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