Hannah Williams was born about 1855 she was the daughter of John Williams and Mary Anne, in 1871 she was living at the New Inn, Moss where her father was a blacksmith.
John Shone was born about 1856 in Pentre Broughton; he was the son of William Shone from Tattenhall and Sarah Baker who was a local girl.
On 27 May 1877 John Shone married Hannah Williams at St Giles, his father was a gardener, Hannah`s father was John Williams who was a smith. Edwin Williams, Hannah`s brother was a witness.
By 1880 they had made the long journey to America.
They were living on West Coal Street, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania where John was labouring in the mines. There were many other Welsh people in the same area. While they were out there, they had two children, Rosina Alice was born about 1881 and William Henry about 1883, but by early 1886 they were back in Wrexham where Mary Georgina was born in that year.
By 1887 the family had moved to 27 York Street where John was the innkeeper of the Royal Ship Inn. During that year a lady named Suckley who was a “Dresser of wounds “had rooms there where she would see patients every Thursday.
SPECIAL NOTICE. M. J. E. SUCKLEY, DRESSER OF WOUNDS, And Successor to the late MISS WILLIAMS, OF THREAPWOOD, BEGS respectfully to inform the Public she attends WREXHAM EVERY THURSDAY. Patients wishing to consult M.J E. S. may see her privately in her rooms at Mr SHONE’S, Royal Ship Inn, Yorke-street, Wrexham, every Thursday from 10 am. till 5 p.m. M. J. E. S. has had considerable hospital and private experience, after prolonged study and extensive experimental research, which has enabled her to discover certain remedies for all forms of Skin Diseases. Chronic Eczema Bad Legs of 20 years’ standing cured in a few weeks. Ulcers, Wounds successfully treated. CONSULTATION FREE.
In June 1871 there had been an announcement in the Wrexham Advertiser.
“The name of the Black Horse, Yorke-street, kept by Mr Thompson, has been changed to the Royal Ship Hotel. This has been done, we presume, in consequence of the mistakes arising from there being another Black Horse Inn on the opposite side of the street. Some extensive alterations have taken place at the house.”
Over the years local clubs and societies held meetings in the Inn, the Wrexham Tailors and the Star of Wrexham Tontine were just two of them.
Not all his customers were quite so well behaved as in 1891 this incident was reported.
A PANE OF GLASS. – At the Borough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, an old hand named Ed. Burke, was in custody charged with having broken a pane of glass in a door at the Ship Inn, Yorke-street. Mr Shone the landlord said the prisoner entered his house at 7.30 on Tuesday night, and witness ordered him out. He refused to go, and, in putting him out, he broke the glass in the door. Burke was sent away for fourteen days.
Rosina Alice died in July 1897, she was only 16. John, Hannah and the children stayed at the Royal Ship Inn and by 1901 William Henry was working as a clerk. The next few years were sad for John and Hannah as in July 1902 Mary Georgina died also aged 16, then in October 1906 William Henry died aged 23.
In 1911 John and Hannah were at Gate Heath, 12 Foster Road, Hannah died there in September later that year and was buried with her three children, she was 56.
John remarried to Ellen Parsonage in 1917, and remained in 12 Foster Road until his death in May 1933; he was buried in another grave.
He left effects of £7027 3s 6d. Probate was granted to Godfrey Evan Williams’s manager and Ellen Shone widow. When Ellen Shone died, she was buried with John.
Researched by Annette Edwards. With help from Judy Roberts of Chirk. January 2016. Gravestone photographs by Graham Lloyd.
Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02787