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 1897, aged 50, & was buried on August 1st, 1897 at New Linthorpe Cemetery, 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.22.214.171.124 William Henry Stephenson born Oct-December 1868 at Preston, Co Durham
s.126.96.36.199 Frederick Charles Stephenson born July 17th, 1870 at Preston Junction, Co Durham; died 1915 at Middlesbrough
s.188.8.131.52 Joseph Thomas Stephenson born July 20th, 1872 at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, Co Durham; died July 11th, 1911 at Hartlepool
s.184.108.40.206 Thomas Wainwright Stephenson born Jan-March 1875 at Port Clarence, Co Durham
s.220.127.116.11 Arthur Edward Stephenson born March 19th, 1877 at Stockton, Co Durham; buried July 20th, 1943 in Tinsley, Sheffield
s.18.104.22.168 Mary Elizabeth Stephenson christened April 13th, 1879 at Stockton, Co Durham; died Jan-March 1963 at Whitby, N. Yorks
s.22.214.171.124 John George Stephenson born Jan-March 1882 at Stockton, Co Durham
s.126.96.36.199 Dorothy Ann Stephenson christened October 14th, 1883 at Stockton, Co Durham
s.188.8.131.52 Alice Stephenson born April-June 1887 at Middlesbrough, Yorks