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.18.104.22.168 1. John Fanton christened July 9th, 1837 at Smethwick
fh.22.214.171.124.2 Samuel Fanton born Oct-December 1839 at Oldbury; died Jan-March 1901 at West Bromwich
fh.126.96.36.199.3 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.188.8.131.52.4 Harry Moseley born Jan-March 1847 at West Bromwich
fh.184.108.40.206.5 James Moseley born Jan-March 1852 at West Bromwich