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Tuesday, July 15, 2014



UPDATE - Jesse Jones has been claimed and is going home.

This photo was found in an outdoor antique mall in lower Manhattan, New York.

It is labeled "JESSE JONES, FATHER OF HOWARD JONES", and was taken in Norristown, Pennsylvania, circa 1888.

Back of the photo is shown at right.

I love that the photographer also doubles as an "Artificial Fly Tyer."

There is a fellow of this name, born July 1854, found on the Norristown, PA, census of 1900. He was living at 1101 Green Street with his wife Laura V., born Aug 1854, and son Howard Jones, born March 1897. Jesse's occupation is Grocer.

In 1920, the family still lives at the same house on Green Street. Jesse is still a merchant in the retail grocery industry.  His son Howard, then age 22, is given as a chemist.

In the 1930 census, Jesse has retired and has no occupation. Howard, still living with his parents, is a chemist at a steel plant. The family is now living in a $10,000 home at 1507 Markley Street.

The Pennsylvania Death Index records that he passed away at the age of 81y5m of Chronic Myocarditis on December 26, 1933. He was a retired grocer, survived by his wife Laura V. Jones of 1507 Markley Street. His parents were Job C. Jones and Sara Worrell, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania. He is buried at Riverside cemetery in Norristown.

Pennsylvania Death Index also shows Laura Davis Jones, widow of Jesse Jones, died of apoplexy on April 21, 1935. Her birth date was August 5, 1854. Her parents were William Davis and Harriet Watson of Pennsylvania. The information was supplied by Howard Jones of 1507 Markley Street.

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