Categories: Illogan, Cornwall.
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".
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.
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