Maggie "Fae Barnes" Jones

Vocals, Piano

Date of Birth:  September 10, 1901    Hillsboro, TX

Date of Death:  March 9, 1940    Ft. Worth, TX

Place of Burial:  Hillsboro Old City Cemetery (?)

                          North Waco / North Chenault Streets (TX 81)

                          Hillsboro, TX 76645

Has Marker:  Unknown

Grave Location:  Unknown

Maggie Jones or Fae/Faye Barnes? One may never know the exact origins of the woman's name, but "The Texas Nightingale" was one of the great songstresses. Her short three-year recording career was given a national platform through work with Fletcher Henderson and Louis Armstrong on Columbia Records. Most research indicates Fae Barnes as the singer's birth name, but no readily available public records confirm a Fae/Faye Barnes being born in Hillsboro, TX. A death certificate, however, lends credence that she was born Maggie Jones on September 10, 1901 (within reasonable range of research stating 1900) in Hillsboro. Available information also indicates she returned to Texas and was in the Fort Worth area around 1934. So, the sobriquet "Fae Barnes" appears more likely the adopted persona of the singer. The available death certificate indicates the body was removed to Hillsboro for burial at which time there appears to have only been one cemetery. Old City Cemetery/Hillsboro City Cemetery was closed to burials in the 1940s.

SELECTED RECORDINGS

 

Maggie Jones Complete Recorded Work In Chronological Order Volume 1 1923 - 1925, Document Records (DOCD 5348)

Maggie Jones Volume 2 1925-1926 / Gladys Bentley 1928-1929 Complete Recorded Work In Chronological Order, Document Records (DOCD

     5349)

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"Maggie Jones," http://redhotjazz.com/maggiejones.html. Accessed January 24, 2018.

Death Certificate, Ancestry.com. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2272/40394_b062181-02630?pid=22177043&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db%3Dtxdeathcerts%26h%3D22177043%26indiv%3Dtry%26o_vc%3DRecord:OtherRecord%26rhSource%3D60525&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true. Accessed January 24, 2018.

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