Lt. Col. Fredrick Ellis Jones, MD

Fred Jones was born about 1873, in Quincy, Massachusetts, son of Frederick L Jones and Alice C Richardson.  Fred’s father was a granite manufacturer and Civil War veteran.  Some family trees on line list his mother as Alice Ellis, but Fred’s marriage record, and the birth records of his brothers, both name the mother as Richardson.  

Fred enlisted in the Army on 6 July 1891, and served in the 5th Infantry, Company K, discharging 30 September 1892.  

Fred attended Harvard University, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1897.   On 2 June, 1898, Fred married Clara Louise Graham, daughter of John R Graham and Mary E B Penniman, born 27 October 1873 in Quincy.  Their first daughter, Dorothy Brooks, was born 9 October, 1899. 

The 1900 census lists the family at 52 Hancock street.  Fred was working as a physician.  The family was well enough off that they had a servant.  The record shows that Clara has had one child, with one child still living.  The second daughter, Ruth, was born later that year, on October 20th.  Daughter Clarice was born 20 February, 1902.  Sadly, the first daughter, Dorothy, died 8 April 1903, of meningitis.  The first son, Graham, was born 23 October 1903, followed by Virginia, just over a year later, on 20 December 1904.  Virginia lived less than a year, dying 21 August 1905, of gastroenteritis and marasmus since birth.  Marasmus is severe malnutrition caused by the lack of calories, sometimes caused by a metabolic deficiency causing the child to be unable to use the calories provided, because of disease or parasitic infection.

On 25 April 1906, another daughter, Alice Marie (sometimes called Mary Alice) was born.   

Fred re-enlisted in the Army, and the Annual Reports of the Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the next couple decades make references to Dr. Jones.  It reported that he was commissioned as an assistant surgeon and 1st Lieutenanant on 7 Nov 1906.  He was associated with the Fifth Regiment Infantry. 

Fred and Clara’s second son, Brooks, was born about 4 November 1907, but died 8 April 1908, of marasmus and convulsions.

On 21 March, 1910, Fred was commissioned as a major in the Medical Corps.  The 1910 census lists the family living at 1569 Hancock, where Fred’s occupation was physician in general practice.  The record indicates that Clara has had 7 children, with 4 still living.  The four in the census are Ruth, Clarice, Graham, and Marie, with the deceased children of course being Dorothy, Virginia, and Brooks.  The household includes a servant, and Clara’s brother John. 

The Adjutant General’s report for the year 1912 names Major Frederick E Jones in 5th Regiment, Infantry Medical Corps.

Quincy vital records show that Fred and Clara had a stillborn daughter, after a difficult delivery, on 9 July 1914.  As far as I know, this was their last child. 

The 1916 Adjutant General’s report documents that Fred served in the Mexican border conflict from 19 June to 31 October, 1916.  The Mexican Border War was military engagements along the border during the Mexican Revolution, starting in 1910.  The height of the conflict was Pancho Villa’s attack on Columbus, New Mexico in March of 1916.  The Boston Globe reported on 26 June 1916 that three brothers from Quincy were in service there: Surgeon Major Frederick E Jones, and his brothers Capt. Walter C Jones, and Lt. Albert M Jones. “Major Jones is one of the best-known medical men in the Massachusetts Militia.  He has been a lecturer for Massachusetts men who trained last year at the officers’ camp in Plattsburg.  He is the medical examiner for this city [Quincy], Milton, and Randolph.” 

Besides being a physician, Fred became involved in death investigations.  The El Paso Post Evening Globe of 13 October1916 reports that he was serving as Division Surgeon, assigned to Camp Cotton at El Paso, Texas, and was investigating an incident where a guard shot a prisoner.

After his posting in Texas, Fred was attached to the Twenty-Sixth “Yankee” division of the American Expeditionary Forces during the World War.  After their return, a 1919 parade and ceremonies honoring the Division included the publication of The Book of Salutation to the Twenty-Sixth Division, which mentions Dr. Jones, and can be read on line at

On 22 March, 1919, the Fitchburg Daily Sentinel reported that Major Frederick E Jones, of the 101st Sanitary Train was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. 

The 1920 census lists the family at 1150 Hancock.  Fred was a physician in general practice, and the household included Fred, Clara, Ruth, Clarice, Graham, Mary A, and a servant.  Graham died two years later, according to the date on his headstone (see at Find-A-Grave.)

The 1930 census lists the family still at 1150 Hancock.  Fred continued his work as a physician with his own practice, and the record confirms his military service as “Mex and WW”.  The only child still at home was Clarise, an interior decorator, and the family had the same maid as in 1920.  Fred also continued his work as a Medical Examiner, investigating deaths, and as such, he shows up in area newspapers.  For example, the Lowell Sun on 2 May 1932 p 14 reported on a triple death scene, and Fred and the police were quoted as saying that they thought it was a double homicide with a suicide, but couldn’t explain why the gun found had only one bullet shot from it.  Fred was reappointed as Medical Examiner in October of 1934, for the Third Norfolk district. 

Fred died 29 September, 1937. 

