I have decided to hold off on posting this family sketch as I am waiting for some additional collaboration with a distant family member. As soon as I feel 100% confident in what to share & what not share I will post it.
Family Letter Collection & Photos – Letters from England written toMabel & Blanche Stevenson in Lawrence, MA
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July 12 1905 Center sitting with the big bouquet is Emma Singleton, her new husband Arthur Stead is to the left. Directly behind her is her sister Elizabeth Hannah "Tannie/Fannie" Singleton, then Arthur Kaye (Eliz's future husband) then her other sister Minetta "Minnie" Singleton. To the far left sitting down are her parents John Singleton & Anne nee Stevenson, and brother Harold is sitting with her. I am not sure who the guy standing behind John & Anne is, but I suspect it is George Stevenson, Anne's brother. I am unsure who anyone on the right of Emma & Minnie are..could be the Stead Family or other relatives, but I really don't know.
Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche Stevenson in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate – includes the following letters cataloged as follows: Letter A: Dec 15 1891- Lizzie Brook LtrA-1891; Letter B: Oct 6 [1894?]- Lizzie Brook LtrB1894[Actually 1902]; Letter C: Jan 2, 1899 - Luther Amos LtrC1899; Letter D: Dec 22 1902- Lizzie Brook LtrD1902; Letter E: Feb 2 1903 - Lizzie BrookLtrE1903; Letter F: Oct 22 1903- Louise Stevenson LtrF1903; Letter G: Oct 26 1903- Squire and Amanda LtrrG1903; Letter H: Jan 10 1904 - Squire and Amanda LtrH1904; Letter I: Feb 7 1904- Louise StevensonLtrI1904; Letter J: Oct 31 1904- Louise Stevenson LtrJ1904; Letter K: Jan 24 1905- Louise StevensonLtrK1905; Letter L: Feb 22 1908 - Blanche Evelene Stevenson age 10 LtrL1908; Letter M: Dec 31 1923 - Louise Stevenson LtrM1923
Transcription of Letters:
From: Lizzie Brook 11 Greenhead Road Dec 15 1891
My Dear Blanch and Mabel,
Many thanks for the pretty things you so kindly sent us, the childs are very pleased with their hankerchiefs. I gave the calendar to mother as I know it would suit her best to hang it up where she can often see it.
I was very sorry to hear of poor Uncle, it must have been a great trouble to you all, more so to your dear mother. I don’t wonder at her not taking to send us a word, but still is just as well that we should know the word or how could we sympathize with you as we ought to do. You know best how he is, but if he’s so that he thinks or talks about us anytime, tell him that we wish to be remembered to him with much love and kind thoughts.
This is an old photo of ours. We had not one left, only a large one which hangs on the wall. This one was mother’s she has sent to you for xmas. I don’t think she would have parted with it for anyone else. I forget if it is four or five years since it was taken, but I think 4. But if all is well, we will have some more in the spring and then you shall have one.
You asked about the Kayes. I did not know anything myself, but on Friday I went to see a man Harry Hanson who was a companion of your fathers and Uncle Harry. He and Uncle Edwin went with them to Liverpool when they came out. He said he would get their address for me. He went on Saturday and saw John Kaye, who I think was pleased to hear something about Harry’s children. My husband will write them for you at the end of this letter.
Cousin Louise, Uncle Edwin’s daughter would like to write too, so perhaps you will have a like from her before long.
I hope dear cousins you will have a happy xmas. We are looking forward to it. We will have mother and father and Aunt Ada and one or two more friends. And we will think of you on that day and hope you will do the same of us. We all join in love to you both.
Leave me to remain your loving cousin,
My husband’s name is William Henry so if you put, Mrs. WH Brook 11 Greenhead Rd Huddersfield
—————-Your Uncle John’s address is as under: Mr. John Kaye 165 Halifax Old Rd Huddersfield (Yorkshire) England
—————The following addresses will find Mr. Joe Kaye: Mr. Joe Kaye Warehouseman for _____Walker __yson & Sons Stone Croft Mills__elnobridge, Huddersfield (must be Milnbridge) Or Mr. Joe Kaye
Warehouseman Near Longwood Station, Huddersfield
*Letter B Lizzie Brook From: Huddersfield 11 Greenhead Rd Oct 6 ___
The year is not noted but must be in or after 1894, because Blanche’s mother died Dec 1893. Also, the last letter is sent from the same address- this says about 4 yrs since they moved there) It is actually 1902 now that I have her daughters birth years from the census.
My dear Blanche,
I cannot tell you how truly pleased I was to receive a letter from you, but oh how sorry to hear of your mothers death. Although I never saw her only through her letters I had the greatest love and respect for her. I was quite a little girl when first she used to write to us.
You will see by the address that we have left Sowerby Bridge it is about 4 yrs since. I am so glad that your letter found us. One thing in your letter did surprise me very much, that is about your father for someone came to Uncle Charles and told him that he was dead years since. When you write again will you please tell me dear, what is the matter with him and if he is at home or where?
My mother and father left Primrose Hill about 12 yrs ago and came into the town now so we live about 5 min walk of each other which is very nice, for you know they are both getting on in life. Now they will be 75 next birthday.
I suppose you will remember about Uncle Edwin’s death, since then they have dropped off one by one. Uncle George, then Uncle Charlie, then John the youngest of them all. We thought mother was the only one left although she was the oldest.
I am so glad you still go to Sunday School. I did the same until I was married. Now I have two girls of my own and they go as scholars. My oldest will be 13 the 9th of Nov. She is called Mabel. The other one is Mary Victoria and will be 9 on the 18th of April.
I not often see any of my cousins only Uncle Edwin’s family they often come down. Aunt Ada, that is their mother, is very nice. They have two sons and one daughter, Louisa. She was learning her trade with me at the time when I was married now she has got a very good business of her own. Mellor works in the mill. Allen is a hairdresser. Uncle George’s are all married. So are Charles, except the youngest. Uncle John’s have two married and 4 at home with their mother. I have not got any pictures of ourselves at present we were taken about 4.
And now dear I hope you will write again soon and tell me what Mabel is like and then I can tell you if she is like the Stevensons. They all had a look of each other although some of them were dark and some of them light. Uncle Edwin and Uncle Charlie were what is called sandy, when I was a girl I was considered very like them but as I got older my hair went darker than theirs and now it is gray a little.
Now I must draw to a close dear hoping you will let us hear of you again before long believe me dear Blanche your loving cousin,
Letter C From Luther Amos 165 Lee St Oldham, England Jan 2 1899
Dear Blanche and Mabel,
I thank you very kindly for the pretty Christmas cards, and kind rememberances. I should have written to you and Mrs Baines sooner, but have been so buisy. I had a letter from Mr Bain’s the other day and he informed me that they all had been very sick. I hope and trust by this they are all well again.
I hear that your brother has got married. I suppose you will be very lonely without him. Dear Blanche in reference to your Aunt, I have tried my best to find out her address in Huddersfield and have seen the postmaster, but we have failed to trace her as yet. I should be very glad if you can give me anymore information about her.
I suppose you have seen the new arrival at the Baines, it is a mistake it should have been a boy. I suppose everything is going on as usual in Lawrence. I am sorry that I came home so soon from America. I could have very well stayed till Christmas. I thought I would send your Christmas presents in a newspaper, but was afraid Custom Officers would find out. I am sending a few presents to Mrs Baines and will send yours along with them when Mr Gamble comes to Liverpool for I am expecting to hear of his arrival any day. Hoping that you will like the presents when you receive them. Shall be glad if you will drop me a line or two when you have received them safe. Now dear friend I don’t know of much more to say. Hoping this may find you all well wishing you a bright and happy New Year. I remain as ever your sincere and affectionate friend,
Letter D From : Lizzie Brook 24 Willow Lane, Huddersfield (envelope Dec 22 1902)
My dear Cousins
I am sure you will think I have forgotten you but I assure you that such is not the case. We have thought and talked of you often but I have had a very busy year. My father and mother get worse as time goes on and I have more to do for them though they are wonderful for their age. I did intend writing last week but father had another bad attack with his heart so you see we were all very much upset he got up nearly a quart of blood a little comes yet but he is very much better I am glad to say.
You will see that we have changed our address we are farther away from mother but the girls go there to dinner from school so that I hear of them everyday even when I cannot go. You asked me about beefsteak pudding. Take some suet crust and line a basin with it, then cut up the steak into small pieces season with Pepper and salt put them in with a little water then put more paste to cover. Wet the edge press well to tie in a cloth boil 4 hours grease the basin first.
I hope you are keeping in good health and spirits. Mother wrote to you a while since she has been looking for a letter from you I know it would please her to hear from you. I hope uncle is no worse but better please God. Mabel & Mary join me in best love from yours very truly,
*Letter E From Squire and Amanda Haigh (To Miff? Stevenson-must be "Miss") 26 Lower Gate
Longwood, Milnsbridge, Oct 26 1903- postmark (Letter with pictures of Milnsbridge on the stationery)
I have let your Aunts and cousins have the presents you sent and they all was so pleased with them. I had your Aunt Harriet and Ada on Thursday and was glad I find Mrs Mellor only lives in Smith’s Row as near or nearer than Aunt Ada but in another way. Annie Singleton came one day last week and she brought me your letter so I arranged about the things for Mellor and Allen we sent the shaving mug and a pair of shirt sleeve elastick as I thought they were rather too old for candy and all your great cousins had a share of the chocolate there was three for each of them and I think they were all well pleased with their share.
I hope it will meet with your and Mabels approval as my husband never used one and Aunt Ada was more than pleased with the things I could not tell you how the pictures was received we went and took Clark his and they gave it a place of honour in the center of the front mantlepiece and they said they would write you. I must tell you we had the misfortune to crack one as it was very rough and it threw our bags about the state room and think that was when we got it broke. Hope you are booth well in health so I will conclude with love we remain your affectionate friends.
[I'm not really sure how or if they are connected. I found them on the 1901 census but it didn't give me any clues. 1881 Census shows he was born in 1847 born in Golcar, she was a29 b: 1852 in lindley, no children. Indexed incorrectly in 1891 Thomas Haigh is with them as his father & Sarah Dyson a22 can't figure out relationship maybe niece? .
Letter F From Squire and Amanda Haigh Jan 10 (no year? 1904) Boyd Cottage, 4 Longwood Rd
I was very pleased to hear from you and thank you for the greating card which I think very nice We where very glad of you approval of what we thought would be the best for your cousins has we did not like leaving the two out and the chocolate was very nice for the children though some of them have got very big ones and they were so pleased with them they counted four each for every second cousin so they appreciated your gift. We should have liked you to have seen them I think it would have suited Mabel very much could she have seen them and they said I was to thank you booth when we wrote you. We are having some wild wet weather just now. Remember me to Mrs Baines tell her we will see her friends when warmed weather comes has we have been very buisy since we came home and I was not feeling very well but am better again now. Give my love to your sister Mabel and accept the same yourself. I will conclude wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
Your Sincerely S & A Haigh
P.S. You will see we have removed since we came back and that has made us so busy. It was empty when we arrived so thought it best to come in to it and if ever you or your sister comes over here on a visit come and spend a few days with us and we shall be delighted to welcome you.
[I think Mrs Baines is Maria Baines born in England and living in Lawrence 1900 with husband Albert on Doyle St. Sons William A b: 1895 and Ernest b: 1898.
Letter G From Lizzie Brook 24 Willow Lane Feb 2 (no year – guess 1903?)
My dear Blanche,
We got your letter ok Thursday the 29th but did not receive the photo until this morning. We thank you very much for them. I think they are very nice indeed. I could have told which was you by the one we have of you when you were little. I should think you are most like your mother from the two picture as which we have of her. I should think Mabel is a Stevenson for the first this which struck me when I saw it at how like one of Uncle’ George’s daughter’s she was. And strange to say as soon as ever Mabel saw it before I spoke she said the same although she never saw her until xmas when Mabel was ____? And mothers Mary Ellen called to see her. Mother was glad to have your letter. I am going on this evening and will take the cards for her. My husband was going near to Aunt Ada’s today so he has taken one of yours for them but not one of Mabel’s don’t think me selfish but I really could not part with it. I am so pleased to have them. I will get some frames for them and they shall stand on the setting room mantlepiece where I can see them always.
I am sorry to tell you that mother is not very well she has a lot to do for father still think she is wonderful for her age she will be 76 on the 14th of this month. Believe me dear Blanche and Mabel, your cousin,
I will get you a fashion book and send it. You perhaps you would like to see one now that you are in it do you like it I mean dressmaking I did when I was doing it regularly but it is tedious work and I never think I should like one of my girls to take it up until now I have made everything for them but I don’t think I shall bother with best things again.
Letter H From: Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate Longwood Oct 22, 1903
My Dear Cousins,
We all thank you very much for your kindly sending presents, each had no idea Mrs Haigh was coming anywhere near you as we should have sent a message with her. I thank you for the hankerchief it is a pretty one. Aunt Harriet and mother has been this afternoon to see Mrs Haigh
They have had a long talk. Some of the pictures have got a little broken but they are very nice, it was so rough and stormy. The lather pot you gave to Mr H he has got my brother Allen a present of it as he does not shave himself. I happened to meet Mrs H the first day of their arrival and she told me they had tea with you. I told mother and we were quite delighted to think you had entertained some of our neighbors, you have had the pleasure of talking to someone that knows us well. Now I come to a little family news I thank you for your photo which we received last Christmas you said in Cousin Lizzie’s letter that you would write to me soon and I have expected a line ever since but it has come in a different manner than which I thought. Now please do write this time. Another bit of news is this, Aunt Harriet removed last easter and now she only lives 10 minutes walk from here. We see her every two ot three days, if it is fit weather she comes up to dinner or tea once a week, today she has been to dinner. It was scarcely fit but I was down yesterday and said that next time she came mother would take her to Mrs Haigh’s and she lost no time. She would have liked if Mrs H to have seen her brother just to tell her how he looked as they are the only two that are left and it is hard to tell you but Aunt Harriet has had a loss. One that will never in this world be filled, her husband Uncle James has passed away it was very peaceful and my mother went down and stayed with Aunt all night and thinking he was nicely was in the point of leaving when Aunty called “Ada Come” and he passed away quite quietly. Aunty lives alone but she is quite near cousin Edwin, he is Uncle George’s son and they have a large family so first one and then another pop in to see her and run her errands. She is not left long by herself. Aunty bears her trouble well, I have not heard her murmer once.
