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Jones, Thomas (1823–1889)

Death has taken away another old resident of Morpeth, Mr. Thomas Jones, for many years one of the most popular men in the district, having gone over to the great majority. The deceased was born in Bristol, in England, in the year 1824, and was, consequently, 65 years of age. He came to the colonies in 1856, landing in Melbourne, but soon after coming to this colony, when he settled in East Maitland, and married his first wife, a daughter of the late Mr. John Cobcroft. About twenty-six years back he removed to Morpeth, where he did a large tailoring business, and a few years since carried on branches in Newcastle and Wallsend, till failing health compelled him to relinquish first the branches, and finally the Morpeth business. Being elected an alderman about eighteen years ago, he soon became one of the most popular men in the community, clear in his ideas, and gifted with a power of speech possessed by few, and, what is still more rare, very seldom displaying undue elation when successful, or annoyance when defeated. He took a leading part in the affairs of the town, and won and retained the respect of all parties to the last. He was mayor for the year 1880, but declined to allow himself to be nominated for the position again. About two years ago he was attacked by a severe sickness, from the effects of which he never completely recovered. Latterly he suffered from general debility, and passed quietly away at about midnight on Wednesday last. He leaves a widow and eight sons and daughters. The internment took place in the Church of England Cemetery, a very large number of residents joining in the mournful procession.

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