James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

The Delta Herald And Times, 20 Sept., 1912, p3 reported a "Surprise Birthday Party"

On Saturday evening, Sept. 7th., Mr. John Hayden Jones was surprised when several members of the Rehoboth O. A. B. Class of which he is the President visited his home.

Mr. Jones is an alert man and always had an idea that no one could surprise him but Mrs. Jones was doubtful concerning it and she deliberately tried ber hand on arranging a little party and she was so successful that Mr. Jones was bewildered when be saw the teams coming in the lane and his house taken possession of by comparative strangers. He said afterwards though that he could have found it out in the morning only he did not think anything of it at the time.

However the party was a perfect success and after an elaborate dinner an exceptionally pleasant evening was spent in singing and other features. In addition to the class, Mrs R L Jones, Mr and Mrs Arthur Lee Jones and the children, Mrs. James P Davis of Plymouth, Pa. and others were present.

The Delta Herald And Times, 8 Nov 1912 reported: "Some changes have recently taken place In the management of the R. L. Jones Slate Company; J. Hayden Jones is now quarry superintendent and Arthur L. Jones has charge of the sales department."

Sadly, Hayden became ill and was admitted to the state mental hospital at Harrisburg early in April 1917 where he died on 16 July 1917; he was buried the following day in Delta.

Hayden at least left his young widow a house in Peach Bottom Township, free of a mortgage, and that was where the family was living in the 1920 and 1930 US censuses, with Mary as head, working as a public school teacher; her sister, Oma Neeper, was living with her. Between those censuses the eldest child, Robert, had left home and by 1940 all the children had left home but Oma continued to live with Mary. Mary died on 26 September 1968 at Daytona Beach, Volusia, Florida. She and Hayden are both buried in Slateville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Delta. (Click here to see a photo of their grave.)