Newborough, My Village
by Mrs Mair Davies
1901 Head of Households
1901 Mat Makers
Sir John Prichard-Jones
William Jones, Master Mariner
John William "Bullocky" Jones
St Peters Church
Ken F. Williams' Welsh Ancestry
Anne Williams, born 1827, Cae Crwn.
The Pen Wal Story
William Thomas, Tyddyn Plwm
Richard Harold Aubrey
Anglesey Memories - Stephen Lyons
Links to other Newborough websites
NEWBOROUGH, MY VILLAGE
Historian Mrs Mair Davies, kindly shares her knowledge of her beautiful Newborough.
The following is a transcript of a piece Mrs Davies performed to camera.
Mrs Mair Davies
'Mair o Rosyr'
1926 - 2012
I am very interested in the history of Newborough, my village.In 1303, the people of Llanfaes had proved to be too warlike and military minded and were used to seafaring and trading. When the Anglo Saxons conquered Gwynedd, and fortified Beaumaris Castle, they decided that the people of Llanfaes were a problem, and so they were moved to a new borough. Hence the unusual arrangement of four streets in a rectangle on the eastern most volcanic fold of Anglesey.
So my forebears could well be some of those from Llanfaes, with the original people who lived here, of the Rhosfair, Rhosyr community.
In the 16th Century, storms swept from the sea, throwing sand inland all over Britain. Queen Elizabeth issued a law, if you like, that marram grass had to be planted on all sanddunes that had caused such problems. Newborough was one of the villages, that was covered in sand. The sand was removed from the streets, the gardens and houses and placed into one field.
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It is noticable that the field is on higher ground, above the road, than any other field in the area. It is called Cae Pen Bonc. Ponc is the bank of sand, and the house adjoining it is called Pen Bonc, which is the translation of course.
People will remember the field as the one where the Anglesey Esiteddfod was held in 1984.
However, marram grass became a way of earning a living for the women of Newborough, who worked the marram grass mats. The mats were taken over to the foot of Caernarfon Castle, where they were sold and snapped up by the local farmers, for people who still had eathern floors. A long mat of marram grass was made for the long aisle of St Peter's Church Newborough.
That trade eventually died. It was noted in the 18th century, when Sir John Wynne Bart, of Glynllifon, across in Caernarfonshire, was escorting the Duke of Bedford, Jasper Tudor, to be Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He must have crossed with horse and carriage, which was possible at one certain time and certain tides, by Pen Lon, and passed the Ship Inn. Pen Lon was then a port on the arc of the bay, on the Menai Strait side of Aber Menai Point.
In travelling through Newborough, he noted with some surprise, that there were no people rushing out with hands outstretched, pleading for charity. He also noted that the women were sitting at their doorways, chatting with each other, and working the marram grass mats, which were supplied not only in Anglesey, but also taken across to Caernarfonshire.
Mat making was revived again by Colonel Cotton, early in the last century, and a photograph was taken of Colonel Cotton with the women of Newborough, working the marram grass. My great aunt is one of them in the photograph, modrub Leisa, Elizabeth Roberts.
Pictured here are;
Back row; Ann Jane Jones (Pant), Margaret Humphries (Bryn Teg), Catherine Roberts (Tyn Lon Bach)
Middle Row; Mary Roberts (Sein Fawr), Leisa Roberts (Plas Pydewa), Jane Parry (Twnti), Rebecca Lewis (Llain Pwll), Lowri Lewis (Tan y Ffynnon), Elin Edwards (Ty Mawr),.
Front row; Elin Jones (Sgubor Ddu), Margaret Jones (Plas Pydewa), Colonel Stapleton Cotton, Mrs Jenkins (the vicar's wife and secretary of the Newborough Matmakers' Association, founded in 1913 by Colonel Cotton), Elin Jones (Institute), Margaret Owen (Tyn Llan)..
She was my mother's aunt, and in the picture, she's holding one of the marram grass ropes in her hand, second from the left at the back.
I remember the last member of that group of women, but I can't recognise her in that photograph. She was Margiad Wmffra, who lived in a cottage with an adjoining hut, or wash house. In there would be the tub, the scrubbing board and a bar of red soap, and it was called the cwt golchi, the wash house. I remember her sitting outside on a chair, with a bucket of water and the marram grass cut to the required lengths for weaving and soaking in the bucket to soften it.
The women were then able to plait the grass to make the mats. Margiad was the last one in 1930. It was revived again, but only as a sort of token.
I remember, here and there in the warren, seeing the stooks of the marram grass, still tall and cut, ripening there for the autumn. Women used to go and harvest it. Then they'd go and work by Pandy Mill.
The stream used to run from underground, below Cae Ty Gwyn, where the footballers used to play. If you go a few yards from Bryn Felin, you'll see the stream coming out from underground, as it flows all the way down to the sea at Pandy Mill.
I remember as a child, seeing the mill wheel, the four windows and the doorway, but you could not get in the building. The last time I saw it, many, many, years later, all I could see was a bit of the roof. The sand had come in and hidden everything. That was where the women used to gather to work the marram grass mats and the men would sort of saunter over and chat with them, while they worked there.
When I was 4, after the marram grass had been revived, my father carried me on his shoulders for the first time to Llanddwyn.
|Llanddwyn is a Holy Island to us, a most important place, and always will be, with Dwynwen's holy well. It's there that some of our forebears over the centuries, are buried around the ruin of Dwynwen's Church. Dwynwen had a Church and Abbey and a spring of pure water, that as children, we used to go and drink out of with our cupped hands.
Church, lighthouse and Cross
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The Saints living there were reclusive. They were not hermits, and they preferred to be on an island, which Llanddwyn was at certain tides, until the breakwater was built, so that people could go to them and talk to them, asking for advice and guidance. Dwynwen was noted as the Saint of Lovers and they would go to her for special advice.
People still go to Llanddwyn to remember Dwynwen and the spring of pure water in the rocks nearby.
There are other similar islands like Ynys Enlli, where the poet tells that 20,000 saints are buried, but also all over the country and even in other countries in Europe.
Lourdes is the most important noticeable one, and of course there was Saint James of Compostela in Spain.
It was believed in the time of the Pilgrimages, and Crusades, that one Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, would make sure you got to heaven. It needed two to Canterbury and Rome, and places like Llanddwyn would be on a smaller scale, but were also considered to be places to go on a Pilgrimage.
The cawri, or cockle shells on Llanddwyn, which we call Cregyn Iago in Welsh, James's shells, which were white clam shells, stood as his symbol.