Former Y. D. Major Dead

QUINCY, Sept.29—Dr. Frederick M. Jones, medical examiner of Southern Norfolk county for 33 years and war-time major in the medical corps, 26th (Yankee) division, A. E. F. died in a hospital today at the age of 64.  Dr. Jones was chief medical officer of the old 5th Massachusetts Infantry and served with that unit at El Paso, Tex., during the Mexican border campaign in 1916. He was transferred to the 101st infantry at the outbreak of the World war. He was graduated from Harvard Medical school in 1897 and was a member of the staff at Quincy City Hospital until 1934.    [Lowell Sun 29 September 1937 p 11. ]

 AMA Journal 12-11-1937, Vol 109 Number 24, page 2003:   Frederick Ellis Jones, Quincy, Mass.; Harvard University Medical School, Boston, 1897; member of the Massachusetts Medical Society ; served during the World War ; formerly health officer; aged 64; on the staff of the Quincy City Hospital, where he died, September 29, of chronic interstitial nephritis and mesenteric thrombosis.

During the Armistice Day celebrations in 1937, an area at the intersection of Hancock and Washington Streets in downtown Quincy, was named Lt. Col. Frederick E Jones Square.  I don’t know if this area still exists under that name.  I was not able to find reference to it except in the original news article.  

In 1940, Clara was still living at 1150 Hancock, with her youngest daughter Alice Marie Jones Thomas and family.  According to Find-A-Grave entries, Clara died in 1959.  Unless the houses were renumbered, their home at 1150 Hancock probably no longer exists, replaced by a 4-story office building constructed in 1984.


Charles Neuth McKeown and Annie Florence Hardwick

Charles McKeown was born 7 August 1879, in Brickton, near Lawrencetown, Annapolis county, Nova Scotia. He was the third and last child of William B McKeown and Rebecca Lavinia Hodges.  He had two older sisters, Minnie Blanche (1866-1926) and Hattie Ann (1868-1936). 

Charles grew up in the Clarence and Lawrencetown area. These are two small towns only 6 miles apart.  Although some records say Clarence and some say Lawrencetown, it is possible that the family did not move, as an article about the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents says that they lived most of the time in one place. The 1881 census lists the family in Clarence, describing them as Baptists, of Irish descent.  By the time of the 1891 census, Charles’ two sisters have married and moved out, but the household includes his cousin Nellie Ewing, daughter of Rebecca’s deceased sister, Tamsen.  In 1901, Charles was still living with his parents, and his now divorced sister Minnie was in the household as well.  Charles’ father was probably relatively prosperous, as each of these census records had what appears to be hired help counted with the family. 

On 25 October, 1905, in Bear River, Charles married Annie Florence Hardwick, daughter of George Hardwick and Elizabeth McNeil.  The Bear River Telephone reported on Friday, October 27, 1905, that ” A very pretty house wedding took place at the residence of George Hardwick on Wednesday, when his only daughter Annie Florence married Charles North McKeown of Lawrencetown.   Reverend Hemmeon officiated.  The couple will live at Lawrencetown.” Although a later delayed birth registration lists her as born 12 September 1889, the 1891 census lists her as age 7, so she was most likely born in 1884.  She was from Lequille, just outside Annapolis Royal, and her father was a farm laborer who later had his own farm.    

The 1911 census lists Charles now as the head of the household, with his wife Florence, and his parents living with him.  Charles was a farmer.  Charles and Florence had at least one son, George William McKeown, born 1 Dec 1911 in Brickton, in Annapolis county.  Brickton is another small community by Lawrencetown.

On 10 April, 1916, Charles enlisted in the Canadian armed forces.  His occupation at that time was railway section man.  His attestation papers say that he had served in the Kings County Hussars.  He was 36 years old, 5’7”, 150 pounds, fair complexion, with blue eyes and gray hair.   Charles served in the Canadian Forestry Corps, 54th District, and Canadian Infantry 219th Battalion.  The 219th was a unit of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.  The Forestry Corps was created when it was discovered that huge amounts of wood were needed for the war effort.  The British recognized that Canadians were the most qualified in the British Empire for harvesting timber, and they were brought to Europe to cut forests in England, Scotland, and France.  Although they were not usually in combat, many were killed or injured when working around power saws, in mills, and during transport. 

Charles died on 30 May 1918, of accidental injuries in a mill.  Charles died at the Chichester  War Hospital, and he was buried at Chichester Cemetery in Sussex, England.  He was commemorated on the Bridgetown, Nova Scotia war memorial. 

Florence continued to live in the area, but travelled to the US.  Records show her arriving in Boston, from Yarmouth, on 15 September 1935, on the Evangeline.  On 12 November, 1935, she married widower Almon Leonard Stinson, in Yarmouth.  The next day, she and Almon were recorded as crossing the border from Canada into the US at Calais, Maine.   Her delayed record of birth was filed on 4 November – perhaps she needed a birth record for her second marriage, or as identification for traveling across the border.  

In 1940, Florence and Almon lived in Lynn, MA, and the record indicates that they were in the same house in 1935.  Almon was a captain for the fire department.   Border crossing records indicate that Florence continued to travel back and forth between Lynn and Nova Scotia.  

Florence and Almon lived at #2 Wentworth Place in Lynn, in a duplex built in 1930.  The 1947 Lynn city directory says that they moved to Royal (Annapolis Royal) Nova Scotia.  Florence died 29 January 1956 in Clemensport, of a cerebral hemorrhage, and is buried at the United Church cemetery.  Almon died in June, 1961, and is buried with his first wife, at Pine Grove cemetery in Lynn, MA.

Charles and Florence’s son George married Muriel H Dukeshire on 21 November 1934.  They eventually moved to Hamilton, Ontario, at the west end of Lake Ontario.  George was an engineer, and Muriel worked as a stenographer and bookkeeper.  They lived at 74 Lorne, a small two-story house.  An on-line family tree says that George died in 1990.  Murial was listed in voter records as late as 1972, but I have no further information for them.