Mary Ann Franks Dotson signed an affidavit January 9, 1855 regarding Sarah Jones who was applying for a pension as a widow of James Jones and said: On or about 16th of May 1791 and that the same day they (James Jones & new wife Sarah Ravencraft) came to the house of her father (Henry Franks) and ate their wedding supper and resided in the same county for some years after their marriage and had several children. She also says that the Jones-Ravenscraft marriage took place in the County of Allegheny, state of MD on or about the 18th of May 1791 and on the same day the said James and Sarah came to the house of her father in Hampshire Co, VA and that she was age 10 at the time.
Her exact date of death is unknown. There is a "Mary" who died Aug 8 1855 in Ritchie Co age 70 of consuption, but because of census, this cannot be our Mary. She is in the 1860 census.
"Mary A,(Molly or Polly) Franks, born ca 1785 or ’86. She m. William Dotson and lived in Doddridge Co., W.Va. (For this family, see, Chapter V). They had four children, one of whom, William Buskirk Dotson, married his first cousin, Louisa Ankrom, daughter of Margaret Franks Ankrom. ( Note...Parents of 14 known children)." (J. M. Dotson"
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