Stables History News

Welcome to the STABLES family history news bulletin, keeping you up-to-date with all the latest discoveries in our research and new additions to our web-site.

Frank Stables' disappearance

from Michael Chance, March 13th 2017

Frank Stables mysteriously disappeared in 1911, leaving a wife and seven children. By 1920 he was considered dead and probate was granted. Does anyone have any information about this intriguing story? If so, we'd love to hear from you. A photograph of Frank and his will can be viewed here.

Stables at War

from Michael Chance, March 4th 2017

I have started a section on members of the Stables family who served in the armed forces or the home front in times of war. Any additions will be gratefully received. You can view the new section here.

George Stables' presentation clock update

from Michael Chance, February 25th 2017

Michael McGough, the grandson of George Stables of Hickleton, whose clock was discovered five years ago, has been reunited with his grandfather's heirloom. You can read the full story here.

World War I memories

from Michael Chance, January 24th 2014

To commemorate the start of the First World War, we thought it would be a good idea to create a section featuring members of the Stables family who served their country in the conflict. If anyone has photographs or stories about their family that they would like us to include, please contact me through this website.

Daniel Stables - Waterloo Veteran

from Michael Chance, January 7th 2014

It has come to our attention that a Daniel Stables of Yorkshire was awarded the Waterloo Medal and received an army pension in 1820. According to his army papers he was aged 35 at the time (so born about 1786) and came from Morley near Leeds. However, having researched baptisms for the Morley area in the 1780s, there is no sign of him. Does anyone have any information on his parentage and how he might fit into the tree? We'd love to to hear from you.

George Stables' presentation clock

from Michael Chance, August 27th 2012

Dennis Wilkinson has acquired a clock which was presented to George Stables (1894-1988) by the officials of Hickleton Main Colliery on his marriage to Mary Ellis in 1929. If anyone has a close relationship to George & Mary, please contact us through this website.

Brian Stables

from Michael Chance, April 24th 2012

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Brian Stables of Canada on 22nd April 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Brian first contacted the website around ten years ago and since then has contributed immensely to its content, writing a series of fascinating memoirs which can be viewed here. He gave very generously of his time & knowledge and was a lively correspondent. He will be greatly missed. We send our condolences to his family and friends.

Updated trees

from Michael Chance, March 15th 2012

The trees have now been updated. They include some additions as well as corrections to the existing trees.

William Stables (c.1799-1865)

from Michael Chance, June 13th 2010

We have ben contacted by David Braden form Chicago, Illinois, who is trying to ascertain the parentage of Wiliam Stables who was born circa 1799. He married Ann Towns in Pontefract in 1819. Does anyone have any information on this family?

Mailing List

from Michael Chance, April 26th 2010

Due to an unfortunate computer crash, we have lost the entire mailing list. If you wish to continue receiving email updates to the website, please resend your email address to us & we will add you to the new list. We're sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

Matthew Henry Stables

from Carol McIntyre, January 19th, 2009

Carol has kindly supplied some information and photos of her branch of the Stables Family, who are descended from Mark Stables who was born in 1823 at Kirby Overblow. You can view them here

Michael's New Book

from Michael Chance, November 27th, 2008

Cover of Michael Chance's Book - Ardsley and Stairfoot Revisited

Ardsley and Stairfoot Revisited by Michael Chance

Michael's latest book, Ardsley and Stairfoot Revisited, will be launched on 10th December priced £10.99. It is based on the previous two booklets but has many new photographs, never published before, with completely re-written captions and a brief history of the village. It will be available from Barnsley Archives and Chris Sharp’s Old Barnsley stall on Barnsley market. People can also contact Michael directly via this web-site.

George Leslie Stables

from Dawn Batty, November 27th, 2008

Dawn has kindly provided some scans from Whispering Giant magazine that feature an interview with her father, George Leslie Stables. You can view the scans here.

Family Trees Revised

from Michael Chance, August 18th, 2008

Michael has fully revised and updated the South Yorkshire Stables Family Trees. To view the trees click here and then use the links on the right hand side of the page.

Sandygate Farm Lease

from Timur Tatlioglu, March 19th, 2008

The final gem from Timur is a transcript of William Stables's lease agreement for Sandygate Farm, Harewood in 1796, which requires him, amongst other conditions, to deliver three carts of coal a year to the big house.

Harewood Estate Surveys

from Timur Tatlioglu, March 18th, 2008

Timur has very kindly supplied transcripts of all the Stables entries from the three surveys of the Harewood Estate that were carried out in the 18th Century. You can view the transcripts here

Harewood Estate Records

from Timur Tatlioglu, March 18th, 2008

Timur has very kindly supplied some extracts from Harewood Estate Papers that include references to the Stableses of Harewood. You can view the transcripts here

Harewood Jury Lists 1784-94

from Timur Tatlioglu, March 13th, 2008

Timur has very kindly supplied the list of Harewood Jurors from 1784-1794, which includes William Stables of Harewood throughout. You can view the transcript here

Harewood Pews 1748

from Timur Tatlioglu, March 11th, 2008

Timur is a PhD student at York University, researching the development of the Harewood Estate Landscape between 1690-1812. During his work, he has discovered numerous references to the Stables Family amongst archive material from the Estate, which he has very kindly supplied for inclusion on the web-site.
The first of these items is a fascinating entry in the Harewood Parish Register relating to a transfer of ownership of a pew. You can read a transcript here.
More references to follow...

