Jones, David Saer - Biography

David "Saer" and Mary Stephens Jones

By Karen Jones (great-granddaughter)

David "Saer" (Welsh for carpenter) and Mary Stephens Jones, lived in St. John from 1874 until their deaths. David was born October 16, 1842, in Pencader, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Mary was born June 20, 1843, also in Pencader, Carmarthenshire, Wales. They were married in Wales in 1862, and came to America in 1866, on board the ship, "Arkwright." Crossing the plains by ox team, they emigrated to Willard, Box Elder County, Utah, where they lived for seven years. In 1874, they moved to St. John, Idaho. David was a carpenter by trade and also was the coffin-maker in St. John.

To this family were born nine children: Ann, David S., Tom S., John L., Jane, Evan W., Daniel, Mary Ellen, and Sarah. David and Mary celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1912, with all nine children present. David died on August 19, 1920, and Mary, two years later in 1922. They are both buried in the St. John Cemetery.

(From St. John, Oneida County, Idaho: A collection of personal histories from the time of the first settlers to the present day, p. 164.)



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