According to the 1851 census, Jane was born in the area of St Giles, Middlesex. The London area of St Giles lies between Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden, however no BROOKER baptisms have been found in that area. The current preferred theory is that Jane BROOKER was the daughter of Zachariah BROOKER b.1752 St Martin in the Field, a butcher, who was living at Broad Court, Long Acre in 1788. This fits with St Giles area and matches the use of Zachariah for Jane's 2nd son (the first being called Samuel for her husband). It's likely that she had an older brother called Zachariah as a Zachariah BROOKER married Nancy PITTWAY in 1800 and had a son Zachariah William the following year.
Jane married Samuel JONES from Belfast in Hanover Square, London in 1807 and, after the birth of their first child Mary, they moved to Birmingham, possibly because at that time breaking into the London guild system was difficult and Birmingham had no such restrictions for aspiring master boot makers.
Jane had 10 children between 1808 and 1828. In the 1840s Jane and Samuel moved to Yardley where he retired.
Jane died aged 85, in November 1870, at 54 Belgrave Road, Edgbaston.
The two possible 1870 burial locations of Jane Elizabeth JONES are:
- Old Meeting House Chapel, Great Queens Street, Birmingham
- Witton Cemetery, Birmingham