William Jones **
- Born: 16 Jul 1848, Newarthill, Lanark, Scotland
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth Forsyth Cadzow ** on 20 Jul 1876 in The Bride's father's house, Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia
- Died: 27 Oct 1917, Harrietville, Victoria, Australia at age 69
- BuriedMale: 29 Oct 1917, Harrietville Cemetery, Harrietville, Victoria, Australia
Cause of his death was Phitisis (Tuberculosis)/ 3 yrs.
Other names for William were William Henry Jones and William Jons.
The story of this branch of the Jones family and their descendants is recounted in Craig's book - In the Shadow of Feathertop A History of the Lives and Legacy of George Jones and Margaret Hardie . Now available, you can read about it here:
At the time of the 1851 Census William was living with his parents at Hamilton Road, Newarthill (possibly #43). On the Census record his surname is listed as JONS, and his name is listed as William (without the Henry). His father was aged 26, and a Coal Miner. Living in this house also also were his mother, Margaret, aged 24, William aged 2 and Peter aged ? months. Also living there was George Boyle a lodger, aged 16, also a Coal Miner.
He emigrated to Australia, arriving in Melbourne on the 18 Feb 1863, aged 15, on the " Forest Rights " after a 140 day journey. He was accompanied by his mother and his 4 siblings born by that time. His father had already gone to Australia some 5 years earlier.
In September 1877, Page Jones & Co discovered the Buckeye Reef, just over the ridge on the Morses Creek side on the Hit or Miss Spur. It apparently became one of the valley's biggest reef gold-mining operations. The claimholders tried to sell the claim in mid-1878 and "William Jones and his mates carried on for some further disappointing years". In December of 1887 he and his brother Peter "read the impressive burial service" at the funeral of a Jim Hosking who had been killed while working a sluicing claim. (Jim Hosking was the brother-in-law of William's nephew, Charles Henry Beasley who married Elizabeth Hosking in Harrietville). In 1890 he was Secretary of the Amalgamated Miner's Association in Harrietville. His brother Jim was Treasurer. He is recorded as an employee of the New Options Mines Limited in 1904.
Source: Gold at Harrietville, B.E. Lloyd, Shoestring Press, 1982. p 54,73, 79
William was an active member of the Harrietville community. He was a Member of the Mountaineer Lodge of Good Templars, Secretary of the town's Athenaeum Hall, and Secretary of the Amalgamated Miner's Association for many years. His wife Elizabeth was the town's mid-wife and Nurse. For many years William was a Blacksmith in Harrietville, he is recorded as such on his Marriage certificate in 1876, and in the 1903 and 1909 Electoral Rolls. In 1914 he was recorded a a Carpenter. In 1907 William was a Trustee of the Wesleyan Church in Harrietville.
William's death was announced in The Alpine Observer on Friday 2nd November 1917:
"JONES - At Harrietville on 27th October, William, beloved husband of Elizabeth F. Jones, and father of Mrs R J. Tobias, Glenferrie; G.H. Jones, Hillgrove (NSW); Nurse M Jones, Seymour; Mrs E.R, Browne, W. E. Jones, Albury (NSW); Sister A. C. Jones, on active service abroad; J.H. Jones, Sydney (NSW); Mrs T.H. Martin, Harrietville; Cpl A.C. Jones, on active service abroad, and Miss Annie Jones, Harrietville."
Also appearing in the The Alpine Observer on Friday 2nd November 1917 was the following Obituary:
MR. WILLIAM JONES
After an illness extending over a long period and borne with great fortitude, Mr William Jones, one of Harrietville's oldest and highly respected residents, died on Saturday last, at the age of 69 years, the cause of death being phitisis.
