Douwe Jones b 3 March 1823

Douwe Jones was born 3 March 1823, and baptized 30 July 1823 at the Methodist church in Cornwallis Township, Kings County, Nova Scotia, second of five children of Douwe Ditmars Jones and Elizabeth Inglis.  Douwe was the great grandson and namesake of Douwe Ditmars, a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War who emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1783.

On 31 Dec 1849, Douwe married Caroline Amelia Vroom, in Clementsport.  They moved to Lynn, MA, where their first son, Frederick was born in 1853, but sadly died just a few months later.  They had at least six more children, all born in Nova Scotia.

The family traveled to the “Boston States”, travelling on a ship called “Emma Gillivitt”, arriving in Boston on 29 June 1867.  I don’t know if this was a vacation or a move to the States.  The family was back in Nova Scotia, living at Annapolis Royal, in the 1871 census.  The family was described as Weslyan Methodist of Dutch descent.  Occupation might be house carpenter, as that was his occupation as listed in the 1868 Clementsport city directory. 

The family was counted in the 1880 census, They lived in Lynn, where he worked as a carpenter. The family lived at #25 Mount Pleasant Street, and included granddaughters Harriet and Annie.  Son Wesley is there, listed as widowed, so the young girls are probably his daughters. 

In 1890, Dowe Jones was listed as a shoemaker living at 6 Belmont avenue, in Lynn MA. 

Douwe’s wife Amelia died in 1892 in Lynn, MA, of Brights disease.  In 1900, Douwe was living with his son Albert in Abington MA.   He was 77, and no occupation was listed.  Douwe Jones died 27 January 1903 in Abington MA.  His occupation was listed as carpenter.  He was almost 80 and cause of death was “old age”.  He was buried at Pine Grove, in Lynn. 

I have found a lot of Nova Scotia cousins in Lynn.  I wonder if they knew each other in sort of an ex-patriot Nova Scotia community, or if they just all went there for the jobs.


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