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John Leonard Freeth [fh.]

John Leonard Freeth was the fifth child of William Freeth & Emma Standley born April-June 1866 at Smethwick, Staffs.

In 1871 the family lived at Oldbury Rd, Smethwick & John Leonard (known as Leonard) now had 3 sisters & 2 brothers.

By 1881 Leonard, his 3 brothers & 3 sisters & parents had moved to Cemetery Rd, Oldbury & Leonard was now a glass maker.

Leonard enlisted with the Royal Highlanders in 1884 & served with them until 1889 when he was transferred to the Army Reserves. 

In 1891 the family were living at 36 Trinity Rd, West Bromwich where Leonard was now a brick layer’s labourer.

Leonard married Mary Ann Morgan in 1900 at St Andrew’s, West Bromwich.  Mary Ann was born c1873 at Pleck, Walsall, Staffs, the daughter of Mary Ann & Moses Morgan.  

In 1901 Leonard & Mary Ann were living with Mary Ann’s widowed mother, Mary Ann Matthews, at 65 Sheepwash Lane, West Bromwich.  Mary Ann’s father had died in 1881 & her mother remarried in 1886 to Edward Matthews, who died in 1890.  Leonard had returned to being a sheet glass maker.  Living with the family were Mary Ann’s brothers, Moses & Thomas.

Leonard & Mary Ann were still at the same address in 1911 with Mary Ann’s mother.  Leonard was now described as a labourer & he & Mary Ann had 2 children – Winnie (8) & Annie (4).  It was noted on the census that they had had 3 children but one had died.  Also with them was Mary Ann’s brother Moses. 

The children of John Leonard Freeth & Mary Ann Morgan were:

fh.  Winifred May Freeth born December 23rd, 1902 at West Bomwich; died July-September 1976 in West Midlands

fh.  Thomas Freeth born Oct-December 1904 at West Bromwich; died Oct-December 1904 at West Bromwich
fh.  Annie Freeth born April-June 1906 at West Bromwich



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