This is YOUR website, you Clingman-Jones folks — read on


(originally posted July 15, 2005 — and everything in that post is still true in 2017)

The site is new. I hope that everyone will try out all the features, poke around, let your fingers and mouse do some walking and give me feedback on places you have problems or questions, ask for help, make suggestions, mention what you like, etc.  Use the feedback link in the left column.

All of the functions are working except for forums. It’s not something I can fix so have to wait for the developers to get on it.  (Forums now fixed).  I think you’ll especially like the Photo Galleries and to watch the Family Tree grow as people add information.

Now that the Forums function is working again, please put any comments, questions, squaks, gripes, whatever, in the Forum “All About this Site.”


2017 Postscript:  We’re still looking for YOUR contributions. Your stories, your photos, and family documents. Feedback is still encouraged. The links are to the 2017 versions of the same functions (e.g. photos) as before. The purpose of this site is to gather the family information in one place. Mike White has a tremendous amount of photos and documents that we will be adding. But we really need YOUR stories. The oral tradition of family history is gone. Here is your chance.

There is even a super simple way to add your own blog entry right off of the home page.

2019 Jones Valley October Visit

Hey Cousins, This is not exactly late breaking news, since I’m reporting about my trip to the Valley the previous week, but it was such a good time I needed to pass it along.

The weather was perfect, and the one day it did rain I had plenty to do in the Cabin so it was all good. One thing, when you visit not at Reunion time, you get to see nature’s unexpected beauty with unexpected treats like these flowers around the Cubage Cabin – .”Red Surprise Lily”

I can report progress on the new Cameron Cabin (Five Brothers) is continuing, especially with the roof being installed. It is looking really nice, nestled in the pines.

Also to report is the Arkansas Forestry Department is continuing to make progress putting in fire-breaks for the Controlled Burn which is scheduled for this winter. Of course this is dependent on the weather conditions being suitable. The Controlled Burn is part of the Forestry’s recommended plan to maintain Jones Valley’s natural resources in a safe and responsible manner.

A side benefit of the fire-breaks is that many of them make good rugged hiking and off-road ATV trails. The photo, taken by Cousin Gil Jones is from Larry Braswell’s side-by-side ATV as Larry takes Gil on a tour – a very exciting one at that. I can testify to how exciting, because Larry took me on one the previous day – a little “white knuckles” at times. (:

All the best, and thanks Gil for the photos.

Cousin Mike

Photos added to Arthur’s page

As you know, Mike has been digitizing photos and writings of, about and from the family. I am beginning to make use of that cache by pulling photos from the dropbox where Mike is organizing those materials.

As an example of what you can do in sprucing up the pages of family members — right down to yourself and your immediate family — is on the Arthur page. Make our ancestors come back alive!

My first visit to the Valley

(originally posted Jul 15, 2005)

I hope that everyone will reminisce a bit.  It comes more naturally with age, but then so does forgetfulness. If you have fond memories, it might be best to write them down now.

My first trip to Jones Valley was when I was about eight years of age, as I recall. That’s been a while now.  I went with my grandparents, Guilford and Jeannette. My cousin Mike (Michael Merriman) was along and I think his sister Jeannette may also have been but I’m not sure. I do recall distinctly, and with some relief at the time, that my own sister, Janet, was not there. Continue reading

Virginia Schubert, granddaughter of Arthur Jones

(originally posted Apr 3, 2006 by Leslie Pulliam)

Virginia E. Schubert

Virginia E Schubert (Miriam Virginia Eisenlohr Schubert), 83, died peacefully on Thursday March 17th, 2006.  She lived in Charleston, South Carolina for the last 16 years of her life.  She and her husband, Bill, last lived at Bishop Gadsden on James Island.  Virginia was born in Dallas, Texas on February 1, 1923.  She grew up in Texas and Oklahoma City and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.  She married William Schubert.  They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary before he died in 1999.

Virginia and Bill were willing to go where his work required and lived in many areas of the United States while raising their three children. They believed in the value of travel and experiencing other cultures.  After retirement they remained committed to sharing their skills and were involved in service work in Zimbabwe, Russia and Charleston.

Virginia ably assisted her husband in his successful business ventures and their many community contributions.  She was a tennis player extraordinaire well into her seventies and was a founder of Burke County Hospice and Palliative Care.

Virginia was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren and was an active part of their lives even at a distance. She believed in using her gifts and talents to better the lives of others and has left this legacy to her children.  She was always ready to help where she could and shared her sense of humor with everyone she met. She will be deeply missed by many who knew her quick wit and courage.

She is survived by three children and five grandchildren:
Susan Dennis, Seattle, WA and her children Emma, Lilly, and Clara of Lopez Island, WA
Nancy Ewert,
Bill Schubert, Georgetown, Texas, and his sons, Alex Schubert of Amherst, Mass, and Matt Schubert of Jacksonville, FL

The family will hold a private service at First Scots Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be sent to:

Burke Hospice and Palliative Care
1721 Enon Road
Valdese, NC 28690

First (Scots) Presbyterian Church
(Haitian Education Fund)53 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401