Arthur Helsham-Jones
(1841-1919)

Born: 25 May 1841 at Woodbridge and died 8 January 1919.
Son of: Dr Richard Jones (1814-1888) and Elizabeth Jones (nee Helsham, 1801-1866).
Brother of:
1. Col Henry Helsham Helsham-Jones RE (1838-1920), who married Elizabeth Jane Hesketh (1842-1869) and then Mary Littledale Greenwood (Mrs Rohde Hawkins, 18??-1913).
2. Henrietta Elizabeth Helsham-Jones who never married, born 2 March 1840 (died November 1919?).
Arthur Helsham-Jones married: Alice Harriette Elizabeth Tooke (1846-1929), daughter of Arthur William Tooke (1810-1871) and Nymphe P.Tooke (18??-1902).
Arthur and Alice had four children as follows:
1. Dorothy Mashiter (nee Helsham-Jones, 1875-1959) who married in 1911 Edward  Mashiter.  Dorothy was born at Hull, Yorkshire.
2. Margaret Collins (nee Helsham-Jones,1876-1951) who married, in 1902, Ronald Collins (1867-1942).  Margaret was born at Tickton, Yorkshire.
3. Helen Helsham-Jones (1877-1919).  Born at Tickton, Yorkshire.
4. Alice Angelet Maquire (nee Helsham-Jones, 1886-1953) who married Edward John Maguire (1866-1959).

Arthur Helsham-Jones: An Overview

I know very little about Arthur Helsham-Jones.  In 1888 Arthur's brother Henry took on the name Helsham changing his surname from Jones to Helsham-Jones.  However Arthur appears to have been using the name Helsham-Jones as early as 1881.  This name is very distinctive and notes pop up from time to time providing information about the Helsham-Jones family.  Some of these notes are as follows:

In the1881 census Arthur Helsham-Jones was living at Ticton Hall, between Tickton and Hull Bridge, Humberside, with his wife Alice, and three of his daughters Dorothy, Margaret and Helen.  He is recorded as being a Bank Manager and having 7 servants living in the house. 

In the 1911 census Arthur Helsham-Jones was living at The Tile Barn, Woolton Hill, Newbury, with his wife Alice, and two of his daughters Dorothy and Helen.  He is recorded as being a Barrister at Law and having 8 servants living in the house.  His house has 27 rooms.

There is a record on the internet of the Pinner Cricket Club renting grounds at Pinner Green from Mr Helsham-Jones in 1892.

Essex Record Office - D/DU 507/16.  DEEDS OF COLCHESTER, RAMSDEN BELLHOUSE, EDWIN HALL FARM IN WOODHAM FERRERS, MAP OF COLCHESTER ERO Ref  D/DU 507/16.  Dated 19 January 1894.  Admission of Alice Harriette Elizabeth Helsham-Jones of Pinner (co. Middx.) on the death of her father Arthur William Tooke.  Land (2a., 2r.), part of waste called Crockleford Heath, Ardleigh.  Steward: Henry Hervey Elwes, gent.

Essex Record Office - D/DU 507/17.  DEEDS OF COLCHESTER, RAMSDEN BELLHOUSE, EDWIN HALL FARM IN WOODHAM FERRERS, MAP OF COLCHESTER.  Dated 19 July 1894.  Enfranchisement for £11.10s.- Rt. Hon. Francis Denzil Edw., Baron Ashburton, lord of manor of Martells Hall in Ardleigh, to Alice Harriette Elizabeth Helsham-Jones of Pinner (co. Middx.)- Land (2a., 2r.), part of waste called Crockleford Heath, Ardleigh

Essex Record Office - D/DU 507/25.  Dated 12 March 1896.  Certificates of Redemption of Land Tax Wm Alexander Tooke Hallowes of 39 Bedford Row, Bloomsbury (co. Middx), solicitor, trustee for Arthur Helsham-Jones of Pinner Hill, Pinner (co.Middx), for Chitham's Farm and Woodland in Ramsden Bellhouse.  Incl. map traced from 25" O. S.

There is a record on the internet of Arthur Helsham-Jones esq. J.P. being recorded at Cithhams, Ramsden Bellhouse, Essex in 1898.

There is a record on the internet of Arthur Helsham-Jones esq. J.P. being recorded at Cithhams, Ramsden Bellhouse, Essex in 1908.

The will of Arthur's brother Henry is dated 1914 and was witnessed by Arthur and Alice who were both living at Tile Barn, Woolton Hill, Newbury.  They appear to have lived at Tile Barn from around 1904 up until they died. 

Pinner Hill was originally bought in 1844 by Alice's great-grandfather William Tooke, then 65, as a family home for his son Arthur.  When Arthur died in 1871 it passed to his son, another William, born 1843.  But William himself died without issue at the early age of 43, and presumably his only sister Alice then inherited, probably allowing Arthur to give up the bank he seems to have been working in at Hull, and become a country squire.
 
Arthur Helsham-Jones seems to have been friendly with his near neighbour W S Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, who lived at Grim's Dyke about a mile away (now a hotel).  When Gilbert drowned in his own lake in May 1911, he left in his will his photographic equipment to Arthur Helsham-Jones.

Helen Helsham-Jones, unmarried daughter of Arthur Helsham Jones, who was also living at Tile Barn, died in 1919. 

Arthur is buried at St Thomas Church, Woolton Hill, Newbury.  His daughter Helen died in the same year 1919 and is buried in the same grave.  Arthur's wife Alice died 10 years later in 1929 and is buried next to them.  The family nanny Sarah Jane Boreham (d. 1936) is also buried there.

Alice Harriett Elizabeth Helsham Jones is recorded as dying 8 May 1929.  She left £8779 and £25615.  Her executers were Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell, William Ronald Collins and Dorothy Mashiter.

 

 

 

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