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William Thomas Horton [h.]


William Thomas Horton was the second child of Samuel Horton & Ann Maria Oakley born December 1 st , 1876 at Musk Lane , Lower Gornall & christened December 27th, 1876 at St James, Lower Gornall , Sedgley, Staffs.

In 1881 William (known as Thomas) was living with his parents, brother & sister at 36 Musk Lane , Lower Gornall , Sedgley.

Thomas was still living at home in 1891, now at 15 Barr St , Lower Gornall & he was now a coal miner. He had 4 brothers & 2 sisters.

At the time of the 1901 census Thomas was still with his parents at 33 Barr St & was described as a coal miner labourer below ground. There were 5 brothers & a sister still at home.

Thomas married Esther Wilkes on May 12th, 1901 at All Saints, Sedgley. Esther was born Oct-December, 1878 at Gornall Wood, Sedgley, the daughter of James Wilkes.

In 1911 Thomas & Esther were living at 31 Barr St, Lower Gornall, Dudley & Thomas was a sinker at the colliery. They had 6 children by this time Benjamin Rupert (9), Samuel (8), John Thomas (6), Sarah Jane (5), Leonard (3) & Annie (1).

The 1939 register shows Thomas, listed as William, & Esther living at 28 Barr St, Sedgley.  Thomas was now a general labourer at the gas works.  With them were daughters Annie, a tailoress trouser finisher, & Mary Virginia, a tailoress trouser machinist.
Living 2 doors away was son John & his wife Mary E & their family.  He was a cable layer for the Midland Electric Company. 

Thomas died on June 20th, 1959 at 28 Barr St, Lower Gornal.  Probate was granted to son Samuel, yard worker, & Michael Howard Jones, solicitor.  His effects were £1,082.

The children of William Thomas Horton & Esther Wilkes were:

h. Benjamin Rupert Horton born July 31st, 1901 at Gornalwood; died May 1989 at Dudley, Staffs

h. Samuel Horton born January 22nd, 1902 at Gornalwood; died April-June 1970 at Dudley, Staffs

h. John Thomas Horton born December 25th, 1904 at Gornalwood

h. Sarah Jane Horton born Jan-March 1906 at Gornalwood

h. Leonard Horton born Jan-March 1908 at Gornalwood

h. Annie Horton born March 25th, 1910 at Gornalwood

h. Maria Horton born April-June 1912 at Gornalwood

h. Rachel Horton born July-September 1914 at Gornalwood

h.  William Horton born July-September 1917 in Dudley
h.  Mary Virginia Horton born July 8th, 1917 in Dudley



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