The following news item appears in the Brenham Weekly Banner, Vol. 16, No. 9, Ed. 1, Thursday, March 3, 1881 at p.1: “People living in Jones Prairie near Calvert offered 500 [dollar ?] reward for the capture of the murderers of Denson the toll bridge keeper.” [The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu
; crediting UNT Libraries, Denton, Texas]
The following burial is listed for Little River Baptist Church Cemetery at Jones Prairie:
Born: Sept. 28, 1838
Died: Feb. 10, 1881
Montgomery Denson (1838 - 1881) was the son of Isaac Denson (1793 - 1875) and Cassandra Grayson Denson (1800 - 1853). Montgomery Denson married Louisiana Ester Sims in Ashley County, Arkansas on August 11, 1857.
CENSUS--1880 Milam County, Texas, ED 111, Page 55, Family 367 (Jones Prairie, June 19, 1880):
Montgomery Denson WM 42 MS TN KY farmer
Louisiana E. Denson WF 39 MS Ark MS MS wife
William T. Massengale WM 26 AL AL AL boarder / farmer
James J. Morton WM 23 TN NC NC boarder / farm laborer
Andy Williams BM 22 TX AL AL boarder / farm laborer
Betsey Williams BF 18 TX MS MS boarder / farm laborer
In 1888, Louisiana Ester Sims Denson (1841 - 1925) married William H. Bailey (1816 - 1907).