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Grandmother of Ray Jones,  Askam, Pa

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Ray Jones' Grandmother, Mary Smith
with Aunts Dellia and Celia Smith

Notes from Mary Louise Jones (July, 2002):
Edward P. Smith married Mary ___ Smith. They had children: Mary Ann, Bernard, Celia Della, and Edward
Mary Smith and three children died at a time of sickness (fever). Mary was sent to live with her grandmother in the country, until a time when her father later married Mary Smith.



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William Lewis Jones
Father of Ray Jones

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Mary Ann Smith Jones
Mother of Ray Jones

Notes from Mary Louise Jones (July, 2002):
Mary Ann Smith married William Lewis Jones. 
William Lewis Jones was born in Merthyr - Tydvil in South Wales. He came to this country at age 10 in 1869 with his parents. He worked as a fire boss in the local mines -- that meant that he started at 2AM and walked through the mines looking for gas before the miners started to work. If there was an accident he wrote up the descriptions and cause. He had only a third grade education but he had a beautiful hand writing -- more like an artist.  He died April 14, 1914 in Askam, Pennsylvania
Children of William and Mary Smith Jones:
     Edward Franklin, b. 1887, d. Feb 19, 1888
     Raymond John, b. Jan 29,1889, d. Sept 3, 1974
     Wilfrid Leo, b. July 23, 1890, d. Nov 25, 1969
     Evaristus (Eva) Marie, b. April 9, 1892, d. Oct 1, 1953
     Bernard Fidelis (C.), b. Dec 15, 1893, d. July 11, 1986
     Celia Florence, b. Nov 10, 1895, d. Sept 20, 1974
     Edward Gomer, b. Feb 25, 1898, d. Jan 3, 1946
     Isabella Mary, b. June 18, 1903, d. Nov 13 1982

(NOTE: I copied the list from the old family Bible -- MLJ)


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Raymond John Jones and Wilfrid Leo Jones


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Wilfrid Leo Jones

Uncle Wilfrid was a lawyer who won the first case against the mine owners for men who got sick from mine dust. It was a great landmark case because most of his neighbors in Askam, Pa. died of the disease -- including Grandfather W.L.Jones.
He had an unusually bright mind and hi liked to talk about the history of the area and its people. (MLJ)

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Eva Marie Jones
Age 18 or 20

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Eva Marie Jones
Age 30 or 32

Eva Marie Jones worked herself through school by painting dishes in Wilkes Barre Pa. The beautiful gold leaf dishes were sold mostly to churches in New York. After the Depression she worked for Isac Longs Department store doing sewing adjustments of lady's clothes. She had beautiful hand writing and became the Palmer Method Supervisor for the Hanover Township School district. She was alway busy and I still have some of the wool shawles she made for her mother. She made clothes for me when I was young. She had a lot of friends and was pleasant and kind to all. She had beautiful dark auburn hair. (MLJ)

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Bernard C. Jones

Uncle Bert worked on Wall Street for many years. He was also a "runner" at that time. He carried large sums of money between the Wilkes-Barre area and Wall Street. Later he worked in Allentown, Pa as a telegraph operator and dispatcher for the railroad. (MLJ)


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Isabel Mary Jones

Isabel Mary Jones was a second grade school teacher for many years. She was one of the "first" in the community to learn to drive at a time when women did not drive. Isabel took a course to become a practical nurse so she could take care of Eva during her long illness with cancer. 

During the time of the Depression, Isabel was engaged to Robert Gilligan for several years. He was a school teacher who could not get a job. He died in Mercy Hospital of a bleeding peptic ulcer. He was the one who taught her to drive. (MLJ)


Ceil started out teaching school in Mountain Top but didn't like it. She studied music and played the piano. She "kept" house for the family.  (MLJ).


Ray and Matilda -- children

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Matilda Larson

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Ray Jones

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Matilda with Mary

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Mary Jones

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Matilda and Ray in Atlantic City with Mary and baby Raymond.

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Mary and Raymond

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Aleatha, Mary and Raymond

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Mary, Raymond, Aleatha,
and Billy Jones


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Aleatha Jones

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Aleatha Jones

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Aleatha Jones

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Green Dodge -- Fernbrook transportation
Aunt Matilda, driver

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Green Dodge in the lane in Larksville in front of Grandmother Larson's house.  The Davis house in background

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Cousins (Gallagher, Jones, Rooney) in 1938, the day the Gallaghers left for the West.  Frances, Aleatha, Leo, Raymond, Mary, Elizabeth.  Standing in front, Mary and Billy

Cousins (Jones, Rooney) at Fernbrook, cousins_1940.jpg (17528 bytes) 4th of July, 1940: Mary, Billy, Leo, Frances, Aleatha, Raymond, Mary. Note Raymond and Leo display model airplanes.

