Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Maud Estill (1856-1908)

Maud8 Estill (James Madison7 - James6 - James5 - Wallace4 - John3 - Thomas2 - Henry1)

I am still far from considering Maud vetted to even a minor degree. She is my Great-Great-Grandmother on my Jones side. She was the youngest child of General James Madison Estill and Martha Ann Woods. She was born after Martha arrived in California from her cross-Panama trek from Missouri to join her husband who had come via wagon train. I need to dig through my notes to verify dates and logic but I know that Maud married James Dana Jones, a lawyer from New York and son to J. Wyman Jones and eventual disinherited son to the family fortune. Maud had 2 girls with James Dana Jones, Edith and Eleanor. James was reported to have a drinking problem and was divorced to Maud and then died young. Maud then lived in San Rafael California with her girls. She reportedly provided shelter to many after the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

** Note that in some documents her given name is spelled "Maude".

Individual Facts:

Name: Maud Estill
Sex: Female

Father: Estill, James Madison
Mother: Woods, Martha Ann

Birth: 17 Feb 1856 in California
Census: 1860 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Marriage: 24 May 1878 in Manhattan, NY, NY to James Dana JONES
Census: 1880 in Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey
Census: 1900 in Russian River, Sonoma, California
Death: 23 May 1908

Jones, Edith Dana
Jones, Eleanor Estill

Picture of a young Maud:

From Congdon Families

Picture of Maud in San Rafael Ca circa 1905 (daughters in background)

From Congdon Families


[1] 1860 United States Federal Census, San Francisco Dist. 10, San Francisco, California Roll: M653_67; Page: 283; Image: 284

Name left blank, assumed to be Maude (6, CA). Household of Martha A Estill (46, KY) with daughters Josephine (21, KY), Martha (13, MO) and Florence (11, MO); son James R Estill (17, MO); mother Elizabeth L Woods (66, Virginia); and domestic help Elizabeth Riley (21, MA).

Living next door to William R. Garrison and wife Mary Elizabeth Estill (sister to Maud).


[2] 1880 United States Federal Census, Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey

Maud Jones, age 24, in home of father in law, J Wyman Jones, with husband J. Dana Jones (age 29) and daughter Edith D. Jones (age 1).


[3] 1900 United States Federal Census, Russian River, Sonoma, California Roll: T623 114; Page: 6B;

Maude E Jones, age 44, head of household (widowed), with daughters, Edith D Jones (age 21) and Eleanor Jones (age 16).

Also living with Maude was a servant, Celia Herald, and a boarder, Harold Wrightson.


[4] New York City Marriages 1600s-1800s

Name: Maude Estill
Marriage Date: 1878
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, New York
Marriage ID: 2220830750
Certificate Number: 2702
Other Comments: See Family History Library catalog for films 1543971-1562446 (Manhattan) and Film 1653852 (Brooklyn), for actual certificate.
Source: Marriage Registers, Extracts from Manhattan (1869-1880) and Brooklyn (1895-1897)
Publisher: Dept. of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, New York.
Publication Place: New York, NY

[5] The Dana Family in America, Page 497

1. JAMES DANA 7 JoNES, b. June 18, 1850; Yale, 1871; m. May 24, 1878, Maud Estill, b. Feb. 17, 1856, d. May 23, 1908. He d. Jan. 3, 1893 or 1898.
(1) EDITH DANA 8 JONES, b. New York; m. -Congdon, assistant professor of anatomy at Stanford University. Res. Palo Alto, Cal.

[6] John Holbrook Estill, "A Family History by One of the Family", The Morning News, Savannah Georgia, 1908. Pages 120 and 121.