With a surname like Jones, someone new to genealogy could have more than his or her share of difficulty sorting through the available information. Fortunately for all of us, I am not the first "Jones" to be interested in our family's history. Were it not for the records provided by Lillian Mears, granddaughter of Alexander and Elizabeth, and additional records kept by my Aunts, Edith and Margaret Ann, my task would have been much more difficult.
In 1978, Lillian wrote a letter to Edith summarizing what she knew about the family. She included information about the marriage of Charles and Rachel and the baptismal information for their three children. Here are scanned copies of parts of her letter:
Mary Edith born 10-29-1882 Sunday P.M. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Baptized in spring of 1884 by Rev.
Charles Fredrick Jones born October 15, 1884 Thursday A.M. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Baptized March 1885 by Rev. James Foster. Died August 19, 1968 buried at Walnut Hills Cemetery (Victory Parkway).
Leo Wainright Jones born February 28, 1887
Baptized 5-6-1888 by Rev. Leo Bendit.
We are so lucky that Lillian kept these records because the original marriage record was lost in the Court House fire of 1884. There was only one published announcement of their marriage published in the Cincinnati Freie Press on January 26, 1882, p. 4. This announcement was also noted in Volume 2 of the Restored Hamilton Co. Marriages, 1870-1884. This book was compiled by Jeff Herbert and is published by Heritage Press. Note that the announcement was in the German newspaper of the time.
Since so much of the family history of this generation seemed to revolve around Emanuel Episcopal Church, I just had to see what I could find out. The next post will discuss my discoveries.