Jones, Charles Hill (1833–1880)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: April 14, 2011


Charles Hill Jones, farmer, merchant, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born in Tipton County, Tennessee, on December 20, 1833, to William D. C. and Sarah (Burleson) Jones. The Jones family immigrated to Texas in 1835 and settled in Bastrop County, where Charles was raised and educated. During the Civil War, Jones organized a company of cavalry that became part of the Thirteenth Texas Cavalry serving in John H. Burnett's Regiment. He mustered with this unit as captain in the Confederate Army on March 1, 1862. Jones served throughout the war, ultimately receiving promotion to major, and saw action at the battles of Pleasant Hill and Mansfield. Following the war, Jones returned to Texas, and settled in Woodville, Tyler County, where he established himself as a merchant and farmer. There in late 1865 he married Sarah Ann Gilder. This couple had three sons and one daughter. In 1866 Jones won election as representative for Tyler County to the Eleventh Texas Legislature. After the 1867 death of his wife, Jones married Annie F. Ratcliffe. This couple had two sons and two daughters. Jones was an active Democrat and also a longtime Mason, achieving the rank of Master. He died on September 23, 1880.

Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). Stewart Sifakis, Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Texas (New York: Facts on File, 1995).

Categories:

  • Eleventh Legislature (1866)
  • House

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Jones, Charles Hill,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 28, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/jones-charles-hill.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 14, 2011

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