Robert Stone was the fourth child of Benjamin Stone & Sarah Duffell born at Hill Top, West Bromwich & christened January 11th, 1857 at Christ Church, West Bromwich, Staffs.
By 1861 Robert’s family had moved to Monks Coppenhall, Cheshire & were living at 20 New St.
By 1871 Robert & his parents had returned to Staffordshire & were living at Birks’s Row, Knutton, Wolstanton. Robert, like his father Benjamin & brother Isaiah were all puddlers at the iron works.
Robert married Victoria Elizabeth Boulton on March 27th, 1880 at St John’s, Burslem, Staffs. Victoria was born c1852 at Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, the daughter of Elizabeth & John Bourne Boulton, a smallware dealer.
In 1881 Robert & Victoria were living at 14 Mortimer Rd, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs. With them was Florence Boulton Stone, aged 8, & described as ‘daughter’, & a 1 month old son, Abil. Robert was an iron worker. There is a birth for Florence Victoria Boulton in April-June 1872 at Newcastle-under-Lyme – presumably Victoria’s illegitimate daughter.
By 1891 Robert & Victoria had moved to 7 Gallows Tree Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme & Robert was still an iron worker. Daughter Florence V (18) was now a tailoress & Robert & Victoria had 6 more children – James (9), Isiah (8), John (7), Joseph (5), Sarah (3) & Benjamin (1).
In 1901 Robert & Victoria were living at 16 Lower St, Newcastle-under-Lyme & Robert was now described as an ironworker puddler. At home were James, a fish merchant, Isaiah, a puddler like his father, John & Joseph, both brickmakers at a quarry & Benjamin. Daughter Sarah was visiting her half-sister Florence, who had married Thomas Morley, in Stoke-on-Trent where Florence was living with daughter Sarah (3) & son Thomas (1).
Robert died, aged 51, in April-June 1903 at Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Son James married Elizabeth Davies in Stoke-on-Trent in April-June 1904. By 1911 James, still a fish salesman & Elizabeth were living at George St, Newcastle-under-Lyme with a 6 year old son James Davies Stone.
In 1911 widowed Victoria was living at 33 Lower St, Newcastle-under-Lyme where she was a shop keeper (fish). With her was Isaiah, a fish salesman, John, a brickyard labourer, Joseph, a fish salesman, Sarah, domestic servant at home & Benjamin, a brickyard labourer. Also with them were J.C. K Boulton (Victoria’s brother?), a clogger, listed as a visitor, & relatives Elizabeth Morley (5), James & Emma Connelly & their children Harold & Bernard. It was noted on the census that Victoria had had 10 children, only 8 of whom were still alive.
Son Isaiah married Maggie Maria Stevenson in Oct-December 1911 at Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Son Benjamin married Elsie May Whitfield on May 23rd, 1915 at Knutton, Staffs.
Victoria died in April-June 1927, her death being registered at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
The children of Robert Stone & Victoria Elizabeth Boulton were:
st.188.8.131.52 Florence Victoria Boulton Stone born April-June 1872 at Newcastle-under-Lyme
st.184.108.40.206 Abel Stone born July-September 1880 in Wolstanton; died Oct-December 1883 in Newcastle-under-Lyme
st.220.127.116.11 Thomas Stone born July-September 1880 in Wolstanton; died July-September 1880 in Wolstanton
st.18.104.22.168 James Stone born Oct-December 1881 at Newcastle-under-Lyme; died June 9th, 1945 at Garden House, Newcastle Rd, Stoke-on-Trent
st.22.214.171.124 Isaiah Stone born Jan-March 1883 at Newcastle-under-Lyme; died June 23rd, 1965 at 22 Belgrave Rd, Newcastle-under-Lyme
st.126.96.36.199 John Stone born c1884 at Knutton
st.188.8.131.52 Joseph Stone born April-June 1886 at Newcastle-under-Lyme
st.184.108.40.206 Sarah Stone born April-June 1888 at Newcastle-under-Lyme
st.220.127.116.11 Benjamin Stone born October 2nd, 1889 at 15 Fletcher St, Newcastle-under-Lyme; died March 22nd 1963 at 12 Silverdale Rd, Wolstanton & buried March 25th , 1963 in Newcastle-under-Lyme