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Blanche Eveline Jones (b. 05 Jun 1874, d. 05 Jul 1953)Blanche Eveline Jones (daughter of Edward Jones and Mary Jones) was born 05 Jun 1874 in Raglan, Monmouthshire (AHW BB 1874), and died 05 Jul 1953 in The Haven Monmouth Road Usk Monmouthshire ?July 5 1953.She married Alfred Henry Watkins on Jun 1901 in Pontypool11a 279, son of Thomas Watkins and Margaret Bill.
Notes for Blanche Eveline Jones:
British Red Cross Certificate of thanks 1945
Raglan Centre Monmouthshire CC Working Dairy School session 1900 certificate of proficiency in butter making after oral and practical exam
same envelope list of wedding presents??
Royal South Hants Infirmary,Southhampton, Nurses certificate 2 years good examination very good conduct 22 April 1898
census 1881age 6
Dwelling: Royal S Hts Infirmary
Census Place: Southampton St Mary, Hampshire, England
Source: FHL Film 1341295PRO Ref RG11Piece 1205Folio 127Page 53
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Harry Wy. SHETTLE U 25M Dorset, England
Occ: House Surgeon snip
at the bottom of the Garden the Haven Monmouth Road, Usk her retirement bungalow is therailway cutting.
Coleford, Monmouth, Usk & Pontypool Ry - Incorporated1853 opened 1856 Amalgamated with GWR 1887
Jones, Blanche EView Image Online
Relationship: Papet County: Warwickshire
Age: 16 Civil Parish:Leamington
Gender: Female ED:8
Where Born: Warwickshire, Raglan Eccl. Parish:Warwick
From: "Hugh Watkins"
Subject: The Wicked Step Mother Who Drank Up The Family Fortune
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 17:36:10 -0000
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BIG day in London yesterday in the Society of Genealogists library
I was reading copies of St. Cadoc's Raglan parish registers
The Wicked Step Mother Who Drank Up The Family Fortune
My much loved Granny Blanche Eveline Watkins - nee Jones pillar of the Mothers Union, the Usk Church Wardens widow . . Southampton
qualified nurse who married an old bachelor
- was always a bit reserved about my mother Alison's merry ways with shandy, sherry and wine . . . and smoking. ( Bristols of
course.. her mother had worked at WH Wills Bristol since she was 14)
and my Granny warned me of the evils of drink when I was about seven pointing at a drunken man staggering down the Abergavenny road
one afternoon in Usk and mentioning the step mother who drank up the family fortune.
Blanche's mother Mary Jones died and was buried May 18 1887 St. Cadoc's Raglan.
when she was 39 had had 8 children and Blanche was 14.
December 16, 1888 her father Edward Jones, the grocer, chemist and amateur photographer whose shop is now Raglan Post Office,
married at St Cadoc's Helen Elizabeth Bliss who was about 24 and possibly working as a Barmaid in London since she was 14 . . . but
there are several Helen Elizabeth Jones of about the right age listed in the 1901 census as widows so more research to be done.
In about June 1889 Edward and Helen were in Rome and I have 3 souvenirs of that trip here, which I inherited in 1953 from my Granny.
These are a photograph signed Edward Jones, a collection of sepia souvenir prints and a thermometer on a Trojan's Column model under
a glass dome case.
Edward was buried July 21, 1900 age 58 at St. Cadoc's Raglan and his grave has an Italian rustic cross sculpture on it - Blanche
showed me where it was when I was a child.
Descendants of Helen Elizabeth Bliss
1 Helen Elizabeth Bliss 1864 -
. +Edward Jones 1842 - 1900
........ 2 Blanche Eveline Jones 1873 - 1953
............ +Alfred Henry Watkins 1864 - 1935
................... 3 Alfred Henry (David) Watkins 1907 - 1942
....................... +Alison Mary Lapham 1908 - 1999
.............................. 4 Hugh Bartley Watkins 1936 -
................... 3 Hilda Mary Watkins 1903 - 1928
........ 2 Frank Harold Jones 1876 -
............ +Nellie Unknown6
................... 3 Frank Harold Jones
........ 2 Kate (Kittie) Ethel Jones 1884 - 1956
........ 2 Lucy Mary Jones 1885 - 1941
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ step children above her own below ----
........ 2 Reginald Bliss Jones 1889 -
........ 2 Joyce Bliss Jones 1891 -
........ 2 Dorothy Bliss Jones 1895 -
The Bliss Jones children are mentioned in a will also referring to me from 230 Widney Lane Solihull Warks
of which my father was executor.
and now I have solved that conundrum.