I mentioned in one letter that Allen my brother was to be married, now I must tell you he has had a fine son Arthur his name is., five months old. I have just got back from my holiday I have spent two weeks in the country at a large establishment about (77?) persons in altogether never have had as much fun in my life, young and old, married and single ladies and gentleman, every night we had a concert. One night we had a mock trial a breach of promise ears in which I was the lady plantiff, the gentleman defendant acted silly which caused ____ of laughters the case praceded wonderfully and the judge and council lacked quite majestic in the while shattels for wigs ladies cloaks for gowns, the plaintiff was awareded one farthing damages a cain which we do not use in payment now but one gentleman said he had one and so it came that I got damages the cain is of copper but the defendant sent it to the jeweler to have it silvered and made into a broch and I received it by post this morning.
I think I have no more news to tell. I am a lady balchelor yet. Give our united love to your brother Herbert his wife and family, love to your cousins, our best love to yourself and Mable and write soon. I conclude with kind love from Aunt Ada and myself
From Your Ever Loving cousin,
Letter I From Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate, Longwood Feb 7, 1904
My dear Cousins,
Mrs Haigh has received a letter from Mrs W Kaye and the news of uncle death seems to us rather sudden. Mother and I sympathise with you and your trouble, accept our love and kind thoughts. We wish we were nearer to you and then indeed we should feel to be able to cheer you a little, but we have one Heavenly Father who will help us to bear all our burdens. “cast your care on Him for He careth for you” He knows what is best and He will help us to make the best of what He sends.
This afternoon I have been to tell Aunt Harret, she is very thankful to hear your father is at rest and hopes you will not fret for he is better where he is. Mrs Kaye said the funeral was on the 22nd Jan if so that is the date I received your letter. Thank you very much for your kind long letter. I am pleased your brother is doing well in his new situation, kind rememberance to him, his wife and family. You said you have had severe weather? Now here we have had some frost that froze the ponds hard enough to skate for one day only and last week we had two days of rain and snow all the rest of the winter has been rain, dull and foggy I think I should like to see one of your winters, also one of your summers you have no dull atmosphere, but here it has been nothing else for 6 months at least, but I must not get into a grumbling human, for English people and especially Yorkshire folkes are noted for grumbling about the weather. You asked me to let you know if there were any of Uncle John’s. Yes, his wife Aunt Sarah Ann and 6 children, 3 of the eldest are married, Charles the youngest boy, he is married. He read your letter here last week and he was quite pleased you sent your love to any of Uncle John’s children, by the way, a man cousin Charles got to know has come to America. He gave him your address and he may give you a call. You said you may be packing up and coming to England I wish you would. Cousin Charles says he will find you a nice young man if you do, so you may find your future husband here. There’s no telling please try it. But Mrs Haigh thinks you are indespensible they cannot do without you at home. Aunt Sarah ann says your father and her and Grandfather used to play dominoes when they were young and she often said, “Now Tom I won’t play anymore because you cheat” You see Aunt S A was brought up not very far from Grandfather’s and were friendly with the family in girl and boyhood days. Now mother only saw your father about twice before he went to America. When cousin Charles had read your letter he said “Well I feel as if I would like to go see cousin Blanche” He was quite excited for a few minutes, the man he knew Mr Hirst(?) tried to persuade him to go back with him but he would not hear of such a thing, his wife also has tried often to get him to say he would like to come sometime, but he said never, and after reading yur letter we had a jolly laugh out of him, it would have done you good to have seen him. Aunt Harriet is very nicely at present. Mother has gone to Willow Lane to tell cousin Lizzie about your father. I think I have not anything more to say this time, so will conclude with kindest love and sympathy from Aunt Ada to her neices and from cousin Louise to cousin Blanche and Mabel,
You asked me for Aunt Harriet’s address: Mrs H Walker 23 Smith’s Buildings Johnymoor Hill Paddock
Should like to hear from you again as soon as you can make it convenient to write. Once again love to all Cousin Louise
Letter J From Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate, Longwood Oct 31, 1904
My Dear Cousins,
Perhaps you would like to know how we are getting along in England. In the first place Aunt Harriet has gone to live entirely with her daughter, for some time she has been gradually failing. Her little home has been taken up and I can tell you dear ___ : it is with tears I write these words there seems almost a death knel(near?) in them. We had her at our house for a month until Lizzie arranged to give up house and arrange the ____(esclia?) furniture _c. while here Aunt got up everyday but could do nothing for herself, now she cannot get up without help being entirely in bed and someone has to sit up with her. Mother stayed one night last week and I stayed last night with Cousin Lizzie. I feel very sorry for Liz(?): only her; such a lot it seems to depend on her. Today ours tears mingled together as Aunt was giving some little treasure to Mabel and Mary when I came away she pressed my hand in longing embrace thinking it may be the last time on earth tomorrow mother is going to stay again until Wed I sincerely hope time will not be long she has such funny sounds it will be a blessing when in God’s good time he finds her rest. Please excuse me not writing sooner I ought to have written when Auntie was here but I was not well. I had a week in bed then I did not pick up at all for a month after. Aunt has been at Willow Lane now _ weeks.
Dear Cousin you will think me almost selfish not to have inquired how you are before this, but I hope in all sincerity you are getting over your loss which time alone can heal you have my deepest sympathy in your trouble. I can speak through experience I have passed along the lonely road but now I do not wish my father back again in this troublesome world, yet at times I feel down, my father was a companion. I wrote to you last Jan, but having no answer I cannot tell if you got it. Please excuse ___: Lizzie for not writing she has had a peculiar year all sorts of trouble ups and downs that you and I escape being unmarried, I cannot say more on paper. My mother joins me in sending our kindest love and sometime I hope we shall see each other. Good bye for the present and may God bless you both and all.
From your ever loving cousin,
Letter K From Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate, Longwood Jan 24 1905
My Dear Cousins
Your kind and welcome letter to hand, we received the calendars and the views, they are very nice the views are splendid. Aunt Harriet is getting along very nicely on Jan 15 she was up and came downstairs to tea, it was cousin Lizzies birthday 50 years old and Aunt H will be 78 on the 14th of Feb. Today mother has gone to Aunt Ellen’s funeral she was Uncle George’s widow, 72 years old.
Some friends of ours have had relatives over from Connecticut to spend Christmas and New Year they are returning to Boston on Tuesday Jan 31st by the Sasconia (Lasconia?) I asked Alice to bring you a small present after they land at Boston they are staying in the city for a week. They will post parcel to you from B. I will give you their address and a few days after you are in possesion of it will you kindly write to Miss Turner to say if you got it allright?
The antimacasae for yourself and the table center for Mabel, if you wish to exchange each other you may. Miss Turner and her mother have been here to tea we have had a long talk which made me long to go back with them and even mother said she would not mind going. That is the first time I have ever heard mother express a wish to cross the water, when I asked mother if I should go she said wait until Cousin Blanche comes, I should not like you to stop her. By no means dear cousin I should not like to stop you, but I should like to see you and Mabel as well, kind rememberance to your cousins. I hope the one that was ill is better. I think I have nothing more to say this time. I will close with best love to Mabel and yourself from mother and your loving cousin Lousia
This is the address Miss Alice Turner East Lyme Conn Bosc 75
Letter L From Blanche Evelene Stevenson – age 10 (to Blanche-says 58 Knox Street) 6 Stoney Battery, Crsland Moor, near Huddersfield Feb 22, 1908
I hope you are quite well as it leaves us at present. This is my first letter I have written and I thought you had quite forgot us, and I am learning to play piano. But we have a vacant place for your photo on the piano. My mother made me a tea party when I was 10 and I had about thirty. We are having some very bad weather over hre. I am in standard five at school and we should be very pleased to see you. I had been wanting to send you a letter many a week. So you see we have not forgot you yet although we have been a long time in writing. It is very nice to think they have a cousin in United States of America and when any one speaks about it I always think of you. We have removed now to six Stoney Battery Nr Huddersfield So I think that is all at present from your loving cousin Blanche Evelene Stevenson
PS Father and mother sends is best love xxxxxxxxxxxx and when I have writen ones I shall write again, write back. Miss Blanche E Stevenson 6 Stoney Battery Crosland Moor Nr Huddersfield
Letter M From Louise Stevenson 4 Virginia Road Marsh, Huddersfield, Larks Dec 31, 1923
Dear Cousin Blanche
I have often thought about you and wondered how you are getting along in the world, time creeps along and we with it. I always thought you and I would see each other but it has not been possible for me for the last 14 or 16 years to think about a journey. I have had as much as I could do with mother, but last March she passed to rest at the age of 81 years and it was a well earned rest for sometime she had been very weary and 14 weeks in bed, and to feed like a baby all to do for it was a thankful release.
How are you? I am writing on the off chance of this letter finding you as we lost your address
when we removed here, you sent word over to say you would like a letter sometime ago, but you had lost our address and could not write to us, but I told the folks I had lost your address and therefore could not write. I hope you will be fortunate to get this and then I shall be very pleased to hear how you are, give my love to Mabel, also Herbert and accept much love to yourself,
A special thanks to several cousins that were found in researching this tree
and their ability to provide &/or confirm research along the way.
They are Ian Stevenson, Gary Stevenson, Janet Day & Elizabeth Greaves.
Some information has been omitted to protect the privacy of these individuals.
To see the transcripts of the letters and photos mentioned in this post click here
John Stevenson born Aug 27 1800 in Wentworth, Yorkshire, England, son of Thomas Stephenson and Susan Jackson. Christened Nov 23, 1800 in Wentworth[i]. Elizabeth was christened Nov 18 1798 in Bolsterstone, Eng dau of William Charlesworth & Mary[ii] [Marsden?]. While her birthplace locations vary on censuses[iii], it seems likely the Bolsterstone christening is most likely hers. Bolsterstone is a chapelry, pretty near to Bradfield in Ecclesfield Parish, and relatively close to Sheffield as well.
John’s birthplace notation also varies on censuses[iv]. Wentworth, as compared to Wakefield makes much more sense, especially combined with the fact that he did name a son Thomas. I wish his death record had a birth location on it, but alas, it does not[v]. If we combine these records, and their marriage records[vi] with the following document which places John Stephenson born about Aug 1800 in Bradfield, as well as Elizabeth Charlesworth b. 1798 there as well, I am comfortable saying these are the correct records.
The document dated Mar 17 1820 in the Bradfield Archives[vii] where members of the community explain why they cannot take additional people into their home informs us “John Barnes_White” cannot take anyone in to his home explains that Elizabeth Charlesworth was apprenticed to him in 1808 [age 10] & she was still with him, now 22 years of age [b.1798]. On the same document, directly under Barn’s statement, it states “Thomas Helliwell_ Bank” has had John Stephenson in his apprenticeship & he is now about 19 ½ yrs old [Calc. abt Aug 1800]. Further in the document it curiously states “William Charlesworth Edge-end” has 9 children at home 6 of whom are under 12 & one is crippled. It’s unclear if this is her father, brother, perhaps another relation or not. It seems there could be more than one William Charlesworth in the vicinity. I have not sorted them out yet.
John Stephenson married Elizabeth Charlesworth on Nov 14, 1825 in Bradfield, Yorkshire, England. They were both of Bradfield and the marriage was witnessed by George & William Barns[viii]. The ages of the John & Elizabeth in the document mentioned above, the location being Bradfield where they both resided & the fact that she apparently lived with the Barns Family & Barns men are witnesses, I feel ties all this together quite well. All records fall under the Parish of Ecclesfield[ix].
After their marriage in Bradfield & before Feb 1827, they moved about 15 miles away to Penistone where their oldest daughter Harriet was born[x]. They remained there until after Jan 1831[xi] but removed another 15 miles away to Longwood/Golcar area before 1835 when their 3rd child, Charles was christened[xii]. They finally settled in Marsh, Huddersfield before Mar 1840 when Thomas was born. John was an agricultural laborer on the 1841 census and remained so until his death[xiii]. John died Sept 27 1862 in Huddersfield[xiv] . Elizabeth died Nov 8 1873 age 75 in Lindley[xv].
John and Elizabeth had the following children:
1. Harriet Stevenson was born on 14 Feb 1827 in Penistone, Yorkshire, England[xvi], & was baptized April 15, 1827 in Penistone[xvii]. She died shortly after Jan 1905, probably Feb- March 1905 a78 in Huddersfield[xviii]. Harriet married James William Walker in the Mar quarter of 1851[xix] James was born a1826/1827 in Huddersfield,Yorkshire, England[xx]. He died in the June quarter of 1903 a76 according to BMD. In one of the letters it implies she may have had dark hair and states that she lived on Primrose Hill at one point, then moved to town[xxi]. They lived in Marsh, Huddersfield and attended Trinity Church in 1861. Census details for their family can be found here[xxii]
James and Harriet had the following children:
1. Elizabeth Hannah "Lizzie" Walker was born on 15 Jan 1855 in Huddersfield,Yorkshire,
England & baptized at Holy Trinity in Huddersfield, Eng on Mar 18 1855[xxiii].
