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Mary Spencer Williams Jones
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Birth: May 16, 1834
Carmarthenshire, Wales
Death: Feb. 4, 1921
Box Elder County
Utah, USA

A daughter of Margaret Hughes and Thomas Spencer Williams, Mary was married to Shadrach Jones 9 July 1853 at Llanelly Parish, Brynmawr, Breconshire, Wales.

Mary's middle given name was taken from the maiden surname of her grandmother, which was a custom at the time of her birth.

She sailed aboard the Columbia, along with her husband, Shadrach, out of Liverpool on 18 November 1856, headed for America. They arrived at the Port of New York 1 January 1857.

The Founders of Utah, by Levi Edgar Young, contains the following quotation:
"The most beautiful old homes possibly of early days were rock homes. It is said that the best and oldest of those are at Willard. There was a humble old Welshman in early days who used to build rock houses. His name was Shadrach Jones. One writer tells us that one of the walls is two feet thick and the stones were laid in lime mortar."

Another quotation taken from the book The Story of Utah by Evans has this to say: "Rock houses were not uncommon in several parts of the country. This was especially the case in Willard, Box Elder County, Utah, where there were many of them. The walls were very thick and the mortar in which the rocks were placed became as hard as cement. A Welshman named Shadrach Jones was well known in those days as a builder of stone houses."

Professor Evan Stephens, when a boy, lived with Shadrach and Mary Jones in their rock home in Willard, and they were a source of inspiration to Evan, and although Shadrach Jones was stone deaf he was the leader of a band of musicians and he was also a choir leader in Willard.

He and his wife loved to dance. At one time they turned the upstairs of their two-story rock home into a dance hall in order for the young people to have recreation. The collection from the dances were taken at a table placed at the edge of the hedge in the back yard.

Shadrach Jones was called to take a mission to his native country Wales. He left his home April 10, 1883. Two months later he contracted a cold which developed into pneumonia. He died 24 June 1883 and was buried in Wales.

His wife Mary Williams Jones survived him thirty-eight years. She passed away 4 February 1921 and was buried in the Willard cemetery.

Salt Lake Deseret News, 9 February 1921:

Willard, UT. Feb. 8, 1921. Funeral services for Mary Williams Jones of Willard were held in the Ward Chapel Monday afternoon under the direction of Bishop Ephraim White. The speakers were John F. Merrill, George Harding, John J. Ward, Bishop H. W. Valentine, Willard Facer, Bishop Joseph Hubbard and Bishop White.

Mrs. Jones died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Facer in the city Friday evening at 7:00 o'clock following a day's illness. She was born in Wales May 16, 1836 and came to this country locating in Willard. Her husband Shadrach died while performing a mission about 38 years ago. Mrs. Jones never had any children. During the last year of her life she was blind.

NOTE: [LDS EH film 183405 gives her birth date as 16 May 1834]
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  Shadrach Jones (1832 - 1883)
Note: buried in the 1st grave of the old W.J. Facer Lot
Willard Precinct Cemetery
Box Elder County
Utah, USA
Plot: Ward 5 Block 3 Lot 2 Grave 1
Created by: history4sure
Record added: Apr 23, 2013
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Mary Spencer <i>Williams</i> Jones
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Mary Spencer <i>Williams</i> Jones
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Mary Spencer <i>Williams</i> Jones
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