6th APRIL - PETER SMALL & MARGARET STEVENSON
On Monday 6th April 1874, my paternal Great Grandparents Peter SMALL and Margaret STEVENSON were married at the
in Richmond Yorkshire. Peter was the youngest of 11 children of David and Margaret
SMALL and was born in Dunbarney in Parish Church .
Margaret was the third child of Henry and Ann STEVENSON of Hornby, Perthshire,
Scotland North Yorkshire.
By the 1881 census Peter and Margaret were living in
Thorpe Street in Stockton-on-Tees and Peter was working as a boilersmith
to support his growing family. So far the couple had 5 year old Sophia, 3 year
old John Henry, 2 year old Elizabeth and Euphemia who was just 9 months old.
Ten years later and the family had moved to
Oxford Street in Stockton and Peter was
now employed as a marine boiler plater. Sophia had taken up a dressmakers
apprenticeship and as well as Elizabeth and Euphemia, the family also had my
future grandmother Margaret, Jane, Alexander, Isabella, Charlotte and Emma.
Poor John Henry – at 16 he is to be found on the 1891 census at the North East
Reformatory for Boys near Newcastle.
I think I need to investigate him further!
Between the 1891 and 1901 census, the SMALL family celebrated several weddings. Eldest child Sophia married Charles CRAGGS in 1893, Euphemia married Alfred DOWSE in 1898, and in 1900
married Charles GIBBONS and grandma Margaret married Ivor MANSELL. John Henry
spent this decade both at the Reformatory and then the Army from 1897; seeing
service in east India
The 1901 census shows that the family were still at
10 Oxford Street.
Peter was still working as a boilersmith/plater and there were 6 young children
By the time the next census was taken in 1911 Jane was no longer at home as she had married William ARMSTRONG in 1904. Only 17 year old Peter and 14 year old Alice were still at home. Alexander was working in Sheffield,
Charlotte was living with her Uncle Alexander and Aunt
Sophie SMALL in Leeds and Emma was a domestic
servant at the home of her married sister Margaret – my grandmother. In an
email from a second cousin, David Small in Stockton,
I get the information that Alice
may have been “retarded” and stayed with her parents for life. Sadly, although
the 1911 census has an Infirmity column this information is not publically
available so I cannot verify if indeed Alice
was not able to be independent.
After 44 years of marriage, Peter SMALL passed away at the age of 68 in 1918. Margaret lived for another 28 years as a widow. She passed away in 1946 at the age of 89.