Bishopton is a modest village in County Durham lying between Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington. It is about six miles from Stockton and today has a population of about 350. The Talbot provides good food. The parish is a little over 2,000 acres and includes Little Stainton and East and West Newbiggin. The church is St Peter and the earliest parish records date from 1653.
Meaburns lived there, and in the close-by Redmarshall, from around the time of those early records – the first births being recorded in the 1680s. At that point there were two, perhaps three, Meaburn families in the area. Twenty eight births over 80 years with a dozen local marriages suggests they were all fairly closely related but precisely how they were related is impossible to tell from the sketchy nature of these early records.
A convincing set of linkages and unbroken descent starts only with the birth of John Meaburn in 1734 (the son of a John, but which of two or more cannot be said). He later became parish clerk and there is good evidence to suggest that almost all of today’s Meaburns in England can trace their origins back to him.
There is little sign that these Meaburns held land or that they had business interests, other than the occasional inn, and they did not enter the professions. This means that they have left faint traces. There are no monumental inscriptions at Bishopton or around Cleveland parishes. They left few wills. There is an early one in 1687 for a Margaret Meaburne of Redmarshall simply making cash bequests, then one for John (1662-1725) at Newbiggin again dealing with money and goods and a similar one in 1762 for the spinster Mary of Newbiggin, though where she fits has not been determined. There are no others from the area.
Early Bishopton Meaburns
John Meaburn 1734-1817
John was baptised at St Peter, Bishopton, on the 12th April 1734, the son of a John Meburn. He was buried there, aged 83, on the 9th April 1817 and the burial record tells us he was the parish clerk. The match between the dates and age at burial provide confidence that they are for the same John.
Thirty years later the first of three children was born to a John Meaburn at Bishopton and his wife Mary. It seems likely that they are to the parish clerk, given the rarity of the Meaburn name and the lack of any other John’s having children in the parish. (There is a baptism for another John in 1731 but no other records can be linked to that year or name so the likelihood is that he died young.)
John married Mary Ramshaw of Bishopton on the 21st February 1764. John and Mary’s first child was Ann, baptised on the 7th October 1764. She married David Halliday in 1788 at Bishopton. Ann and David had six children baptised at Bishopton and a final two at Houghton le Spring.
John and Mary's first son, John, died in infancy in 1766, then in 1769 they had William from whom the line descends.
John Meaburn (1734) tree
William Meaburn 1769-1851
We reach firm ground with John and Mary’s third child, William, since he survived into the census years. William was baptised at St Peter on the 29th March 1769. He married Ann Stephenson of Darlington at Bishopton on the 8th December 1791. Their first two children were born at Bishopton but from 1799 the remaining four were baptised at Stainton in Cleveland, North Yorkshire and it was at St Peter & St Paul, Stainton where the 82-year old William was buried on the 17th September 1851. The censuses at Stainton in 1841 and 1851 show that by then William was a hand-loom weaver – a maker of linen. They also tell that by 1851 he had gone blind.
It seems though that hand-loom weaving may just have been an occupation in later life. There is an entry in the London Gazette for 12 October 1830 that reads:
William Meaburn, late of Stainton, in Cleveland, near Stokesley, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Parish Clerk and grocer, and carrying on the business of a Tailor and Draper.
He was to appear at the Court-House in York on 02 November before the Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors. His business affairs had not gone well (though he was evidently well-enough regarded to have continued the tradition as parish clerk). At least his family was now grown so there was possibly some support to fall back on. George and Alice were certainly close by.
Three sons carried on the name. The eldest, John (1794-1830), became a blacksmith and relocated to Hole House at Elwick Hall over towards Hartlepool. Neither of his sons had children so the line there goes no further than his children. The youngest, George (1805-1885), remained in Stainton, where he was a master tailor and also the sub-postmaster. George fathered a remarkable 20 children by his wife Ann Palliser. The survival of the Meaburn name today, however, is largely down to William, born in 1801.
