More on John C. Jones

You knew I wouldn’t be able to leave John C. Jones alone!  I fell asleep with him on my mind and I woke up with him on my mind.

I followed the family through the census.  I found John and wife, Margaret, in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 census.  I confirmed that they had three daughters, Jeanette “Nettie”, Nellie, and Maud. John started out as a blacksmith in 1870 and ended up as a gardener in 1880.

John and Margaret were married ca. 1865.  She was from New York, so the marriage had to take place in San Francisco.  I might luck out and find a newspaper announcement.

I decided to look in the 1890 San Francisco Voter Registration index next.  I found this entry:

John Charles Jones, age 48, born in Australia, Blacksmith, residence-134 4th Street, Naturalization 1 Aug 1867, San Francisco, 4th District

Unfortunately, he applied for citizenship in San Francisco.  Those records are lost.  At least, I learned he was here in 1867.  I’m narrowing down the year of immigration.

I picked up the date of naturalization and John’s middle name.  That should prove helpful if I ever search for the Jones family in immigration records.  Not a bad day’s research since I hadn’t even heard of John C. Jones this time yesterday!

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Voter Registrations: The Unmarried Meincke Sons

Mary A. (Kelly) and Frederick Meincke had four sons.  Two married and two did not.  The unmarried sons were Frederick Jr., born in 1878 in San Francisco, and Ralph, born in 1891 in San Francisco.  Both lived with their mother and sister Gertrude well into their adult lives.

Frederick Joseph Meincke Jr.

Notes:

Frederick first votes at the age of 22 in 1900.  He was a Republican, Democrat, and had a brief stint with the Union Labor party.  Between 1909 and 1911, he was a member of the California State Assembly, which is not noted in the records.  His first residence, 4298 Mission Road, was where the Five Mile House was situation–the boarding house his parents owned.  Most of his career he was the Deputy County Clerk for San Francisco.
Meincke    Frederick Joseph     4298 Mission    none            1900    none given    22
Meincke    Frederick Jos         19 Cotter     Dep. Co. Clerk    1907    none given    28
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Dep. Co. Clerk    1908    Union Labor    29
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Dep. Co. Clerk    1910    Republican    31
Meincke    Frederick Joseph    19 Cotter    Clerk                  1912    Republican    33
Meincke    Frederick Joseph    19 Cotter    Clerk                  1913    Republican    33
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Clerk                  1914    Republican
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Clerk                  1916    Republican
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Dep. Co. Clerk    1918    Republican
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Dep. Co. Clerk    1920    Republican
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Clerk                  1922    Republican
Meincke    Frederick J.            19 Cotter    Clerk                  1922    Republican
Meincke    Fred J.                   31 Cotter    Clerk                  1930    Republican
Meincke    Frederick J.            31 Cotter    Dep. Co. Clerk    1935    Democrat
Meincke    Frederick J.            31 Cotter    Clerk                  1936    Democrat

Ralph M. Meincke

Notes:

Ralph started voted in 1912 at the age of 20.  He switched his party affiliation quite a bit.  He worked as a Teamster and then a salesman, back to a teamster, and then a salesman again.  It’s interesting because this really doesn’t reflect the information found in the census or city directories.  Those records show:  1910–Street Car Laborer (could that be a teamster?), 1920–Molder, 1927–Controller, 1930–Horse Dealer, which could be classified as “salesman”.  Other documents only show him as a teamster in 1919.


Meincke    Ralph         19 Cotter     Teamster    1912    Republican
Meincke    Ralph         19 Cotter     Teamster    1913    Republican
Meincke    Ralph         19 Cotter     Teamster    1914    Democrat
Meincke    Ralph         19 Cotter     Teamster    1916    Democrat
Meincke    Ralph         19 Cotter     Teamster    1919    Republican
Meincke    Ralph         19 Cotter     Teamster    1920    Republican
Meincke    Ralph M.    19 Cotter     Teamster    1923    Republican
Meincke    Ralph M.    19 Cotter     Teamster    1928    Republican
Meincke    Ralph M.    31 Cotter     Salesman   1930    Republican
Meincke    Ralph M.    31 Cotter     none given  1932    Republican
Meincke    Ralph M.    31 Cotter     Teamster    1935    Democrat
Meincke    Ralph M.     31 Cotter    Salesman   1936    Republican

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Voter Registrations: Mary and Gertrude Meincke

Mary A. (Kelly) Meincke was the daughter of Martin Kelly and Catherine Dolan.  Mary was born in 1859 in San Francisco.  From what I’ve gathered so far, Mary is the oldest female of the tree to vote.  For the most part, her generation shied away from voting.  It was their daughters who took advantage of their newly one right.

Gertrude was the daughter of Mary Kelly and Frederick Meincke.  She was born in 1891 in San Francisco.  She was single (never married) and worked throughout her adult life.  Gertrude began voting in 1912.

Mary A. (Kelly) Meincke

Notes:

Mary first voted in 1913, two years after she earned the right to vote in the state of California.  She is recorded as Mary Ann, Mary A., and Mary.  First, she was registered as a Democrat then changed to Republican. In 1922, she appears twice.  I’m not sure why.  None of her sons married a Mary, so it can’t be her daughter-in-law.

Notice that her address was 19 Cotter (San Francisco) then 31 Cotter.  I am not sure if this signifies a changed in residence or a number assignment change by the city.  She had 3 or 4 of her grown children living with her and their addresses reflect the same change.  Her husband, Frederick Meincke Sr., was alive until 1907.  I did not find him in the records.

Here is what I gleaned from the records on Mary:

Meincke    Mary Ann         19 Cotter    Housewife    1913    Democrat
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1914    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1916    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1918    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary Ann  19 Cotter    Housewife    1920    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1922    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1922    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary        19 Cotter    Housekeeper 1922    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    31 Cotter    Homemaker  1930    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    31 Cotter    none given    1932    Republican

Gertrude E. Meincke

Notes on Gertrude:

Gertrude lived with her mother until her mother’s death (as well as several of her brothers).  Her party affiliation fluctuated between Democrat and Republican.  She identified her job as a Clerk, a Bookkeeper and then a Clerk again.
Meincke    Gertrude Esther      19 Cotter    Clerk             1912    Democrat
Meincke    Gertrude Esther      19 Cotter    Clerk             1913    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    Clerk             1916    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    Clerk             1918    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    bookkeeper    1920    Democrat
Meincke    Gertrude E.            19 Cotter    bookkeeper    1922    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    bookkeeper    1924    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    Clerk             1930    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    none given     1932    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    Clerk             1935    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    Clerk             1936    Republican

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