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Margaret Wall [w.1.3]

Margaret Wall was the third child of Thomas Wall & Mary ? christened December 31st, 1837 at Smethwick, Staffs.

In 1841 & 1851 Margaret was living at home at Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury with her parents & brothers & sisters.

Margaret married Joseph Thomas Smith in Oct-December 1859 at West Bromwich. Joseph was born August 1835 at Wolverhampton, the son of Mary & Joseph Smith, a gas fittings maker.

At the time of the 1871 census Margaret & Joseph were living at 61 Portway Rd, Wednesbury, Staffs. Joseph was a labourer at the iron works. They had 3 children – Thomas Joseph (10), Sarah (2) & Josiah (4 months). Margaret & Joseph had another son in 1864, John Albert, who was living with Margaret’s sister Eliza & her husband John Parker in Wednesbury in 1871.  John Albert appears to have been brought up by his aunt & uncle who had no children of their own.

In 1881 Margaret & Joseph were living with Margaret’s widowed mother Mary Wall, aged 69, at 55 Cross St, Wednesbury. Joseph was now a striker as was his son Thomas. Also at home were daughter Sarah & son Josiah & another son Arthur (3).

On April 12th, 1886 son Arthur was admitted to St Bartholomew’s National School for boys, Wednesbury & his father was given as Joseph Thomas Smith of King Street.

The family emigrated to the United States in 1887.  Joseph & oldest son Thomas Joseph & his wife Mary sailed on the British Princess arriving in March 1887.  A ship’s manifest showing Margaret sailing from Liverpool to Philadelphia with children Sarah, Josiah, Arthur, Herbert & Harold on the British Princess arriving in July 1887.  They came to live in Pennsylvania as shown in the 1900 census when Joseph, Margaret & their 16 year old son Harold T were living in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny.  Thomas was working as a blacksmith & Harold was an errand boy.  Son Josiah had married by 1900 & he & his wife Mary E & family were also living in Pittsburgh city & Josiah was a salesman (stationery).

Sadly son John Albert died on June 25th, 1895 after drowning in the Monongahela River, Allegheny.  A record of his death shows that he was married & worked as a collector & living at 547 Grant St.  He was buried in Allegheny.

Joseph, listed as Thomas, was working in a pipe shop in 1910 & he & Margaret were still living in Pittsburgh.  With them were sons Arthur & Harold, both piano salesmen.

Both Joseph & Margaret died in 1914, Joseph on June 22nd & Margaret on September 22nd, & were buried at Smithfield East End Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny.

The 1920 census shows son Thomas Joseph & his wife Mary E living in Allegheny & Thomas was also a piano salesman.  By 1930 Thomas Joseph was widowed & living with his brother Arthur, wife Martha & family in Allegheny.  Arthur was a mercantile sales manager.


The children of Margaret Wall & Joseph Thomas Smith were:

w.1.3.1 Thomas Joseph Smith was born July-September 1860 at Wednesbury & christened May 1st, 1864 at St Bartholomew’s, Wednesbury, Staffs

w.1.3.2 John Albert Smith christened May 1st, 1864 at St Bartholomew’s, Wednesbury; died June 25th, 1895 in Allegheny, Pittsburgh

w.1.3.3 Eliza Parker Smith christened November 11th, 1866 at St John’s, Wednesbury; died Oct-December 1868 at Wednesbury
w.1.3.4 Sarah Smith was born July-September 1868 at Wednesbury, Staffs
w.1.3.5 Josiah Smith was born November 1870 at Wednesbury, Staffs
w.1.3.6 Arthur Smith was born May 6th, 1877 & christened May 29th, 1877 at St James, Wednesbury, Staffs

w.1.3.7 Herbert Smith christened May 19th, 1881 at St James, Wednesbury,

w.1.3.8 Harold T Smith born September 1884 in Wednesbury


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