THE FAMILY ALBUM: Grandma Carter

Mary Maria Vinson Jones | Carter 29 March 1853 – 25 September 1934

I grew up hearing my grandmother, Donna Clary Barmes, lovingly refer to Grandma Carter. Since Carter is not a surname name directly connected to any family line, this one might be confusing.

Here’s the lineup for eight generations:

1. Joshua Vinson (born 1791)
2. William Vinson Carter (born 1820)
3. Mary Maria Vinson Jones | Carter (born 1853)
4. Joel Monroe Jones (born 1873)
5. Mary Belle Jones Clary (born 1897)
6. Donna Mae Clary Barmes (born 1924)
7. Diana Kay Barmes Jolliff | Haas (born 1945)
8. Darin Jolliffe-Haas (born 1964)

Grandma Carter was the mother of my second great-grandfather, Joel Monroe Jones. Grandpa Jones’ father, John Henry Jones, died as a young man and Mary Vinson Jone remarried to George T. Carter.

The Vinson family migrated in the 1830s from Delaware and Maryland to pioneer Van Buren Township and Boone Township in Madison County, Indiana. By the time the Boone Township map of 1876 was completed the Vinson family owned a number of farms and acreage that Mary Vinson Jones inherited, thus becoming known as The Jones’ Farms, and in 1936, the main farm property deeded over to Garrett & Belle Clary, my great-grandparents.

Grandma Carter’s parents:

William Vinson

4 October 1820 – 19 September 1883 Born in Delaware Died near Summitville, Madison County, Indiana. Buried in Old Vinson Cemetery in Van Buren Township, Madison County, Indiana

Mary Jane Robinson Vinson

1832 – 1900 Born in Indiana Died near Summitville, Madison County, Indiana. Buried in Old Vinson Cemetery in Van Buren Township, Madison County, Indiana

Grandma Carter’s paternal grandparents:

Joshua Vinson

1791 – 27 November 1871 Born in Sussex County, Delaware Died near Summitville, Indiana Buried in Old Vinson Cemetery in Van Buren Township, Madison County, Indiana

Mary “Polly” Smith Vinson 1798 – 7 September 1865 Born in Sussex County, Delaware Died near Summitville, Indiana Buried in Old Vinson Cemetery in Van Buren Township, Madison County, Indiana

I’ve never seen any photos of Grandma Carter and only have a copy of her death certificate and photos of her gravesite which is in the Vinson Family Cemetery south of Summitville, Indiana.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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