(Copy of letter from Mrs. A. A.
Drover, of 15 Dellcott Close, Welwyn
Garden City, Herts., England, granddaughter of William Stables,
author of "Notices of the Stables Family."
15 Dellcott Close,
Welwyn Garden City,
The old history arrived safely three or four days ago.
Thank you very
much for returning it so promptly, and also for mending its poor
so neatly. I was very glad to see it again. I don't think the
opened it. I found the enclosed notice of my grand-father's
death in an old
scrapbook and have copied it for you. I think it is on a marble
slab in the
little Wesleyan chapel at Kirkby-Overblow. He is buried in the
burial ground adjoining, but I will find out definitely for you
from a cousin whom I expect to see - the one who sent me the
Sarah Assin, daughter of Sara (I think) Stables, eldest daughter
Stables, who married Mr. Snow, and whose brother Frank Snow
Australia. Did you notice the family tree in the old history?
Some of your
questions were answered - for instance all grandfather's
their marriages are entered.
I will try and get a fuller list from Sara when she comes.
brother Samuel died in Leeds, and my father helped to support
his widow for
some years, but I never heard of any descendants, and have no
idea if there
were any, nor what became of them. Matthew Stables was burnt to
1862 through the overturning of a lamp. He had two daughters,
Lily; both died leaving no children. His widow married again to
Fearnley (Harnley?), and they had three children, three girls
and a boy,
all living at Ackwork, near Pontefract. I am in communication
with them and
have visited them several times.
Before grandfather's death some of the farms had been
among the sons, and Kirkby Overblow came to Mark. When Mark
died, the farm
came as his share of the estate to the eldest son, William, who
medical student. My father was in trust for the children until
youngest was of age, and the trusteeship could be wound up.
extravagant, and the farm had to be sold to pay his debts. This
end of the estate our great-grandparent had, with much care, got
I am sending the photographs of grandfather Stables and
taken by my father. Will you let me have them when you have
them? Sara Aslin (before referred to) is giving my grandfather's
for which she has not room, so I shall have his carved oak
table on which he wrote the old history, and the chair he
used-all in a
corner together. It is a black oak wooden chair.
I think your typeing is excellent, and I congratulate
you on your
success. I hope your fruit trees will recover from the drought,
will have a good crop from them this year. You must have had a
My brother Edward's oldest boy came over on Sunday. He
in the air force in Egypt for four years. Percy, my brother
son, also came over a week or two ago. He has been away three
wants to get back as soon as he can to the tropics, as he
dislikes our climate.
He told me that you had kindly written to him. He had not
replied, as he
been in your part of the world, and able to get in touch with
He is a strange, shy boy, though very intelligent,
I will write again, as soon as I have seen Sara, Please
handwriting. I am just recovering from bronchitis and tonsilitis,
feel very shaken.
With kindest regards.
A. Maude Drover.
Field House, Kirkby-0verblow Born 10 February 1794,
Died 7 October 1862
Calm and collected in judgement,
Established and unswerving in principle
Orderly in everything.
Devotedly affectionate in the relations
of life, modest, earnest, and faithful
in the duties of piety.
The respect of the public,
And the confidence of his church
With a vigourous and richly stored
intellect and full with the blessings of
the Lord, and the fruits of Grace,
He suffered awhile,
And was perfected.
Halifax, Va., April 27, 1931.
Mr. Linton Stables,
3101 Hull St., Richmond, Va.
Mr. Rocliffe Stables,
Mr. William Stables,
Mr. Frederick Stables,
Your cousin. Mrs. A. A. Drover, of 15 Dellcott Close,
Welwyn Garden City, has lent me two small photographs of
your grandparents, William Stables, and his wife Martha Skilbeck.
Possibly you would like to have these copied. I have recently
had some copied by the Eastman Kodak Co. They charged me $1.50
each for the copy negatives, and 5c each for prints, or 75c for
5 by 7 enlargements. If as many as three of you would be
in obtaining copies, the cost would thus be $1.00 each for the
"overhead" and 5c each for the small prints of 75c for the
enlargements, as many of them as you wish.
Possibly some one of you already has these two
which case there is no immediate need or reason for having the
work done' but if there is no picture of your grandparents among
the Virginia descendants, this is probably your only and last
chance to obtain the photographs. I must return them and Mrs.
is quite advanced in age and in a few more years the photographs
have may be lost.
With best wishes. I am
T. B. Dunn.