Joseph Thomas Stephenson was the third child of Thomas Stephenson & Ann Wainwright born July 20th, 1872 at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, Co Durham.
At the time of the 1881 census Joseph was staying with his grandparents, Thomas & Elizabeth Stephenson at High St., Stokesley, Yorks.
Joseph married Bertha Broughton at West Hartlepool Baptist Church on September 25th, 1893. Bertha was born c1875 in Bradford, Yorks, the daughter of Elizabeth Langridge & Henry Broughton, a marine engine turner.
In 1901 Joseph & Bertha were living at 32 Gordon St, West Hartlepool & Joseph was a porter for the North Eastern Railway. They had 2 children – Henry L (6) & Thomas F (5). There was also an 18 year old boarder with them, Harry P Walton, a clerk for the North Eastern Railway.
By 1911 Joseph & Bertha had moved to 18 Kimberley St, Hartlepool & Joseph continued to work as a porter for the NER. They had 7 children at home – Thomas, an errand boy (billiard marker at Masonic hall), Dorothy (9), Bertha (8), Muriel (6), Ernest (4), Edmund (2) & Joe (5 months). It was noted on the census that Joseph & Bertha had had 10 children, only 8 of whom were still alive. Son Henry had joined the Royal Navy & at the time of the census he was aboard the HMS Isis, serving as a signal boy, at Newton Abbott, Torbay, Devon.
Joseph died on July 11th, 1911 at the age of 38 years. He was apparently accidentally knocked down by a passenger train.
Son Ernest William, a post office engineer, married Kate Catherine Coman in 1932 in Hackney Register Office, London.
The children of Joseph Thomas Stephenson & Bertha Broughton were:
s.188.8.131.52.1 Henry Langridge Stephenson born April-June 1894 at West Hartlepool, Co Durham; died Jan-March 1976 in Surrey
s.184.108.40.206.2 Thomas Frederick Stephenson born Oct-December 1895 at West Hartlepool, Co Durham
s.220.127.116.11.3 Dorothy Stephenson born Oct-December 1901 at West Hartlepool, Co Durham
s.18.104.22.168.4 Bertha Hilda Stephenson born Jan-March 1903 at West Hartlepool, Co Durham
s.22.214.171.124.5 Muriel Stephenson born April-June 1904 at West Hartlepool, Co Durham
s.126.96.36.199.6 Ernest William Stephenson born May 1st, 1906 at Alma St, West Hartlepool, Co Durham; died December 24th, 1967 at Islington, London
s.188.8.131.52.7 Edmund Charles Stephenson born April-June 1909 at West Hartlepool, Co Durham; died November 1987 at Bromley, Kent
s.184.108.40.206.8 Joe Stephenson born Oct-December 1910 at West Hartlepool, Co Durham