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Letitia Freeth [fh.]

Letitia Freeth was the fifth child of Thomas Freeth & Sarah Hemings christened December 16th, 1832 at Smethwick.

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

In 1851 Letitia was a servant for Thomas & Hannah Tilsley at Summer Row, Birmingham. Her occupation was described as ‘all work’. Thomas Tilsley was a victualler.

Letitia married Richard Battersby in April-June 1855 at Kings Norton. Richard was born c1830 at Warrington, Lancs.

In 1861 Letitia & Richard were lodging at 8 Heath St, Mile End Old Town, Stepney at the house of George Tomsette, a master mariner & pilot. Richard was an iron turner & they had 3 children, Letitia (5), James (3) & Richard M (9 months).

Letitia & Richard were still at Heath St (now at #10), Mile End Old Town in 1871. Richard was described as an engine turner. Children at home were James (13), Richard (11), George S (7), Anna (4) & Ellen (1 month). A son William had been born to Letitia & Richard in 1869 who sadly only lived for 2 weeks.  His burial record reveals that the family were non-conformists.

By 1881 the family had moved to Bromley St Leonard in the parish of All Hallows, East India Dock, & were living at 36 Benlade (?) St. Richard was an engine fitter (at works), son James was a general labourer & George an engine fitter. Also at home were Ellen & another son Joseph (7).

In 1891 Richard & Letitia were living at 26 Abbott Rd, Bromley. Richard was working as an iron turner & Letitia was described as a fancy trimmer. Son James was a waterproof maker & also still at home were Ellen & Joseph who was a pattern maker. Lodging with them was Letitia’s brother Thomas Freeth (listed as Furth) who was an engineers labourer, aged 54.

By 1901 Richard & Letitia had moved to Plaistow, West Ham, Essex & were living at 97 Malmesbury Rd with their 43 year old son James who was an iron foundry labourer. Richard (68) was still an engineers turner.

In 1911 Richard & Letitia were living at 97 Malmesbury Rd, Canning Town, West Ham & Richard was now a pensioned engineer.  Son James was still living with them & his occupation was given as  ‘general labourer, not working’.  It was noted on the census that Letitia had had 9 children, only 4 of whom were still living.

Letitia died in Jan-March 1914, aged 80, her death being registered at Poplar, London.

Richard died in Jan-March 1917, aged 86, his death being registered at Poplar, London.

The known children of Letitia Freeth & Richard Battersby were:

fh. Letitia Battersby born July-September 1855 at West Bromwich
fh. James Battersby born Oct-December 1857 at Smethwick
fh. Richard Malcolm Battersby born Aug-September 1860 at Mile End Old Town
fh. George Henry Battersby born June 1st, 1863 at 110 Heath St, Mile End Old Town

fh. John Battersby born July-September 1865 at Mile End Old Town; died July-September 1865 at Mile End Old Town
fh. Annie Battersby born Oct-December 1866 at Mile End Old Town

fh. William Battersby born April 1869 at Mile End Old Town; died at 10 East? St, Mile End Old Town & buried May 5th, 1869 at Victoria Park Cemetery, Hackney
fh. Ellen Battersby born April-June 1871 at Mile End Old Town
fh. Joseph Battersby born July-September 1873 at Mile End Old Town


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