Is your surname Stephenson?

Research the Stephenson family

John Stephenson's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John Stephenson

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Wylam Northumberland, England
Death: 1831 (41)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Stephenson and Mabel Stephenson
Husband of Hannah Stephenson
Father of Ann Rose; Robert Stephenson; Jane Harrison; James Stephenson; George Stephenson and 1 other
Brother of Eleanor Liddell; James Stephenson; Robert Stephenson, Sr.; Ann Nixon; William Stephenson and 1 other

Occupation: No spouse; no descendants
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About John Stephenson

John worked in the mines and kept in close contact with George. When George was having troubles on the construction of the Stockton and Darlington Railway he hired John and his brother James as gang leaders.

After this was finished they both went to work in the Newcastle engine works, but then tragedy struck. John was ‘killed by a fall of the shear legs’ in January 1831, and a similar fate befell James. George was very upset by all this, and made himself responsible for the upbringing of the families. Eleanor had only one daughter, but Hannah was left with four children aged between nine and two years old, and another on the way. George Stephenson asked them to live with him. Mildred Rose (‘Nunny’) said “You see, when my great-grandfather died, Uncle George Stephenson took great-grandmother, who was his niece, to live with him. My father remembers some quaint stories his mother handed down to him”. It was only a few months after this that George bought a large mansion near Ashby-de-la-Zouch probably for his new extended family.

view all

John Stephenson's Timeline

November 4, 1789
Wylam Northumberland, England
January 3, 1790
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland
Age 31
Age 32
Age 35
Age 36
Age 40
Age 41
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
Age 41