David Ellis Jones was born in Swansea Wales on 2 May 1908 to Eli Jones and Harriet Rail (maiden name: Stratton).David lived at 45 Vivian Rd in the parish of Sketty along with his brother Thomas Jeptha Jones, stepbrother William George Rail and stepsister Kathleen Bertha Victoria Rail. Harriet’s parents, William Stratton and Annie Stratton (Jowett), lived near by at 10 Vivian Rd.
His mother Harriet moved to Canada with two of her two children, William (Billy) and Kathleen (Kitty), in 1912 when she discovered that her first husband, William George Rail, was not dead as presumed while prospecting for gold in Alaska.David and Tom Jones remained in the care of Harriet’s family in Wales until the end of WWI.
After WWI, the two brothers sailed to Canada with their mother Harriet and stepfather William Rail to live in Edmonton, Alberta with their new family, including another stepsister Winnie (Margaret Winnifred Rail).David ran away from home in 1922 at age 14. Harriet died in 1924, at age 49, as a result of complications from a kidney operation.
David may have traveled to or from Canada under one or more of the following names: David Ellis Jones, David Eli Jones, David E. Jones, David Jones or David Ellis Rail, David Eli Rail, David E. Rail, David Rail.
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