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Orphan Number: 2898
Orphan: George JONES
Mother:JONES, Mary Ann/Isabella
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Age when admitted:12yrs
Date admitted:11 May 1870
Date discharged:30 Aug 1870
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: apprenticed to mother
References: SWD27, HAP1871/63

This orphan has been claimed by: Amanda Meadows

George Augustus Jones was born in 1861 or 1862 in Port Esperance, southern Tasmania to Cain Jones and his wife Isabella Forbes Jones.  Isabella was the daughter of Irish convict Anne Forbes (Duke of Cornwall 1850) who was incarcerated in the female Factory in South Hobart.  As the child of a convict, Isabella was sent to the orphanage in October 1850 but released in 1852.  She married Cain Jones in 1854 aged either 15 or 16.  Cain, my great great grandfather and an English convict (Equestrian 1844), was 31, although he lied about his age on his marriage documents.  The couple were married at St. David's Catherdral in Hobart but Cain had work in Port Esperance as a foreman at Drysdale's Kent timber mill, and took his family south to live in the bush.  In 1870 Cain was killed in a boiler explosion at the mill, and one of his sons, Henry, aged 10, died with his father.  Another son also present, William, was hideously burned and hospitalised.  Isabella applied for aid to leave Port Esperance and return to Hobart but once there applied for her 3 remaining sons to be placed in the orphanage where she herself had been incarcerated 20 years earlier.  Isabella's daughters were also fostered out, but I don't know where.  Here I lose track of Isabella, although her story recommences in Prospect northern Tasmania, where she was offered sanctuary by her son, and my great grandfather, George Augustus Jones.  Both George and his mother Isabella lived to a ripe old age and died in Prospect.  They are buried together in a family grave at Prospect Vale cemetary with my great grandmother, George's wife, Celina Matilda West.  

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