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Excerpts from:

Keeping Up With the Joneses


Ben Tidwell Jones
Gene Ronald Jones

(Published in May of 1981 and reprinted with revisions in October of 1982. The book was printed in limited quantities and there are no copies presently available)

Dedicated to Our Kinsman
Sam Walker Jones



The information that is presented to you in this book is the culmination of many, many hours of research. Although treated as an avocation, this endeavor has been taken quite seriously and every effort has been made to insure that it is as complete and as accurate as possible. But we are only amateurs with a sincere desire to preserve a family heritage that could be so easily lost through 'Father Time.' Once lost, it becomes so difficult to retrieve, that each of us should rise to the challenge of its preservation.

We begin our lineage with Jeremiah B. Jones. While all evidence uncovered to date points to a Richard Jones, Sr., from Pittsylvania Co., Virginia as his father, we have been unable to establish proof and chances now seem remote that we will find proof in the near future. In beginning with Jeremiah, we have presented research of which we feel relative certain represent facts.

As in all genealogical research, the information contained herein has come from many different sources. It is presented, either directly or indirectly, in a manner that we believe will be easy to follow, but it does not necessarily conform to the rules of a standard genealogical format. Jeremiah is assigned Chapter I and each of his children from the oldest to youngest, are assigned a succeeding chapter. Within each of those succeeding chapters you will find all descendants of that sibling that we presently have any knowledge.

It should be stressed that while certain chapters are more or less complete, it is only a direct result of the cooperation received within those lines. We have solicited information and snapshots from all the descendants of Jeremiah B. that we knew of or had communications with, either directly or indirectly through others closely working with us. It has not been our intentions to show favoritism. At the end of each chapter we have included photographs of those families that responded to our requests.

From the collection of the Old Letters of William P. Jones, we selected all letters from Jeremiah, but only the best of the many others. We had hoped to present the original versions but as the originals were old, stained, tattered and difficult to handle, we were unable to do so.

We take pride in the belief that we have brought the Jones Family a little closer with our efforts. We hope this book will not signal an end to efforts to recover and maintain our heritage. It is also our sincere wish that we will inspire others and we urge everyone to help in advancing our cause. A few addresses have been included in hopes that it will help the Family Tree to grow and to help all of us in "Keeping Up With The Joneses."

Update: I no longer believe that our Richard Jones was the one from Pittsylvania Co., VA. It is now my opinion that our Richard came out of Mecklenburg Co., VA and settled in Caswell Co., NC in the early 1800s. He owned land in Halifax Co., VA with a Walker Jones who also ended up in Rockingham Co., NC; they are related, possibly brothers. While Walker did indeed live in Halifax Co., I am not sure that Richard ever did. Richard settled in Rockingham Co., NC by the time the 1820 census was taken and was also found there in 1830. From the deeds of this county we can tie Jeremiah and Pendleton Jones to Richard Sr. as well as Richard Jr., Thomas H., and James A. JONES; all likely sons of Richard Jones Sr.

I also think that Richard and Walker had a brother named Samuel Jones. Samuel married Theodosha Hailey in Mecklenburg Co., VA in 1789. There was a Theodosha (Dosha) Sharp who was a widow in Rockingham Co., NC by 1830 whom I know from the old letters to be related; I believe she is the daughter of Samuel. There is one last name I would like to mention here; Clayton Jones Sr. Clayton, found in the early Caswell Co., NC censuses, is a possible father of Richard and had ties to Mecklenburg Co., VA. He is probably the son of James Jones of King & Queen Co., VA.

Most of this remains in the category of educated guesswork. While I am not actively researching the JONES family at this time, I am always interested in comparing notes. It has been my opinion from very early in my research that our best clue was the PENDLETON - JONES connection. I feel certain that the "Pendleton" given name is the result of a maternal link, but so far it has not been found. There is a distant connection through the first wife of James Jones mentioned above, Lucy Clayton; her mother was Elizabeth Pendleton, daughter of Phillip Pendleton & Isabella Hurt.



Our role as co-authors of this book began in the summer of 1978 and our efforts will, no doubt, continue beyond the completion, as we are deeply committed to the preservation of our family heritage. Not only has this effort brought us closer in our father/son relationship, but we have kept each other inspired which turned sometimes tedious research into a very memorable period of our lives.

