James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Children and move to SE England

The earliest evidence I have found of Mary's involvement with Wharton was when she produced their son, also called Wharton Peers Jones, in 1890 [Bangor 1890, 4th qt]. The registration district suggests that, for the birth, Mary may have returned to the area where she and her family had previously been living. In an interview, Wharton implied that he and Mary had married not long before this, but I have found no record of any such marriage. In fact, Wharton was already married and had a family back in Chile. Wharton also said that he then left his new wife in England when he returned to Chile. She appears to have spent the next few years living in the Home Counties. Wharton would have been able to be with her for some of this time, while he was back working for the Chilean Legation in England.

Nevin 1895 The photo (right) is of Mary's sister, Margaret Ellen, and her husband, Rev J James Jones. I was told that the others in the photo are some of Margaret's siblings and long suspected that the lady in the more exotic outfit, sitting in the wagon, was probably Mary; if so, then the young child she is holding might be Emily, her daughter. This seems more credible now that there is evidence that Mary was still living in the UK into the mid-1890s.

Wharton and Mary's second child, Emily, was born the following year [Hackney 1891, 4th qt]. Both children were christened at Harlington, Hillingdon, Middlesex, Wharton on 3 April 1892 and Emily on 8 May 1892 and Wharton’s occupation was given as "Attaché, Chilian Legation". Their sister, Dolores Mary Peers Jones, was born on 22 September 1894. Her birth was registered at Elham, Kent, and she was christened at St Michael and All Angel Church, Pirbright in Surrey on 19 January 1896. In this case, Wharton's occupation was entered as "Gentleman" and their address was given as "Wharton Hall, Carahue, Chile". I have been unable to find Mary on the 1891 UK census.