Working the marram grass gave Newborough people a tremendous sense of wellbeing and self regard. We Newborough people therefore, have this very proud tradition. We do remember that our village had special qualities, consisting of a mixture of people from Llanfaes, as I said earlier and the people who were here before, and Llanddwyn, our Holy Island.
Ruins of St Dwynwen's Church
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We in the Church of St Peter, have always held an annual service with communion at the ruined site of the Church on Llanddwyn Island.
There's no sign of the Abbey, but of course it makes me believe, but I could possibly be wrong, that the stones were used to build the cottages and the two lighthouses, but I don't know - that's pure supposition, but where else would they have gone?
(gan Mair o Rosyr)
Gyda dwr o Ffynnon Wili
Bara a chaws o gwpwrdd mam,
Dyddiau hafaidd syml dedwydd
Oedd plentyndod pur di-nam.
Yn y man fe ddaeth y rhyfel,
Olion brwydro dros y tir,
Llong yn dryllio ar draeth Penrhos,
Arfau enbyd uwch y sir.
Gweld adfael lle bu eglwys
Santes Dwynwen 'r oes a fu;
Hi oedd santes y cariadon
Heidiant ati eto'n llu.
Rhes bythynnod a goleudy
Y fath harddwch, y fath fro,
Ffynnon bur ar gwr y creigiau
Cregin Iago yn y gro.
Ar ein sanctaidd Ynys Llanddwyn
Heibio'r traethau ar ei hynt,
Erys eto i'm hudolaeth
Y baradwys a fu gynt.
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So those are the historical facts about the history of Newborough, and we still have that certain feeling of self-worth accordingly.
My personal thanks go to Mrs Mair Davies and Linda John,
for supplying this wonderful information on Newborough.
1901 HEAD OF HOUSEHOLDS
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|Pilots Cottages, Llanddwyn
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1 Thomas Williams, 61, married, Trinity Pilot, born Llanidan.
2 Richard Hughes, 50, married, Trinity Pilot, born Llanfaelog.
3 Henry Jones, 33, single, Trinity Pilot, born Newborough.
4 William Jones, 29, married, Trinity Pilot, born Newborough.
Elizabeth Jones of Tai Pilot in the 1930's with her donkey 'Biddy'. Elizabeth used to fetch weekly groceries from Newborough.
Pandy; Ann Hughes, 81, widow, born Newborough
Tyn y Coed; Hugh Lewis, 45, married, farmer, born Nwborough.
Ty'n Lon; Owen Williams, 57, married , farmer, born Gaerwen
Ty'n Pant; Jane Jones, 68, widow, mat maker own account, born Newborough.
Ty'n y Cae; Thomas Roberts, 32, farmer, born Newborough
Mill Bank; Griffith Jones, 60, married, Shoemaker - boots, born Anglesey
Gwnhingen (?); David Thomas, 52, married, farmer, born
Tir Forgan; uninhabited
Erw Wen; uninhabited
Hafotty; John Owen, 52, single farmer, born Newborough.
Tir Mawr; Edward Hughes, 45, married, house painter, born Newborough
Ty'n Llidiart; Thomas Owen, 52, married, general labourer, born Newborough
Carregyn Eithin; Ellen Jones, 60, single, farmer, born Newborough
Bryn Menai; Mary E. Jones, 39, Master Mariner's wife, born Newborough
Rallt Gwta; Ellen Roberts, 62, widow, born Newborough
Hendre, John Hughes, 39, married farmer, born Newborough
Tyddyn; Thomas Roberts, 56, married, farmer, born Llangaffo
Ty'n y Graig; uninhabited
Maes y Ceirchdir; Griffith R. Jones, 64, widower, farmer, born Newborough.
Cae'r Ychain; Thomas Jones 44, married, stone mason - waller, born Newborough
Cae'r Traian; John Williams, 22, single, joiner carpenter, born Newborough.
Tyddyn Plwm; William Thomas, 55, married, farmer, born Newborough
|1901 Census Tyddyn Plwm|
Information relating to this family can be found further down the page, courtesy of Mags Crook.
William Thomas 55, and his family had returned to his family home at Tyddyn Plwm, where he farmed and worked as a Joiner. Wife Mary was 50, daughters Mary 13, Anne 12 and son Thomas O. 7 were all born in Newborough. All were Welsh speaking.
Goitan; William Lloyd, 40, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Tan y Graig; Gayney Jones, 58, single farmer, born Llangeinwen
Gallt y Rhedyn; Richard Thomas, 41, married, farmer, born Llantrisant
Lane leading to Gallt y Rhedyn
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Farmer Richard Thomas, 41 and his family lived at Gallt Y Rhedyn. He was born in Llantrisant. His wife Margaret was 37 and born in Trefdraeth as were four of their 5 children living at home. Jane, 14, worked as a mat maker at home, Miriam was 13, Richard, 11, Maggie E., 8 and daughter Ellen C, 4, was born in Newborough. The family only spoke Welsh.
Ty'n y Goedan; Jane Hughes, 83, widow, farmer, born Newborough
Tal y Braich; Robert Roberts, 70, married, retired mariner, born Newborough
Ty Lawr; Owen Jeffrey Jones, 44, married Farmer, J.P., born Newborough
John Jones, 31, married, potato and carrot dealer, born Gwalchmai
Hugh Williams, 32, married, general labourer, born Trefdraeth
William Lloyd, 70, married, general labourer, born Aberffraw
Glan 'Rafon; Catherine Williams, 47, widow, farmer, born Bangor
Pen y Wal; David Jones, head, 60, potato and carrot dealer, working on his own own account, Rebecca, wife, 60, Jane, daughter, 21, mat maker working at home Mary, daughter, 19, mat maker working at home, David, son, 17, carter at home, Maggie Roberts, granddaughter, 13
Photo courtesy of William Bramhill.
Grave of David Jones, his wife Margaret and young daughter Laura.
David is shown as aged 17 in the census entry.
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Cader Lantin; unihabited.
Long Shipping; Griffith Jones, 42, widower, farmer, born Gwalchmai
2 houses uninhabited
William Owen, 50, married, general labourer, born Llangeinwen.
John Carvel, 43, married, plateman, slate quarry, born Trefdraeth
1 house uninhabited
Margaret Griffiths, 50, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Ellen Evans, 65, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Hugh Roberts, 41, married, Cockle Merchant, born Newborough.
