1860 William & Catherine Jones Photos, Cambria, Wisconsin, from Wales
2 Identified Welsh family CDV Photos:
1.) On reverse: "William Jones" handwritten in fancy old period dip pen handwriting, written by same hand as other photo. Photo type: 1860's Civil War era CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph. Photographer: R.J. Lloyd, Artist, Cambria, Columbia County, Wisconsin. (known to be photographer Robert Lloyd, Robert J. Lloyd )
2.) On reverse: "Catherine Jones" handwritten in fancy old period dip pen handwriting, written by same hand as other photo. Photo type: 1860's Civil War era CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph. Photographer: R.J. Lloyd, Artist, Cambria, Columbia County, Wisconsin. (known to be photographer RJ Lloyd, Robert J. Lloyd )
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
A wonderful account that we fully enjoyed below: From 1914 Book: "A history of Columbia County, Wisconsin: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and its Principal Interests" by James Edwin Jones, born 1854. Published 1914 by Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago (is in the Public Domain, is out of copyright):
"Arrival of First Welsh Colony --The settlement had just begun when the half a hundred Welshmen, with their wives and children, came upon the scene fresh from the Highlands of North Wales. The story of their coming is well told by a son of one of the colonists, Morris J. Rowlands, one of the advisory editors of this history. Cambria had an enthusiastic "Home Coming," June 3-5, 1912, and Mr. Rowlands' story was published for the benefit and pleasure of the visitors, most of whom are of Welsh stock."
"First of all..." he wrote, "permit me to state here that, besides having listened to the substance of what I have here to say narrated from the lips of my father, who was a member of the exploring party hereinafter named. I am principally indebted for the facts and dates appearing in this article to reminiscences written in Welsh by my late brother, John R. Rowlands, Jr., who was at that time an active young man in his twentieth year, endowed with a peculiar trend of mind, quick to comprehend and store up occurrences coming under his observation. He was considered by those who knew him to be one of the safest authorities on the passing events of the pioneer period of Columbia County.
"Early in the summer of 1845 several families from North Wales met accidentally at Liverpool, England, seeking passage as immigrants to the United States of America. On the 17th day of July they sailed from Liverpool harbor on board a sailing vessel named the Republic, and after a voyage of six weeks and two days arrived safely in New York City on the 30th of August, 1845."
"Many and divers were the incidents that happened during this long, wearisome voyage, but space will not permit us to dwell on minor matters in this article. "After arriving in New York, a number of families whose male members were quarrymen in the old country, went to the slate quarries of New York and Vermont, but the majority of them turned their faces 'Westward.' a word taken as their motto before leaving their native land."
"The next portion of the journey from New York to Albany was made on a steamboat. From Buffalo they took passage over the lakes on board of a steamboat named Wisconsin, the name possibly being the means of drawing them to that particular boat; for that state was their 'promised land.' After a stormy voyage on the lakes they arrived at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the 16th day of September, where a portion of them landed, and on the 17th at Racine, where the remainder left the boat."
"On the 24th of September, having previously agreed upon them, Robert Closs, David D. Roberts, John K. Rowlands, Sr., Evan Edwards and Jabez Lloyd left their families at the places mentioned, and were joined by E.B. Williams. William K. Williams, John 0. Jones and John Edwards (single men). The party then started on foot in search of a suitable place on which to locate, traveling westward over the easl ern part of the state, and passing through the village of Fox Lake, where a branch land office was located, the main Government Land Office being then located at Green Bay. They entered into Columbia, then called Portage County, about four miles north of the present site of the village of Randolph, arriving foot-sore and weary on Saturday evening, September 27th, at the shanty of Foulk Roberts on Section 12, Township 13, Range 12, then being a part of LeRoy Precinct."
"After resting themselves over Sunday at Mr. Roberts' they continued their westward course until they came to a point on the Fox River near the center of Section 16, Township 13, Range 11. There they discontinued for the first time their westward course and turned south, passing over Portage Prairie. On this path they met Samuel McConochie, M.W. Patten, John and Ervin McCall and John Dodge, who were also newcomers preparing to erect cabins on their claims. Mr. Dodge, having nearly completed his cabin, prevailed upon them to stop with him for dinner, which was cooked and prepared by Mr. Dodge personally and, of course, free of charge, which was characteristic of those days."
"After dinner they kept on their southerly course, crossing the north branch of Duck Creek about two miles west of where the village of Cambria is now located. It is interesting to note that the site of the village was entered on by Samuel P. Langdon, and conveyed to him on the 14th day of June, 1845; and it is also claimed and conceded that Mrs. Jabez Lloyd, wife of one of the investigating party of that name, late of Mankato, Minnesota, was the first white woman to step on Cambria soil."
"After crossing Duck Creek the party entered South Prairie, to which they took quite a fancy, and after traveling over the land, examining the quality of the soil, locating the timber land and investigating a source of water supply, late in the afternoon they walked up to the highest point, which was about half a mile southwest of Zion's Church
in Springvale, and there sat down on the green grass deliberating over the situation and comparing notes on the different localities through which they had passed during the week. Viewing the beautiful land- scape before them and stretching in splendor for miles in every direction under the variable-colored rays of the setting sun, they deliberately decided to make that locality their place of future abode, hoping that they were thus forming a nucleus around which their countrymen in the future would gather to form a Welsh colony."
"After deciding on the location, they prepared to return, calling first at the Fox Lake land office to enter their claims. Then, returning to their families at Milwaukee and Racine, they immediately prepared to move onto their farms, coming over in covered emigrant wagons or 'prairie schooners' and by the middle of October they were all on their places, housed in what people nowadays would call 'miserable shanties,' but to them, after their wearisome journey, they were 'comfortable homes. ' Facing the winter of 1845-46, the settlement contained in round numbers, including children, fifty-three persons, composed of nine families and seven single men."
"A word on the origin of the name, Welsh Prairie, may be interesting. Before leaving the spot which the exploring party decided as their location, and in full view of the scenery before them, one of the party suggested that the beautiful prairie lying before them should thereafter be called Welsh Prairie; and to this, all agreed. Hence the name, dear to the memory of and quite a drawing card in bringing together many of the hosts of Home Comers that visited Cambria on the 3d, 4th and 5th of July, 1912, from New York to California and from Canada to Texas; and now, after a lapse of sixty-seven years, out of the party of fifty-three persons mentioned, only three of us are left to represent the early settlers of '45 at the glorious Cambria reunion of 1912."
This is a wonderful hand signed Jones family set, found together in Essex, England, United Kingdom. We found both Catherine and William Jones in US Census records. They do not appear to be married, but are most likely related. It is assumed the families sent their signed CDV photos back to their homeland to relatives in Wales, or England, and thus they were found there.
Both appear to be in the mid thirties, born about 1830-1840. A beautiful family set. Note: Cambria is the Latin name for Wales. Many of the early Cambrian settlers came from the area of Dolwyddelan, North Wales. It is documented that they remained a tight knit Welsh speaking community well into the 20th century.
Size 2.5 x 4 inches
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