James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

The youngest child of (John) Hayden Jones & Mary Ida Neeper, (John) Nelson Jones, was born on 22 August 1911. He married Muzetta M Joyce on 10 June 1933 at Des Moines, Iowa. Muzetta subsequently became 'Muzetta J. Jones', presumably 'Muzetta Joyce Jones'. She had been born on 27 Oct 1914 at Brookfield, so was a native of Missouri, as were her parents. In the 1920 census she was living in Hardesty Avenue, Jackson, Missouri, with her father, Jack Joyce (26), a Superintendent at a bakery, and her mother, Onis (née Summer, 23 August 1894-3 May 1980, Pinellas, Florida). By 1930 the family was living in an apartment in Chestnut Street, Pennsylvania. They may then have lived in Dallas, Texas, briefly before moving to Delta, Pa.

The Gazette and Daily of York, Pa, 4 April, 1935, p 10 announced, "Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Jones moved from Delta to Oxford, Pa where Mr. Jones will work for the Southern Pennsylvania Electric Light company." In the 1940 census they were renting a 153 acre farm at Marsh, East Nantmeal Township, Chester, PA, with them was their four year old daughter Joyce. It may be that they did not know enough about farming; whatever the reason, the episode ended badly, with the landlord taking out a suit against them. Nelson was briefly imprisoned but friends came to his rescue and paid his fine.

Nelson Jones's grave After living in Oxford, Chester County, for eighteen years the family moved northwest to New Cumberland, Pa, where they were members of the First Presbyterian church, West Chester and Nelson was a partner in Jones and Lafferty Construction Co.. Once they married, the two younger daughters lived nearby but Joyce moved to Baltimore, Md.

Nelson and Muzetta had lived in New Cumberland for 14 years when, on 23 December 1975, Muzetta suffered life-threatening injuries in a car accident. Her injuries resulted in her death, aged 62, at Camp Hill, Cumberland, on 28 October 1976. Nelson died, aged 65, on 6 April 1977 at his home in Eutaw St., New Cumberland. Both are buried in Slateville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Delta, York County, Pa. As well as their three daughters, they were able to share their lives with eight grandchildren and at least one great-grandchild.