Coal Baron Jenkins Jones Family Grave Site

JENKIN JONES
Sept. 25, 1839 or 1840*
DEC. 19, 1916

* BIRTH: FAMILY RECORDS INDICATE 1839
DEATH CERTIFICATE INDICATES 1840

WIFE:

MARTHA ELLWOOD JONES, JAN. 3, 1849 - NOV. 16, 1911

SON:

DR. EDWARD HOWELL JONES

MARCH 11, 1876 - JUNE 16, 1915

The Jenkin Jones family grave site is located in the Oak Hill Cemetery at the Riverside Baptist Church (formerly known as the Bluestone Baptist Church) in Freeman, WV. It is believed that thieves stole the bronze markers off the graves by prying them loose from the concrete slabs covering the vaults. Aftwards, some kind soul etched some basic information into the slabs.

Jenkin Jones' daughter, Mary Llewellyn Jones, is in a separate vault near the back wall of the Jones family cemetery plot. Another son of Jenkin's , James Ellwood Jones, was creamated. James is the son who built the historic mansion on the hillside at Switchback, near Maybeury, WV.

Jenkin Jones was born at Glyn Neath, Wales on Sept. 25, 1839. He came to the U. S. in 1863, and worked as a coal miner in Pennsylvania before moving to West Virginia, where he developed coal mines. Jones and John Freeman formed a partnership which opened the Caswell Creek Coal and Coke Co. and later, with Isaac T. Mann, they operated Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Co.

Above material furnished by Elbert "Dizzy" Harris, BHS Class '56 & Ken Davidson.

Below: Census records for Jenkin Jones I thought you would be interested in seeing.


1870 NORTHUMBERLAND CO PA CENSUS
# 203,  of Treverton, Post Office: Sanburg, read 26 August 1870 by Jno. Kay Clement
Jenkin Jones,  28, born WALES, miner
Martha Jones  26, keeping  house, b. Penn
Henry Jones  9/12, male/infant b.  Penn
Lizzie Merril   30, Domestic Servant, b. Ireland


1880 FAYETTE CO WV CENSUS
#212, Mountain Cove,  Dist # 29, page 20 of 22, read 12 June 1880 by C. T. Jones
Jenkins Jones   32, he and parents b.  b. WALES,  coal miner
Mattie Jones  36, keeping house, she and her parents b. Penn
James Jones  8, b. Penn
Edward Jones  5, b. VA (most likely at the Valley Forge, VA area-Karen EAGLE Moman)


1900 MERCER CO WV CENSUS
#733,  BRAMWELL, Rock Dist 87 page 70 & 71  of 79 read 27 June 1900 by W. D. Honaker
Jenkin Jones   57, b. Sep 1841 married 31 years, he and parents b. WALES, mine operator
Martha Jones  50, wife, married 31 years b. Jan 1850 in PA, parents b. PA (sic) had had 4 children with 3 now alive
James Jones  27, son b. Nov 1872 in PA, mine operator
Edward Jones  28, son ,b March  1877 in VIRGINIA, Physician
May Jones  14, daughter, b. May 1886 in WV, student


1910 MERCER CO WV CENSUS
 # 212, BRAMWELL, Rock Dist # 137, page 21 of 22, read 26 April 1910 by John T. Elliott
Jenkin Jones   69, married 41 years, came to United States in 1862 (sic), Nauralized, he and parents b. WALES, Coal Operation/Retired
Martha Jones  61, wife,  b. PA, parents b. ENGLAND (Sic)
E H Jones  31, son, b. VA, Physician/NOT practicing (sic)
May L Jones  24, daughter, b. WV, no occupation listed

Census information provided by: Karen Eagle Moman

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