William Horton was the seventh child of William Horton & Elizabeth Hale christened October 19th, 1870 at Lower Gornall, Sedgley, Staffs.
In 1881 William was living with his brothers & sisters & mother & father at Graveyard, Lower Gornall, Sedgley.
William married Elizabeth Jones in Jan-March 1891 at Dudley Register Office, Staffs. Elizabeth was christened July 8th, 1868 at Lower Gornall, Staffs, the daughter of Hannah & Absalom Jones, a carter.
At the time of the 1891 census Elizabeth was visiting Sarah & Henry Middleton, a coal miner. They were living at 23 Church St, Lower Gornall in the same house as Elizabeth’s parents. Elizabeth was a tailoress & with her was a 1 year old daughter Ethel Horton. It appears that Elizabeth had given birth to her daughter, Ethel Jones, in 1889 prior to her marriage. The whereabouts of William at the time of the census remains uncertain.
In 1901 William & Elizabeth (Lizzie) were living at 11 Garden Walk, Lower Gornall with children Ethel, Eunice (10), Enoch (8), Benjaman (6), Mary (3) & Sarah A (1). William was a stone quarryman.
By 1911 William had become a waggoner for a hay & straw dealer & he & Elizabeth were living at 13 Kettle's Bank Rd, Lower Gornall, Dudley. There were 9 children at home – Ethel Jane Horton (22), & Eunice May, both labourers at the fire brick factory, Enoch, a horse driver at the coal miner, Benjamin, a ‘cager' at the coal mine, Mary, Sarah Annie, William Henry (8), Absalom (5) & Violet H Jane (2). It must have been a very full house as they only had 5 rooms in total!
William had died before 1939 & the 1939 register shows widowed Elizabeth living with her daughter Eunice May & husband Thomas Bull who had married in 1914. They were living at 26 Red Hall Rd, Sedgley & Eunice was a press worker. Eunice had an incapacitated daughter, Ethel Irene M, aged 24, & also with them was Elizabeth’s son Harold Thomas Horton, a boiler fireman. Son Enoch & his wife Mary Ann (nee Vanes) were living at 9 Tansey Green, Brierley Hill in 1939 where Enoch was a coal miner. With them was 21 year old daughter Ethel Celia, a cotton weaver.
The children of William Horton & Elizabeth Jones were:
h.188.8.131.52.1 Eunice May Horton christened August 19th, 1891 at Lower Gornall,
Staffs; died Jan-March 1977 in South Staffordshire
h.184.108.40.206.2 Enoch Horton born February 16th, 1893 & christened March 8th, 1893 at Lower Gornall, Staffs; died Jan-March 1964 in Rowley Regis, Staffs
h.220.127.116.11.3 Benjamin Horton born April 1895 at Checkill, Kinver, Staffs & christened April 14th, 1895 at Lower Gornall
h.18.104.22.168.4 Gertrude Mary Horton born 1897 at Checkill, Kinver, Staffs & christened September 5th, 1897 at Lower Gornall
h.22.214.171.124.5 Sarah Annie Verina Horton born June 11th,1899 & christened July 2nd, 1899 at Lower Gornall, Staffs; died December 1981 at Dudley
h.126.96.36.199.6 William Henry Horton born Oct-December 1903 at Lower Gornall, Staffs
h.188.8.131.52.7 Absalom Horton born February 9th, 1906 at Lower Gornall, Staffs; died Oct-December 1981 at Dudley, West Midlands
h.184.108.40.206.8 Violet Hannah Jane Horton born Jan-March 1909 at Lower Gornall, Staffs
h.220.127.116.11.9 Harold Thomas Horton born April 18th, 1912 at Lower Gornall, Staffs