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Thomas Stainsby [sb.6.3]

Thomas Stainsby was the third child of Thomas Stainsby & Mary Lister born at Linthorpe & christened December 16th, 1843 at West Acklam, Yorks.

In 1851 Thomas was at home with his parents, brothers & sisters at Linthorpe, Yorks.

In 1861 he was still at home, now New Linthorpe, with his family & he was a silversmith’s apprentice.

Thomas was recorded as married to Mary Ann in the 1871 census, although no marriage record has been found. Mary Ann Corner was born c1846 at Marton, Middlesbrough, the daughter of Sarah Garnett & John Corner, a rail labourer. She had previously been married to William Henderson, the marriage having taken place in Hartlepool, Co Durham on April 5th, 1863. Mary & William had 2 children who were listed with Mary & Thomas Stainsby on the 1871 census as Mary Henderson (8) & John Henderson (4), both born in Middlesbrough. Thomas & Mary had a 6 month old son of their own, named Thomas! They were living at Surtees St, Bishop Auckland where Thomas was a watchmaker.

It appears that Thomas may have fallen foul of the law as there are 2 records pertaining to a Thomas Stainsby in the Police Gazette of 1875.  The first article in May gives the following: ‘Description of THOMAS STAINSBY, a travelling watch maker, who failed to surrender himself at Durham Quarter Session on the 4th instant, to answer an indictment found against him for larceny as a bailee; 38 years of age, 5ft.5 inches high, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, rather full, brown hair, light whiskers all round the face, and proportionate figure; he lately resided at Middlesbrough.’  The second article in July 1875 states: ‘….from which place he absconded about the 2nd ultimo; and travels about the country cleaning and repairing clocks and watches; he is well known throughout the county of Durham. Information to be given to Superintendent Thubron, Durham County Constabulary, Stanhope, who holds a warrant for his apprehension.’  An entry at Durham Quarter  Sessions in October 1875 shows a Thomas Stainsby sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for larceny as a bailee. 

What happened to Thomas after this time is unknown.

The children of Thomas Stainsby & Mary Ann Henderson (nee Corner) were:

sb.6.3.1 Thomas Stainsby born Oct-December 1870 at Bishop Auckland
sb.6.3.2 Mary Ann Stainsby born April-June 1872 at Bishop Auckland; died January 4th, 1956 at St James Hospital, Leeds
sb.6.3.3 Annie Elizabeth Stainsby born Oct-December 1873 at Bishop Auckland; died April 4th, 1939 at Brighton
sb.6.3.4 Stephen Stainsby born June 15th, 1875 at Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, N. Yorks, died 1933 at Sheffield, W. Yorks

In 1881 Mary was listed in the census as married to John Carter, born c1848 at Morley, Yorks. They were living at Lumley St, Middlesbrough where John was a general labourer. Living with them were John Henderson, also a general labourer & the children of Thomas Stainsby & Mary, namely Thomas Stainsby (10), Mary Ann Stainsby (7), Annie Elizabeth Stainsby (6) & Stephen Stainsby (5). Mary Ann & John Carter had a daughter Hannah Carter (2). Marriage records indicate that Mary Ann married John Carter on November 26th, 1883 at St John’s Church, Middlesbrough. Intriguingly Mary Ann’s surname was given as Henderson, not Stainsby!

At the time of the 1891 census Mary & John were living at 22 Albert Mews, Middlesbrough & John was still a general labourer. Mary’s son, John Henderson (24) was still living with them & he was a pipe moulder. Also living there were Mary’s son Thomas Stainsby (20), a general labourer, daughters Mary Stainsby (18), a laundry maid, & Annie Stainsby (17), a domestic servant & son Stephen Stainsby (15), a butcher. The Carter children now included Hannah (12), Joseph (9), Robert W (6), Alice Maud (5) & Violetta (3).

Mary Ann died Jan-March 1900 at Middlesbrough aged 54.

John Carter (53) remarried in 1900. His new wife was Jane Dennis, born c1865 at Pickering, Yorks. They were living at Middlesbrough in 1901 & John’s occupation was given as a chemical labourer. John’s children Robert (16), an ironworks labourer & Violetta (13) were the only family remaining at home at that time.

John’s wife Jane died in 1908 & at the time of the 1911 census John was boarding with Mary Goodwill & family at 23 Wood St, Middlesbrough.  He was now a joiner’s labourer.


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