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Jones, Pembroke, 1858-1919



  • Existence: 1858-12-15 - 1919-01-24


Pembroke Jones was born in 1858 in Wilmington, NC to John and Jane London Jones. Upon his mother's death, Jones was raised by his aunt, Alice Heron London (Mrs. Platt K. Dickinson), who left her money to him when she, too, died in 1881. With the inheritance, Jones got into the rice milling business in Wilmington and later New Orleans. Jones and his wife Sarah Wharton Green, whom he married in 1884, became friendly with railroad baron Henry Walters when he was in town and fell ill, staying at their home to recuperate. It was Walters's financial advice in railroad securities that helped the Jones' expand on their already substanital fortune. With their immense wealth and conquering of the social scene in Wilmington, the Joneses moved to New York City, where they established themselves among the society elite by throwing lavish parties. Though still living up North, Jones promoted the development of a seaport in Wilmington and spent time every year at Airlie, their estate and location of Sarah's azalea garden--parts of which are now home to Airlie Gardens and the wealthy Wilmington community of Landfall. Jones served for a time as vice-president of the Carolina Shipbuilding Corporation, which was building ships in Wilmington at the time of his death. He died in New York in 1919 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Cronly Family Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-009
Scope and Contents This collection contains the personal correspondence and private papers of the Wilmington-based Cronly family, primarily related Margaret M. Cronly (1827-1911), and her children Jane Murphy Cronly (1850-1935), Sallie Taylor Cronly (1852-1913), Michael Cronly (1858-1930), Joseph Murphy Cronly (1858-1907), William Neil Cronly (1860-1904), Robert Dickson Cronly (1863-1936), Douglas Tennent Cronly (1865-1931), Margaret Cronly (1868-1947), and Mary Douglas Cronly (1871-1949). Other family members...
Dates: 1888-1925

Pembroke Jones purchase and correspondence, 1887-1906

 File — Box 1, Folder: 17
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence on the Lebanon Chapel-adjacent land purchase by Pembroke Jones and his plan to close the roadway to the chapel that had previously been used by St. James. Letters are from the warden of the vestry, Clayton Giles, to various local lawyers asking their legal opinions on whether Jones had the right to close the road, as well as between St. James and Jones once a mutually agreed upon resolution was determined in 1906. A statement and receipts from the sale of the cottage...
Dates: 1887-1906

Ronald G. Phelps Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-353
Scope and Contents This collection contains Ronald G. Phelps's personal documents, yearbooks, CDs, VHS tapes, photos, copies of published items, magazines, and newspaper clippings, largely related to Wilmington and the surrounding area's history from 1929 to 2018. Ron Phelps was active in the Wilmington community and considered a local amateur historian. A large portion of the collection focuses on New Hanover High School during Phelps's attendence and the various reunion events following his graduation in...
Dates: 1929-2018

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Families -- North Carolina -- New Hanover County 1
Jonkonnu (Festival) 1
North Carolina -- Politics and government 1