William was the eldest son of Benjamin
Stone and Elizabeth Symonds. He was born in Honington and christened at All
Saints on the 24th May 1790.
He married Rachael Long on the
12th October 1812 at St. Catherine's, Flempton, Suffolk. They were
both shown to be single and residing in Hengrave. The witnesses were
Thomas Partridge and Maria Day. All their children were born in
Hengrave and christened at St. Catherine's, Flempton.
In 1841 William, his wife and
six of their children were living at Bath House Cottage, Hengrave,
Suffolk. He was an agricultural labourer, as were all the other
working adults in the household. They were still in Hengrave in 1851
with three of their unmarried children.
By 1861 they had moved to the
next village to 'Road, Fornham All Saints, Suffolk.
William was a 70 year old agricultural labourer. Living
with him and his wife Rachael, was their married daughter, her
husband and four children.
Rachel died in 1862. William
was no longer the head of the household in 1871. The position was
now held by his son in law and the address was Westley Road,
Fornham All Saints . The other occupants were William's daughter Charlotte King, seven children and William, a
widower aged 80, working as an agricultural labourer.
William died of 'Cardiac
Dropsy' in Fornham on the 23rd December 1873. The informant was Jane
King, his granddaughter. He was buried at St. Catherine's, Flempton
on the 28th. December.
William and Rachael's known children:
||Marr. Eliza Markwell
||Marr Eleanor Holmes 1835 Flempton
||Marr (1) Emily Martin 1841 (2)
Mary Ann B?
||Marr John Rayner 1837
||Marr Charlotte Merton 1842
||Marr Frances Collins 1877
||Marr Louisa Smith 1853
||Marr (1)Susannah Parfrey 1852 (2)
Mary Ann Cadge/Warner 1865
||Marr Jeremiah King 1852
Stone 1813 - 1899
John was the eldest child of William
Stone and Rachael Long, born 1813 in Hengrave and christened on
30th August 1813 at St. Catherine's, Flempton, Suffolk. On the 8th
November 1834 he married Eliza Markwell (Markell in the parish
records), a resident of Worlington, at St. Catherine's. For
almost all of their married life they lived in Flempton, the next
village along the road from Hengrave, Fornham All Saints being the
village on the other side of Hengrave.
I have wondered if my Stone
family, who all appeared to be agricultural labourers, worked on land
belonging to Hengrave Hall. I visited this beautiful building a few
years ago, thinking I would be able to see the small chapel in the
grounds. The Hall is now used as a retreat for troubled people. One of
the ladies in charge approached us and asked if she could help. It was
at this point that I realised we were trespassing, but not a word of
reproach was spoken. Instead, she invited us to look inside the
entrance hallway of the Hall and pointed us in the direction of the
chapel. The lady was in fact a nun helping to run the retreat.
All of John and Eliza's surviving sons moved to
Salford and the Manchester area some time in the 1870s and one of their
daughters moved to London.
Eliza died in 1884 and John died on the 20th February
1899 of heart disease at his home in Flempton, aged 85. The informant was
his son John who lived in Salford, Lancashire, on the same street where I lived
fifty years later. Was it a co-incidence that he died when his son was
visiting? The journey from Salford in Lancashire to Suffolk would have taken
many hours and cost a great deal in 1899. John was buried at St. Catherine's in
Flempton on the 23rd February 1899. His burial record says that he was 89 years
old. John was most likely 85.
John and Eliza's known children:
||1838- aft 1901
||Marr Daniel Garwood
||1840 -aft 1901
||Marr Ishmael Davey 1861 Old
Church St. Pancras, London
||1843 -aft 1901
||1849 -aft 1901
||Marr Eliza (Whitton?) in Suffolk?
||1851 -aft 1901
||Marr Fanny Doughty 1875
||Marr Elizabeth Griffiths 1875
Stone 1854 - 1894
Henry was the
youngest of John
Stone and Eliza Markwell's surviving children. He was born on the
14th October 1854 at Flempton and christened privately three weeks
later, on the 7th November, at his home and not in church. This
implies that his death was expected to be imminent. Luckily he
survived and I am here to tell the tale.
In 1861 he was living with his
parents and siblings in Flempton and was still there in 1871 working
as an agricultural labourer, aged 16. Between 1871 and 1875 he moved
from Suffolk to Salford in Lancashire.
