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My Great Great Grandfather's Family

Seward Porter Jones - b. Mar 11, 1810, Pownal, Maine; m. Feb 10, 1836, Matilda Purington Andrews who was born Dec 11, 1817 in Lisbon, Maine and died Dec 30, 1907; d. Dec 29, 1875. Seward was the son of William Jones and Hannah Libbey. Matilda was the daughter of Ephriam Andrews and Elizabeth Fulton. She died in South Freeport, Maine in Dec 30, 1907. The service was conducted by Rev. Caroline E. Angell who had earlier served as the first woman pastor of the Universalist Church in Paris, Maine.

Seward and Matilda had eight children:

  1. Julia M. Jones, b. Nov 6, 1836 in Lisbon, Maine; d. Oct 28, 1837 in Lisbon, Maine.
  2. Elizabeth E. Jones, b. Sep 7, 1839 in Portland, Maine; m. Mar 23, 1862, Elija Wyman in Bangor, Maine; d. ____ 1917. They lived in Orono.
  3. Merwin Jones, b. Jan 16, 1843 in Levant, Maine; m. Aug 1, 1866, Georgia "Georgie" Wiswell in Brewer, Maine; d. Nov 22, 1870 in Portland, Maine when staging fell at the Portland Co. They had a son, Merwin Jr.
  4. Alphonse "Phon" Clarence Jones (my great grandfather), b. Mar 8, 1844 in Levant, Maine; m. Nov 25, 1869, Abba Ella Knight in Portland, Maine; d. Jan 14, 1907 in South Paris, Maine.
  5. Armeda "Meda" B. Jones, b. Oct 16, 1845 in Levant, Maine; m. Apr 27, 1869, George A. Miller in Bangor, Maine; d. May 14, 1891 in Freeport, Maine.
  6. Miranda Jones, b. Jul 29, 1848 in Levant, Maine; d. Aug 5, 1849 in Levant, Maine.
  7. Miranda "Minnie" M. Jones, b. Feb 13, 1851 in Levant, Maine; m. Apr 14, 1867 in Hampden, Maine, Ernest Morton; d. Aug 23, 1916 in Freeport, Maine. (Seward P. Jones' 1872 will calls Miranda's husband Elisha E. Morton; could his middle name have been Ernest?) I have a clipping noting the death of Fannie W. Morton, wife of Ernest S. Morton, in Freeport, Sep 10, 1933. I'm guessing that this Ernest was the son of Ernest and Miranda.
  8. Elsie M. Jones, b. Apr 7, 1856 in Levant, Maine; m. Apr 3, 1889 Herbert S. Talbot in Freeport, Maine; d. Oct 17, 1935 in Freeport, Maine. (Seward P. Jones' 1872 will names Nellie M. Jones but not Elsie. Since he names all his other living children, and I have no other record of a daughter Nellie, I assume Nellie was Elsie's nickname.) NOTE: ADD MORE HERE FROM TALBOT LETTERS.

My Great Grandfather's Family

Alphonse "Phon" Clarence Jones - b. Mar 8, 1844 in Levant, Maine; m. Nov 25, 1869, Abba Ella Knight in Portland, Maine; d. Jan 14, 1907 in South Paris, Maine. Abba Ella was born Jun 4, 1850 in Portland, Maine, and died Mar 18, 1935 in Woodfords (Portland), Maine where she was living with her daughter, Marion Walker. Both Alphonse and Abba Ella are buried in Riverside Cemetery, South Paris, Maine. For more on Abba Ella's ancestors, see my KNIGHT page.

