John Jones finds his mother, Parthenia Jones, after more than 30-year separation

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John Jones finds his mother, Parthenia Jones, after more than 30-year separation

Subject

Newspaper report of family reunification

Description

John Jones, Washington, DC, separated from mother at start of Civil War. Found her in New York City.

Source

Sun (New York, NY)

Date

February 23, 1894

Coverage

Washington, DC
New York, NY

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress

Relation

Slightly different reports of this story appeared in multiple newspapers. See, for example, The New York World, 23 Feb 1894, page 8, and The San Francisco Morning Call, 11 Mar 1894, page 3.

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FOUND HIS SLAVE MOTHER.

John Jones's Search of Many Years Seems to Have Met With Success.

John Jones, the colored man whorecently
sought the aid of the New York police in find-
ing his mother, Parthenia Jones, from whom
he was separated during the early days of the
war, has been notified of the success of the
search.The story he told was printed in the
newspapers several days ago and was read by
Mrs. Cecilla Jones, the wife of Parthenia's
younger son, William Anderson Jones, of 345
West Forty-fifth street. William Jones is a
porter on the New York Central Railroad. He
returned home yesterday morning and his
wife told him what she had read about his
alleged brother's efforts to find his mother.
The aged woman, who was formerly a slave,
is now holding revival meetings at Riverhead
Park, L. I., among the colored population there,
and has not been informed of the existence of
a man who claims to be her son. John lives in
Washington. William Jones is skeptical about
the story he tells, and intends to put him to a
severe test. If he stands it satisfactorily a day
will then be set for the family reunion here.
Besides her two sons Mrs. Jones has two
daughters, Martha Grey, who lives in Dan-
ville, Va., and is the mother of ex-Mayor Wesley
H. Jones of Danville, and Cornelia Jones of this
city.

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“John Jones finds his mother, Parthenia Jones, after more than 30-year separation,” Newspaper report of family reunification, Sun (New York, NY), February 23, 1894, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed November 17, 2017, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/2836.

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