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DAVID JONES….BLIND MINISTER


I had always heard that my mom’s great-grandfather was a minister, and now , I have a photo of him and some colleagues. My mom’s cousin Mary was kind enough to go through some photos and found this one.

David Jones is on the far right, seated with the cane. The other fellows appear to have on clerical collars. I am guessing this is some sort of clerical meeting. It looks like a tent in the background. In all the census records I have found on David Jones, it lists him as blind. He was born in 1849 to William Jones and Mary Polly Boylan.  He was one of eight children, three brothers and four sisters. He names my great-grandmother after a sibling, Letitia. He married  Mary Catherine Steadman in about 1876 and were in the 1880 census living with David’s parents in Mercer county, Pennsylvania. In the 1860 census, the two families did not live a far distance from each other. He was still not a minister in 1870, so I assume it  was soon after he became ordained. I heard he was a traveling minister. In the 1870 census, the Jones family lived near Mary Catherine Steadman’s grandparents, the Boylans. Perhaps they met there, at a church social! They later moved to Venango county and then to Allegheny county. David E. Jones died in 1923 in the Mayfair community of Allegheny county. I have not found the death record or burial. I have also no record of his wife, or children except for my great-grandmother Ethel Letisia Jones. But, I have no idea where she obtained the information.

ALBERT and ETHEL continued…..


The children of Albert and Ethel Ewing

Mary Catherine 1911-1999 married William Cyrus Harkless and George Stokes

Thomas Earl 1913-1989 married Ruth Jane Myers of Franklin, Venango county

Charles E 1914-1986 married Nina Brown of Clinton, Venango county

Wesley R 1916-1991 married Dorothy Mae Melat of Rockland Venango county

Blanche Eleanor 1918-2000 My grandmother,  married Ruben Riley Dean of Canonsburg Pa in 1940

Grace E 1921-1990

Mildred Irene 1924- only living sibling, married Robert Fuchs of Allegheny, parents were from Germany/Austria

Leona Ruby 1925-1989 Married a man from the neighborhood, Chauncey Brown, he was 20 years her senior

There are some gaps as you see, and some second marriages. 

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David Jones….a blind minister

I have a famous David Jones in my family as well. You see, my gg grandfather was David E Jones. I do not know much about him , other than the fact we was blind. Born 1849 in Pennsylvania and dies 1923 in Pennsylvania. The 1850 census stated him as blind. He would have been two years of age. The family lived in Mercer county, Stoneboro township  and also Allegheny county. In the 1880 census, it states he is a preacher, married to Mary Catherine ( Steadman ) and living with his parents. I only have heard he was a ” horse and buggy ” minister. Gathering that he travelled around preaching the gospel. I find a lot of history in the Mercer county website, about various churches in the 1800’s. But, find no mention of his name anywhere.

1880 census Stoneboro Township, Mercer county, Pa

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