Fan Jones, aka Bangor's keeper of the Blue House

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Dublin Core

Title

Fan Jones, aka Bangor's keeper of the Blue House

Subject

John Thomas
died
Dec. 16, 1878,
AE. 42 yrs, 7 ms 6 ds

We miss thee from our home, dear one
We miss thee from thy place
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.

We miss thy kind and willing hand
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee
We miss thee everywhere.

Description

Fanny (Fan) Jones was born Nancy W. Jones in 1824 in West Brooksville, Maine. According to research conducted by Wayne Reilly and Richard Shaw, in 1858, Nancy adopted the name Fanny and is charged with operating "a house of ill-fame" in Bangor. Her life became the inspiration for Ardeana Hamlin's fictional book, Pink Chimneys.

Fanny appears in the 1860 census living in Bangor Ward 5 and employed as a "Tailoress." Reilly and Shaw speculate that Fanny gave birth to her daughter Caroline (Caddie) in 1864, and that John Thomas.  Apparently Caddie was placed with another family until 1880, when she appears for the first time as residing in Fanny's household as "dau. adopted."  That same year, Fanny reports her last name as Thomas for the only time.

In the mid-1880s, Caddie married Charles A. Graffam and the couple produced four children, only one of whom survived. According to Mount Hope Cemetery records, Fanny Jones purchased the lot in which Caddie and her babies, as well as Thomas Jones are buried.  Though no records exist documenting Fanny's own burial, it is believed she is buried in the unmarked spot between Thomas and one of her grandchildren.

Creator

Unidentified

Source

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Publisher

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Date

Stone: ca. 1878

Contributor

Kimberly J. Sawtelle

Rights

© 2012 Kimberly J. Sawtelle. All rights reserved.

Format

Marble

Language

English

Type

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Identifier

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Coverage

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