Many of my ancestors moved to the
Lancashire smoke in the mid nineteenth century. Agricultural jobs were
badly paid and becoming harder to find. The new industries offered
better pay and more work. They also offered shorter lives.
On May 30th 1875 he married
Elizabeth Griffiths at Manchester Cathedral. Henry's occupation was
'Carter' and they both gave their residence as 7 Clarence St.,
Salford. The witnesses were James Rowland Lee and Esther Lee, whose
relationship is not known. For anybody who is interested, I did spot
James and Esther's grave in Weast Cemetery, Salford on one on my
Henry and Lizzie produced at
least nine children, all christened at St. Bartholomew's, Salford, and
remained in the Salford area, mostly Ordsall, until Henry's early
death on 13th November 1894 at Salford Royal Hospital. He died aged 40
of 'Pneumonia 7 days. Asphyxia'. I don't quite know what to make of
that. The informant on the death certificate and present at his death
was his brother George of 5 Prospect Place, Eccles. Henry's address
was 3 Clifton Street, Salford. His occupation was 'Shop Porter', which
appears on many of his children's baptism records - sometimes
warehouseman and sometimes labourer. Ale and wine stores are often
Henry and Elizabeth's (Lizzie's)
||Marr Hannah Jones 1903 St.
Bowers 1904 St. Bartholomew's, Salford
||Marr Fred G Pickering 1910 St.
||Marr Elizabeth Short 1912 St.
Agnes Stone 1881 - 1944
Lily Agnes Stone, daughter of Henry Stone and
Elizabeth Griffiths, was born on the 25th November 1881 at Eldon
Street and christened on the 25th December of the same year at St.
Her father died in 1894, and I think there is a strong
possibility that her mother may have died before 1901. I think Lily
may have been living in Manor Street, Manchester with her sister as
lodgers in 1901 and working as a packer but I cannot be sure.
On the 30th July 1904 when she married Henry
Bowers at St. Bartholomew's in Salford she gave her address as 221
Ordsall Lane, Salford and her occupation as domestic servant. The
witnesses were John Hampel and May Stone (Lily's sister Mabel).
Henry and Lily had seven known children and spent most
of their married life in Tatton Place, Salford. Henry died in 1929.
The house suffered damage during the Salford Blitz and Lily went to
live with her daughter Nellie. Lily died on the 26th December 1944 of
'Bronchial Carcinoma' at her daughter Nellie's home at 6 Aldred
Street, Salford, aged 63. She is buried at Weast Cemetery, Salford.
Symonds/Simonds abt 1710
There is a wide variety of spellings of the Symonds
name - Simonds, Simons, Simmonds, Simmons, etc. When William
married Sarah Evered on the 25th December 1733 at St. Gregory's,
Barnham, Suffolk, the name was spelt in the registers as Simonds. The
baptisms of four of their children at St. Gregory's were
also in the name Simonds. They were:
William Simonds 19th Feb 1734 Buried 25th Feb 1734
William Simonds 2nd Apr
John Simonds 17th August 1740
Sarah Simonds 9th Jane 1742
Symonds 1736 - 1824
William was born to William
Simonds and Sarah Evered in 1736 and baptised on the 2nd April
1736 at St. Gregory's, Barnham, Suffolk. He married Frances
Whiting on the 24th October 1768 at the same church. His name was
spelt Symonds in the register.
So far, I have only found four children born to them.
John 1769. Buried a couple of weeks later
Elizabeth 1770. Married Benjamin
Stone in 1788
William 1774. Married Elizabeth Gould in 1800
John baptised 1778. Married Sarah Stubbins
William died on the 19th May 1824 and Frances on the
6th April 1834. They were both buried at Barnham, Suffolk. The
inscription on their gravestone reads:
Frances ..?... of William Symonds 6th April 1834 aged 90.
William Symonds 19th May 1824 aged 82
Symonds 1770 - 1866
Elizabeth was born to William
Symonds and Frances
Whiting and was baptised at St. Gregory's, Barnham, Suffolk
on the 30th September 1770. She married Benjamin Stone on the 30th
October 1788 at the same church. She and Benjamin had seven known
In the 1851 census, aged 83 and 80, they were living
in Honington, Suffolk. With them was a grandson, James Balls.
