Belle’s Box – 55

This entry is part 57 of 342 in the series Belle's Box

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Here’s wishing you
Trainloads of fun.
Bring me a helmet
You sonofagun.

The stamp is removed, and the postmark with it.
Addressed to:
Mrs. Belle Tinker
Manton Mich

Moline Feb 5 1919

Dear Nephew and
Niece hope you are all
well why don’t you
answer my letter I sent
you some time ago we
are all well and I am
77? years old today Sat
some? nice ? ?
is staying to Floras yet
Flora is failing all the
time love to all
Aunt Ann? Jones

Well, I looked his over, and mulled a little, and then looked at another item from the same person.  I’ve reached the conclusion that “Aunt Ann Jones”, was Mrs. Robert V. Jones, born Ireland about 1842 in Ireland.  A quick side trip that occupied most of yesterday identified her in these census:

1870 US Federal census, Dorr, Allegan County, Michigan page 10, line 1, (The family number 67 begins with Robert on page 9, line 40) Jones, Ann, 29, female, white, keeping house, born Ireland of parents of foreign birth.  In the household are daughter Ida Belle, age illegible, but probably older than two; and Edwin R, age two.  The most interesting feature of this entry is the presence of the next family

(68) Jones, Benjamin F, Eliza, Francis E and Merritt W. This is significant because Belle had siblings Merritt Winfield, known as “Scott”; and Benjamin, known as Bige.

1880 US Federal census, Dorr, Allegan County, Michigan, District 2, sheet 54C line 16, Ann, white, female, 38, wife, keeping house, born Ireland, both parents born Ireland.  Her husband was Robert V Jones, her two sons Edwin-12, and Hezakiah-8.

1900 US Federal census, Dorr, Allegan County, Michigan, Supervisors district 4, enumeration district 4, page 222 A, line 37, family 9, Jones, Ann, wife, white female, born Feb 1842, 58, married for 40 years, mother of 3, 3 living, born Ireland, father born Scotland, mother born Ireland, immigrated 1853, 47 years ago, can read write and speak English.  The family includes her husband Robert, and 3 boarders.

1910 US Federal census, Dorr, Allegan County, Michigan supervisor district 4, enumeration district 8, page 263, sheet 16A, line 19, family 346, house 350, Jones, Ann, wife female, white, 68, married for the first time for 50 years, mother of 3, 3 living, born Ireland, English-speaking, both parents born Ireland, English-speaking, immigrated 1845, keeping a boarding house.

1920 US Federal census, Dorr, Allegan County, Michigan, supervisor district 4, enumeration district 11, sheet 16b, line 62, in the home of Jeffers, Ida, family 357, dwelling 363, Jones, Ann, mother, female white 78, widow, immigrated 1847, naturalized, can read and write, born Ireland, Irish speaking, both parents born Ireland, Irish-speaking, speaks English, no occupation.

The next family is that of (Heza)Kiah Jones, wife Hattie, son Harry and a boarder.

In 1930, the aging Hezakiah and wife Harriet are shown with their daughter Clara.  Ann is missing, and Ida Jeffers is a “housekeeper” in the home of Milo Phillips in Sheridan, Calhoun, Michigan.

More to come on this family.  Aunt Ann Jones was probably a sister in law of Miranda Jones.  Miranda Jones was the wife of Ruscum Lamunion/Lamunion; they were Belle’s parents.

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