Elizabeth married William Henry Brook in Mar 1888[xxiv]. He was born a1853[xxv].
In 1911 their residence was 24 Willow Lane[xxvi]. She probably died in the Sept
quarter of 1926 a71 according to the BMD. He probably died during the Sept
quarter of 1925 a71 according to the BMD. There letters from Lizzie to Thomas's
daughters, Blanche and Mabel, and also a picture of her & her daughters[xxvii].
Census details for their family can be found here[xxviii]. They had the following children:
1. Florence "Mabel" Brook was born on 9 Nov 1889[xxix] likely near
Sowerby Bridge, Hollins Grove[xxx]. 1911 she is a mender in woollen
2. Mary Victoria Brook was born on 28 Apr 1894[xxxii]. 1911 she is a
dressmaker[xxxiii]. I didn't find a marriage for a "Mary V." .
2. Allen Walker was born Aug 2 1852 in Huddersfield,Yorkshire, England and
baptized at HolyTrinity[xxxiv]. He is not mentioned in the letters, but he is listed
in 1871 a19 with his parents[xxxv]. He married Jane Milner in the June quarter of
1871 according to the BMD.
In 1881 they live in Marsh, her mother Hannah Milner lives with them. He died in
the March quarter of 1911 according to the BMD. She died after the 1911 census,
but there are too many deaths that could be her to determine which one from the
BMD. Census records for his family can be found here [xxxvi]
Their children per censuses:
1. David Walker b: 1872
2. Louisa Walker b: 1875 in 1911 a34 lives at home & is a rug weaver
3. Emily Walker b: 1879 m: George Henry Graham in the Sept quarter of
in 1905 per BMD
1. Lily Graham b: 1907 age 4 and with her grandmother in 1911
4. Ernest Walker b: 1880-81, in 1911 lives at home a30 & is a teaser
5. Fred Walker b: 1883
6. Arthur Walker b: 1886, in 1911 lives at home a 25 & is a band maker
7. Lily Walker b: 1890
8. Violet Walker b: 1897, in 1911 lives at home a17 & is a piercer
3. Edgar Walker was baptized May 9 1858 Holy Trinity, Huddersfield[xxxvii]
2. George Stevenson was born Jan 4, 1831 in Penistone; his christening was Jan 30 1831 in
Penistone[xxxviii]. George married Ellen Bray in the Sept quarter of 1853 per the BMD. Ellen was b: 1834 in Crofsland Hill[xxxix]. He died in the Sept quarter of 1891 according to the BMD. She died Jan 1905 age 72, and funeral was Jan 24, 1905[xl]. On the 1891 census George is listed as paralyzed through a stroke. This & other census details for George’s family can be found here[xli]. A possible picture of George can be seen here.
They had the following children per censuses & select records:
1. John William Stevenson was born on Feb 8 1854 Paddock, Yorkshire & bpt
Mar 18, 1855 Holy Trinity[xlii].
1. Leah Ellen Stevenson, born Mar 2 1879, dau of John William
& Martha, Stone Pit Hill Smith[xliii]
2. Martha Elizabeth Stevenson was born Sept 14, 1856 & bpt. Mar 22, 1857 Holy
Trinity in Marsh, Hdrsfld, Yorkshire, England[xliv]. Married in the Mar quarter
of 1881 Walter Brook[xlv] I didn't find them in 1891.
3. Edwin Stevenson was bapt. Aug 25, 1861 Holy Trinity in Marsh, Hdrsfld,
Yorkshire, England[xlvi] He married during the March quarter of 1882 Ann
Howe b: 1862 Almondbury. He has a large family[xlvii]. Per research of descendant
Gary Stevenson - Edwin & Ann had:
1. Ellen Stevenson b: 1883 Lockwood
2. Albert Stevenson b: 1885 m: Jun 2 1906 Annie Mosby b: 1887.
Albert & Annie had:
1. Ernest Stevenson b: 1913 d:1915
2. Nellie Stevenson b: 1907
3. Norman Stevenson b: 1908-1990 m: Lena Day
4. Jack Stevenson b: 1912-1973 m: Ethel Schofield 1915-1981
5. William "Bill" Stevenson b: 1914 d: 1956 m: Apr 29, 1939
Mary Sewell b: 1919
6. Elizabeth (Betty) Stevenson b: 1917-1983 m: Norman Gaunt
7. Doris Stevenson b: 1920
8. Silvia Stevenson b: 1922 (1925-2001) m: Fred Moorhouse
9. Albert E Stevenson b: 1923 d:1924
3. Mary Stevenson b: 1891
4. Herbert Stevenson b: 1896
5. Nora Stevenson b: 1899
4. Ann Helena Stevenson was born Mar 27, 1864. bpt Jan 8, 1865 Holy Trinity in
Marsh, Hdrsfld, Yorkshire, England[xlviii]. Ann married Dec 23, 1893 John Dyson
b: Aug 5, 1864 Moorfield lodg[xlix].
Per research of Janet Day, a descendant, they had:
1. Edith Dyson b: Sept 4, 1895
2. Alice Dyson - b: Oct 25 1896 Rashcliffe, Lockwood d: Dec 14, 1941.
She married Sept 2 1922 Fred Whitwam b: Mar 31, 1895 d: Oct 29 1962.
1. Geoffrey Whitwam b: Jan 1924 m: Dilys
2. Dorothy Whitwam b: Oct 5, 1926
3. Emma Dyson
4. Doris Bower Dyson
5. Hilda Dyson m: Tom Bradley
6. James Dyson
1. Kenneth Dyson
2. Shirley Dyson
5. Harriet Stevenson was bpt in June 7, 1868 Holy Trinity in Marsh, Hdrsfld,
6. Mary Ellen Stevenson was bpt June 6, 1869 Holy Trinity in Marsh, Hdrsfld,
7. Sarah Ann Stevenson bpt Apr 28, 1872 Holy Trinity in Marsh, Hdrsfld, Yorkshire,
3. Charles Stevenson was born about 1835 in Golcar, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England[liii].
He was Christened Jun 7, 1835 Longwood[liv]. Charles m: Elizabeth Clark Armitage during the Mar quarter of 1857 according to the BMD. Elizabeth was born in 1835 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England[lv]. He had “sandy” hair[lvi]. He owned a grocery/bar/inn on Marsden Rd. named Britannia Hotel. He died Mar 1895[lvii]. Census details for his family can be found here[lviii].
They had the following children per censuses & select records:
1. Anne Stevenson was born in 1859[lix]. Anne married John Singleton in the March
quarter of 1877 according to the BMD. John was born 1854[lx]. I have photos of the
Singletons. They can be found on her father’s census details in 1881 & 1891, others are
They had the following children per censuses & select records:
1. Emma Singleton was born in 1879 married Arthur Stead b: Oct
1879, s of Thom. Stead & Amelia Rowbottom in 1901 & 1911 they lived
on Marsden Rd[lxii]. I have pics of Emma & Arthur's wedding on July 12,
1905. She died Jan 18 1961 in Blackpool England[lxiii]. The 1891 census
says he & his father are blacksmiths and they live on Marsden Rd just down
the road from the Singletons. Emma owned a bakery at her residence at age
49 in 1928 at 636 Burnley Rd.,Whitewell Bottom, Waterfoot, Rossendale,
Lancashire, England. She lived there btwn July 1928- July 1960.
Per research of Elizabeth Greaves their children include:
1. Female living in 2010
2. Male living in 2010
3. John Stead b: 1907
4. Harry Stead b: 1910
5. Edgar Stead d. 1977
2. Minnetta "Minnie" Singleton was born about 1880/1881.I have a postcard
photo of her. I didn't find a marriage or death on bmd. She possibly died
in Blackburn a54 Mar 1944 according to the BMD, but the age is 10 years
3. Elizabeth Hannah "Tannie/Fannie" Singleton was born in 1885. She
m: Dec 1908 Arthur Kaye b:1884. While it appears on the surface that the
Arthur Kaye she married could be Arthur William Kaye b: 1879, professor
of music who lived on her street (Marsden Rd Lockwood) in 1891 & 1901,
the only known child of George Kaye & Ann, who was a well-respected
professor of music (1901, 1911 census) in Huddersfield specializing in violin
& string orchestra Huddersfield String Orchestra, this theory is incorrect. The
1911 census indicates there are two different men named Arthur Kaye,
and the Prof of music is with his parent and single, while Elizabeth &
Arthur are married and have a child in 1911. I believe Elizabeth's husband
was more likely Arthur Kaye born 1884 in Lockwood grandson of Ephraim
& Margaret Kaye, listed in 1891 & 1901. In 1911[lxiv] he is an Assistant
Headmaster with Elizabeth Hannah, later he was headmaster at a school on
Venn St in Huddersfield. A living descendant of the Singleton line, told
me they moved to live in Heysham, Lancastershire & that Elizabeth died
Jan 1963 age 78 in Lancaster.
Per research of Elizabeth Greaves, Elizabeth & Arthur had:
1. Edna Kaye b: 1911 4mo at census, probably died Mar 1919
a7 in Huddersfield
2. George Kaye
3. Gladys Kaye
4. Harold Singleton was born in 1890. He he does appear to be 15 in the
wedding pictures & seems much younger, but it is him. A living descendant
of the Singleton line, told me Harold married Alice Wightman & that
he died Feb 1926.
Per research of Elizabeth Greaves their children include:
1. Dorothy Singleton b: Jan 1924 m: Albert Collins on 5th June
1943 & Arthur Kaye gave her away at her wedding as her dad
had died when she was young. Albert Collins had been a pupil in
Arthur's school, he was born May 16, 1920 and died Dec 7, 2005. Dorothy died Aug 4, 2001 age 77.
2. Clarke Stevenson was born in 1860 & m: Emma Whitley in the Dec quarter of
1881[lxv]. Emma was b: 1859. Their family census details are here[lxvi].
They had the following children per censuses:
1. Mary Elizabeth Stevenson was born in 1881
2. Lucy Stevenson was born in 1891
3. Norman Stevenson was born in 1894
3. Agnes Stevenson was born in 1862
4. Emily Stevenson was born in 1872 in Lockwood, Yorkshire, England.
5. Wybert Stevenson was born in Sept 1873 in Lockwood, Yorkshire, England.
Per the BMD Wybert m: Mar 1893 Martha Ellen Burley. She had a sister Eliz Ann
Burley living with them in 1901. Hannah Burley was a boarder with them in 1911.
Martha was born in 1875. He died Dec 1938 in Wharfdale according to the BMD. Whybert’s family census details are here[lxvii].
Wybert and Martha had the following children from the BMD & select records:
1. Wybert Stevenson was born in 1900. m: Clarice Yeadon Mar 1923
in Wharfdale per the BMD.
2. Blanche Eveline Stevenson was b: 22 Nov 1897/Dec 1897 per the BMD
& censuses. I have a letter & photo of her. She married Fred Slater in
Sept 1921 in Wharfdale per the BMD.
6. George Stevenson was born in 1877 in Lockwood, Yorkshire, England. George
was living with his sister Anne Singleton in 1901 per census. "All are married except
George" in 1902 according to Letter B in the compiler’s collection. Didn't find him
in 1911 - too many but zero in Huddersfield, too many on bmd too. As for BMD
births there are two possible, probably
George b. June 1877 in Huddersfield, but not sure.
4. Edwin (Edward) Stevenson was born about 1836/1837 in Quarmby, Yorkshire, England. He was Christened Nov 5 1837, Longwood[lxviii]. He died “first of all of them” in June 1891[lxix]. Edwin m: Ada Dyson in the December quarter of 1864 according to the BMD. She was bor a1842 in Salendine, Yorkshire, England and died in Mar 1923 at 81 according to Letter M in the compiler’s collection. Letter B states he had sandy colored hair. Census records for his family can be found here[lxx].
They had the following children:
1. Emily Stevenson was born in 1867 in Marsh, Huddersfield, Yorkshire,
England and baptized Dec 20 1874 Holy Trinity[lxxi] She died before age 14
as she is not on the 1881 Census. She probably died in 1872 according to the BMD.
2. Mellor Stevenson bpt. Oct 3, 1869 Holy Trinity in Marsh, Huddersfield,
Yorkshire, England[lxxii]. In 1901 he is still at home with mother Ada.
3. Louisa Stevenson was born in 1873. Letter M in the compiler’s collection which is
written by her, proves that she died after 1923, and as of that date had not married.
4. Allen Stevenson was bpt Dec 20 1874 Holy Trinity[lxxiii]. In 1901 he is still at
home with mother Ada. He m: Lucretia Wrigley after 1901 and they had the following
children according to the 1911 census & the letter from Louisa:
1. Arthur Wrigley Stevenson b: 1903.
5. Thomas Stevenson was born on 17 Mar 1840. Bpt Jan 1 1843 Holy Trinity[lxxiv].
6. John Stevenson Jr. was b: July 22 1847 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England and baptized
Aug 29, 1847 Holy Trinity[lxxv]. He died before Oct 1902 according to Letter B. John married
Sarah Ann Sedgwick (Shedgwick) daughter of Charles Sedgwick and Charlotte (Stocks?).
Couldn't find marriage on BMD at first, but it's probably the marriage of Sarah Ann
Sedgwick Mar 1870 in Huddersfield that seems like the husband's name is missing. Sarah was born in 1850 in Marsh, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. She died after 1904 as she is mentioned in Letter I. John is said to have had dark hair in Letter B. Sarah Ann stayed with her mother on Derby Place in 1871, but is married. Joe Stevenson is listed as son of her mother's, but must be grandson at 10 weeks old. Letter I also states Sarah says Thomas cheated at dominoes. Notes for John’s family’s censuses can be found here[lxxvi]. A possible picture of John can be seen here.
