I am, like Robert Alcock, descended from William and Sarah Yardley, via their daughter Mary Ann 1825-1891, who married a shoemaker John Stevenson 1823-1888 in Astbury Cheshire 18.08.1844. Like Mary Ann, John was born in Horton. He was descended via his mother, Ann nee Wood from the long established Wood family.
Mary Ann's and John's son James 1845-1933 was apprenticed as a wheelwright, and in 1861 census he was living with his aunt Hannah Alcock. Also in the household was his grandfather William Yardley, Hannah's father. James eventually became a joiner and carpenter, working at a number of mines in the Stiperstones Shropshire lead mines. He married Louisa Roberts 1849-1932 from Pennerley Shropshire in the lovely church at Hope 10/10/1867. Their fifth child was my grandfather, Thomas Stevenson 1878-1977. In 1884 the family emigrated to Tasmania on the Westmeath out of Plymouth, except the eldest daughter, Mary Jane, who stayed behind in Pennerley.
The family settled initially in the west Tasmanian mining town Waratah, and James worked at the fabulous Mt Bischoff Mine, at the time the world's biggest tin mine. Eventually the family moved to the city of Launceston Tasmania and James became manager of a number of mines.
In 1902, in Launceston, Thomas Stevenson married Catherine Rubenach 1878-1948, daughter of a farmer who had arrived as a 14 year old boy from Hesse Germany in 1855, and on her mother's side granddaughter of a Scottish soldier who had gone to Tasmania as a Pensioner Guard on the convict ship Hyderabad. My mother Joan 1913-1984 was their sixth child.
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