Until about 3 years ago, I didn’t know about Margaret. That’s because I did not know that my great great grandfather, Thomas Augustine Jones, had a brother. Even after 20+ years of research there are still mysteries.
Margaret’s life took a turn for the worst in the early1900s when her husband, John Charles Jones, became disabled and could not work. Previously he had been a blacksmith, just like his brother. But, whatever ailed him left him bedridden.
Margaret’s troubles would only deepen when the doctor came on the morning February 25th 1905 to check on John and found him dead. The cause of death was gas asphyxiation from the kitchen stove. Margaret was taken into custody and for several months was under suspicion for murder.
That same year saw another death. Her son in law, Frank Walther was admitted to Napa Hospital. I am not sure if it was a mental hospital at that time. He died of apoplexy. Margaret’s daughter, Jeanette, found her self a widow and fatherless at the age of 38.
In the end, John’s cause of death was deemed a suicide and no charges were brought against Margaret. But, there must have been an emotional and psychological toll associated with the incident. Margaret died just three years later. The cause of death was senility. She was only 61.
Name: Margaret A. COFFIN-8943
Father: ??? COFFIN-8950 ( – )
Mother: ??? ???-8951 ( – )
Birth 11 Jun 1846 NY
Residence 1870 (about age 24) San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence 1873 (about age 27) 543 Natoma; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence bet 1875 and 1877 (between about age 29 and about 31) 204 Eleventh; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence 1878 (about age 32) 708 Telegraph; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence 1880 (about age 34) 520 Oak; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence 1890 (about age 44) 134 4th Street; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence 1900 (about age 54) 203 12th Street; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Death 1 May 1908 (age 61) senility; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA21
Burial 4 May 1908 (age 61) Holy Cross (Colma) Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo Co., CA21
Residence 4 May 1908 (age 61) 2902 Fulton Street; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA21
1. John Charles JONES-8942 (1843-1905)
Marriage abt 1865 (about age 19) 18–19
Children Jeanette “Nettie” JONES-8944 (1867- )
Nellie L. JONES-8945 (1869- )
Maude Ethel JONES-8946 (1882-1960)
??? JONES-9099 ( – )
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