James Stables (b. 1827, Newhill)
James was born at Newhill in 1827 and was the son of William Stables (b.1790, Wath) and Ann Athram.
James started his working life as a potter at the Newhill Pottery, which was where his father worked, and was still working there at the time of his first marriage, to Mary Stenton, in 1847. Neither of them could read or write.
By the time the 1861 census was taken, the Pottery had closed and James had become a coal miner, living on Town Street at Brampton Bierlow with his wife and eight children.
His daughter Ann, married John Thomas Turner, who was licensee at The Prospect Tavern Beerhouse in 1901.
After the death of his first wife, he married Margaret Barber, a widow from Harlington, and soon afterwards gave up mining to become the landlord of The New Inn on West Street in Wath-Upon-Dearne.
He died on April 11th, 1902 at the age of 75 and was buried at Wath Cemetery. At the time of his death he was living at 'Grange View', a house on the Cemetery Road, Wath, which overlooked Newhill Grange. His effects were valued at nearly £3000 for probate.
Margaret died the following year at The Don Hotel in Swinton, which was run by her son Luke Barber. She was 74. Newspaper reports of her funeral state that "the funeral was an exceptionally large one, 17 carriages being requisitioned to carry mourners". The newspaper also reported that the bearers were tenants of the deceased, which would appear to indicate that James and Margaret were the owners of several rented properties.
Luke Barber, James's step-son, married Mary Ann Stables, the daughter of Benjamin Stables (James's brother) and his wife Maria.
This biography is based on an original that was written by Victor Stables and included amongst his research notes.
The Will of James Stables
This is a full transcript of James's Will that is held at the Borthwick Institute and very kindly supplied by Michael Chance for inclusion here:
This is the last Will & Testament of me James Stables of Number 9 Cemetery Road Wath upon Dearne in the County of York Retired Innkeeper I appoint my son Oswald Stables of Snape Hill Darfield in the said County of York Innkeeper & my friend Denis Utley of Wath upon Dearne aforesaid Secretary (hereinafter called my trustees) to be the Executors & Trustees of this my Will And I give to them a legacy of Twenty pounds each for their trouble in acting as such Executors & Trustees I wish to be buried in the Cemetery at Wath upon Dearne aforesaid in the grave space which I have purchased for that purpose & that my grave be bricked round & I authorise & request my trustees to expend a sum of Fifty pounds or thereabouts (more or less) in the erection of a Monument over such grave I give to my dear wife Margaret Stables such articles of furniture plate or other effects of domestic or household use or ornament as she shall within two calendar months from my death select I give the remainder of the furniture plate & other effects of domestic or household use or ornament unto my trustees upon trust that my trustees shall distribute the same among all my children as my trustees in their absolute discretion decide I give the following legacies namely To my grandsons James Stables & John Stables children of my late son Albert Stables Sixty pounds each To such of the children of my late daughter Sarah Hunter as being sons or a son shall attain the age of twenty one years or being daughters or a daughter shall attain that age or marry the sum of One hundred & eighty pounds & if more than one in equal shares To Annie Stables the widow of my late son John Stables in case she shall not remarry during my lifetime the sum of Sixty pounds To my sons Charles Stables William Stables & Oswald Stables & my daughters Ann the wife of Thomas Turner & Rosanna the wife of Henry Ayrton & my wife's son Luke Barber or such of them as shall survive me the sum of One hundred & fifty pounds each But as to the legacy to the said Rosanna Ayrton subject to the provisions hereinafter contained And if any of the said six last named legatees shall die in my lifetime then to the widow or husband if any (as the case may be) of him or her so dying two third parts of the sum of One hundred & fifty pounds & to the child if only one or all the children equally if more than one of him or her so dying the remainder of the same sum To each child who shall attain the age of twenty one years of any of the said six last named legatees the sum of Ten pounds & in case any child or children of any of the same six last named legatees shall die after my decease & before attaining the age of twenty one years then in each such case to the Father or other the person responsible for the burial of him her or them so dying the sum of Ten pounds to be applied in payment of his her or their funeral expenses And to Joe Stables & Emma Stables children of my deceased brother Benjamin Stables the sum of Five pounds each I devise & bequeath all my real & personal