Albert Leigh Jones
Albert Leigh Jones was born at Manchester, England, November 20, 1862, and at that place lived the first sixteen years of his life. He then came to America and settled in Detroit, where he has since made his place of residence. He is the son of Peter and Caroline (Fowler) Jones, both natives of England, who are still living in that country, the former being in charge of a cotton-shipping warehouse at Manchester.
At the age of twenty-two years Albert Jones began sailing, and for many years turned his attention to that occupation. He first went out of Detroit on the City of Alpena, formerly known as the City of Cleveland, acting as oiler, and remained three years. >From this boat he went on the propeller Birckhead, and acted as second engineer one year, and spent the following season in the same capacity on the Ossifrage and Idlewild. He then spent five years as second engineer upon the Frank E. Kirby, and, upon leaving her, left the lakes to fill a position in the Public Lighting Commission of Detroit, where he has remained since March, 1895.
On December 9, 1889, he was married to Amanda Fisher, of Detroit. Their only child, Erwin Leigh, was born October 1, 1891. Mr. Jones is a member of the M. E. B. A. No. 3, of Detroit, the A. O. U. W., and of M. E. Cooley Association No. 24, N. A. S. E.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.