John Stables (b.1783 Barnburgh, d.1861 Darfield) and Ann Tyas
John was the son of William Stables (b.1739, Barnburgh) & Sara and was born in Barnburgh, being baptised at St. Peter’s Church on April 26th, 1783. He was an agricultural labourer all his life.
On December 6th, 1803, he married Ann Tyas at St. Peter’s in Barnburgh, the marriage being witnessed by his uncle, John Stables, and Mary Clough.
They appear to have moved around after their marriage, as their first child, Matthew, was born in Bolton-on-Dearne in 1804. This was followed by Mary in 1806 and Jacob in 1809, who were both born in Barnburgh. Then around 1810, they settled in Darfield, where they had a further four children: Isaac (b.1811), Hannah (b.1813), Abraham (b.1816) and Luke (b.1818).
Their eldest son, Matthew, was apprenticed to the Reverend Henry Cooke, the rector of Darfield Church in 1817 and it seems that John & Ann may have lied about his age in order to secure the indenture, as he was 13 at the time, not 11 as quoted in the Parish Indenture Records. Matthew became a stonemason after serving his seven years with Reverend Cooke.
Their son Abraham moved to Barnsley and became the horse-keeper at Mount Osborne Colliery; Isaac became a miner and moved to Street, near Wentworth; Luke moved to Edwardthorpe, after his marriage to Mary Medlam, but moved to Ardsley in the 1840s.
Their daughter Mary was apprenticed to the butcher, William Harcourt, on February 28th, 1821, at the age of 14, “till she shall attain the age of 18 or marriage”.
In 1857, his wife, Ann, died and by the time of the 1861 census John had moved into one of the Alms Houses at Highfields in Darfield.
John died on June 2nd, 1861 at the Alms Houses in Darfield. He was 78 years old and had suffered chronic bronchitis for two years, followed by anasarca (retention of fluid in the legs and abdomen due to heart failure. Also known as dropsy or hydrops) for the final two months before his death.
This biography was based on an original written by Victor Stables.