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William Herbert Freeth [fh.]


William Herbert Freeth was the second child of James Freeth & Mary Eliza Owen born February 6th, 1870 at West Bromwich.

In 1871 William, his parents & older brother were living in the High St, West Bromwich, where his father was a grocer.

William was still at home at 289 High St, West Bromwich in 1881 with his parents, 3 brothers & 2 sisters.

William was assisting his father in his grocery business at 289 High St in 1891. There were 4 brothers & 1 sister at home.

William married Anne Eliza Hughes in July-September 1898 at West Bromwich Register Office. Anne was born April 30th 1876 at Smallthorne, Norton-in-the-Moors, Staffs, the daughter of Amelia & James H Hughes, an iron worker.

In 1901 William & Anne were living at 238 High St, Spon Lane, West Bromwich where William was a grocery shopkeeper. They had a son James H, aged 1, & and a servant Alice Goodwin. Sadly James died later that year, aged 2.

William & Anne were living at 38 Herbert St, West Bromwich in 1911 where William was a grocery shopkeeper. They had 2 children Hilda Marion (9) & Kenneth Herbert (4). Anne's widowed mother, Amelia Hughes, aged 65 was living with them.

An article in the Birmingham Gazette of December 19th, 1918 reported that a horse bolted from a wagon delivering goods in the High Street, West Bromwich.  The runaway horse collided with a pony & cart belonging to William which was standing outside his grocer’s shop.  The pony was knocked over & dragged along the ground & the cart was severely damaged.  The boy in charge of the pony had a fortunate escape!

The 1939 register shows William & Anne living at 51 West Park Rd, Smethwick & William was now a retired master grocer.  Daughter Hilda was still living at home & was a trained certificated elementary school teacher.

In 1941 his brothers Thomas Lewellyn Owen & Harold Leopold Marsh both died & William was a co-executor in both their wills.

William died, aged 93, on December 2nd,1963 at 23 Warley Croft, Quinton, Birmingham.  Probate was granted on April 22nd, 1964 to Hedley John Adcock & John James Williams, solicitors.  His effects were £2,747.

Anne of 23 Warley Croft, Quinton, Birmingham died, aged 90, on August 5th, 1966 at Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham.  Probate was granted on November 15th, 1966 to Hedley John Adcock & John James Williams, solicitors.  Her effects were £11,312.

The children of William Herbert Freeth & Anne Eliza Hughes were:

fh. James Herbert Freeth born April-June 1899 at West Bromwich; died Oct-December 1901 at West Bromwich

fh. Hilda Marion Freeth born February 9th,1902 at West Bromwich; died July-September 1982 at Sandwell, West Midlands

fh. Kenneth Herbert Freeth born December 5th, 1906 at West Bromwich; died February 1994 at Wrexham Maelor, Wales




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