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  • ID: I0008
  • Name: Blanche Eveline Jones
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 5 JUN 1874 in Raglan, Monmouthshire (AHW BB 1874)
  • Death: 5 JUL 1953 in The Haven Monmouth Road Usk Monmouthshire ?July 5 1953
  • Event: Auctioneers Rennie, Taylor & Till
  • Event: Home Help Mrs Ivy Bury
  • Event: Pontypool Constitution club shares
  • Event: Died2 3 JUL 1953 morning? AML BB
  • Event: Funeral Director Svenson
  • Event: I helped carry coffin HBW
  • Event: Singer 25 JUL 1890 LCM Honours Singing Junior Section
  • Event: S-pupil of Miss Holcroft Jeaffreson
  • Event: S-certificate Signed Sec S. Weekes Holmes
  • Burial: St Mary's churchyard Usk
  • Burial: 5 JUL 1953 St Mary's Church, Usk
  • Event: Job 1901 Hospital Nurse
  • Event: Job BET 1896 AND APR 1898 Student Nurse, Royal South Hants Infirmary, Southhampton
  • Baptism: 3 JUL 1874 St.Cadoc Raglan
  • Event: Census 1901 1901 Trostrey Court with Kate Marfell
  • Event: Census 1891 1891 the Ladies College and High School,
  • Reference Number: 8
  • Note:
    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 1881 age 6

    Dwelling:Royal S Hts Infirmary
    Census Place:Southampton St Mary, Hampshire, England
    Source:FHL Film 1341295 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1205 Folio 127 Page 53
    Harry Wy. SHETTLEU25 MDorset, 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 - Incorporated 1853 opened 1856 Amalgamated with GWR 1887

    Jones, Blanche E View Image Online
    Relationship: Papet County: Warwickshire
    Age: 16 Civil Parish: Leamington
    Gender: Female ED: 8

    Where Born: Warwickshire, Raglan Eccl. Parish: Warwick

    Piece: RG12/2471 Town: Leamington

    Folio: 60

    Page: 21

    From: "Hugh Watkins"
    Newsgroups: soc.genealogy.britain
    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

    and found

    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 -

    ............ +Filby

    ........ 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

    Rel: Head

    Occ: Licensed Victualler

    Pattie E.A. NEWTON U 20 F Hardbeade, Northampton, England

    Rel: Servt

    Occ: Barmaid

    Helen E. BLISS U 18 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England

    Rel: Servt

    Occ: Barmaid

    Henrietta M. BLISS U 15 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England

    Rel: Servt

    Occ: Barmaid

    George T. ELLE M 25 M Homerton

    Rel: Servt

    Occ: Potman

    Fanny ELLE M 28 F Woodlands, Dorset, England

    Rel: Servt

    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

    Rel: Head

    Occ: Farm Steward (Bailiff)

    Sarah A. GOMM M 28 F Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

    Rel: Wife

    Occ: Farm Stewards Wife

    John GOMM W 80 M Milton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

    Rel: Father

    Alfred J. GOMM 6 M Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

    Rel: Son

    Occ: Scholar

    Sophia S. GOMM 4 F Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

    Rel: Daur

    Occ: Scholar

    Annie BECK U 13 F Ascott, Oxford, England

    Rel: Servant

    Occ: General Servant (Domestic)

    William BLISS M 53 M Maidford, Northampton, England

    Rel: Lodger

    Occ: Farmer (No Holding)

    Emma BLISS M 47 F Chipping Warden, Northampton, England

    Rel: Lodger

    Edith A. BLISS 8 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England

    Rel: Lodger

    Occ: Scholar

    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

    Hugh W


    A sort of news letter posted to family, friends and groups

    http://www.enterpol.dk my favourite email server and FirstClass BBS
    http://www.net-medier.dk/ http://www.net-medier.dk/default.asp?ID=11

    http://news.fu-berlin.de/ - usenet news service
    at http://www.fu-berlin.de/ Freie Universitšt 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 her teacher, 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 E View Image Online
    Relationship: Papet County: Warwickshire
    Age: 16 Civil Parish: Leamington
    Gender: Female ED: 8

    Where Born: Warwickshire, Raglan Eccl. Parish: Warwick

    Piece: RG12/2471 Town: Leamington

    Folio: 60

    Page: 21

    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

    Browne, Mary
    Relationship: Head County: Warwickshire
    Age: 67 Civil Parish: Leamington
    Gender: Male <<< oops

    ED: 8

    Where Born: Norts, Buntingford
    Eccl. Parish: Warwick

    Piece: RG12/2471 Town: Leamington

    Folio: 60

    Page: 21

    with her two nieces and a generous staff.

    The name of the college was hard read and defeated me.



    This afternoon I telephoned

    Leamington Library
    Royal Pump Rooms
    The Parade
    Leamington Spa
    CV32 4AA

    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
    (Beechlawn, Leamington)

    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


    Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability

    James R. JEAFFRESON Head M Male 40 Grantham, Lincoln, England
    Genl Practioner Under Grad F R C S Of Lond Univ
    Constantia JEAFFRESON Wife M Female 40 Leamington, Warwick, England Genl Practioner Under Grad F R C S Of Lond Univ Wife

    Joseph R. JEAFFRESON Son Male 9 Leamington, Warwick, England Scholar

    Charles B. EVANS Boarder U Male 40 Gloucester, Gloucester, England Land Owner

    Alice TIPPER Serv U Female 30 Leamington, Warwick, England Domestic Servt
    Jane FOURT Serv U Female 25 Elmley Castle, Worcester, England Domestic Servt
    Ralph MASON Serv M Male 43 Shotorn, Oxford, England Attendant Domestic Servt

    Source Information:

    Dwelling 5 Clarendon Square

    Census Place Leamington Priors, Warwick, England
    Family History Library Film 1341738
    Public Records Office Reference RG11
    Piece / Folio 3093 / 45
    Page Number 33

    so fun from my armchair today

    Hugh W


    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


    Father: Edward Jones b: 3 JAN 1842 in Raglan, Mon.
    Mother: Mary Jones b: 1848 in Llanvair Kilgeddin, Monmouthshire, Wales

    Father: Edward Jones b: 3 JAN 1842 in Raglan, Mon.
    Mother: Helen "Hellen or Ellen" Elizabeth Bliss b: ABT 1868 in London or Penrose or ? Gt Tew, Oxford, England

    Marriage 1 Alfred Henry Watkins b: 13 AUG 1862 in Llanvair Kilgeddin, Monmouthshire AML BB c: 2 NOV 1862 in St Mary's Llanfair Cilgedin
    • Married: JUN 1901 in Pontypool 11a 279
    • Event: Proposal of marriage 21 DEC 1900 in marked by a dtaed silver framed portrait of AHW
    1. Has No Children Hilda Mary Watkins b: 19 MAY 1903 in Pontypool 11a 207
    2. Has Children Alfred Henry (David) Watkins b: 17 AUG 1907 in Usk Monmouthshire
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