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THE JONES FAMILY

This is my mother`s family.

My mother - Laura Dilys Jones (Dilys) (b.2 January 1910 d. 9 July 1998), with her two older sisters Edna May (b. 16 January 1903 d.28 March 1971) and Muriel Langdale (b. 21 July 1904 d. 13 February 1986), were the three daughters of Thomas Richard Jones and Hannah Jane Tudor.

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Thomas Richard, Hannah Jane, Edna, Muriel and baby Dilys at Ryelands, Birkenhead Road, Hoylake, Wirral.

The Jones Family, Meols

Edna and Muriel were born in Wavertree, Liverpool and my mother was born in Hoylake, Wirral.  All three girls were educated firstly at West Kirby school and then Edna and Muriel at Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay and Dilys at Lowther College from the age of 14 (1924-1928), Bodelwyddan, Flintshire.  Neither Edna nor Muriel ever married, Edna living in North Wales and Muriel remaining in Hoylake.  Edna loved children and became a Foster Mother, and also took in evacuees during WW11, eventually adopted 3 children.

This photo from 1914 has very kindly been provided by the present West Kirby Grammar School archives:

 

Their father, my grandfather Thomas Richard Jones married Hannah Jane Tudor 16th July 1901 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Shaw Street, Everton, Liverpool. Thomas was aged 27 and Hannah 26.  Thomas was a Commercial Traveller and was living at 17 Gainsborough Road, Toxteth Park and his father was Robert Jones, a Draper. Hannah`s address was 26 Adelaide Road, West Derby and her father was Hugh Tudor, Insurance Agent.  The witnesses were A O Jones and A E Tudor. Thomas went on to work for a Liverpool Company Morris and Jones.

My mother Dilys had intimated that there had been some 'situation' whilst her father had been at Morris and Jones and my brother Robert has very kindly given me his thoughts on this and the history of the company :

'From the depths I recall as follows...

Grandfather Jones (Thomas) became MD around the early 1930's and was "in the right place at the right time"!! He was the senior rep. covering N.Wales when the 'scandal' broke.

I seem to recall there had been a misappropriation(?) of company money(google:-morris and jones wholesale grocers and see 1932 article...) and I think the then financial(?) director was involved somehow--

The Company history is a bit complicated! Initially there was just one --I think called Morris Jones--and N.Wales was the area. There were a 2 or 3 medium sized grocers who got together to form an wholesale group but eventually this split, by mutual agreement, into Morris and Jones ltd, in Wood Street.L'pool(also a depot in Caernavon initially and many more eventually) and David Jones was in Redcross Street.
M&J got Lancs. and most of Cheshire and DJ got N.Wales. Both were also tea blenders and packers M&J main label was Blue Mantunna and Black Boy(Google this!) whereas DJ was Golden Stream, These were big sellers and very popular all over the N.west.Morris and Jones even packed own label for M&S for some years!

With the advent of cash and carry in the early 60's M&J opened branches nationally--MOJO for whom I worked in my final couple of years with the company,

In the mid 60's the business's came full circle and M&J/DJ merged albeit M&J were the senior partner as their business by that time was far and away bigger than that of DJ.

In early 70's the busines merged with a company based in the south called Wm. Kingham & sons so becoming truly national in England and wales. Not long after that the complete business was acquired by Bookers who gradually split and dismantled the business.

At it's height M&J/DJ had wholesale depots in Liverpool,Caernavon,Welshpool,Swansea,Manchester,Newcastle,Garstang(blackburn) all pre Kingham,s merger.


The article mentioned above is as follows:

Tuesday 8th March 1932 Barrier Miner

Verdict for 145,563  Wholesale Grocers Loss in a Bad Investment - London March 6

Justice Sir Charles Clauson today gave judgment for 145,563 in favour of Morris and Jones Wholesale Grocer`s Liverpool.  They claimed that their agents Martin Coles Harman and Arthur Gordon Williams had sold without proper authority their Government Securities worth 136,000 and had reinvested the proceeds in the Harman Group of Companies, resulting in the loss of nearly all the money.  Morris and Jones sued for 150,000.  The judge held that the agents had acted with a disregard of the grocers` interests and to benefit the Harman Group.  Harman and Williams intend to appeal.

After a severe operation, followed by a short illness, the death occurred on Saturday last of Mr Thomas Richard Jones, of ''Phalere'' Birkenhead Road, Meols, a prominent member of St Luke`s Wesleyan Church, Hoylake.

Mr Jones, who was exceptionally well known and very greatly respected, was managing director of Morris and Jones, Ltd. the well known produce company, of Whitechapel, Liverpool.  He had been in their service for thirty-four years, and became a director in 1919 and managing director in 1928.  Through all these years his devotion to the interests of the business was outstanding, and his wide experience of the trade made him a valuable colleague of the other members of the directorate. 

