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Bobby's Bama

A look into the family history of the Jones Valley legacy

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While some family lived in the area much earlier, the Jones Family Farm got it's start in 1939 after the depression. A chronological account here is a peak into valley history. Ray Jones is now the patriarch of the family. "It's a part of a lot of blood, sweat and tears, literally, that have gone into this place. We do feel close to it."

The early years meant cotton. But the wisdom of his father and uncle meant a switch to a type of Kentucky grass perfect for grazing and the cattle to feed on it."The birth of a calf, the germination of a seed and things that are hard to explain without the lord. But we do that every day and we feel close to it."

Like any farm they have a lot of animals here. While the horses are beautiful, their main profit comes from cattle.

There have been tough times, war and more, but the family has managed to make it's mark in agriculture. Ray says there are some surprising distinctions. "They tell us that this is the largest working urban farm in America."

Jones and his siblings grew up in this house, now owned by little sister Carolyn Jones Blue. "The house was started in the 1810s. And we know it was finished by 1823. Had been finished for a while because there was a plasterer's bill posted at that time."

She says there are many additions. Many upgrades are also turning a simple farm house to a beautiful dwelling.  "There's old brick that they say was built on the place and a very large rock foundation, but it is an English basement and when my mama first saw the house there were pigs downstairs and hay upstairs."

 There are roads and more carrying the Jones name which will last long after these inhabitants are gone.  Ray Jones is very aware of the family legacy.   

"It's named Jones Valley and that does mean a lot to us. The main road through the farm is Carl T. Jones Drive and so that was my father. He and my mother are the main two that put the farm together and held it together all those years."

 Jones credits his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Jones for keeping the farm going during the World War II years and his wife, Elizabeth Mercer Jones for the farm's survival and being a positive role model for all who toil with the Jones Valley soil in Bobby's Bama.  

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