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William Freeth [fh.]

William Freeth was the first child of Samuel Freeth & Catherine Wilton born at Smethwick & christened May 16th, 1858 at North Harborne, Staffs.

In 1861 William & his parents & younger brother Samuel were living at Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick.

The family were still living at Brasshouse Lane in 1871 & William  now had 3 younger brothers & a younger sister.

By 1881 William had moved north to Middlesbrough, N. Yorks where he was working as an iron moulder.  He was lodging with Sarah & James Woods at 5 Crown St, Middlesbrough.

William was not found in the 1891 census but by 1900 he had moved to Lancashire.  Here he married Alice Littler in Jan-March 1900 at Wigan.  Alice was christened February 18th, 1866 at Wigan, Lancs, the daughter of Ann & James Littler, a mechanic.

In 1901 William & Alice were living at 13 Victoria Avenue, Wigan & William was a pig iron moulder.  They had a daughter Annie, aged 10 months.

William & Alice were still living at the same address in 1911 & William continued to be an iron moulder at an engineering works.  They now had 3 children – Annie, Leonard (9) & Albert (7).

Son Leonard married Mary Agnes Ashton in 1928 in Wigan.

William died in July-September 1936 at Wigan.

Alice died in July-September 1938, aged 72, at Wigan.

The 1939 register shows son Leonard & his wife Agnes were living at 11 The Avenue, Standish with Langtree, Lancashire.  Leonard was an engine tester with Walker Bros.  Son Albert & daughter Annie were both unmarried & still living at 13 Victoria Avenue, Wigan.  Albert was a general labourer for the LM&S railway & Annie was a dress sewing machinist.

The children of William Freeth & Alice Littler were:

fh.  Annie Freeth born May 9th, 1900 at Wigan, Lancs; died Oct-December 1973 in Wigan
fh.  Leonard Freeth born August 14th, 1901 at Wigan, Lancs; died Oct-December 1976 at Wigan
fh.  Albert Freeth born June 25th, 1903 at Wigan, Lancs; died April-June 1983 at Wigan




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