Court Sessions 1670

from Michael Chance, February 23rd, 2008

Michael has been searching the court records at Wakefield and uncovered more information in the Order Books relating to William Stables of Kippax's plea of poverty in c.1670. You can read the transcripts here.

Matthew Stables - Letter Dated 1891

from Marianne Sherman, April 15th, 2007

Marianne has discovered a fantastic letter amongst her great aunt Bertha Black's estate papers in the USA. It was written by Matthew Stables of Barnsley in 1891, on Burdin, Stables, Wood & Co. headed notepaper. The letter refers to his uncle Abraham (my own GG-Grandfather) and the death of his 'little girl'. She has very kindly scanned the letter for us, which you can view with a transcript here.

Lancashire Wills

from Michael Chance, March 28th, 2007

Michael has kindly transcribed the list of Stables Wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond. You can view them here.

The Will of John Stables of Moorhouse

from Michael Chance, March 28th, 2007

Michael has kindly provided a transcript of the will of John Stables of Moorhouse, who died in 1876. You can read his will here.

The Will of Ethel Stables of West Melton

from Michael Chance, March 28th, 2007

Michael has also kindly provided a transcript of the (very succinct) will of Ethel Stables of West Melton, who died in 1950. She was the daughter of Arthur. You can view her will here.

William Thomlinson of Burne

from Michael Chance, March 13th, 2007

Michael has found the will and inventory of William Thomlinson of Burne in the British Library. William was the father of Ann, who married William Stables Junior of Kippax around 1640. He was a very wealthy man and left money to William & Anne's children. You can view the will and inventory here.

Another Tragic Suicide in 1919

from Elizabeth Dresner, March 6th, 2007

Elizabeth has now kindly consented to us publishing information that she sent us about the suicide of Charlotte Stables by drowning in 1919. You can view extracts from the inquest report into her death here and see a transcript of her death certificate here.

Tragic Suicide in 1896

from Jim Wild, February 6th, 2007

Jim has kindly sent us a fascinating newspaper report about the suicide of James Forster Stables in London, together with copies of his death certificate and the death certificate of his father John Kitchingman Stables. He has also supplied a new photo of the Stables Lane signpost in Barnburgh, which the council have obviously cleaned up since my last visit.

Another Family Tree Update

from Michael Chance, January 29th, 2007

Michael has kindly done another major revision of the Family Trees and added on dozens more people. Thank you to everyone who has supplied details of their branches of the tree. As usual, Michael has coloured the changes in green so that you can see what has changed. You can view the trees in the Family Trees Section of the web-site.

Arthur Stables of Wath

from Michael Chance, January 23rd, 2007

Michael has very kindly supplied a copy of the will of Arthur Stables, who died in Blackpool around 1949 and was the son of Charles and Mary Ann Stables of Wath. You can view the will here.

Wakefield Burial Records

from Michael Chance, January 23rd, 2007

Michael has also very kindly supplied transcripts of Wakefield Burial Records from 1707-1754.

Wath Memorials

from Helen Walker, September 23rd, 2006

Helen Walker has very kindly supplied photographs of all the Stables memorials at Wath Parish Church, together with transcripts and photographs of several that we didn't have previously. You can view them here.

Harewood Deeds Proof-Read

from Bill Stables, August 20th, 2006

Bill Stables has very kindly proof-read the ten pages of deeds that belong between pages 120 and 121 of the Notices of the Stables Family (of Harewood). You can view a true transcript of the original manuscript with corrections annotated alongside here.

Probate Calendars 1944 to 1963

from Michael Chance, August 19th, 2006

Michael has very kindly transcribed the Stables probate records from 1944 to 1963. You can view them here.

Major Family Tree Revision

from Michael Chance, August 16th, 2006

Michael has done another major update of the South Yorkshire Family Trees and included dozens of new names and dates. He has coloured all the changes in green, so that you can see what's been added. You can access the trees here.

George Stables of Darfield

from Cherry Howard, August 15th, 2006

Cherry has in her possession two beautiful old books that belonged to her uncle, George Stables (b.1903) of Darfield, who was the son of Herbert & Annie (Kerrigan). She has kindly allowed us to publish some photographs of the books, one of which carries an inscription. You can view the photographs here.

Remaining GRO Birth/Marriage/Death Indices

from Michael Chance, August 13th, 2006

Michael has very kindly transcribed the GRO Index of Marriages 1837-1865, Deaths 1837-1865 and Births 1921-1983. These are available now. Michael's amazing efforts in transcribing them now means that we have the complete set of BMD Indices from the beginning through to 1984.