William Meaburn (1769) tree
John Meaburn 1794-1830
John was born on the 17th October 1794 at Bishopton. He became a blacksmith and on the 19th June 1819 married Mary Ridley at Eston. They settled at Hole House, Elwick Hall in County Durham, not far from Hartlepool, and had five children between 1820 and 1831.
John died about December 1830 at Stainton but Mary lived on to 1854 so appears in the first two censuses. She was at Eston in 1841 where the last of the children had been born, living with two of her daughters, and was still at Eston in 1851 with John her eldest son and daughter Elizabeth. Mary’s death was recorded at Guisborough at the end of 1854.
The children were:
Ann Meaburn 1820-1892
Ann was baptised at St Peter, Elwick Hall on the 16th July 1820. She was working as a servant and living with her mother in Eston in 1841. In 1851 she was a house servant for William Fawcett, a solicitor, at Yarm and then on the 19th June 1856 she married Joseph Ord, a millwright, at Eston. By 1861 they were in London living at 125 Great Guildford Street in Southwark – with their two sons. In 1871 they were lodging in Bermondsey at 6 Riley Street. Joseph by now was employing 3 men. However they had only the eldest son with them. 1881 saw them in Rotherhithe at 9 Claremont Place, with son John. Joseph was now working as an engine fitter. They were back in Bermondsey in 1891 but Ann died early in 1892 and Joseph followed in 1899.
William Meaburn c1821-1885
Baptismal details for William have not been found but census records suggest it was in 1821. He turns up first in 1841 as an apprentice tailor, one of three living with a tailor at Stainton called Hutton Pounder. By 1851, now a qualified tailor he was living in Eston with his widowed mother and sister Elizabeth. He stayed in Eston for the rest of his life. He was on his own in 1861, then with brother John and sister-in-law Elizabeth in 1871 and finally on his own again, with a servant, on the High Street in 1881. He died as a batchelor at Old Eston in 1885 leaving £180 with his brother John as administrator.
Joseph Meaburn 1824-1824
Joseph was baptised on the 27th June 1825 at Elwick Hall and buried on the 29th November. A short life.
John Meaburn 1827-1885
John was baptised at Elwick Hall on the 2nd September 1827 while the family was at Hole House. In 1841, as a 13-year old he was living with a Marshall family in Eston presumably starting to earn his own living. Ann Marshall (Ridley) was his aunt. Ten years later he was a farm servant at West House in Bishopton then after another ten years he was back with the Marshalls in Eston but now labouring in the iron mines. On the 2nd September 1862 he married Elizabeth Pickering in Darlington. 1871 saw him and Elizabeth living with his brother William and now working as a greengrocer in Old Eston and they were still pursuing that line in 1881 on the High Street. John died in 1885. Elizabeth’s death has not been found. They had no children.
Elizabeth Meaburn 1831-1915
Elisabeth was the only child baptised back in Eston on the 20th March 1831. She remained in Eston all her life. In the 1851 census she was living with her mother and brother William and with a lodger, a brickmaker, James Fountain. She married James, who went on to be an ironstone miner and later a gardener, in 1852. They lived in Eston for the rest of their lives and had no children. James died in 1907 and Elizabeth in 1915.
William Meaburn 1801-1877
William was baptised on the 20th September 1801 at Stainton in Cleveland as William Mewburn. In 1830 he was married there to Elizabeth Briggs, but now as Meaburn which was how he was styled in all subsequent records. William was a publican at Red Lion in the Hart district of County Durham in the early years of the marriage when their two sons, John and William, were born. However, by 1841 the family had settled at Haughton-le-Skerne close to Darlington and by then he had become a blacksmith, a trade that he continued with from then on. Elizabeth died in 1850. William was married again in 1854 to Ann Harwood of Danby Wiske, but they had no further children. Ann had been living at Haughton le Skerne at the time of the 1851 census (with her illegitimate daughter Margaret) but by 1861 she and William had moved to Shildon, seven or eight miles further north. William died in 1877 and was buried at Haughton le Skerne.
John Meaburn 1831-1898
John was baptised on the 3rd September 1831 at St Mary Magdalene, Hart and born at Red Lion. He was with his parents at Haughton-le-Skerne in 1841 but had left home and was a farm servant at West House, Bishopton by 1851. John married Mary Cant of Fieldhouse at the end of 1860 and they went on to have five children at Byers Green in the Auckland district. John was a labourer first on the railways, then at the coke ovens. Latterly they lived at Todhouse in the Byers Green area. John died towards the end of 1898, followed about six months later by Mary.
John Meaburn (1831-1898) tree
John's children were:
Elizabeth Meaburn 1861-?
Elizabeth’s birth was registered between April and June in 1861 at Todhills In Byers Green parish. By 1881 she was working as a dressmaker and staying with her aunt, Mary Teasdale, at Emgate, Bedale. In 1883 she married Edwin Clark, a draper. She had her first child at Todhills, probably going back to her mother’s as was common. The next child was born at Aiskew followed by two at Todhills before going to Potter Newton and Leeds around 1900, where they were living in 1911 at 17 Ivy Mount. Edwin died at Ivy Mount on the 17th August 1932, leaving £1, 015. Elizabeth’s death has yet to be found.
Mary Meaburn 1863-1930
Mary was born at Todhills early in 1863 and by 1881 was off earning her living as a domestic servant at Pressick House in Marton. She was at home at the time of the 1891 census, listed as a “retired housemaid”, and later that year married Charles Willmer, a colliery weighman, who checked the weight of carts in and out to determine the exact amounts of coal being shipped. They lived at Challies Street, Newfield (still in Byers Green parish) by the Bolckow, Vaughan & Co. drift mine where they raised their five children. Mary died in the summer of 1930. Charles lived on until 1945.
William Meaburn 1865-1940
William was baptized at Todhills on the 16th July 1865. He became a farm worker, labouring in the cattleyard. He married Sarah Ann Espin of Upsal on the 5th May 1895 and they went on to have ten children at Todhills. William died in the early part of 1940 but Sarah Ann lived on until 1955.
John George Meaburn 1870-1871
An infant death.
John Robert Meaburn 1872-1941
John Robert was the last of John’s children. Born in 1872 he had a varied career as a pupil teacher (whether he ever did become a teacher has not been established), assurance agent and postmaster. He married Elizabeth Dowding from Wiltshire in 1896 and they lived at Bedale where their two children were born. John Robert died in 1941 and was buried on the 5th May at St Gregory’s. Elizabeth died in 1952.
William Meaburn 1835-1910
William was also born at Red Lion in his father's publican days and was baptised at Hart on the 23rd March 1835. In later censuses when he was giving the information himself he gave ages implying a birth more like 1840 but that is apparently wrong.
After an apprenticeship with his father, he too became a blacksmith and by 1861 he was living at Eston. He married Hannah Coverdale Bean there in 1864 and Eston remained home until his death in 1910. They lived at 43 High Street, Old Eston (with Hannah’s mother, Mary Bean next door at 41) according to the censuses of 1891 and 1901.
Eston would have provided good job opportunities at the right time for William with the discovery of a great ironstone seam there in 1850 and the establishment of the steel empire of Bolckow, Vaughan & Co. in 1864 following their earlier iron making from 1840 at Middlesborough and their blast furnace set up in 1851 at South Bank.
William Meaburn (1835-1910) tree
William and Hannah produced eleven children, including six sons who themselves produced children. This fecundity made his family very successful, genealogically, and has given us the largest number of 20th century Meaburn births.
Matthew “Tat” William Meaburn 1864-1945
Matthew’s birth was recorded in the fourth quarter of 1864 at Guisborough, the register office for Eston. At 16 he was working as an agricultural labourer and living with James Bean, a gardener at Eston and nephew to his mother. His marriage to Elizabeth Albertha Brown was registered at Middlesborough in June 1890 and in 1891 he was listed as a gardener himself and was living with wife and their first child, Ellen, at Lodge Farm, his father-in-law’s place.
