Inherited Craziness
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Sunday, 21 March 2021

Henry William Stone, Sarah Snow and Jane Tarr

Uplowman: Looking south-south-west on the lane to Little Fair Oak.
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Henry Stone, second son of my 2x great-grandparents, Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway, born in Ashbrittle, Somerset, in 1856, is to be found at home with his parents - no surprise, aged 4 - at Court Place, Ashbrittle, in 1861. 

In 1871, aged 13, I believe it is this Henry Stone, who is employed as an Indoor Agricultural Labourer working for Richard Poole (62) a Farmer of 170 acres, employing 7 labourers and 1 boy, at Bathealton, Somerset.

Poole & Burgess, Bathealton
A view of Bathealton: Poole & Burgess from the other direction, along the path arriving from Dairy House Farm. The curiously-named 17th Century house with the irregular roof line is "named after 2 earlier owners" (Archive Link) . It is shown on one map as "Poole Farm".

On 27 Feb 1879 Ellen Stone Snow was born at Putson Cottages, Blundells Road, Tiverton to Sarah Snow, a Domestic Servant. In 1881, this child was living with Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway, listed as their granddaughter. Having gone through the whole list of Henry and Mary's children, only two looked likely to be this child's father: I was about to cast more aspersions upon the character of John Stone, until I discovered the marriage of Sarah Snow and William Henry Stone (he was baptised Henry William) in the 3rd quarter of 1879. 

But Sarah Stone, wife of Henry Stone a Farm Labourer, died only months later, on 22 Jan 1880, from Phthisis acuta (Acute tuberculosis, or consumption), at Huntsham. Emma Maunder, sister, was present at her death.

This then explains why, in 1881, Henry Stone, is a widower, aged just 24, living alone at Little Fair Oak, Uplowman. 

At that same time, in Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway's household are two visitors: Mary Ann Tarr (27) and Jane Tarr (22). Clearly they were there preparing for a wedding, because in the 2nd quarter of 1881, William Henry Stone married Jane Tarr. (The sisters were daughters of William Tarr and his wife, Jane Wood, a Hostler, of Marsh Bridge Road, Dulverton, Somerset.) 

Henry and Jane had two further children: 
  1. Frederick Henry Stone born 1885 (died 1887)
  2. Louisa Jane Stone born 1888
In July 1887 The Western Times reported on the inquest into the accidental death of Frederick Henry Stone, 2½ yrs old, of Wellington Road, Uffculme, whose clothes caught fire, causing burns over his whole body.

Then on 11 Aug 1889, William Henry Stone, Farm Labourer of Halberton, died, aged just 33, at the Infirmary Tiverton from Cardiac disease and oedema of the lungs (Pulmonary edema  is often caused by congestive heart failure.)

And, as if things couldn't get any worse, in 1891, both Jane Stone and daughter Louisa Jane are listed as inmates at the Tiverton Union Workhouse

Tiverton : Old Belmont Hospital
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Belmont Hospital used to be the workhouse before it became a hospital
Now known as Perreyman Court, it has been converted into housing.

Is there a potential happy ending anywhere in this? As yet, I don't know.

Ellen Snow (12) was still (or maybe again) living with her grandfather in 1891 and still going by the surname Snow that she was registered with, even though her parents had married. I imagine this was so that the records matched up when she was enrolled at school. In 1901, she was using her father's surname, listed as Ellen S Stone (22), working as Cook Domestic, at a Private Girls School at 19, St Peter Street, Tiverton, Devon. There's a potential marriage in 1903

Likewise there is a potential marriage, in 1899, for a Jane Stone and another for a Louisa Stone in 1918, which I haven't been able to trace forwards yet. 

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