Mr Jones, who was in his fifty-seventh year, had been for many years closely associated with the Wesleyan Church, and was chief circuit steward in the Hoylake and West Kirby circuit.  He was greatly interested in all church activities, and was held in the highest esteem by the community.

The funeral service took place at St Luke`s Wesleyan Church on Tuesday, and the large number of sympathisers present was a striking demonstration of the public`s affection for Mr. Jones.  The service, which was very impressive, was conducted by the Rev. T. Pasley (minister of the church), the Rev. J. Sydney Hobson (minister of West Kirby Wesleyan Church) and the Rev. C. Claud Mayes, B.A., a former minister of St. Luke`s.  The hymns ''Abide among us with grace'' and ''Jesu, Lover of my soul'' were fervently sung, and at the end of the service Miss M F Bird, who presided at the organ, played the ''Dead March'' in ''Saul'' while all stood in reverent silence.  As the cortege left the church, ''O rest in the Lord'' was rendered.

Minister`s Tribute.  During the service, the Rev. C. Claud Mayes paid a touching tribute to the deceased gentleman.  News of the death of Mr Jones, he said, came to him, as to everyone else, as a great shock.  When an old man died it was generally felt that he had passed the allotted span and his rest was due to him.  Mr Jones was not an old man and he was not tired out.  He had achieved much and everyone expected him to achieve ..........(news cutting illegible).....  ''Throughout the whole of my time in Hoylake,'' Mr Mayes continued ''I was closely associated with Mr Jones, who gave me the privilege of his friendship - a very real privilege - and one was not long with him before discovering that he had a strong personality.  Whatever he did, he did strongly.  He had strong view, but was willing to hear the other side.  But if he was convinced that his view was right, nothing would shake him.  In all my relationships with him I experienced nothing but courtesy and kindness.

''There is one word I would always associate with him, and that is 'thorough'.  He did everything thoroughly, which made for efficiency.  Everyone who knew him would feel that he was an efficient man.  I am not competent to speak of business, but I know that he was successful in business.  He had the qualities which command success.  He was a hard worker, shrewd, far-seeing, cautious, determined, and the firm with which he has been connected so long and honourably will miss his presence. ''Mr Jones knew that 'man does not live by bread alone.'  Though he worked hard in business he never became a slave to his business.  He nourished his soul by public worship and service to his church.  He was a devoted and loyal churchman.  He believed that God had work that was done through the church in a way it could not be done with equal effect anywhere else, and he felt that the church should be as efficient as possible in all departments.  He could not understand - it was the one thing that made him angry - people who were efficient in business and slovenly at church.  He had many offices in the church, but he never accepted one until he was sure he could give the time.  Once he undertook it there was the same thoroughness and efficiency as in all his work.  The circuit in general, and St Luke`s Church in particular, will greatly miss the work, presence, and influence of Mr Jones.  ''Mr Jones will be missed most in his home.  He had a house that is the centre of a home, and only those in that home know how much he contributed towards making it so.  I have never in my life seen any man who showed more loving care for his wife than Mr Jones.  It seemed always to us as though he was trying to stand as a barrier between her and anything untoward that might reach her from the outside world.  She will miss him in the days to come.  His daughters knew what the word 'father' meant.  He offered companionship and showed interest in all they did; he took pride in them and in what they did or were going to do.  You by your presence here have shown your sympathy.  If death comes slowly to us, allowing us any time to reflect, some of us may regret that we did not spend a little more time in our own homes, and did not enter a little more fully into the concerns of our own loved ones.  There could never be any regret on that score in the mind of Mr Jones.''

Continuing, Mr Mayes said ''We know that all is well with him.  Death is not a terrible thing for one who dies, but rather for those who remain behind.''  In conclusion, the speaker asked for the prayers of the assembly for Mrs Jones, and her daughters in their hour of sorrow and in the long days that lay ahead. 

The interment took place at Grange Cemetery, where, at the graveside, ''Rock of Ages'' was sung.'

The article goes on to list the mourners - the chief mourners being the Misses Muriel and Dilys Jones (daughters) (my thought where was Edna?), Mr and Mrs A O Jones (brother and sister-in-law), Mr and Mrs S Tudor, Miss Tudor, and hundreds more.

Hannah died January 1950 in Hoylake.  I knew none of my grandparents.

In the 1901 census Thomas Richard is a boarder (age 26) and living with the Wharmby family at 17 Gainsborough Road, Toxteth Park, Liverpool.  His brother Arthur Osborne (an Assistant Scientific and Instrument maker) by this time was married to Catherine and living in Pembroke Road, Wembley, Middlesex, along with their widowed mother Harriet aged 61.  In 1891 Harriet, Arthur and Thomas are living in 21 Bouverie Street, Toxteth.  In 1881 the whole family are at 175 Windsor Street, Toxteth Park. Their father Robert is aged 45 and is a Draper and was born in Caernarvonshire. Harriet is 42 and born in Flintshire. Arthur and Thomas, 9 and 6 respectively are both scholars.