We would first like to acknowledge the patience of the two most important women in our lives, who tolerated with understanding and love our obsession of finding our "Roots" - our dear wives.

The task of uncovering our heritage would have boon impossible without the groundwork laid by Sam Walker Jones and Hallie Jones Schmit in the mid 1940s. Sam's efforts covered many years in many ways and continues as we prepare this book. To both Sam and Hallie our (all Joneses) eternal gratitude.

It is Impossible for us to acknowledge all our debts in connection with this endeavor, but we feel we must document some of those who gave so generously of their time and knowledge. Their information and especially their encouragement, has boon extremely important and is deeply appreciated. They are Clo Morehead Hampton for helping when called upon, in so many ways and more specifically for her coverage of the family of James Henry Jones; Neta Dickerson Davis for her extensive coverage of the family of Cass Reid Jones; Bess Jones Craghead and Betty Dixon Beer for the many photographs and obituary notices; Vincent Frank Jones for furnish-ing old letters and documents from the trunk of William Pendleton Jones; Verdell Dixon for the Audrain Co. Land Plat, the history of Centralia, MO and for collecting the many family history sheets in the descendants of James H. Jones; Ola Dickerson Baker for the obituary notices and newspaper articles on Cass Reid Jones; Helen Herold for photographs and support in so many ways; and the many others who have supplied pictures, information and encouragement during this very difficult undertaking.

We extend special thanks to a longtime friends Jim Templeton who 'lit the fire'; to Pat Schrader, a genealogist of Dallas, TX, who pointed us in the right direction and kept us on course; and to Linda Cardwell Vernon, a genealogist of Stoneville, NC, who very generously gave of her time and information.

Our appreciation in extended to the authors Margaret Walker Freel for information from her book "Our Heritage, the People of Cherokee Co., NC"; and to Edgar T. Rodemyre for information from his book "History of Centralia, MO."

Lastly, we would like to mention the facilities available to us that made our efforts possible: The Dallas (TX) Public Library; Libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; and the National Archives Military Records.


Chapter I

Some of Jeremiah B. Jones' Children

(L-R) Cass Reid, Sarah, and James Henry
(L-R) Yancy and Elizabeth (Bettie) Ann

Catherine Jones Johnson
and infant Mary (?)

Sitting :
(L-R) Mary, Sidney,
and Bessie

(L-R) Levi Johnson and
Harriett Jones Johnson

See Family Group Sheet



Jeremiah B. Jones was born in Virginia circa 1807. While much of the information on his parents and birthplace is speculative, research seems to suggest he was the son of Richard Jones, Sr. and Margaret Jones, and that he was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The family moved to the far western part of Rockingham County, North Carolina, to the town of Ayersville in the Twp. of Madison, sometime between 1810 and 1820. One known fact is that Jeremiah B. had an older brother by the name of Pendleton Jones, verified by an old letter from Jeremiah B. to his oldest son, William P. Jones.

Jeremiah grew into young manhood in Rockingham County, and here he met and married Abigail Cardwell circa 1830. To this marriage were born five children. The youngest, Abner was born in 1840, and records suggest that Abigail died In this childbirth, or of complications thereto. A second marriage took place 14 November 1841, when Jeremiah took as his wife Nancy Chandler of Stokes County , North Carolina. This marriage bore seven children.

Jeremiah, also known as Jerry, was a carpenter by trade, but then turned to farming with tobacco being his primary crop. Rockingham County remains today as one of the leading tobacco centers of the country. Early in 1851, he moved his family to Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina. This move was possibly precipitated by the poor health of Abner, who was later to die of consumption (TB). There he continued to grow tobacco during the farming season with the help of his older sons. After the tobacco was harvested, he and his sons would load their wagons and travel into southern Georgia and eastern Tennessee as tobacco traders. These trips were usually long and arduous, sometimes lasting through the winter.

With the exception of son William P., who left home at the age of eighteen, Jeremiah continued to hold his large family together. This continued until mid - 1860, when he moved the family to Fancy Gap, Carroll County, Virginia. Sons Abner, Thomas H. and Yancy remained In Surry County. With the Civil War in its beginning, Yancy and Thomas H. enlisted in the Southern Cause. Abner died soon after the start of the war, followed by the untimely death of Jeremiah B. Later, in the Battle of Atlanta (about mid-1864), Thomas H. made the supreme sacrifice for his native Southland.

