John was said to be 7 years old at the time of the 1861 England Census and was going to school. This age would mean that he was born before his parents marriage in 1856.
On the 1871 England Census John is said to be 14 years old giving a year of birth of 1857; this seems more likely. He had left school by this time and was working as a labourer in Dalton-in-Furness where the family had moved. John's name on this census form was "William John".
John (like his sister Amelia) married his wife Ellen in Cookstown, County Tyrone.
In 1881 John was working as an iron miner and living with his wife, Ellen, at 21 King Street in Dalton in Furness in 1881. His sister Amelia and her husband were also living at the same address while his parents lived at 15 King Street.
On 3 February 1886 William John Jones and Ellen Jones arrived in Brisbane, Queensland, having emigrated there from Lancashire. They arrived on board a ship called Cloncurry. William gave his place of birth as Cornwall. In December 1886 the couple were living in Gympie, Queensland, and John was working as a miner, when their first child Annie was born.
↑ 2.02.1 Original Birth Record for Annie Jones, born 1886 in Gympie, Queensland. Accessed via Queensland Archives, Online Family History Research, Father John Jones, mother Ellen McClougher, reference C3614.
↑1881 England Census, Class: RG11; Piece: 4281; Folio: 35; Page: 24; GSU roll: 1342023, entry for "John Jones", accessed 12 February 2017 via Ancestry.com.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John: