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Ann Horton [h.]

Ann Horton was the third child of William Horton & Elizabeth Hale born Jan-March, 1862 at Lower Gornall, Sedgley, Staffs.

In 1871 Ann, her parents & brothers & sisters were living at 4 Prices Rd, Lower Gornall, Staffs.

Ann married Isaac Silvers on December 12th,1881, at St James, Dudley, Worcs.  Isaac was born September 13th, 1859 at Dudley, & christened November 20th 1859 at St Thomas, Dudley, Worcs, the son of Mary Ann Mathews & Thomas Silvers, a nail forger.

In 1891 Ann (Annie in census) & Isaac were living at 150 High St, Eckington, Derbyshire.  Isaac was a coal miner & he & Annie had 7 children by this time – Thomas (10), Emily (8), Samuel (6), William (5),  Kate (3), Joseph (2) & Enoch (1 month).

Ann died, aged 39, in Jan-March 1901, her death being registered at Chesterfield (includes Eckington), Derbyshire. 

The children of Ann Horton & Isaac Silvers were:

h.  Thomas Silvers born c1881 at Sedgley, Staffs
h.  Emily Silvers born July-September 1882 at Sedgley, Staffs
h.  Samuel Silvers born c1884 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  William Silvers born July-September 1885 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  Kate Silvers born Oct-December 1887 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  Joseph Silvers born April-June 1889 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  Enoch Silvers born April-June 1891 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  Ernest Frederick Silvers born February 1st, 1893 at Eckington, Derbyshire; died Oct-December 1979 at Trafford, Cheshire
h.  Elizabeth Ann  Silvers born April-June 1895 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  Nelly Jane Silvers christened April 12th, 1897 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  Ethel Silvers christened May 8th,1899 at Eckington, Derbyshire
h.  Leonard Silvers born December 7th, 1900 at Eckington, Derbyshire

Isaac married very soon after Ann’s death. On February 24th, 1901 he married Martha Hickman, their marriage being registered at Eckington, Derbyshire.  Martha was in fact Ann’s younger sister, born January 27th, 1864 [h.].  Martha had married  Isaac Hickman in 1883 at Dudley register office.  Isaac Hickman had died in April-June 1900 at Dudley, aged 42. 

At the time of the 1901 census Isaac Silvers & his wife Martha were living at 54 Sitwell St, Eckington & Isaac was now described as a coal miner hewer.  Eleven of the 12 children from Isaac’s first marriage were still at home, all except Emily.  The 3 oldest sons all worked in the coal mine - Thomas was a road man below ground, Samuel was a pony driver & William worked as lamp man.  Also with the family were 4 children from Martha’s first marriage,  namely step-son Eli Hickman (12), step-daughters Jenny (13) & Nelly (10) & step-son Leonard Hickman (4).

An advertisement in the Sheffield Evening Telegraph of August 3rd, 1901 states that ‘Isaac Silvers of 54 Sitwell St, Eckington will not be responsible for any debt or debts my wife, Martha Silvers, may contract’.  Obviously the marriage had not run smoothly & by 1903 Martha & Isaac had presumably divorced as both married again.  For the continuation of Martha’s story see Martha Horton [h.].

Isaac married for the third time on June 27th,1903 at Eckington.  His third wife was Kate Govett.  Interestingly Isaac’s daughter Emily’s marriage to John William Brown was recorded on the same page of the Chesterfield marriage register!

In 1911 Isaac & Kate were living at 30 Sitwell St, Eckington & Isaac was still a coal miner hewer.  The census states that they had been married for 7 years & had 2 children – daughters Louisa (6) & Ethel May (2).  Also living with them were Leonard Silvers, the last child of Isaac & Ann, & Annie Silvers (9), listed as daughter, who was born in Salford, Lancs.

In 1911 daughter Emily & her husband John William Brown, a coal miner hewer, were living at 193 Barrow Hill, Chesterfield.  The census states that they had been married for 7 years & they had 3 children – Harold William (6), Edmund (3) & Gladys May (11 months).  Also with the family was Annie Ramsdale Silvers (8) who was listed as ‘daughter’, probably the daughter of Emily.

Isaac died on June 22nd, 1937, aged 77, his death being registered at Chesterfield.



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