We know that Albert Royal Delmont Jones (abbreviated as ADJ) is in the 1900 census for Chicago. He is married to Isabel and gives his work as “editor.” He claims to be 44, and she is 23. Isabel Agnes Mulhall was to become quite a character in her own right, if newspaper gossip is to be believed.
As Rachael rightly queries in another post – in 1900 ADJ was editor of what?
Then in the 1930 census ADJ turns up, elderly and alone, in a state almshouse/hospital in Delaware shortly before his death and burial in a pauper’s grave that year.
I believe we may have found him in the 1910 census, although there are queries as detailed below. He is now calling himself Albert R Delmont (Albert Royal Delmont) and claims to be 48, married for three years to Margaret White, aged 28. He is now living in Campbell, Kentucky.
By this time he has no occupation. And he is living in the home of his in-laws, James and Johanna White.
This would be a fourth marriage – after Caroline Bown, Belle Mulhall, and Bambina Maud Scott.
A marriage register shows they were married on 19 September 1906, but gives no other information.
The age given in the 1910 census return is less than his real age. But as with previous wife Isabel, this wife Margaret is at least twenty years his junior. Men who marry much younger women often shave a few years off their age, along with taking up tennis, and cycling around in Lycra on a top-end bicycle!
However, there are two discordant notes in the above scenario. First is that this Albert Delmont claims to come from Virginia. But there are no references in the Virginia records that remotely fit. This could just be an enumerator’s mistake, or ADJ covering his tracks from yet another past life. And this is the only Albert Delmont thrown up in the 1910 census indexes.
Second is the 1920 census. It is easy to find the same family still living in Campbell, Kentucky. Father-in-law James has died and Johanna White is now the head of the household with the same children, one of whom is Margaret Delmont. There is no Albert R in sight. Margaret claims to be only 34; however, the initial in the appropriate column suggests she has put down as a widow! But I cannot find any reference to an Albert R Delmont (or variations) dying between 1910 and 1920.
There are so many negatives about ADJ that a faked death or insurance scam, or just good riddance and I stand a better chance as a widow than as a deserted woman or divorced woman – all these scenarios are possible.
And I cannot find hide nor hair of ADJ under any combination of names in the 1920 census. But then he turns up as a kind of elderly vagrant in 1930.
I am still searching, and readers of this blog are welcome to search too. The problem is – what name might he have used by then?