Miranda Stone was the second child of Benjamin Stone & Sarah Duffell born February 6th, 1849 & christened March 18th, 1849 at Christ Church, West Bromwich, Staffs.
In 1851 Miranda & her parents & new baby brother Benjamin were living at Guns Lane, West Bromwich.
By 1861 Miranda’s family had moved to Monks Coppenhall, Cheshire & were living at 20 New St.
Miranda married Arthur Ford on September 20th, 1869 at Wolstanton, Staffs. Arthur was christened April 4th, 1847 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the son of Jane & William Ford.
In 1871 Miranda & Arthur were living at Birks Row, Knutton, Wolstanton with their infant daughter, Sarah Jane. Arthur was a collier.
Miranda & Arthur were still in Birks Row, number 7, in 1881 & with them were Sarah Jane, William A (6), Emma (4) & Thomas (9 months). Also living with them was Miranda’s brother, Isaiah Stone, & an 8 year old nephew, listed as Abel Ford. This was in fact Isaiah’s son, Abel Stone. They were living near to Miranda’s parents at number 4 Birks Row.
The family were still at Birks Row (no.6) in 1891 & Arthur was still a collier. Children at home were (William) Arthur, an iron worker, Emma, Thomas, Edward (8), Alice (6), Isaiah (4) & Ann (2).
By 1901 Miranda & Arthur had moved to 10 Arthur St, Knutton & Arthur was now described as a coal miner cutter below ground. At home were Arthur, Thomas, an ironworker roller, Edward & Isaiah, both ironworkers at mill works, Alice, Ann, Joseph (9) & Ethel (8).
The 1911 census shows the family living at 6 Platt St, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Arthur was described as a coal worker not in work. Six children were still at home, Arthur, Edward, Isaiah & Joseph were all ironworkers at the blast furnace, Alice & Annie were both charwomen. It was noted on the census that Miranda had had 12 children, but 2 had died. Daughter Ethel was working as a housemaid for the Butterworth (wholesale grocer) family in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Miranda died in Oct-December 1918 at Newcastle-under-Lyme, aged 69.
Arthur died in Oct-December 1923 at Newcastle-under-Lyme, aged 76.
The children of Miranda Stone & Arthur Ford were:
st.188.8.131.52 Sarah Jane Ford born Oct-December 1870 at Newcastle-under-Lyme
st.184.108.40.206 Arthur Ford born Oct-December 1872 at Wolstanton; buried May 20th, 1873 at St Margaret’s, Wolstanton
st.220.127.116.11 William Arthur Ford born April-June 1874 at Wolstanton
st.18.104.22.168 Emma Ford born April-June 1876 at Wolstanton
st.22.214.171.124 Joseph Ford born Jan-March 1878 at Wolstanton; buried December 16th, 1878 at St Margaret’s, Wolstanton
st.126.96.36.199 Thomas Ford born July-September 1880 at Wolstanton
st.188.8.131.52 Edward Ford born July-September 1882 at Wolstanton
st.184.108.40.206 Alice Ford born Oct-December 1884 at Wolstanton
st.220.127.116.11 Isaiah Ford born July-September 1886 at Wolstanton
st,18.104.22.168 Annie Ford born July-September 1888 at Wolstanton
st.22.214.171.124 Joseph Ford born July-September 1891 at Wolstanton
st.126.96.36.199 Ethel Ford born July-September 1893 at Wolstanton