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Susannah Stainsby [sb.9.12]

Susannah Stainsby was the twelfth child of Robert Stainsby & Elizabeth Brewer born at Fryton & christened  October 12th, 1862 at Hovingham, Yorks.

In 1871 & 1881 Susannah was living at home with her parents, brothers & sisters at the Gate House, Fryton. Listed with the family in the 1881 census was a grandson Edward Stainsby, aged 1. This was the illegitimate son of Susannah as there is a christening recorded for Edward Stainsby, son of Susannah Stainsby (no father) on August 26th, 1879 at Hovingham, Yorks.

The children of Susannah Stainsby were:

sb.9.12.1 Edward Stainsby christened August 26th, 1879 at Hovingham, Yorks; died September 27th, 1918 & commemorated at the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France

On January 19th, 1884 Susannah married William Horner Humphrey at Slingsby, Yorks. William was the son of Grace Horner & Robert Humphrey, an agricultural labourer, born April-June 1862 at Slingsby.

In 1885 Susannah & William had a daughter Annie, born at Slingsby. Sadly Susannah died 1888, aged 26, at Low Fryton & was buried on November 5th, 1888 at Helmsley. 

At the time of the 1891 census Susannah’s children, Edward Stainsby & Annie Humphrey were living with their widowed grandmother Elizabeth (66) who was the railway gate keeper at the Gate House, Fryton. Widowed husband William at this time was living with his father Robert Humphrey & step-mother Hannah in Slingsby & was an agricultural labourer.

In 1901 William was working as an agricultural labourer on Low Gardham Farm, Cherry Burton, Yorks. He was one of many boarders with the Piercy family, the head of which, Mark Piercy, was described as a horse hind. William’s step-son Edward Stainsby was boarding with the Bean family at East Ness, near Hovingham at this time. Again the head of the household, John Bean, was a horse hind, & Edward was employed as a wagonner. Daughter Annie Humphrey (16) was a patient at the National Sanatorium in Bournmouth at the time of the census. The Sanatorium had been built in 1850 & opened in 1855 to receive patients who were convalescing from consumption. In the 19th century consumption was a common word for tuberculosis & at this time consumptive patients were turned away from other hospitals as there was no known cure. Sadly Annie died in Oct-December 1902, the death being registered at Beverley, which includes Cherry Burton.


The National Sanatorium Bournemouth


In July-September 1906  Edward Stainsby married Hannah Stockdale Whitney at Helmsley.  In 1911 Edward & Hannah were living at Hovingham, Yorks where Edward was a wagonner on a farm.  They had 3 children – Susannah (4), Ethel (2) & Henry Whitney (2 months).

Edward enlisted in 1916 with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in WW1.  Whilst with the Drake Battalion Royal Naval Division he was killed as a direct result of enemy action on September 27th, 1918.  He is commemorated at the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.  At this time his wife Hannah was living at 45 Hollinhurst, Woodlesford, Nr Leeds, Yorks.

William Horner Humphrey died, aged 69, in Jan-March 1931, his death being registered at Beverley, Yorks.

The children of Susannah Stainsby & William Humphrey were:

sb.9.12.2 Annie Humphrey born Jan-March 1885 at Slingsby, Yorks; died at Union Workhouse & buried December 2nd 1902 at St Mary’s, Beverley, N. Yorks


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