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Samuel Freeth [fh.]

Samuel Freeth was the third child of William Freeth & Sarah Gutteridge christened November 24th, 1833 at Smethwick, Staffs.

In 1841 & 1851 Samuel was living at home at Roebuck Lane, Smethwick with his parents & siblings. In 1851 Samuel was working as a glass maker.

Samuel was still living at home at Roebuck Lane in 1861 with his parents & 3 brothers & 2 sisters. He was now a glass flattener.

Samuel married Jane Walford on July 14th, 1861 at Dudley, Staffs. Jane was born March 8th,1838 at Longden Wood, Pontesbury, Shropshire, the daughter of Ellen Carless & George Walford. Jane was working as a sempstress at the time of the 1861 census & was living at home with her brothers & widowed mother Ellen at Tipton, nr Dudley, Staffs.

In 1871 Samuel & Jane were living at Jockey St, Smethwick & Samuel was still a glass flattener. They had 4 children at this time – Jane Ellen (8), Sarah (6), Clara (3) & Anne (6 months). They had a servant Jane Harrod (13).

Samuel & Jane were still at Jockey St in 1881 & Samuel was a glass maker. At home were Jane Ellen & Sarah, both dressmakers & Annie. Daughter Clara had sadly died, aged 4.

By 1891 Samuel & Jane (Freesh in index) had moved to 9 Chatwin St, Smethwick & Samuel was a glass flattener again. Their 3 daughters were still at home – Jane Ellen & Sarah were still dressmakers & Annie was a milliner’s assistant.

Samuel died in January 31st, 1897, aged 63, the death being registered at Smethwick.

In 1901 widowed Jane was still at 9 Chatwin St with daughters Jane E, a dressmaker working at home with her own account, & Annie W, a draper’s assistant.

By 1911 both daughters Jane & Annie had left home & mother Jane was still living at the same address.  With her was a visitor, Elizabeth Sedgley, a 77 year old widow. 

Jane died May 31st, 1915, aged 77, at Smethwick, Staffs.

The children of Samuel Freeth & Jane Walford were:

fh. Jane Ellen Freeth born September 11th, 1862 at Smethwick, Staffs, died January 23rd, 1936
fh. Sarah Freeth born June 19th, 1864 at Smethwick, Staffs, died November 24th, 1949
fh. Clara Walford Freeth born July 9th, 1867 at Smethwick, Staffs, died July 22nd 1871 at Smethwick
fh. Annie Walford Freeth born October 22nd 1870 at Smethwick, Staffs, died October 30th, 1951 at Portsmouth, Hampshire


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