Gloving in yeovil

John Stacey

Glove Manufacturer


John Stacey is thought to have been born around 1790, probably in Yeovil but certainly in Somerset.

He is known to have been in partnership with John Cole, trading under the name of Cole & Stacey, glove manufacturers of Yeovil but, as reported in the London Gazette, the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent on 1 November 1820.

He is then known to have been in partnership with John Tompkins as Tawers (that is, dressers of white leather without the use of tannin, especially by soaking it in a solution of alum and salt). However the London Gazette reported that this partnership was also dissolved by mutual consent on 23 November 1829.

In the 1832 Poll Book of Yeovil he was listed as living in Vicarage Street and owning an unspecified number of freehold houses in Park Street. This was repeated in the 1834 Poll Book.

As reported in the 18 June 1835 edition of the Dorset County Chronicle, on 11 June 1835, "John Stacey, of Yeovil, Somerset, glove manufacturer" married "Anne, fifth daughter of Mr Hamilton of the former place, clothier" at St Mary's church, Beaminster, Dorset. She was approaching twenty years his junior. They were married by licence.

On 11 April 1836 their daughter Elizabeth was born and later baptised at St John's church. In the 1841 census John and Anne were listed living at the South Street end of Park Street with their three-year old son, John. It is likely that Elizabeth died in infancy since she was not listed. John gave his occupation as of independent means. (The son, John Hamilton Stacey, was baptised on 10 December 1847 at St Mary's church, Beaminster, and later married Martha Chick in the same church).

In the 1846 Yeovil Poll Book John was listed as living in Belmont (being simply a continuation of Park Street) and described as "mortgagee in possession and in receipt of rents and profits of a freehold house and premises" in Belmont.

John Stacey died in either 1848 or 1849 (there was more than one John Stacey living in Yeovil at the time).