With the ending of the Civil War, complete destruction of the countryside and economic collapse caused untold grief and hardships. Coupled with this was the death of Jeremiah B. just a few years before, the family of Jerry B. Jones became restless and started a migration westward. First, his son Cass Reid went into extreme western Virginia and some time later into Tennessee. Then daughters Harriet Matilda and Catherine went into western part of Virginia and settled in Castlewood, Russell County. William P.


had earlier migrated to western North Carolina, Township of Valleytown, in Cherokee County. There he married, raised a family and spent the remainder of his life. Many of William P.'s descendants remain In this area at the present time. Over a period from 1875 through early 1900s, five of Jerry B.'s children migrated into the area east of Centralia, Missouri, located in Audrain County. Judy was born in North Carolina and died in early childhood soon after the famil moved to Virginia.

Nancy continued to live in the Fancy Gap area after the death of her husband. In the 1880 Carroll County Census, she was living with daughter Martha J., and her three children. Martha was married in 1862 to Andrew Bennett, but the census now showed her a widow. The Carroll County Census for 1900 showed Martha J. and one child, but Nancy cannot be found.

Note: While there was indeed a Martha J. JONES who married Andrew BENNETT on the date and at the place above, I no longer believe that this is Martha's, daughter of Jeremiah, marriage.

Jeremiah B. Jones died while living in Fancy Gap, late in 1862. In a letter from Jane Jones to her husband, William P., she was saying that they had a letter from William P's. father and "all was well." The date of the letter was 5 October 1862. This is the last record of his living found to date.

Pride is the keynote of the Jerry B. Jones Family, and at a time when family ties are not considered as important as they once were, Jeremiah B. Jones would be proud of his "Family" were he alive today.




William Pendleton & Jane Patterson Jones

William Pendleton Jones

(son of Jeremiah B. Jones)

Top: (L-R) Thomas J. Jones, Pitt W. Almond, Lena Almond (Pitt's cousin), & Eva Jones
Bottom: (L-R) William, W. Jesse Jones (in Wm's lap), & Harriett Jones Almond

The lower photo was used in the first printing of our book and was the only photo of my Great Grandfather we had at that time. After the books were published the wife of a distant Jones cousin found the the large framed studio portraits of William and Jane in a box of trash at another cousin's house and retrieved them.

See Family Group Sheet

See William P. Jones' letterbox

Transcripts of 22 of the best letters were included in our book and are not shown here with the rest of the book excerpts. This letterbox link has transcriptions of ALL of the old letters.



William Pendleton Jones was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina on 24 September 1832. He was the second child and the oldest son of Jeremiah B. Jones and Abigail Cardwell Jones. He lived with his family in Rockingham County until late in 1850. At the age of 18, he and his cousin, E. P. (Ham) Sharp borrowed money from Jeremiah and migrated to the township of Valleytown Cherokee County , in western North Carolina.

William P. spent some time in claiming land (Land Grants) and later worked for Joab Patterson tending his grist mill located in the Beaver Creek section. Here he met and was later married to Mahalia Jane Patterson, the step-daughter of Joab Patterson and the daughter of Becelia Reece Patterson. Jane was born on 25 November 1833 In Surry County, North Carolina.

After marrying, William P. and Jane moved to the Morris Farm, located on the Valley River about three miles west of the present town of Andrews. There he farmed and at various times, left to work on railroad construction. With the start of the Civil War, he was conscripted for work in the salt mines located in Saltville, Virginia. Later, after returning home, he was conscripted for service in the Confederate Army, but was given a medical exemption due to chronic rheumatism.

As the family grew, his sons continued to cut timber and clear land, increase the size of the farm. This farm was owned by Gideon F. Morris and later by the Walker brothers of Andrews. William P. remained on the farm, managing and farming with his four sons long after they were married and had families of their own. Tragedy struck the family on 8 November 1906, when Jane died following major surgery. William P. continued to stay on the farm with his daughter, Celia Ann until her marriage in 1914. Then, after many, many years, he reluctantly gave up the farm and went to live with his son Walker, who was then living in the Morris Creek area.

