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Charles Cresson Jones

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Charles Cresson Jones

Mr Charles Cresson Jones was born in Darby, Delaware, Pennsylvania on 22 January 1866.

He was the son of Stacy Jones (b. 1828), a physician, and Martha (b. 1837), natives of New Jersey and Pennsylvania respectively. He had two siblings: Annie (b. 1859, later Mrs W. D. Allen), a teacher and Henry (b. 1863), a doctor.

The 1870 and 1880 censuses show Charles and his family were still living in Darby, Delaware, Pennsylvania.

He was married around 1890 to Ida Amelia Garfield (b. 3 December 1867), a native of Tyringham, Berkshire, Massachusetts. Ida had previously been married in 1885 to Hiram Oles (b. 1863) and had a son who died not long after birth; the couple were later divorced. Charles and Ida were shown on the 1900 census living in Tyringham and Charles was described as a farmer; they had no children of their own. They later moved to Bennington, Vermont and appear there on the 1910 census. Charles worked in Bennington as superintendent of the 4000 acre Fillmore Farms, the estate of James C. Colgate (1860-1942), whose family had founded the toothpaste brand.

Jones had journeyed to England to purchase sheep from a farmer named James Foot in Dorset and, on 5 April 1912, attended an estate sale of livestock at Puddletrenthide in Dorset, the property of Edmund Barkworth, the brother of Algernon Barkworth who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

For his return to the USA he boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 694 which cost £26). Also travelling with him, albeit in second class, were Elizabeth Mellinger and her daughter 13-year-old Madeleine, who were travelling to the Colgate Estate in Bennington to work as housekeepers.

Whilst aboard Jones wrote a letter to Mr Foot, thanking him for his hospitality (the letter was still in the hands of Foot's family until recently) and he also shared social time with two English men, Arthur Gee and Algernon Barkworth, among others (including possibly Howard Case). Barkworth, the only survivor among the group, later recounted:

"... Coming over I made the acquaintance of two most agreeable chaps... One was a chap named Jones, who was a sort of farmer, he told me, up in Vermont. I think he had once lived in England for he could imitate the Dorset shepherds to perfection. The other man was A. H. Gee. He was coming over to take a job as manager of a linen mill near Mexico City. I was discussing in the smoking room with them late on Sunday night the science of good road building in which I am keenly interested..."

Following the collision Barkworth later met up with his shipboard acquaintances. Following all workable lifeboats having cleared the ship, Barkworth made preparations to save himself by jumping overboard and swimming for it. He last saw Charles Jones and Arthur Gee with their arms folded upon a railing, perhaps resigned to dying.

Mr Jones died in the sinking; his body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#80) and was delivered to Dr. James H. Donnelly on May 1, 1912 for transportation to Bennington, Vermont.


CLOTHING - Evening dress; grey leather-lined overcoat; black boots.

EFFECTS - Silver watch, with "C. C. J."; gold pencil; three gold studs; letters; knife; eyeglasses; American Express Co.; cheque book; $19.00 in bills; pocket book; 13s. 4 1/2d., and £2 5s 3d. in purse.


Bennington, Vermont.

He was buried at the Old Congregational Church Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont. His employer, Mr Colgate, had messaged Mr Foot in England petitioning for information regarding Jones' fate.

What became of Charles' widow Ida is uncertain although she is believed to have died in the mid-1920s.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Charles Cresson Jones
Age: 46 years 2 months and 24 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married to Ida Amelia Garfield
Occupation: Estate Manager
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 694, £26
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 80)
Buried: Old Congregational Church Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont, United States

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References and Sources

Unidentified Newspaper (1912) Recent sales by Messrs. Hy Duke And Son
Photo: Bennington Banner (Vermont), 6 May 1912

Newspaper Articles

George Behe Titanic Commutator Fate Deals a Hand [excerpt]
Bennington Banner (26 April 1912) Left C.C.Jones Leaning Upon Titanic Rail
Evening Banner (26 April 1912) Rescued Passenger Brings Word of Lost Superintendent
Tells of Acquaintance Made With Bennington Man
Boston Globe (2 May 1912) Bodies reach Boston
Four of those of Titanic victims, including Timothy McCarthy's, bought from Halifax.