The Jones family was dispersed in the 1901 census:-
Blanche was on holiday with her friend Kitty Marfell (who later was my unofficial aunt, who had worked in New Zealand and died in
Knowle Warwcks). Her little sister Lucy Mary Jones was being trained to be a governess in Southampton.
and the Bliss Jones children are living in London with their uncle Albert Brown, a Stage Driver, and his family with his wife Edith
A from Great Tew in Oxfordshire which points at
a possible Helen E. in 1881
Dwelling: 2 Maddox St Green Dragon
Census Place: St George Hanover Square, London, Middlesex, England
Source: FHL Film 1341021 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0093 Folio 28 Page 14
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Sarah Louisa CENTO W 38 F Islington, Middlesex, England
Occ: Licensed Victualler
Pattie E.A. NEWTON U 20 F Hardbeade, Northampton, England
Helen E. BLISS U 18 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England
Henrietta M. BLISS U 15 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England
George T. ELLE M 25 M Homerton
Fanny ELLE M 28 F Woodlands, Dorset, England
Occ: General Servant
Helen Jones 36 born Oxon Great Ten
census London St Paul Covent Garden
occupation Cook Domestic
(Ten a typical mistranscription for Tew)
as the widow --.tif not yet downloaded
Dwelling: Upper End
Census Place: Milton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England
Source: FHL Film 1341366 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1519 Folio 62 Page 30
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
John GOMM M 39 M Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England
Occ: Farm Steward (Bailiff)
Sarah A. GOMM M 28 F Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England
Occ: Farm Stewards Wife
John GOMM W 80 M Milton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England
Alfred J. GOMM 6 M Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England
Sophia S. GOMM 4 F Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England
Annie BECK U 13 F Ascott, Oxford, England
Occ: General Servant (Domestic)
William BLISS M 53 M Maidford, Northampton, England
Occ: Farmer (No Holding)
Emma BLISS M 47 F Chipping Warden, Northampton, England
Edith A. BLISS 8 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England
which points at another generation of the Bliss family.
These are what I call candidates for the family tree, until I get confirmation from at least two more sources; like Birth Death or
Marriage certificates, wills or other papers.
Imagine how quickly things can fall into place when one gets one key fact
and this is an example of the argument for owning the CD set of the 1881 census,
because we all have many more relatives on it than we realise.
I have heard of one living Bliss Jones on the net who thus may be a living relative
The trip cost £10 Chiltern Railway day return Birmingham London
over 50 after 1000 am
In London got a "buses only" day pass for £2 because I cannot manage the fixed stairs on the tube anymore aged 67 in three weeks
Sopm it is much cheaper for me to go to the smoke than Newport Mon
Helen Elizabeth Bliss looks in fact to be a hard working girl who upset her teenage step daughter
regards - and the Compliments of the season to all
A sort of news letter posted to family, friends and groups
http://www.enterpol.dk my favouriteemail server and FirstClass BBS
http://news.fu-berlin.de/ - usenet news service
at http://www.fu-berlin.de/Freie Universität Berlin http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/
Blanche Eveline Jones
>>>or as an example of method(please post your own examples)
I had a close relationship with her from before I can remember until I helped bear her coffin to the roopened grave of her husband
and daughter, in St Mary's churchyard Usk Monmouthshire.
So a few days after the funeral in 1953 I met up at the bungalow "the Haven " Monmouth Road Usk, and cleared the house and attic
including a large diploma from the London College of Music, which was dated July 25, 1890, in LCM Honours Singing (Junior Section)
but herteacher, Miss Holcroft Jeaffreson , was unknown to me until this afternoon.