During his life, William P. served as Constable for Cherokee County for a period of time. He was well-read in the political world. He was an ardent Democrat, and at election time, was very active talking-up his favorite candidates and issues. He was well known and held in high esteem by everyone. He was affectionately known as "Uncle Bill Jones" in his latter years.

William P. and Jane were the parents of eight children, with six surviving at the time of his death. One child had died in infancy and Jerry Thomas, the oldest, passed away in 1909.

William Pendleton Jones died 23 November 1915, at the age of 83 years. He was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Jane, in the Valleytown Cemetery, located just east of the town of Andrews, North Carolina.




The regions now known as North Carolina and South Carolina were inhabited by more than twenty Indian tribes before the coming of the white man. Most numerous were the Cherokees but the most war-like were the Tuscaroras. Many were driven out and those remaining were absorbed by the Cherokees.

In the early 1600s, the area along the Atlantic coast was being populated by immigrants from Europe and for the most part were under the rule of the English. In 1629, King Charles I of England granted the "Province of Carolana" to Sir Robert Heath, making him lord-proprietor over all the land between 31st and 36th degrees north latitude. The name Carolana meaning land of Charles and it included the present states of North Carolina and South Carolina. Later, Charles II named seven lord-proprietors and extended the area a few degrees north and south and west to Pacific Ocean. The unpopular methods of rule caused protests and much unrest.

The population movement into the Piedmont and mountain sections brought Indian raiding parties upon the new settlements. A loud outcry for protection resulted in a few forts being built on the outer fringes of the now settled land. The Indians were being pushed deeper into the Appalachian mountains.

As civilization moved Inland, many treaties were made with the Cherokees. Each treaty resulted in further losses of territory to the Indians; promises of the white man were broken. Immediately following the War for Independence, both state and federal govern-ments began issuing land grants, many to the veterans of the Revolution. Each new treaty brought more settlers into the once held Indian territory.

In the Treaty of Echota of 1835, the Cherokee Nation signed an agreement giving up their claim to all Eastern land and agreed to the removal of all Cherokee Indiana to west of the Mississippi River. They were to be settled in Indian Territory, an area now located in northeast Oklahoma. Many of the Cherokees were very displeased with the treaty. John Ross a half-breed and a main Chief of the Cherokee Nations protested the signing and spent the winter of 1837/38 in Washington in an attempt to persuade the U. S. Congress for a more reasonable treaty.

With resistance from the Indians to the treaty, the government, In May 1838, sent federal forces into western North Carolina, north Georgia, north Alabama and eastern Tennessee to enforce the treaty. They started at once assembling the Indians for the move-ment West. Twelve groups with a total of over 15,000 Cherokees made the long journey to their now home. It was a sad chapter in our history to force the natives from their homeland and into an alien environment against the wishes of so many of those affected.

By the early 1800s, white men in small numbers had penetrated into what is now known as Cherokee County, located in the extreme south-western part of North Carolina. They came on foot and horseback, some looking for land to settle. Others were traders, miners and hunters. A few were missionaries seeking to teach the Indians in


the belief in God. Along the rivers and in fertile valleys they found large Indian villages, a peace loving people that loved their land and were content to live their lives without inter-ference as from the white man.

The area to be designated Cherokee County is situated in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains. It lays at the south-ern tip of the Great Smokies. The most beautiful valley is along Valley River and is surrounded by high mountains. It is about one mile wide and extends for ten miles. The valley is so beautiful it was a subject of a speech in Congress in the early days. As the white man reached this area, he found an Indian village near the eastern and of the valley. Chief Junaluska wait the Chief of the village. The Indians farmed the fertile valley on a small scale and lived on the plentiful game of this region.

The first white settlement in this area was known as Jamesville, named for James Whittaker, an early settler. It was located south-west of the Indian village. A few years following the removal of the Indians, the settlement had spread eastward and was renamed Valleytown.

With the coming of the railroad in 1890, trade with other areas opened up and industry was growing. An option for 50 acres just west of Valleytown was taken for the laying out of a new town to be called Andrews. It was named in honor of Mr. A. B. Andrews a vice-president of the railroads. A Tannery was built in 1900 and was followed in 1903 by a Tanning Extract plant. A large lumber mill was built just to the east of town. The town was taking its place in a thriving community. The people to settle this area were Scotch Irish, English and Dutch. Even to this day, they continue to make up most of the population. A people very proud of their heritage.