Pen Lon; Owen Rowlands, 59 married, potato & carrot merchant, b Newborough
Glan Menai; William Jones, 63, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Bron y Gadair, Robert Jones, 32, married, car driver, born Newborough.
Pen Llyn; Owen W. Owen 29 married potato & carrot dealer, born Newborough
Pen Ras Terrace;
Elizabeth Williams, 29, married, born Llanddaniel
Jane Williams, 26, married, born Newborough.
Owen Roberts, 60, married, general labourer, born Llangadwaladr
Caravan; Noah Boswell, 49, "married", occupation not known, born Shropshire
Pendre Bach; Catherine Jones, 49, widow, farmer, born Trefdraeth
Cerrig Ewydd; Hugh Owen Williams, 26 ag. labourer, born Newborough
Bryn Hyfryd; John Williams, 54 married, Ret. Master Mariner, b Newborough
Cae Coch; Thomas Thomas, 55, widower, farmer, born Newborough.
Board School House; Daniel P. Jones, 38, married, Schoolmaster, b Llandegai
Llain East; Robert Edwards, 39, married slate quarryman, born Llangadwaladr
Neuadd Wen; John Hughes, 58, married, weigher slate quarry, born Gwalchmai
Ty Newydd; Robert Roberts, 52, married, ag labourer, born Bethesda
Ty Mwdeval; Mary Williams, 55, widow, farmer, born Llangeinwen
Glan Rhos; John Griffiths, 71, married, farmer, born Trefdraeth
Caer Gors, Thomas Williams, 66, married, farmer, born Trefdraeth
Caeau Bychion; Robert Jones, 80, widower, farmer, born Llandyrnog
Frondeg Uchaf; Robert Roberts 66, married, farmer, born Llangaffo
Frondeg Isaf; Mary Roberts, 54 widow, born Llanfairathafarn
Bron Efail; Ann Jones, 44, widow, farmer, born Llangaffo.
Edward Jones, 80, widower, living on own means, b. Llangeinwen
John Jones, 36, married, ag. labourer, born Llangadwaladr.
Jane Davies, 60, widow, charwoman, born Llanedwen
William Williams, 58, married, slate quarryman, born Gwalchmai.
William Jones, 32, married, ag, labourer, born Llangaffo.
Owen Jones, 30, married, ag.labourer, born Brynsiencyn
Robert Williams, 25, married, ag. labourer, born Aberfffraw.
Owen Pritchard, 51, married, ag. labourer, born Gwalchmai.
John Edwards, 51, married, ag. labourer, born Trefdraeth.
Margaret Williams, 24, married, born Llangaffo.
Cefn Mawr Isaf; Annie Wynne Hughes, 75 widow, own means, b. Llangeinwen
Cefn Mawr Uchaf; John Williams, 47, married, farmer, born Newborough
Caeau Gwynion; William Jones, 62, married, farmer, born Newborough
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William Jones 62, farmed Caeau Gwynion with his wife Catherine 53, who was born in Liverpool. William and the couple's children were all Newborough born. John 27 and Henry 18 worked on the farm, Anne Jane was 15, and Robert Hugh was 12. Mother Catherine was the only bilingual member of the family the others spoke only Welsh.
Graianfryw; Catherine Jones, 59, widow, own means, born Newborough
Ty Main; Robert Williams, 32, married, farmer, born Llangeinwen
Tyddyn Pwrpas; Ann Jones, 57, married, born Newborough
Rhen Dy; John Roberts, 38, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Ty'n Rhos; uninhabited.
Ty'n Coed; Hugh Owen, 58, married, farmer, born Caernarvon
Ty Mawr; Isaac Hughe, 47, farmer & gent insurance, born Prestatyn
Bryniau; Michael Jones, 36, single, farmer, bornLlandyfydog.
Glynteg; Griffith John Jones, 36, married, farmer, born Newborough
Tyddyn Fawd; Richard Jones, 49, married, farmer, born Llangoed.
Tan Lan; William Jones, 52, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Tan Lan farm buildings.
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William Jones 52 of Newborough, farmed Tan Lan, with his wife Margaret 43 of Llanidan. The couple lived initially at Llanfechell where their children were born. William was 13, Catherine M. 12, Hugh Evans 10, John Owen 8, David Thomas 5 and Margaret Ann was 3. They were all Welsh speakers.
Cerrig Mawr; William Parry, 55, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Bryn Madog; Thoams Williams, 81, widower, farmer, born Llanfairyneubwll
Melin Ffrwd; William Roberts, 47, single, farmer, born Newborough.
Tyddyn Bach; Owen Jones, 35, married, rockman slate quarry, b. Newborough
Tan Bryn Madog; uninhabited.
Glan Traeth; Owen Edwards, 57, widower, farmer, born Llangadwaladr.
Clogwyn Llwyd; Richard Jones, 43, married, ag. labourer, born Newborough (feeble minded)
Clogwyn; Robert Roberts, 35, married, ag. labourer, born Llangwyfan.
Caer Glynol; Robert Thomas, 37, married, slate quarry lab. b. Llanfairyneubwll.
Rhedyn Coch Bach; Hugh Roberts, 31, married, ag. labourer, born Newborough.
Rhedyn Coch Mawr; Richard Jones, 49, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Bryn Ffynoydd; Robert Roberts; 30, married, farmer, born Llangaffo.
Bryn Sinc; Lewis Lewis, 30, married, farmer & rate collector, b Newborough.
Tir Bodfel; William Jones, 39, single, farmer, born Newborough.
Offt; Hugh Roberts, 28, married, ag. labourer, born Llangeinwen
Cefn Bychan; Richard Thomas, 32, married, farmer, born Llangwnadl.
Tyddyn Waen; Elizabeth Williams, 54, single, at home, born Newborough.
Ty Gwyn; John Jones, 56, married, retired sailor, born Newborough.
NEWBOROUGH - THE VILLAGE
Cambrian House; Robert Griffiths, 31, single, Draper, born Newborough.
White Lion, John Owen, 55, married, Publican, born Llanidan.
Hendre Terrace; Margaret Roberts, 53, widow, born Dwyran
Hendre Terrace; uninhabited.
Bronderwydd; Hugh Evans, 58, married, ret. Master Mariner, b Llanfair Math .
Sign Hare; Benjamin Lewis, 43, married, general carrier, born Llangadwaladr.
Glanffynon; Joseph Roberts, 60, married, castrator vets, born Llandwrog.
New Chamber; Elizabeth Jones, 73, widow, mat maker, born Newborough
New Chamber; Jane Williams, 77, widow, mat maker, born Clynnog.
