The Stables Family History News Archive
July 2004 onwards.
Allerton Bywater Tree
Michael has solved the final puzzle of the Allerton Bywater Tree, which was produced by Edward Stables in 1913. The tree shows one of our oldest ancestors on the South Yorkshire Line, William Stable of Kippax, marrying Anne Thomlinson of Burne, but no record of their marriage could be found in any of the surviving parish records.
Michael has found the record within a pedigree of the Thomlinson Family in Dugdale's visitation of Yorkshire, which was conducted in the 1660s. Michael has now fully re-traced the steps of Edward Stables in 1913 to verify all the records that Edward collected ninety years ago. You can view a transcript of the entry here.
Christopher's Father-In-Law's Will
Michael's amazing persistence, in searching for information on our ancestors, has paid off again, with his discovery of the will of Christopher of Astlay's father-in law, Richard Chamber (Christopher being our oldest confirmed ancestor on the South Yorkshire Line), dated 1563. Richard leaves his house and farm to Christopher, despite having sons of his own, and clearly held him in high regard.
The will also mentions Matthew Stable, who we suspect was Christopher's brother, but unfortunately there is no mention of his relationship to confirm this.
You can read Michael's transcript of the will here.
Robert of Harewood Mystery Solved
Michael has been searching records at the Borthwick Institute in his continuing quest to get to the bottom of our family tree. An entry he has found in the Bishop's Transcripts for Harewood clears up some confusion with a mistake in the IGI.
The IGI has a baptism for John of Harewood son of Robert and Dorothy dated 1600, which does not fit with any other records we have, as there is a Roger but no Robert at Harewood in this period. The Bishops Transcript actually shows the entry to be 'Jhon the putified sone of Ro and Dorothy', so it would seem that the transcriber for the Church of the Latter Day Saints took a leap of faith in assuming 'Ro' to be Robert, when, in fact, it was Roger.
It is also interesting that the record says 'putified' (reputed to be), which implies there was some doubt about the legitimacy of this child.
Michael has also searched PRs for Brayton, which you can view here.
William of Swillington Court Case 1670
A fascinating manuscript has been discovered in the WYAS Archives at Wakefield detailing the terrible state of 'want & povertie' that befell William Stable of Swillington (one of our oldest direct ancestors on the South Yorkshire Line) after the death of his son. William was forced to go before the court at Wakefield to claim maintenance from his grandson. I have been to Wakefield to transcribe the document, which you can view here. You can also read an updated biography for William here.
I have also transcribed (the only) Stables entry from the Parish Register of Ferry Fryston between 1674 and 1723, which can be viewed here.
William of Sheriffhutton 1534
To kick off the New Year... I have now transcribed and translated the will of William Stabler of Sheriffhutton, which is dated 1534 and is another one written in medieval latin. It has a few interesting bequests and the beneficiary seems to have come under dispute. You can view the transcript and translation here.
14th Century Stables Wills
I have transcribed and translated the two oldest known surviving Stables probate records that were proved at York in 1397. Sadly, these are little more than admons, as only the executor was recorded by the court clerics in medieval times.
You can view the transcripts and translations here.
National Archive Records 1100-1600
I have transcribed the list of documents held in the National Archive at Kew that include a reference to a member of the Stables family. The earliest of these being a sale of a wood in Gloucestershire by William the son of Roger de Stabulo in the 1200s.
Other interesting ones include a deed witnessed by Adam Stable, the Mayor of London, in 1362, a petition by Richard Stabyll, a scholar at Cambridge, to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the late 1400s, and a Dr. Stables, who was a witness at the trial of the Duke of Buckingham for false imprisonment in 1512.
You can view the full list here.
Will of John of Swine - 1483
I have finally completed a transcript of the Will of John Stables of Swine, which is dated 1483. I'm afraid this has taken me several weeks to complete and I have not quite finished the translation (the will is written in medieval latin). However, this is a very interesting will, which contains some rich social history, so I won't hold up the publication any longer. You can view the transcript and incomplete translation here.
Trees & Census Update
Michael has fully revised all of the Family Trees to include new information we have received since the last major update in the Spring. He has very kindly coloured all the new additions in green so that you can see who/what's new. You can view them here.
Michael has also been through the 1851 Census returns again and added some more that we were missing. You can view them here.
Miscellaneous Stables Records
I have accumulated a series of miscellaneous stables records from various sources at Hull Library that I've finally found time to add to the web-site. They include:
Samuel Stables of Parkgate
Peter has very kindly sent in some information and a set of lovely photographs of the children of Samuel William (Bisby) Stables (b. 1875) of Parkgate and his wife, Janet Eliza Dent. You can view them here.
