by Annette Edwards.

JOHN JONES 1855 – 1918

John Jones was born about 1855 in Corwen and married Ada Elizabeth Hayes in Wrexham in 1894. They had a son John Rathbone Hayes Jones who was born in Wrexham and by 1901 they are living on Smithfield Road, John is a draper.  Ada Elizabeth is 32 and John is 5.

None of the family are found in 1911 and there is no record of them in this country until John`s death in 1918 at Bryn Awelon in Garden Village.

Finding John Jones before his marriage in like looking for a needle in a haystack, there are so many of them. He isn`t mentioned in the papers as a draper in Wrexham and could be anywhere in the country. There is a possible one who is a servant in Woodhouse Farm in Marchwiel, he is the right age and also born in Corwen.  This would put him just a couple of miles from Ada`s family.  It`s impossible to be sure.

There is no record of Ada`s death, so all we know is she died in Egypt. There are many records that suggest the whole family went to Egypt; we know John came back by 1918.

Records held at the National Archives show they were there by 1913.

 Consulate Cairo.  Supreme Court cases.   Wm. Owen Jones v. John Jones and John Rathbone Hayes Jones.  (Who is Wm (William Owen Jones?)

 In 1913 and 1914 there are other records of court cases in Cairo involving John R Hayes Jones, again there is no information apart from the other person’s name and on these it’s not another Jones.

There are a lot of accounts of John Rathbone Hayes Jones and from those it`s possible to work out he was in the textile trade and travelling a lot. It`s probable his mother Ada Elizabeth has died by now.

Liverpool Echo 25th June 1945

Opponent for the Premier. ‘A single nomination form was handed in for John Rathbone Hayes-Jones, described as a director of companies and living at Tynyparc, Ruthin, who will contest Wrexham as a Welsh Independent. Mr Hayes-Jones has just flown from Cairo to contest the election.’

John Rathbone Hayes Jones married Margaret Maria Powell in 1952 at Southampton.

The following year they are on the passenger list dated 11th March 1953 and are on the Durban Castle to Gibralter. Mr J R Hayes-Jones, age 49, director, Mrs M M Hayes Jones, age 31.Their future place of residence is Tangier. Last UK address: 27 Chatsworth Road, Croydon.

In February 1954 he is returning from Durban, South Africa to Southampton. They returned again in September 1954 on Rhodesia Castle and again gave the same UK address.  c/o Major Smith, 27 Chatsworth Road, Croydon.

In March 1955 they both sail again to Port Said, he is a director, he seems to have been living in Egypt permanently.

The National Archives have more papers relating to a cable from Mr Hayes-Jones, Tangier, to the UK prime minister, claiming compensation for loss of business in Egypt: Egyptian military proclamation of 1956 ordered rejection of UK claims in Egyptian courts; Foreign Office papers Date: 11 June 1957.

This would have been the result of the Suez Crisis; the prime minister at that time was Anthony Eden.

He leaves the UK again on 20th August 1957 for Quebec. Country of last and future residence: Tangier.

The last time we find him is in 1960 Probate. He was aged 63.

John Rathbone Hayes Jones of Villa Noemie, Avenue Menendez y Pelayo , Tangier Morocco died 6 January 1960 at The Atkinson Morley Hospital, Copse Hill, Wimbledon, Surrey. Administration to Lloyds bank attorney of Margaret Mary Hayes Jones.  Effects £5558 17s 8d in England.

Later that same year Margaret Hayes Jones is travelling to Post Said, her address again

Is 27 Chatsworth Road,Croydon , her past residence: Morocco. Future Residence: UK.  Maybe she was going back to sort out the business.

27 Chatsworth Road, Croydon crops up in 3 of the entries, but there`s nothing to be found on Major Smith.

The Atkinson Morley Hospital gives some clues to John`s illness.

“After the war, there was a major change of use for the Hospital, when it became an internationally recognised neuroscience centre, treating head injuries and patients needing neurosurgery.  In 1949 the Department of Psychiatry was established, as well as an X-ray Department specializing in neuroradiology. By 1954 the Hospital had 44 neurosurgical beds, 16 neurological and 50 psychiatric, with 14 beds available for continuity and recovery”.

John Rathbone Hayes Jones died there in 1960.




Ada Elizabeth Hayes was baptised 10 Jan 1869 in Wallasey, she was the daughter of John Eli Hayes from Spurstow, Cheshire and Ann Rathbone who was from Ruabon.

By 1871 they are living in Liscard, John Eli is a gardener but is unemployed, another daughter named Dora is only 4 months old.  

By 1881 the family have moved to Prescot, John Eli  is now a baker and grocer, they have 4 sons , John  8 ,William 5 , Percy R  4 and baby  Sydney R aged 5 months.

Perhaps John Eli didn`t take to working indoors because he  moved to the Holt area, he is  a farmer on Hugmore Lane in 1891,  only his sons are there, Ada is a waitress and Dora is a  cook  at a large hall  in Thelwall.

Ada married John Jones in 1894, her parents remained at the Hugmore Lane farm, John Eli died there on 7 March 1919, Ann died later the same year.  

Wrexham Cemetery 15/08/2018
Wrexham Cemetery 15/08/2018

Researched by Annette Edwards. August 2018.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery O-05132