The diploma rested with my boyhood treasures at my late mother's house until I cleared that in 2000 after that death in 1999
I had searched the 1891 on line
1891 England Census
Viewing records 1-1 of 1 Matches
Jones, Blanche EView Image Online
Where Born:Warwickshire, RaglanEccl. Parish:Warwick
Now on my non urgent to do list was to look at the fiche of Piece: RG12/2471 Folio: 60 Page: 21
is still black
so as you can see from my BLOG I went to CJC LDS FHC
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London
So as a starter they have a big set of 1891 fiche which you find geographically from the catalogue folder.
Search > Census > UK Census Collection> 1891 England Census > Warwickshire > Leamington > District 8
rather than by piece folio page.
there I found she was a PUPIL
at a college run by
Where Born:Norts, Buntingford
with her two nieces and a generous staff.
The name of the college was hard read and defeated me.
This afternoon I telephoned
Royal Pump Rooms
Tel: 01926 742721 / 742722
and asked for the local collection "I'm doing family history" I said
Well they had a local directory form 1891 and soon told me that
the Misses Browne lived at Beechlawn, Warwick St
where the Ladies College and High School, Gymnasium was listed in another sectionof the book.
and they had a couple of copies of:-
Browne, Emilie A.
A Book of Remembrances of Miss May Salter Browne
Leamington Courier 1909
and some photographs and cuttings
so one of my next filed trips will be to Leamington Spa
So now I am on a roll and, following my intuition,enquired what singing teachers were listed,
Miss Holcroft Jeffreson(sic)
Prof. of Singing
52 Clarendon Avenue
but on the diploma she is Miss Holcroft Jeaffreson
(6)Datajunky can you find her ?
the best I can do is on http://www.familysearch.org
NameRelation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
James R. JEAFFRESONHeadMMale40Grantham, Lincoln, England
Genl Practioner Under Grad F R C S Of Lond Univ
Constantia JEAFFRESONWifeMFemale40Leamington, Warwick, EnglandGenl Practioner Under Grad F R C S Of Lond Univ Wife
Joseph R. JEAFFRESONSonMale9Leamington, Warwick, EnglandScholar
Charles B. EVANSBoarderUMale40Gloucester, Gloucester, EnglandLand Owner
Alice TIPPERServUFemale30Leamington, Warwick, EnglandDomestic Servt
Jane FOURTServUFemale25Elmley Castle, Worcester, EnglandDomestic Servt
Ralph MASONServMMale43Shotorn, Oxford, EnglandAttendant Domestic Servt
Dwelling5 Clarendon Square
Census Place Leamington Priors, Warwick, England
Family History Library Film1341738
Public Records Office ReferenceRG11
Piece / Folio3093 / 45
so fun from my armchair today
Im beginning to make a weB LOG every day
============ background =================
she's on the web several places
and on usenet too
and initiated my interest in modern genealogy on the computer
at Solihull library
here in 1891
More About Blanche Eveline Jones:
Auctioneers: Rennie, Taylor & Till.
Baptism: 03 Jul 1874, St.Cadoc Raglan.
Burial 1: Unknown, St Mary's churchyard Usk.
Burial 2: 05 Jul 1953, St Mary's Church, Usk.
Census 1891: 1891, the Ladies College and HighSchool, .
Census 1901: 1901, Trostrey Court with Kate Marfell.
Died2: 03 Jul 1953, morning? AMW BB.
Funeral Director: Svenson.
Home Help: Mrs Ivy Bury.
I helped carry: coffin HBW.
Job 1: 1901, Hospital Nurse.
Job 2: Bet. 1896 - Apr 1898, Student Nurse, Royal South Hants Infirmary,Southhampton,.
Pontypool: Constitution club shares.
S-certificate: Signed Sec S. Weekes Holmes.
S-pupil of: Miss Holcroft Jeaffreson.
Singer: 25 Jul 1890, LCM Honours Singing Junior Section.
More About Blanche Eveline Jones and Alfred Henry Watkins:
Marriage: Jun 1901, Pontypool11a 279.
Children of Blanche Eveline Jones and Alfred Henry Watkins are:
- Hilda Mary Watkins, b. 19 May 1903, Pontypool11a 207, d. 21 Mar 1928, Usk.
- +Alfred Henry (David) Watkins, b. 17 Aug 1907, Usk Monmouthshire14, d. 24 Sep 1942, HMS Somali.