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Mary Horton [h.]

Mary Horton was the fourth child of William Horton & Elizabeth Gamble born December 23rd,1879 at West Bromwich, Staffs.

In 1881 Mary was with her parents & older sister Emilia & older brother Harry at 240 St Pauls Rd, Harborne, Staffs.

Mary was still living at home, now 38 Hope St, West Bromwich, in 1891 with her parents & sister & brothers Harry & Oswald.

Mary was still living at Hope St in 1901 with her parents, her father having become the head master of an elementary school. Both Mary & her brother Oswald were pupil teachers.

By 1911 Mary was a certificated assistant school mistress & was living with her brother, Oswald, also an assistant school master, at 188 Beeches Rd, West Bromwich. They had a 24 year old domestic servant, Bertha May Watton.

The 1939 register shows that Mary was living at 9 Oxford Rd, West Bromwich.  She was described as a school teacher (retired) & there was another retired school teacher, Margaret Johnstone, living with her. Interestingly 9 Oxford Rd was the home of her parents in 1914.

In 1952 Mary was the informant of her brother Oswald’s death & her address at this time was 8 Ernest Rd, Smethwick.

Mary died January 20th, 1981 at Fern Lodge, 36 South Rd, Smethwick, Warley.  Her death certificate states that she was a retired school teacher.  The informant of her death was niece Marjorie Emelia Groves (daughter of Mary’s sister Emelia Bessie Horton [h.] & husband Benjamin Skidmore).


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