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James Stone [st.2]

James Stones was the second child of Joseph Stones & Miranda Berber christened December 26th, 1798 at St Phillip’s, Birmingham.

James married Eliza Woolley on December 5th, 1819 at Stafford. Eliza was born c1800.

At the time of the christening of son James in 1833 the family were living at Varteg, Trevethin, Monmouth, Wales & James was described as an agent. There was a notable ironworks in Varteg which was taken over in 1825 by Kenrick & Co of West Bromwich.  This may have been the reason for James & family moving there.

Eliza, aged 37, died in 1837 & was buried on May 16th at Dudley, Worcs.

The children of James Stone & Eliza Woolley were:

st.2.1 Eliza Maria Stone born Tipton, christened July 21st, 1822 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs; died July-September 1882 at Kidderminster, Worcs
st.2.2 Harriet Hannah Stone born Tipton, christened July 4th, 1824 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs; died April 24th, 1892 at Old Swinford, Stourbridge, Worcs
st.2.3 Esther Woolley Stone christened March 15th, 1829 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs; died July-September 1872 at Sunderland, Co Durham
st.2.4 Benjamin Stone christened October 17th, 1830 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs; died Jan-March 1912 at West Bromwich
st.2.5 James Stone christened April 7th, 1833 at Trevethin, Monmouth; died July 12th, 1895 at Alma House, Old Meeting St, West Browmich
st.2.6 Elizabeth Stone born Bilston, christened August 23rd, 1835 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs; buried February 11th, 1865 at Heath Lane Cemetery, West Bromwich

James, aged 39, married again on January 4th, 1838 at St Lawrence, Darlaston, Wolverhampton, Staffs. He married Mary Hebert, whose age at the time of marriage was given as 35. Mary was christened January 9th, 1803 at Bilston, Staffs, the daughter of John & Martha Hebert.

In 1841 James & Mary (Maria in census) were living at Hall Fields, Bilston, Wolverhampton. Children at home were Esther (12), Benjamin (10), James (8), Elizabeth (6) & Martha (2). James was an iron labourer.

James wrote a will on July 8th, 1846 making his wife Mary, & brother Benjamin of Lupin St, Aston, his trustees.  He left to Mary all his freehold messuages & tenements in Bilston together with belongings.  She also inherited a house in Tipton, two dwelling houses & other freehold tenement & any other real estate in trade or otherwise.  All the household furniture, plate, linen & books & any money in cash or bills was to go to Mary. The interest from his estate was to be used to bring up his family and on Mary’s death all his estate was to be shared between his children.     

James died, aged 47, on May 16th, 1847 at Blacklake,West Bromwich, his death being caused by disease of the brain.  Informant of the death was daughter Harriet. Widowed Mary was the executor of James’ will.

Widowed Mary was living at Old Meeting St, West Bromwich at the time of the 1851 census & described as an annuitant. With her were children Harriett H (26), a ladies nurse, Esther, a tailoress, Benjamin, an iron roller, James, an iron shearer, & Elizabeth, Martha & Joseph (9). Living at the same address was Susannah Sargent, a 36 year old infant school teacher.

In 1861 Mary was still at Old Meeting St, number 5, with only son Joseph, a railway clerk, still at home. Susannah Sargent, now described as a teacher at British school was still living with Mary.

In 1871 Mary (67) was found with her daughter Hannah who had married John Bowater, an oil & tallow merchant. They were living at Queen St, West Bromwich with their 3 children – Phoebe, John & William.

In 1881 Mary was visiting her son Joseph, a commercial clerk in the iron trade, & his wife Elizabeth at 16 Whitehall Rd, Gateshead, Co Durham. Joseph had 4 children at this time – Lucy, Joseph H, William M & Mary E.

Mary died in April-June 1889, aged 86, at Gateshead.

The children of James Stone & Mary Hebert were:

st.2.7 Martha Stone born Oct-December 1838 at Hall Fields, Bilston & christened February 10th 1839 at Bilston, Wolverhampton
st.2.8 Joseph Stone born Oct-November 1841 at Hall Fields, Bilston, & christened November 28th, 1841 at St Leonards, Bilston, Wolverhampton; died September 15th, 1902 at Cullercoats, Northumberland


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