1912 Home of Charles Cresson Jones, Bennington, Vermont
Charles Cresson Jones
Old Congregational Church Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont

Documents and Certificates

(1912) Contract Ticket List, White Star Line (Southampton, Queenstown), National Archives, London; BT27/776,780
(1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53


1870, 1880 US Federal Census
1900, 1910 US Federal Census

Graves and Memorials

Gravestone (8)


Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) Titanic's Memorials World-wide: Where they are Located, ISBN 1 871733 05 7
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  1. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    Many thanks to Mike Findlay for the photos of Charles Cresson Jones' home and final resting place. My family has long had a home in Manchester Centre, Vermont, roughly fifteen minutes north of Bennington. If I'm not mistaken, the Jones house is one I've driven past countless times on my way up there. It's amazing to discover a Titanic connection right under my nose. I wonder how many times as a Titanic-obsessed kid I sat in the backseat with my mountain of Titanic books, having no idea I was riding past a passenger's home. Makes me think I should finally get around to hunting up the spots... Read full post

  2. Mike Poirier

    Mike Poirier said:

    Hi Brian- I am not sure how often Mike frequents this board, but I will send this message on to him. I know he and Bob Bracken were excited about their trip to the Jones home. I think there will be a further write up in Voyage in the near future. Right now, he and the rest of the trustees are planning our latest TIS convention for 2008. We plan to visit Titanic places of interest. Mike

  3. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    Thanks, Mike. On a similar note to my earlier post, I came across a 1914 NY Times article today saying that Leslie St. Claire Cheape was playing polo for Britain's team across the street from my house on Long Island when he got the wireless telling him that his sister, Catherine Cay, was a victim of the Empress of Ireland disaster. I actually moved out of the house two years ago, but was living there when I started a thread on the Empress section of the board seeking info on Catherine.

  4. Mike Poirier

    Mike Poirier said:

    Hi Brian- Isn't that something. The of E of I has so many sad connections. Mrs. Stork of 1st class died and her brother in law McMurtry died on the Lusitania. Of course, Fanny Mounsey was the most written about loss as her husband and son-in-law sank with the Lusy and Mrs. Mason of 3rd class also... Her husband sank with the Lusitania. I have a 1909 travel album from the Empress. It has menus, programs, passenger list, real picture post card, stateroom assignment card, etc... As bonus- two Lusitania 1st class passengers are listed. Dave Zeni did a memorial article for Voyage and used a... Read full post

  5. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    That item sounds like a treasure

  6. Mike Poirier

    Mike Poirier said:

    Ah yes, Mr. Lauriat. He was a big traveler on the smaller Cunard ships. I always wondered what he thought of the foundering of the Laconia a few years later. I enjoy collecting passenger lists. The cover art is always enjoyable and the fact that familiar Lusitania, Titanic, political, theatrical names aboard really makes them fascinating.

  7. Michael Findlay

    Michael Findlay said:

    Hi Brian, Thank you for the kind words about the pictures. Several researcher friends and I were in New England earlier this year, and we made it a point to visit Bennington where Mr. Jones lived. I was interested to learn that you may have passed the former Jones home during your visits to Vermont. It is amazing how many times we all continue to learn something new about the Titanic. I will be posting more pictures of the Vermont Titanic connections just as soon as I get a little more organized. Kind regards, Mike Findlay

  8. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    Looking forward to it, Mike! Thanks again.

  9. Bonne Dunn

    Bonne Dunn said:

    Does anyone have any information on Charles Cresson Jones other than the fact that he died with the sinking of the Titanic?

  10. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Hello Bonne - Below is my obituary on Mr. Jones, I hope you find it of interest? Cheers Brian J. Ticehurst Jones, Mr. Charles Clarence Cresson. Missing. Bennington, Vermont. USA. Born 22nd January 1866. Insurance claim number 186. Life: $40,000. (From The Emergency and Relief booklet by the American Red Cross, 1913). No. 222. (English). The husband, returning from a business trip abroad was drowned. He had been superintendent of a large farm in Vermont and earned $2,000 a year. His wife partially supports her aged father and mother, and her widowed niece who has a two-year-old... Read full post

  11. Bonnie Dunn

    Bonnie Dunn said:

    Hi Brian, Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Thank you for the obituary on Charles Cresson Jones. I am also looking for information on his parents, g-parents, etc. My grandmother had his name in her papers when she was doing research on the Jones family line - she was a Jones by marriage. Alot of my Jones's settled in Steuben County, NY. My grandfather's name was Isaac, his father was Oscar and his father and grandfather were both named Isaac. Confusing when it comes to genealogy. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again. Bonnie Dunn

  12. Bonnie Dunn

    Bonnie Dunn said:

    Hi Brian, I don't know if I have already replied to your message of Dec 2011. I lost a lot of my information when a scan cleaned out my flash drive. So I am basically starting some of my research over again. I do want to thank you for your reply. I haven't been able to connect him with my side of the Jones family as yet. But I am going to check him out. Thanks again. I do want to ask if you are related to the Jones in any way? Bonnie

  13. B-rad

    B-rad said:

    I found this little tid-bit article, thought it was pleasant enough to share from The Sheep Breeder Vol. 32, May 1912.

  14. jdhoffman

    jdhoffman said:

    Charles Cresson Jones worked on the Colgate Estate, he went to England to purchase sheep for the estate. I found that he was a leader in the sheep & wool industry at the time. He evidently had some health issues as he moved to Texas & began a ranch there before moving back to Vermont. He had an older brother that moved to Texas also & he ran a sheep ranch as well as being the local Dr. He died in 1907 from typhoid fever. His... Read full post

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