"The Wath Affray" 1909
Michael has found an interesting reference to an assault on Oswald Stables that took place in Wath in 1909, leaving him hospitalised for several weeks. You can read more about this here.
Michael has also found an additional 1901 Census Record for Emma Stables and here sister Elizabeth, the daughters of Benjamin (1824-1880) & Maria, living with Sam Wilkinson in Newhill. You can view this here.
First of the Medieval Latin Wills
I have now completed the transcript and translation of the first of the Stables Family Wills that are in Latin. This is the will of Robert Stable of Sheriffhutton and is dated 1480. Unfortunately, it contains very little social history and is little more than an admon. You can view it here.
Tickhill Stables Family Photos
Trevor Stables of Lincolnshire, who is the grandson of Edward Stables (1908-1972) of Tickhill, has very kindly sent us a number of lovely photographs, of Edward's descendents. You can view these photographs here.
Early Calverley Deeds
We now have extracts from a number of deeds covering the period 1589 to 1705 and relating to lands and property in Idle, including a blacksmith's shop, that were in the possession of the Stables family. Some are very interesting, as the rent was "a red rose, in time of roses". You can read the deeds here.
More Parish Registers
Transcripts of the Stables entries from the following parish registers are now available:
Yorkshire Parish Registers
Alison has transcribed all of the Stables entries from the following parish registers:
We also have all Stables entries from the early PRs of Topcliffe & Morley, Addingham, Birstall, Bingley, Halifax, Almondbury, Brandesburton, Coxwold, Kirk Deighton, Masham, Beverley, Howden and Kirkburton.... Coming soon.
The Final English Will
I have completed a transcript of the will of Agnes Stabler of Hollome, dated 1549, which in another gem of social history from the renaissance period. It is the last of the earliest Stables wills that is in English.
I now have copies of all but one of the Stables wills that were proved in the 14th and 15th centuries and will take steps to transcribe and translate them, just as soon as I have mastered a bit of medieval Latin!
Divorce in The Times - 1880
Michael has found a fascinating article about the divorce petition of John Willoughby Stables of Barnsley against his wife for extravagance.
You can view the article, together with a transcript here.
Two More Early Wills
I have completed transcripts of two more early Stables wills. These are particularly interesting as there are bequests of personal artifacts.
Hilda Stables Photo
Barbara has very kindly sent us a lovely photograph of Hilda Stables (b. 1899), the daughter of Alfred & Phoebe Stables of Maltby. You can view the photograph here. She has also supplied a transcript of the marriage certificate for Hannah Stables to Albert Allott in 1876. You can view this on the marriage certificates page.
William Stables 1871 Census
Michael has found the 1871 census entry for William Stables, son of Daniel of Hickleton. It had been mis-transcribed as Stavles. William was living at Beighton in Derbyshire in 1871. You can view the entry under Beighton on the 1871 Census Page.
Michael has very kindly supplied Harewood Burials records from 1614 to 1660, which show that Stephen of Huby was probably born much earlier than we initially thought and could easily be the father of William of Hetherick, the oldest confirmed ancestor of the Harewood Line.
Interesting Early Wills
I have completed transcripts of the latest batch of wills received from the BIHR. These wills have some very interesting social history and bequests. John's mentions his uncle Sir Bartholomew Stable, our first Stables knight of the realm. Richard's contains many bequests of clothing and other personal items. These are as follows:
1861 Census Updates
Michael has done another major revision of our 1861 census records and added many more Stables entries. You can view these here.
Street, Near Wentworth - Photos
Pat has kindly sent us some photographs of Street, near Wentworth, which was where Isaac Stables and Susannah (Broom) lived. You can view these here.
More Early Wills
I have received another batch of early Stables Wills from the BIHR and begun the task of transcribing them. Unfortunately, Christopher is not mentioned in any of them. The first two transcripts are available now:
The Maltby Stables Families
Barbara and John have very kindly supplied us several photographs and information relating to the descendents of Alfred and Phoebe Stables of Maltby. Alfred was the grandson of Susannah Stables (Broom) of Street. They have also supplied photographs of the Stables memorials at Maltby cemetery.