Phon and Ella had four children:

  1. Marion Winifred Jones, b. Jul 3, 1871 in Bangor, Maine; m. Sep 26, 1900 Walter Wilfred Walker in South Paris, Maine; d. Mar 21, 1952 at 174 Glenwood Ave. in Woodfords, Maine where she lived all of her married life. Walter W. Walker was born Aug 3, 1872 in Harrison, Maine, and died ___ 1945 in Woodfords, Maine. Marion graduated from South Paris High School in 1889, the first graduating class. She studied voice and pipe organ under "Madam Scalar" (Minnie Plummer Stevens). Marion and Walter had one child, Harold Harmon Walker, b. Jul 29, 1903 in Woodfords, Maine; m. Aug 7, 1930 Ruth Marsh of West Buxton, Maine; d. Nov 3, 1975. Harold and Ruth lived in Knoxville, TN, and are buried in the Marsh lot in Rochester, NH. They had two children; Elizabeth "Betsy" Jean Walker, born May 18, 1934 in New Haven, CT, and Sally Walker (dates unknown). Betsy married Fred Reitbauer and they had a son, Lawrence Anton Reitbauer, in late '1963 or 1964.
  2. Walter Shirley Jones, b. Nov 21, 1876 in Bangor, Maine; m. 1st Mar 11, 1897 Alice Frances Graves in Norway, Maine. They lived in South Paris where Walter worked in his father's machine shop which he inherited upon his father's death in 1907. Walter and Alice had one child, Doris Shirley Jones, b. Aug 3, 1897 in Norway, Maine. Her mother, Alice, died Mar 25, 1903 of consumption in Woodfords (Portland), Maine, where she was attended by her parents, Lewis and Estelle M. Graves of 91 Ocean Ave. Walter m. 2nd Dec 17, 1904 Mrs. Anna Maria (Snow? Cook?) Bray in South Paris, Maine. He was 28, she was 40. (Anna's first husband was Walter Bray. I have a 1909 photo of the A.C. Jones machine shop with Walter Jones and William Bray out front. I believe Walter Bray and Anna Maria Bray may have been William's parents.) Walter Jones graduated from South Paris High School in 1894. He died Apr 17, 1936, at the home of his sister, Gertrude, in South Paris. I don't know what happened to Anna, but she was not with Walter when he died. Her death is not recorded in Paris town records. Walter and Alice are buried in Riverside Cemetery, South Paris, Maine - in W.S. Jones Graves lot. Note that Shirley is the surname of Abba Ella's lifelong friends, sisters Mary "Mamie" and Isabel "Isa" Shirley. Mary and Abba Ella attended school together in Portland. Mary and Isabel later lived in Brooklyn, NY, and summered in Bethel, Maine. Doris Shirley Jones married Sep 25, 1923 in Portland, Maine, John Randall (b. Apr 30, 1896) of Moultonboro, NH. She died Apr 25, 1975 in Greenwood, MA. Doris and John Randall are interred in the W.S. Jones-Graves lot in Riverside Cemetery, South Paris, Maine.
  3. Ruth Gertrude Jones (my grandmother), b. June 2, 1878 in Bangor, Maine; m. Jun 5, 1901 Edward Leon Greene in South Paris, Maine; d. Jan 24, 1968 in South Paris, Maine. "Gertie" came to South Paris with her parents and older siblings when she was about one year old. She graduated from South Paris High School in 1895. She and Ed are buried in Riverside Cemetery, South Paris, Maine - Greene-Atkins plot.
  4. Margaret Bancroft Jones, b. Mar 20, 1886 in South Paris, Maine; m. 1st Jun 1, 1905 Earl Linwood Wilbur in Berlin, NH. They had one child, Dorothy Wilbur, b. Jul 16, 1905 in South Paris, Maine, before divorcing. She graduated from South Paris High School in 1904. Margaret m. 2nd Aug 19, 1915 John Perley Robinson in East Sumner, Maine. "Perley" was born Oct 13, 1879 in East Sumner, Maine and died May 3, 1962 in Yarmouth, Maine. His parents were John H. Robinson (b. Mar 25, 1838; d. May 31, 1925) and Sabrina R. Bryant (b. Apr 2, 1838; d. Aug 12, 1905). Margaret d. Jan 11, 1971 in Yarmouth, Maine. Perley and Margaret are interred in the Robinson plot of the Elmwood Cemetery in East Sumner. Dorothy Wilbur m. Sep 26, 1940 John Swen at Clapboard Island, Falmouth Foreside, Maine; d. Jun 27, 1980 in Concord, MA. She is buried in lot 34.5 Vesper Circle, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA. Dorothy and John had no children.

My Grandmother's Family

Ruth Gertrude Jones' story continues at my GREENE page.

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