New Chamber; Robert Williams, 31, married gamekeeper, rabbit catcher, born Newborough.
Bronheulog; Ann Jones, 45, married, born Newborough.
Ty Mawr; Jane Roberts, 61, widow, own means, born Newborough
Ty Mawr; Thomas Lewis, 48, married, general labourer, born Ceirchiog
Dywades; Catherine Williams, 62, single, farmer, born Aberffraw.
Tyddyn Tlodion; Daniel Hughes, 76, married farmer, born Llangefni.
Tai Ty'n Buarth; Catherine Jones, 47, single, own means, born Newborough.
Tai Ty'n Buarth, William Rowlands, 34, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Tai Ty'n Buarth; William Rowlands, 75, widower, Old sailor pauper, born Newborough.
Pen Rallt, Thomas Jones, 77, married, stone mason, born Llanidan.
Chapel House; uninhabited.
Catherine Rowlands, 51, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
Thomas Jones, 28, married, carter on farm, born Newborough.
Elizabeth Edwards, 52, married, sailor's wife, born Newborough.
Minffordd; Owen Williams, 44, married, railway porter, born Newborough.
Plas Pella; 2 uninhabited.
Pen Bonc, Mary Owen, 59, widow, dairy farmer, born Llangeinwen.
Llain Pwll; uninhabited
Tyn Lon Bach; William Roberts, 35, married, cattleman on farm, b Newborough
Tyn Lon Bach; Hugh Hughes, 38, married, general labourer, born Newborough
Tyn Lon Bach; John Owen, 52, married, general labourer, born Llangadwaladr
Twnti; Richard Parry, 67, married, cattle dealer, born Newborough
Twnti; Owen M. Williamson. 60, single, retired schoolmaster, born Newborough.
St Thomas Church of England Mission House.
Margaret Roberts, 56, widow, grocer, born Llanfihangel,
Margaret Jones, 43, married, seaman's wife,born Newborough.
Fanny Roberts, 27, married, seaman's wife, born Newborough
Warehouse; Richard T. Roberts, 59, married, merchant tailor clothier, born Llangefni
Malltraeth Street; Jane Rowlands, 62, widow, mat maker, born Newborough
Cae Coch; Ellin Williams, 66, widow, midwife, born Newborough.
Cae Coch; Catherine Griffiths, 75 widow, born Newborough.
Cae Coch; John Hughes, 37, married slate quarryman, born Trefdraeth
Rhouse; William M. Williams, 58, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Gorphwysfa; William Williams, 40, married, joiner carpenter, born Llanidan.
Pengongl; 3 uninhabited.
Pendre St; 1 uninhabited
Plas Newydd Shop; David Jones, 40, married, grocer, born Newborough.
Shop Pendre St; Elizabeth Williams, 56, single, grocer, born Newborough
Pwllgro; Robert H. Roberts, 30, married, syonemason, born Newborough
Pwllgro;William Rowlands. 44, married joiner carpenter, born Newborough
Margaret Hughes, 44, married, slate quarry labourer's wife, born Newborough
Mary Roberts, 51, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Rowland Jones, 23, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Robert Jones, 56, married, general labourer, born Trefdraeth.
Pant Glascoed; Robert Jones, 61, married, rope maker, born Newborough.
Richard Jones, 50, married, stone quarryman, born Newborough.
Glascoed; Jane Jones, 37, wife, born Holyhead.
Ty'n Gerddi; Ellin Williams, 52, married, laundress, born Newborough.
Ty'n Gerddi; uninhabited.
Ty'n Gerddi; David D. Davies, 33, married, Wesleyan Lay Agent, born Rhiwlas.
Dorothy Hughes, 68, widow, charwoman, born Newborough.
Margaret Jones, 41, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Elizabeth Roberts, 23, married, mat maker, born Newborough.
Brynteg; Ann Williams, 64, single, laundress, born Dwyran
Nyth y Gog; Mary Rowlands, 59, widow, mat maker, born Pentraeth.
Tyddyn Bercyn; William Evans, 63, widower, general labourer, born Newborough.
Pendref; Ann Griffiths, 81, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Rectory; Henry W. Jenkins, 39, married, Clergyman C.of E., born Llanfihangel.
Haywals (?); Hugh Griffith, 33, married, merchant sailor, born Carnarfon.
Baronhill; John Jones, 61, married, retired master mariner, born Newborough.
Baronhill; William T. Williams, 36, married, master mariner, born Newborough.
|Baronhill Bach; These are Mair' Davies' grandparents, on her mother's side.|
|Hugh Owen, 48 , plasterer and slater, wife Mary 47, and children Thomas, 21 also a plasterer and slater, Anne Jane, 20, a dressmaker, Mary 10, and Hugh I. aged 3.|
Mair's mother, Elizabeth, born around 1893, was not at home aon the night of the census.
Sign Delyn; David Owen, 56, married, shoemaker boots, born Newborough.
Sign Delyn; Mary Lewis, 45, widow, mat maker, born Llanddeilionen.
Plas Newydd Terrace; John Williams, 64, married, rabbit catcher, born Newborough.
Police Station; Richard Thomas, 40, married, Police Officer (County), born Penmon.
Welsh Baptist Chapel.
Baptist Chapel House; Robert Edwards, 47, married, general labourer, b Dolbenmaen.
Shop; Francis Hughes, 59, married, farmer & grocer, born Gwalchmai.
Madryn House; William Lewis, 53 married, grocer, born Newborough.
Bangor House; Mary Williams, 54, single, grocer, born Newborough.
Cae Crwn; Robert Williams, 51, married, grocer, born Llangadwaladr.
Chapel St; William Smith, 59, married, tailor & draper, born Llangeinwen.
Corn Coch; Richard Jones, 31, married, carrier, born Newborough.
Carrog House; Mary Hughes, 26, married, draper & grocer, born Saltney.
Ellin Roberts, 63, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Griffith Jones, 75, married, painter, born Carnarfon.
Ty'n Gate; Mary Owen 76, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Ty'n Gate; William Williams, 57, married, general labourer, born Cerrig Ceinwen.
Hugh Evans, 54, married, corn & flour dealer, born Newborough.
Richard Lewis, 51, married, ag. labourer, born Llangaffo.
Owen Roberts, 29, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Owen Griffith, 74,married, sail maker, born Llangadwaladr.
Ellin Jones, 37, single, on own means, born Newborough.
