Joseph Nelson Jonas

19 March 1893–6 September 1932 (Age 39)
Ellensburg, Kittitas, Washington, United States

The Life of Joseph Nelson

When Joseph Nelson Jonas was born on 19 March 1893, in Ellensburg, Kittitas, Washington, United States, his father, Joseph Jonas, was 34 and his mother, Annetta Josephine Nelson, was 28. He married Lillian Coley on 6 September 1916, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Crescent, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1910 and Cleveland, Bannock, Idaho, United States in 1920. He died on 6 September 1932, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Nelson Jonas
Lillian Coley
Marriage: 6 September 1916
Joseph Herbert Jonas
Spencer Gilbert Jonas
Irwin John Jonas
Wilburn Norwood Jonas
Ellis Seth Jonas
Evan Reed Jonas
Lillian Annetta Jonas
LeReta Mary Jonas

Spouse and Children

6 September 1916
Logan, Cache, Utah, United States


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Parents and Siblings


    Annetta Josephine Nelson




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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1896 · The Logan Temple Barn

Age 3

The Logan Temple Barn was built on the edge of the Logan temple property to house the animals belonging to the builders of the temple. It was one of only two stone barns built in Cache Valley. These barns became obsolete during the rise of the automobile era. The building and the land it was on was sold in 1919 and became an automobile repair shop. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 19, 1985, and is still standing today.

Age 11

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

Name Meaning

1 English, German, French, Jewish (Ashkenazic), Lithuanian, Czech, and Slovak (Jonáš), and Hungarian (Jónás): from a medieval personal name, which comes from the Hebrew male personal name Yona, meaning ‘dove’. In the book of the Bible which bears his name, Jonah was appointed by God to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh, but tried to flee instead to Tarshish. On the voyage to Tarshish, a great storm blew up, and Jonah was thrown overboard by his shipmates to appease God's wrath, swallowed by a great fish, and delivered by it on the shores of Nineveh. This story exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination in medieval Europe, and the personal name was a relatively common choice. The Hebrew name and its reflexes in other languages (for example Yiddish Yoyne) have been popular Jewish personal names for generations. There are also saints, martyrs, and bishops called Jonas venerated in the Orthodox Church. Ionas is found as a Greek family name.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): respelling of Yonis, with Yiddish possessive -s.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph Nelson Jonas, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Joseph Jonas in household of Nels A Nelson, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Joseph Jones in household of Joseph Jones, "United States Census, 1900"

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