By 1901 Matthew, or “Tat” as he was known, had become the innkeeper at the George & Dragon. It seems that it no longer exists but in 1901 Matthew was calling himself a hotel-keeper and was in William Street with all his family and a bunch of other relatives. Today the only significant building there is a tired-looking pub called the Brown Jug and that was where they were in 1914 when his son James joined the Yorkshire Regiment at the outbreak of WW! – might that once have been the George & Dragon?
Phoebe Elizabeth Meaburn 1865-1935
Phoebe was born on the 23rd November 1865. She never married and by 1891 was in Belgravia, London living with the family of her uncle, James Cannon, a valet. She was still with the Cannons at 38 Chester Terrace in 1901, now listed as a “companion”. Chester Terrace is a street of handsome houses facing over Regents Park. She was still there in 1911 but eventually returned to Yorkshire where her death is recorded at Guisborough in 1935.
John Meaburn 1867-1909
John was born around October-December 1867. By 1891 he was still living at home and now working as a blacksmith. He married Rose Flowers around April to June 1895. They had two daughters and in 1901 were living at 5 Hewley Street, Old Eston where he was working still as a blacksmith, but underground in the mines, before his untimely death at 40 in 1909.
George Meaburn 1869-1955
George was born on the 19th September 1869. It seems that his first job was as a gardener and in 1891 he was living with his market gardener grandmother, Mary Bean, at 41 High Street. In 1900 he married Mary Ann Blair from Longnewton and in 1901 was living with her, and their first child William David, at 6 High Street. At that time he was working as a groom and horse driver. He specifies ‘above ground’ so clearly he was working at the mine. He was a surface labourer at the ironstone mine in 1911 probably still looking after the pit ponies, but at some point he was disabled through being caught by a chain at the mine injuring his spine. He lived on in Eston to a good old-age not dying until 1955. At probate in 1961 he left £740 to Mary Ann. She lived on to 1963.
James Meaburn 1872-1927
James was born in early 1872. By 1891, living still at home, he had become a bricklayer. He married Eliza Wilson of Normanby in 1899 and by 1901 they were boarding in Lazenby and James too was at the mine operating a stationary engine. Eliza died in 1903 – they had had no children. He then married Margaret Ann Dobson Brown in 1905 but she died just a few months after giving birth to their son James in 1907. A third marriage to Ada Horner in 1908 led eventually to three more children and he was with Ada and the first two in the 1911 census. However, he had changed occupation again and was now the innkeeper at the Half Moon, Lazenby.
James died in 1927. Ada married George Ross a year later and lived on, dying at Guisborough in 1944.
Charles “Charley” Meaburn 1876-1944
Charles was born early in 1874. By 1891 he was working as a fitter. By 1901 he was a general labourer but in 1911 he had become a locomotive driver at the steelworks. It seems he never married and his death came early in 1944.
Edward Meaburn 1876-1952
Edward was born in the first quarter of 1876 and by 1891 was already working as a brickmaker. He married Ann Eliza Rudd in 1906 and they had 3 children by 1911 when he was living at 3 Dixon Street, Normanby and working as a labourer at the slag crusher for the blast furnace at the iron works. The records give us little after that other than to note his death late in 1952.
Mary Alice Meaburn 1879-1948
Mary Alice was born around July 1879 and was married at 20 to William Taylor another labourer at the blast furnace. By the 1911 census they were living at 43 Oliver Street, South Bank with the three surviving children of the four they had had (with one more to come). Mary Alice died in 1948.
Frances Annie Meaburn 1882-1961
Frances was born early in 1882. She married Arthur Hunt, a fitter’s labourer at the steelworks, in 1902 and by the census in 1911 was living with him and their four children at 43 High Street. Frances died in 1961.
Edith Meaburn 1884-?
Edith was born late in 1884. She married Frederick Carter, a plumber, in 1907 and by 1911 they were living at 27 Whitworth Road, Grangetown where their two daughters were born. They have not been traced further.
Henry “Harry” Meaburn 1888-1967
Harry was the last, born late in 1888. At the 1911 census he and his elder brother Charley were living with their sister Frances and her husband Arthur Hunt. Harry was then a loco driver at the steelworks. He married Lilian Calver in 1918 and they had a daughter Hannah and a son William who died in infancy. Lilian died in 1943 but Harry lived on until 1967.