Chapel View; Ann Pierce, 49, married, sailor's wife, born Newborough.
Elizabeth Williams, 39, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
Evan Hughes, 80, widower, general carrier, born Bodedern.
John Jones, 70, widower, broom maker rush, born Newborough.
Robert Humphreys, 43, married broom maker brush, born Newborough.
Shop Isaf; Ellin Williams, 67, widow, dressmaker, born Llangaffo.
Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel.
Chapel House; Elizabeth Green, 64, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Bodinsworth (?); Hugh Jones, 73, married, retired pilot, born Newborough.
Mona Home; uninhabited.
Chapel St; Owen Lewis, 81, widower, retired joiner, carpenter, born Newborough.
Sign Fawr; Owen Roberts, 31, married, sailor, born Newborough.
Ty'n Pydew; uninhabited.
Ellin Williams, 82, widow, pauper, born Newborough.
Catherine Thomas, 70, widow, own means,born Bethel.
Penrhyn House, John Jones, 47, married, grocer shopkeeper, born Bethel.
|1901 Census Penrhyn House|
Information relating to this family can be found further down the page, courtesy of Mags Crook.
John Jones, 47 a grocer and Shopkeeper was born in Bethel, Caernarfonshire. Wife Elizabeth was 22, and the couple had an 8 year old son, Esiah, born in Newborough.
Ellin Owen, 69, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
Jane Williams, 66, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Jane Williams, 44, single, grocer shopkeeper, born Newborough.
Catherine Lewis, 53, single, living on own means, born Newborough.
Henry Price, 82, widower, general labourer, born Llangefni.
Lewis Hughes, 58, married, stonemason, born Newborough.
Church St; Hugh Williams, 61, married, grocer butcher, born Newborough.
Llain Stent; Margaret Jones, 30, slate quarrier's wife, born Newborough.
Llain Stent; Ellin Lewis, 72, widow, born Newborough.
Welsh Congregational Chapel.
William Roberts, 38, married, born Newborough.
William M. Owen, 25, married, carter on farm, born Newborough.
Richard Roberts, 41, married, carter on farm, born Newborough.
Thomas Roberts, 55, married, tailor, born Newborough.
Careg Eglwys; Elizabeth Williams, 64, widow, born Gwalchmai,
Ysgubor Ddu; Owen Williams, 38, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Ysgubor Ddu; Rachel Williams, 47, married. born Llanddona.
Ysgubor Ddu; uninhabited.
College; Owen Williams, 52, married, sailor, born Newborough.
Spier House; David Williams, 45, married, slate quarryman, born Malltraeth.
Ty Newydd; Owen Owens, 58, married, ag. labourer, born Anglesey.
Ty Newydd; Mary Edwards, 72, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Fair View; John Williams, 36, married, slate quarryman, born Trefdraeth.
Fair View; Owen Jones, 36, married, blacksmith, born Llangadwaladr.
Solomon Williams, 26, married, slate quarryman, born Brynsiencyn.
Catherine Parry, 62, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
John Williams, 52, married, mason's lasbourer, born Holyhead.
Ann Owen, 28, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
Thomas Jones, 40, single, general labourer, born Newborough.
Ty Rallt; Ellin Pritchard, 53, widow, farmer, born Newborough.
Bryngoleu; Annie Morgan, 20, single, dressmaker, born Llangadwaladr.
Bryngoleu; Hugh Hughes, 61, single, builder, born Newborough.
Bron Rallt; Jane Jones, 61, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Bron Rallt; John Jones, 86, married, retired mariner, born Newborough.
Tanffynon; Thomas Williams, 52, married, slate quarryman, born Newborough.
Tanffynon; Catherine Roberts, 56, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Tanffynon; Robert Roberts, 56, married, stone mason, born Gwalchmai.
Henblas; Evan Jones, 70, married, general carrier, born Newborough.
Tynffynon; Edward Roberts, 33, single, slate quarryman, born Newborough.
Tynffynon; Catherine Williams, 76, widow, own means, born Llangefni.
Coedana; Thomas Hughes, 46, married, coal dealer, born Newborough.
Coedana; Robert Williams, 41, married, butcher, born Llanddeusant.
Church St; John Lewis, 42, single, general labourer, born Trefdraeth.
Church St, Joiner's Shop; uninhabited.
1901 MARRAM MAT MAKERS
Jane Jones, 81, widow, working at home, Ty'n y Pant, on own account
Mary Jones, 14, single, worker at home, Ty'n Llidiart.
Maggie Williams, 26, single, worker at home, Cae'r Traian.
Jane Thomas, 14, single, worker at home, Gallt y Rhedyn
Ellen Roberts, 78, widow, working at home, Clynnog Road, on own account.
Jane Jones, 21, single, worker at home, Pen y Wal.
Mary Jones, 19, worker at home, Pen y Wal.
Margaret Griffiths, 50, widow, working at home, Abermenai Road, on own account.
Ellen Evans, 65, widow, working at home, Abermenai Road, on own account.
Margaret Rowlands, 19, worker at home, Pen Lon.
Jane Williams, 77, widow, working at home, New Chamber, on own account.
Sarah Williams, 34, single, working at home, New Chamber, on own account.
Catherine Rowlands, 51, single, working at home, Boston Terrace, on own account.
Jane Rowlands, 62, widow, working at home, Malltraeth St, on own account.
Mary Roberts, 51, widow, working at home, Pendre Street, on own account.
Margaret Jones, 41, widow, working at home, Tyddyn Bagnall, on own account.
Ellen Jones, 36, single, working at home, Tyddyn Bagnall, on own account.
Mary Rowlands, 59, widow, working at home, Nyth y Gog, on own account.
Jane Owen, 20, single, working at home, Sign Delyn, on own account.
Mary Owen, 18, single, working at home, Sign Delyn, on own account.
Mary Lewis, 45, widow,working at home, Sign Delyn, on own account.
Catherine Lewis, 21, single, worker at home, Sign Delyn.
Mary Lewis, 18, single, worker at home, Sign Delyn.
Catherine I. Williams,24,single,working at home, Plas Newydd Terrace, own account
Elizabeth Williams, 39, single, working at home, Rhine Isaf, on own account.
Kate Williams, 17, single, working at home, Sing Fawr, on own account.
Ellin Owen, 69, single working at home, Sign Fawr, on own account.
Jane Williams, 66, widow, working at home, Sign Fawer, on own account.
Catherine Parry, 62, widow, working at home, Tanrofft, on own account.
Jane Parry, 42, single, working at home, Tanrofft, on own account.
