Mary Stephenson was the first child of George Stephenson & Jane Wade born 1813 at Aislaby & christened February 5th, 1813 at St John the Baptist, Egglescliffe.
Mary married George Wilkinson, a widower of Stockton on August 9th, 1834 at St John the Baptist, Egglescliffe. Witnesses at the wedding were Mary’s brother Joseph & sister Ann. Both Mary & George made their marks on the register. George was born February 24th, 1808 at Exeter, Devon & christened March 13th, 1808 at Bow (now Mint Meeting) or Georges Meeting House-Presbyterian, Exeter, Devon, the son of George & Sarah Wilkinson.
In 1841 Mary & George were living on the West Side of the Green, Stockton & George was a mariner. They had 3 children – George (5), Jane (4) & William (2).
By 1851 they had moved to Thistle Green, Stockton & George’s occupation was now described as a water carrier. In addition to George, an apprentice whitesmith, Jane (Ann), & William they now had Mary (9), Sarah (6), Elizabeth (4) & Joseph (2).
Mary died on March 28th, 1852 soon after giving birth to son James, & was buried on March 31st at Holy Trinity, Stockton. (N & S Shields Gazette & Durham Advertiser) (Strangely there appears to be a birth for Jane Stephenson Wilkinson registered in Stockton on BMD but no register for James Stephenson Wilkinson!)
In 1861 widower George was living at 1 Portrack Lane, Stockton with children Jane Ann, William, a brass finisher, Joseph & James S (9). George was now described as seaman M.S. formerly, water vender.
George, aged 63, died in December 1870 & was buried on December 12th, 1870 at St Thomas, Stockton.
Daughter Jane Ann married Thomas Long, a mariner, & in 1871 they & their family were living in Alberto St, Stockton & with them were Jane Ann’s brothers – George, a smith, & James, a hammer driver.
Son Joseph & wife Sarah (England) & family came to live in Middlesbrough by 1891 where he was a brass moulder. They had a number of children by his time but didn’t actually marry until 1890.
The children of Mary Stephenson & George Wilkinson were:
s.9.1.1 George Wilkinson christened April 17th 1836 at Stockton
s.9.1.2 Jane Ann Wilkinson christened October 6th, 1837 at St Thomas’, Stockton
s.9.1.3 William Wilkinson born July-September, 1839 at Stockton; died at Oxford St & buried April 8th, 1898 at Oxbridge Lane, Stockton
s.9.1.4 James Wilkinson christened October 8th, 1840 at Stockton; buried October 12th, 1840 at St Thomas, Stockton
s.9.1.5 Mary Wilkinson christened October 6th, 1841 at St Thomas’, Stockton
s.9.1.6 Stephenson Wilkinson christened March 15th, 1843 at St Thomas’, Stockton; buried October 5th, 1845 at Holy Trinity, Stockton
s.9.1.7 Sarah Wilkinson christened February 12th, 1845 at St Thomas’, Stockton; buried March 25th, 1863 at Holy Trinity, Stockton
s.9.1.8 Elizabeth Wilkinson born March 21st, 1847, christened April 18th, 1847 at St Thomas’, Stockton
s.9.1.9 Joseph Wilkinson christened March 11th, 1849 at Stockton
s.9.1.10 James Stephenson Wilkinson christened March 31st, 1852 at Holy Trinity, Stockton