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Stephenson family (Rocket train)

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Lawrence Report 20 Jan 2013 11:31

Thanks for your reply,I was looking for a link between my relative a Thomas Stevenson born 1812 at Ratcliffe on the Wreake Leicestershire and the Stephenson family.It was passed down in our family that we were related to George Stephenson and that Thomas worked on the Leicester to Swannington railway construction.
I can't find a link to suport this passed down statement

Thanks for your help



Cynthia Report 19 Jan 2013 11:50

Hello Lawrence,

It seems as though George is a popular chap on here - there are 23 members of this site who have him in their tree. If you click on Search above, and then on Search all Trees and enter his details, you will see what I mean. You can contact the tree owners for further info if you so wish. Cx

Mike *

Mike * Report 18 Jan 2013 15:54

George Stephenson was born in Wylam, Northumberland, 9.3 miles (15.0 km) west of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was the second child of Robert and Mabel Stephenson,[1] neither of whom could read or write. Robert was the fireman for Wylam Colliery pumping engine, earning a very low wage, so there was no money for schooling. At 17, Stephenson became an engineman at Water Row Pit in Newburn. George realised the value of education and paid to study at night school to learn reading, writing and arithmetic — he was illiterate until the age of 18. In 1801 he began work at Black Callerton Colliery as a 'brakesman', controlling the winding gear at the pit. In 1802 he married Frances Henderson and moved to Willington Quay, east of Newcastle. There he worked as a brakesman while they lived in one room of a cottage. George made shoes and mended clocks to supplement his income.

Dial Cottage, West Moor, Killingworth
Their son Robert was born in 1803, and in 1804 they moved to West Moor, near Killingworth where George worked as a brakesman at Killingworth Pit. His wife gave birth to a daughter, who died after a few weeks, and in 1806 Frances died of consumption (tuberculosis). George decided to find work in Scotland and left Robert with a local woman while he went to work in Montrose. After a few months he returned, probably because his father was blinded in a mining accident. He moved back into a cottage at West Moor and his unmarried sister Eleanor moved in to look after Robert. In 1811 the pumping engine at High Pit, Killingworth was not working properly and Stephenson offered to fix it. He did so with such success that he was promoted to enginewright for the collieries at Killingworth, responsible for maintaining and repairing all the colliery engines. He became an expert in steam-driven machinery.[2]


Maddie Report 18 Jan 2013 15:50

Robert Stephenson Stinson
Birth Abt 1715 in Oxnam, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Death 1755 in Northumberland, England

Katherine Alison
Birth Abt 1722 in Scotland or Ireland
Death 1814 in Balleymoney, Antrim County, Northern Ireland

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 18 Jan 2013 15:50

England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
about George Stephenson
Name: George Stephenson
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1848
Registration district: Chesterfield
Inferred County: Derbyshire
Volume: 19
Page: 348


Maddie Report 18 Jan 2013 15:47

tree on ancestry has

1781 9 Jun

Wylum, Northumberland, England

1802 28 Nov
Age: 21

Marriage to Frances Fanny Henderson
Newburn Church, Newburn, Northumberland, England

1820 20 Mar
Age: 38

Marriage to Elizabeth Hindmarsh
Newburn, Northumberland, England

1848 11 Jan
Age: 66

Marriage to Ellen Gregory
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

1848 12 Aug
Age: 67

Tapton House, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England


Robert Stephenson Stinson II, "Old Bob" 1740 – 1817
Mabel Carr 1749 – 1818

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Spouse & Children

Frances Fanny Henderson 1769 – 1806

Robert III Stephenson Stinson 1803 – 1859
Frances Stephenson 1805 – 1806

Spouse & Children

Elizabeth Hindmarsh 1790 – 1846

Spouse & Children

Ellen Gregory 1800 –

1740 Abt
Robert Stephenson Stinson II, "Old Bob"

Scotland or Ireland
Apr 1750 Alternate

1778 Abt
Age: 38

Marriage to Mabel Carr
Wylam, Northumberland, England

1817 Jun
Age: 77

Walbottle, Northumberland, England

Birth 1749 in Ovingham, Northumberland, England
Death May 1818 in Wylam, Northumberland, England

Mabel Carr

Ovingham, Northumberland, England

1778 Abt
Age: 29

Marriage to Robert Stephenson Stinson II, "Old Bo Wylam, Northumberland, England

1818 May
Age: 69

Wylam, Northumberland, England

Robert Stephenson Stinson 1715 – 1755
Katherine Alison 1722 – 1814

don't know how accurate it is

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 18 Jan 2013 15:44

Stephenson was a pioneering railway engineer and inventor of the 'Rocket', the most famous early railway locomotive.

George Stephenson was born on 9 June 1781 near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His father was an engineman at a coalmine. Stephenson himself worked at the mine and learned to read and write in his spare time. He gained a reputation for managing the primitive steam engines employed in mines, and worked in a number of different coalmines in the northeast of England and in Scotland.

In 1814, Stephenson constructed his first locomotive, 'Blucher', for hauling coal at Killingworth Colliery near Newcastle. In 1815, he invented a safety lamp for use in coalmines, nicknamed the 'Geordie'.

In 1821, Stephenson was appointed engineer for the construction of the Stockton and Darlington railway. It opened in 1825 and was the first public railway. The following year Stephenson was made engineer for the Liverpool to Manchester Railway. In October 1829, the railway's owners staged a competition at Rainhill to find the best kind of locomotive to pull heavy loads over long distances. Thousands came to watch. Stephenson's locomotive 'Rocket' was the winner, achieving a record speed of 36 miles per hour.

The opening of the Stockton to Darlington railway and the success of 'Rocket' stimulated the laying of railway lines and the construction of locomotives all over the country. Stephenson became engineer on a number of these projects and was also consulted on the development of railways in Belgium and Spain.

Stephenson died on 12 August 1848 in Chesterfield in Derbyshire. His only son Robert was also a railway engineer and worked with his father on many of his projects.


Reggie Report 18 Jan 2013 15:41

GOOGLE.............there will be plenty of info to be found

Or do some research using freebmd and the IGI


Lawrence Report 18 Jan 2013 15:38

I'm looking for the family tree of George Stephenson (1781-1848) from Wylam Northumberland

Do's anybody have the Stephenson family tree from early 1700.s till 1900.