Stobbs, Stephenson (1801-1876)

Primitive Methodist Magazine

Stephenson was born on 31 January 1801 in Allendale, Northumberland to parents Henry Stobbs and Hannah Philipson. He was baptised on 1 February 1801 at St Peter and Allenheads  Chapelry, Allendale.

After leaving the ministry circa 1870, the 1871 Census reveals that Stephenson earned a living as a grocer and provision dealer.

He married Ann Corner (1808-1888) on 4 June 1832 at Pocklington, Yorkshire. Records identify five children.

  • John (1833-1906) – joiner
  • Mary (1835-1910) – married William Lea, a furnaceman
  • Stephenson (b1838) – a builder and joiner; emigrated to USA – see comment below
  • Ann (1841-1893) – married James Turner Thompson, a stonemason
  • William Henry (b1844) – a joiner; possibly emigrated to USA in 1881

Stephenson died in 1876 in Manchester.


  • 1828 Hull
  • 1831 Pocklington
  • 1832 Halifax
  • 1834 Newcastle
  • 1835 Hexham
  • 1837 Darlington
  • 1839 S Shields
  • 1840 Carlisle
  • 1842 Newcastle
  • 1843 Whitehaven
  • 1845 Driffield
  • 1846 Hornsea
  • 1847 Market Rasen
  • 1849 Bury
  • 1850 Lancaster
  • 1851 Oldham
  • 1853 Chester
  • 1855 Liverpool
  • 1857 Stalybridge
  • 1858 St Helens
  • 1860 Foxhill Bank
  • 1863 Peel
  • 1864 Stalybridge
  • 1866 Stalybridge (S)
  • 1869 Manchester l
  • 1870 disappears


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1853/65 (portrait)

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • My Great -grandmother was Mary Stobbs (1836-1906) wife of William Lea and second child of Stephenson Stobbs (1801-1876) and wife Hannah Corner (Anne) (1808-1888). Following Stephenson’s death Hannah went to live with William and Mary Lea in St.Helens, Lancashire up to her death in September 1888 and was buried in St.Helens. William and Mary Lea were married at Rainford Parish Church Lancashire. My Grandfather Alfred Lea was the 4th child (1870-1956) who later married my Grandmother Ellen Painter (1870-1956).                                                                                        I obtained the above portrait of Stephenson Stobbs by making an appointment to view the special collection at the John Rylands Library on Deansgate ,Manchester. I found it most interesting and  beneficial to my researches, they had a great deal of documents relating to the Methodist Movement in which I was lucky enough to find some relevant to Stephenson Stobbs.                                                                                             May I take this opportunity to thank the Biographical Reference Methodist Section For Genealogists.                                                                                                                               


    By Patricia Lea (06/05/2014)
  • Like Olga I share SS as my 3rd Great-grandfather. In respect of his son Stephenson you can delete the ‘possibly emigrated0. He did on 2 occasions (1869 and 1884). His first emigration ended with his wife and newly born daughter dying in 1870. He joined the Rehoboth Methodist church in Frankford, Philadelphia shortly after arriving. He returned to the US having remarried, had 2 further children (his 2nd wife Hannah also dying before the return to the US).Stephenson died in 1915. His grandson Robert Jnr fought for the US in WWII.

    By Andrew Wood (22/03/2014)
  • Olga, Thanks for your comment. The most likely documents to help you would be the preaching plans for the St Helens circuit. The most likely place to find plans from that time is in the relevant County Records Office. For the St Helens circuit this could be either the St Helens Local History and Archives Library or the Merseyside Record Office. It is also possible that newspaper records of that time may have adverts or reports of special services.

    By Geoff Dickinson (29/06/2013)
  • Stephenson Stobbs was my 3rd Great-grandfather. His daughter (Ann 1841-1893) and her husband (James Turner Thompson) were my 2nd Great-grandparents. I’d be very interested if someone could tell me which Primitive Methodist Church Stephenson Stobbs was attached to during his time in St.Helens. I’d also like to know where he lived during his time there as it’s not covered by a Census Record.

    By Olga Caddock (28/06/2013)

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