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My husband is relative of Brierley Hill liner disaster girl Nellie Jones

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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WE were delighted to read the excellent article by Nick Baker in The Bugle (May 29 edition) on the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in which a relative of my husband, Nellie Jones, was drowned.

We were so pleased to see the extra information and photographs which we hadn't seen before.

I wrote to Nick to thank him, outlining my husband Ron's family connections to Nellie.

Ron is 81 years of age and is the only surviving son of Nellie's youngest brother, Robert Baden Jones, date of birth May 17, 1900. Ron's older brother, William David, died a few months ago, aged 85 years.

Some years ago they both helped complete a family tree, in conjunction with their Yorkshire cousins, whose father George Jones (three years younger than Nellie) moved to Yorkshire to work when a young man.

He married a Yorkshire girl, Marion, and they raised a family, eventually retiring to the village of Commondale.

The Yorkshire family has always maintained their contact with Ron's family members over all the years.

In conclusion, it would seem that Nellie was the first of Ron's aunts and uncles to emigrate to Canada.

Nellie going to Montreal in 1912 was followed by older sister Mary to Vancouver in 1914.

Then younger siblings Enos and Florence went to Toronto in 1924.

'Flo' married a Canadian, Ralph Fairman, and they did come back to visit Ron's family - Dad Baden, Mom Olive and their sons, in the late 1940's at their home in King William Street, Amblecote.

Rita Jones,

14 Highcroft Ave,

Wordsley, Stourbridge.

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