John and Sarah had the following children:
1. Joseph Stevenson was born in 1871 in Marsh, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
and baptized Apr 30, 1871 Holy Trinity[lxxvii].
2. Charlotte Stevenson was born in Sept 1872 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
and baptized Sept 1, 1872 Holy Trinity[lxxviii]
3. James William Stevenson was born in Dec 1874 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire,
England and Baptized Bpt Nov 11, 1877 Holy Trinity[lxxix]. He died a20 in the Dec
qurater of 1895 per BMD.
4. Charles Stevenson was baptized Nov 11, 1877 Holy Trinity[lxxx] He died Nov 20,
1917 in the Great War, killed in action, private, 2/6th battalion, no widow listed
(Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 findmypast.co.uk & there is an image
of the letter to his wife). He is mentioned in one of the 1904 letters. He married
Feb 1, 1902 Lucy Pugh dau of John [deceased]. On the 1911 census he is 33 m: 9ys
plasterer, she is 34 born in Beshope Castle Salop. They live at 6 Denby Place.
1. John Stevenson b: Feb 1911 age 6 weeks on census.
2. Arthur Stevenson b: Jan 1 1916, bpt Feb 13, 1916 Holy Trinity[lxxxi]
3. Frank Stevenson b: Dec 9, 1913
5. Rose E. A. "Lizzie" Stevenson was born in the Sept quarter of 1879 in Huddersfield
6. Edith Stevenson b: Dec 20, 1882 bpt: Feb 4, 1883 Holy Trinity Huddersfield[lxxxii]
7. Ada Stevenson was baptized Oct 30, 1890 Holy Trinity Huddersfield[lxxxiii]
7. Allen Stevenson was baptized Jan 1, 1843 in Holy Trinity, Huddersfield[lxxxiv] . He died Apr 20, 1843 a20 weeks Holy Trinity, Huddersfield[lxxxv]
Copyright Amylynne Baker-Santagate, NHGenealogist.com
[i] John Stevenson Birth Holy Trinity Baptisms, Wentworth, England, Doncaster Archives Doc Ref# P55/1/A5, John Stephenson born Aug 27 Bapt Nov 23 1800 son of Thomas Stephenson, Taylor, Elsecar; England Births & Christenings, 1538-1975 via FamilySearch.org John Stephenson b. Aug 27 1800 Chr Nov 23 1800 son of Thomas Stephenson & Susan, Batch C10802-3 Film 919383 [no image online]; Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, St Mary’s Church Thomas Stevenson & Susannah Jackson Marriage Jan 9 1797 witnesses Hannah Allott & Stephen Jackson
[ii] Elizabeth Charlesworth Birth England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 via FamilySearch.org Elisabeth Charlesworth chr Nov 18 1798 Bolsterstone, York, England dau of William Charlesworth & Mary _______ Batch C10631-2 Film 919294 [no image online]
[iii] John & Elizabeth Census Records 1841 UK Census, Marsh, Huddersfield Under "Stevenson" John age 40 Agiricultural Laborer Elizabeth 40 Harriet 14 Woolen Piecer, George 10 Woolen Finisher, Charles 6, Edwin 4, Thomas 1, 1851 UK Census Huddersfield Cross Farm, Marsh, Huddersfield. Later known as Cross Lane Under "Stephenson" John a50 Outdoor Laborer Born in Wentworth, Betsey a50 Bradfield, George a20 Cloth Dresser Penistone, Charles a15 Cloth Dresser Golcar, Edwin a13 Mill Worker Quamby, Thomas a11 Marsh, John a3 Marsh; 1861 UK Census Huddersfield Marsh, Huddersfield , Cross Lane, Trinity Church Under “Stephenson”, John a61 Farm Laborer b: Wakefield, Elizabeth a63 Bradford, Edwin a23 Woolen cloth finisher Huddersfield, John a13 Huddersfield; 1871 UK Census Huddersfield Huddersfield, Marsh, Stone Pit Hill, Trinity Church, no specific date in 1871 Under “Stephenson” George a40 Finisher b. Sheffield, Ellen a37, Cropsland Hill, John Wm a17 Engine Tender Paddock, Martha Elizabeth a14 Piecer Marsh, Edwin a10 Scholar Marsh, Annn Helena a7 Scholar Marsh, Harriet a4 Scholar Marsh, Mary Ellen a2 Marsh, Elizabeth a73 Sheffield (This is the widow of John);
[iv] See John & Elizabeth Census Records for 1851 & 1861
[v] Death of John Stevenson - Huddersfield Deaths John Stevenson, male, 62y Farmer, Bronchitis, x marked by Thomas Stevenson Present at the death Marsh, Huddersfield, Sept 27 1862 Jonathan Brook Registrar
[vi] Marriage of John Stevenson & Elizabeth Charlesworth - St John The Baptist Penistone Marriage Banns – John Stephenson of this parish & Elizabeth Charles Worth in the Chapelry of Bradfield 1st time Oct 30, 2nd time Nov 6, 3rd time Nov 13 1825;Ecclesfield Chapter Bradfield, York, 1825 marriage John Stevenson & Elizabeth Charlesworth, both of this parish, Nov 14 1825, Witnesses: George Barnes & William Barns; England Marriages, 1538–1973 via FamilySearch.org Nov 14 1825 Bradfield, England John Stevenson & Elizabeth Charlesworth [no image] Batch# M00712-2, England, Film # 919295, also Batch 104078-4 England Film# 1647406
[vii] Bradfield Archives Bradfield Document dated March 17 1820 – John Barnes –“to show cause that he should not take an apprentice says that he had Elizabeth Charlesworth bound to him in the year 1808 and that she is now only about 22 years of age-----“ http://www.bradfieldarchives.co.uk/
[viii] See Marriage of John Stevenson & Elizabeth Charlesworth
[ix] See Marriage of John Stevenson & Elizabeth Charlesworth
[x] See Christening of Harriet Stevenson
[xi] See Christening of George Stevenson
[xii] See Christening of Charles Stevenson
[xiii] See John & Elizabeth Census Records 1841 1851 1861
[xiv] See Death of John Stevenson
[xv] Death of Elizabeth Stevenson Lindley, St. Stephen, Yorkshire Death Records Elizabeth Stevenson, Nov 8 1873
[xvi] Birth of Harriet Stevenson Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate See Letter E: Feb 2 1903 - Lizzie Brook LtrE1903; see also James & Harriet Walker Censuses
[xvii] Christening of Harriet Stevenson England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 via FamilySearch.org Harriet Stephenson dau of John Stephenson & Elizabeth Charlesworth chr. Apr 15 1827 Penistone, York, England Batch 102339-0 Film# 6359000 [no image]
[xviii] Death of Harriet Stevenson Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate See Letter K: Jan 24 1905- Louise Stevenson LtrK1905; England Wales Death Index via FamilySearch.org Harriet Walker d. 1905 a78 Page 256 Vol 9A Reg Quarter 1 Line# 178
[xix] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate See Letter E: Feb 2 1903 - Lizzie Brook LtrE1903; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
[xx] See James & Harriet Walker Censuses
[xxi] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate See Letter B: Oct 6 1894- Lizzie Brook LtrB1894 [actually 1902]
[xxii] James & Harriet Walker Censuses: 1851 Census: Cross Lane, Marsh, Huddersfield James W Walker 24 cloth dresser, Harriot Walker a24; 1861 Census: Huddersfield, Marsh, Marsh Junction Road, Trinity Church, no specific date in 1861 James Walker a34 Woolen Cloth Finisher B: Huddersfield, Harriet Walker a34 Penistone, Allen Walker a9 Scholar Huddersfield, Elizabeth Walker a6; 1871 Census: Primrose Hill - St Stephens, John Wm Walker 44 Harriet Walker a44, Allen Walker 19 Plummer & glazier, Elizabeth Walker a 16 Apprentice dressmaker 1881 Census: Almondbury - can't read address James Wm Walker 54 Woollen Warehouseman, Harriet Walker a54, Elizabeth Walker a26 Dressmaker; 1891 Census: West Ward 98 South St. St Thomas Church James W Walker 64 Retired Wooler, Harriet Walker a64; 1901 Census West Ward of Huddersfield, St Thomas James W Walker 74 bread baker, Harriet Walker a74
[xxiii] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate Letter K: Jan 24 1905- Louise Stevenson LtrK1905; Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, but record lists mother as Hannah instead of Harriet.
[xxiv] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate Letter A: Dec 15 1891- Lizzie Brook LtrA-1891; BMD Index http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
[xxv] See William Brook & Elizabeth Hannah Stevenson Censuses.
[xxvi] See William Brook & Elizabeth Hannah Stevenson Censuses.
[xxvii] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate
[xxviii] William Brook & Elizabeth Hannah Stevenson Censuses 1891 Census in Sowerby Bridge - Hollins Grove William H Brook 38 cashier, Elizabeth Hannah 36, Florence Mabel 2; 1901 Census Greenhead Rd Huddersfield William H. Brooke 48 Book keeper, Elizabeth a46, Florence M. a12 b: Sowerby Bridge, Mary V. a7 b: Sowerby Bridge; 1911 Census 24 Willow Lane Huddersfield William henry Brook a58 b:1853 Retired cashier in Woollen mill b: Marsh, Elizabeth Hannah " a56 b:1855 housekeeper b: Marsh, Florence Mabel a22 b: 1889 Mender of piecer b: Sowerby, Mary Victoria a17 b: 1894 Dressmaker b: Sowerby;
[xxix] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate See Letter B: Oct 6 1894- Lizzie Brook LtrB1894 [actually 1902]
[xxx] 1891 Census in Sowerby Bridge - Hollins Grove, William H Brook 38 cashier, Elizabeth Hannah 36
Florence Mabel 2
[xxxi] See William Brook & Elizabeth Hannah Stevenson Censuses - 1911
[xxxii] See William Brook & Elizabeth Hannah Stevenson Censuses – 1901; Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate See Letter B: Oct 6 1894- Lizzie Brook LtrB1894 [actually 1902]
[xxxiii] See William Brook & Elizabeth Hannah Stevenson Censuses - 1911
[xxxiv] Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Allen Walker son of James William walker & Harriet b. Aug 2 1852, bapt Mar 10 1852
[xxxv] See James & Harriet Walker Censuses; See Allen & Jane Walker Censuses
[xxxvi] Allen & Jane Walker Census Records -1881 Census – Marsh Allen Walker 30,,Jane 31, David 9, Louisa 6, Emily 2, Earnest 5 mo, Hannah Milner 54 mother-in-law hawker of oat bread, 1891 Census Marsh Allen Walker 40 chimney sweep Jane a41, David a19 scutcher (cotton), Louisa a14 weaver (woollen), Emily a2 Carpet cutter, Earnest a10, Fred a8, Arthur a5, Lily a1;1901 Census Marsh Allen Walker 50 Chimney sweep, Jane a50, Louisa a24 Carpet Weaver, Emily a22, Earnest a20 Rope maker, Fred a18, Arthur a15, Lily a11, Violet a4; 1911 Census 40 Longroyd Lane Huddersfield Jane Walker Widow 60 b: 1851, Louisa 34 b: 1877 rug weaver single, Ernest 30 b: 1881 teaser & Woollen Mill single, Arthur 25 b: 1886 band maker single, Violet 17 b: 1894 piecer single, Lily Graham 4 grand-daughter b: 1907 (must be Emily's daughter)
[xxxvii] Birth of Edgar Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society
[xxxviii] Birth & Christening of George Stevenson England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 via FamilySearch.org George Stephenson son of John Stephenson & Elizabeth Charlesworth b. Jan 4 1831 chr. Jan 30 1831 Penistone, York, England Batch C04248-1 Film# 558344, 558345 [no image]; see also John & Elizabeth Census Records & George & Ellen Stevenson Census Records
[xxxix] See George & Ellen Stevenson Census Records
[xl] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate: Letter K: Jan 24 1905- Louise Stevenson LtrK1905
[xli] George & Ellen Stevenson Census Records - 1861 Census Huddersfield, Marsh, Cross Lane, Trinity Church, no specific date in 1861, Under “Stephenson” George age 30 Wool Finisher B: Penistone, Ellen a26 Almondbury, John W a7/9? Scholar, Huddersfield Martha E a4, Edwin a3 mo; 1871 UK Census Huddersfield Huddersfield, Marsh, Stone Pit Hill, Trinity Church, no specific date in 1871 Under “Stephenson” George age 40 Finisher B: Sheffield, Ellen 37 Cropsland Hill, John Wm 17 Engine Tender Paddock, Martha Elizabeth 14 Piecer Marsh, Edwin 10 Scholar, Ann Helena 7, Harriet 4, Mary Ellen 2, Elizabeth 73 Sheffield (This is the widow of John); 1881 Census Cross Lane George 50 Cloth finisher b: Penistone, Ellen 46 b: Huddersfield, Edwin 19 Mechanic, Harriett 16 woollen, Mary 12 scholar, Sarah Ann 9 scholar; 1891 Census Cross Lane George 60 b: Penistone no occ - "paralyzed through stroke", Ellen 56, Harriet 24, Mary E 22, Sarah A 19, 1901 Census Ellen Stevenson a68 Widow Eliza Farrington a59 Boarder Parish relief
[xlii] Birth & Christening of John William Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, John William son of George & Ellen b: Feb 8 1854 Mar 18, 1855 Marsh F: Cloth Finisher
[xliii] Christening of Leah Ellen Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson Stevenson, Leah Ellen dau of John William & Martha Mar 2 1879 Stone Pit Hill Smith
[xliv] Birth & Christening of Martha Elizabeth Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stephenson, Martha Elizabeth dau of George & Ellen b: Sept 14, 1956 bpt: Mar 22, 1857 Marsh F: Cloth Finisher
[xlv] BMD Index http://www.freebmd.org.uk/; also see 1881 Census
[xlvi] Christening of Edwin Stevenson – son of George Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stephenson, Edwin son of George & Ellen Aug 25, 1861 Marsh F: Cloth Finisher
[xlvii] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate - Ltr1903