GRO Birth Index 1837 to 1865

from Michael Chance, August 3rd, 2006

Michael has very kindly transcribed the GRO Index of Births for the period 1837-1865, which are now available here. He has also transcribed the Marriages and Deaths over the same period, together with the Births for 1921-1983. These will be coming soon.

10 Missing Pages of Harewood Deeds

from Bill Stables, July 30th, 2006

Bill Stables has very kindly supplied ten pages of deeds that belong between pages 120 and 121 of the Notices of the Stables Family (of Harewood). I have OCR-ed the pages but not fully proof-read them to check for accuracy, so they should be considered 'draft' at this time. You can view them here.

George Stables of Wath - Family Admons

from Elizabeth Dresner, July 27th, 2006

Elizabeth Dresner has very kindly supplied a series of Admons for George Stables of Wath, his wife, Jane (Mellows), and his son, George. You can view transcripts of these here.

The Will of George Stables of Wath

from Michael Chance, July 23rd, 2006

Michael has kindly transcribed the will of George Stables of Wath, who died in 1919 leaving his piano and cheffionier to his daughter Charlotte and the remanider of his goods to his wife Jane (Mellows). You can read the will here.

Martin of Knottingley Inventory 1716

from Michael Chance, July 22nd, 2006

Michael has discovered that Martin Stables of Knottingley (1655-1716), who was the brother of Henry of Barnburgh, from whom everyone on the South Yorkshire line is descended, had his goods inventoried after his death. You can read the fascinating list of all his worldly possessions here.

The Will of Henry of Knottingley 1765

from Michael Chance, July 22nd, 2006

Michael has kindly supplied a full transcript of the will of Henry Stables of Knottingley (1689-1772). You can read his will and a number of deeds from Wakefield that relate to him here.

The Will of Joseph of Barnburgh 1854

from Michael Chance, July 22nd, 2006

Michael has kindly supplied a full transcript of the will of Joseph Stables of Barnburgh (1808-1854). You can read his will here.

Another Major Census Update

from Michael Chance, July 22nd, 2006

Michael has very kindly done another major revision of the Census Pages of the web-site and added a lot more new records. You can view the census records here.

Mary Susannah Stables b1850 Harlington

from Jim Wild, July 22nd, 2006

Jim Wild has very kindly written a biography for Mary Susannah Stables the sister of John Kitchingman Stables of Harlington. You can read this here.

Sam Stables and his wife Henrietta's Wills

from Michael Chance, June 26th, 2006

Michael has kindly supplied copies of the Wills of Sam Stables (b.1858 Wath) and his wife Henrietta (Gould). You can read these here.

Frank Stables who disappeared in 1911

from Michael Chance, May 24th, 2006

Michael has kindly supplied a copy of the Will and Probate for Frank Stables (b.1869 Wath), who mysteriously 'disappeared' in 1911 and was declared dead in 1920. You can read these here.

Index of Wills 1800-1858

from Michael Chance, May 15th, 2006

Michael has kindly transcribed the Index of Wills held at the York Registry for the period 1800 to 1858. You can view them here.

GRO Death Indices 1921 to 1983

from Michael Chance, May 14th, 2006

Michael has kindly transcribed the entire General Register Office Index of Deaths from 1921 through to 1983. You can view them here:

GRO Marriage Indices 1921 to 1983

from Michael Chance, May 13th, 2006

Michael has kindly transcribed the entire General Register Office Index of Marriages from 1921 through to 1983. You can view them here:

He has also transcribed the Death Index over the same period, which will be available soon.

Will of Sam Stables (died 1918)

from Michael Chance, May 7th, 2006

Michael has kindly transcribed the will of Samuel Stables of Wath, who died in Germany in 1918. You can view the will here.

I've also added a number of birth/marriage/death certificates that have been sent in by various people over the last few months. You can view them here: births, marriages, deaths.

I apologise for the lack of updates over the last few months, I've been very busy due to other commitments and am now around 10 weeks behind -- Andy.

John Kitchingman Stables

from Jim Wild, April 10th, 2006

Jim Wild has very kindly written a biography for John Kitchingman Stables of Barnburgh and sent us some photographs of his daughter, Mary Susannah's, family bible. You can view these here.

Apprenticeship Records

from Michael Chance, March 12th, 2006

Michael has kindly supplied copies of all the Stables, and derivations, entries from the SOG's Index of Inland Revenue Appreticeship Records. You can view the records here.

Harriet Ann Burton Stables

from Michael Chance, March 12th, 2006

Michael has kindly supplied a photograph of Harriet Ann Burton Stables, the daughter of Mary Ann Stables/Gelder and Harry Burton. You can view the photo here.

More GRO Index Transcripts

from Michael Chance, March 4th, 2006

Michael has transcribed several more batches of Stables records from the General Register Office Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths. The new periods he has covered are:

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