Charles STOKES 1824-1919

CHARLES STOKES c 1824 – 1919



John Stokes was born about 1784 he was the son of Edward Stokes a bricksetter who died in 1828; in his will he names his son John as beneficiary/executor.

Mary Phoenix was born 28 February 1789 and baptised at Chester Street Congregational, Wrexham, was the daughter of James Phoenix and Elizabeth Price.

John Stokes and Mary Phoenix were married 18 April 1814 at St Giles Wrexham,  John was a bricklayer, and both signed their names.

Charles Stokes was born about 1824 in Wrexham, he was the son of John Stokes and Mary Phoenix who were both also from the town. His parents moved to Liverpool by 1841 and were living in Toxteth. John was a bricklayer, Edward was an apprentice bricklayer, Charles was an apprentice for a coachman, and another brother Nathan was not working.

Charles and Nathan were in the Lime trees district of Liverpool in 1861 and both are coach makers. (Lime Street was named after the lime trees that were planted there)

On 4 August 1866 Charles Stokes, coach maker of Liverpool married Eleanor Jane, eldest daughter of Benjamin Mason Esq of Seaford House, Seaford, Sussex. The marriage took place at the Wesleyan Chapel, Brighton.  Eleanor Jane had been born in Hanley, Staffs about 1835.  The marriage was announced in the Wrexham Advertiser.

The couple returned to Liverpool where a daughter Mary Eleanor was born in 1867, sadly she died in 1868.   Charles Nathan was born in 1872, the couple moved back to Wrexham and by 1901 they are living at 35 Kings Mills Road, Charles has retired and Charles Nathan is a house agent.  They were still at the same address when they both died in 1919, Charles died on 14 February 1919 aged 95, and Eleanor Jane died 6 days later on 20 February aged 84.

Charles Nathan continued to live in 35 Kings Mills Road, the house was named Hope Villa.

No marriage has been found, he died there aged 63 and was buried with his parents on 28 June 1935. He made a will and left effects worth £20190 10s 6d.



Eleanor Jane Mason was born about 1835 in Hanley, Staffordshire, her father was Benjamin Mason, a carpenter who was born in Sussex.  Her mother Ann died (it`s not known when) and her father Benjamin married a Caroline.

In 1851 and 1861 she is with her Uncle James Henshaw, and his wife Mary, he is a New connection Methodist minister, and a travelling preacher, so it looks like the family were Non-Conformist. Eleanor was with them in Dewsbury and then Stourbridge.

On 4 August 1866 Eleanor Jane married Charles Stokes, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Brighton.

Eleanor Jane Stokes died on 20 February aged 84 in Wrexham.

Wrexham Cemetery 04/12/2017
Wrexham Cemetery 04/12/2017
Wrexham Cemetery 04/12/2017

Researched by Annette Edwards. September 2018. Gravestone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery L-03395.