I found this obit yesterday and I have a feeling this woman is someone's "brick wall". That's what we call a person who eludes our research efforts. Brick walls are often women, simply because they marry and move away from their hometowns. The fact that this woman married three times would make following her trail even more challenging! I did just the briefest research of her name yesterday and found at least three contradictory reports. So, even though newspapers, including the Herald, often make mistakes, I'm hoping there is enough information here to solve some research problems for several families! Enjoy!
March 1, 1918
In Benton County, Ark. Feb. 22, 1835 there came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Hastings a blue-eyed baby girl whom they named “Belle”. Last Sunday afternoon the citizens of Caddo assembled at the Cemetery to pay their last tribute to the mortal body of this same one known to them as Aunt Belle Ainsworth. Aunt Belle’s first distinction was being born on Feb. 22 and on that day of 1918 she was 82 years old.
Her first marriage was to Tom Curtis in 1852 and to this marriage was born four children. Bob Zeigler of Caddo is a grandson and Charles Rudabeg and Ida Habish are the other two surviving grandchildren.
In 1876 Mrs. Bell Curtis married the noted Choctaw, cowman, politician, and chief, Wilson Jones. During her life as Mrs. Wilson Jones she made her home at Cade mostly but maintained a residence in Sherman, Texas, at which place she would spend a few months occasionally.
Before marrying Gov. Jones, Mrs. Jones had confessed her Christ and united with the Methodist church, but being under deep conviction for months that she had complied with the Savior’s command and example to “be buried with him in baptism and be raised again to walk in newness of life”. She arose one morning and before eating her breakfast got a preacher and went to the water and was buried in baptism and said she as the Eunuch went on her way rejoicing.
After Gov. Jones’ death she continued her residence at Cade and sent for Mr. and Mrs. Frank January to live with her. In 1909 she married the old esteemed Caddo citizen, W. H. Ainsworth.
She had been a great sufferer for months, but was given every attention that love and money could secure; and the constant and untiring care given her by her kindred who came of ten and spent months with her. Among these were Mrs. M.F. Montgomery, Miss Belle January and last fall her grandson Bob Zeigler, and his good wife and daughter moved here to be near and with her.
Aunt Belle was a cultured and refined woman, surrounded by wealth and social position, but best of all she was a consecrated devout Christian- meek and lowly, loving man and God.
She bore her last affliction in cheerful submission, knowing that God is our refuge and a very pleasant help in time of trouble.
The funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. B.S. Smiser, assisted by Brother Higgenbottom who was a constant and faithful minister of comfort during her long illness. Mrs. Blessing conducted the service of music, and Aunt Belle’s favorite hymns, “Nearer My God to Thee”, When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”, and “Jesus Lover of My Soul”, were among those used.
The good old timers, friends and town builders, Jack Moore, John Crutchfield, Arthur Manning, Lake Brewer, Henry Chiles, and Henry Edwards were pall bearers.
After appropriate services at the grave, the body was placed in its last resting place in the January lot. The grave was beautifully lined, and the couch casket was a beautiful white velvet, couch style, with heavy silver mountings.
Aunt Belle has gone from us but her life will live on.