William George Stephenson was the child of Thomas Stephenson & Elizabeth Gibson christened June 17th, 1844 at Stokesley, Yorks.
In 1851 William was living with his parents, brother & sister at Front St, Stokesley, where his father was a shoemaker.
In 1861 the family was living at North Side, Stokesley & William was now a railway clerk. William’s 4 brothers & a sister were also at home.
William married Margaret Jean Gaudie in Jan-March 1868 at Stockton, Co Durham. Margaret was christened on February 14th, 1844 at Stockton, the daughter of Margaret & George Gaudie.
In 1871 William & Margaret were living at Frank Place, Preston, North Shields, Northumberland & William was now a railway accountant. They had a son George G (2) & a daughter Gertrude (6 months). With them was Margaret’s widowed mother Margaret Gaudie, aged 61.
By 1881 they had moved to 64 Holgate Rd, St Mary, Bishopshill Junior, York. William was now an auditor for the North Eastern Railway. At home were children George Gaudie, Gertrude, Ethel (8) & Bertha (3). They had a 42 year old visitor, James Walters, a coal & coke merchant.
William & Margaret were found at Holgate Crescent, York in 1891 & William was still a railway auditor. Son George, a bankers’ clerk, was living at home as were Bertha & Muriel (9). Mother-in-law Margaret Gaudie, aged 81, was again with them at the time of the census. They had a domestic servant. Daughter Ethel had left home to become a teacher at a private boarding school for girls teaching English & languages in Altrincham, Cheshire. The Principal of the school at Belgrave House, Downs, Altrincham was Mary Sharp.
Margaret died in Oct-December 1891, aged 47, her death being registered at |Malton.
In July-September 1895 the two oldest daughters, Gertrude & Ethel were married at York. Gertrude married Ernest Russell, a brewer & Ethel married his older brother Arthur Llewellyn Russell, a solicitor. Both couples came to live in Malton.
In 1901 widowed William was living at St Pauls Square, York & continued to be an auditor for the North Eastern Railway. Daughters Bertha & Muriel were at home & William had a housekeeper & general servant.
At the time of the 1911 census William was boarding at 54 Walker Rd, Harrogate at the home of Jane & Thomas Steel, a male nurse. William was described as a retired railway official.
William died in April-June 1911, aged 67, at Harrogate.
The children of William George Stephenson & Margaret Jean Gaudie were:
s.184.108.40.206 George Gaudie Stephenson born December 29th, 1869 at North Shields,
Northumberland; died Oct-December 1946 at Harrogate, W. Yorks
s.220.127.116.11 Gertrude Stephenson born Jan-March 1871 at North Shields, Northumberland; died Oct-December 1936 at Ryedale, Yorks
s.18.104.22.168 Ethel Stephenson born Oct-December 1872 at North Shields, Northumberland; died March 30th, 1941 at The Mount, Malton, Yorks
s.22.214.171.124 Bertha Stephenson christened May 16th, 1877 at St John, Darlington, Co Durham
s.126.96.36.199 Muriel Stephenson born Oct-December 1881 at York; died Oct-December 1957 in Surrey