William Alexander Papers

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.

Administrative / 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.


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

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


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.

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

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


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names