Benjamin Stone was the fourth child of James Stone & Eliza Woolley born at Tipton & christened October 17th, 1830 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs.
In 1841 Benjamin was living with his parents & brothers & sisters at Hall Fields, Bilston, Wolverhampton.
Benjamin was still living at home in 1851 at Old Meeting St, West Bromwich. His father had died by this time, but there were 2 brothers & 4 sisters still at home. Benjamin was an iron roller.
On February 28th, 1853 Benjamin married Amelia Hackett at the parish church of North Harborne, Kings Norton, Staffs after the reading of banns. They were both of full age & both fathers were deceased. Witnesses at the wedding were Benjamin Fletcher, Benjamin’s cousin, & his wife Ann, & William George Hourdon. Amelia was born December 12th, 1828 at Poplar & christened March 15th, 1829 at St Luke Old Street, Finsbury, London, the daughter of Martha Hatton & Joseph Hackett, a mechanic. At the time of the marriage Amelia was living at Smethwick & she was found in the 1851 census with her widowed mother Martha & younger brother Joseph at High Park Row, Smethwick where she was a dressmaker.
In 1861 Benjamin & Amelia were living at 16 Lombard St, West Bromwich & Benjamin was a sheet iron roller & Amelia a milliner. They had a son James H (7) & daughter Martha E (5).
Benjamin & Amelia (Stane in Ancestry.co.uk index) were living at Dudley Rd, West Bromwich in 1871 & Benjamin’s occupation was unchanged. The family included James, a clerk in rubber manufacture, Martha, Letitia J (9) & Miranda (3). They had a 17 year old visitor, Emily Young, who was to marry son James later that year.
By 1881 Benjamin had become a general dealer & he & Amelia were living at 19 Hill St, Stourbridge, Worcs. Still at home were Letitia, a school teacher & Miranda.
At the time of the 1891 census Benjamin was a lodging house keeper at Holdenhurst, Bournemouth, Hants. He & Amelia were living at ‘Cleeve’, Bradburne Rd with their daughter Miranda who was an assistant lodging house keeper. They had a 24 year old servant Jane Butler. Interestingly Benjamin’s older sister Hannah Bowater had also become a lodging house keeper in Holdenhurst back in 1881.
Benjamin & Amelia, both 70 years old, had left Hampshire by 1901 & were living with their daughter Miranda & her husband William Deane, a book keeper with the gas corporation, & their 3 sons. They were living at 48 Woodfield Rd, Kings Norton, Worcs & Benjamin was described as a retired sheet iron roller living on his own means.
By 1911 Benjamin & Amelia were living on their own at 45 Woodman Place, Wednesbury, West Bromwich. Benjamin was listed as a retired sheet iron roller.
Benjamin & Amelia both died in 1912, Benjamin in Jan-March, aged 81 & Amelia in April-June, aged 84.
The children of Benjamin Stone & Amelia Hackett were:
st.2.4.1 James Henry Stone
born at Lombard St & christened October 23rd, 1853 at Christ Church, West Bromwich; died April-June 1913 at Nottingham
st.2.4.2 Martha Elizabeth Stone born September 1st, 1855 at Lombard St, & christened October 21st, 1855 at Christ Church, West Bromwich; died January 20th, 1945 at 257 Ashbourne Rd, Leek, Staffs
st.2.4.3 Letitia Jane Stone born at Lombard St, & christened March 16th, 1862 at Christ Church, West Bromwich; died September 2nd, 1946, at 6 Lake Walk, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
st.2.4.4 Miranda Stone christened March 24th, 1868 at All Saints, West Bromwich; died July-September 1926 at West Bromwich