American Letters


           The Children of Maesybidia



         1821 - 1906

          John born 3rd April, 1821, Maesybidiau

          third child second son of John and Esther,

          Died 24th March, 1906 Stockton,

        San Joaquin, California, USA

John Davis Jones

Born 3rd April, 1821 – Maesybidia

                                                                          Died . 24th March, 1906 

         Buried Stockton, San Joaquin, California

-  married -

                                                                              Elizabeth Phillips  born 19th February, 1828

               Died . 18th March, 1918, buried Mt. View Cemetery, Oakland, California



Born 1854 Utah

Died 1880


Born 1858 Stockton

Died 02.02.1858


Fred Severy


Born 1865



John Lund


Born 1866





Born 1869



..... Hall




John and Esther pined the loss of their daughter Margaret and her family and their son Ricy to the New World - America and John was sent to bring them back, it is likely that by the time John was sent both Margaret and her husband had died, but they had two young grandchildren without Mother or Father in a strange and inhospitable land thousand of miles away.

Two young children they knew, loved and enjoyed and had had to say goodbye to ………………..

For many years we have looked for descendants of John’s, Owen J. Olsen tried very hard and although we have some information it brought nothing forward now in November 2020 I've found his great-great-great granddaughter.

Until reading and copying the letters I have from John to his brother Ricy in Utah, I had not realized how sad his life in America he had.

Ricy’s life although hard compared to the privileged life he had in Wales was exciting,  fruitful and happy there certainly wasn't’t any hostile Indians in Wales having their lands taken from them !  and his children achieved well in the new country, Margaret & John Evans although very tragic and once again so much harder than it would have been in Wales especially on their children Hetty & John were loving grandparents and family would have cared from them after the loss of their parents, but John unhappy in marriage, his son had died and a son-in-law he disliked and very little money, if his parents had still be alive and aware of this their hearts would have been further broken :

The 1900 United States Federal Census provides the following information which I believe to be correct

for John Davies Jones daughter Elizabeth.  Elizabeth's parents are recorded as both being born in Wales

The family are recorded as living at Electoral district - Oakland Ward 6, Alameda, California - Oakland City

Fred Severy 
Age 49
Born Massachusetts  
Elizabeth Severy 
Age 31
Born California Both parents recorded as being born in Wales
Ellbert D Severy    
Age 25
Born California  
Daisy L Severy  
Age 22
Born California  
Frank A Severy 
Age 19
Born California  
Fred A Severy 
Age 18
Born California  
Chesley W Severy 
Age 13
Born California  
Delwen E Severy 
Age  6
Born California  

The 1910 Census recorded Fred & Elizabeth living at Goss Street, Oakland City

Delwen is now recorded as Delmer and there is an additional daughter Florence age 5

Elizabeth's Mother is living with them

The 1920 Census Elizabeth is widowed and living with Chesley, Berkeley, Alameda, California

The 1920 Census records Margaret living Sixteenth Street, Oakland City

John Lund Head Age 55 Born Sweden Bagage man Railroad  Mother born Sweden
Margaret Lund Wife Age 55 Born California   Parents Welsh
Rachael Cutting Sister-in-Law Age 54 Born California House Keeper Private family Parents Welsh


             The following death notice for Elizabeth Phillips Jones, John’s wife was found by

                Gwenda  Lanagan descendant of Jane Jones of Maesybidiau ….. John's sister

                                     Oakland Tribune, California.  19th March, 1918

JONES – In this city, March 18, 1918 Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips Jones,     beloved mother of Mrs. Elizabeth Severy, Mrs Margaret Lund, Mrs Rachel Cutting, Mrs Sarah Hall, a native of South Wales, aged 90 years and 27 days.Funeral services Wednesday, March 20, 1918, at 1. O’Clock p,m, at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, At 6th and Magnolia Street, Oakland, Cal., To which friends are invited.  Interment, Mt. view cemetery.