Benjamin's occupation was 'Pauper ag. lab.' Benjamin died very soon after the
census, and in 1861 Elizabeth was living with her daughter and son in
law, Edmund and Sarah Balls in Bradmere, Honington. I think that
Elizabeth had lost count of her age by this time as she was shown to
be 94 although she would have been 91/92.
She died on the 27th June 1866 of 'Decay of Nature' in
Honington. Her death certificate states that she was the widow of
Benjamin Stone, labourer, and was 99 years old. The informant was Ann
Fuller, who was present at her death. Ann Fuller's connection to
Elizabeth is not known. Elizabeth's age at death was more likely 96.
She is buried at All Saints, Honington, Suffolk.
Whiting abt 1710
I have not found John Whiting's marriage to Elizabeth.
Their children's baptisms begin in 1731 in Barnham, Suffolk. Elizabeth
was buried at St. Gregory's on the 13th February 1768.
John may have married again a few months after his
wife's death. On the 2nd August 1768 a John Whiting (wid) married
Alice Jackson in Barnham. I have not found any children born to this
couple. It could, however, have been his son John who married Alice
The burial of a John Whiten at Barnham on the
2nd March 1790 could have been either John or his son John.
John and Elizabeth's known children:
||Marr (1)Ann Woodward (2)Lydia
Birdwell (3)Mary Mason
William Symonds 1768
Whiting abt 1745 - 1834
Frances was the daughter of John
and Elizabeth Whiting. She was baptised at Barnham on the 8th May
1748, the same day as her sister Sarah who died six months
later. She married William
Symonds on the 24th October 1768 at St. Gregory's. I have only
found four children born to them. Frances died on the 6th April 1834
and is buried in Barnham. The inscription on her gravestone reads:
Frances ..?... of William Symonds 6th April 1834 aged 90.
William Symonds 19th May 1824 aged 82
Long abt 1747 - 1830
Robert Long, the son of James and Elizabeth
Long, was christened at Great Barton, Suffolk on 22nd June
He married Susannah Peake at St. Catherine's, Flempton
on the 10th October 1772. The witnesses were Joseph Cockridge and
Susannah's parents were William and Su(sanah) Peak.
She was also christened at Great Barton, on the 12th December 1748. (My
thanks to Geoff Fletcher, a fellow researcher, who passed
Robert's and Susannah's parentage on to me ).
Susannah was buried on the 7th January 1829, aged 80,
at St. Catherine's, Flempton, and Robert was buried on the 9th
November 1830, aged 84.
Robert and Susannah's known children:
||Marr Susannah Palmer 1798 Flempton
||Marr Robert Parish 1798 Flempton
||Marr Mary Lock 1806 Flempton
||Marr Thomas Coe 1810 Flempton
Stone 1812 Flempton
Long 1791 - 1862
Rachael Long was born to Robert
Long and Susannah Peake on the 15th August 1791 and was
baptised on the 18th September 1791 at St. Catherine's,
On the 12th October 1812 she married William
Stone at Flempton. Both were shown to be residents of Hengrave.
The witnesses were Thomas Partridge and Maria Day. I know of eleven
children born to them.
In 1841 they were living at Bath House Cottage,
Hengrave and were also there in 1851, though perhaps not at the same
cottage. Between 1851 and 1861 they moved to the next village of
Fornham All Saints.
Rachael died of 'Cirrhosis of Liver' on the 21st April
1862 at Fornham. A few years ago I visited Fornham and had lunch in
the old pub situated on the corner of the main thoroughfare of the
village, opposite the church. I gazed at the bar and the old
interior, wondering if this was where Rachael had acquired her beloved
tipple that brought about her death. Or maybe it was cheap
home-distilled gin that did it?
The death certificate shows that she was aged 70 and
the wife of William Stone, farm labourer. The informant, and present
at death, was Frances Palfrey, whose connection is not known. Rachael
is buried at St. Catherine's, Flempton, Suffolk.
Markwell 1714 - 1766
Thomas Markwell was born about 1714 and married Sarah
about 1738. They had six known children christened at Fornham All
Sarah died on the 22nd August 1760, aged 42, and
Thomas on the 13th September 1766, aged 52. They were buried at
Fornham All Saints.