Will of John of Godbie - 1541
I have completed a transcript of the will of John Stable of Godbie, which is dated 1541. This is an exceptionally long and interesting will, with many unusual bequests. It also proves a connection between the Stables families at Hemingbrough and those at Hatfield Woodhouse during the latter part of the reign of Henry VIII. Interestingly, the will shows a heavy Catholic influence, despite Henry the Eighth having severed the English Church from Rome.
GRO Index Transcripts 1900 to 1920
Michael's project to transcribe all of the West Yorkshire Stables entries from the General Register Office Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths is continuing at a cracking pace. The following sections are now available:
Mary Ann Stables of Stairfoot - Photos
Maureen Hill has very kindly allowed us to publish some lovely photographs of Mary Ann Stables, who was the grand-daughter of Michael Stables, founder of the Tickhill branch of the Stables Family. You can view a photographs and a biography for Mary Ann here.
Will of John of Armthorpe - 1558
I have completed a transcript of the will of John Stable of Armethorpe, which is dated 1558.
Will of Roger of Wombwell - 1558
I have completed a transcript of the will of Roger Stables of Wombwell, which is dated 1558.
Barnburgh Marriages - 1846 to 1922
Michael has very kindly transcribed all of the marriages at Barnburgh from 1846 to 1922. These are available here.
Will of William of York - 1550
I have completed a transcript of the will of William of York, which is dated 1550.
Will of Randolph of Wakefield - 1560
I have completed a transcript of the will of Randolph Stable of Wakefield, which is dated 1560.
GRO Index Transcripts
Michael has begun a major project to transcribe the Stables records from the General Register Office Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths for the whole of Yorkshire. So far he has completed:
Family Trees and Census Updates
Michael has been continuing to search the censuses for Stables records and has added loads of new records to the Census Section of the web-site. He has also done a major revision of the South Yorkshire Family Trees based on the new census information, burial records from Doncaster FHS and recent contacts we have had to the web-site.
Memorial Inscriptions for Doncaster Deanery
Michael has transcribed all of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Deanery of Doncaster that are held by the SOG. You can view these here.
Will of William of Pontefract 1616
I have completed a transcript of the will of William Stable of Pontefract, which is dated 1616. This is a very long will, listing significant parcels of land held around Pontefract and Ferrybridge.
StablesHistory.co.uk's 200th Page
A little bit of trumpet blowing for the Stables Family History Project! The web-site has now grown to an incredible 200 pages, from our humble beginnings back in October 2003.
Our visitor numbers have been climbing steadily over that time and we now receive over 1000 visitors every month and February saw our largest ever number of page-views, with over 5000 pages downloaded from the web-site.
Seatholders at Idle Chapel, 1634
Mike Howell of the Armitage Family History web-site, has transcribed the list of seatholders at Idle Chapel in 1634 and allowed us to use the Stable extracts. You can view these here.
Will of Richard of Ridding Grange, 1573
I have completed a transcript of the will of Richard Stable of the Ridding Grange, near Howden. This one is quite interesting from a social history perspective, as he leaves a number of farming implements, favourite animals and clothing amongst his bequests.
Stables Murder in Horsforth
Mary has very kindly sent us a copy of a letter discussing the raising of a reward to help catch the murderer of William Stables of Horsforth in 1805. You can read what we know about the murder and a transcript of the letter here.
More Stables Wills
I have now completed transcripts of the wills of:
Michael has done an excellent job of updating and sorting out the Census Records section. He has been checking all the census records against the Family Trees and adding them, if they are missing. He has also found a whole slew of other census records for Stableses in Mexborough in 1891 and 1901, together with more records for 1881.
South Yorkshire Tree Updates
Michael has done another major update of the South Yorkshire Family Trees. He has gone through all of the census returns, together with Wath and Barnburgh Parish Registers, and added everyone who wasn't already on the trees. He has also split Oswald's descendents onto a separate sub-tree, as his tree was becoming very large. The trees are now incredibly comprehensive and, as usual, the latest changes have been coloured green to make it easy for us to see what has changed.
George Stables's Family Bible
Christine has very kindly sent us an additional hand-scripted title page from the beautiful Family Bible of George Stables and Letitia Rossington of Darfield. You can view this here.
Jennet of Huby's Will 1611
I have completed a transcript of the Will of Jennet Stable (nee Mynning) of Hewbie, which can now be viewed here. She was the wife of Stephen of Huby.
Edmund of Wigglesworth's Will 1553
I have completed a transcript of the Will of Edmund Stable of Wigglesworth, near Settle. This is of historical interest, as he leaves a sallet (a flare-tailed helmet) to serve the King and the Lord. You can view this will here.
