Whilst working on ‘the next generation of Saggers I came across the marriage certificate of Alfred James Saggers to Emily Stone
what drew my attention to the certificate was the Christian name of Emilys father which is listed as Phosobus Stone a boot maker.
Well that I am afraid to say had me well and truly hooked. who was this person with such a strange name. Initial searches had me drawing a blank on FreeBMD and Ancestry, then I realised that if I could locate Emily Stones baptism I might be able to start from there.
Census returns as Emily wife of Alfred James Saggers had her approximate birthdate as 1873 in Bethnal Green. One of the most wonderful things about Ancestry is the index of London Baptisms and I found Emily listed for 12 January 1873 at St Simon Zealots Bethnal Green
As can be seen her father is listed as Phosobius Stone the first of many variations, but more to the point his wife is given as Sarah Jane.
Using FreeBMD I did a 10 year search for a marriage before 1873 and in September quarter 1866 Stepney 1c 955 and her spouse is listed as Phosphorus Stone. I also checked on Ancestry and found the following Banns and Marriage entry
The Banns list him as Phosoforus Stone while on the Marriage Certificate not only confirms the FreeBMD entry as Phosphorus but also gives his age which is 19 and his father as William Stone, a shoemaker. so he may have been born c.1847, but where?
I looked for further children of Phosphorus and Sarah Jane Stone between the years 1866 and 1873, but found only one more again St Simon Zealots Bethnal Green 6 September 1871
Here he is listed as Phosobris.
I then turned to Census returns using the children as the link but only found a hit with the 1881 census Ref RG11/422 Folio 91 page 2
Here he is listed as Phosobris Stone a widower, with only his daughter Emily living with him at 96 Green Street Bethnal Green but most importantly it gave his place of Birth – Bedfordshire Leighton Buzzard also note the names of the family living at the same address Benjamin and Matilda Stafford and their children – more on these later!.
So back to FreeBMD narrowing the search to a P Stone 1845 – 1850 – the location to Bedfordshire
June Qtr 1848 STONE Fossoveres Leighton Buzzard 6 81 – interesting!
The 1881 census had him as a widower at only 33 so I wondered if he had married again. I checked FreeBMD for a Death of a Sarah Jane Stone between 1873 and 1881 and found her death entry Sept Qtr 1880 Bethnal Green 1c 172 she was also age 33. So that gave me a starting date for any future marriage. this I soon located as taking place on 25 September 1881 at St Simon Zealots Bethnal Green it had been transcribed as Phosabina Stone but a close look at the certificate shows it is Phosobius
The hunt was now on for more children and Census entries, plus I was very keen to go backwards and find him on early census returns and hopefully find other siblings
Before I started the new search I added Phosopherus as Emily’s father,born Leighton Buzzard, and entred his father as William.onto Ancestry.
I began checking the baptismal registers for St Simon Zealots Bethnal Green where he had married Eliza Walker, starting from 1881 because you just never know!.
Unfortunately I didnt find a baptism entry until 28 July 1886 for Alice Eliza but I used her date of birth to see if I could find her on the 1891 census, and Ancestry with its lovely hints which I sometimes ignor came up trumps, so starting with the 1891 Census RG12/270 Folio 125 page 20 here is what I found
18 North Place Bethnal Green Phoesolis Stone 42 shoemaker born Bedford his wife Eliza age 38 a Laundress born Bethnal Green. and the following children: Emily age 18 charwoman, William age 8, Rosina age 6, Alice age 4 and Rebecca age 2 all born Bethnal Green.
From this point Ancestry hints took over.
I have Phosphorus on the 1851 census Ref HO107/1752 Folio 101 age 17
They were living in Harper Street Bedford and the family consisted of William Stone age 34 Shoemaker born St Answorth Essex, his wife Ann age 45 born Sound Suffolk, and their 3 children. Downam age 12, born Downham Norfolk, Amelia age 7 born Attlebury Norfolk, and Phosers age 2 born leighton Buzzard.
The Birthplace of William’s wife looks like, and had been transcribed as Sound, but I think it is Lound which is situated between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
The 1861 census Ref RG9/251 Folio 99 page 24 has the family Living at 3 Caroline Street Bethnal Green
Shows William Stone now age 68 shoemaker birthplace Essex St Tonsley ??? His wife Ann O is age 58 Birthplace Suffolk Lound, Amelia M is age 19 Birthplace Norfolk Attlebury Ohoverous age 13 birthplace Beds Layton and there is a lodger – Benjamin Stafford age 19 a shoemaker born Bethnal Green
Downam is not listed so he may have married and moved away.
Curious with the repeat of the Stafford surname I tried FreeBMD for a Stone – Stafford marriage and found the following
Jun Qtr 1862 STONE Amelia Matilda Bethnal Green 1c 672 the spouse was Benjamin Gaymer Stafford
Returning to Phosphorus and his second wife Eliza [nee Walker] I found through Ancestry that they had a total of five children.
1. William Benjamin Stone born 22 August baptised 10 September 1882 St James the Less Bethnal Green where his father is listed as Phosobris
William Benjamin married Sep qtr 1909 Bethnal Green 1c 270 Esther Martha LeBeau but sadly had no children. What is curious is the name given for his father which is the only time I have seen it used.
Charles Phosphorus Stone considering his bith registration in 1848 it is interesting to note where the Charles came from however one curious fact is that the males in the family see to have two chrisitan names.
2. Rosina Matilda Stone born 10 April baptised 28 July 1884 St James the Great Bethnal Green. the fathers name is the best one yet! – Vesuvius
Rosina died unmarried in 1973.
3. Alice Eliza Stone baptised 28 July 1886 St Simon Zealots Bethnal Green where the father is back to being listed as Phosobis
Alice Eliza married William Henry Burfield – I am busy with details
4. Rebecca Mary Ann Stone baptised 3 April 1889 St Simon Zealots Bethnal Green
where her father is listed as Phosobins
5. Amelia Matilda Stone baptised 26 July 1892 St Barnabas Bethnal Green.
where her father is again listed as Vesuvius. What I find strange is that Amelia is baptised for a second time in 1900 at St Cuthberts Mission Church West Ferry Road Millwall [ comes under Christchurch Poplar] in this entry he is listed as Phosobris Stone [deceased].
Phosphorus died 13 October 1897 age 48
Death STONE Phosobris 48 Bethnal Green 1c 166
more to come