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Hannah Freeth [fh.]

Hannah Freeth was the eighth child of Samuel Freeth & Frances Grigg christened January 19th, 1812 at Smethwick, Staffs.

Hannah married William Fantham on April 27th, 1835 at St Philip’s, Birmingham.  Witnesses at the wedding were Hannah’s sister Phoebe Freeth & Thomas Fantham.  William was christened October 27th, 1811 at Smethwick, the son of Sarah & Isaac Fantom, a sawyer.

The 1841 census shows Hannah & William living in Oldbury, Halesowen, Worcs where William was a sawyer.  They had 2 sons, John aged 4 & Samuel aged 1.  Living next door were William’s parents & their family.
There is a death for William Fanton, aged 33, registered in Jan-March 1845 in West Bromwich.

The children of Hannah Freeth & William Fantham were:

fh. 1. John Fanton christened July 9th, 1837 at Smethwick
fh.  Samuel Fanton born Oct-December 1839 at Oldbury; died Jan-March 1901 at West Bromwich
fh.  Fanny Fanton born Oct-December 1842 at Oldbury

Hannah married again.  Her second husband was George Moseley, a tailor, born c1825 in Willersley, Gloucestershire, the son of James Mosley.

The 1851 census shows Hannah & George, a tailor, living in Freeth St, West Bromwich with Hannah’s children & a 4 year old son of theirs – Harry. 

Hannah & George were still living in Freeth Street in 1861 & George was a tailor & bread seller.  Hannah’s son Samuel, a roller, & daughter Fanny Fanton were still living with them.  Hannah & George had had another son, James (9) & son Harry was working as a grinder.

The Birmingham Daily Post of September 20th, 1862 carried an article announcing that George Moseley of Freeth St, tailor & baker, had been declared bankrupt. 

In 1871 Hannah & George were living in Freeth St & George was still a tailor.  With them were sons Harry, a grinder, & James, an ironworker.  With them & described as boarders were Fanny Firkins (28) & Annie Perkins (1).  This was Hannah’s daughter Fanny who had married William B Firkins in 1867.

Hannah, aged 69, died in Jan-March 1881 & at the time of the 1881 census widowed George was living at 29 Freeth St, Oldbury & working as a tailor.  With him was son Harry, a grinder in the ironworks, & his wife Mary A (30).

The children of  Hannah Fanton (nee Freeth) & George Moseley were:

fh.  Harry Moseley born Jan-March 1847 at West Bromwich
fh.  James Moseley born Jan-March 1852 at West Bromwich




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