Hull, England

Holy Trinity, Hull

Smallpage Staniforth was born June 11th, 1826 to Henry Staniforth and Mary Ann Smallpage. He was baptised on September 9th, 1826 at the Holy Trinity church in Hull, Yorkshire. His father Henry was the son of George Staniforth and Sarah Craven, with George being the son of David Staniforth and Ann Dixon of the village of Whitgift, Yorkshire.

By the time of the 1851 Census, the family are living in Sculcoates, Mary Ann is the head of the household, now a widow, Smallpage is 23 by this time and is described as being a Merchants Clerk. Also present in the household are his siblings George William Staniforth, Fanny Maria Staniforth, Miriam Rebecca Randall Staniforth, and Kathleen Staniforth.

On June 10th, 1855 Smallpage married Sarah Horner of Holderness Road, Hull at St. Mark’s Church. On the marriage record Smallpage is noted as being resident of Islington, London. His father Henry is a Merchant and his own profession is recorded as Clerk. This marriage is interesting as the same marriage is also recorded at Sheffield on June 8th.

On the 1861 Census, Smallpage is living in Kentish Town, Middlesex, he is 36 at this point and is again described as a Clerk. Sarah is 33 and by now they have children of their own:

  • Emma Horner Staniforth born 1856
  • Henry Smallpage Staniforth born 1858
  • Kathleen Staniforth born 1858
  • Walter Staniforth born 1860
  • Also in the household are his two sisters Miriam Rebecca Randall Staniforth and Fanny Maria Staniforth

On the 1871 Census, the family are still in Kentish Town. Smallpage is now 44 and is described as being an Accountant. His wife Sarah is 43, there are now only 2 children in the home, Emma aged 14 and Henry Smallpage Staniforth aged 13. Sister Miriam is also still in the home.

Smallpage passes away in London in 1878. His son Henry Smallpage Staniforth went onto marry Lillian Brown. Their son John Smallpage Staniforth, born 1888 was killed fighting in Belgium during World War I on November 1st, 1917. He was part of the 2nd Bn Queen Victoria’s Rifles. Henry himself worked as a Commercial Clerk, based on Ellis Island records, he travelled to the United States a number of times between 1910 and 1912 before passing away on January 26th 1923 at Broad-Street Station, Middlesex.