[xlviii] Christening of Ann Helena Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stephenson, Ann Helena dau of George & Ellen Jan 8 1865 Marsh F: Finisher
[xlix] Per further information supplied by a living descendant- contact the compiler for additional information
[l] Christening of Harriet Stevenson, dau of George Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stephenson, Harriet dau of George & Ellen June 7, 1868 Marsh F: Cloth Finisher
[li] Christening of Mary Ellen Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stevenson, Mary Ellen dau of George & Ellen June 6 1869 Marsh F: Cloth Finisher; Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate- LtrE1903; LtrB1894-1902
[lii] Christening of Sarah Ann Stevenson, dau of George Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stevenson, Sarah Anne, dau George & Ellen, Apr 28, 1872 Marsh F: Cloth Finisher
[liii] See Charles & Ann Stevenson Census Records
[liv] Christening of Charles Stevenson – June 7 1835 Longwood familysearch.org Batch 102336-8, Film 6358920
[lv] See Charles & Ann Stevenson Census Records
[lvi] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate LtrB-1894/1902
[lvii] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate ‘LtrB-1894/1902; Also see BMD
[lviii] Charles & Ann Stevenson Census Records 1861 Census Lockwood, (S?)udd Cliffe, Miln Bridge, St. Luke’s Church Under “Stephenson” Charles 25 Woolen Cloth Dresser B: Golcar, Elizabeth 25 Huddersfield, Anne 2 Scholar, Clark 1 Lockwood, Mary Wilkinson (visitor)23 (married) Huddersfield, William “ 1 Lindsey; 1871 Census Lockwood, Huddersfield, Briarly Wood Rd., St Lukes Under “Stevenson” Charles 35 Grocer B: Huddersfield, Elizabeth 35, Anne 12 Scholar Lockwood,
Clark 11, Agnes 9; 1881 Census Lockwood, Marsden Road, Huddersfield, St Lukes, Under “Stephenson”
Charles 45 Grocer & Inn Keeper B: Golcar, Elizabeth 45 Huddersfield, Clark 21 No occ , Agnes 19 Bar maid at Inn, Emily 9 Scholar, Wybert 8, George 6? , John Singleton (son in law) 27 Cloth Miller Paddock, Anne Singleton (Stephenson) 22 Lockwood , Emma Singleton 2 Minnetta Singleton 7 mo; 1891 Census Lockwood, Marsden Rd, Huddersfield, St Lukes Under “Stevenson” Charles Head 56 Grocer B: Golcar, Elizabeth 56 Huddersfield, Emily 19 Weaver Lockwood, Whybert 17 Cloth Dresser, George 14 Unemployed, Neighbors—Singleton: John Head 37 Cloth Miller Paddock Annie 32 Lockwood, Emma 12 Scholar, Minnetta 10, Elizabeth 6, Harold 1
[lix] See John & Ann Singleton Censuses
[lx] See John & Ann Singleton Censuses
[lxi] John & Ann Singleton Censuses 1901 Census (on same page with Clarke Stevenson) Marsden Rd, Lockwood, Huddersfield, Milnsbridge, St Luke John Singleton 47 Cloth Miller B: Paddock, Annie 42 Lockwood, Emma 22, Minnetta 20, Eliz Hannah 16, Harold 11, Eliz Ann (Niece) 22 Weaver Paddock, Geo Stevenson (bro) 24 ? Crosland Moor; 1911 Census 21 Marsden Rd Lockwood John Singleton 57 Scourer, Anne 52 indexed as married 4 yrs obviously incorrect, Harold 21 Bootmaker, Minnetta 30 Mender; see also Charles & Ann Stevenson Census Records
[lxii] Arthur & Emma Stead Census 1911 Census 15 Marsden Rd Lockwood Thomas Stead head widower 68 Blacksmith, Arthur son m: 4yrs 32 Blacksmith, Emma wife 32 (dau in law), John 4 (grndson), Harry son 1 (grndson)
[lxiii] Death of Emma Stead – Blackpool, England Death Records
[lxiv] Arthur & Elizabeth Hannah Kaye Census 1911 Census 154 Barton Rd Crosland Moor Lockwood
Arthur Kaye 27 b: 1884 Assistant Schoolmaster married 2 yrs., Elizabeth Hannah 26 b: 1885, Edna 4mo
[lxv] BMD Index http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
[lxvi] Clark & Emma Stevenson Censuses 1891 Census Marsden Rd Lockwood Clark Stevenson 31 Cab proprietor, Emma 32, Mary Elizabeth 9 Lucy 7mo, 1901 Census (on same page with John Singleton) Marsden Rd, Lockwood, Huddersfield, Milnsbridge, St Luke, Clarke Stevenson 41 Tower? ?ouier Carp? B: Huddersfield, Emma 42, Mary Eliz 19 Cotton ?, Lucy 10, Norman 7
[lxvii] Wybert Stevenson Censuses 1901 Census Marsden Rd. Lockwood, Huddersfield, , Milnsbridge, St LukeWybert Stevenson 27 Cloth Presser B: Huddersfield, Martha Ellen 26, Blanche Eveline 3, Whybert 11 mo Eliz Ann Burley (?-law) 1911 Census - 6 Stoney Bakery Lockwood Huddersfield Whybert Stevenson 38 b: 1873 Cloth presser married 18 years, Martha Ellen 36 b: 1875 Blanche Evelyn 13 b: 1898 Doffer Worsted Whybert 10 b: 1901, Hannah Burley boarder 20 b:1891 burler; Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate Letter L: Feb 22 1908 - Blanche Evelene Stevenson age 10 LtrL1908, also have picture of her
[lxviii] Christening of Edwin Stevenson – Nov 5 1837 Longwood, York, England Batch# 102336-8, Film 6358920 FamilySearch.org
[lxix] Edwin Stevenson Death, Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate LtrB1894-1902 ;also BMD
[lxx] Edward/Edwin & Ada Stevenson Census Records 1871 Census Huddersfield, Marsh, Derby Lane, Trinity Church, no specific date Under “Stephenson” Edward 33 Plasterer B: Quamby, Ada 29 Salen Line Nook, Emily 4 Marsh, Meller 1; 1881 Census Warren Rd, Longwood, Yorkshire – Need Original copyUnder “Stevenson” Edward 43 Woolen Cloth Dresser B: Lindley, York, Ada 39, Mellor 11Scholar, Louisa 8, Allen 6; 1891 Census Longwood Edwin 53, Adah 49, Mellor 21 Woolen Cloth Dresser, Louisa 18 Dress maker, Allen 16 Hair dresser assistant, 1901 Census Lowergate, Longwood Ada Stevenson 59, Mellor 31 Work laborer, Louisa 28 Dress maker, Allen 26 Hair dresser
[lxxi] Christening of Emmily Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Emmily dau of Edwin & Ada Dec 20, 1874 F: Cloth
[lxxii] Christening of Mellor Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stephenson, Mellor, son of Edwin & Ada, Oct 3, 1869, Marsh, F: Cloth Dresser
[lxxiii] Christening of Allen Stevenson, son of Edwin Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stevenson, Allen son of Edwin & Ada Dec 20, 1874 Marsh Denbigh Fields F: Cloth Finisher
[lxxiv] Christening of Thomas Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society, Stephenson, Thomas, son of John & Elizabeth, Jan 1, 1843, Marsh, F: Farmer
[lxxv] Birth & Christening of John Stevenson, son of John Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, John, son of John & Elizabeth b: July 22 1847, Aug 29, 1847, Marsh Farmer
[lxxvi] John & Sarah Stevenson Censuses 1871 Census: Derby Place, Marsh, Huddersfield, Trinity The Shedwicks: Charlotte Shedwick 58 Laundry Huddersfield, John 26 Cloth Miller Marsh, Sarah Ann Stephenson 21 Dress Maker “ Sarah Sedgewick 5 Liverpool (grnddaug), Joe Stephenson 10 wks Marsh (says son) , Neighbors: Joseph Whitwham 25 Painter Almondbury, Elizabeth 24 Huddersfield (Charlotte's sister?), Thomas 1; 1881 Census: Cross Lane, Marsh Huddersfield, HolyTrinity, John Stevenson 32 Plaster B: Huddersfield, Sarah Ann 31, Joe 10 , Charlotte 9, James Wm 7, Charles 3, Rose E.A. 1, Neighbors: Joseph Whitwham 35 Painter Almondbury, Eliz 33 Marsh, Caroline 6, Charlotte Sedwick 67, Sarah 14 Mender Liverpool; 1891 Census _____by? Fields Rd, Marsh, Huddersfield, Holy Trinity John Stevenson 43 Plasterer Huddersfield Sarah A 42 Charlotte 18 Weaver Charles 13 Errand Boy Rose E.A. 11 Edith 8 Ada 7 mo; 1901 Census Marsh St. Marsh, Huddersfield, Trinity Sarah Ann Stephenson Widow 51 all B: Huddersfield, Charles 23, Lizzie 21, Edith 18, Ada 10, John Sedwick (brother) 54/57? , Keatuce “ (cousin) 13
[lxxvii] Christening of Joseph Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, Joe, son of John & Sarah Ann, Apr 30 187, Marsh
[lxxviii] Christening of Charlotte Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, Charlotte, dau of John & Sarah Ann, Sept 1, 1872, Marsh
[lxxix]Christening of James William Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, James William, son of John & Sarah Ann, Nov 11, 1877, Denby Place Plasterer
[lxxx] Christening of Charles Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, Charles, son of John & Sarah Ann, Nov 11, 1877, Denby Place Plasterer
[lxxxi] Birth & Christening of Arthur Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, Arthur, son of Charles & Lucy b: Jan 1, 1916, bpt: Feb 13, 1916 43 Broomfield Rd F: Plasterer
[lxxxii] Birth & Christening of Edith Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, Edith, dau of John & Sarah Ann b: Dec 20, 1882 Feb 4, 1883, Denby Fields Plasterer
[lxxxiii] Christening of Ada Stevenson Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stevenson, Ada, dau of John & Sarah Anne, Oct 5, 1890, Denby Place Plasterer
[lxxxiv] Christening of Allen Stevenson, son of John Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield Index of Baptisms 1819-1934 by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society Stephenson, Allen, son of John & Elizabeth, Jan 1, 1843, Marsh, F: Farmer
[lxxxv] Death of Allen Stevenson, son of John Holy Trinity Index of Burials by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society - Stephenson, Allin, Apr 20, 1843, 20weeks
Copyright Amylynne Baker-Santagate, NHGenealogist.com
Surname Saturday - Thomas Stevenson (1840-1904) & Pheobe Ann Sharpe (1843-1893) of Huddersfield, England & Lawrence, MA
I'd like to thank my Aunt Phyllis (Stevenson) McGuirk who started this research many years ago and passed on so many treasures to myself and other family members.
This has truly been a collaborative effort.
Thomas Stevenson was born on 17 Mar 1840 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Eng& baptized Jan 1 1843 at Holy Trinity, Huddersfield, England [i]. Thomas married Phebe Ann Sharpe daughter of David Sharpe and Elizabeth Scatchard on 12 Apr 1866 in Lawrence, Ma[ii]. Phebe was born on 29 Oct 1843 in Dracut, Ma[iii]. She died on 11 Dec 1893 in Lawrence, Ma of Nephritis[iv]. He died on 20 Jan 1904 in Lawrence, MA; the cause of death was Gangrene & Paresis[v]. They were buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, Ma[vi]. Their grave is unmarked, but they are with her mother Elizabeth (Scatchard) Sharpe who is marked. As you enter the main cemetery entrance from the traffic circle, pass the office on the left, & follow the road to the right that parallels the town street to the top of the hill. It is on the right near a tree, almost directly across from the caretaker's building which is on the town street[vii].
Family tradition & several family letters from the turn of the century offer a few clues to his life[viii]. One letter implies Thomas came to America with his best friend Henry "Harry" Kaye and they married sisters. [see endnote “Family Letter Collection” - LtrA-1891] The former has not been confirmed and is probably a little off in its implication, [see notes below], but the latter is correct. Another interesting note passed down to the compiler from earlier research of Phyllis (Stevenson) McGuirk, and likely gained through an interview with Ida Kaye, the daughter of Henry Kaye whom she knew, states that Thomas Stevenson had a hobby involving pigeons, spoke in thee's & thou's, & at one time, perhaps in England as a boy, went to the stables & open the gates so that all the horses would be free.
Immigration & naturalization records for Thomas Stevenson at NARA in Waltham held a few interesting but puzzling things. It had been known prior to this that according to the 1901 Census, he had arrived about 1863 verses 1860 which was once thought. The passenger index card did not show a ship and it was still in question as his birthday said Mar-17-1861, when it should have been Mar-17-1840. It also referenced two consecutive record #’s for the Salem Court house for his naturalization, which was weird. The information on the card was as follows: Soundex code S315, Thomas Stevenson 3-17-1861 Born in England (might have said Yorkshire), England to Lawrence, Superior Criminal Court, Salem, Ma, naturalization date10-27-1874, Cert. # 24-404 see also 24-403.
The court papers were pulled by the NARA office and they made copies for me, but their copies were copies and were not especially clear, plus were missing the first page of the documents. So, they had to be obtained from the courthouse. First, it appears there were two Thomas Stevenson’s naturalized that same day, one right after the other, both were from Lawrence and both arrived through the port of New York. One spelt his name with a “v” and the other with a “ph”, but as we have seen before spelling didn’t mean too much at the time, & they had to be sorted out to be able to confirm which Thomas was ours.
