Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

William Alexander Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XM/4369

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Title: William Alexander Papers

Short title: William Alexander, papers

Dates of creation: 1850-1928

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 79 items

Name of creator(s): Captain John Jones (d. [1860])


Administrative and biographical history: Captain John Jones (d. [1860]) of Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, was the captain of the schooner William Alexander during the 1850s. He was married to Margaret Jones. Their son, John Jones (b. [1844]), was a pupil at Farn Hill School, near Chester, Cheshire, 1856-1859, but also accompanied his father for lengthy periods on the William Alexander, 1858-1860. Mrs Mary Evans (d. [1866]) lived at the Ship Inn, Porthmadog.


Scope and content: Correspondence of Captain John Jones, Margaret Jones and John Jones, 1856-1859, and miscellaneous correspondence, 1850-1928; certificates of character and discharge of John Jones junior, 1858-1860; miscellaneous account books relating to Porthmadog, 1828-1895; papers relating to the estate of Captain Jones, 1861-1895; receipts for wages and effects of crew members of the William Alexander, 1861; papers relating to the settlement of the estate of Mrs Mary Evans, 1866-1875, and receipts for rent paid by her representatives, 1866-1893.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; certificates of character and discharge; financial records; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The archive includes later material relating to the estates of John Jones and Mary Evans.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes later material post-dating the deaths of Captain Jones and Mary Evans.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Collection of papers re. the William Alexander, Captain John Jones, his son, John Jones , and his wife, Margaret Jones.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: July 2004



Account books | Wales | Porthmadog

Evans, Mary, | of Ship Inn, Porthmadog | Estate

Jones, John, | mariner of Porthmadog | Correspondence

William Alexander (ship) | Archives

Personal names

Evans, Mary, of Ship Inn, Porthmadog

Jones, John, b. 1844?

Jones, John, mariner of Porthmadog

Corporate names

William Alexander (Ship)