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James Albert Stone [st.2.5.4]

James Albert Stone was the fourth child of James Stone & Sarah Langstone born Oct-December 1866 at West Bromwich, Staffs.

In 1871 the family were living at Hilltop, West Bromwich, Staffs & James had 3 brothers.

In 1881 James was living at 18 Dudley St, West Bromwich with his parents & younger brother John B.

James married Gertrude Elizabeth Line in July-September 1890, the marriage being registered at Birmingham. Gertrude was born April-June 1868 at West Bromwich, the daughter of Elizabeth Baker & Edward Burford Line, an ironworks manager.

By 1891 James & Gertrude had a daughter Sarah E M, aged 1 month at the time of the census. At this time Gertrude & her daughter were visiting her parents Elizabeth & Edward B Line, a coal & coke merchant, at Oldbury Rd (Union Funaces), West Bromwich. James was with his father & step mother at the time of the census at 302 High St, West Bromwich. James was a tailor & draper like his father & his younger brother John, who was also at home, was an apprentice woollen draper.

Articles from the Nottingham Evening Post of May 1895 revealed a dramatic turn of affairs in the lives of James & Gertrude.  Early in that year James, a travelling tailor, had been examined by a medical man in consequence of his abnormal behaviour, & it was advised that James  should be watched.  Soon after this his wife left him, & by May 1895 James was living at 32 Lombard St, West Bromwich, employing  a 20 year old servant girl, Laura Williams.  On the morning of May 2nd, 1895 screams were heard from the house & eventually when police attended the scene in the afternoon a gruesome scene confronted them.  In one room was the body of the servant girl lying on the sofa with a bullet through her head!  Also in the room, upright in a chair, was James with a bullet wound in his head & his right eye being completely blown away.  A military carbine was found nearby - James had been a member of the Lichfield Yeomanry.  The verdict of a jury was that James had murdered the girl & then committed suicide.

Administration of James' will was granted on May 30th, 1895 to his widow Gertrude Elizabeth.  His effects were £454.1s.1d. 

In 1901 widowed Gertrude was with her widowed mother Elizabeth Line at 284 St Pauls Rd, Smethwick, Staffs. Also there was Gertrude’s daughter Mary (Sarah in last census) aged 10 & son Edward, aged 6. Gertrude’s brother William (21), a coal merchant, was also living with them.

By 1911 Gertrude had moved to 156 Vicarage Rd, Langley, Birmingham & was described as living on private means.  With her was daughter Mary (now listed as Marguaretta!) & son William (Edward in previous census), who worked as a clerk at the brewery. Daughter Mary remained a spinster.

Gertrude died, aged 82, on July 20th, 1950 at the Hallam Hospital, West Bromwich.  Probate was granted on November 1st, 1950 to her brother William Baker Line, retired colliery agent & her effects were £2,502.13s.8d.


The children of James Albert Stone & Gertrude Elizabeth Line were:

st. Sarah Elizabeth Mary Stone born March 4th, 1891 at Droitwich, Worcs; died July-September 1971 at Birmingham, Warks
st. William Richard Edward Stone born July-September 1894 at West Bromwich, Staffs; died June 2nd, 1947 at St Chad’s Hospital, Birmingham, Warks


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