On Thomas Richard`s birth certificate, they are living at 23 Bouverie St. in 1874, so it looks as though they moved from here to Windsor Street and then back to 21 Bouverie Street after Robert died. Harriet was formerly Harriet Jones.  When you start to get Jones marrying Jones, one is tempted to give up!

In 1871 I have Robert and Harriet aged 38 and 32 resp. living at no. 17 Twiss Street, Toxteth Park.  Also with them is an unmarried brother Henry Jones, age 28, a labourer.  As he is also born in Flint I am presuming he is Harriet`s brother.

I have a marriage certificate for Robert and Harriet dated 30 December 1868,  Robert aged 35 and Harriet 30. Robert`s address is Mill Street, and Harriet`s is Croxteth Road and Robert`s father is Thomas Jones a farmer, and Harriet`s is Joseph Jones a Smelter.  The witnesses are Henry Jones and Dorothy Hughes. They were married at St Michael`s Toxteth, parish of Walton on the Hill.

In 1861 I have Robert aged 28 and now in Chester in Abbey Street, no. 1 in the Cathedral Precincts lodging with the Lloyd family and he is a Woollen Drapers Assistant.  In 1861 I have a Harriet Jones as a servant in 140 Richmond Place, Boughton, Chester, age 22 and a housemaid so it appears they both moved independently to Chester where they met, and then to Liverpool.

Robert in 1851 aged 18 is in Wales, in Llanaelhaearn and living with the Thomas family and if I read it correctly he is a 'sets dresser'.

In 1841 I have traced him to Llanfairfechan where he is aged 8 and living with his family at Tynwydd. The family consists of his father Thomas aged 40 who is a shoemaker, mother Cathrin 35, Ebenezor 15 shoemaker, Margaret 14, Ruth 5 and Elizabeth 3 - all born in the county.  According to the IGI Catherine`s maiden name was Roberts.

In the 1851 census Thomas and wife Catherine with daughters Elizabeth (13) and Catherine (9) are living in Talarybont, Llanfairfechan.  Catherine (snr) was born in Llanllechid.  There is a marriage in Llanllechid for Thomas Jones and Catherine Roberts 27 January 1825.  In 1861 Thomas and Catherine are back at Tynwydd with Ebenezer now aged 35, Catherine 19 and married, Erasmus 20 (Catherine`s husband?)(stone cutter born in Bangor) grandson Robert aged 9 months. 1871 Catherine now a widow aged 70 and a farmer of 12 acres of land, is with Ebenezer now a farmer too (can`t make out where but still in Llanfairfechan) with Elizabeth aged 33 and 3 nephews Evan 13, Thomas 11 and Moses 9.  In 1881 Catherine is still going at 79 with son Ebenezer now 55 and a retired miner! Both living at TaloryBont no. 4.

1 Thomas Jones b: 1801 in Llanfairfechan
.. +Catherine Roberts b: 1802 in Llanllechid, Caernarvonshire m: 27 Jan 1825 in Llanllechid, Caernarvon, Wales
........ 2 Ebenezer Jones b: 1825 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire
........ 2 Margaret Jones b: 1827 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire
........ 2 William Jones b: 1829 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire
........ 2 Ann Jones b: 1831 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire
........ 2 Robert Jones b: 1833 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire, Wales
............ +Harriet Jones b: 1839 in Flintshire, Wales m: 30 Dec 1868 in Church of St Michael, Toxteth, Walton-on-the-Hill,
................... 3 Arthur Osborne Jones b: 1871 in West Derby, Liverpool
....................... +Catherine E Batty b: 1871 in Liverpool, Lancashire m: 1900 in Toxteth, Liverpool
............................. 4 Arthur Osborne Jones b: 1903 in Toxteth Park, Liverpool
................... 3 Thomas Richard Jones b: 30 Jun 1874 in 23 Bouverie Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool d: Dec 1930 in Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside Burial: Grange Cemetery, West      Kirby, Wirral.
....................... +Hannah Jane Tudor b: 04 Mar 1875 in Ditton, Lancashire m: 16 Jul 1901 in Wesleyan Meth.Chapel, Shaw St., Everton, Liverpool d: Jan 1950 in Hoylake, Wirral,        Merseyside Burial: Grange Cemetery, West Kirby, Wirral.
............................. 4 Edna May b: 16 Jan 1903 d: 28 Mar 1971 in Royal Infirmary,Manchester
............................. 4 Muriel Langdale b: 21 Jul 1904 in 79 Langdale Rd. Wavertree, Liverpool d: 13 Feb 1986 in Westhaven Nursing Home, Hoylake, Wirral
............................. 4 Laura Dilys b: 02 Jan 1910 in Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside d: 09 Jul 1998 in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire
................................. +John Howard Bradley b: 05 May 1910 in Southport, Lancs m: 05 Dec 1936 in St Lukes,Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside d: 25 Feb 2004 in Ross On Wye, Herefordshire
........ 2 Ruth Jones b: 1835 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire
........ 2 Elizabeth Jones b: 11 Dec 1837 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire
........ 2 Catherine Jones b: 1842 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire
............ +Erasmus Jones m: 1859 in Bangor, Wales

