Thomas Stephenson was the second child of Thomas Stephenson & Elizabeth Gibson christened June 20th, 1848 at Stokesley, Yorks.
In 1851 Thomas 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 & Thomas was now an apprentice saddler. Thomas’s 4 brothers & a sister were also at home.
Thomas married Ann Wainwright on December 24th, 1867 at York Register Office. Ann was born July-September 1847 at Leven Bridge, Yorks, the daughter of Mary Passman & Joseph Peter Wainwright.
In 1871 Thomas & Ann were living at 20 East St, St Thomas, Stockton & Thomas was a railway porter. They had 2 children, both born at Preston, Co Durham – (William) Henry (3) & Frederick (Charles) (8 months). Boarding with them was 17 year old Henry Wainwright, a labourer at the iron works.
By 1881 the family had moved to 13 Lawson St, Stockton & Thomas was now a railway check clerk. Children at home were William H, Frederick C, Thomas W (6), Arthur E (4) & Mary E (2).
In 1891 Thomas & Ann were living at 42 Disraeli St, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. Thomas was no longer working for the railway, but had become a boot repairer. However it was noted on the census that he was neither an employer nor employed. At home were Arthur, Mary, George (9), Dolly (7) & Alice (3).
Thomas died in July-September 1897, aged 50, at Middlesbrough.
In 1901 widowed Ann (listed as Annie) was living on her own means at 36 Hold St, Middlesbrough. With her were daughters Dorothy (Dolly) & Alice.
By 1911 Ann was living at West Brunton, Northallerton with her daughter Dorothy Ann & described as living on private means. With them was daughter-in-law Margaret Stephenson (34) who was now widowed & also living on private means. It was noted on the census that Ann had had 9 children, only 7 of whom were still alive. Sadly, widowed Margaret had had 2 children, both of whom had died.
In 1911 son (John) George was living with his brother, Arthur, & his family at 63 Raby St, Tinsley, Sheffield. George was working as a fitter at a general engineering works.
The children of Thomas Stephenson & Ann Wainwright were:
s.188.8.131.52 William Henry Stephenson born Oct-December 1868 at Preston, Co Durham
s.184.108.40.206 Frederick Charles Stephenson born July 17th, 1870 at Preston Junction, Co Durham; died 1915 at Middlesbrough
s.220.127.116.11 Joseph Thomas Stephenson born July 20th, 1872 at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, Co Durham; died July 11th, 1911 at Hartlepool
s.18.104.22.168 Thomas Wainwright Stephenson born Jan-March 1875 at Port Clarence, Co Durham
s.22.214.171.124 Arthur Edward Stephenson born April-June 1877 at Stockton, Co Durham; died 1943 in Sheffield
s.126.96.36.199 Mary Elizabeth Stephenson christened April 13th, 1879 at Stockton, Co Durham; died Jan-March 1963 at Whitby, N. Yorks
s.188.8.131.52 John George Stephenson born Jan-March 1882 at Stockton, Co Durham
s.184.108.40.206 Dorothy Ann Stephenson christened October 14th, 1883 at Stockton, Co Durham
s.220.127.116.11 Alice Stephenson born April-June 1887 at Middlesbrough, Yorks