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Thomas James Jones #52 ancestors

November 5, 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 hope to compile the posts published for the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks Challenge into a book.


Thomas James JONES is the eldest son of my great great grandparents, Joseph Henry Jones and Ellen Virginia LOWE.


Thomas was born in Hobart on 10 May 1856. His name was registered as John James. However, his baptism showed his name as Thomas James, which he was known as during his life time. Some time between 1857 and 1859, the family moved to Victoria.


On 09 May 1892, Thomas married Isabella FRY who was a widow with five children, the oldest being 11 years old and the youngest being two years of age. Isabella’s first child had died shortly after birth, in 1879.

Isabella’s maiden name was THOMPSON. They married at Rosedale Farm, Darlingford, Victoria. William died from influenza, twelve years after they were married.

From: The Alexander and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express, Friday 18 November 1892.

On the 9th November, 1892, at the bride’s residence, Rose Vale Farm, Darlingford, by the Rev T. B. Swift, Thomas James Jones, of Darlingford, miner, eldest son of Mr Joseph Henry Jones, of Murchison, Commission Agent, to Isabella, relict of the late William Fry, and second daughter of Mr William Thompson, of Charters Towers, Queensland, miner.


On Wednesday, 8 November 1893, Thomas was mining for gold at Darlingford, with his father, Joseph Henry JONES. Joseph left him working, to boil a billy for tea. When he returned, about ten minutes later, he found his son had been buried under an embankment of dirt, that had collapsed. He wasn’t able to be revived.

Isabella was once again, left widowed. She had a baby under one year old, and she gave birth to another son, five months later, leaving her with eight children, all boys. I can only imagine the devastation and hopelessness felt by Isabella at the time.

From: Jamieson & Woods Point Chronicle, Saturday, November 8. 1893.
A very sad and fatal accident occurred in this district on Wednesday last, to a man named Thomas Jones, a gold miner. It appears that the deceased, who was about 40 years of age, ws engaged taking out some washdirt from an embankment, on the Goulburn River, near Mrs. Holdsworths, in company with his father, who is a strong, robust man of 67 years. The latter left the deceased at work to go and make a billy of tea, and was not absent more than ten minutes. When he returned to the workings to call his son, he found the embankment – that had stood 10 feet high – had fallen and that his son was buried beneath it. A few seconds sufficed, to remove the earth from the bod, as only some 18 inches of gravel covered him. The father tried all he could to restore animation, but soon found – in despair – that his son, who was a strong, powerful man, a few minutes before, had breathed his last, evidently from suffocation. Information was at once sent to Mounted Constable Stewart, in charge at jamieson, who proceeded to the scene of the accident and examined the body but could find no external marks. It is generally supposed that the deceased was in a stooping position, where the embankment fell, which stunned him and rendered him powerless to extricate himself, which undoubtedly, he could have done, had he retained his senses.
Mr. Tresize, the mining inspector for the district, has been communicated with, who states that he will make a strict examination, for the purpose of findout out the cause of the slip of earth. A magisterial enquiry will be held on the body this morning, at the residence of the deceased which is situated on the Darlingford Road. Deceased – who married the widow of the late William Fry, some 12 months ago, who by her first marriage had 6 children – leaves a wife and seven children to mourn their untimely loss. Considerable sympathy is expressed for the widow, in her second bereavement, as she has struggled hard to bring her large family of young children up in a respectable manner.


A magisterial enquiry was held into the death of Thomas James Jones on 11 November, 1893.

Magistrates finding: I find from the evidence adduced, that the deceased Thomas Jones was accidentally killed working on his claim at the Goulburn River, on the eighth day of November one thousand eight hundred and ninety three, and that there is no blame attachable to any person. – J. Cuthbert JP, Justice of the Peace.

Family Notices (1892, November 18). Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1877 – 1908), p. 2 (MORNING.). Retrieved November 5, 2020, from

Mansfield (Vic). (1891, October 8). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), p. 6. Retrieved November 5, 2020, from

Jamieson & Woods Point Chronicle, Saturday 08 November, 1893
link to inquest

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  1. Sad family affairs. Well written
    Thanks for sharing.

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