Cert# 24-403: From Lawrence, Essex County Court, Court date: First Monday of October 1874
“Thomas Stevenson”, Residence Lawrence, No birthday or birthplace is listed for him, Arrived via the port of New York, Year of arrival is “about 1845”, “Court of ? pleas for the city and county of New York 18 Dec 1848, States he has lived in Lawrence more than 1 year, Denounces Queen Victoria, Signed “Thos. Stephenson”; Pg 2: Witnesses by Robert Bower & Edward Roston, Again his name is written “Thomas Stevenson” twice, Signed “Thomas Stephenson”, Sworn and admitted Oct 20 1874
New copies show: This copy is the same as what I had except the date of arrival is added as the 8th of Dec 1848. But, it could be 18th of Dec. The copy is yucky and there is another page that clearly says he arrived in NY on Dec 18, 1848 per the State of New York, but then is signed the 8th of Dec so who knows, and who cares, he isn’t ours. Our Thomas would only be 8 yrs old in 1848.
Cert# 24-404 From Lawrence, Essex County, Court date: First Monday of October 1874, “Thomas Stevenson”, From Yorkshire England, Birthday March 17 1841 (easy to see where it could be viewed as a 6 & transcribed incorrectly on his card, but it’s a 4 and still 1 yr off), Arrived Port of New York on June 7, 1864, Began petition on the First Monday of October in 1868, Denounced Queen Victoria, Signed “Thomason Stevenson”: Pg 2: Witnessed by William Ingleson and Nathan Binns, Who said they have known him since June 7th 1864, Signed Thomas Stevenson, Sworn and admitted Oct 27, 1874
New copies show: This set of copies says everything the first set does, but the year of birth is clearly 1841 (which is one year off, but definitely not 1861 as it is on the original microfilm index card). Then there are several other papers which repeat the same info and indicate he first applied on Oct 17, 1868 noting “Pemberton Corp, No 18” which absolutely clinches it. Even though on the 1868-69 Directory it lists him at No 16, I feel this is close enough given everything else.
There is no doubt the one with the birth of Mar 17 “1861” in Yorkshire is ours, but more info is helpful. Thomas’s witness, William Ingleson is noted as working at Pemberton in the Directory of Lawrence in 1868-9, clearly working with Thomas. In 1868-9 Nathan Binns was a “shoemaker, 17 Jackson, house do.”
There doesn’t seem to be of a connection besides the inferred friendship. Our Thomas is the only Thomas Stevenson or Stephenson listed in the 1868-69 Directory-Thomas Stevenson “Pemberton, house 16 Pemberton Corp.”
Unfortunately, I didn’t look up Harry Kaye while at NARA to see if he had any papers. Harry would be Nara roll M265-133 Kas--Keefe, M. An arrival date for him that matched Thomas’s June 7 date would help narrow down the definite ship and confirm they actually came at the exact same time.
In the meantime, the next step was to find Thomas and Henry “Harry” Kaye on a passenger list together arriving to New York from Liverpool. Previously a search of Boston arrivals had turned up nothing, but New York was now a new lead. A soundex search of all Stevensons arriving on Jun 7 in any year, I found on only one Thom Stevens B: 1837. This is not ours. On a soundex search for all Henry Kayes and Thomas Stevensons, printing both lists and comparing, I find none on the same ship on the same day from 1850-1869. It is important to say though the record on Ancestry are not complete lists of all passengers into NY, but it seems to that the most likely listing of our Thomas thus far is:
Name Arrival Date Birth Yr Gender Port of Departure Place of Origin Destination Ship
Thos Stephenson 3 Jun 1864 1840 Male Liverpool, England Great Britain US Virginia
This arrival is only 4 days off from what his NA papers say. I looked at each original page and no Harry/Henry Kaye was listed on the ship. It is possible the letter which states both were dropped off together in Liverpool, refers to a later trip home & return by Thomas & Henry together. We know Thomas must have visited home at some point because there is a photo of him with two of his brothers together c1871-73 & it is clear they didn’t come here. The trip would have to have been well before 1891 from letters because those in England actually thought he had died in about 1885 and were surprised he was alive in 1891.The trip would have to have been before they thought he died but after his original trip here. [See endnote “Family Letter Collection”]
Upon looking further, it is possible Henry originally arrived in America one year later on a different ship as the following record was found, but a search of the NA papers would need to confirm.
Henry Kay 23 Oct 1865 1837 Male Liverpool, England Great Britain Great Britain City of NY
Just to put this whole time period in the social context of the time – it is curious is that he would choose to arrive when the nation was at war with itself. Some know, but we’ll recap a brief history. Obviously, it was much more involved & complicated than this small simple summary. I’m not citing anything here because really this should all be common knowledge. In the event you want to know more about this time in history there are numerous resources available, some more bias than others.
The North (Union Soldiers) & South (Confederate Soldiers) had been at war since just before Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 because southern states raged a rebellion against the Nation declaring themselves “The Confederate States of America”, basically so they could have continue to have slaves & do what they wanted. The Confederates decided to seize United States forts in located in “their” newly claimed territory. Lincoln attempted a peace treaty with them, but this failed. There was no other choice but for a war to be declared. It was after all, (& is still) the largest display of treason in American history. (I don’t sugar coat history, I’m from the North). The Confederates banked on Europe interfering on their behalf if war was declared because the cotton grown there was economically important to both the South & Europe. However, Europe resisted involvement. Flash forward a sad & bloody year & a half later on Sept 1862, Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves as of Jan 1 1863.
March 3, 1863, the year prior to Thomas’s arrival, the Union needed more men despite the small size of the Confederation and enacted a draft lottery for all male citizens 20-45 years of age, but those who could pay $300 could purchase a substitute. At the time the Confederation only originally encompassed 7of the 34 states. The original 7 were: SC, MS, FL, AL GA, LA & TX, four additional states joined as the draft was instituted - they were: VA, AR, TN, & NC. West Virginia was actually admitted to the Union as a separate state in Jun of 1863, as they did not want to be part of the rebellion and split off from VA.
Anyway, back to the draft, the Northern people understood a draft was necessary but were really annoyed with the loophole for the rich that Congress had implemented and complained "The blood of a poor man is as precious as that of the wealthy". It was completely unfair to the poor. Many were drafting off the docks in NY City. They were practically demanding new immigrants sign intentions of citizenship literally the second they got here so they could be drafted. The Irish were extremely vulnerable to all of this being so poor and many signed their lives away. What added to that was that blacks were not considered citizens, so they were exempt from the draft. This & the large number of blacks that were relocating north seeking a free life were intimidating to many northern whites. Apparently, some wanted blacks to be free, but to live somewhere else…(Nice.. yes, that is sarcastic…)
Piled on top of that growing resentment was the media inciting the public with comparisons which put a value of 300.00 whites & 1000.00 for blacks. Eventually this all started to tear rifts among the people of NYC. Mid July 1863 brought with it a horrific 5-day anti-draft riot in New York City. Sadly between 100-150 adults & children, most of whom were African American, were murdered; over two million in arson & other damages were caused before Union Soldiers regained order.
The truth is 180,000 African-Americans both free & “runaway” slaves volunteered for the Union, and 40,000 of them died in service (http://www.history.com/topics/african-american-soldiers-in-the-civil-war) . They were not treated equally just because the Union was finally(barely) trying to do the right thing. African Americans received sub-standard conditions, significantly less pay, and were given the crappiest & most dangerous positions.
Eventually the Confederation fell. The date of that has been up for debate for 149 years so I won’t go there except to say it was about 1865. Apr 15 1865 the US Flag was raised over Fort Sumter, SC and Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford’s Theatre. 650,000-850,000 lives were lost in the Civil War due to battles, disease & other causes directly relted to it according to a recent study (http://www.civilwar.org/education/higher-number.html) 50,000 survivors return home as amputees.
So, back to the curiosity as to why he would choose to arrive when the nation was at war with itself, well, despite all that was going on in the Civil War, simultaneously, the Industrial Revolution was about three decades into its establishment in America and was on a trajectory of great growth. Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, where Thomas was from, was very much a centered on the textile industry and considered one of the best manufacturing locations in the world. No doubt Thomas forged his textile training there, but had dreams of making a new & better life for himself in the growing American market.
The dreams of building a better life in America had begun at its conception, but we may ever know if what Thomas found was actually what he was envisioning. I tend to doubt it was. Mill work was exhausting, dangerous & definitely not lucrative in the American Dream sense.
Thomas worked at the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, MA which had been rebuilt by the time he arrived because on Jan 10 1860 it had collapsed out of the blue due to poor iron construction. After the collapse, a fire from a lantern held by rescue workers was created on top of it. 88 people were killed and several hundred injured. The mill, at the time, had over 900 people in it. A New York Times article about the disaster published Feb 16 1860, but copied from the London Times Jan. 30, can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/1860/02/16/news/the-fall-of-the-pemberton-mill.html. There is a monument in honor of the victims in Bellevue Cemetery and there was also a one woman play by a Grammy nominated actress, Sharon Kennedy, about this disaster. It focused on one family by the name of Callahan; mother, father and 3 daughters all working in the mill.
It appears that about 1890-91 Thomas must have taken ill as he disappears off the directory, and it is mentioned in one of the letters from 1891 that he is not well. At the time there was a very large Typhoid Epidemic and it is entirely possible this, or a stroke had started his demise, but sadly it seems more likely it could have been something else. His best friend Harry/Henry died Jan 30 1891 of Posterior Sclerosis of the Spine [aka tabetic neurosyphilis]. Thomas’s own death certificate in Lawrence states he died at Cottage Hospital in Lawrence on Jan 20 1904 after being there 2 years. His former residence is listed as 14 Knox St. He was 63 years old, & widowed. His primary cause of death was Gangrene of Bowels & contributed to by “Paresis”, which was usually a partial paralysis due to neurosyphilis. He was buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, Man, an Operative, born in England, parents born in England (no names).
Cottage Hospital, according to the Lawrence Historical Association & an article from 1953 was adjacent to the Alms House and on early maps was labeled "Insane Asylum". In 1953 it was known as the Bessie M. Burke Memorial Hospital. I believe it was closed in 1982, but had been in litigation for at least a decade. It was located at the end of Marston past the highway, almost directly across the street from where Thomas’s son Herbert lived in 1903 & my grandfather was born. That address was 123 Marston St. The hospital was on the right before the beginning of Ferry which would be on the left.
Many textile employees ended up "lost" or ill after being worked so hard all their lives. The deteriorating health of mill workers was epidemic in proportion at the time, leading right up to the big Bread and Roses strike organized by women in 1912, well after Thomas’s death It was unprecedented in a couple ways. First, it was led by women, and it brought together 25 different nationalities in a united front for improved wages and conditions. The popular name titled "Bread and Roses Strike" originated because some women carried signs which "We Want Bread And RosesToo!"
Prior to Thomas Stevenson’s death he was listed on the 1900 US Census in the Alms House, near Ferry & Marston Streets. He is listed as an “Inmate”, b. Mar 1840, age 60, widow, b. England, parents born Ireland which is incorrect, Immigrated in 1863, here 38 years, and was naturalized. At this same time, after Phebe died & Thomas had taken ill, their son Herbert lived on Bunkerhill St. a few blocks away, & their daughters are found living in the family home with their cousins, children of Henry Kaye (1836-1891) & Catherine Sharpe (1839-1882) & their half siblings, children of Henry Kaye & Elizabeth Platt (1850-1893). See Sharpe blog for more details on the Sharpe & Kaye Family - This will be posted about Feb 9 2014.
1900 Census – 14 Knox St. Lawrence, Ma – June 2, 1900
Blanche Stevenson Mar 1874 26 MA Eng MA (Can’t read?)
Mabel A “ Aug 1882 17 “ “ “ Woolen Mill-mender
Grace A Kaye Jul 1870 30 “ “ Eng “ -tacker
Emma L “ May 1874 26 “ “ “ “ -tacker
Arthur B “ May 1884 16 “ “ “ Salesman
Ida H “ Jun 1886 13 “ “ “ At School
Thomas & Phebe had the following children:
1. Herbert John David Stevenson was born on 10 Jan 1870[ix]. He died on 29 Apr 1941[x].
2. Charles Stevenson was born on 3 Nov 1871 & died on 3 Nov 1871[xi].He was probably buried inBellevue Cemetery, but he is not listed on the cemetery record[xii].
3. Blanche Evelyn Stevenson was born on 27 Mar 1873[xiii].
Blanche married Arthur Sargent between 1920-1930[xiv]. They did not have children. In 1930 they lived on East Haverhill St in Lawrence, but doesn't come up on ancestry.com search
as it is indexed under "Saogut"[xv]. He was a plumber. In 1920, she is with Mabel
& David McGowan at 58 Knox St. in Lawrence[xvi]. [See endnote “Family Letter Collection”]
She died on 27 Oct 1940[xvii].
4. Henry Stevenson was born on 2 May 1877 & died on 20 Jul 1877[xviii]. He was buried in
Bellevue Cemetery (unmarked)[xix].
5. Mabel Annie Stevenson was born on 17 Aug 1882[xx]. Baptized Dec 1 1882[xxi]. Died about
1967[xxii]. Mabel married David H. McGowen of McGowen's Pharmacy on 137 Newbury St in Lawrence on Sep 4 1907[xxiii]. 1910 David & Mabel lived on Newbury St with David's mother Jane[xxiv].
