- Born: 16 Sep 1777, Cockenzie, East Lothian, Scotland
- Christened: 21 Sep 1777, Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland
- Partnership (1): Unknown Unknown
- Partnership (2): Isabella Ramsay
- Died: Bef 6 Dec 1824
Witnesses at his Baptism were Thomas Young (possibly a relation of his mother Agnes Young) and William Douglas.
There is a record of a Thomas Jones, Fisher in Cockenzie being the (DECEASED) father of a 16 year old Marion Jones buried at Tranent on 22 April 1825. I can find no record of a Marion Jones' birth, however.
There is a marriage record for Sarah Jones in 1824 which records that she was the daughter of "the late Thomas Jones, Fisher there" (referring to Cockenzie). Sarah's death record lists her mother as Isabella Ramsay and certainly Isabella was at various times living near her daughter and with Sarah's son, William. Isabella is recorded as "Unmarried" on various census returns and as "Single" on her death record suggesting rather convincingly that she and Thomas did not marry (and also no marriage record can be found). This may also be why no baptism record can be found for Sarah (or Marion above).
Given that he was a fisherman in Cockenzie it seems fairly certain that this was our Thomas.
I cannot find a record of Thomas' death. There is a record of a Thomas Jones burial in Leith South on 30 Sep 1819. However he was a sailor on the HMS Lee (and not a fisherman in Cockenzie) and aged 32 then, which is 10 years younger than our Thomas. He drowned along with 2 other sailors from the same vessel.
There was a Thomas Jones who worked as a sailor in Leith South and married Barbara Calderwood. The naming their 3 children suggest that he is this Thomas if they followed the Scottish naming conventions as one was John and another Agnes. But this remains speculative. This Thomas was also recorded as deceased when daughter Mary married on 17 June 1825. On John's birth record he is recorded as a Seaman rather than a fisherman and on Mary's own death record he is recorded as a "Seaman (Merchant Prince)" which makes me think he is a different Thomas Jones as this is not a fisherman. Given the birth of Sarah in ca. 1805 to Isabella Ramsay in Cockenzie co-incided with Thomas married to Barbara raising a family in Leith South I've concluded he is a different Thomas Jones.
It is possible that the Thomas who married Barbara was Thomas Jones born to James Jones and Euphan Hunter in Leith on 17 May 1785. None of their children are named after either of these parents, however. Further, this Thomas appears to have married Mary Muir and had a total of 10 children with her, all but one in Leith South and one named Euphans (his mother's name).
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a sailor at the time of his marriage on 8 Mar 1803 in Leith South, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
• He worked as a sailor at the time of Agnes' birth in 1808 in Leith South, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
• He worked as a Fisherman (deceased) according to Sarah's marriage record in Cockenzie, East Lothian, Scotland.
Thomas had a relationship with Unknown Unknown.
Thomas had a relationship with Isabella Ramsay, daughter of George Ramsay and Isabella Dunlop. (Isabella Ramsay was born circa 1782 in Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland and died on 4 Jun 1867 in Cockenzie, East Lothian, Scotland.). The cause of her death was Old age.