Zillah Stainsby was the first child of William Stainsby & Adah Stephenson born at Swine, Yorks & christened October 3rd, 1847 at Brompton-by-Sawdon, Yorks.
In 1851 Zillah was living with her parents & brothers at Westgate, Pickering. Head of the household was her grandmother, Elizabeth Stainsby, aged 77.
By 1861 the family had moved to Price St, York & with Zillah were her parents & 3 brothers & a sister.
They were still living at Price St, number 59, in 1871 but without mother Adah who had died in 1864. Zillah was now housekeeper & grandmother Elizabeth (92) was again living with them.
In July-September 1873 Zillah married Edwin Smithyes at York. Edwin was christened July 8th, 1849 at St Mary Bishophill Junior, York, the son of Sarah & Thornborough Smithyes, a painter & paperhanger..
In 1881 Zillah & Edwin were living at 47 Victoria St, York where Edwin was a painter. They had a 6 year old son George & with them at the time of the census was Elizabeth H Stainsby, Zillah’s sister, a 21 year old dressmaker. They also had a boarder, Charles Jackson (28), an engine fitter.
Zillah & Edwin were still in York at the time of the 1891 census, now living at 1 Falconer St, Holgate. Edwin was now a painter for the North Eastern Railway, & son George was also working for the NER as a joiner.
In 1901 Zillah & Edwin (Smethers in Ancestry.co.uk index) were living at 59 Russell St, Micklegate, York. Son George was still living with them & was now a railway carriage painter like his father.
By 1911 Zillah & Edwin had moved to 77 Lindley St, Holgate, York & Edwin was still a coach painter. Son George had married Isabel Berry in 1902 at York & they were living at 73 Murray St, York in 1911 & George was secretary for a friendly society.
Edwin died on March 3rd, 1918 at Dunnington, Nr York, Yorkshire. Probate was granted in York on March 22nd, 1918 to widow Zillah & son George, secretary of a Friendly Society. His effects were £293.16s.7d.
Zillah died at 5 Claremont Terrace, York on July 7th, 1920. Administration of her will was granted in York on July 22nd, 1920 to son George, a Friendly Society’s secretary. Her effects were £190.2s.6d.
The children of Zillah Stainsby & Edwin Smithyes were:
sb.10.1.1 George Smithyes born July-September 1874 at York