JONES, Thomas Eyton – Gresford War Memorial

Thomas Eyton Jones was born in the December Quarter of 1886 (Flintshire MOLD/41/55) the eldest son of Ellis and Sarah Annie Jones.

He is seen for the first time on the 1891 census living with his parents and sister at Marford, Marford & Hoseley, Flintshire.   Head of the household was father Ellis, 28 and a Farm Servant born in Allington, Flintshire.   His mother Sarah Annie, 30 had been born in Hawarden, Flintshire.   Thomas Eyton, 6 had been born in Burton, Denbighshire, as had sister Mary Lloyd Jones.    Sister Annie,3 had been born in Allington, Flintshire and Nellie, 1, had been born in Christleton, Chester.    So it seems that the family had travelled a lot in a few years, probably looking for work.

The family were living at Parkside, Allington, Denbighshire on the 1901 census, but Thomas Eyton was not among the family members.   His father Ellis, was now 38 and a Bricklayer’s Labourer, his mother Sarah Anne was 40 years old.    The family had grown quite a lot, Nellie now the eldest, age 11, Gladys A, 8, born Marford, Flintshire, John E., 6, born Allington, Denbighshire, as had Nora E., 5. And William age 8 months.   Minnie, 3 and George E., 2 had both been born in Hoseley, Flintshire.

Although these villages are quite close, they must have moved many times.

I couldn’t find Thomas anywhere on the 1901 census.

The 1911 census shows Thomas again with his family, living at Gatehouse, Gresford, Wrexham, which I believe from later Army documents to be “Gate House Farm.”   Ellis was still head of the household, age 49,  a Waggoner on the Farm, born in Rossett on this census, with his wife Annie, 50, now stating she had been born in West Felton, Shropshire, telling us that they had been married 28 years and 12 children had been born, but sadly 2 had died.   Thomas Eyton, single and 26 years old was now a Platelayer on Central Railway but born Rossett, Flintshire, as were George Edwad, 12, William, 10 and Mary , single and age 25.    Minnie had been born in Marford, Flintshire.

I can only presume  as the public wrote out these censuses, for the first time, that Ellis had written Annie’s place of birth correct, and as it is stated that the couple had 12 children and been married for 28 years, Annie was the same person as Sarah Anne on previous censuses.

I believe that after the 1911 census Thomas Eyton was to emigrate to Canada as when war was declared he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on the 15th May 1916, naming his mother Annie Jones as next of kin, this form also tells us that he was a Farmer, was unmarried and his date of birth was 14th October 1884. (This is different to my earlier findings).

Thomas was to be in the Canadian Army Service Corps  attached to the 13th Canadian Field Amb.   He was to lose his life less than a month before the Armistice on the 11th November 1918.

Thomas Eyton Jones in the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995

Name:  Thomas Eyton Jones

Death Date:        15 Oct 1918

Death Place:       Canada

Probate Date:    4 Apr 1919

Registry:              London, England

JONES, Thomas Eyton of 1, Todmorden, Ontario, Canada died 15th October 1918 in France.   Administration (with Will) London 4th April to Annie JONES (Wife of Ellis JONES).

Effects £137 5s.

Thomas Eyton’s brother, George Edward was to be in the war as well and survived, I think he was trying to get into the police Force when the war was over.   His Regimental Number was 199513 and he was a Gunner in the R.G.A.   His father Ellis was shown as his next of kin.   His Attestation papers are on

Written and researched by Mavis Williams.

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Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014
Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014

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