George Meaburn 1805
Going back a little, George was the other one of William Meaburn (1769) and Ann Stephenson’s sons who had a family to carry on the Meaburn name. He was baptized on the 9th September 1805 at Stainton.
George married Ann Palliser of Sowerby at Stainton on the 10th May 1828 and over the following 24 years they produced 20 children. Only five of these were sons, three of whom died in infancy. Just Matthew and George reached adulthood among the sons and only Matthew had children to carry the Meaburn name forward.
George was a master tailor working at Stainton and by 1861 had also taken on the role of local post-master – a man at the centre of local affairs. Ann too worked. She was a laundress. With her great brood of children the family’s laundry requirements must have been considerable so extending the personal necessity into a business was a shrewd move. At least two of her daughters worked with her making the enterprise more cost-effective.
By 1881 we know that they lived on Acklam Road. George died in 1885 and Ann Followed in 1878.
Here are some details of the 20 children (see William, 1769, tree).
Mariah Meaburn 1829-1894
Mariah was just seventeen when she married John Clarke at Kirkleatham in 1846. Their first child was born at Roade in Northamptonshire where John himself had been born but by 1851 John was labouring on the railways and living in Huntingdonshire. The next two children were born in Shropshire and Lancashire, perhaps wherever the railway work took them. By 1861 though they had settled in Guisborough where John was now a grocer, this carried through 1871 but by 1881 John had branched out again as an innkeeper, before dying in 1888. Maria lived on at Guisborough, dying in 1894. They had had five children.
Mary Meaburn 1830-1850
Mary was baptized on the 30th March 1830 at Stainton. The 1841 census saw her staying with her grandfather, Matthew Palliser, a weaver at Thirsk.
Mary married Scottish glassmaker Robert Milburn in 1849. She had a son around August 1850 but died shortly after, presumably from complications following the childbirth.
Margaret Meaburn 1831-1903
We don’t have a baptism for Margaret though she was with the family in the 1841 census as a nine-year old. Most unusually she then married Robert Milburn, her sister’s widower, at Thirsk in 1852.
They lived at Bishopwearmouth and had seven children before Robert’s death sometime between 1878 and 1880. By 1891 the widowed Margaret was working as a laundress to make ends meet. She died in 1903.
Alice Meaburn 1832-1899
Alice was baptized on the 26th August 1832 at Stainton. She was married to Joseph Shaw at York at the end of 1853. They lived until about 1861 at Bolton Piercy where Joseph was a labourer at Rectory Low farm. They then moved to the Rectory at Finghall where Joseph had become coachman and where the last of their four children was born. They retired to Leyburn in Yorkshire where Alice died in 1899 and Joseph in 1901.
Matthew Meaburn 1833-1877
Matthew was baptised at Stainton on the 11th August 1833. By 1851 he was still living at home but was working alongside his father as a tailor. Matthew then moved away from Stainton for a few years early in his working life. He married Mary Metcalfe, originally of Bishopton, in 1856 and their first two children were born at Norton. However, by 1861 (with the first two of their six children) Matthew was back in Stainton. He had branched out in business and was now combining being a grocer with his tailoring. By 1871 he was exclusively a grocer. He died fairly young, just 44, in 1877 leaving under £100. Mary carried on with the grocery business and died in 1884 leaving a personal estate at probate of £31.
Matthew Meaburn (1833) tree
Emily Ann Meaburn 1856-1927
Emily Ann was born on the 8th December 1856 at Norton. By 1881 she was at Stainton Grange, the home of solicitor William Fawcett, and working as his cook. She married Henry Rutter in the spring of 1884 and went off with him to his farm at Goose Green, Pately Bridge near Harrogate where their four children were all born. By 1911 they were all living at Porch House with Henry still farming. Henry died in 1925 at 16 March Street, Conisburgh, Doncaster (apparently, from Google StreetView, a modest 2-up and 2-down) with effects at probate of £211. Emily followed in 1927.
