Mrs Martha JONES, née Alden (1839–1874)
(with a mention of her husband, George JONES, buried at Folkestone)
St Paul section: Row 10, Grave 19 [St Paul ref. P8]
WIFE OF GEORGE JONES,
WHO DIED AUGUST 22ND 1874,
AGED 34 YEARS.
OF THE ABOVE
JUNE 24TH, 1886,
INTERRED AT FOLKESTONE
Martha Alden was born in All Saints’ parish in Oxford in 1839 (reg. fourth quarter). She was the daughter of the butcher John Alden (born in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire in 1796) and his second wife Caroline Cabbell (born in Maidstone, Kent in 1803). Her parents were married at Sandford-on-Thames on 19 August 1833. For more about her early life, see the grave of her parents and grandfather, which is next to this one.
At the time of the 1841 census Martha (2) was living at 13 Walton Place with her parents and her two older brothers Isaac (7) and Thomas (3) and her stepsister Sarah (11). The situation was the same in 1851, but she now had three younger siblings, namely Rebecca (9), Charles (5), and Edwin (2), and her maternal grandfather had come to live with them.
Her father John Alden died on 9 April 1857, and in 1861 Martha (21) was living with her mother and three of her brothers at 16 Walton Street.
On 23 July 1863 at the George Street Chapel in Oxford, Martha Alden married George Jones (born in Oxford in 1838), and an announcement was placed in Jackson’s Oxford Journal. They had the following children:
- Frank Jones (born in Oxford in 1864, reg. Headington district fourth quarter)
- Stanley Jones (born in Oxford in 1866, reg. Headington district third quarter)
- George Allan Jones (born in Oxford in 1868, reg. Oxford district third quarter).
At the time of the 1871 census Martha (31) was living at 50 St John Street in St Mary Magdalen parish with her husband George (32), who was a builder & brickmaker employing about 60 hands, and their three sons Frank (6), Stanley (4), and George (2), plus two servants.
Martha died at St Clement’s in 1874:
† Mrs Martha Jones died at St Clement’s at the age of 34 on 22 August 1874 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 26 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Her grave is immediately next to that of her father and grandfather, suggesting that when the latter died back in 1856 they had purchased a double family plot.
Martha’s husband George Jones
In the third quarter of 1876 at Newport, Monmouthshire, George Jones married his second wife, the widow Mrs Emma Miller (born in Folkestone, Kent in c.1846).
At the time of the 1881 census George Jones (42) was living at 38 Hythe Bridge Street with his second wife Emma (34), his youngest son George (12) from his first marriage, his stepdaughter Ada Miller (10), and his three children by Emma, namely Frederick (6), Jessie (3), and Josephine (1). They now had one servant. His two older sons, Frank (16) and Stanley (14), had been sent away to Buxton College, Forest Land, West Ham.
George Jones died at Folkestone (the home town of his second wife) on 24 June 1886, and he was buried there, but is remembered here in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on his first wife’s grave
Children of Mrs Martha Jones née Alden and her husband George Jones
- Frank Jones (born 1864) is hard to trace after 1881.
- Stanley Jones (born 1866) was an engineer’s clerk aged 24 in 1891, boarding at 28 Colebrooke Row, Islington. In the second quarter of 1894 he married Ethel Jane Nelson at St Giles-in-the-Fields Church London. At the time of the 1901 census Stanley (34) was a signmaker, living in Islington with Ethel (31) and their children Arthur Stanley Jones (5) and Douglas Stanley Jones (2), plus a servant. In 1911 Stanley (41) was the manager of a cabinet factory living at 1035 Forest Row, Walthamstow with Ethel, and they now had three more children: Cecil Stanley Jones (8), Ethel Stanley Jones (5), and Vera Stanley Jones (two months).
- George Allan Jones (born 1868) married Eleanor Harriet Coville in the fourth quarter of 1893 at Newmarket. At the time of the 1901 census he was a plumber living at 10 Victoria Cottages, Hornsey with his wife and their sons Harold (5) and Cyril (3). By 1911 George (42) described himself as a sanitary engineer and was living at 4 Riddy View, Hitchin with Eleanor (40) and their three children Harold George Jones (15), Cyril Bernard Jones (13), and Ruby Eileen Jones (3). George died on 29 May 1951 at 78 Walworth Road, Hitchin. His effects came to £293 3s. 3d., and probate was granted to his two sons: Harold was then a planning engineer, and Cyril a sanitary engineer.