Reuben Alfred (1) Stubbs


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Brief biography

Reuben Alfred (1) Stubbs was born on June 24th 1853 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire to parents Edmund Horatio (1) Stubbs and his wife Mary Ann (nee Empson) [Birth Index: Belper 7b 393, 1853 (Sept)]. He was christened at Wirksworth in Derbyshire on July 24th 1853 [IGI: Batch 7009130].

The 1861 Census finds him aged "7" living with his parents at 94, Commission Street in Great Bolton, Yorkshire.

The 1871 Census finds him aged "16" living at 311, Horton Lane in Horton, Bradford in the household of his brother Horatio Thomas (1), together with his other brothers William Henry (3) and James Armitage (1). He is described as a draper's apprentice.

On June 6th 1877 he married Mary Hessay [Marriage Index: Leeds 9b 509, 1877 (June)]. She was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1856 [Birth Index: Bradford Yk. 9b 132, 1856 (Sept)].

The 1881 Census finds them with the first two children listed below living at 31, New Briggate in Leeds. His age is given as "28", his birthplace as Wirksworth and his occupation as stuff merchant.

The 1891 Census finds them with seven children living at 46, Sholebroke Avenue in Potter Newton, Leeds. His age is given as "37" and his occupation as draper. Also in the household was a widowed monthly nurse Ann Armitage.

The 1901 Census finds them with nine children living at 54, Hamilton Avenue in Potter Newton, Leeds. His age is given as "47" and his occupation as linen draper (employer). Also in the household was a married monthly nurse Agnes W. Nadin.

Nothing more is currently known of him.

His children by Mary Hessay

  1. Arthur (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Bradford, Y. 9b 120, 1878 (March)]
  2. Edmund (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Bradford, Y. 9b 100, 1879 (Dec)]
  3. Margaret (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Leeds 9b 530, 1881 (Sept)]
  4. Charles (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Leeds 9b 488, 1883 (Dec)]
  5. Elsie (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Leeds 9b 526, 1884 (Dec)]
  6. Mary Ethel (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Leeds 9b 553, 1886 (Dec)]
  7. William (6) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Leeds 9b 550, 1888 (Sept)]
  8. Emily (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: Leeds 9b 563, 1891 (Dec)]
  9. Harry (Bertram?) (1) Stubbs - born around 1892/93 in Shipley
  10. Frank (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: N. Bierley 9b 209, 1894 (June)]
  11. Doris May (1) Stubbs - [Birth Index: N. Bierley 9b 198, 1896 (March)]
  12. and possibly others ...

Harry (1), Frank (1) and Doris May (1) were born in Shipley near Bradford, situated within the North Bierley district established in 1892.

Harry (1)'s age may have been cited slightly inaccurately in the 1901 Census and, if that were the case, his birth reference could be [Birth Index: N. Bierley 9b 208, 1892 (Sept)]. More probably, he was the "Harry Bertram" born in 1893 [Birth Index: N. Bierley 9b 200, 1893 (March)].