Mary Jones, 46, single, working at home, Tanrofft, on own account.
Ann Owen, 28, single, working at home, Tanrofft, on own account.
SIR JOHN PRICHARD-JONES
John Prichard-Jones was the son of Richard Jones and Jane Hughes, who lived at Tyn y Coed, Newborough. Richard, was born in Newborough around 1804 and Jane in Llandwrog around 1809.
In 1841 they are recorded as living at Tyn y Coed, both aged 35 respectively. This due to the rounding of ages made at that time on the census for adults. Richard was a farmer, and living with them were their children Elinor 15, Richard 9, William 6, Owen 4 and John, 1 month.
1851 saw Richard 47, this time working as a shoemaker, with wife Jane 42, John 10 and Catherine 19.
Ten years later, in 1861, Richard was again recorded as a farmer of 25 acres, aged 57, Jane was 52. Daughter Catherine 29 bears the surname Hughes, and she had no occupation. Living with them was Jane's brother, Hugh, aged 39, a mariner.
The couple were farming just 8 acres at Tyn y Coed in 1871, with Richard now 67, Jane 62 and her brother Hugh, 49, still a mariner.
Richard, 77, had retired by 1881, wife Jane was 72. Hugh was not at that address on census night.
Jane had died by the 1891 census, which saw Richard, 87 living in the household of his son William aged 56, at Tyddyn . William's wife Jane was 46 and they had two servants, Elizabeth Griffiths 19 and John Rowlands 15.
John Pritchard-Jones 19, had left home by 1861, when he living as a lodger at 12 Bridgewater Square, Cripplegate, in the parish of St Giles without. John was then a draper's assistand. His landlord, Ellis Jones 61, was a flannel dealer born in Ffestiniog, and Ellis' wife Ann 57, hailed from Denbigh.
Twenty years later, John was a Master Draper, living at 19, Victoria Road, Willesden, Middlesex, with his wife Mary C. aged 23. Their general servant living with them was Sarah A. W. Teall, of Gloucestershire. John's first wife was Jane Williams.
In 1891, John Pritchard-Jones was 47, and a Silk Mercer, living at Lorine House, Greencroft Gardens, St John's, Hampstead. Mary was 33, their domestic servants being Frances Battershell, 22 of St Georges, London and Alice L. Piggott, 22 of Marylebone.
Sir John Prichard-Jones presented this Institute to the people of Newborough and district in 1905, as a gift.
Below are six Almshouses, adjacent to the Institute.
St Peter's Churchyard, Newborough
Sir John Pritchard-Jones died on the 17th October 1917,
and is buried at St Peters Church
A member of a Newborough family had the drive to make a success in life, but it was in Tasmania that he settled down and where his life's work is commemorated in a museum.
He showed a love of the sea when only a boy in Newborough. William (Billy) Jones, the second son of Robert and Margaret (nee Griffiths) Jones, White Lion, was born on the 5th May 1842, and baptised into the Church of England as it was then, at St Peter's Church. He had three brothers, John, Richard and Owen Jeffreys, and four sisters, Ellen, Ann, Mary Ellen and Margaret. In 1851, the family are recorded as living at Malltraeth Street, Newborough. Robert was 48, and farming 300 acres, Margaret was 36 and children John 15, Robert 12, Ellen 10, William 8 Mary Ellen 2 and Margaret was just one month old.
His father, Robert who also kept the tavern and farmed, died at the White Lion in 1867 at the age of 67. William's mother then moved to Tyddyn, the family farm, where she died in 1886, aged 73. Both his parents came from families with strong seafaring traditions.
William, who was named after his uncle, a sea captain, worked on the ferry boat 'Menai', running between Caernarfon and Anglesey until he was eighteen. From the age of ten to twelve, William was persuaded by his uncle, who recognised the value of education, to attend the village school and the Caernarfon Maritime College. Just before his nineteenth birthday, his uncle Henry, captain of the 'Prince Consort' took him on as a deckhand at a shilling a month. In the family bible he wrote; "I left Liverpool on March 14, 1861, in the ship Prince Consort under Captain Henry Jones. We arrived at Williamstown, Australia on June 30, 1861".
The trip of 108 days made a man of him and he eventually sailed with his uncle, Captain William Jones, and elder brother who were already engaged in the intercolonial shipping trade. He married Martha Maria Dowling, the daughter of a well to do family on the 5 March 1863 at Table Cape, Tasmania and their mansion house was named 'Menai'. Billy never returned to Wales. He then became master of his uncle's ketch Margaret Chessell but, wanting his own ship, engaged William Mollison to build a schooner, the 'Onward', with which he traded.
William gave up the sea in 1872, and began as licensee of the Ship Inn, Marine Terrace. Alongside he built a store which became chandlery, grain-store, auction-mart and supplier of mining equipment to the developing Mt Bischoff and other mines. In 1875 he built Jones's (later the Bay View) Hotel and in 1878 his mansion, Menai.
In 1876 he bought Uplands, a farming property on Cooee Creek, and began a range of primary and secondary industries. He used water-power for a sawmill and built stables for a team of horses which dragged logs to the mill on a wooden-rail tramway. He found good clay in the creek-bed and built brick kilns. Then, establishing his own harbour at the mouth of the creek, he engaged William Mollison to build north-west Tasmania's first steamer, the Cambria, for exporting the bricks and timber. He built a soft-drink factory; used power from his water-wheel to churn butter at Emu Bay Butter Factory, of which company he was chairman of directors; grew pigs, slaughtered them at his own abattoir and cured them at his Brookside Bacon Factory.
Billy worked hard in the community for some thirty years. He became a shipping and estate agent as well as a property developer in his own right; a mining entrepreneur sponsoring prospectors on the west coast; and promoter of Blythe River Iron Mines Ltd. He was chairman of the Emu Bay Road Trust from 1879, first chairman of the Burnie Town Board in 1898, several times chairman of the licensing bench, a justice of the peace from 1889 and a foundation trustee of Burnie Institute, a group which built the first town hall. A warden of the Table Cape (later Burnie) Marine Board from 1875, Jones was harbourmaster in 1878-98. He was a member of the Poulett Masonic Lodge, Wynyard.
William is recorded as a ratepayer at Uplands Farm, Burnie, in the 1891 Electoral Roll, Legislative Council, in the district of Wellington, Tasmania for the year commencing April 1891.
