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George Jones were are you?


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.

 

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52 Ancestors ~ #21 Ada Jane Jones ~ The First from the Last

Ada Jane Jones is my maternal 2x great grandmother.  This photo of hers had been mislabeled by my grandfather. When we visited our grandmothers cousin (Harriet Booth) in Virginia Beach she corrected it for us and we saw one of the originals.

Ada Jane (Jones) Booth

Ada Jane (Jones) Booth

She was the first Ada in a series and I am the last. It used to be a custom to name children for relatives. Now names are chosen for their uniqueness. I’m not saying that is good or bad it is just the way many names are now being picked. Before I got started on this adventure of family genealogy I knew the basics about our family and who our ancestors were. Grandma Dougherty whom I was named for, was into telling us children family stories, some of which were true and some were sort of true. Of course as a child I thought they were told literally. Grandma (Ada Richmal [Heap] Dougherty) was named for both of her grandmothers (Ada [Jones] Booth and Richmal [Hall] Heap). I knew that Ada Jane Jones mother was a Langley and her father may have been George Jones. That was about it.
I thought I would give her history backwards because that’s the way I discovered her information.
Ada Jane (Jones) Booth died on Sept 12 1911.

Death Certificate Ada Jane Booth

Death Certificate
Ada Jane Booth

Her death certificate states her birthday as May 2 1841, her birth place was England, the name of her father is shown as George Jones and her mother was Jane Langley. The name of the informant is not listed.  I had sent to the New York City Municipal Archives for this way back in 1985 and received this certified copy for a small fee. This document is not available on line.

It used to be that I would go to the local LDS church and order Microfilm from the LDS church Library in Salt Lake City for the Census that I believed our ancestor to be listed in. Once it arrived at the local church I would spend hours looking through the films until I found the family listing. The following one was a very lucky find because everyone seemed to be living on the same street.

1900 US census  Richmond County New York

1900 US census
Richmond County
New York

The Family History Library had a microfilm copy machine and if it was working I could make copies for 10 cents each. In this 1900 Census I found  my Grandmother Ada, my great grandmother Ada, and my 2x great grandmother Ada.

Ada Jane (Jones) Booth (61 years) is married to Joseph Booth (61) a blacksmith. This census shows how many years married for Joseph and Ada it lists 40 years. It also states they were both born in England and they had both come to this country in 1850 and had both been in this country for 50 years.

Joseph is shown as a naturized citizen while nothing is listed for Ada. The children living at home are: Walter (35), single, born in New York, a  carpenter, Chas (Charles) (20), single, born in New York, a carpenter, Hattie (25), single, born in New York, a bookkeeper, and Emma (19) single, born in New York.

In the Heap household listed before them is their daughter Ada Jane with her family and in the household before their daughter’s is their son, William Booth and his family.

The Bamber household further down the page is Edmond Bamber and his family. Edmond is the son of Mary Booth and William Bamber. Mary is the sister to Joseph Booth. If you aren’t confused by now you are suited to be a genealogist.

I have always been disappointed that the 1890 census was not available. It might have filled in those gaps we have in some of our families history. Anyway back to Ada Jane Jones we can find her in the 1880, 1870, and 1860, US census  with her husband and children. The 1910 US census is after her husband Joseph dies and she is shown alone with her daughters, Emma and Hattie.

1910 US census Richmond County New York

1910 US census
Richmond County
New York

Joseph and Ada Jane had  8 children

(1) George M. Booth was born in 1860  and married Abbice King in 1884. (2)Walter L. was born in 1862 and married Anna Denker. (3) William R. Booth was born Aug. 29, 1865 and was married twice (a) Birdie and (b) Mary Alma Corbett. (4) Ada Jane was born Oct. 9, 1867 and married Charles Heap. (5) Isaac Sylvatus was born in 1870 and married Wilhelmina  Simpson. (6) W.H. (Harriet) was born in 1872 and married  (a) Armstrong, and (b) Eugene Parker. (7) Charles L.  was born about March 1875. (8) Emma L. was born 26 February  1880 and married Joseph A. Sullivan.

A large family that lived very close to each other on Staten Island for several generations must have been a joy for Ada Jane. But what of her family. My questions for years were: Did she come to this country alone or did she come with other family members? How do I find her family in England when Jones is such a common name?

Well, I’m always looking for my family. I know that more and more records are indexed and come on line all the time and look what I found George Jones in the 1850 US. Census on Ancestry.com. After looking at a lot of George Jones.

1850 US Census New York City

1850 US Census
New York City

 

You see Geo, Jones (46), born in England, his wife Jane (36) also born in England, son Geo. M. (16) born in England, daughter Ada  Jane (13) born in England, and daughter Eth. (2) born in New York. So for the youngest to have been born in New York the family had to have been here at least 2 or 3 years. Then I found this also thanks to Ancestry .com.

New York Passenger List Sip Franconia out of Liverpool

New York Passenger List
Sip Franconia out of Liverpool

This is the Passenger List for the ship Franconia out of Liverpool England arriving New York 22 April 1844 that shows George Jones (39) listed as a Farmer. Jane Jones (30) , Ada Jane Jones (6), George Jones (4), Alfred  Jones (2), and Walter Jones (inf’). Wow I now know that they should be in the UK Census for 1841. And this is what I have found so far.

1841 UK Census Coleshill, Warwick, England

1841 UK Census
Coleshill, Warwick, England

 

Here we find Ada Jones (4) in the household of Mary Langley (70) Ind. along with Myra Langley (40) milliner, and  Sarah Plumbridge (9). Who turns out to be Ada Jane Jones cousin. This census indicates that Ada Jones was not born in Warwick county. So were was she born? What happened to the Jones family in America after the 1850 US census? What Happened to Alfred and Walter who were on the Ship that arrived? Where were her siblings born? I will keep looking and it grows my to-do list for our trip to Salt Lake Family History Library later this year.

Next week I will be doing a story on my husbands family. Hope to see you then.

 

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