Mom remembers going to her home in Lawrence, she thought when David had died and Mabel gave his clothes to her father, which they were very glad to have. She says they went on the bus from Malden but doesn’t remember the ride back so maybe they got a ride as she doesn’t remember lugging the clothes on the bus. Mum says it was a 2 story, maybe 3 on Knox St. Lawrence, Ma. David McGowan did not die until after 1953 according to the Lawrence City Directories, but likely died before 1960 as I can't find it on the Massachusetts Death Index. In 1920 Mabel is married to David McGowen & lived at the Knox St residence in Lawrence, Ma. McGowan's Pharmacy was at the intersection of Newbury & Elm St according to period maps and local advertisements.
Obituary of Mabel McGowen
(The date is not marked on original copy I have in my Nanna’s scrapbook but was about 1967)
“Mrs Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen, 30 Francis St, Brookline died Monday night at her home following a long illness. Mrs McGowen was born in Lawrence 85 years ago and made her home at 58 Knox St until 1960 when she moved to Torrington, Conn to live with her daughter. She was the widow of David H. McGowen who operated the McGowen Pharmacy at the corner of Newbury & Elm St for many years. Mrs McGowen attended Grace Episcopal Church when a Lawrence resident and was chairman of the church fair committee for 21 years. She was a member of the Greater Lawrence Girl Scout Council for 36 years and served on the board of the YMCA for nine years. She was a member of the Lawrence and Brookline's Women's Republican Clubs and attended the Church of Salvation, Brookline. She was the mother of the late Phebe Mumby.
She is survived by a daughter Blanche, wife of Lawrence Leland, with whom she made her home [In CT first then Brookline]. The funeral services will be held Thursday in Grace Episcopal Church at 1pm with Rev Charles A Shields, rector officiating. Burial will be in Bellvue Cemetery. Friends may call at the McAuliffe Memorial, 137A Lawrence St. today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.” [See endnote – “Death of Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen”]
Mabel and David McGowen had the following children:
1. Blanche Crosbie McGowen was born on 6 Oct 1909[xxv]. Blanche married
Lawrence Leland[xxvi]. They did not have children. She sent me a little stuffed pink
kitten when I was born. I still have it in my keepsake stuff.
2. Pheobe Rosamond McGowen was born on 3 Jun 1914[xxvii]. Pheobe married
Clinton Mumby on 22 Dec 1943[xxviii]. She died on 18 Dec 1944 in childbirth[xxix].
They had the following children:
1. infant boy Mumby was born on 18 Dec 1944. He died on 18 Dec 1944[xxx].
[i] Thomas Stevenson Birth Sources: 1841 Huddersfield, England Census; 1851 Huddersfield, England Census; 1870 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1880 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1900 US Census Lawrence, MA; Thomas Stevenson Death Record, Lawrence, MA- Jan 20 1904; Thomas Stevenson Naturalization Papers Cert# 24-404, Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”; Holy Trinity Records, Huddersfield, Eng., baptized Jan 1 1843.
[ii] Thomas Stevenson & Phebe Sharpe: Marriage Record, Lawrence, MA, Apr 12 1866, both of Lawrence, MA, he is a wool sorter a26 born England, she is 22 no birthplace named, first marriage for both, son of John & Elizabeth, dau of David Sharpe, married by Rev Geo. Packard, Episcil. Clergyman; Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[iii] Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”; Dracut MA Birth Record-“Phebe Ann Sharp” on Oct 29 1843, dau of David Sharpe, manufacturer, & Elizabeth
[iv] Phoebe A. (Sharpe) Stevenson Death Record- Lawrence, MA, w. of Thos., Dec 11, 1893, 49y2m, Nephritis, 15 Knox, born Dracut, MA, Parents David Sharpe & Elizabeth Tallersfield [this is incorrect-that was her grandmother’s name], both born England; Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[v] Thomas Stevenson Death Record, Lawrence, MA- Jan 20 1904, Cottage Hospital, a63, male, white, widowed, b. England, parents “unknown” both born England, Operative, Informant: Blanche E. Stevenson, buried Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, MA on Jan 22 1904, Undertaker W.W. Colby of Lawrence, MA, last illness from Jan 13 1904 to Jan 20 1904, Primary Gangrene of bowels, contributory Paresis, signed by George L. Black, Forner residence 14 Knox St, 2 years at place of death;
[vi] Bellevue Cemetery Records, Lawrence, Ma
[vii] Personal Visit to grave location- Bellvue Cemetery, Lawrence, MA
[viii] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate – includes the following letters cataloged as follows: Letter A: Dec 15 1891- Lizzie Brook LtrA-1891; Letter B: Oct 6 1894- Lizzie Brook LtrB1894; Letter C: Jan 2, 1899 - Luther Amos LtrC1899; Letter D: Dec 22 1902- Lizzie Brook LtrD1902; Letter E: Feb 2 1903 - Lizzie Brook LtrE1903; Letter F: Oct 22 1903- Louise Stevenson LtrF1903; Letter G: Oct 26 1903- Squire and Amanda LtrrG1903; Letter H: Jan 10 1904 - Squire and Amanda LtrH1904; Letter I: Feb 7 1904- Louise Stevenson LtrI1904; Letter J: Oct 31 1904- Louise Stevenson LtrJ1904; Letter K: Jan 24 1905- Louise Stevenson LtrK1905; Letter L: Feb 22 1908 - Blanche Evelene Stevenson age 10 LtrL1908; Letter M: Dec 31 1923 - Louise Stevenson LtrM1923
[ix] HJDS Birth “Herbert J. Stevenson” 10 Jan 1870 in Lawrence, Ma, son of Thomas & Phebe of Lawrence, fa: Operative b. England, mo: b. MA via Familysearch.org; also see US Censuses in Massachusetts- 1870, 1880, 1900 (Lawrence), 1910 (Norfolk), 1920, 1930 & 1940 (Everett); Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – Prior to 1985 in the possession of Marion Stevenson (Sr) dau of Herbert J.D. Stevenson - current location unknown: Births: Thomas Stevenson Mar 17 1840; Phebe Ann Sharpe Oct 29 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Jan 10 1870; Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871; Blanche Evelyn Stevenson Mar 27 1873; Henry Stevenson May 2 1877; Mabel Annie Stevenson Aug 17 1882; Blanche Crosbie McGowan Oct 6 1909; Phebe Rosamond McGowan Jun 3 1914; Marriages: Thomas Stevenson and Phebe Sharpe April 12 1866; David H. McGowan and Mabel A. Stevenson Sept 4 1907; Clinton J. Mumby and Pheobe R. Mumby (nee McGowan) Dec 22 1943 Deaths: Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871;Henry Stevenson July [20 1877?]; Blanche Stevenson Sargent Oct 27 1940; Pheobe R. Mumby & son Dec 18 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Apr 29 1941; Alice Ramsden Mar 3 1926; Phyllis added: Thomas Stevenson Jan 20 1904; Phebe Stevenson Dec 11 1893.
[x] HJDS Death 29 Apr 1941 in Everett, Ma; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[xi] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”
[xii] Bellevue Cemetery Records Office, Lawrence, MA – Stevenson/Sharpe Family Plot.
[xiii] Blanche Evelyn Stevenson Birth - Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”; Blanch E. Stevenson Birth Lawrence, MA on Mar 27 1843, dau of Thos & Phebe, Operative, b. England, mo. b. Dracut
[xiv] Marriage of Blanche Stevenson & Arthur Sargent between 1920-1930 – Family Knowledge
[xv] 1930 US Census Lawrence, MA, East Haverhill St. ancestry.com indexed under "Saogut", try going through familysearch.org
[xvi] 1920 US Census - she is with her sister Mabel & David McGowan at 58 Knox St. in Lawrence, MA.
[xvii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”
[xviii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”
[xix] Bellevue Cemetery Records Office, Lawrence, MA – Stevenson/Sharpe Family Plot, but unmarked.
[xx] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”; Mabel A. Stevenson Birth Record- Lawrence, MA Aug 17 1882, dau of Thomas & Pheobe, 14 Knox St, Operative, fa. B. England, mo. b. Dracut, Mass
[xxi] Grace Episcopal Church Records, Lawrence, MA- it shows Mabel Annie’s baptism as Dec 1 1882, and right under it, it shows a daughter, Emma Lillian, Henry Kaye and Catherine’s daughter on Dec 24 1882 . Also Thomas and Phebe are witnesses for an Ella May Weinhold, baptized on May 1, 1881, daughter of Charles and Mary E Weinhold. They must be friends, no relative connection that I know of, Mary E. Weinhold's maiden name was Naylor.
[xxii] Death of Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen – via Mildred Gladys Stevenson Scrapbook – now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate has a clipping of the obituary but no newpaper name or date- it does say she was 85 years old & lived in Brookline at the time. Lived in Lawrence until 1960; also family knowledge in general places her death around the time of my birth and the Massachusetts Death Index confirms.
[xxiii] Marriage of Mabel Stevenson & David H. McGowen Lawrence, MA on Sep 4 1907, both a25, he resided at 179 Newbury St., a Druggist, she resided at 58 Knox St., son of David McGowan & Jane Crosbie, dau of Thomas Stevenson & Phebe Sharpe, by Rev. Arthur W. Moulton; See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxiv] 1910 US Census, Lawrence, MA - Lived on Newbury St with David's mother Jane
[xxv] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxvi] See endnote – “Death of Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen”]; and Family Knowledge
[xxvii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxviii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxix] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxx] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
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Herbert John David Stevenson (1870-1941)
& Alice Phebe Ramsden (1877-1926)
of Lawrence & Everett, MA
Note: I have much more on their descendants however many are living so they are not included here. Feel free to write to me if you are one of them though
Herbert John David Stevenson was born on 10 Jan 1870 in Lawrence, Ma[i]. Herbert married Alice Ramsden daughter of Robert Peel Ramsden and Ellen Louisa Wright on 19 Oct 1898 in Lawrence, Ma[ii]. Alice was born on 18 Oct 1877 in Newton, Ma[iii]. She died on 3 Mar 1926 in Boston Ma and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma[iv]. He died on 29 Apr 1941 in Everett, Ma[v]. He was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma[vi].
Herbert grew up at 14 Knox St. (later they changed the street # to 58) in Lawrence,. I believe the house is between Cornish & Berkley Streets on the left if coming from Cornish to Berkley. He is listed on the Lawrence Directories on Knox St from 1888-1891[vii]. Alice & Herbert moved to Bunker Hill Rd in Lawrence shortly after getting married lived there for a few years until briefly moving to 136 Marston St. Lawrence, Ma. They relocated to Chelsea, MA by 1904, 1909 finds them in Brookline, Ma and by 1920 they are in Everett, MA[viii]. The 1924 Everett Directory finds his son Edward T. having “removed to Malden”, Herbert J. D. as an Inspector on 161 Belmont St. with Marion G. as an Operator, & Ruby H. as a Saleswoman. The 1928 Everett Directory shows Arthur, Dorothy E, Herbert & wife Alice, Herbert Jr., Marion G.& Robt W. all as “moved to Malden”. “Edw T. (Gladys) paperctr h3? Wall” are the only ones to remain through 1930. 1934 shows Herbert Jr. married to Catherine and a “wtchmn” in Boston, living at 26 Tappan, his father a cloth examiner residing at 208 Bradford with his daughter Marion. The 1938 Everett Directory has Herbert & daughters Doris [Dorothy] “smstrs”& Marion “mach opr” on Kinsman in Everett, Ma. Catherine widow of Herbert is on Clarence & Robert W. “sta firemn” is with wife Dorothy on Elm.
Herbert and Alice had the following children:
1. Alice Phebe Stevenson was born in Oct 29 1899* in Lawrence, Ma[ix]. Alice married first after 1920 Wesley Lawrence Normine Sr.[x] b: Oct 23, 1894/5 in Everett, Ma[xi]. He died Apr 3, 1951 in Roxbury, Ma[xii]. They divorced and she married Edward Sparks between 1933-
1944[xiii]. She died Nov. 21, 1944 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery Everett, Mass[xiv]. In
1930 they are on Hillside Ave in Everett, Ma indexed on ancestry.com as "Norwine"[xv]
2. Marion Gertrude Stevenson was born on 12 Oct 1901 in Lawrence, Ma[xvi]. She died in
July 1985[xvii]. She is buried with her parents and never married[xviii]. She used to come
to visit when I was a kid on holidays mostly, and we'd visit her in Everett as well.
3. Edward Thomas Stevenson Sr. b. Jan 19 1903 Marston St. in Lawrence, MA[xix]
m: Mildred“Gladys” Moreshead on Jan 27 1923 in Malden, MA[xx]
4. Ruby Helen Stevenson was born on 5 Aug 1904 in Chelsea, Ma[xxi]. She died May 1953.
Ruby married George Goodwin[xxii]. They lived in Berlin, NH as of 1936[xxiii]
5. Dorothy Evelyn Stevenson was born on 6 Feb 1907 in Chelsea, Ma[xxiv]. She died July
1981[xxv]. Dorothy married John Prokop[xxvi]. This Dorothy Prokop is a witness on Mildred
Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson's naturalization papers and they were great friends[xxvii].
6. Herbert Stevenson was born on Feb 16 1909 in Brookline, Ma[xxviii]. Herbert married Katherine (Kay) Starrett[xxix]. He died in an auto accident at age 27 on Aug 221936 in Plymouth, MA. There seem to be a couple versions of the story & it seems perhaps one version of the story was told initially and another was told the day after. I have not looked into the outcome of the arrest of Mr. Swenson. It seems like he is missed on the 1940 Census, although he & his wife Frances are in the Lynn/Saugus Directories through at least 1963. He was probably born about 1910 if he was close to Herbert’s age. It must have been extremely difficult to lose a friend and live with that if he was in fact driving & drunk. [xxx]
Boston Herald Sunday Aug 23 1936, pg 4: 1 Killed, 2 Hurt as Car Upsets, Everett Man is Victim of Crash as Lights Fail in a Dense Fog, Plymouth, Aug 22 – Herbert Stevenson, 59 of Myrtle Street Everett was killed and his wife and another woman injured tonight when their car overturned on the Jordan road. Mrs Stevenson and a friend Mrs Frances Sevenson 336 M street Saugus were taken to Jordan Hospital. Police were told the crash occurred when Stevenson’s headlights suddenly went out and the car missed the road in a dense fog.”
