William Daniel JONES 1848 – 1931 Hydraulic Engineer

William Daniel Jones was born 12 October 1848 at Chester Street, Wrexham. He was the son of Edward Jones and Jane Davies, his father had his plumbing business there for many years.  By the time he was 22 he was a mining engineer, but in 1881 he was still at home and was just classed as a plumber’s son.  About 1883 William Daniel married Eleanor Wells.  

In May 1884 William Daniel appeared in court and it was reported in the newspaper.


William D. Jones, Chester-street, was summoned by William Young for using abusive language towards him on the previous Thursday evening. Mr Ashton Bradley appeared for the complainant, who said he was a plumber and was caretaker of the Corporation Buildings. On Thursday evening, about seven o’clock, he was near the Seven Stars, when the defendant called to him and wanted him to go with him to a friend, Mr Manley. He (com- plainant) refused to come, when the defendant made use of abusive language, threatening to knock his head off,” and calling him a scamp. “Defendant admitted calling the complainant a scamp, and proceeded to explain why he had been provoked to use such language. A witness named George Winkett was called to prove the complainant’s statement, Mr Ashton Bradley remarking that whatever might have transpired previously, there was no aggravation on the complainant’s part on the occasion in question. The Mayor said the Bench had decided to fine the defendant 13s, including costs, and the money was immediately paid.

16th May 1884

Shortly after his father died in January 1885, William Daniel announced he was taking over the business.

THE OLD PLUMBING ESTABLISHMENT CHESTER STREET. As will be seen on reference to our advertising columns, Mr William D. Jones announces his intention of carrying on the old-established business at 53, Chester-street, as engineering and sanitary plumber, decorative painter and paper hanger, glazier and gasfitter, &e. The business, which has been hitherto carried on with such enterprise and success by Mr Jones’ late respected father, will now have the benefit of Mr W. D. Jones’ practical experience in engineering, plumbing , and decorating, and we have no doubt Mr Jones’ careful attention to all orders entrusted to him, combined with reasonable charges for good workmanship and material, will secure for him a  continuance of that liberal patronage and support so long and deservedly accorded to the late Mr Edward Jones.

21 February 1885

William Daniel and Ellen remained in Chester Street for many years, but by April 1901 they had 6 children and had moved to Park View which was on the Holt Road, but the business was still based in Chester Street.  Ruby Jane was 16, William Edward 14, Romer Drummond 12, Herbert Welsby 11, Muriel Maydell 2 and little Norman Neville was aged just 5 weeks. They were still there in 1911 where Ellenor died on 14 December 1911, William Daniel died 21 October 1931 at 11 Derby Road.


ELEANOR WELLS 1861 – 1911

Eleanor Wells was born about 1861 in Woolwich Kent.  She was the daughter of William Wells who was a musician and Ellen Brown. In 1871 the family were in the Royal marine Barracks in Deal, William was a drum major. There had 2 more daughters, Harriet L Wells 8 and Adelaide Rebecca aged 6.  The family moved to Stanley Street Wrexham by 1881 and had 2 more daughters, Flora Emily 8 and Jane Gertude aged 6 who had been born in Wrexham in 1874. Eleanor wasn`t at home in 1881 and isn`t found again until after her marriage about 1883. Ellenor died on 14 December 1911.

Researched by Annette Edwards. April 2019.

Wrexham Cemetery 14/03/2018

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02873

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