estate not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my trustees upon trust that my trustees shall sell call in & convert into money my said personal estate or such part thereof as shall not consist of money & shall with & out of the moneys produced by such sale calling in & conversion & with & out of my ready money pay my funeral & testamentary expenses & debts & the legacies bequeathed by this my Will or any Codicil hereto & shall invest the residue of the said moneys with power for my trustees from time to time to vary such investments And shall stand possessed of my said real estate & of the said residuary trust moneys & the investments for the time being representing the same In trust out of the rents profits & income thereof to pay the sum of One pound per week to my said wife during her life & to accumulate the residue (if any) of the said rents profits & income by investing the same & the resulting income thereof to the intent that such accumulations shall be added to the residuary trust funds & shall follow the destination thereof And after the decease of my said wife upon trust to sell my said real estate & to stand possessed of the proceeds of such sale & of the said residuary trust moneys & accumulations (hereinafter together referred to as the residuary trust funds) In trust to pay thereout the funeral expenses of my said wife And to divide the residue between my said children Charles Stables William Stables Oswald Stables Ann Turner & Rosanna Ayrton & my wife's son the said Luke Barber in equal shares as tenants in common Provided always that if the said Luke Barber shall die in my lifetime leaving a child or children who shall survive me & being a son or sons shall attain the age of twenty one years or being a daughter or daughters shall attain that age or marry under that age then & in such case the last mentioned child or children shall take (& if more than one equally between them) the share which the said Luke Barber would have taken of & in the residuary trust funds if he had survived me I direct that as regards the said sum of One hundred & fifty pounds hereinbefore given to my said daughter Rosanna Ayrton in case she shall survive me my trustees shall pay to her the sum of Ten pounds on account thereof immediately after my death & shall pay the remainder into the York City & County Banking Companys Bank or some other Bank approved by them to an account to be opened in the names of my trustees & shall pay such remainder & the interest thereof to the said Rosanna Ayrton by weekly instalments of ten shillings until the same shall be exhausted And in case she shall die before the whole of the last mentioned sum of One hundred & fifty pounds & the interest thereof shall have been paid to her as aforesaid then my trustees shall pay two third parts of the amount so remaining unpaid unto the said Henry Ayrton if then living And shall pay the remainder to the child or children of the said Rosanna Ayrton & if more than one in equal shares I declare that if any grandchild of mine who if he or she had survived me would have become entitled to any legacy or share under this my Will shall die in my lifetime leaving a child or children who shall survive me & being a son or sons shall attain the age of twenty one years or being a daughter or daughters shall attain that age or marry under that age then & in every such case the last mentioned child or children shall take (& if more than one equally between them) the share which his her or their parent would have taken of & in my real estate & residuary trust funds if such parent had survived me & attained the age of twenty one years And I declare that my trustees may postpone the sale & conversion of any part of my real & personal estate for so long as they shall think fit And I declare that all legacies hereinbefore bequeathed & also the share hereinbefore bequeathed to the said Luke Barber of & in the residuary trust funds shall be fre from duty which (whether presently or presumptively or prospectively payable) shall be paid out of my personal estate And lastly I revoke all former Wills & testamentary dispositions made by me In witness whereof I have hereunto & to the three preceeding sheets hereof set my hand the twenty sixth day of June one thousand eight hundred & ninety nine.
James Stables X his mark
Proved at Wakefield 23rd May 1902 by Oswald Stables, innkeeper & Denis Utley limited-liability-company's-secretary.
Effects £2998 3s.
Extract from The Swinton & Mexborough Times. Dated 18th April 1902.
This transcript was taken from the research notes of Victor Stables.
James Stables died 1th April 1902. Aged 75. Buried Wath Cemetery.
James Stables's Obituary from The Swinton & Mexborough Times
This transcript was kindly supplied by Michael Chance/Mary Lindsey.
DEATH & FUNERAL OF MR. JAMES STABLES, OF WATH.
