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Bertie Freeth [fh.]

Bertie Freeth was the thirteenth child of John Freeth & Sarah Ann Felton christened February 4th, 1881 at West Bromwich, Staffs. Bertie was the twin brother of Lily who sadly died soon after birth.

In 1891 Bertie, his parents, brothers & sister were living at 26 Watton St, West Bromwich. Later that year Bertie’s mother died.

In 1901 Bertie was still living at home with his widowed father, 3 sisters & a brother, now at 66 Newhall St, West Bromwich. Bert (in census) was now working as a horse driver (groom).

Bertie married Sarah Ann Hodgkinson on October 10th, 1907 at Holy Trinity, West Bromwich, Staffs. Sarah Ann was born February 2nd, 1885.

In 1911 Bertie & Sarahann were living at 14 Henry St, West Bromwich & Bert was a glass cutter for a glass bottle manufacturer.

The 1939 register shows Bertie & Sarah Ann living at 7 Oak Avenue, West Bromwich & Bertie was described as a labourer.  It was noted that Sarah was an invalid.

Daughter Mary who was born in 1913 married Samuel Green in 1933. Mary, Samuel (a farmer) & their 2 children, Mary (4) & Barbara (1) emigrated to Montreal, Canada on April 8th, 1939 sailing from Liverpool.  Their address in England was given as 7 Oak Avenue, West Bromwich.

Sarah Ann died in July-September 1949 at West Bromwich.

Widowed Bertie travelled to St John, New Brunswick, Canada on January 28th, 1950.  He was listed on  the ship’s manifest as a labourer & his address was 7 Oak Avenue, West Bromwich.  He returned to England on February 7th, 1951 on the ‘Empress of France’ when he was listed as a pensioner.

On April 10th, 1951 70 year old Bertie emigrated to Canada, sailing from Liverpool to Montreal.  His home address was given as 39 Essex Avenue, Hateley Heath, West Bromwich & he was retired.

Bertie died on May 4th, 1964 in Scarborough, York, Ontario, Canada.  Administration of his estate was granted in Toronto to daughter Mary Vera Green.  He left £490 in England, sealed London February 4th, 1965.

The children of Bertie Freeth & Sarah Ann Hodgkinson were:

fh. Mary Vera Freeth born November 18th, 1913 at West Bromwich, Staffs


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