Many years ago, I dabbled with one of my Jones trees. You know the branches you rarely touch? Well, Jones tends to fall into that category for me. My g-g-g-grandmother was a Jones – Kezia(h) Jones – born on 14 July 1842 in Sutcombe:
Sutcombe is a tiny remote parish – one of many in Devon, I might add! – with an interesting church:
Searching for a marriage for Kezia’s parents was not too difficult. William Jones and Sarah Lobb married in the parish of Sutcombe on 23 May 1825, but there was no sign of a baptism for either William or Sarah in Sutcombe.
The first ‘useful’ census – the 1851, which records the birth place of each householder – provides some assistance (HO107/1896/72/6):
Sarah was born in Bradworthy, not Sutcombe and so checking the baptisms for Bradworthy….
With William Jones, Sarah had seven known children: Grace (1828-1831), Elizabeth Ann, John, Grace (1838-1868), Sarah (1840-1865), Kezia(h) and William Henry.
Baptised as Routley, married as Lobb and died as Jones. Makes life interesting, I guess! [Her parents – Ann Lobb and Thomas Routley – never married.]
[Note: Although I have known for many years that Sarah died aged 49, I have today ordered her death certificate as I am left wondering, why? Wonderful this #52Ancestors concept – reminds me of the characters in my family who I have left in the filing cabinet for too long.]