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Mary Ann Freeth [fh.]

Mary Ann Freeth was the third child of Josiah Freeth and Mary Yates christened December 26th, 1841 at Smethwick, Staffs

In 1851 Mary & her parents, sister & 3 brothers were living at Stoney Lane, Smethwick.

By 1861 Mary was still living at home at St George St, Smethwick with her 2 sisters & 3 brothers.

Mary married William Henry Wills in Jan-March 1863 at Tipton, St Martin (Pepper Box). William was born November 11th, 1838 & christened December 9th 1838 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs, the son of Mary & George Wills, a cordwainer.

In 1871 William & Mary Ann were living at 16 Cumberland St, Darlington, Co Durham, where William was a labourer at the iron works. They had 4 children by this time – James (8), Josiah (4), Mary Ann (3) & Ellen (1).

At the time of the 1881 census Mary Ann (listed as married) was visiting her sister Ann Maria, now married to Isaac Turton, & their family. They were at Lewisham Rd, Smethwick, Staffs. Mary Ann’s widowed father & her brother John were also there. William & the children were not found at this time.

William died sometime before 1891 when widowed Mary Ann was living at 39 Back Baldwin St, Smethwick & was working as a charwoman. She had sons Josiah, an iron worker, & John (17), a tube polisher, living with her.

In 1901 Mary Ann was boarding with Bertha Gray, a 54 year old widow, & her 2 daughters at 17 Rupers Ave, Victoria Park Rd, Smethwick. Mary Ann was now described as a laundress.

The children of Mary Ann Freeth & William Henry Wills were:

fh. James William Wills born April-June 1862 at Merrington, Co Durham
fh. Josiah Wills born c1867 at West Bromwich, Staffs
fh. Mary Ann Wills born c1868 at Darlington, Co Durham
fh. Ellen Wills born Jan-March 1870 at Darlington, Co Durham
fh. John Wills born Jan-March 1874 at Wrexham, Wales


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