George Stephenson was the fifth child of Thomas Stephenson & Elizabeth Gibson christened May 15th, 1856 at Stokesley, Yorkshire.
In 1861 the family was living at North Side, Stokesley & George was one of 6 children.
George was still living at home at High St South, Stokesley in 1871. Brother Henry & sister Elizabeth were also at home.
George married Mary Smith in July-September 1875 at Stokesley. Mary was born c1854 at Osmotherley, Yorks, the daughter of Grace & John Smith, a flax dresser.
In 1881 George & Mary were living at 5 Northumberland Court, Bilton-cum-Harrogate, Yorks. George was a railway porter & they now had 3 children – Emily (4), Edith M (3) & Herbert (9 months).
Sadly George died at Harrogate in July-September 1882, aged 26.
In 1891 widowed Mary was living at 16 Mayfield Terr, Bilton-cum-Harrogate & was described as an electric belt maker. She was having to support their 3 children who were all at home. They had a boarder, Abraham Hewson, who was a saddler & harness maker.
Mary was still at Mayfield Terr, now number 27, in 1901. Daughter Edith, an assistant in a boot shop, & son Herbert, a pork butcher's assistant, were still living at home. Daughter Emily had died in 1898 aged 22.
Sadly son Herbert died in 1909, aged 29 years.
By 1911 Mary had moved to 24 Airlie Place, Leeds & was described as independent. Daughter Edith was still living with her & working as a boot dealer’s assistant. They had a visitor at the time of the census, Arthur Wallis, a wine merchant manager from Dorset.
The children of George Stephenson & Mary Smith were:
s.188.8.131.52 Emily Stephenson born April-June 1876 at Stokesley, N. Yorks; died July-September 1898 at Harrogate
s.184.108.40.206 Edith Stephenson born July-September 1878 at Harrogate, W. Yorks
s.220.127.116.11 Herbert Stephenson born July-September 1880 at Harrogate, W. Yorks; died Oct-December 1909 at Leeds