Stephen of Huby's Will 1591
I have completed a transcript of the Will of Stephen Stable of Hewbie, which can now be viewed here. Stephen may have been a brother of the oldest ancestor on the Harewood Line, William, but sadly the will provides no clues.
More Deeds from Wakefield
I have now completed the transcripts of the remaining batch of deed memorials from Wakefield that I have in my possession. The most startling revelation of these is that Henry of Wetherby (1727-1770) had a son called Henry, who was not mentioned in the Notices and there appears to be some confusion over which deeds relate to the father and which the son. I also have one further deed relating to the South Yorkshire branch of the family. For full details, visit these pages:
George Stables's Family Bible
Christine has very kindly sent us copies of the beautiful Family Bible of George Stables and Letitia Rossington of Darfield, together with some old photographs of their son Herbert. You can view these here.
Brian has kindly sent in photographs of the memorials of his parents, William Henry and Eva Stables of Tickhill and his brother Raymond, who died in Norfolk. You can view these here.
Harewood Line Extended
I have now completed a full transcript of the will of William Stables of Hetherick, who died in 1575. The will proves that William was the father of John Stable of Hetherick, who was the previous oldest known ancestor described in the Notices of the Stables Family. It also ties up most of the 'spare' Harewood records that pre-dated John of Hetherick. This extends the Harewood Line back to around 1534.
William & Gertrude Stables
Raymond Guy has very kindly sent in a photograph, taken in 1913, of William Stables, his wife Gertrude (Burgin) and their children and some information about their family. You can view these here.
George & Mary Ann Stables
Dave Staples (yes, with a 'p') has sent in some information about his branch of the family, whose father's surname has intriguingly mutated from 'Stables' to 'Staples', since the time of his birth. You can view this information here. He has also sent in a copy of a birth certificate (transcript here) and a marriage certificate (transcript here).
Stables Deeds from Wakefield
Several more transcripts of deed memorials from the Deeds Registry are now available. Including:
South Yorkshire Trees
Michael has very kindly taken over the maintaining of the South Yorkshire Family Trees, which had fallen into a bit of a neglected state! He has done a fantastic job and devoted the last two whole days to getting them all up-to-date!
All of Michael's updated trees are now available in the Family Tree section.
Stables Deeds from Wakefield
I have now finished transcribing all of the Stables entries from Volumes 17 to 21 of the Index to the Register of Deeds at Wakefield, covering the period 1775 to 1784.
"The Notices of the Stables Family"
More Stables Deeds from Wakefield
My wife and I have made another visit to the Registry of Deeds at Wakefield and have managed to transcribe the next eight (available) volumes of the index and a further eighteen complete memorials.
Volumes 13 and 16 are available now, as are two memorials relating to the property of Morret Stables of Ardsley (follow hyperlinks on the Deeds Page for these). Other volumes and memorials (mainly relating to the Harewood branch) to follow....
Harewood Baptism Parchment
I have just completed a transcript of a very intriguing, handwritten document, that Bill kindly supplied, which appears to contain entries from the Parish Registers or BTs for Harewood. You can view this document here.
John of Stank IOU Receipts
Bill has supplied a copy of some receipts for the marriage portion of Grace Stable, dated 1728 and 1729. A full transcript is now available.
Stables Deeds at Wakefield Registry
My wife and I visited the Registry of Deeds at Wakefield yesterday to look for Stables Deeds in the early part of the 18th century.
We have begun transcribing all of the Stables entries from the Indexes of Deeds, starting with the earliest 12 volumes (there are currently some gaps, as the volumes were missing!).
We have a full transcript of the deed by which William of Hemsworth (the brother of Henry of Barnburgh) sold land and properties at Allerton Bywater, Hemsworth and South Kirkby to Thomas Vincent of Barnburgh Grange and Philip Waterhouse of Braithwell.
We also have extracts from deeds recording the purchase of a 65 acre estate at Kirkby Overblow, together with properties at Horsforth, by Henry of Wetherby (from his father-in-law, John Gale) and his sale an hour later of 24 acres of land at Kirkby Overblow to his Uncle William. Apologies, but we didn't have time to get full transcripts of these... next time!
"The Notices of the Stables Family"
William L. Stables Jnr of Harrisonburg, USA has very kindly provided us with a copy of The Notices of the Stables Family for publication on the web-site, together with copies of some other fascinating papers in his possession.
The Notices were originally written by William Stables of Kirkby Overblow in the early part of the 19th century and were 'typed-up' by Thomas Branch Dunn in 1931. They give a fascinating account of William's research into the Harewood Branch of the Stables Family.
