Going backwards, I was able to find Cecil in the 1920 Federal Census in Sedro-Woolley, Skagit, Washington, as expected. He’s 9, attending school, and the birthplaces of his parents are Washington and Ohio. With him is his father, Herbert H. Jones, 30. Other information on the census form about Herbert: owns his home, born in Washington, and parents born in England and Wales. Hmm, so it does appear I am getting to an immigrant ancestor. Herbert is a moulder in the iron works industry, which makes sense, as Skagit Steel and Iron Works was a local business in this period.
Also with the family is Cecil’s mother and Herbert’s wife Bessie (and Bessie’s parents live just a couple of houses away). Bessie was born in Ohio, with parents also born in Ohio. Herbert and Bessie have a 4-year-old daughter, Bernadine M. (this is Peggy from the photos in the prior post), and also living with them is Orville R. Long, 21, a cousin, whose father was born in Germany and mother in Wales, suggesting that he is related on Herbert’s side. Long is a machinist in the saw mill.
Looking back 3 years, to the World War I draft registration, I confirm that Herbert Henry Jones was employed at Skagit Steel and Iron Works, as a moulder, and was born in November 1890, in Pomeroy, Washington, making him only about 20 when Cecil was born. Pomeroy is on the other side of the state, in Garfield County:
In the 1910 Federal Census, I find Herbert and Bessie, already in Skagit, and next-door to Bessie’s parents. Herbert is a flour packer, employed in a flour mill.
I need to get a copy of this photo without the glare, but here they are at their wedding, which must have been right around that time.
Prior to that I don’t find anything directly, but going forward I find that Bessie and Herbert were together in 1930, divorced by 1940, and Herbert died in 1943, at 52 years old. My grandparents were married, but my father was not yet born. Herbert’s death certificate gives his parents as Annie R. Humphreys and Frank Jones, based on the census records born in Wales (not actually true, as it turned out) and England.