Thomas and Sarah's known children:
||Died aged 23
Hanton 1770 Fornham All Saints
||Died aged 11
||Died a youth
Markwell 1743 - 1802
John Markwell, the son of Thomas
and Sarah Markwell, was christened on the 26th February 1743 at
Fornham All Saints, Suffolk. He married Mary
Hanton on the 15th March 1770 at Fornham. They produced nine known
children, although it would appear that only two, or possibly three,
survived, five dying soon after birth and another before he was two.
John was buried on the 16th June, 1802 at All Saints, Fornham.
John and Sarah's known children:
||Marr Susan Betts 1814 Fornham
Purkis about 1804
Thomas Markwell was christened on the 18th. September
1774 at Fornham All Saints, Suffolk. His parents were John
Markwell and Mary Hanton.
It is assumed he married Elizabeth Purkis about 1804 as the first
child recorded in the parish records was in 1805. They had nine known
children all christened at Fornham. His wife was living in Fornham All
Saints in 1841 and had an elderly female lodger living with her. In 1851 she was shown
to be a widow and living with her son. It would appear then that
Thomas died some time before June 1841.
Thomas and Elizabeth's known children:
||1805- aft 1851
||Thomas was still alive and
unmarried in 1851
||1810- bef 1823
Stone in 1834
||Possibly had an illegitimate
daughter Emely Ann in 1834
||Still alive in 1841 in Bury St.
||Still alive and unmarried in 1851.
May have married William Rayner
||Married Mary Ann Hazlewood
Markwell 1812 - 1884
Eliza Markwell was christened the daughter of Thomas
and Elizabeth Markwell on the 25th October 1812 at Fornham All
Saints. She married John Stone
on the 8th November 1834 at St. Catherine's, Flempton.They had at
least eleven children. In the five censuses between 1841 and 1881 they
were living in Flempton, Suffolk, which is where Eliza died on the 8th
July 1884 of 'Disease of the heart'. The death certificate shows her
to be the wife of John Stone, farm labourer, and aged 74. The
informant was her son-in-law, Daniel Garwood, her daughter Harriet's
husband. Eliza is buried at St. Catherine's, Flempton.
Hanton abt 1715
Francis Hanton married Mary Sturgeon on the 28th
December 1741 at Fornham All Saints. Mary was the daughter of Robert
Sturgeon and was baptised on the 21st July 1716 at Fornham. Francis
and Mary had at least five children christened at Fornham.
Mary 1743 Married John Markwell
Francis 1744 - 1750
Griffiths abt 1785
David Griffiths was a farm
labourer. Although I have not found David's marriage, I firmly believe
that he married a widow named Mary
Morgan (former name not known).
David was probably born in the
Camrose/Prendergast district of Pembrokeshire, South Wales. His
spouse, Mary, was from Camrose. I have found four children born to
Ann 1810 Christened in Camrose
Thomas abt 1817 Christened
in Prendergast in 1819
George abt 1818 Christened in Prendergast in 1819
Dorothy abt 1819-1819 Christened in Prendergast in 1819
He was not at home with his wife
on the 1841 census night, and on the 1851 census Mary was a widow. I
am assuming that David died before June 1841. A likely candidate is
Griffiths who was buried in Prendergast on the 16th
December 1827, aged 41.
There were two David Griffiths'
in the Prendergast area of a similar age and having a wife named Mary
during the same period. One of them had a son William christened at
Camrose in 1813 but I think this could possibly have been the other
David and Mary as their address was given as Woolfsdale. In the Tithe
map of Camrose in 1840, a David Griffiths was listed as the tenant of
South Hill Ford, Wolfsdale, when, in my opinion, my David Griffiths
Griffiths abt 1817 - 1855
Thomas was the son of David
Griffiths and Mary (Morgan),
christened at St. David's, Prendergast on the 22nd October 1819, on
the same day as his brother George. I think Thomas was possibly two
years old when he was christened. According to the registers the
family were living in 'the back lane of Prendergast village'.
Thomas's occupation was a
cordwainer (shoe maker). He married Elizabeth
Jones on the 21st January 1840 at Prendergast church. The
witnesses were John Jones and Thomas Vaughan, Dept. Sup.