This is a major contribution to the web-site. The full work comprises over 150 pages of detailed genealogical and historical information, together with transcripts from many original documents that may now, sadly, be lost forever.
I am currently transcribing The Notices for the web-site and will be publishing batches of pages over the course of the next few months, as I complete them. The first few pages are available now.
William has also provided copies of some amazing papers from the early 17th century, including a promissory note issued by John of Stank (1664-1747) for the marriage portion of his daughter, Grace. Others to follow.
John Stable of Stank (1664-1747)
Marian Crew, of Gingin, Australia, has very kindly provided a photograph of the Gravestone of John Stable of Stank to accompany the promissory note, above.
Barnsley & Sheffield Area Censuses
Michael has just completed a major project to search and transcribe every Stables Census record held at Barnsley and Sheffield Archives from 1841 to 1891. He has discovered a very large number of new records that are now available on the web-site in the Census Records section.
For every household containing a Stables, Michael has transcribed the whole household and the full reference number. Previously on this web-site many of the records, which had been taken from Victor Stables's research notes, only showed the Stables occupants. Michael's updated records from the 1841 Census, 1851 Census, 1861 Census, 1871 Census and 1891 Census are available now.
The 1901 Census records have also now been updated to included reference numbers.
The Will of Sarah Stable of Idle 1657
I have now completed a transcript of the will of Sarah Stable of Idle in the parish of Calverley, which was dated 1657 and proved at London in 1658.
The William Stables of Astlay & Kippax
Michael has written updated biographies for William Stable (Senior) of Astlay & Kippax and William Stable (Junior) of Kippax, which are now available on the web-site. These are the third and fourth oldest generations of the South Yorkshire branch.
Additional Census Returns
London During The Plague
Michael visited various record offices in London on Friday to search for information on our ancestors, Joshua and Francis Stable, that moved there from Swillington/Kippax in the middle of the 17th century. He looked at the parish registers for their marriages but unfortunately they did not give any information other than their names.
He searched the burial records for St. Giles, Cripplegate, looking for Joshua's burial, knowing it to have been after August 26th, 1665 and, to quote Michael's words: "I’ve never seen a burial register during the Plague, but it’s a very moving experience. I started at the 26th & went through page after page all with the cause of death stated, mostly 'Plague', & I was still on the same day! Two days later, I found him. He didn’t die of the plague. The cause was put down as 'Surfet'".
Surfit means vomiting from over eating or gluttony. If someone does not eat for a while and then eats a large meal, they can become very ill but gluttony could imply obesity, which is itself a common cause of illness and death.
Christopher & Thomas of Astlay
Michael has written updated biographies for the oldest confirmed ancestors of the South Yorkshire branch. Those for Christopher Stable and Thomas Stable of Astlay are available now. Others to follow soon.
Swillington & Kippax Hearth Tax
Michael has kindly transcribed all of the Hearth Tax Records for Swillington and Allerton Bywater over the period 1665 to 1675. They show that William Stable of Kippax had quite a substantial property at the time of his death but his widow moved to a much smaller house within a few years and then re-married Richard Hodgson in 1667.
Yorkshire Hearth Tax - 1672
You can now view a full transcript of every Stables entry from the Yorkshire Hearth Tax records for 1672 here.
Guiseley Parish Church Burials
We now have a transcript of all the Stables burials in the parish of Guiseley here.
The Calverley Stables Lines
I have begun researching the Stables Branches in Calverley and Guiseley and have discovered that Jonas Stables of Wombwell, whose will (dated 1737) we have on the web-site, is descended from the Calverley branch. This could mean that all of the earliest records in the parish of Darfield are connected with the Calverley Stables branch. You can view the information about Jonas here and read the latest Calverley research here.
The Harewood Stables Lines
Over the last few months we have been contacted by Bill Stables (from the USA), Teresa Stables (from the USA) and Marian Crew (from Australia), who are researching the Harewood branch of the Stables Family. They have kindly sent us a great deal of information about their side of the family, which I am just beginning to verify.
The records they have seem to indicate that the early Wath-Upon-Dearne Stableses may actually belong to the Harewood branch. I have gathered together some of the earliest Harewood records in a new section of the web-site (here), so that you can keep pace with the research as it develops. You can also read a full novel about William of Harewood here.
Teresa is visiting the UK in the Summer of 2005 and would be very pleased to make the acquaintance of any of her distant cousins this side of the pond.