William Stables (1790-1847, Wath)
William, the son of Benjamin and Martha Stables, was born in Newhill in 1790, being baptised at Wath Parish Church on March 10th.
At the age of 23, in November 1813, he married Ann Athran of Wath.
William appears to have been the first Stables on this particular line to forsake agriculture for another occupation, as a potter. This was no doubt due to the development of the pottery trade at Newhill at about this time.
William and Ann had 7 children, all of whom were baptised at Wath Parish Church:
Two of his sons, James and Charles, became publicans in Wath.
After his first wife, Ann, died in September 1840 at the age of 45, William married Mary Firth (nee Shaw), a widow who was thirteen years his junior.
This second marriage, from which there were no children, proved to be short-lived. It took place on May 2nd 1844 and lasted for less than three years, as William died in February 1847 at the age of 57.
His second wife, Mary, was to live to the age of 59, dying at Newhill in 1862.
William and both his wives were buried in Wath. Neither he nor his second wife were literate, as they both signed the marriage register with a ‘X’.
This biography is based on an original written by Victor Stables and included amongst his research notes.