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The Jones Family of Much Wenlock, Shropshire

3.Link to census Jonathan William JONES [Parents]. Born quarter ending June 1858 in Forster Street, Walsall, Jonathan died quarter ending March 1923 in Oakham, Leicestershire, age given as 64. Occupation: General agricultural labourer.

On 16/1/1883, when Jonathan was age 24, he married Ellen HARRIS, daughter of William HARRIS & Rebecca CULPIN in Owston Parish Church, Leicestershire, with the Rector of Knossington, J. H. M. de Mowbray, officiating. Ellen was born quarter ending March 1860 in Owston. It is not known when she died.

They had the following children, all born Knossington:


(1) Jane Ellen, born quarter ending December 1883. (2) William Osman [5]. (3) Frederick Richard [6]. (4) Fanny Elizabeth, born 29/1/1888 in Knossington. Fanny Elizabeth died quarter ending March 1971, in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, age 83. In the quarter ending March 1915, when Fanny was age about 26, she married Caleb Henry CHAPMAN (known as Harry) in Plomesgate, Suffolk. Link to historical note(5) Stanley Jonathan, born quarter ending March 1891. Stanley served as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery between 15/2/1915 & 29/7/1920 when he was discharged at his own request on payment of £25 (around £1,100 today). It is not known when Stanley died. On 1/11/1919, when Stanley was age 28, he married Fredericka May BUCKLEY in Steyning, Sussex. Fredericka was born quarter ending March 1885 in Watford & died 17/3/1920 in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, age 35. Cause of death certified by A. G. St Ledger as (1)Influenza 5 days (2) Pneumonia 1 day. Stanley’s address on the death certificate was given as Moore Park, Killworth, Co. Cork where he was serving at the time. There is no evidence they had any children. (6) Jessica Mary, born quarter ending September 1894. (7)Link to historical note Geoffrey Charles Harris, born quarter ending June 1896. Geoffrey died quarter ending December 1968 in North Yorkshire, age 72. On 30/6/1923, when Geoffrey was age 27, he married Phyllis Mary BROWN, daughter of Maurice BROWN, a farmer, & Esther Ann HAIGH at Leeds Parish Church. Phyllis was born 23/6/1896 in Thorner & died quarter ending December 1977 in North Yorkshire, age 81. It’s not known whether they had any children.  (8) John Henry, born quarter ending December 1899.

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4. Richard Williams JONES [Parents]. Born 18/3/1863 in Forster Street, Walsall,  Richard died 18/3/1907 on his 44th birthday at 17 Evesham Road, Stratford. Cause of death certified as “Emphysema Bronchitis Syncope” by P. Sullivan LRCP. Occupation: Tram car/stage carriage driver.

On 30/4/1891 when Richard Williams was age 28, he married Mary LILLYWHITE, daughter of Stephen LILLYWHITE, a gardener, in the Parish Church (All Saints), West Ham.


Mary’s date of birth & her parents are a mystery. The census records suggest an 1864 birth year in Brentford; the age on her death certificate indicates an 1864 birth as well. However, there is no trace of a birth registration in the GRO birth index. Further research indicates that Mary may be linked to a large Brentford based Lillywhite family, father Thomas, mother Ann Donovan, although the deceased father on her marriage certificate was given as “Stephen”. This couple’s daughter, Elizabeth, born about 1860 in Brentford, married a James Goater in 1882. James Goater appears as a witness to Richard & Mary’s marriage in 1891. Richard Jones was a tram car/stage carriage driver & as a young man was employed as a groom. All these occupations involved working with horses. James Goater was a “carman” - a common name at the time for a driver of horse drawn vehicles. Maybe he was the link that brought Richard & Mary together.


Mary died 17/10/1897 at 51 Meeson Road, West Ham, age 33, little over a month after her daughter Elizabeth’s birth. Cause of death certified by R. Bringsley Hunt LRCP as “Peritonitis 6 days. Cardiac Syncope”. Richard registered the death, and his daughter’s birth, on the same day.


They had the following children:


(1) Richard Joseph [7]. (2) Lillian Mary, quarter ending December 1894 in West Ham. (3) Herbert Henry [8]. (4) Elizabeth May, born 14/9/1897 in West Ham.


On 7/12/1898, when Richard was age 35, he married Mary Ann MAYHEW, daughter of Alfred MAYHEW, a labourer, in the Parish Church (All Saints), West Ham. Mary Ann was born about 1864 in Dagenham & died 29/3/1901 at 51 Meeson Road, West Ham, age 37, two days before the 1901 census. Cause of death certified by E. S. Galbraith LRCP as “Phthisis following parturition” (tuberculosis following childbirth). We have so far been unable to trace the child who, we assume, died shortly after birth as it does not appear in the 1901 census. Mary Ann was buried 2/4/1901 at West Ham Cemetery, Forest Gate in, according to the current Cemetery Superintendent, an unmarked public grave, the precise location of which was not recorded & is now lost.

Between 1901 & 1907, Richard married Ann, who is described as his widow on his death certificate & in her 1911 census entry. However, we have so far been unable to find a marriage in the GRO index.

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