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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. 



Ethel and Albert Ewing, my maternal great-grandparents, are buried on Congress Hill, Graham cemetery, Sandycreek community, Venango county Pennsylvania. They were the parents of the eight children I spoke of earlier.

I do not know where they met, or how they came to be in Venango county. He was born in Butler county and she in Mercer county, these counties are adjoining.






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