorus of “Dixie.” They then shared a fried chicken lunch in the cemetery’s gazebo.

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Robert Angus ‘Butch’ Johnson, center, of Austin, and his family and friends, dedicate the headstone of his great-grandfather, Civil War veteran Angus Vernon Jones, in the Faulkenberry Cemetery, in Groesbeck, on Saturday, April 29.

Descendants of Civil War veteran Angus Vernon Jones, with help from members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, prepare to fire a cannon three times at the Faulkenberry Cemetery, in Groesbeck, on Saturday, April 29, part of the dedication of Jones’ headstone.

The grave of Civil War veteran Angus Vernon Jones was unmarked from 1920 to 1942, when the current headstone, shown here, was placed on the grave. The headstone was not dedicated, however, until Saturday, April 29, when three generations dedicated it: his great-grandson, Robert Angus ‘Butch’ Jones; great-great-grandson Thomas Jones; and great-great-great-grandsons Avery Jones and Zachary Jones; with help from members of the Son of Confederate Veterans, Major George W. Littlefield Camp 59, of Austin.

(Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal)

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