Mr Jones was a native of Scotland, and arrived in Australia early in life. For very many years he has been a resident of Harrietville, where in his younger days, he took an active interest in it's welfare and was associated with almost every movement for it's advancement. He was an ardent worker in the temperance cause and in other directions he did much in the interest of his fellow men. Mr Jones was a man of sterling character, possessed of a genial and pleasing disposition. Referring to Mr Jones' death on Saturday evening, Councillor Gribble said he was a man much loved in Harriteville and was one who had done much for the uplifting of those around him. Mr Jones leaves a widow and matured family, the members of which are, Mrs R.J. Tobias, Glenferrie, G.H. Jones, Hillgrove, N.S.W., Nurse M. Jones, Seymour, Mrs E.R. Browne, W.E. Jones, Albury; Sister A.C. Jones, on active service; J.H. Jones, Sydney; P.L. Jones, Sydney; Mrs T.E. Martin; Corporal A. C. Jones, on active service; Miss Annie Jones, Harrietville. The funeral which took place on Monday afternoon at the local cemetery, was largely attended. At the grave the burial service was conducted by Rev. L.E. Egan-Lee. Mr Sudekum carried out the mortuary arrangements.
The Family Memorial Stone in the Harrietville Cemetery reads:
Sacred / to / the Memory of / MARGARET JONES / who died 1st Jany. 1895 / aged 68 years/ "I sat down under his shadow with great / delight; and his banner over me was love" / GEORGE JONES / died 3rd Jany. 1899 / aged 74 years / Also WILLIAM JONES / son of the above and beloved husband of / ELIZABETH / died Oct 27th 1917 aged 69 years / also JAMES HARDIE / son of the above / died 21st July 1923 aged 67 years
Noted events in his life were:
• He emigrated to Melbourne on the "Forest Rights" embarking on a 140 day journey on 17 Feb 1863.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of his Marriage on 20 Jul 1876.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of Euphemia's birth on 6 May 1877 in Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of George's birth on 12 Aug 1878 in Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of Margaret's birth on 28 May 1880 in Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of Jessie's birth on 15 Jun 1882 in Bright, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Mining Blacksmith at the time of William's birth on 13 May 1884 in Bright, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmth at the time of Agnes' birth on 19 Mar 1886 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of James Hardie's birth on 30 Dec 1887 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of Peter's birth on 24 Dec 1890 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of Elizabeth's birth on 25 Aug 1892 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of Archibald's birth on 24 Feb 1895 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Miner at the time of Annie's birth on 2 Dec 1897 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as an Engine Driver at the time of his Father's probate on 14 Feb 1899 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Blacksmith in 1903 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as an Engineer at the time of Euphemia's marriage on 6 Mar 1906.
• He worked as a Blacksmith in the Electoral Roll in 1909 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Miner according to James' marriage & death certificates.
• He worked as a Blacksmith at the time of his Death on 27 Oct 1917.
• He worked as a Miner according to son George's death certificate in 1952.
• He worked as a Blacksmith according to son Peter's Death Cert in 1965.
• He resided at at the time of the Census with his family in 1851 in 43 (?) Hamilton Rd, Newarthill, , Lanark, Scotland.
• He resided at the time of the Census with his mother and siblings in 1861 in 86 Clelland Rd, Newarthill, Bothwell, , Lanark, Scotland.
• He resided at the time of his father's death on 3 Jan 1899 in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia.
William married Elizabeth Forsyth Cadzow **, daughter of William Cadzow ** and Euphemia Brown **, on 20 Jul 1876 in The Bride's father's house, Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia. (Elizabeth Forsyth Cadzow ** was born on 30 Oct 1855 in Forest Creek diggings near Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, died on 31 Oct 1933 in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and was buried on 1 Nov 1933 in Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood Cemetery, Lidcombe, , New South Wales, Australia.). The cause of her death was Diabetes Mellitis/ Arterio Sclerosis / Terminal Acute Peritonitis / Gangrene Great toe (right).
It was a Presbyterian ceremony. The witnesses included William's brother, James Hardie Jones and David Hynd (who was to become William's sister's second husband 10 years later)
and Janet Cadzow, one of Elizabeth's sisters, and Margaret Hill