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Jones, Kittie Phelps

(born: 1859  -  died: 1910) In 1888, Kittie P. Jones became the first African American notary public and pension agent in Lexington, KY. She continued at the post for 22 years, assisting African American widows and soldiers. In 1910, Jones suffered a stroke and died at her home at 322 Corrall Street. Her funeral services were held at Congregational Church; she was buried in African Cemetery No. 2 on 7th Street in Lexington.

Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland, according to her death certificate and census records. She had come to Kentucky around 1885. Her exact age was not known, although her birth year was given as 1859 in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Kittie Jones was a widow when she died; she had been the wife of George Jones (b. 1824), whom she married in 1887. They shared their home with Alice Brown, a boarder who was divorced, and her young daughter, Imogene.

For more see "Kitty Jones," Lexington Leader, 03/01/1910, p. 2.

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NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)

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