Harriet age 3 can be traced from 1841 with her father Joseph age 34 and a labourer, with Ann 34, Mary 4 and Thomas 6 months.  In 1851 they are in the same place with Joseph now age 44 and a smelter born in Holkin, Ann age 48 born in Holywell and Mary 14, Harriet 12, Thomas 10, Henry 7 and Edwin 7 months. Edwin`s birth certificate states that his mother Ann was formerly Hughes.All the children born in Flint.  In 1861 they are at 28 Duke Street in Flint, the family consisting of Joseph a lead smelter, Ann, Mary dressmaker, Thomas meat farmer, Henry labourer and Edwin a scholar. Harriet is now a servant in Chester to William Morris, Solicitor.  In 1871 Joseph now a widower age 62 is living at 25 Mount Street with his daughter Mary A unmarried and both labourers, and they are still there in 1881. In 1891 and 1901 Mary Ann is there on her own and is now a launderess. Thomas and Edwin cannot be traced after 1861.  Henry mentioned above as being with his sister Harriet and husband Robert in 1871 in Twiss St. Toxteth, Liverpool appears in 1881 with a wife Elizabeth and living in Chester Road, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, Wirral and is 'Agent to Water Carrier'.  They have 3 children, 2 girls Mary 9, Edith 2 and a son Joseph 6. Mary and Joseph were born in Liverpool and Edith in Whitby. In 1891 he is a Flat Inspector to Water ? living in Seaforth, Litherland and they now have 2 more children William John Ellesmere 9 and born in Ellesmere Port and Elizabeth 6 and born in Seaforth.  1901 he is a Flat Inspector to Manchester Ship Canal, and living at 82 Dacy Road, Everton and Joseph, William and Elizabeth are still at home.  I think Joseph became a Master Mariner and in 1911 is the Master of the SS Toxteth.  He is married.  William was an elementary school master and in 1911 is living with his wife Jane Downes at 11 Kirland Avenue, Birkenhead.

Descendants of Joseph Jones

1 Joseph Jones b: 1807 in Halkin, Flint, Flintshire
.. +Ann Hughes b: 1803 in Holywell, Flintshire
........ 2 Mary Ann Jones b: 1837 in Flint
........ 2 Harriet Jones b: 1839 in Flintshire, Wales
............ +Robert Jones b: 1833 in Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire, Wales m: 30 Dec 1868 in Church of St Michael, Toxteth, Walton-on-the-Hill, d: 31 Dec 1884 in 119 Northhill Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool
................... 3 Arthur Osborne Jones b: 1871 in West Derby, Liverpool
....................... +Catherine E Batty b: 1871 in Liverpool, Lancashire m: 1900 in Toxteth, Liverpool
............................. 4 Arthur Osborne Jones b: 1903 in Toxteth Park, Liverpool
................... 3 Thomas Richard Jones b: 30 Jun 1874 in 23 Bouverie Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool d: 06 Dec 1930 in Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside Burial: Grange Cemetery, West Kirby, Wirral.
....................... +Hannah Jane Tudor b: 04 Mar 1875 in Ditton, Lancashire m: 16 Jul 1901 in Wesleyan Meth.Chapel, Shaw St., Everton, Liverpool d: Jan 1950 in Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside Burial: Grange Cemetery, West Kirby, Wirral.
............................. 4 Edna May b: 16 Jan 1903 d: 28 Mar 1971 in Royal Infirmary,Manchester
............................. 4 Muriel Langdale b: 21 Jul 1904 in 79 Langdale Rd. Wavertree, Liverpool d: 13 Feb 1986 in Westhaven Nursing Home, Hoylake, Wirral
............................. 4 Laura Dilys b: 02 Jan 1910 in Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside d: 09 Jul 1998 in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire
................................. +John Howard Bradley b: 05 May 1910 in Southport, Lancs m: 05 Dec 1936 in St Lukes,Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside d: 25 Feb 2004 in Ross On Wye, Herefordshire
........ 2 Thomas Jones b: 1841 in Flint
........ 2 Henry Jones b: 1844 in Flint
........ 2 Edwin Jones b: 08 Sep 1850 in Parish Lane, Flint