Benjamin Stables (b.1766 Barnburgh, d.1823 Wath)

Benjamin was the son of William Stables & Sara and was born in Barnburgh in 1766.

When only 19 years of age, he married Martha Eley of Newhill at Wath Parish Church on November 26th, 1785, whereupon he took up residence in Newhill, where his brother, Joseph, was already living after marrying Alice Tingle of Newhill the previous year.

Benjamin and Martha had 8 children (3 sons and 5 daughters), all of whom were baptised at Wath Parish Church:

Nanny Stables (b.1787)
William Stables (b.1790)
Joseph Stables (b.1792)
Martha Stables (b.1796)
Sarah Stables (b.1798)
Mary Stables (b.1800)
Ann Stables (b.1803)
Benjamin Stables (b.1806)

Only one of the sons, William, lived long enough to marry and have children. Joseph died when only 6 weeks old and Benjamin died at 22 years of age, whilst still a bachelor.

Newhill at this period was predominantly a farming area, although the next few decades were to see the introduction of pottery and coal mining.

Benjamin, who was an agricultural labourer, died in May 1823, aged 57. His widow, Martha, survived to the age of 77, dying in May 1841. They were both buried in Wath.

This biography is based on an original written by Victor Stables and included amongst his research notes.

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