Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Fred Douglas Jones

Fred Douglas Jones
August 13, 1882--February 17, 1915
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC
1st cousin 3x removed
Image courtesy of Find A Grave

Fred Douglas Jones was the son of William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard and the nephew of my 2nd great grandfather Alexander Hamilton Jones. According to the 1910 census his occupation was a house painter.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1095; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 0002; FHL microfilm: 1375108. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

Fred Jones died at the young age of 32.  His life appears to have been cut short by a medical condition. 

Source Information:  Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.


The cause of death was listed as aortic regurgitation. The following definition for the condition I found on the Mayo Clinic website. Here's the link for the page as well:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aortic-valve-regurgitation/DS00419

Aortic valve regurgitation — or aortic regurgitation — is a condition that occurs when your heart's aortic valve doesn't close tightly. Aortic valve regurgitation allows some of the blood that was just pumped out of your heart's main pumping chamber (left ventricle) to leak back into it.
The leakage of blood may prevent your heart from efficiently pumping blood out to the rest of your body. As a result, you may feel fatigued and short of breath. Aortic valve regurgitation can develop suddenly or over decades. Aortic valve regurgitation has a variety of causes, ranging from congenital heart defects to complications of infectious illnesses. Once aortic valve regurgitation becomes severe, surgery is often required to repair or replace the aortic valve.

I wonder if my cousin felt the effects of this condition over the course of his life or if it came on suddenly. I don't know if I will ever know the answer to that question. What I do know is that 1915 was not an easy year for the Jones family.  My 2nd great grandfather, Alexander, would die just three short months after his nephew.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent research to find out what life was like for Fred Jones. And what a coincidence. Aortic valve regurgitation is exactly what my husband had. With him it came on gradually, I believe, and finally in 2001 he had big open-heart surgery and was cured. I'm not sure they were doing this surgery in the early 1900s. I believe that some people are born with this tendency -- like, they have two flaps on their valve instead of three. I don't know if there is a DNA predictor or not.

    So Fred would be . . . your first cousin twice removed? (This always confuses me.)

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