Population of Andrews, North Carolina in 1970 = 1384


The Family of
Jeremiah Thomas Jones
(son of William Pendleton Jones)
Iva Lee McClelland

Top (L - R): James R., William R., & Thomas J.
Bottom (L - R): Clara L., Jeremiah (Jerry), Iva Lee, & Hattie C.


Children of William Pendleton Jones

Top Row (L - R): Celia Ann Abigail Jones & Harriett Catherine Mahalia Jones
Bottom Row (L - R): Joseph Walker Cardwell Jones & Sarah Jane Elizabeth Jones

There is an interesting story behind this photo that I would like to relate. I hope that it gives a little hope to those researchers who feel they taken their search as far as they can.

My grandfather, Joseph Walker Cardwell Jones, died when my father was only four years old. When we started our research the only photograph of him was an old tintype photo that was in very poor condition. My father had taken it from my Uncle George years before. The two of them had a friendly competition of trying to see who could get the best of the other. Nothing was safe, especially fishing tackle, and had to be well hidden. Once I remember my father taking Uncle George's watch and proudly wearing it. As bad as it was, Dad ended up with the tintype.

I took the tintype to a professional photographer to see what he could do with it. I spent a lot of money for very little improvement. A year or so later our contacts had grown in number. A large faction of the family had moved to Missouri; my lineage was the only one to remain in North Carolina. One of the Missouri contacts told me by phone that I had some distant cousins right in my own back yard and to give them a call; Bess Craghead and Betty Beer. Betty lives only a few miles from me and I when called her she was anxious to meet me. She told me that she had a lot of her mother's old photographs that we could go through and perhaps I could help her identify the people in them. We set a date to get together.

Not only did I meet some wonderful new cousins, it was to become one of the most exciting 'finds" of my genealogical experience. To give you some idea of the probability of this happening, Betty's Grandfather and my Great Grandfather were half brothers and separated by many miles. Among the many photos in that box was a tintype that she could not identify, but I knew it very well. It was the same photograph my father had. Not only was there a second tintype, it was in very good condition.

A copy of that tintype it the photo above. Many of the photos used in our book and shown here came from Betty's collection and I hope all my Jones cousins are as thankful as I am.

The moral of this story is do not give up. Help can come from some very unlikely sources.


The Family of
Joseph Walker Cardwell Jones
Margaret Elizabeth Derreberry

(photo taken ca 1913)

(L-R) Abbie, Cora, and John
(L-R) George, Penn, and Bill
(L-R) Margaret (holding Ben),
Walker (holding Sam), and Hugh

[ See Margaret's bio by son Sam W. Jones and a 1950 photo with 16 of their 38 grandchildren. ]



by Ben Jones

My father, Joseph Walker Cardwell Jones, was born 21 August 1861 to William Pendleton Jones and Jane Patterson Jones. They were living on the Morris Farm, located three miles west of Andrews, Cherokee Co., North Carolina at his birth. As he grew into young manhood there, he and his brothers were busy cutting timber and clearing land when not engaged in farming. The farm was owned by Gideon F. Morris. a large landholder of Cherokee County.

He was married to Margaret Elizabeth Derreberry, the daughter of Michael Alexander Derreberry and Eliza J. Grigsby Derreberry. The wedding took place on 18 November 1888 at the home of the bride, located in the Vengeance Creek area. This marriage bore eleven children, one died at birth and another living only six years.

Dad was a devoted father and a loving husband. I have heard my mother say many times that throughout their marriage, never a harsh or unkind word was spoken. Dad was a Baptist and of a strong religious faith. He was an upright and conscientious man and known for his rugged honesty and sound judgment.

Other than farming, my father assisted with surveying of large tracts of land, estimating the amount of lumber each tract would yield. For a period of time, he worked for the Snowbird Valley Railroad which reached from Andrews, through the Cozad Gap and on to the Snowbird Creek area. This train was for the purpose of hauling lumber from that area to Andrews, a rail junction with the Southern Railway.