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Billy, Raymond, Aleatha and Mary Jones

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 Ray Jones working outside, in the yard by his shop.

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Raymond Jones II
Click here to read his letter telling of his first solo flight in 1943. It is Letter #49 in Laura Rooney's "Blue Book"

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Matilda with sons Bill (with BB gun) and Raymond (in uniform). Dog is Blackie.

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Standing: Isabel Jones and Mary Jones Rogers (Ray's half sister by Grandfather Jones' previous marriage.
Seated, Ray Jones, mother Mary Smith Jones, Eva Marie and Celia F. Jones
Ray had a broken left arm. He fell from a porch roof while working.

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Lawrence Larson, Wilfrid and Ray Jones, 1942

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Aleatha's Graduation, June 1946
Back row: Ray Jones, Laura Rooney, Ray's brother Wilfrid, Lawrence Larson, Gomer Jones' wife Margaret. 
2nd row: Bill Jones, George Jones (son of Gomer), Mary Rooney, Aleatha Jones, Matilda Jones.

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Aleatha Jones & Bob Fahringer

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Bob Fahringer's mother

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Aleatha and Bob Fahringer wedding.

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Bob Fahringer


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Raymond, Matilda, Mary Jones visit with Mary Wirtz in Miami

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Ray & Matilda Jones, Fritz & Mary Wirtz and a friend

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Sisters - Mary Wirtz and Matilda Jones


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Ray Jones, Sister Mariel, Johanna Gallagher, Matilda & Delena Jones - 1956

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Valerie, Victoria Jones visit Aunt Mary (Sister Mariel) with their father Raymond Jones - 1957

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Ray & Raymond Jones with Diane and Valerie visit sister Mariel -- 1958

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Raymond & kids in Greenfield Village 
Detroit, 1963
Raymond, Diane, Gregory, Victoria
and baby Valerie

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Bill Jones visit with Raymond & kids - 1965
baby is Aletha

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Valerie, Aletha, Sister Mariel, Victoria


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Dian Dutter, Mary Wirtz, Matilda, Raymond, Delena, Mary Jones and three little Dutters

Mary Jones and friend




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Valerie Jones

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Valerie Jones

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Susanne Jones, 1979,  age 12

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Bobby, Carol, David, Linda Fahringer, Frank Gouveia, Billy, Jeff Fahringer

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Carol Fahringer, nurse

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Laura Ann Jones
Photo used for grad school applications. It is cropped part of a formal group photo of the crew team at Oxford, taken in the spring of 1997.

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Delena and Matilda

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Valerie, Laura Rooney, Delena,Gregory,Matilda
In front: Brian, Laura Ann, Susanne

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Matilda Jones, Laura Rooney, Raymond Jones. Children are Laura and Brian Jones

Fahringer Thanksgiving, 1998

Top photo on right: Bobby Fahringer, Vickie Jones Fahringer, Lena and Bill Fahringer,Nels Pierce, Linda, Fred Metzgar, Aletha Fahringer

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Bottom photo on left: Aletha Fahringer, Lena's Mom, Jeff,  Alden,  David, and Bobby Fahringer

Great Grandchildren

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Vincent, Angela and Lauriane Dutter

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Linda Fahringer with Damien

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Baladine Pierce, 9 mos,
daughter of
Carol & Nels

Four Generations

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Matilda, Raymond Jr., Diane, Vincent.
Milford, Mich, July, 1975

Vincent Dutter and Erin McAnarney Wedding
Saint Isidore Church, Bloomingdale, Illinois
November 27, 1999
Click here to go to the Family Tree

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The Dutter Family
Anthea, Angela, Lauriane
ANDRÉ,  Erin, Vincent, Diane

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Ray and Delena Jones with 7 of their "kids"
Valerie, Laura, Greg, Brian, Susanne, Raymond III, and Diane




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The Dutter Clan

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Vicki and David

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Raymond III, June 2006

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Valerie, June 2006

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Aletha and John

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Suzanne and Jim


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Angela and Kyle Wedding
June 7, 2002

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Raymond and Delena Jones and family in 2002
Gregory, Brian, Raymond, Susanne, Aletha, Victoria, Valerie, Diane, Laura

Click here to read a news article about Raymond


June 3, 2006
On June 3, 2006 Raymond and Delena's youngest daughter married Bill Hutchison in Charleston, SC.  It was a wonderful two days of festivities and gathering of family and friends.  Click here to see a few photos.



Ray and Delena celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary, Feb 20. 2010