He died on 21 April 1907 at Burnie and was buried in Wivenhoe cemetery, survived by his wife, a daughter and seven sons, most of whom bore Welsh names. A clock tower was erected on the town hall, demolished in 1976, to honour his memory, and Old Jones Pier, built in 1901, and a more recent general cargo berth, are named after him. A fine crayon portrait is displayed at Burnie Pioneer Village Museum.
William Jones changed a small community into a thriving town and port. A quote from a paper in the museum at Burnie, Emu Bay, Tasmania, gives a description of his business interests in the town he helped develop. "William Jones became a legend in his own lifetime. He graduated from cabin-boy to captain within the space of a decade. He sailed his own ships and built an industrial empire - estate agent, farmer, miner, hotelier and proprietor of a multitude of other businesses". William was known as 'The King of Burnie'.
John, his elder brother, who was in Tasmania before William, married a Tasmanian girl and became a master mariner. He met his death on the Bass Strait run to Melbourne.
Richard was a pilot out of Liverpool and was drowned in Liverpool Bay in 1864. He is buried at St Peter's cemetery.
Owen Jeffries Jones, born 1857, left the sea after two years to farm 36 acres of land with his widowed mother, Margred at Tyddyn. He was to become a District and County Councillor, Guardian of the Poor, Churchwarden at St Peter's and Justice of the Peace. His second christian name, Jeffreys, was also the surname of the rector of the parish from 1851 to 1867, which is why the parents probably chose it for him. He is still remembered with affection by those who have childhood memories of his courtesy and kindness.
A sister Ellen, married and lived in London. One of her sons was the Rev. Cole, who for many years was Archdeacon of Montreal, Canada.
Ann another sister, married Thomas Jones who farmed the area.
Mary Ellen married Captain Williams, Bryn Menai.
Finally, sister Margaret, married a Captain Roberts and lived at Torquay, England.
1842 - 1907
I was both delighted and honoured to receive the following message, from Brent Fletcher, Melbourne. KD
I your website whilst researching my Great Great Grandfather Captain William Jones of Burnie Tasmania.
Great to see your write up on him and pick up a few more facts on him and the Jones family. I have some photos of him and his enterprises if you would be interested.
I am extremely grateful to Brent for supplying the following text and photographs. KD.
William Jones, master mariner, industrialist and civic leader, was born at Newborough, Anglesey, Wales, second son of Robert Jones, hotelier at The White Lion Inn and farmer, and his wife Margaret, née Griffiths. He became a prominent West-Coast resident.
Above; The White Lion Inn, where William Jones was born in 1842
Below; the family farmhouse where William grew up
St Peters' Church, Newborough
where William Jones was Christened
Educated at Newborough County School and Caernarvon Maritime College, he worked as a lad on ferries across Menai Strait.
He went to sea when only 14 years old, and in 1861 he became a deck-hand on the barque Prince Consort (right) bound for Australia where his uncle, Captain William Jones, and elder brother were already engaged in the intercolonial shipping trade; for two years he sailed with his uncle.
He followed a seafaring life as mate and master in the intercolonial trade for 18 years.
On 5 March 1863 at Table Cape, Tasmania, he married Martha Maria Dowling, member of a local pioneering family.
Her father was John Dowling, born on the 25th October 1807 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and died on the 10th December, 1878 at Emu Bay.
Her mother, Maria Turner was born in 1823 at Emu Bay and died on the 5th September 1853 in Launceston, Tasmania.
William Jones then became master of his uncle's ketch Margaret Chessell but, wanting his own ship, engaged William Mollison to build at Burnie the Onward, pictured left, a schooner with which he traded until he 'came ashore' in 1872 to begin an enterprising mercantile and industrial career.
Jones became a principal in most steps to stimulate Burnie's development and for his devotion to community life and his business zeal he earned the title 'King of Burnie'.
He began as licensee of the Ship Inn, Marine Terrace, pictured here.
Alongside he built a store which became chandlery, grain-store, auction-mart and supplier of mining equipment to the developing Mt Bischoff and other mines.
In 1875 William built the Jones Hotel, pictured below, later called The Bay View Hotel.
In 1876 he bought Uplands, a farming property on Cooee Creek, and began a range of primary and secondary industries. Next he started farming at Uplands, built a saw-mill, brickmaking plant, and chaffcutting ditto on Cooee Creek-running through the farm-at a cost of over £2ooo.
He used water-power for a sawmill and built stables for a team of horses which dragged logs to the mill.
He found good clay in the creek-bed and built brick kilns.
He also erected a large brick general store and several shops and cottages at Burnie, and owned similar stores at Waratah and Zeehan.
An aerated water establishment at Cooee Creek also owes its 1878 Completion of wooden tramway from Mount Bischoff operations to Burnie.
Local production of bricks commence at Captain William Jones' Uplands Farm.
1893 Establishment of the Emu Bay Butter Factory Company by Captain William Jones.
Dairying and milk processing was another of these important early industries.
Production of butter and cheese began in 1893.
William built a soft-drink factory; used power from his water-wheel to churn butter at Emu Bay Butter Factory, of which company he was chairman of directors; grew pigs, slaughtered them at his own abattoir and cured them at his Brookside Bacon Factory.
Such enterprise was typical of Jones's interests for thirty years. He became a shipping and estate agent as well as a property developer in his own right; a mining entrepreneur sponsoring prospectors on the west coast; and promoter of Blythe River Iron Mines Ltd.
Captain William Jones and his family
leave Menai for an outing in the 1890s.
The Menai is now an hotel,
Called The King of Burnie
He was chairman of the Emu Bay Road Trust from 1879, first chairman of the Burnie Town Board in 1898, several times chairman of the licensing bench, a justice of the peace from 1889 and a foundation trustee of Burnie Institute, a group which built the first town hall.
A warden of the Table Cape (later Burnie) Marine Board from 1875, Jones was harbourmaster in 1878-98.
He was a member of the Poulett Masonic Lodge, Wynyard.
|Captain and Mrs Jones at Menai
with a grandson
1901 Completion of 600 foot Jones Pier, With a massive growth in trade by the end of the nineteenth century, the breakwater soon became inadequate to meet demand, and in 1899, the Marine Board decided to construct a new 600 foot wooden wharf on the leeward side of the breakwater.
He died on 21 April 1907 at Burnie and was buried in Wivenhoe cemetery, survived by his wife, a daughter and seven sons.
A clock tower was erected on the town hall, demolished in 1976, to honour his memory.
A fine crayon portrait is displayed at Burnie Pioneer Village Museum.
