The Next Generation

The next generation i.e. Richard and Ann Jones’s grandchildren, are within living memory and it is not proposed to give more than a brief history. There is only any detailed information on eight of them – the children of Emily, Lucy and Henry. We just have names for the children of Anne and Florence, and no information concerning the children of Charles (except that we know he had a son), Edith and Alice.

Edith Whittall was born on February 12th 1888. She was the daughter of Emily and married Bert Whittall on April 2nd 1923 at St Mark’s Church, Great Wyrley. Bert Whittall was a miner. It is believed that the marriage was not approved of and support is given to this perception by the fact that Edith was given away by her uncle, Henry Jones, rather than by her father. It is also believed that the marriage did not last. They had one son Thomas Royston Wootton Whittall born on July 5th 1926.

Bernard Fletcher was born on April 29th 1897 and died in 1978. He married but had no children. For some reason he lost contact with his mother and his brother and little is known about him. He is believed to have served in the Royal Flying Corps in the 1914 – 1918 World War.

Sidney Thomas Fletcher was born on July 1st 1902 and died on November 9th 1943 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He married Constance Mary Jevons at Bushbury Church, Wolverhampton on December 27th 1930. Constance died at Littlebourne, Kent on July 17th 1986. Sidney and Constance had three daughters, Mary, Margaret Ann, and Elizabeth Anne. It is believed that Sidney worked at Globe Tank and Foundry (Wolverhampton) Limited for a short while. His cousin, Charles Henry Jones (second son of Henry Jones) was the Works Manager at the time. Sidney went to work abroad in West Africa in 1923 when he was 21, and, apart from a short period in the 1930’s when he ran an Off Licence in Wolverhampton, spent most of his career in Nigeria and the Gold Coast.

Leslie Newton Jones was born on 14th June1902, the eldest son of Henry (Harry) and Harriet (Cissie) Jones. He married Marjorie Lloyd Addenbrooke on 28th July 1928 and they had four children. Leslie followed in the family engineering tradition and was apprenticed at the E.C.C. He later joined Alfred Herbert Limited in the 1920’s - another Midlands engineering company. He went out to Canada and the USA to open up agencies for Alfred Herbert soon after his marriage and returned to the United Kingdom in 1938.

There are two interesting connections worthy of mention at this point. "Newton" is a frequently recurring name in both the Jones and Corns families to this day. Leslie’s mother Harriet was a Corns and her mother was a Newton. Family folklore has it that the descent is from Isaac Newton. This is, however, unlikely as Isaac Newton never married. This is not to say, however, that the descent is not from a sibling or other relative of Isaac Newton. The other connection of interest is the Addenbrooke family. The Addenbrooke’s were a prominent Wolverhampton family, and Marjorie’s father was the Secretary of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. One of their luxurious hospitality suites in the John Ireland Stand is now named after him. Perhaps a more prestigious connection (depending upon whether one is a Wolves fan or not!) is that the Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge was founded by a member of the family.

Charles Henry Jones was born in 1905 and died in 1933. He was the second son of Henry Jones and followed in the family tradition in being apprenticed at the ECC and qualifying as an engineer. He became the Works Manager at Globe Tank and Foundry (Wolverhampton) Limited. He married Margaret Thompson in 1933 and tragically died from nephritis (a condition easily treated these days) less than six months after his marriage. Margaret was the fourth daughter of Frederick and Sarah Thompson. Fred Thompson was Chairman and Managing Director of Thompson Brothers Limited, a prominent engineering company based in Bilston making all kinds of boilers, tankers, chassis’ etc. The Thompson family home was at Dunstall Hill House - within a few hundred yards of Gorsebrook House. The two families were regular worshippers at Waterloo Road Baptist Chapel.

Ronald Lee Jones was born on August 30th 1907 at Gorsebrook House, the third son of Harry and Cissie. He was the only member of the family not to be apprenticed at the ECC. Instead he went into the Bank. He married Freda Thompson (the third daughter of Frederick Thompson, and elder sister of Margaret who married Charles Henry), on September 18th 1930. Ronald died on April 14th 2000.

Eileen, the only daughter of Harry and Cissie died young. We do not have a record of her date of birth or age at death. Eileen Jennifer, the second daughter of Leslie Newton Jones, was named for Eileen, apparently at the insistence of Cissie her grandmother, but she has always been called Jennifer or Jenny!

Alan Newton Jones was born in 1913 and died in 1941. The youngest son of Harry and Cissie, he never married. He also, in common with two of his elder brothers, was apprenticed at the ECC and became an engineer. He stayed with the ECC and was a senior design engineer when he died of nephritis at an early age, like his brother Charles. His inventive skills did not stop at electrical engineering design. He was also a very talented magician who devised and made most of his own tricks.

The Current Generations

One would be embarking upon a tome challenging the size of Who’s Who to give details of the generations succeeding Richard’s grandchildren. There are 90 for whom we have names. A full list would top the 100 mark with comfort. What do they all do?

To be highly politically incorrect, they are a fairly representative bunch from the middle classes. Engineers (but only one in the latest generation, Thomas Richard Sadler), Accountants, Teachers, Lawyers, "Something in the City", Pharmacists, Chiropractors, Business Executives, Self Employed with their own businesses, etc. etc.

Viewed from his relatively humble beginnings as the son of a gardener, Richard, the true founder of the modern family, would be mighty proud of his descendants.

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