The death took place at his residence, Grange View, Wath, on Friday morning last, of Mr. Jas Stables, an old inhabitant of the district, at the age of 75 years. Mr. Stables was well-known & highly respected. He was formerly a publican at Newhill, Snape Hill, & Wath, & conducted his business in a manner which was a credit to the trade, & by dint of perseverance retired several years ago with the good wishes of his former customers & many friends. The funeral took place at Wath cemetery on Monday afternoon in the presence of a large number of relatives & friends - in fact it was one of the largest funerals ever witnessed in Wath. The first portion of the service was held in the Parish Church, the Rev. H. M. Ward being the officiating minister. Amongst the mourners were:- Mrs. James Stables (widow), Mr. & Mrs. C. Stables (Newhill), Mr. & Mrs. O. Stables, Mr. & Mrs. W. Stables, Mr. & Mrs. Turner (daughter), Mr. & Mrs. Ayrton (daughter), Mrs. J. Stables (Mexboro'), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Newhill), Mr. & Mrs. Barber (Swinton), Mr. John Stables, Mr. & Mrs. Jas. Stables (Newhill), Mr. G. Stables (Newhill), Mr. & Mrs. W. Winstanley, Miss Crissy Stables, Mr. & Mrs. Hunter, Mr. & Mrs. W. Hunter, Misses G. F. & M. A. Hunter, Miss R. Barber, Mr. G. Barber, Mrs. Conroy (Swinton), Miss M. A. Stables (Darfield), Mr. A. Stables, Mrs. A. Cooke, Mrs. E. Evans, Miss E. Evans, Mr. S. Ryalls, Miss E. Ayrton, Mr. J. Garfitt, Mr. H. Stenton, Mr. W. H. Ayrton, Mr. & Mrs. A. Stables, Mr. & Mrs. Stacey (Hoyland), Mr. & Mrs. Mountford (Hoyland), Mrs. Hill (Darfield), Mrs. Jacques, Miss Stenton, Mr. & Mrs. Hague, Mr. & Mrs. D. Utley, Mr. & Mrs. Clarvis, Mr. & Mrs. J. Evans, Mr. & Mrs. F. Law, Mr. & Mrs. A. Brocklesby, Mr. & Mrs. E. White, Mr. Straw, Mr. J. H. Hollings, jun., Mr. Oates, Mr. Hollings, Mr. G. Cooke, Mrs. Boyd, Mr. Riley, Mr. Roberts, Mr. A. Bramham, Mr. & Mrs. Muscroft, Miss Jansen, Mr. W. Bradley, Mr. H. Bradley, Mr. & Mrs. E. Cusworth, Mr. J. Cooke, Mr. H. Dawson, Mr. W. H. Wood, Mr. J. Batty, Mr. J. Utley, Mr. Andrew Hartshorn. There were 47 grandchildren, altogether, & twenty mourning coaches. Wreaths were sent as under:- "In loving memory of our dear father," Mr. & Mrs. O. Stables; "With deep sympathy," Mr. & Mrs. W. Stables; "In ever loving remembrance from your son & daughter," Charles & Hannah E. Stables; "In loving memory of our dear father," Mr. & Mrs. Luke Barber; "With deepest sympathy," "In loving memory," from his dear grandchildren at Darfield; "In loving memory of our dear grandfather," from Maryl, Crissy & Sam; "In deepest sympathy," from Mr. & Mrs. A. Stables; "In affectionate remembrance," from Mr. & Mrs. Gomersall, Hemsworth; "In loving remembrance from your daughter & son," Mrs. A. & T. Turner; "In loving memory of our dear grandfather," George, Emma, & Ruth; "With Mr. & Mrs. E. White's sympathy"; bunches of flowers were also sent from the grandchildren. The coffin bore the following inscription:- "James Stables, died April 11th, 1902; aged 75." Mr. Asher was the undertaker, & Mr. F. Lancashire supplied the hearse & mourning coaches.
Margaret Stables's Obituary from The Swinton & Mexborough Times. Dated May 1st 1903.
This transcript was kindly supplied by Michael Chance
FUNERAL OF MRS JAMES STABLES LATE OF WATH.
On Monday afternoon, the funeral took place at Wath Cemetery, of Mrs Margaret Stables, widow of the late Mr James Stables, of Cemetery road, Wath. The death of the deceased occured at the residence of her son, Mr Luke Barber of the Don Hotel, Swinton, on Thursday last, at the age of 74 years. The Rev H M Ward officiated. The funeral was an exceptionally large one, seventeen carriages being requisitioned to convey the mourners, and many friends were present at the cemetery. The principal mourners were as follows:-
1st carriage - Mr. & Mrs L Barber (Swinton) & Mrs C Stables (Newhill).
2nd carriage - Mr. & Mrs W Stables (Wath) and Mr and Mrs T Turner (Hoyland); 3rd carriage - Mr. & Mrs O Stables (Darfield) and Mr and Mrs H Ayrton (Newhill); 4th and following carriages - Mrs Smith (Manchester, niece), Mrs Barber (Huddersfield, niece), Mr and Mrs R Dobb, Mr and Mrs G Bradley, Mr E White, Mr. & Mrs A Stables, Mr J Stables, Mr. & Mrs G Stables (Newhill), Mr and Mrs Hunter (Dropping Well), Mrs Stacy (Hoyland), Mrs Hill (Darfield), Mrs Simpson, Mr and Mrs W G Conroy (Swinton), Mr and Mrs W Winstanley (Wath), Mr and Mrs J Turner (Hoyland), Mrs Smith (Newhill), Mrs Cooke (Newhill), Miss A Stables (Newhill), Miss P Barber (Swinton), Mr O Stables (Newhill), Mrs Spooner (Darfield), Mr A Stables, Mr W Stables, Miss A Stables, Mr B Stables (Darfield), Miss C Stables, Mr S Stables, Mr J Garfitt, Mrs A Brocklesby, Mrs Robinson, Mrs G Clarvis, Mr James Stables (Newhill), Mrs John Stables (Mexborough). The following were bearers: Messrs W Hague, J Robinson, G Clarvis, A Brocklesby, B Oates, G Straw, W Rockett, and G Cooke (tenants of the deceased). The coffin was supplied by Messrs Asher and Son, Wath, and the hearse and carriages by Messrs F Lancashire and Swinburne, Wath.