William Stephenson was the third child of William Stephenson & Ann Taylor born April-June 1858 at Lythe, Yorkshire.
In 1861 William, his 3 sisters & his parents were living at Sandsend Village, Lythe where his father was a butcher. Their widowed grandmother, Sarah Stephenson, was also living with them at the time of the census.
In 1871 the family were still in Sandsend Village & all 4 children were still at home.
William married Dinah Caroline Wick in Oct-December 1880 at Whitby. Dinah was born Oct-December 1853 at Wells, Norfolk, the daughter of Harriett Marsh & Thomas Wick, an agricultural labourer.
In 1881 William & his wife Dinah were living with William’s parents at Cottage House, Lythe, & William was now a butcher like his father. William’s sisters, Hannah & Mary were also living at home.
In 1891 William & Dinah were living at St Mary’s Cottages, Sandsend Village, near Lythe & William continued to be a butcher. They had 3 children at this time – Thomas W (9), John Edward (7) & Hannah M (5).
William carried on in the butcher’s trade after the death of his father in 1891 & was listed in Kelly’s Directory of North & East Ridings of Yorks 1893 as a butcher of Sandsend.
In 1901 William & Dinah were still at Sandsend Village, now at Aldersyde. William continued to be a butcher & children living at home were Thomas, a grocer & draper’s apprentice, John, a rural postman, Hannah & Mary. Living next to William was his older sister Hannah, who was a shirt seamstress.
By 1911 William had become a postman & he & Dinah were still living at Sandsend. They had 2 daughters at home – Hannah & Mary. It was noted on the census that William & Dinah had had 5 children, only 4 of whom were still living.
Son Thomas had married Ethel Dale in 1906 & at the time of the 1911 census they were living at North View, Hinderwell, Yorkshire. They had 4 children – Ethel Marjorie (4), Kathleen (3), Edward (2) & William Arthur (4 months), & Thomas was working as a commercial traveler for a general drapers.
In 1911 son John was boarding with Eva & Thomas Cradock, a game & poultry dealer, at West Hartlepool, Co Durham. He was working as a moulder’s labourer at the Marley Works.
Dinah died in April-June 1917, aged 62, her death being registered at Whitby & William died later that year, aged 59, also at Whitby.
The children of William Stephenson & Dinah Caroline Wick were:
s.18.104.22.168 Thomas William Stephenson born Jan-March 1882 at Lythe, Yorks
s.22.214.171.124 John Edward Stephenson born Jan-March 1884 at Lythe, Yorks
s.126.96.36.199 Hannah Maria Stephenson born Jan-March 1886 at Lythe, Yorks
s.188.8.131.52 Mary Alice Stephenson born Oct-December 1892 at Sandsend, Yorks