Captain William Jones
I was delighted to receive the following e-mail from another relative of Captain William Jones, from Tasmania. KD
It was with great interest I read the story of Captain William Jones. Thank you.
There are many family members still alive in Tasmania being direct descendants of Capt Jones. Raymond Thomas Jones (86 years of age) and born at Burnie Tasmania is a Great Great Grandson and is my Father-in-Law. His sister Lynette Munting lives in South Australia.
We have all learnt more from your link than anywhere else..thank you. We were able to Google Earth where Williams parents worked/lived etc ...thank goodness for technology eh!
Julie has kindly supplied the following information. KD
More info for you Ken on Captain William Jones.
This is from a small booklet of 46 pages that I was able to obtain from a secondhand bookshop.
When William Jones died on the 21st April, 1907, the little township of Burnie went into deeper mourning than ever before.
The newspapers of the day ran broadsheet column after column of tributes for three or four days.
Some of the tributes by men who knew William show the true esteem in which he was held. I quote some of them abridged.
"Burnie today may be described as the capital of the prosperous North West Coast. No one did more to bring about the change from a straggling seaside village than William Jones."
"William Jones either initiated or was one of the principals in almost every progressive step made for Burnie to attain its present situation."
"William Jones, as chairman or a director of all public bodies, had a say in nearly everything that transpired in Burnie. All his efforts were for the solidarity of the community and not for self-glorification. His hopeful, cheery outlook was a source of inspiration and a challenge to pessimists who could see only stagnation where the Captain predicted progress and prosperity."
"As a man filling many public positions he has done inestimable work for the advancement of the district."
Justices of the Peace attested in a motion of sympathy:
"We who knew him so well feel sure his strenuous life and public enterprise will act as a stimulus and example for others who follow him in the public life of this district."
Some members of the
The photos were taken on Raymond's and Norma's
50th Wedding Anniversary
July 16th 1997.
Raymond Thomas Jones on bottom right (his father was William John Jones b 1901-1983) wife Essel nee Barnes (1900-1953) beside him is his wife Norma Jean Jones (nee Leonard)
top left Suzanne Essel (after Ray's mother nee Barnes) Knies (nee Jones), Peter Leonard Jones (my husband) Kaye Leonard (nee Jones).
Photo of some of immediate family with some boyfriends
Photos courtesy of Julie Jones
My name is Nicholas Robert Jones of Hobart. I am a Great Great Grandson of captain William Jones of Burnie. Grandson of Thomas Anderson Jones, Son of Mark Thomas Jones both of Latrobe Tasmania.
I am currently in Knaresborough, Yorkshire and will be visiting Newborough this Sunday the 3rd to 5th with my wife Ashlee Elizabeth Jones.
I was just wondering if you had any contact info for the White Lion and if the one in Newborough is in fact the correct one where Captain William was born? And if I can help you in anyway please let me know. The website is fantastic.
Received the following message from Brady Willcox;
I am Brady, and am from Burnie Tasmania, living in the King of Burnie (Menai) and I am setting up a mini museum for Captain William Jones and his wife Martha.
I have a photo of them with all the children, and I saw on here that his great great grandson Nicholas Robert Jones had posted on the site.
I was wondering if there was a way to contact him or if you could help me gather more information?
Your website would be given reference in the information.
Any help would be great. Thank you,
Great hearing from you Brady, I have forwarded your message on to Nicholas. Good luck with your venture. KD
John William Jones
Rev William John Jones
(c 1803 - 1873)
Thank you for your wonderful site - I've been researching the life of my Great Great Grandfather John William Jones born July 19th 1842 in Nefyn, Wales, who emigrated to Australia at the age of around 20 years allegedly on the ship Strathallen, landing in Melbourne in November 1862.
Received the above message from Sonyya Mehrtens, who would like to contact anyone who could supply more information about her great great grandfather, KD
Sonya can be contacted via email@example.com
John William Jones went to Ballarat to try his hand at goldmining and then went to Tasmania rafting timber on a river there. He made no mention of actually being in Burnie in his short memoir, but named his grandson Burnie, as he was said to be so fond of the place, according to family rumour.
He then went to South Canterbury, New Zealand, where he started up a carting business with a team of bullocks and built a small hotel at Pleasant Point, now known as 'The Lost Pub'. He became a legendary South Canterbury character known as Bullocky Jones, and also owned land at Kakahu Bush in South Canterbury from where he forested and supplied timber.
John William Jones's father was the Anglican Reverend William John Jones, born in Newborough, in 1803 or 1806, there are conflicting reports, who died and is buried in Llandwywe in Gwynedd in 1873. I don't have an exact birthdate or a marriage certificate.
William married a Mary Owen. His father, John was a farmer allegedly also married to a Mary whose surname I don't know.
They had five children; Eliza, John, Ellin, Ann and William the youngest, who became the reverend.
1851 Census; The Vicarage, Nevin
William Jones, married, 47, was head of household, Incumbent of the Parish of Nevin, born Newborough. His wife Mary was 43, described as 'Clergyman's Wife' born Llangelynin.
Their eldest daughter, Mary A., 19, born in Holywell, was a teacher at home, presumably teaching the rest of the family, who are noted as scholars at home,
Mary's siblings were Jane 15, born in Llanfair ar y Bryn, Hannah 13, born in Newborough, Hugh 11, and Eliza 10, both born in Llanylched, Harriet 8, born in Pistyll, with John 6, Ellen C. 5, Thomas T. 3, Henry 1, all born in Nevin.
Catherine Thomas 22 and Elizabeth Roberts 16 were house servants, born in Nevin and Richard Jones 16, a farm servant, born in Llanmor.
1861 Census; The Vicarage, Nevin
Reverend William Jones, was 57, Incumbent of the Parish, wife Mary was 52, noted as born in Cyffin, was an 'Incumbent's wife'.
Daughter Mary Ann, 29 was now performing general duties, Eliza 20, Harriet 18, John William 16, Ellen Catherine 15, Thomas 13, Henry 10, were all recorded as scholars.
Mary Jones, 17 was a house servant, and William Hughes 16, a farm servant.
As there are some vague similarities between my Great Great Grandfather Bullocky Jones and Captain William John Jones and the incidence of Tasmania, I'm wondering if anyone has further information on any of the above and/or whether Captain William Jones was a relative of Bullocky Jones or his father the Reverend. I'd be interested to learn about Mary the wife of John Jones, and mother of the Reverend and Mary Owens his wife.
I would be most grateful if anyone can shed some light on this.