Persis Jones Henderson

Persis Jones, oldest child of Arthur and Ella Jones, was born June 20, 1895, in Roswell, New Mexico, married Aaron Robinson Henderson (born February 24, 1880, in Thornton, Texas).  Persis and Aaron were married in June 1918 in Dallas, Texas. They had two children: A.R. “Bobby” Henderson, born December 8, 1920, and Mary Etta Henderson, born January 9, 1922, both born in Groesbeck, Texas.

Note: Story from 1996 Arthur Jones Family Scrapbook

Persis’ husband, Robin, spent his life selling insurance for Southland Life of Dallas. He was Mayor of Groesbeck for 12 years, served on the school board for 16 years, and headed the local Red Cross chapter for many years. He served two full terms in the Texas Legislature, and was serving a third when he died in 1949. Persis was appointed by the Governor to finish his term, and then she was elected for and served an additional term.

Robin had two children from a former marriage, Frances and Joe Henderson. Joe had one daughter.

Robin loved to fish and to write. He wrote a regular article called “A Current Thought” for the local newspaper in Groesbeck.

After Robin’s death, Persis lived in Austin with her sisters, Erin and/or Mozelle, and worked for several years as housemother in a fraternity house for law students at the University of Texas. She worked in a flower shop for a time. She was living with her son, Bobby, in Minneapolis when she died. Persis and Robin are buried together in Austin.



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