Hannah Stables (b.1743 Barnburgh) and Joseph Oxley (1739-1812 Greasbrough)

Hannah was the third eldest daughter of William Stables (b. 1705 Sprotbrough) and Sarah Hobson.

She married Joseph Oxley, a blacksmith from Greasbrough, in 1763. The banns in Rotherham Parish Register show that Joseph signed but Hannah made her mark, which shows that she wasn't able to read or write.

They had four children: Joseph (b.1764), Margaret (b. 1766), Mary (b. 1769) and Hannah (b.1771).

Amazingly, there is an Oxley Family Bible that survives to this day, which records not only the births of their children but even what time of day they occurred at.

Hannah died in 1771 at the age of just 29 years. Joseph subsequently re-married and went on to raise another family.

Oxley Family Bible

These are the pages from the Oxley Family Bible that feature Hannah Stables and Joseph Oxley's wedding and children. Click the picture for a full-size image.

The actual Oxley Family Bible is held at Rotherham Central Library.

Many thanks to Elyse Carpenter for providing this information about Hannah and Joseph and the pages from the Oxley Family Bible.

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Joseph Oxley was Borne in the Year of our Lord 1739 March 25th by the old Time
Hannah Oxley was Borne  April 16(?) in the Year of our Lord 1742

Joseph Oxley was Married Novem 27:17...

Joseph Oxley was Borne Jan: 28: 1764
Margret Oxley was Borne Desem: 16: 17... half a Our past one a Clock in the Mornn
Mary Oxley was Borne May 13 1769 about 10 o'clock in the Evening
Hannah Oxley was Borne May 2 1771 about 7 ....

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Joseph Oxley the Husband of mary oxley father to the above Children Dyed october 28: 1812


Background Information

This is a transcript of Joseph's Will, which is dated 1807. It is held at the Borthwick Institute in York.

In the Name of God Amen, This is the last Will & Testament of me Joseph Oxley of Greasbrough, in the Parish of Rotherham in the County of York, Blacksmith

First I will that all my Just Debts & Funeral Expences be first paid off & discharged by my Executrix hereinafter named. I give & bequeath unto my dear Wife Mary Oxley All my Money, Securities for Money, And all my Book Debts for her Sole Use & benefit, I also give & bequeath unto my said Wife all my Household Furniture Goods Chattels & Personal Estate whatsoever & wheresoever which I may die Possessed off (Save & except my Working Tools & Utensils belonging the Business of a Blacksmith And also all my Unwrought Iron which I may have at the Time of my decease, all which is by me hereinafter otherwise disposed off) for & during the Term of her Natural Life, & from & after her decease, Then my Will & Mind is, And I do hereby Order & direct that all my said Household Furniture Goods Chattels & Personal Estate so by me given to my said Wife as aforesaid shall be Sold & disposed off, & the Monies arising from such Sale to be equally divided amongst my Children John, George, Joshua, William, Ann, & Margaret the Wife of Thomas Cooper or their Representatives, Share & Share alike, And I do hereby further Order & direct that from & after my decease, All my Stock of Unwrought Iron which I may have by me at the time of my decease shall be Valued & Appraized by two indifferent Persons, & that my son John Oxley shall have the preferrence of purchasing the same, & the Monies arising therefrom shall be equally divided amongst my said Children George, Joshua, William, Ann & Margaret the Wife of the said Thomas Cooper or their Representatives Share & Share alike, I also give & bequeath unto my son John Oxley the Tenant Right of my Workshop, & all my Working Tools & Utensils belonging the Business of a Blacksmith to & for his own Use & Benefit. And I also give unto my son Joseph Oxley & unto my Son in Law James Moore One Shilling each, And Lastly I do hereby make constitute & appoint my said dear Wife Mary Oxley Sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking & making Void all former & other Will & Wills by me at any time heretofore made, I declare this only to be my last Will & Testament, In Witness whereof I the said Joseph Oxley the Testator have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this Twenty Second Day of December in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred & Seven.

Joseph Oxley (signed)

Wits: Wm Holdsworth, Catharine Holdsworth


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