Jones family of Masterton – journeys

This past weekend I went to a family reunion of the Jones family (my mother’s surname) – it was the 175th anniversary of their arrival in New Zealand aboard the ship ‘London’ – leaving England on 1 January 1842 and arriving in Wellington on 1 May 1842 – with no stops along the way. Perhaps I should have called this post ‘keeping up with the Joneses’!

I have already written something about this family here. And about my mother who grew up on the Jones family farm in Masterton and helped with the family milk delivery business at times.

Apart from meeting up with first, second and third cousins – most of the latter two groups I hadn’t met before – I also found interesting photos and memorabilia. This, for example, in an album belonging to one of my cousins, Keith Jones, (with a detail)

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Jones family of Masterton

One set of great-great-grandparents, Henry and Mary Jones, came to New Zealand in 1842 on the ship London. They arrived with three children – another, their youngest, Mary had died on board ship. But a year later (on 4 Sep 1843) another girl was born and christened Mary. Hers was the first Methodist christening in the village of Karori (now a suburb of Wellington).

A little bit of background about Henry and Mary Jones: Henry was born in 1811 in Northamptonshire, England. His parents were James and Susannah. James was from the village of Preston Capes and Susannah from Greatworth. Henry was born in Wappenham, and at four months old was sent back to Preston Capes with his parents on a Settlement Order from the Overseers of the Poor for Wappenham, dated 27 Jan 1812. So we’re not talking of wealthy people here! In 1832 Henry was a farm labourer and he married Mary Willett who was born in 1814 in Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire. Continue reading