We are grateful to David Treacher (2x great grandson of Mary) for providing additional information on this page
Mary Stainsby was the fourth child of Robert Stainsby & Elizabeth Brewer born at Fen Bogg & christened April 21st, 1848 at Goathland, Yorks.
In 1851 Mary was living with her parents & brother & sisters at Westgate, Pickering.
By 1861 Mary was working as a kitchen maid for Hannah & Thomas Hobbs, a farmer & public house owner in Appleton-le-Street, a village near to Fryton where her parents were now living.
Mary married Joseph Walker on May 14th, 1864 at the Parish Church of Thornton, Pickering. Joseph was born at Colton & christened December 9th, 1844 at Hovingham, Yorks, the son of Kezia & John Walker, a labourer.
At the time of the birth of son Marmaduke in 1870 Joseph was described as a labourer at the gas works.
At the time of the 1871 census Mary & Joseph were living at Browns Buildings, Station St, Middlesbrough & Joseph was described as a ‘scavenger’. They had 4 children at this time – Anne (5), William (4), Kezia Elizabeth (2) & Marmaduke (6 months).
Joseph died of smallpox aged just 26, & was buried on May 18th, 1871 at Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough.
The children of Mary Stainsby & Joseph Walker were:
sb.9.4.1 John Robert Walker born Oct-December 1864; died at Colton & buried February 17th, 1865 at Hovingham
sb.9.4.2 Annie Walker born December 25th, 1865 at Rosedale, N. Yorks
sb.9.4.3 William Walker born 1867 at Middlesbrough
sb.9.4.4 Kezia Elizabeth Walker born April-June 1869 at Middlesbrough
sb.9.4.5 Marmaduke Brewer Walker born October 1st, 1870 at Browns Yard, Middlesbrough, died December 1951 at Middlesbrough
On October 26th, 1872 Mary remarried at St John's parish church, Middlesbrough. Her second husband was Robert Ling & both gave their address as Spencer St, Middlesbrough. Robert was born at Blythburgh, Suffolk & christened June 7th, 1850 at nearby Westleton, Suffolk, the son of Mary Anne Ling.
Robert, an able bodied seaman, was on board the vessel, the Thames, moored at South Shoebury, Essex on the night of the 1881 census. Mary was at home with the family at 14 Spencer St, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough & it was noted that on the census that her husband was at sea. Children at home were Annie Walker (15), William Walker (14), a messenger, Kezia Walker (11), Marmaduke Walker (10), Cecilia Ling (6), Eliza J Ling (4) & Mary A Ling (3).
A report in the Shields Daily Gazette of February 1st, 1884 showed there was concern for Captain Robert Ling & his crew as his screw-steamer, Bessemer, was long overdue after leaving Landernan, Brest, France on January 20th. There was a serious gale on the day she left & it was feared she may have ‘run down’. It was noted that Robert was a careful & experienced coaster & it was hoped he & the 11 man crew may have been picked up by an outward bound vessel.
On May 20th 1888 daughter Annie Walker married Robert William Appleby, an engine fitter, at Middlesbrough. They & their family were living at 43 Bolckow St, Middlesbrough, near to Annie's mother at the time of the 1891 & 1901 censuses.
In 1891 Mary was again listed without her husband at 76 Bolckow St, Midlesbrough with children Kezia, a tailoress, Cecilia, a draper's assistant, (Eliza) Jane, a general servant, Mary A, & new additions Ellen (6), Robert (3) & Thomas (1). Robert was not found listed in the census & was presumably at sea. Son Marmaduke had followed in his step-father's footsteps & was a fireman aboard the vessel Dione in Tees Bay at the time of the census.
The York Herald of February 3rd, 1891 carried an article noting an award to Robert by the Marquis of Londonderry. He was given a handsome gold watch in recognition of his assistance & kindness to the crew of ss Mount Stewart of Seaham Harbour after it had sunk following a collision with a Norwegian barque. Captain Ling picked up the crew & landed them safely at Southampton.
Son Marmaduke was to marry Hellen Vickers in 1895. In the 1901 census Hellen was living in Middlesbrough with 2 children & her mother, but Marmaduke was again on a steam coastal trading vessel, the Glenmore, which was at Redcar Wharf, Middlesbrough at the time of the census.
Daughter Susannah married Rowland Charlton in 1895 & at the time of the marriage the family were still at 76 Bolckow St & father Robert was described as a mariner. Daughter Kezia married Daniel McGee, a grocer's assistant, in 1898 at Middlesbrough. Kezia & Daniel & daughter were living in Middlesbrough at the time of the 1901 census.
Robert died in 1900, aged 50, & was buried on July 6th at New Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough.
In 1901 widowed Mary was still living at 76 Bolckow St with children Jane, a waitress at an inn, Mary A, Ellen, a dressmaker working from home with her own account, Robert, a tailor's errand boy & Thomas. Mary had also taken in 3 boarders to supplement her living. Daughter Susannah & her husband Rowland Charlton were still living in Middlesbrough at this time with 3 children.
Mary died soon after the census, aged 53, & was buried July 25th, 1901 at Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough.
Daughter Ellen Margaret married Thomas Craig in 1904 in Middlesbrough.
The children of Mary Walker (nee Stainsby) & Robert Ling were:
sb.9.4.6 George Robert Ling born Jan-March 1873 at Middlesbrough; died July-September 1874 at Middlesbrough
sb.9.4.7 Susanna Cecilia Ling born Oct-December 1874 at Middlesbrough; died c1946 at Winchester, Hants
sb.9.4.8 Eliza Jane Ling born Oct-December 1876 at Middlesbrough
sb.9.4.9 Mary Ann Ling born Jan-March 1878 at Middlesbrough
sb.9.4.10 Ellen Margaret Florence Ling born Oct-December 1884 at Middlesbrough; died August 15 th , 1940 at Eastleigh, Hants
sb.9.4.11 Robert Henry Stainsby Ling born Oct-December 1887 at Middlesbrough
sb.9.4.12 Thomas Isaac Hugh Ling born Oct-December 1889 at Middlesbrough