I have always been intrigued by Alice Jones but she became especially interesting when I discovered that she died on the Isle of Wight. A childhood fascination with all things Victoria still lingers and I always wondered if Alice was ever in her company (as if everyone in England met her!). This week’s #52ancestors #52familyphotographs is dedicated to Alice Jones Monier-Williams.
Alice Jones was the oldest daughter of Richard Jones (1812-1890) and Alice Woodmansie Davis Jones (1823-1899). Richard’s second wife Alice appears to have been quite a force and their five children appear to have lead very different lives from those of his first wife (Benjamin and Joseph).
I know that for all of her youth and until 1870 Alice lived in her father’s household. In 1878 she married Cyril Faithfull Williams, son of Monier Williams. Sir Monier Monier-Williams, KCIE was the second Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University, England. However, at the time of their marriage, Williams was not yet knighted and the family name was Williams. I do not know how Alice got to England. I believe that Cyril came to the United States in 1873 “for travel.” Possibly they met here or there. Oddly, the marriage banns note that Alice is a resident of Oxford.
When Cyril is admitted to the Lincoln’s Inn in 1888, the admissions register notes his Oxford address. By 1891, Alice and Cyril live in London where he is listed as a retired civil servant. And in 1894 he is elected Registrar of the Courts at Port of Spain, Trinidad. This appointment does not work out well for him as three years later, in a fit of depression, he commits suicide.
I am not sure where Alice is during all of this. She may be right there with Cyril but I have no proof. I do know that by 1901 she is back in England, living with a clergyman and his family in South Luffenham.
The Monier-Williams clan owned a house on the Isle of Wight and I do not know if this is what lured her there because her sister Mary Howell Jones also lived there. They are living at Salopia (a named house) in Ventnor in 1911. Alice remains at Salopia, Ventnor, Isle of Wight until her death in 1933 and Mary H. dies a short time later in 1935.
I would love to know more about Alice and her life. And where does Mary Howell Jones fit into the story? Another blog for another day.
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Im always envious of folks with photos of ancestors …… I don’t have anything beyond a single one of my maternal grandfather. Intrigued about the professor of sanskrit, my wife is from Nepal and originally learned to read sanskrit at school in Kathmandu.
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I am very lucky to have what I have. Thanks for the comment!
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