Mary Stephenson was the first child of George Stephenson & Jane Wade born 1813 at Aislaby & christened February 5th, 1813 at St John the Baptist, Egglescliffe.
Mary married George Wilkinson, a widower of Stockton on August 9th, 1834 at St John the Baptist, Egglescliffe. Witnesses at the wedding were Mary’s brother Joseph & sister Ann. Both Mary & George made their marks on the register. George was born February 24th, 1808 at Exeter, Devon & christened March 13th, 1808 at Bow (now Mint Meeting) or Georges Meeting House-Presbyterian, Exeter, Devon, the son of George & Sarah Wilkinson.
In 1841 Mary & George were living on the West Side of the Green, Stockton & George was a mariner. They had 3 children – George (5), Jane (4) & William (2).
By 1851 they had moved to Thistle Green, Stockton & George’s occupation was now described as a water carrier. In addition to George, an apprentice whitesmith, Jane (Ann), & William they now had Mary (9), Sarah (6), Elizabeth (4) & Joseph (2).
Mary died sometime after her last son James’ birth in 1853.
In 1861 widower George was living at 1 Portrack Lane, Stockton with children Jane Ann, William, a brass finisher, Joseph & James S (9). George was now described as seaman M.S. formerly, water vender.
There is a death recorded for George Wilkinson, aged 63, in Oct-December 1870 at Stockton.
The children of Mary Stephenson & George Wilkinson were:
s.9.1.1 George Wilkinson born c1836 at Stockton
s.9.1.2 Jane Ann Wilkinson christened October 6th, 1837 at St Thomas’, Stockton
s.9.1.3 William Wilkinson born July-September, 1839 at Stockton
s.9.1.4 Mary Wilkinson christened October 6th, 1841 at St Thomas’, Stockton
s.9.1.5 Sarah Wilkinson christened February 12th, 1845 at St Thomas’, Stockton
s.9.1.6 Elizabeth Wilkinson born March 21st, 1847, christened April 18th, 1847 at St Thomas’, Stockton
s.9.1.7 Joseph Wilkinson born Jan-March 1849 at Stockton
s.9.1.8 James Henry Wilkinson born Jan-March 1853 at Stockton