Selected: JONES, SAMUEL [2]


Born: 1797c
Died: 1859


County surveyor for Co. Tipperary, 1834-1852. According to Maria Edgeworth, Samuel Jones was a carpenter's son from Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, and was brought up by her brother WILLIAM EDGEWORTH WILLIAM EDGEWORTH , who 'made a trigonometrical surveyor of him'. From her account, written in 1834, Jones had already made a considerable amount of money working for ALEXANDER NIMMO [1]  ALEXANDER NIMMO [1] in the west of Ireland, and was building a 'fine house' for himself - Ardbear House, near Clifden - while his brothers remained in 'rags and whiskey' at Edgeworthstown. 'I fancy he has just job-job-jobbed,' she wrote, 'and I don't suppose his hands are very clean, as to public money, road money, etc.' He appears by this time to have fallen out with Nimmo and was waging a 'paper war' in the Galway Advertiser with ALEXANDER NIMMO [2] ALEXANDER NIMMO [2] . Nevertheless he was appointed to this post of county surveyor for Co. Tipperary in May 1834(1) and claimed at the Tipperary Spring Assizes in 1837 that he had done much to prevent the system of jobbing.(2) From 1838 or 1839 onwards his responsibilities were confined to the South Riding only, while HORACE UNIACKE TOWNSEND  HORACE UNIACKE TOWNSEND was placed in charge of the North Riding. Jones remained based in Clonmel until 1852,(3) when he was dismissed. He was succeeded by WILLIAM HENRY DEANE WILLIAM HENRY DEANE . He was a JP for Co. Galway from the 1840s. He died on 24 March 1859 at the age of sixty-two, and was buried in Ardbear graveyard.(4) He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Campbell, a colonel in the Royal Artillery,(5) at Clifden in 1825; she died while their children were still young.

ICEI:  founder member, 1835.(6)

References
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Brendan O'Donoghue, citing H.E. Butler ed., Maria Edgeworth: Tour in Connemara and the Martins of Ballinahinch (London: Constable & Co., 1950), 52, and Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill, 'Rags to riches in Clifden society', Journal of the Clifden & Connemara Heritage Group 1, no. 1 (Aug, 1993).

(1) Dublin Evening Post, 20 May 1834.
(2) Clonmel Advertiser, 15 Mar 1937.
(3) Jones transcripts from Thom's directories.
(4) Ian Cantwell, Memorials of the Dead, Eneclann CD-ROM I, gives the date of death as 1869.
(5) Ballina Chronicle, 16 Jan 1850 (B.O'D.).
(6) Photocopy of transcript of minutes of first meeting of Engineers' Society of Ireland, 6 Aug 1835, in IAA, Jones File F73.

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Building: CO. TIPPERARY, CLOGHEEN, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1837a
Nature: SJ states to Tipperary Spring Assizes that he has made plans and estimates for sessions houses in Clogher, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary and Roscrea by direction of Lord Lieutenant.
Refs: Clonmel Advertiser, 15 Mar 1837 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue)

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, CARRICK-ON-SUIR, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1837a
Nature: SJ states to Tipperary Spring Assizes that he has made plans and estimates for sessions houses in Clogher, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary and Roscrea by direction of Lord Lieutenant.
Refs: Clonmel Advertiser, 15 Mar 1837 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue)

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, ROSCREA, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1837a
Nature: SJ states to Tipperary Spring Assizes that he has made plans and estimates for sessions houses in Clogher, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary and Roscrea by direction of Lord Lieutenant.
Refs: Clonmel Advertiser, 15 Mar 1837 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue)

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, TIPPERARY, ST MICHAEL'S STREET, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1837a
Nature: SJ states to Tipperary Spring Assizes that he has made plans and estimates for sessions houses in Clogher, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary and Roscrea by direction of Lord Lieutenant.
Refs: Clonmel Advertiser, 15 Mar 1837 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue)