Mary Stephenson was the first child of Joseph Stephenson & Jane Carter born 1849 at Trafford Hill & christened October 28th, 1849 at St John the Baptist, Egglescliffe.
Mary lived at home at Low Worsall until at least 1861.
In 1868 Mary married John Foord, the marriage being registered at Stockton. John was born c1847 at Settrington, Yorks, the son of Jane & Robert Foord, a farmer.
In 1871 Mary & John were living at Carlton Grange, Carlton (near Stokesley), Yorks & John was an agricultural labourer. They had a 2 year old son Robert.
By 1881 they had moved to Faceby (near Stokesley), Yorks where John was still an agricultural labourer & they now had 6 children – Robert, Jane & Anne who were 9 year old twins, Joseph (6), John William (4), & Sarah Alice (2). Also living with them were 2 ‘servants’ Edward & John Moore who were farm labourers.
By the time of the 1891 census the family had moved again, this time to Stranton, West Hartlepool, but John’s job was the same. All the above children were still at home with the exception of Jane (19) who was visiting grandparents Joseph & Jane Stephenson at Pollards Farm, Cleadon, Co Durham. Mary & John had 3 more children by this time – George (9), Nellie (5) & Laura (3).
In 1901 John & Mary were living at Running Waters, near Shadforth, Co. Durham. John was now a lime merchant & farmer. Children at home were Jane, Joseph, Sarah, George, Nellie, Laura & Fred, aged 9. Living with them was Mary’s widowed father Joseph Stephenson, aged 80, a retired farmer. They had a farm servant, Henry Moore. Living next door was son Robert, (32) who was a limestone quarryman, & his wife Elizabeth with their 2 children Gladys M (1) & Robert W (1 month). Other children found at this time were Ann(i)e, a housemaid to a ship builder in Stranton, & John, an insurance agent in West Hartlepool.
Daughter Anne married West Stapleton Richers, a railway clerk, in April-June 1902 in Co Durham.
Daughter Laura married George Alfred Gilson, a wagonman for the Cooperative store, in Oct-December 1908 in Co Durham.
Daughter Nellie married Featherstone Young Adamson in Oct-December 1909 in Co Durham. In 1911 Nellie & Featherstone, a butcher, were living at Front St, Quarrington Lane, Coxhoe, Co Durham & living with them was Nellie’s uncle George Stephenson [s.9.5.5.] who was an assistant butcher.
John & Mary were still at Running Waters in 1911 & John's occupation was given as farmer. They had 4 children still at home – sons Joseph, George & Fred were working on the farm & daughter Sarah was doing dairy work. They had a domestic servant Isabella Robson (16).
Daughter Sarah Alice married John Adamson in April-June 1916 in Co Durham.
Mary died September 17th, 1924 aged 75 years & was buried at St Cuthberts church, Shadforth, alongside her father Joseph & brother George.
John died January1st, 1927, aged 73 years at Front St, Quarrington, Co Durham & was buried alongside his wife. Probate was granted on February 25th, 1927 to West Stapleton Riches, a railway clerk & son Fred Foord, farmer. His effects were £757.14s.
The children of Mary Stephenson & John Foord were:
s.184.108.40.206 Robert Foord born 1869 at Low Worsall; died April-June 1944 in Co Durham
s.220.127.116.11 Jane Foord born April-June 1871 at Carlton in Cleveland
s.18.104.22.168 Anne Foord born April-June 1871 at Carlton in Cleveland; died Oct-December 1955 in Co Durham
s.22.214.171.124 Joseph Foord born April-June 1874 at Carlton in Cleveland; died Jan-March 1955 in Co Durham
s.126.96.36.199 John William Foord born July-September 1876 at Carlton in Cleveland
s.188.8.131.52 Sarah Alice Foord born April-June 1879 at Carlton in Cleveland; died July-September 1963 in Co Durham
s.184.108.40.206 George Foord born April-June 1882 at Faceby, Yorks; died July-September 1962 in Co Durham
s.220.127.116.11 Nellie Foord born July-September 1885 at Faceby, Yorks; died Oct-December 1863 in Co Durham
s.18.104.22.168 Laura Foord born Jan-March 1888 at West Hartlepool; died July-September 1953 in Co Durham
s.22.214.171.124 Fred Foord born April-June 1891 at West Hartlepool; died April-June 1958 in Co Durham