William Meaburn 1859-1935
William was born on the 25th May 1859 at Norton. He trained as a joiner and was working as that at the time of the 1881 census. In 1883 he married Mary Isabella Akers and they had two sons, Robert Westmorland and Matthew, at Darlington before Mary’s untimely death in 1899.
Eighteen months later he married Fanny Simpson by whom he had a daughter, Eve. Censuses tell that he first specialized in making school furniture while by 1911 he described himself as a “wood cutting merchant” – evidently running his own business. William died at 44 Milton Street, Darlington on the 19th January 1925 and at probate had effects of £160. Fanny had died ten years earlier.
William Meaburn (1859) tree
Of William’s children, we know that Robert Westmorland was apprenticed as a turner to his father and continued as a wood-cutting machinist in Darlington. He ended his days in Blackpool, leaving £432 to his second wife Kathleen. His daughter, Elsie, by first wife Ellen Botcherby was unmarried.
Matthew fought in WW1. He joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Bombardier and had a distinguished war, being commissioned and rising to Captain. It seems he may have been award the Military Cross. After the war he lived at The Park in Great Bookham, Surrey. His occupation has not been established but at probate in 1947 he had effects of £1,628. Matthew’s son George Herbert did not marry and this Meaburn line ended in 1983.
Annie Meaburn 1862-1944
Annie was born on the 22nd February 1862 back at Stainton. At the census of 1871 she was visiting her uncle, Thomas Paul (his wife was her mother’s sister, Ann Metcalfe – confusingly the marriage certificate gives the name as Pout) at Greatham in County Durham. In 1881 she was a servant in the Waldy household at Egglescliffe Hall. A little over a year later she married coachman Richard Thomason, originally of Poulton-le Fylde in Lancashire. They continued living at Egglescliffe, where their first two children were born, for the next seven or eight years but around 1890 moved to Singleton in Lancashire. By 1901 they had moved to Carleton in the Poulton-le-Fylde area where Richard now worked as a farm labourer. In 1911 he was still labouring, now at an alkali works. Annie’s death was recorded in 1944 at Runcorn. A death at Fleetwood on the 16th December 1943 may well be for Richard (though another in 1934 at Blackpool is also possible).
Agnes Meaburn 1864-1942
Agnes was born at Stainton in 1864. By 1881 she was working alongside her sister Annie at Egglescliffe Hall, employed as ‘second housemaid’. In 1891 she was still a housemaid but now working for colliery owner William Stobart at Spellow Hill in Stavely. She too made the move to Lancashire, marrying horse keeper and groom Francis Graham (might he have been a friend of Richard Thomason?), at Fylde in 1900. In 1901 they were living at Irwell Castle Cottages in Pendleton with Francis’s son from a first marriage, William. They were still at Pendleton in 1911 (this time with another of Francis’s sons) though by now Francis was a dairyman. Agnes and Francis had no children. He died at Fylde in 1927 and Agnes in 1942.
Ellen Meaburn 1867-1867
An infant death.
Jane Meaburn 1868-?
Jane was born at Stainton late in 1868. She became a lady’s maid and in 1891 was at Edward Collingwood’s place – Lilburn Tower in West Lilburn, Northumberland. She married John William Alderson, a railway porter, at Darlington in 1898 but they went back to Northumberland living first at Byker where they were in 1901, then at Heaton where their second son was born in 1905 and where they were still living in 1911. John was still with the railway in 1911 and now was working as a lavatory attendant. John died in 1920 at Doncaster aged 46. Jane’s death is uncertain though the burial of a 65-year old Jane at Great Smeaton, North Yorkshire may be for her.
Going back to the children of George 1805, the others were:
William Meaburn 1834-inf
William died in infancy and was buried at St Peter & St Paul, Stainton.
Annie Meaburn 1836-1838
Annie died in infancy and was buried at St Peter & St Paul, Stainton.
William Meaburn 1837-inf
This second William also died in infancy and was buried at St Peter & St Paul, Stainton.
