My blog seems misnamed, as I seem to be spending more time in England than America currently, but before I take a break from my Shropshire relatives and move to a different immigrant ancestor, I thought I’d work on a couple of related families that might be easier than the Joneses to trace backwards in the same records. After that, in the next few posts, I will look at what my English ancestors and siblings of Frank Reeve Jones were doing while his father William Jones was moving and living near London, and then while Frank and his children were making their way in the US.
First, with the related families, specifically the Maunds and Counds, the less common names helped somewhat, but I still quickly ended up needing additional sources to distinguish between people of similar ages and the same names. The fact that the names are not that common in the general population did not help as much as it might have, because they were still unusually common in the specific parishes and area I was focused on.
The Maunds. As discussed in prior posts, Edward Jones, the grandfather of my immigrant ancestor, married Sarah Maund in 1822 in Munslow. Sarah’s parents were easy to identify. Sarah was christened 14 Apr. 1799 in Munslow, and her parents are William Maund and Sarah Cound, who married in Diddlebury on 20 Nov 1790. In My Jones Family in Shropshire, I wondered about the location of three of Sarah and Edward Jones’s younger children (Emma, Mary, and John) at the time of the 1841 census. I have since located them with their grandmother Sarah (apparently widowed) and her daughter Mary in Aston, Munslow. A likely burial record dated 8 July, 1807 exists in Munslow for a William Maund, although it provides no additional information. Sarah Cound Maund’s likely burial record, dated 23 Apr. 1845, gives her residence as Aston, Munslow, and an age of 77 years.
Moving from burial back to birth, or close to it, William Maund fits a christening record dated 19 Apr 1767 in Tugford, Shropshire, son of John and Margaret, although I cannot yet rule out one dated 13 Apr 1760 in Stanton Lacy, son of Joseph and Mary). I have not found any other children of Joseph and Mary Maund, but John and Margaret also had Margaret (1765, Tugford), Richard (1769, Tugford), Samuel (1771, Munslow), and Martha (1773, Munslow). William’s likely father John Maund fits a John christened in Diddlebury in 1735, son of Robert and Martha (Tiping).
The Counds: Sarah Cound Maund’s christening record and parents were also easy to identify: John and Elizabeth Cound’s daughter Sarah was christened in Diddlebury on 22 May 1768. John Cound of Stanton Lacy married Elizabeth Holland of Diddlebury in Diddlebury on 6 Aug 1758. Sarah’s siblings (christening dates given, all in Diddlebury unless noted) were: Elizabeth (1759, Stanton Lacy), Mary (1761), John (1762), Anne (1770), and Richard (1775). After that it gets more difficult. The most likely christening record for John Cound is dated 19 Oct 1734 in Stanton Lacy. This John’s parents are also named John and Elizabeth, with the last name spelled Cund, but I don’t have enough confidence in any of the possible christening or marriage records to continue. It does appear that the Counds were centered around Acton Burnell, especially in the prior generation.
For context, John Adams was born in 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts, and his son, John Quincy Adams close to the same time as Edward Jones (father of Edward Jones), in 1767. Alexander Hamilton (since he’s all the rage) was born in 1755 in the British West Indies. Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, was published in 1749. The French and Indian War (American portion of the Seven Years War) was going on 1754-1763.
And for a timeline focused on Shropshire, as well as the rest of the UK and elsewhere, from the 1770s on, here is a fun graphic, which comes from the website for the Flaxmill Maltings building, the first iron framed building and therefore a forerunner of skyscrapers. At one point later it was owned by William Jones & Son, so far as I know, no relation:
Image from the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings website.