Joseph Stephenson was the fourth child of Joseph Stephenson & Jane Carter born Oct-December 1859 at Low Worsall.
Joseph lived at home at Low Worsall until at least 1881. At the time of the 1881 census he was the only child still at home & was working as a cartwright.
By 1891 Joseph was working as a journeyman joiner & was living with Mary & Robert Johnson, a joiner, at Nunthorpe, Great Ayton, N. Yorks.
Joseph married Matilda Robson in April-June 1893, the marriage being registered at Stokesley. Matilda was born April-June 1867 at Witton-le-Wear, Co Durham, the daughter of Matilda & Benjamin Robson, a farmer.
In 1911 Joseph & Matilda were living at 3 Briggs Cottage, Nunthorpe, Great Ayton & Joseph was now described as a journeyman joiner & wheelwright. They had 4 children at home – Ethel (14), William (13), Edwin (11) & John George (7). Also with them at the time of the census was a niece Irene Howey (3) born in Sunderland. It was noted on the census that Joseph & Matilda had had 8 children, only 4 of whom were living.
Matilda died in July-September 1940, aged 73, her death being registered at Cleveland, N. Yorks.
The children of Joseph Stephenson & Matilda Robson were:
s.126.96.36.199 Ethel Stephenson born c1897 at Little Ayton, Tunstall, N. Yorks
s.188.8.131.52 Joseph William Stephenson born Jan-March 1898 at Great Ayton, N. Yorks
s.184.108.40.206 Benjamin Edwin Stephenson born July-September 1899 at Great Ayton, N. Yorks; died Jan-March 1967 at Cleveland, N. Yorks
s.220.127.116.11 John George Stephenson born Jan-March 1904 at Great Ayton, N. Yorks; died Jan-March 1952 at Cleveland, N. Yorks