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Fanny Freeth [fh.]

Fanny Freeth was the fourth child of Thomas Freeth & Sarah Hemings christened August 22nd, 1830 at Smethwick.

In 1841 Fanny was still living with her parents, sisters & brother at Oldbury Rd, Harborne, Smethwick.

Fanny married William Dangerfield c1850. William was christened December 28th, 1828 at All Saints, West Bromwich, the son of Joseph Dangerfield & Mary Ann Baker.

In 1851 William & Fanny were living at Horton St, West Bromwich & William was described as an engineer. They had a 1 year old son, William.

By 1854 the family had moved to Sams Lane where daughter Mary Ann died just 2 years old.

They were still living at Sams Lane, West Bromwich in 1861 & William was now an engineer at the local pit. In addition to William they had 4 daughters – Nancy (7), Fanny (5), Mary Jane (2) & Elizabeth (8 months).

In 1871 the family had moved to Hopkins Cottages, Irthlingborough, Northants & William was an ironstone labourer, as was son William. Children at home were Fanny, Elizabeth & they now had 4 more sons – Joseph (8), Benjamin (6), Enoch (4) & Thomas (3 months). Living next door were William’s parents, his father Joseph aged 66 was an engineman, his sister Emma (28) & there was also a granddaughter Mary Ann.

By 1881 they had moved again, this time to Sedgeley, Dudley & were living at Pool St. William was again described as an engineer. At home were Joseph, an iron worker, Benjamin, a labourer, Enoch, Thomas & another daughter, Harriet aged 5.

Son Benjamin married Harriet Lloyd in July 1885 at Ettingshall, Staffs.  In 1891 Benjamin & Harriet & their family emigrated to the USA.  They came to live in Mahoning, Ohio where Benjamin was a heater at a steel mill.

William & Fanny had moved to Tipton, Wednesbury by 1891. William, aged 63, was now a stoker at the iron works & sons Enoch & Tom were living at home & working as hollowware casters. Harriet was also at home.

Son Enoch also emigrated to the USA in 1895.  The ship manifest shows that he was going to join his brother Benjamin.  Enoch married Eliza Wheale in c1896 & they & their family lived in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  Enoch worked as a catcher at Shenango tin mill. Their first daughter, born in 1897, was named Caroline Freeth Dangerfield.  After the death of his wife Eliza in 1932, Enoch came to live with one of his daughters, Adeline & her husband Phillip Watkins.  Sadly Enoch fell from the back porch of their home into Neshannock Creek while carrying rubbish from the house.  He drowned just before Christmas, 1941.

William died in July-September 1899, aged 70, his death being registered at Dudley.

Widowed Fanny was living alone at Hall St, Tipton at the time of the 1901 census. She was 72 years old.

Son Thomas also emigrated to the USA in 1901.  His wife Elizabeth & their 4 children followed in 1902.  The 1910 US census shows Thomas & Elizabeth living in Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio with 6 children, the youngest being Frederick T, aged 2.  Elizabeth died in 1912 & widowed Thomas married for the second time in 1913, his second wife being widow Emma Ella Kast (nee Johns), at Mahoning, Ohio.  Thomas was employed as a sheet mill worker.  By 1920 Thomas had been widowed again & was now married to Hattie L.  They & Thomas' son Frederick (12) were living at Mahoning. 

Fanny died in Oct-December 1910 at the age of 82, her death being registered at West Bromwich.

The children of Fanny Freeth & William Dangerfield were:

fh. William Dangerfield born Oct-December 1849 at West Bromwich
fh. Mary Ann Dangerfield born July-September 1851 at West Bromwich; died at Sams Lane & buried February 6th, 1854 at Christ Church, West Bromwich

fh. Nance Dangerfield born Oct-December 1853 at West Bromwich
fh. Fanny Dangerfield born Jan-March 1856 at West Bromwich
fh. Mary Jane Dangerfield born Oct-December 1858 at West Bromwich
fh. Elizabeth Dangerfield born July-September 1860 at West Bromwich
fh. Joseph Dangerfield born Oct-December 1862 at West Bromwich
fh. Benjamin Dangerfield born July-September 1864 at West Bromwich
fh. Enoch Dangerfield born Oct-December 1866 at West Bromwich; died December 1941 at Croton Avenue, New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania USA

fh. Fanny Dangerfield born Jan-March 1869 at Wellingborough; died Oct-December 1869 at Wellingborough
fh. Thomas Dangerfield born Jan-March 1871 at Wellingborough; died January 10th, 1944 in Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio, USA

fh. Albert Dangerfield born July-September 1873 a Wellingborough; died July-September 1873 at Wellingborough
fh. Harriet Dangerfield born Oct-December 1875 at Dudley


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