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The Death of Peter Jones
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Peter and Elizabeth (Eliza) Jones met in 1830 while Peter was in England raising money for his Christian missionary work. It was there that they fell in love and decided to marry despite him being a native and her a white woman. They returned to his native lands in Canada to raise a family and make a home among the Mississauga tribe. However, the Mississauga tribe’s land was constantly shifting while the British asked for and took more and more of their traditional lands. This meant that improvements such as farms and houses were taken with the land that the British acquired. It was not until the Six Nations natives offered the Mississauga’s a strip of land in their territories in 1847 that the Mississauga’s could settle down and build homes and farms. It was soon after this that the homestead of Echo Villa, Peter and Eliza Jones’ home, would be built in 1851.i It was in this house that Peter Jones would die among his family and friends.



Echo Villa
Echo Villa


The house was built on fifty acres of forest land bought by the Jones’ in 1847. The family worked hard to clear the land and build their home. Eliza’s father donated much of the money that was used to build the house. Eliza oversaw the building of Echo Villa, choosing everything from the design of the house to the fixtures used within it.ii Once the land was cleared and the house completed it resembled a large English country estate.

Peter worked tirelessly at his missionary work and advocating for natives across Upper Canada. This work often took him away from home for long stretches of time. It was on one of these trips that he fell ill in 1856. The Jones’ were visiting St. Catherines where they were staying at Mr. Ryerson’s house. Peter had been walking in the gardens one day, and suddenly could not get up the next day. The illness had been going on for some time, but it was now worse than the Jones’ could imagine. The doctors no longer had any hope that Peter could be cured. The illness had infected his stomach, kidneys and liver. For a month Peter could not get out of bed and grew weaker every day. It got to the point where he could not hold down food, becoming a skeleton in appearance. It was after a month that Eliza and Peter decided to go home so Peter could die in his own house. iii


Peter Jones
Peter Jones


A litter was made with a mattress and blankets to take Peter home. Several friends accompanied the Jones’ on their way home to assist with whatever help may be needed. They travelled by train, Peter in a special compartment, to within one kilometer of their homestead. His friends then took him the rest of the way home.

Peter had many, many visitors during his final days. “As long as his strength permitted, Peter thanked those who had come to see him. To one friend, who pressed both his hands he said ‘I am going home- going to my Father’s house above; all is well, meet me there.’ To another he whispered, ‘God bless you; be faithful unto death, and you shall receive a crown of glory.’ He made sure that everyone was aware of his faith in God and that he would not have changed a minute of his life in the service of God.iv When Peter knew the end was near he asked for his sons to be with him, offering each a gift: Charles a bible and dressing case; Fred a bible and gun; Peter the New Testament and his watch; George a hymn book. While he was with his sons Mississauga men and women sang, prayed and wept for him.v

Eliza was struggling to cope with the fact that her husband was dying. She turned to God for reassurance and calm. She asked Peter “How can I live without you love?” He replied that Jesus would take care of her.vi Finally Peter took his wife’s hands in his, kissed her hands and said “God bless you dear.” He then took his last breath.vii

Eliza was lonely and grieving. She found her self listening for Peter’s voice. She could no longer live in Echo Villa, the home she had loved. She argued that the house was now too big for just her and her sons. A couple of years after Peter’s death she sold the house.


Echo Villa Plaque
Echo Villa Plaque


Echo Villa is now a heritage place in Ontario.

Marie Shantz, Eliza Jones’ Echo Villa, found in Grand Memories, November 1990, 20.
Donald Smith, Sacred Feathers: The Reverend Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Indians. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987, 215.
Eliza Jones, Letter to Catherine Sutton, Catherine Sutton Collection, Owen Sound: Grey Roots Museum and Archives.
Smith, 235.
Smith, 237.
Ibid.
Eliza Jones, Letter to Catherine Sutton.
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Associated Dates: 1830, 1856, 1851, 1847
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Peter and Elizabeth (Eliza) Jones met in 1830 while Peter was in England raising money for his Christian missionary work. It was there that they fell in love and decided to marry despite him being a native and her a white woman. They returned to his native lands in Canada to raise a family and make a home among the Mississauga tribe. However, the Mississauga tribe’s land was constantly shifting while the British asked for and took more and more of their traditional lands. This meant that improvements such as farms and houses were taken with the land that the British acquired. It was not until the Six Nations natives offered the Mississauga’s a strip of land in their territories in 1847 that the Mississauga’s could settle down and build homes and farms. It was soon after this that the homestead of Echo Villa, Peter and Eliza Jones’ home, would be built in 1851.i It was in this house that Peter Jones would die among his family and friends.
The house was built on fifty acres of forest land bought by the Jones’ in 1847. The family worked hard to clear the land and build their home. Eliza’s father donated much of the money that was used to build the house. Eliza oversaw the building of Echo Villa, choosing everything from the design of the house to the fixtures used within it.ii Once the land was cleared and the house completed it resembled a large English country estate.
Peter worked tirelessly at his missionary work and advocating for natives across Upper Canada. This work often took him away from home for long stretches of time. It was on one of these trips that he fell ill in 1856. The Jones’ were visiting St. Catherines where they were staying at Mr. Ryerson’s house. Peter had been walking in the gardens one day, and suddenly could not get up the next day. The illness had been going on for some time, but it was now worse than the Jones’ could imagine. The doctors no longer had any hope that Peter could be cured. The illness had infected his stomach, kidneys and liver. For a month Peter could not get out of bed and grew weaker every day. It got to the point where he could not hold down food, becoming a skeleton in appearance. It was after a month that Eliza and Peter decided to go home so Peter could die in his own house. iii
A litter was made with a mattress and blankets to take Peter home. Several friends accompanied the Jones’ on their way home to assist with whatever help may be needed. They travelled by train, Peter in a special compartment, to within one kilometer of their homestead. His friends then took him the rest of the way home.
Peter had many, many visitors during his final days. “As long as his strength permitted, Peter thanked those who had come to see him. To one friend, who pressed both his hands he said ‘I am going home- going to my Father’s house above; all is well, meet me there.’ To another he whispered, ‘God bless you; be faithful unto death, and you shall receive a crown of glory.’ He made sure that everyone was aware of his faith in God and that he would not have changed a minute of his life in the service of God.iv When Peter knew the end was near he asked for his sons to be with him, offering each a gift: Charles a bible and dressing case; Fred a bible and gun; Peter the New Testament and his watch; George a hymn book. While he was with his sons Mississauga men and women sang, prayed and wept for him.v
Eliza was struggling to cope with the fact that her husband was dying. She turned to God for reassurance and calm. She asked Peter “How can I live without you love?” He replied that Jesus would take care of her.vi Finally Peter took his wife’s hands in his, kissed her hands and said “God bless you dear.” He then took his last breath.vii
Eliza was lonely and grieving. She found her self listening for Peter’s voice. She could no longer live in Echo Villa, the home she had loved. She argued that the house was now too big for just her and her sons. A couple of years after Peter’s death she sold the house.
Echo Villa is now a heritage place in Ontario.
Group: MNCFN Schools
Added By: heathermoran
Date Added: March 1, 2011
Last Modified By: jcduff
Date Last Modified: March 2, 2011
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