About Alfred William Jones, SV/PROG
Alfred William Jones
Born: 11 Dec 1860
Birthplace: Handley's Place, King Street, Sculcoates, Hull
Died: 9 Feb 1913 aged 52 years.
Place of Death: Provincial Hospital, Port Elizabeth, Cape, South Africa
Cause of Death: Cirrhiosis of Liver; Hepatitis
Parents: married 1857 Bristol.
George Jones (1834-1883) - Police Constable.
Martha Edwards (1837-1874).
Married Salomina Cornelia Knoesen; (also named Sarah Elizabeth, Salomina Carolina in some documents) at 9 Jan 1883 St. ~Paul's, Port Elizabeth, Cape, South Africa.
1861 - aged 3m at Handley's Place, Kings Street, Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England.
1871 - aged 10 a scholar, at Police Office, Parliament Street, Holy Trinity, Kingston upon Hull.
Alfred William will have travelled to South Africa between 2 April 1871 and 1 Dec 1879 which was when he was he was first employed by the South African Railways. He will have been 19 years old. He was not at home at the time of the 1881 Census in Hull.
His career in the Railways progressed as follows -
(Based on extracts from the Cape of Good Hope Civil Service Lists and other documents).
- 1879 - first employed by the Railways
- 1882 - Clerk with the railways, Uitenhage.
- 1883 - shunter at time of his marriage.
- 1884 - Station Master at the time of his son's birth.
- 1886-1888 Clerk, Midland System of Railways. His salary was £156.10.0 pa.
- 1890 - same appointment with salary of £170 pa.
- 1891 - 1894 - station master at Alicedale. Salary starting at £162 pa which may be an error, and increasing to £192 in 1893.
- 1895 - Station Master Naawpoort - £224
- 1896 - Station Master Touws River - £200
- 1897-1899 Station Master Alicedale, salary starting at £224 and increasing to £240 in 1898.
- 1900 - Clerk Midland System £240
- 1901 - 1903 Clerk Port Elizabeth Goods - £255
- 1904 - Clerk, Traffic Masters Office - £270
- 1905 - 1906 Station master Middelburg £297
- 1907 - Station Master Willowmore £297
- 1908 - Station Clerk Oudtshoorn £297
- 1909 &1910 Pension List aged 49 - last appointment held Clerk at Port Elizabeth Railways - Total Penson £162.14.0.
- 1913 - Dairyman on his death certificate.
His mother died in October 1874 - he will have been 14 years old. His father George remarried in March 1875. George died in May 1883 - a few months after Alfred married in South Africa.
St. Paul's Church, Port Elizabeth
"St Paul's is the second oldest Anglican Parish in Port Elizabeth. Sunday School was started in 1850, the first services for adults began in 1853 and the laying of the foundation stone of the original church took place in October 1854.
Part of the early ministry of the parish was the establishment of a school in 1861. In its time, the parish has given rise to many congregations. By the time of the establishment of the diocese of Port Elizabeth, St Paul's had already moved to its present site in Parsons Hill.
The original Church stood on the corner of Albany Road and what is now Govan Mbeki Avenue. In 1960 the move finally took place. Reasons for the move were the decreasing population around the old church, the expropriation that was to accompany the widening of Main Street and the deterioration of the buildings.
The present Church reflects the continuity of witness over more than 150 years, in the magnificent stained glass windows, the pulpit, lectern and other items transferred from the original church.
These are now housed in a modern building, a feature of which is the Chapel. One side of the chapel is glassed in, enabling the congregation, while they are at worship, to look out over the beautiful parish gardens".