We are struggling to find the correct birth of Sarah Jones, whom according to her death certificate in Australia says that she was born in Shropshire, she died on the 21st July, 1888 aged 84 years. Death certificate says her parents were George Arthur Jones, Stonemason and Mother Susan Bailey.
We feel there could be an error in her age on her death certificate, as if she was aged 84 years, she would have been born in 1804. The informant on the death certificate, her daughter Annie, had written up much history on the family here in Australia, and was very correct with statements made on the Cox family life, maybe this was a typo error on the certificate.
In a newspaper article in Sydney where she died at Leichhardt, the paper says Sarah was a niece of the late Sir Watkin W. Wynne of Blue Haven, Wales, whom we think could have been the 4th Baronet of Wales. We have yet to find where the connection is to this well known family in Wales and Shropshire.
Sarah Jones married John Cox in 1832 at St. Marylebone, London, they had children, Annie Margaret, Maria, George Francis, Martha Sarah, William & Thomas (the three youngest died in their youth)
It is interesting to note that none of their children were named after Sarah's Mother Susan, which was quite unusual in those days. Every child has been named after family members, except Susan.
The family lived at St. Johns Wood, London.
We wish we could find her birth and also her parents marriage, so that maybe we can get a better picture on Sarah's life before she went to England to marry. Sarah's husband John Cox died in 1855 he was buried at Highgate Cemetery, St. Pancras, London, and about 10 years later, Sarah and her eldest daughter Annie migrated to Australia, settling in Sydney. Her two other children Maria and George Francis had previously moved to Australia and very involved on the land in western NSW.
They had family connections to William Charles Wentworth, (Vaucluse House, Sydney) the famous Australian Politician and explorer, who crossed the Blue Mountains in 1813. The Wentworth family spent much time with the Cox family at St. Johns Wood, London during the years before John Cox's death in 1855. Is it possible that W.C. Wentworth with his political connections, may have met up with Charles Wynn MP from 1799 - 1850.
We just wonder how the 4th Baronet of Wales is connected to Sarah, and until we find her correct birth and her parents marriage, we will remain intrigued as to the connections.
Looking forward to anyone that can help us with this story.