52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #45 Willis Harvey Jones Sr. --1st Cousin 3x Removed

Image courtesy of  Freshwater and Marine Image Bank at the University of Washington.

Menhaden fishermen lifting a purse-seine net.

Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Willis Harvey Jones Sr. was a menhaden fisherman. He was also my 1st cousin 3x removed on my maternal line. Here's how he's connected to me. 

Willis was born on February 6, 1890 in Morehead City, NC. He was one of 9 children born to William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard Jones. Three of his siblings worked in the medical field. Willis and his brother George were the fishermen.

You can learn about how important the menhaden fishing industry was to Carteret County, NC in this article that was published in Our State magazine. Here's the link:  The Fish That Built Beaufort.

I've also included a link to a post I did back in November 2011. It features videos of fishermen singing old work chanteys. A chantey was a song that was sung by the fishermen to help coordinate the timing of when to hoist a net out of water. 

The picture I have featured at the top of this post shows the back breaking work it was to pull fish out of water.  Willis Harvey Jones was no stranger to hard work that's for sure!

He married Caroline Hester on February 22, 1912 in Morehead City. The couple had at least 5 children together:  Amy, Esthma, Willis Jr., Emma, Frederick. Willis's wife Caroline was a cousin of mine as well. Her mother, Sidney Bryant Hester, was my 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant's sister. 

Willis Harvey Jones Sr. was a lifelong resident of Morehead City. By 1940, his hard work as a fisherman paid off and he was able to purchase his own home at 1312 Fisher St.

Source InformationAncestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Image courtesy of Google Maps

Image courtesy of Google Maps

Which just so happens to be right across the street from 1400 Fisher St, the home of my great grandparents Frank and Ophelia Bryant. 

Willis Harvey Jones Sr. died from lung cancer on November 25, 1967.  He's buried at Bayview Cemetery in Morehead City, NC.

Image courtesy of Find A Grave.
Created by: Barbara Blankenship
Record added: Oct 21, 2007 
Image added by: Mojo Warren
Find A Grave Memorial# 22352380.

(Gravestone shows his year of birth as 1894. His death certificate listed the same. Willis's WWI draft regristation card had his year of birth as 1890 as well as his marriage record to Caroline Hester. I have opted to go by the earlier year in my records.)


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