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Richard Jones was born 2 February 1796 in England, and died 15 November 1876 at Blackwood River WA. He married Louisa Goldsmith 26 August 1821 in Hackney St John. She was born 28 October 1801 in St Luke, Middlesex, and died 23 December 1830 in Perth. Jones was interred 15 November 1876 in East Perth Cemetery. His wife had also been interred at East Perth, 23 December 1830.
Inquirer and Commercial News, Wednesday 29 November 1876, page 3
NORTHAM, Nov. 25. Death of an Old Colonist. - One more of the few remaining original settlers has passed away. Mr. Richard Jones, to whom we refer, arrived here in the ship Lotus, in the latter part of 1829 - the year of the proclamation of the colony. He therefore was one of the pioneer colonists, and experienced a full share of the trials and hardships which befel those who were the first to land here. For several years past Mr. Jones had lived at the Blackwood, and up to a short time ago, although very aged, he continued hale and hearty. His remains were conveyed to Bunbury, and were afterwards brought up by a vessel to Fremantle. The funeral, which took place on Tuesday, Nov. 21, was largely and moet respectably attended; nothwithstanding the short notice that was given.
JONES, Richard, b. 2.2.1796 (England), d. 15.11.1876 (Blackwood, buried E.Perth), son of Richard & Anne, arr. 9.10.1829 per Lotus with wife & family, m. (England) 26.8.1821 Louisa GOLDSMITH b. 29.10.1801 d. 23.12.1830 (Perth). Chd. Richard Thomas b. 1822. William James b. 1823, Louisa b. 1824 d. 1871, Mary Ann b. 1825 d. 1912, Maria b. 1828 d. 1886 (England), Joseph b. 1830 (Perth) d. 1831. Perth. Plumber 1860, glazier & painter. building contractor. Sold his Perth land in 1850s & then in 1860s with his sons Richard & William, & his widowed dtr. Mary HcHard, bt. land on Blackwood River & pioneered "Southampton". Qualified as Juror 1860 with £150 real estate. Employed 7 T/L men 1868-1872 at "Southampton" & possibly 1 at Perth 1865 . (Erickson).
Louisa Jones, daughter of Richard and Louisa, married Adam Francis Armstrong, son of Adam Pearson Armstrong.
Many thanks to Robert Ward for an invaluable, comprehensive genealogy of Richard Jones's family.
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