I am just now getting around to reporting on my different discoveries while in Salt Lake City Family History Library last month. I spent some time working with George Ott, one of the consultants that the tour makes available to their participants. He is a great researcher that my sister and I have worked with often in the past. I now hove a sad story about the George Jones/Jane Langley family. Immigration was always difficult but for George and Jane it was probably unbearable.
If you have read my post “George Jones where are you?” you might recall the two boys Alfred Langley Jones and Walter Jones. They are my 2x great grandmother Ada Jane Jones’s younger brothers. Alfred Langley Jones was born in England in 12 March 1841 and Walter Jones was born 8 July 1843. While in Liverpool prior to the family sailing to the United States on the 7th of March, George and Jane had their two boys baptized at the parish church of St. Peter.
The Ships manifest for the Franconia shows their arrival on 22 April 1844 in New York and sailing out of Liverpool. What I have now discovered is that on May 3 just eleven days later Alfred died and only 5 short days later the infant Walter died.
How crushing to have made that rigorous trip and then to have your two youngest children die before they were even established here. The death records shows they were both buried in Potters Field, meaning they had no money to pay for any kind of formal burial. At the time of their death the family was living at 308 Water Street. Was there some kind of housing there or were they living in some kind of immigrant facilities? When you go to google maps the Brooklyn Bridge is there today. When the family came into New York Harbor the ships anchorage may have been very close by. The bridge construction did not begin until 1869 and was completed 13 years later. Nearby is Immigrant Park and at pier 15 is the Wavertree, a 4 masted schooner out of Liverpool.
This month I am looking into the Jones family line on my tree. Common names are very difficult to follow and this one holds true. It is another brick wall.
I had put off working on this line because of the common name “Jones”. Now it seems all I have left (Ha, Ha) are the brick walls.
- My 2x great grandmother was Ada Jane Jones b. 2 May 1837, original touted as having been born in London. However six months later according to Baptisms in the Parish of St Philip Birmingham, in the county of Warwick she was baptized on 29 November 1837, that is close to Coleshill where her mother’s family (the Langley’s) lived.
- Jane Langley and George Jones were married by special license on 25 Sept. 1834 in London England
- Known siblings of Ada Jane Jones include:
- George M. Jones b. 1838-1840 England
- Alfred Langley Jones b. 1842 England
- Walter Jones b. 1844 England
- Catherine Jones b. 1848 New York
- Mary Jane Jones b. 1853 New York
- Ship Franconia to America left from Liverpool England and arrived in New York 22 April 1844 with:
- George Jones 37
- Jane ” 30
- Ada Jane ” 7
- George ” 4
- Alfred ” 2
- Walter ” inft.
- 1850 US Census New York, New York lists:
- Geo Jones 45, laborer, Eng
- Jane Do. 38, …………., Do.
- Geo M. Do. 12, …………., Do.
- Ada Do. 13, …………., Do.
- Cth Do. 2, …………., N.Y.
When I found this census my first question was “What has happened to Alfred and Walter?” I proceeded to look for them. What I discovered was very limited. The Jones name was too common. I thought Alfred and Walter would set them apart. Lots of Georges around the country but nothing that said this is our George Jones,
- Ada Jane Jones married Joseph Booth 25 October 1859 in Hudson City, New Jersey. So for the 1860 census she and Joseph Booth show up on their own on Staten Island, New York. Where are the rest of the family members in the 1860″s census?
- Searched for and did not locate in the 1860 US Census
- George Jones ≈ 55 years of age
- Jane Jones ≈ 46 years of age
- George M. Jones ≈ 20 years old
- Alfred Langley Jones = 18 years
- Walter Jones = 16 years of age
- Catherine Jones = 12 years of age
- Searched for and did not locate in New York or New Jersey death record of any of the above.
- Checked Cemetery where Ada Jane Booth is buried (Fairview Cemetery, Staten Island) for any likely Jones.
- Searched US Civil War Records for any of the boys. Found a Alfred L. Jones in Louisiana Confederate Army, hum.. doubt that he is ours.
- I thought well if things did not turn out well for George in the United States maybe he went back to England. I did find a George father and son Alfred in England but not where I would expect them to be. Are they ours?
1870 US Census- Brooklyn
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1900 US Census- Brooklyn
1905 NY State Census
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806 Driggs Ave. Brooklyn NY
- Found a George M. Jones, spouse Matilda, he is a tobacco importer, born in England, living in Brooklyn 1870, 1900 and 1905. He is the right age, for the son, and in 1900 it lists the correct year for coming (1844) to the US. The census shows a daughter Sarah and Maria. Matilda is not in the two later census.
Not much to go on there. I continue to look and have submitted what I have to my genealogical society “Common Name Brick Walls”, and will be grateful for all and any ideas.
So that is my Jones Line to date. Interesting fact Jane Langley’s mother was a Jones, a Mary Jones in Warwick England. Have not even begun to look into that.