"My mother, Carolina Jones, was born in the state of Tenneessee and is buried there. My grandmother on my mother's side, Nancy Jones, was born in the state of Mississippi and is buried in White County, Tennessee. I was born April 3, 1849, at Stagestand, White County, Tennessee... There were three more children in our family older than I; my father died when I was a very small baby and my mother could not take care of all the children as she was not able to care for us and make the living for us that she wanted us to have so she let Spencer Holder and wife have me to raise and I stayed with them until I was grown. "
This is the first paragraph of fourteen pages from an interview taken of William Perry Earles in Ringling, Oklahoma, 1938. One of The Works Progress Administration Biographies