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William Freeth [fh.]

William Freeth was the fourth child of Samuel Freeth & Frances Grigg born December 31st, 1802 & christened January 30th, 1803 at the Presbyterian Church, Oldbury by Halesowen, Shrops.

William married Sarah Guttridge on February 4th, 1828 at St Phillips, Birmingham. Both William & Sarah made their mark & witnesses at the wedding were Mary Sutton & Samuel Neale. Sarah was the daughter of Amos & Hannah Gutteridge christened January 11th, 1807 at All Saints, West Bromwich.

In 1841 William & Sarah were living at Roebuck Lane, Smethwick, Harborne. William was a boiler maker & they had 5 children at home at this time – George (10), Samuel (7), William (5), Thomas (3) & Edwin (5 months).

In 1851 William & Sarah were still living at Robuck Lane, & William was still a boilermaker. They had 10 children at home – Hannah (22), George (20) a caster at the iron works, Samuel (17) a glass maker, William (14) & Thomas (12) both labourers at the glass works, Edwin (10), John (8), Emma (6), Sarah (3) & Jane (3 months). Also listed on the census was a grandson Leonard Freeth (2), the illegitimate child of Hannah.

In 1861 the family were still living at Roe Buck Lane (#6), Smethwick & William was still a boilermaker. At home were Samuel, Edwin & John, all working as glass flatteners, & daughters Emma & Jane. Grandson Leonard was still living with them & was employed as a carter boy.

Sarah died on June 29th, 1868, aged 60, at Roebuck Lane.  Administration of her estate was granted to widower William, boilermaker, & her effects were under £100.

William died 2 years later in July-September 1870, aged 66, his death also being registered at Kings Norton.

The children of William Freeth & Sarah Guttridge were:

fh. Hannah Freeth christened November 9th, 1828 at Smethwick; died Jan-March 1900 at West Bromwich
fh. George Freeth christened November 28th, 1830 at Smethwick; died Oct-December 1903 at Smethwick
fh. Samuel Freeth christened November 24th, 1833 at Smethwick; died January 31st, 1897 at Smethwick
fh. William Freeth christened June 5th, 1836 at Smethwick; died Jan-March 1917 at West Bromwich
fh. Thomas Freeth born April 18th, & christened May 20th, 1838 at Smethwick
fh. Edwin Freeth born September 4th & christened October 18th, 1840 at Smethwick; died Oct-December 1897 at Smethwick
fh. John Freeth born July 25th, & christened November 27th, 1842 at Smethwick
fh. Emma Freeth born October 10th, 1844 at Smethwick; died Oct-December 1885 at Kings Norton
fh. Sarah Freeth born February 2nd & christened March 5th, 1848 at Smethwick
fh. Jane Freeth born January 8th, 1851 & christened February 9th 1851 at Smethwick; died November 24th, 1918 in Battersea, London


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