Following a swim in a mountain stream on a warm summer day, Dad swapped drawers (underwear) with one of the negro boys whom he roamed the mountains with when they were young lads. This was related to me by the person he traded with many, many years later. The name of the old colored gentleman has been forgotten although it could have been Mauney.

During a very cold winter, my father was suddenly beset with a severe case of pneumonia and succumbed In a few short days. The date of his death was 17 February 1916. He had belonged to the Masonic Order and had served as an officer in his lodge. The Masons held a very Impressive funeral ceremony for him, and they gave my mother his white gloves and white apron. She kept his Masonic ring which she gave to me a short while before her death.

The attributes Dad had instilled in his family prevailed. Left at home were a widow and seven sons. The great loss was deeply felt. My oldest brother, who was affectionately known as "Big John," assumed the role of providing financial direction for the family. He worked hard and with the help from the older brothers at home, the family was well cared for. Big John never married, remaining at home with Mother long after most the other boys had married


and moved away. Following the death of Big John in 1955, my mother continued to live at home with my brother Hugh. Hugh had remained at home most his life except for the time he spent in Europe during WW II. Also at home was Helen Jones, the daughter of brother William A., who had been with Mother from the time of her birth due to the death of her own mother.

As the twilight years approached, my mother became feeble and required daily care. My sister Abbie, finally convinced her that she should come live with her family. Three years later, it was necessary that she be hospitalized so as to be under a constant medical attention which she required. Old age finally won out and my mother passed away on 21 May 1971, at the golden age of 100 years and four months. She was laid to rest beside her beloved husband in the Valley River Cemetery, located just to the north of the town of Andrews.

[ Other accounts from the childhood memories of two more of his sons. ]

Site of the old Walker Jones Homestead located about 4 miles west of town of Andrews, NC. Land no longer in the Jones family and a new home built on the original site. The lake in the foreground also added.


The Family of Joseph Walker Cardwell Jones
(son of William Pendleton Jones)
and Margaret Elizabeth Derreberry

(photo taken ca 1902 - not used in our book)

Top: (L-R) Cora, John, Polly Derreberry Bottom: (L-R) Margaret, Penn (Margaret's lap), Bill, Walker, and Abbie (Walker's lap)

Sons of Joseph Walker Cardwell Jones

(L - R): Big John, Bill, Penn, George, Hugh, Sam, & Ben


Jesse B. Bradley & Sarah Jane Elizabeth Jones

(daughter of William Pendleton Jones)


The Family of
William Yancy Pendleton Jones
(son of William Pendleton Jones)
Lillie E. Bryson

Top (L - R): Eva M., Benjamin Franklin, & John W.
Bottom (L - R): Lillie, Yancy, & Charles W.


The Family of
James Richard Abner Jones
(son of William Pendleton Jones)
Mariah Emma Pullium

Top (L - R): Jane Patterson Jones & Harriett Jones Almond
Bottom (L - R): James, Jesse (on lap), Mariah & Fannie (on lap)


Harriett Catherine Mahalia Jones Almond

(daughter of William Pendleton Jones)

Top (L - R): Ada A Almond (Harriett's daughter-in-law) & Pitt Walker Almond (Harriett's son)
Bottom (L - R): Maude Almond (Harriett's granddaughter) & Harriett



The Family of
Yancy Jones
(son of Jeremiah B. Jones)
Eliza Sammons

Top (L - R): Hallie, Jerry Robert, Charles Alford, & James Reid
Bottom (L - R): Richard Cardwell, Yancy, & Eliza
See Family Group Sheet



The Family of
Cass Reid Jones
(son of Jeremiah B. Jones)
Nannie Frances Settles

Top (L - R): Eliza, Cass Reid Jr., Willie B., & Thomas J.
Bottom (L - R): Cass, Mary Leta & Nannie

See Family Group Sheet



The Family of
James Henry Jones
(son of Jeremiah B. Jones)
Mary Ann Wisler

Top (L - R): Anna, Cass Reid, William Y. & Lou
Center (L - R): Katherine, Bess, Matilda, Nancy & Judy
Bottom (L - R): Rhoda, James, Mary Ann, & Jake

See Family Group Sheet



Sarah F. Jones
(daughter of Jeremiah B. Jones)
David Right Stricklin

(No children)

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