Thomas and Elizabeth had at least
nine children. In 1841 and 1851 they were living in Prendergast. The
more specific address of Main Street was given in 1851.
On the 26th September 1855 Thomas
died of 'Abscess in the Axilla. 3 weeks. Gangrene. Certified', at the
age of 37. The axilla is the armpit. The youngest of his nine children
was a few months old, and the eldest, just fifteen. The informant on
the death certificate, who was said to be in attendance at his death
in Prendergast, was a Martha Morgan. Thomas was buried at St. David's
on the 30th September.
Martha Morgan provided the clue I
needed to identify Thomas's mother. Martha was, in fact, Thomas's
Thomas and Elizabeth's children:
||May have married Henry Evans in
Stone 1875 Manchester Cathedral
||Marr James Mason 1878 St.
||Marr James Banner
Elizabeth (Lizzie) was born in
Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, on the 10th May 1850 to Thomas
Griffiths and Elizabeth Jones.
She was baptized, aged 2, on the 14th October 1852.
In 1851, aged 10 months, she was
living on Main St., Prendergast with her parents and siblings. She may
have been the Elizabeth Griffiths, aged 21, working as a domestic
servant in St. Mary's in 1871.
She married Henry
Stone on the 30th May 1875 at Manchester Cathedral and gave her
address as 7 Clarence Street, Salford. They had at least nine
children, all christened at St. Bartholomew's, Salford.
Elizabeth's last known child was
born in October 1891 at Darley St., Salford. Her husband Henry died in
1894. The informant on his death certificate was his brother, and not
Elizabeth. I haven't been able to locate Elizabeth in the 1901 census
and her children seem to be scattered or missing. The only child I
have found with any certainty in 1901, her youngest surviving son,
William, was living with her sister Martha in Whitefield. I am tempted
to believe that Lizzie died between 1891 and 1901 but I cannot find the
death of an Elizabeth Stone between those years who would fit apart
from one in Oldham in 1900, and I don't think this is her. So if
anybody out there has information on the Elizabeth Stone who died in
Oldham in 1900 please get in touch.
Jones abt 1785
John Jones was born in
Pembrokeshire about 1785. His spouse, Phoebe, was born about
1790. They had at least eight children, all baptised in Prendergast,
Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The 1841 census shows him living in
Prendergast with his wife and four of his children. His age was given
as 55 and his occupation as a 'glover'.
It will come as no great surprise
that I haven't had much luck in pinning down the Jones's after that,
although I do know that Phoebe was buried on May 1st 1860 at
Prendergast, aged 69.
John and Phoebe's known children:
Griffiths 1840 Prendergast
||Possibly married William Thomas
Elizabeth Jones, christened on
the 12th February 1818 at Prendergast, was the daughter of John
and Phoebe Jones of Prendergast village.
She married Thomas
Griffiths, a cordwainer, on the 21st. January 1840 at
Prendergast They had at least nine children whom she was left to bring
up alone as a widow in 1855 when Thomas died. My last sighting of
Elizabeth was in 1881 when she and her granddaughter were living as
lodgers at Prendergast West Side with a Stephens family. I have not
found her death.
(Morgan) abt 1776
Mary was born in Camrose,
Pembrokeshire, South Wales about 1776. Unfortunately I do not know her
maiden name. She married James Morgan in the mid to late 1790s and had
at least two children by him - Martha 1799 and John 1801 - both
christened in Camrose.
The Camrose parish records shows
the deaths of two James Morgans in January 1802, eight days
Some time between 1802 and 1810
Mary married David Griffiths.
She had their first child in Camrose and then moved to Prendergast,
where she had at least another three.
In 1841 she was living in
Prendergast with two of her unmarried Griffiths children and was a 65
year old Baker. In 1851 she was on Main Street, Prendergast and still
working as a baker. With her was her son George Griffiths, his wife
and child, a Martha Morgan, shown as her unmarried daughter of 50, and
an Elizabeth Morgan, her granddaughter aged 15.
In 1861, aged 84, she was at
Deacon's Row, Prendergast with her daughter, referred to as Martha
Griffiths, aged 58. This was probably an error and should have said
Several Mary Griffiths' died in
the Haverfordwest Registration District between 1861 and 1871. As ages
at death were not given until 1866 I have no idea which one was my
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