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My 4 X Great Grandfather: Thomas Jones

August 1, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand.

I’m hoping to publish these stories in a book at the end of 2020. Each week a prompt will be given as the theme for the week.

Week 32: Small

Thomas Jones  

My great great great great grandfather was born in about 1808 in London, England. I know very little about Thomas, as this research project is on my ‘to do list’. The small amount of information that I do have,  is that he married Catherine (surname unknown) in London and had two sons.  Robert James was born on 24 January 1831 in London and Joseph Henry in 1839 at Green Ponds, Hobart, Tasmania.

According to Thomas’ death certificate he was in the military, which possibly explains why he came to Australia before 1839. The family settled in Tasmania, before relocating to Sydney, NSW in 1851.

In 1851,Thomas remarried in Sydney. I presume Catherine had passed away, possibly in Tasmania. Thomas’ second wife was Jane Farley. They had no children.

I was told by another researcher, who I have now lost contact with, that Thomas Jones was the licensee of the Bankstown Hotel, but I have nothing to verify it, other than the Bankstown Hotel was the address of himself and Jane.

Thomas Jones passed away on 22 November 1871 at the Bankstown Hotel. He was buried at the Haslem’s Creek Cemetery.

from Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 23 November, 1871, page 8

THE FRIENDS of the late THOMAS JONES, of Bankstown Hotel, Bankstown, are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral on FRIDAY, 24th instant ; to move from his late residence, at 9 a.m., for Haslem Creek


The last Will and Testament of Thomas Jones of Bankstown Hotel, Bankstown in the County of Cumberland, New South Wales, the eighteenth day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy one –
I declare this to be my last Will and Testament and annul and revoke all former Wills whatsoever and being now in full possession of my senses, do hereby Will and Bequeath to my Dear Wife Jane Jones, all my property both real and personal for her sole use and benefit, during her lifetime. And at her death, the property to be sold and after paying all just debts the residue to be equally divided between my two sons, Robert James and Joseph Jones. And do hereby appoint Robert Caird of Bankstown and Mr. John William Jacobs of Bankstown my sole Executors. Thomas Jones – Signed and delivered by the said Testator in whose presence and at whose request we subscribe our names as witnesses.
3rd April 1872 This day upon Petition, Probate of the last will and testament of Thomas Jones deceased was granted to Robert Caird and John William Jacobs, the Executors in the said will named Testator died the 22nd day of November 1871. Goods sworn at 100 pounds. Probate dated the same day as granted.

Jane Jones

Jane Jones passed away at the Bankstown Hotel, Liverpool Road, Sydney on 9 March 1872.

from: The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser, 16 March 1872, page 348, family notices

JONES—March 9, at her residence, Bankstown Hotel, Mrs. Jane Jones, widow of the late Mr. Thomas Jones, late of the Bankstown Hotel, Liverpool Road, aged 50 years.

Series NRS-13660-1[14/3469]-Series 1-9340 Will and Probate THOMAS JONES
State Archives and Records NSW Death 1871/004124
Family Notices (1871, November 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 8. Retrieved August 2, 2020, from
Family Notices (1872, March 16). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 – 1912), p. 348. Retrieved August 2, 2020, from

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