Jones, Arthur George (1865-c1954)

From the handbook for the Primitive Methodist Conference, Tunstall, 1929. A. G. Jones was inter alia chairman of the Public Services and Press Committee.
Advertisement from a 1907 pamphlet.

A. G. Jones was the son of a Primitive Methodist minister, George Jones, and presumably came to Tunstall when his father was stationed there in 1887. George Jones was born in Kidderminster in 1840 and entered the Primitive Methodist ministry in 1860. He was stationed in the Exeter and Exmouth Circuit in 1864-7, which is why A. G. Jones was born in Exeter.

In the 1891 Census A. G. Jones is described as “China Commission Agent” presumably working for Colclough and Lingard of the Swan Pottery, High Street, Tunstall. In 1901 he is ‘an “Earthenware manufacturer’s traveller”, the factory now being Lingard Webster & Co. In 1911 he is an “Earthenware Manufacturer” and the firm is, by 1913, known as Lingard Webster & Jones.

The factory made souvenir ware for the Primitive Methodist Camp Meeting Centenary in 1907. The items carried an inscription saying that they were “made at the factory where William Clowes gave his first address”.

A. G. Jones wife, Sarah Sophia nee Goodwin, was the daughter of Thomas Goodwin. He was born at Alstonefield, nr. Ashbourne, in 1829, the son of William Goodwin b.1796. By 1851 he was living in Tunstall where Sarah was born in 1869. By 1860 he had become Primitive Methodist local preacher in the Tunstall Circuit.

Sarah’s brother, George Goodwin, born in 1858, was also a significant figure in the life of Jubilee Chapel.

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