James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Idris Robert Jones

Robert and Isabella's youngest child, Idris Robert Jones, was born on 20 June 1891. Interestingly, a Mrs R L Jones and daughter, Idris, aged 10, embarked at Philadelphia aboard the Waesland on 18 May, 1901 bound for Liverpool. There seem to be a surprising number of women (without their husbands) and children boarding at Philadelphia which makes one wonder if they might have been trying to escape an epidemic. An Idris R Jones made another crossing from Philadelphia arriving at Liverpool at the end of June 1910 aboard the Haverford; there was a lady, R L Jones on the same crossing, like Idris stating she was a tourist, though Idris, 'Gent', appears to have returned alone aboard the Haverford six weeks later.

In June 1917 he registered at Peach Bottom for military service. He was single, tall and slender with blue eyes and light brown hair. Like his brothers before him he had become a quarry manager at R L Jones Slate Co. in Delta. He entered the army on 19 September 1917 at Red Lion, Pennsylvania, and served with the American Expeditionary Force. He was a sergeant when he was discharged on 7 June 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey. In about 1923 he married and in 1930 he and his wife, Anna Hay Jones, were living in N Queen Street, York City, Pennsylvania. I believe he was a bond (the word is not clear) salesman. The census indicates that they were renting and they owned a radio! The couple were both born in Pennsylvania, as were Anna’s parents.

From his WWII draft registration card in 1942, he and Anna (aka Nan) were still living at 49 North Queen St, York, and Idris was then working at the State Capitol, Harrisburg, Dauphin, with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He was described as five feet one inch tall (had he shrunk since WWI?!), weighed approximately 140 pounds and had grey eyes, grey hair and a ruddy complexion.

When Idris died on 27 May 1969, aged 77, he and Anna were still living at 49 North Queen St, York. He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, in West Manchester Township, York (Section: H, Lot no: 9, Grave no: 4).

It has been suggested that Gloria Roberts Thompson (b 8 Nov 1924, d 13 July 2009) was a descendant of Robert L and Isabella Jones though she was born and raised in Cardiff, just over the border in Maryland.