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Henry Horton [h.1]

Henry Horton was the child of William Horton & Elizabeth born c1785 at Lapworth, Warks, & christened September 1st, 1788 at St Martin, Birmingham.

Henry married Esther Lines on May 20th 1804 at St Mary’s church Handsworth, Staffs. A witness at the wedding was Edward Horton.  Esther was born September 1st, 1786 at Burton-upon-Trent & christened December 31st, 1786 at St Modwen church, Burton-upon-Trent, the daughter of Esther & John Lyne.

In 1841 Henry & Esther (Horter in index) were living at Walsall St, West Bromwich, Staffs where Henry was a labourer. Their children at home were Richard (20), an engineer, Charles (20), a miner, Henry (15) a forgeman, Joseph (15), a plasterman, & William (14). Daughter Hannah Wilkinson (20) & her daughter Sarah (3) were also at Walsall St, as were daughter-in-law Elizabeth Horton (married to son James) & her children Jane (6) & Esther (6 months). Another Esther Horton, aged 10, was also listed, but it remains uncertain who her parents were as there was no record found for the birth of Esther c1831 to Henry & Esther. (There is a record of a christening of Esther Maria Horton on October 31st, 1830 at Christ Church, West Bromwich to a mother Ann Horton.)

Henry & Esther were still living at Walsall St in 1851. Daughter Hannah (Anna in census) aged 32, & her daughter Sarah, aged 12 were still living with them. Living next door was Henry & Esther’s son William, a 24 year old labourer & his wife Sarah (21) who had a 2 month old daughter Esther.

Henry was still a labourer at the age of 76 & living with Esther, now a tailoress, at Walsall St in 1861. Daughter Hannah was still living with them who was also a tailoress. Hannah’s daughter Sarah & her husband, George Stephens, an iron roller, were also living with Henry & Esther.

Henry & Esther

Photo courtesy of Lois Kerr (taken by Hugh Watson, photographer of West Bromwich c1865-70)

In 1871 Henry & Esther were living at Walsall St with a servant, Ann Bird, aged 45.

Henry, 88, died on July 18th, 1873 at Walsall St, the cause of death being given as old age & his occupation was road labourer. He was buried on July 21st, 1873 at All Saints Church, West Bromwich.  His will was proved on September 11th, 1873 at Lichfield by his son Jeremiah, a coffee mill maker of Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich.  His effects were under £20.

Esther died February 18th, 1874 at West Bromwich, aged 87 & was buried February 23rd, 1874 at All Saints Church, West Bromwich.

The children of Henry Horton & Esther Lines were:

h.1.1 Sarah Horton christened May 22nd, 1805 at St Phillip’s, Birmingham
h.1.2 John Horton christened March 31st, 1807 at St Phillip’s, Birmingham; buried April 12th, 1807 at St Peter & St Paul, Aston, Birmingham
h.1.3 Ann Horton born January 30th, 1808 & christened June 14th, 1808 at St Phillip, Birmingham; died August 8th, 1902 at 40 Prestbury Rd, Handsworth, Staffs
h.1.4 James Horton christened September 16th, 1810 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died Jan-March 1896
h.1.5 Jeremiah Horton christened April 26th, 1812 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died July 6th, 1882 at Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich
h.1.6 Esther Horton born October 21st, 1814, christened November 13th, 1814 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died November 26th, 1827 & buried November 29th, 1827 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.7 Richard Horton christened August 18th, 1816 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died December 6th, 1884 at 52 Whitehall Rd, West Bromwich
h.1.8 Hannah Horton christened October 11th, 1818 at All Saints, West Bromwich; died 1869 at West Bromwich
h.1.9 Charles Horton christened November 19th, 1820 at All Saints, West Bromwich; died February 9th, 1848
h.1.10 Henry Horton christened June 15th, 1823 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died February 1st, 1908 in Montpelier, Idaho, USA
h.1.11 Joseph Horton christened April 17th, 1825 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died January 24th, 1899 at Smithfield, Cache, Utah, USA
h.1.12 William Horton christened April 8th, 1827 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died April-June 1900 at West Bromwich


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