Local Everett Paper about Aug 24 1936 it states: Accident Happens on Cape Loses Road as Auto lights Go Out, Wife & Two others Escape – Herbert Stevenson, 27, of 59 Myrtle street was killed early yesterday and his wife and two other passengers were injured when the car which he was driving through Jordan St in the town of Plymouth on the cape, left the road and jumped down a 12-foot embankment turning over. His wife Katherine, aged 21, the former Katherine Starrett, and Mr & Mrs Francis Swenson of 33 Main St Saugus were cut about the face and bruised, receiving treatment at a Plymouth Hospital. According to authorities, Stevenson, well-known in this city, was driving along the road when the lights of his car suddenly went out causing him to lose his way in the fog and the machine shot off the road and toppled over the embankment. The deceased was very popular in this city. He was employed as a second class fireman in a Boston bank. Surviving are his wife, Katherine, two children, a son [XXXXX]; and a daughter [XXXXX], his father Herbert Stevenson Sr; three brothers: Robert and Arthur both of this city; Edward of Linden and four sisters, Dorothy and Marion Stevenson, and Mrs Alice Normine, all of Everett, and Mrs George Goodwin of Berlin, NH.”
Boston Herald Aug 24 1936 pg 4 Saugus Man Held in Motor Fatality Plymouth, Aug 23 – Charles J. Swenson, driver of the car in which Herbert Stevenson 59 of Myrtle Street Everett was killed last night was arrested late today and charged with reckless driving. Swenson was also booked for operating a car while under the influence of liquor and driving without a license. He lives at 366 Main St, Saugus.”;
7. Robert William Stevenson was born on Feb 11 1912 in Brookline, Ma[xxxi]. He died in Sept
1973[xxxii]. Robert married Dorothy Perry[xxxiii].
8. Arthur David Stevenson was born on Sep 11 1922[xxxiv]. He and his wife lived in Windham, ME, but Arthur past away in Apr 20 2010[xxxv]. Arthur married PhyllisTaylor[xxxvi]. He was in the Merchant Marines and served 4 years during WWII. He co-established Little Leaque in Windham, ME in 1967 and won several coaching awards. They had two sons & two daughters.[xxxvii]
[i] HJDS Birth “Herbert J. Stevenson” 10 Jan 1870 in Lawrence, Ma, son of Thomas & Phebe of Lawrence, fa: Operative b. England, mo: b. MA via Familysearch.org; also see US Censuses in Massachusetts- 1870, 1880, 1900 (Lawrence), 1910 (Norfolk), 1920, 1930 & 1940 (Everett); Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – Now in possession of Phyllis (Stevenson) McGuirk or a descendant: Births: Thomas Stevenson Mar 17 1840; Phebe Ann Sharpe Oct 29 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Jan 10 1870; Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871; Blanche Evelyn Stevenson Mar 27 1873; Henry Stevenson May 2 1877; Mabel Annie Stevenson Aug 17 1882; Blanche Crosbie McGowan Oct 6 1909; Phebe Rosamond McGowan Jun 3 1914; Marriages: Thomas Stevenson and Phebe Sharpe April 12 1866; David H. McGowan and Mabel A. Stevenson Sept 4 1907; Clinton J. Mumby and Pheobe R. Mumby (nee McGowan) Dec 22 1943 Deaths: Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871;Henry Stevenson July [20 1877?]; Blanche Stevenson Sargent Oct 27 1940; Pheobe R. Mumby & son Dec 18 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Apr 29 1941; Alice Ramsden Mar 3 1926; Phyllis added: Thomas Stevenson Jan 20 1904; Phebe Stevenson Dec 11 1893.
[ii] HJDS Marriage “Herbert J.D. Stevenson”14 Knox St a28 Cloth Examiner, b. Lawrence, son of Thomas & Phebe Sharpe to “Alice Ramsden” 14 Sargent St a33, Burler, b. Newton , daughter of Robert Ramsden and Ellen L. Wright on Oct 19 1898 in Lawrence, Ma via Familysearch.org; ; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[iii] Alice Birth “Alice Ramsden” [weird as it seems to be crossed of] b. Oct 18 1877 in Newton, Ma, dau of Robert & Ellen of 119 Union, fa: Op b. Eng mo: b. Ma – via familysearch.org; also see US Census 1900 Lawrence, MA; 1910 Norfolk, MA; 1920 Everett, MA; ; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[iv] Alice (Ramsden) Stevenson Death 3 Mar 1926 in Boston Ma and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma – see footnote for HJDS Death & HJDS Burial; also note she is not on the 1930 Census in Everett; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[v] HJDS Death 29 Apr 1941 in Everett, Ma; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[vi] HJDS Burial Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma, 617-394-2380, East Side Section, Range 16, Grave 25, Far right bottom corner of Washington & Fuller; once in the section find the hydrant & tree marked “27”, go to first tree on right (row 8) 1/2 way down that row – via personal visit to grave by Amylynne Baker-Santagate
[vii] 1888-1889 Directory/1889-1890 Directory HJD Stevenson, Weaver, 14 Knox St; 1890-1891 Directory/1891-1892 Directory HJD Stevenson, Operative, 14 Knox St
[viii] 1870 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1880 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1900 US Census Bunker Hill St., Lawrence, Essex County, Ma, They are married 2 years. She has had 1 ch & 1 living, John D a30 b. Jan 1870 Cloth Inspector B: Ma F:Eng M: Ma, Alice a23 b. Oct 1876 MA Eng MA, Alice P. 7 mo b. Oct 1899; 1910 Census Brookline, Perry St. Norfolk, Massachusetts, (this is kind of separated by a Smith Family, census taker error) They are married 11 years. She has had 6 ch & 6 alive, Herbert J. D age 40 Clothing B: MA F: Eng M: MA, Alice a33, Alice P a10 All B: Ma from here out, Marion I a8, Edward T a7, Ruby H a5, Dorothy E a3, Herbert a1; 1920 Census Everett, MA, Herbert J. 49 Cloth Manf B: MA F: Eng M: Ma, Alice a43? , Alice P a20 All B: Ma from here out, Marion I a18, Edward T a16 clerk, Ruby H. a15, Dorothy E. a12, Herbert a10, Robert W. a7; 1930 Census Everett, Ma ??? St, Herbert Head 60 Widow Ma Eng Ma, Marion Daughter * 28 (*she may have answered) Ma Ma Ma, Dorothy Daughter 23 Ma Ma Ma, Robert Son 18 Ma Ma Ma, Arthur Son 7 Ma Ma Ma, 1940 Census Everett, MA, Kinman St Lived in same place 1935, Marion Stevenson Head a38 Single Stitcher Herbert J. D. (he answered) Father a70 Wd, Arthur D. Son single a17 – all available via ancestry.com or familysearch.org
[ix] Birth Alice Phebe Stevenson “Alice P. Stevenson” The record says: Oct 29 1900 in Lawrence, Ma – however she is clearly listed on the 1900 Census in June and it states she was born Oct 1899. The birth record also states they lived at 102 Bunkerhill, parents Herbert & Alice Ramsden, operative b. Lawrence, mo: b. Newton via familysearch.org
[x] Marriage to Wesley Lawrence Normine Sr after 1920– via Common Family Knowledge
[xi] Birth “Wesley Lawrence Normine” Oct 23, 1895 in Everett, Ma, son of John S. Normine, Engineer b. Baltimore & Mary E. Broley b. Philadelphia – via familysearch.org [could be 1894 was recorded later]; Military Stone Application on ancestry says Oct 23 1894 – Apr 3 1951. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, MA-Sargent, Enlisted Sep 6 1918 Discharged Jun 6 1919.
[xii] Death of Wesley L. Normine Apr 3,1951 in Roxbury, Ma– via Common Family Knowledge & see endnote for his birth.
[xiii] Marriage to Edward Sparks between 1933-1944 - via Common Family Knowledge
[xiv] Death of Alice Sparks Nov. 21, 1944, buried in Glenwood Cemetery Everett, Mass - via Common Family Knowledge
[xv] 1930 Census the Normine Family is on Hillside Ave in Everett, Ma indexed on ancestry.com as "Norwine” but it’s indexed correctly familysearch.org
[xvi] Birth Marion Gertrude Stevenson “Marion G. Stevenson” Oct 12 1901 in Lawrence, Ma, dau of Herbert J. D. Stevenson & Alice Ramsden of 102 Bunkerhill Rd. Lawrence, MA, fa: Coth Examiner b. Lawrence, mo: b. West Newton, MA via Familysearch.org
[xvii] Death of Marion Stevenson - July 1985 via Common Family Knowledge & compiler personally knew her; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xviii] Burial Marion Stevenson buried with her parents – see Endnote for HJDS Burial
[xix] Birth of Edward Thomas Stevenson Jan 19 1903 Lawrence, MA, born a 156 Marston St. son of Herbert J.D. & Alice Ramsden of 156 Marston st, Examiner, b. Lawrence, MA mo: b. W. Newton, MA – via AmericanAncestors.org
[xx] Marriage of Edward Stevenson to Gladys Moreshead on Jan 27 1923 in Malden, MA– via Common Family Knowledge
[xxi] Birth Ruby Helen Stevenson “Ruby H. Stevenson” born Aug 5 1904 Chelsea, MA, dau of Herbert Stevenson & Alice Ramsden of 75 Central Ave., fa: Clerk, b. Lawrence, mo: b. Newton via Family search.org
[xxii] Marriage Ruby Helen Stevenson to George Goodwin via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xxiii] Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, sadly no indication what newspaper it came out of or the date but it seems it was a Local Everett Paper about Aug 24 1936 re the death of her brother Herbert.
[xxiv] Birth “Dorothy E. Stevenson” Feb 6 1907 in Chelsea, Ma, dau of Herbert J.D. Stevenson & Alice Ramsden 117 Mattews, fa: Examiner, b. Lawrence, mo: b. W. Newton – via familysearch.org
[xxv] Death of Dorothy (Stevenson) Prokop Jul 1981 - via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xxvi] Marriage of Dorothy Stevenson to John Prokop - via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xxvii] Mildred Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Naturalization Papers – National Archives Waltham –Petition for Naturalization dated Jan 12 1940; Oath of Allegiance Apr 15 1940
[xxviii] Birth Herbert Stevenson Feb 16 1909 in Brookline, MA [indexed on familysearch.org as Nantucket,Ma for some weird reason] born at 22 Perry St. son of Herbert JD Stevenson & Alice Ramsden, fa: Cloth Examiner, b. Lawrence, mo: b. West Newton
[xxix] Herbert Stevenson marriage to Katherine “Kay” Starrett – via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate
[xxx] Death Herbert Stevenson Jr - Boston Herald Sunday Aug 23 1936, pg 4; Boston Herald Aug 24 1936 pg 4; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, sadly no indication what newspaper it came out of or the date but it seems it was a Local Everett Paper about Aug 24 1936
[xxxi] Birth of “Robert William Stevenson” b. Feb 11 1912 Brookline, MA, born at 22 Perry St. son of Herbert JD Stevenson & Alice Ramsden of Brookline, fa: clerk b. Lawrence, mo: b. Newton – via familysearch.org
[xxxii] Death of Robert William Stevenson Sep 1973 via Common Family Knowledge
[xxxiii] Marriage of Robert W. Stevenson to Dorothy Perry via Common Family Knowledge
[xxxiv] Birth of Arthur David Stevenson Sep 11 1922 - via Common Family Knowledge*
[xxxv] Death of Arthur Stevenson Apr 20 2010 in Windham, ME – Obituary published Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr 22 2010; also via Common Family Knowledge
[xxxvi] Marriage of Arthur D. Stevenson to Phyllis Taylor – via Common Family Knowledge & also see Portland Press Herald Apr 22 2010
[xxxvii] Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr 22 2010.
Copyright Amylynne Baker-Santagate, NHGenealogist.com
Edward Thomas Stevenson
Mildred "Gladys" Moreshead
met on Labor Day, Sept 4 1922 in Revere, MA.
Locals in the suburbs of Boston, they had both gone to
kaloop around the local hot spot at the time
known as Revere Beach.
My grandmother would often say
"We met on the Merry-Go-Round
& we've been going around together ever since!"
via - http://reverebeach.com/history/
"Carousels provided thousands of children and adults with endless hours of music along the boulevard. Hurley’s Hurdlers, the Rough Riders, The Teddy Bear Merry Go Round and of course, The Hippodrome Carousel, were all magical places to visit.
The Hippodrome originally built in 1903, had a platform that displayed three Carousel horses abreast; it was later extended to showcase five abreast making it one of a kind. The organ music of the two Gavioli organs can still be heard with the memory of this majestic carousel which operated until May 1973. Wonderland Park, Revere Beach’s Mystic City by the Sea, was America’s foremost self-contained amusement park. Conceived in 1905, it opened in 1906. Some people believe it to be the inspiration behind the Disney theme parks of today. The similarities are striking."
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Arthur Leon Baker Jr. & Marion Iris Stevenson were married August 21, 1953 in Malden, MA.
They met at a Valentine's Day Dance at the Bradford Hotel in Boston on Saturday, February 14, 1953. Although they went to the same high school and had heard of each other, they didn't actually know each other. My Dad drove her home from the dance and said, "I'm going to marry you!"
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The very next day he came to take her out & meet her family.
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