Epilogue OCT 16, 1907

On October 16, 1907, nine weeks after the last posted letter and ten days before his 23rd birthday, Chester Daniel Jones took Mabel Claire Ledlie to be his lawfully wedded wife. They were married 59 years.

Chester’s letters, documented here, span one chapter of their courtship in 1907, in which a family vacation separated the young lovers. Mabel’s replies are lost to history.

The photos and visuals were researched 111 years later.

Chester and Mabel had one child, Ledlie Prescott Jones, born August 16, 1911 in Suffern, New York. Ledlie never married. His World War II enlistment card indicates he was single with no children and had completed two years of high school; occupation: photographer. He died December 14, 1999 in Brunswick, Maine.

Chester was born October 26, 1884 in Hopedale, Massachusetts, the oldest of four boys. His parents were Walter Bailey Jones and Flora Ethel (Mason) Jones; brothers Lloyd, Bertram and Elmer.

Mabel’s information is scarce, and less certain. She was born March 13 or 28, 1882 in Illinois. Her parents were James Russell Ledlie and Caroline (Johnson) Ledlie, and she had an older sister, Mary Gertrude.

Mabel died in 1966; she was 84 years old. Chester died five years later, at the age of 86. Chester, Mabel and Ledlie are buried at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth, Maine.

Chester Daniel Jones age 9
Chester, age 9

 

ChesterWWIDraftCard
Chester’s WWI draft card has him living in Kings County, New York with blue eyes, light brown hair, medium height and medium build. Occupation: mechanical design engineer, Western Electric Co.
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Mason family photo circa 1900. Chester stands fifth from the right.

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to Jim for inspiration, encouragement, and a very good eye; to Debbie for keen editorial advice; to Charlie for expert technical assistance, and to Susan, flea market companion beyond compare. 

Special thanks to Kim, Chester’s cousin twice removed, for family photos and insights. And to Linda Borg at The Providence Journal:

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180709/111-years-later-melodramatic-love-letters-from-cranston-man-hitting-internet

Chester’s letters will be donated to the

Cranston Historical Society

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Epilogue OCT 16, 1907

  1. Such an incredible and interesting project! I can’t believe how much research you did and trips to Providence and finding a second cousin and photos all sprinting forth from the letters. So fun to know they married and that it lasted 59 years! I marvel that you could find all that out! Bravo and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Kristine! It was really a fun project for me; it just kept expanding as I went along. And I got to learn how to make a blog!

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