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April 20, 2013

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Hi Tipper - I'm catching up on my reading and really enjoying your stories about games, and all the comments and memories folks are sharing. I haven't heard of this one, but the questioning and answering with a list of household chores kind of rings a faint bell. And I agree with you - I can imagine this would be a very popular children's game...lots of verses, lots of repetition with small changes, building to a big crescendo of gloom and fright? Oh yeah!
B. Ruth wondered about the source of the name Jones...I think it is a very, very common Welsh name, more than Irish, Scottish, or English. Many immigrants from Wales in your neck of the woods?

Can't say I ever heard of this or any game like it. Sounds rather somber to be thought of as a child's game.

God bless.

RB
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Tipper,
I ain't never heard of it either.
Sure is a looong game, seems to me.

Hope everyone is enjoying all the
dancing. Looking forward to seeing
a video soon...Ken

I have never seen or heard tell of such a game. We never had enough kids to play that kind of games except at school. Even then only the girls would have played. The boys would have been playing dodge ball or looking for snakes or worms to chase the girls with.
Did you ever play Jack in the Bush? You play it with marbles or pennies.

Tipper,
Oooooo...scary game! Can you imagine playing that game late in the evening outside!...
I can't recall my Mother mentioning the game. Eventhough she was from Madison County. I sure wish I could ask her. My Grandmother surely played the game!
I had an Aunt that taught school in and around the area, but she too has passed on..She loved the history of her heritage and the mountains...I am sure she knew of the game as well..
If there are young folks out there reading this blog or others that have elderly folks, I beg that you ask about your heritage and write down notes such as these before it is lost. At my age trying to count on my memory is very hard at 72...I do remember my Grandmother asking us why we didn't have a play party..
Also, my Great Aunt wanting me to sing for her...This particular cabin that I visited, was back on a lonely hollar road in the mountains...I went there with my Aunt and Uncle for a visit...
I wanted to stay...but couldn't, it was the first time I met her..
Thanks Tipper,
PS...I wonder why the game was called Jenny Jones and not Jenny Smith, Brown or etc. ect...I would love to know the history of the name of the game! I know my Grandfather would probably heard of the game as he was direct Irish decendants that settled in Madison county.

Haven't heard of this one but immediately the tune to "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush" came to mind. It also has a sequence of household chores and common activities such as washing clothes, ironing, mending, going to church, etc. as is mentioned in the first half of Jenny Jones. Seems we just "danced" in a circle for the "chorus" then acted out the activities for the verses in between until we "rested" on Sunday.

That got me to thinking about "Ring around the Rosie" and the many stories about its history; also, "London Bridge is Falling Down". Wonder what other long forgotten goodies will spin out of your readers' minds.

And, yes, please add prayers for the town of West, Texas - we heard the blast - thought it was a sonic boom - but we didn't feel the effects of it here 150 miles away.

Wow, never, sounds like the ghost stories we used to tell each other until we were too scared to sleep

Never heard of this game. It sounds tedious to me.
I was most interested in Frank Brown's comment "Cut off from contact with more sophisticated centers, they were forced to find or to create their own forms of entertainment"
Thinking about this statement and our lives now, if we didn't have tv and computer games we would be looking for other forms of entertainment too. We might even talk to each other and read. ...might even go out side and take a walk. Times are different now!

Another new game for me! This series has been very interesting.

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