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James Freeth [fh.]

James Freeth was the sixth child of Josiah Freeth and Mary Yates born 1847 at Smethwick, Staffs

In 1851 James & his parents, 2 sisters & 2 brothers were living at Stoney Lane, Smethwick.

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

In 1870 James married Alice McGarvey on January 23rd, 1870 at St Thomas, Dudley, Staffs. Alice was born c1847 in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of Ann & Peter McGarvey, a labourer, both born in Ireland.

In 1871 James & Alice were living at Dartmouth Rd, Smethwick with the 1 year old son John. This was near to Brass House Lane where several other members of the Freeth family lived. James worked as a glass maker.

By 1881 James & Alice had moved to 62 Brook St, Smethwick & James was now described as a glue boiler. They now had 3 more children, as well as John there was Julia (9), Alice (4) & Edwin (2).

They were still at 62 Brook St in 1891& James (Fruth in index) was still a glue maker. At home were John Henry, a gold jeweller, Julia, a machinist, Edwin, Theresa (9), Emily (7) & Mary E (5). With them at the time of the census was Alice’s brother John McGarvey (45), a forge roller. Daughter Alice was working as a general servant for Thomas Paul Ellis, a pawn broker & grocer in Smethwick.

In 1901 James & Alice had moved a short distance from Brook St to 1 Pool Rd in Smethwick. James was listed as a labourer (size manufacturer) & also at home were Alice, a machine minder (screwing), Edwin, a labourer at the brass foundry, & Emily. Also with the family was daughter Julia, now married to Thomas Barrowman Love (29), a wood patten maker, & their children – Thomas, John & William.

By 1911 James & Alice (Freith on 1911 index) were living at 8 High Park Rd, Smethwick with their daughter Theresa & her husband John Joseph Jones, a cycle maker & repairer, & their 2 young daughters.  James was a size boiler at the glue works.  James & Alice were recorded as having had 11 children, only 6 of whom were still living.

In 1911 daughter Julia & husband Thomas Love & their 4 children were living at 47 Harding St, Smethwick & boarding with them was Julia's brother Edwin Freeth. The 1939 register shows widowed Thomas Love living at 22 Highfields, Smethwick with daughter Mary C, a warehouse cycle manufacturer.

There is a record for Emily Freeth, aged 27 (born at Smethwick), in the Union Workhouse, Selly Oak, Birmingham in the 1911 census.

Alice died in Jan-March 1914, her death being registered at Kings Norton, Staffs.

James died Oct-December 1918, aged 71, the death being registered at Kings Norton, Staffs.

The children of James Freeth & Alice McGarvey were:

fh, John Henry Freeth born c1870 at Hanley, Staffs
fh. Julia Freeth born Jan-March 1872 at Smethwick, Staffs; died April-June 1916 in Kings Norton

fh. Mary Ann Freeth born July 28th 1874 & christened August 5th, 1874 at St Philip’s RC Church, Smethwick; died Oct-December 1876 at Smethwick
fh. Alice Freeth born Jan-March 1876 at Smethwick, Staffs

fh.  James Thomas Freeth born Jan-March 1877 at Smethwick; died Jan-March 1877 at Smethwick
fh. Edwin Freeth born February 21st, 1879 at Smethwick, Staffs; died Jan-March 1951 at Smethwick
fh. Theresa Freeth born April-June 1881 at Smethwick, Staffs
fh. Emily Freeth born Oct-December 1883 at Smethwick, Staffs
fh. Mary Ellen Freeth born Jan-March 1886 at Smethwick, Staffs, died April-June 1891at Smethwick

fh. James Freeth born April 17th, 1891 & christened April 17th, 1891 at St Philip’s RC Church, Smethwick; died April-June 1891 at Smethwick
fh. Stephen Freeth born April 17th, 1891 & christened April 17th, 1891 at St Philip’s RC Church, Smethwick; died April-June 1891 at Smethwick


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