Anne Meaburn 1838-1882
Anne was born on the 13th August 1838. She married James Hall, a labourer from Heighton, at Darlington in 1858. They had two children at Hurworth then another two at Wolviston. James died between 1864 and 1871 so in the 1871 census Anne was earning a living as a laundress. She was still doing that in 1881 when back living with her father, but died a year later.
Elizabeth Frances Meaburn 1840-?
Frances, as she was known, was born early in 1840 and appears with the family in the 1841 and 1851 censuses. Her name appears in the marriage register in 1859. The index suggests she married either a Robert Mills or a Michael Johnson Softley. However she has not been found in subsequent censuses under either name, nor in burial records nor as an emigrant so she has not been traced after that.
Jane Meaburn 1841-1918
Jane was born early in 1841. She married George Carter Short, a gardener then later a seedsman and florist, in 1863 at Stockton and by 1877 had had five children at Stokesley. George died in 1887 and in 1891 Jane was carrying on his business in Stokesley. By 1901, though, Jane had changed tack and now had become a confectioner and was still running that business in 1911 with help from daughter, Mary. Jane died in 1918.
Eleanor Meaburn 1842-1842
Eleanor died in infancy.
Ellen Meaburn 1843-1873/78
Ellen was born early in 1843. She married Joseph Wright, a coachman originally from Linton-upon-Ouse, at Stockton in 1865. Ellen’s death has not been identified exactly but may have been around 1873 (and certainly was before 1878). In the 1881 census Joseph had a new wife and two children aged three and under that were most likely by her. He also had an eight-year old son, William, that seems more likely to have been Ellen’s and who gives us the 1873 death date.
Sarah Meaburn 1844-1886
Sarah was born early in 1844, continuing the pattern of births at one-yearly intervals. She helped her mother with the laundry business before marrying Thomas Whitfield at Stockton in 1868. Thomas was a farm worker at that time but by 1881 was a farm bailiff in charge of all the day-to-day working of Ing Barrow Farm at Spofforth. They had three children but Sarah died relatively young probably in 1886 in the Tadcaster area.
Eliza Meaburn 1847-1879
Eliza’s birth was registered in the last quarter of 1847. She married George Holmes, a farmer’s son but a stone cutter from Stanton, at Bramham in 1867, while not yet twenty. She and George had six children in the next ten years before Eliza’s death at Bakewell in 1879. She was still just 31.
George Meaburn 1849-1919
George, the other surviving son of George (1805), was born at Stainton in the early part of 1849. He followed his father into tailoring and by 1871 was living at Castleton in Danby Dale and apparently working there with James Duck. He was married there later that year to Anna Elizabeth Matthews of Castleton. They had no children.
George was a staunch non-conformist and by 1881 the couple were living at Kirkleatham in the Keeper’s Cottage of the Wesleyan Chapel. In 1891 they were at Redcar and by 1901 at Coatham (these may simply reflect changes in the name of the registration district and they may have been at Coatham throughout). The trades’ directory for 1905 has George plying his trade as a tailor there in Newcomen Street. George died in 1919 a year after Anna.
Emma Meaburn 1849-1886
Emma was born late in 1849 and by 1871 was at home working with her mother at the laundering. She married local man and market gardener, Robert Just in 1876 and by 1881 their two sons were born, and Emma was still working as a laundress. She died only five years later aged 36.
Mary Meaburn 1851-?
Mary was one of twins born early in 1851. By 1871 she had joined her mother in the laundering business then in early 1873 married innkeeper, Major Brotton. They cannot be found in subsequent censuses, and there is no sign of their deaths so the likelihood is they emigrated.
A Mary Brotton, aged 35, did arrive at New York on the 20th December 1886 aboard the White Star Line’s Brittanic. That could be her. The same ship had an eleven-year old Myra Brotton. Might that have been Emma? They have not been found in subsequent census records in the USA or Canada.
John Meaburn 1851-1851
Mary’s twin. Died in infancy.
Agnes Meaburn 1852-1853
Agnes was the last of the children to George, 1805, and Ann Palliser. She was born on the 15th December 1852 but died four months later and was buried at St Peter & St Paul.