Who was Diana Jones?

 Diana Jones, ca. 1870. GPN1308.

Diana Jones (1801–1879) was born in New York and came to Nantucket sometime in the 1820s. Around 1828, she became the second wife of Jacob Jones (ca. 1790–1859), a mariner who later worked as a chimney sweep, whitewasher, and fisherman. They had three children, two daughters who died young and son James William Jones, who also became a mariner.

The family lived on Pine Street in the New Guinea neighborhood. After Jacob’s death and with her son often away for years at a time, Diana supported herself as a live-in domestic servant, working for Nancy and George Cobb until about 1875, when she was 74 years old.


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