Wellington Province


JONES, Henry

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Mr. and Mrs. H. Jones

Jones, Henry, Settler, Masterton. This old gentleman was born in Northamptonshire, England, in 1811. Coming to New Zealand in 1842, in the ship `London,' he settled at Wadestown, and afterwards removed to Karori. Mr. Jones experienced the vicissitudes incidental to pioneer settlement, but with untiring industry he persevered until he secured a competency. While at Karori he held cottage services, which were greatly valued by the settlers at that time. In 1856 he bought a farm in Masterton, which he worked for many years. In 1870 he sold out, and with his daughter, Mrs. Collett, took up his residence in the township. Mr. Jones, who may be said to be self-educated, was a local preacher for twenty-eight years in the Wesleyan Church, in which he has filled all the offices open to a layman. For many years he was one of the prominent pillars of the Wesleyan Church in Wellington Province, rendering signal service in establishing churches and founding Sunday schools. Mr. Jones was married in 1832 to Miss Mary Willetts, who died a few years ago. His family numbers twelve children, fifty-two grand-children, and fifty great grand-children - a grand total of 114.

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