Thomas Wall was the fourth child of Thomas Wall & Mary ? christened December 6th, 1840 at Smethwick, Staffs.
In 1841 & 1851 Thomas was living at home at Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury with his parents & brothers & sisters.
In 1861 he was still living at home at Cross St, Wednesbury & working as a forgeman.
Thomas married Fanny Harrison on June 23rd, 1862 at St Martin, Tipton, Staffs. Thomas was a shingler and Fanny a 19 year old servant. Witnesses at the wedding were Mary Wall & Joseph Smith, probably Thomas’ brother-in-law who had married his sister Margaret. Fanny was born c1843 in France, the daughter of Ann Tildesley & Gregory Harrison, a labourer.
In 1871 Thomas was living at 10 Ashton Rd, Openshaw, Lancashire & was described as a hammerman, iron & listed as married. At the time of the census Fanny was still in Staffordshire & was boarding at 6 Beggars Row, Wednesbury with her 4 children – Mary (8), Hannah (6), Thomas (4) & Eliza aged just 2 months. Fanny & family appear to have been living with her sister, Mary Ann (also born in France) & her husband Edward Meekin & family.
By 1881 Fanny & Thomas were living together at 9 Britannia St, Openshaw, Lancs & Thomas was a ‘leverer’ at the iron works. Their family had grown & now included Mary, a cotton weaver, John Thomas, a hair plucker, George Henry (8) & Fanny (5), both at school, Jane Ann (4) & Arthur (1).
The family had moved by 1891 & were now living at 482 Mill St, Openshaw, Bradford, Manchester & Thomas was now a general labourer. At home were daughters Mary, Eliza & Fanny, all cotton weavers, George Henry, a moulders apprentice, & Jane Ann, a scholar.
By 1901 Thomas had died and widowed Fanny was living at 7 Alice St, Openshaw, Bradford, North Manchester. Living with her was daughter Jane, a cotton weaver, & 2 grandchildren – Fanny (6) & Norman (3) Ashley. These were the children of Fanny’s daughter Eliza who had married Charles Edward Ashley in May 1891. Sadly Charles died in 1903 and Eliza married again in 1906, her second husband being Tom Burston Buttle.
Fanny was living with daughter Jane Ann & her husband William Hilton, at 24 George St, Bradford in 1911.
There is a death for Fanny Wall, aged 81, registered in Oct-December 1923 at Chorlton, Lancs.
The children of Thomas Wall & Fanny Harrison were:
w.1.4.1 Mary Wall christened April 19th, 1863 at St John’s, Wednesbury
w.1.4.2 Hannah Wall born Jan-March 1865 at Wednesbury
w.1.4.3 John Thomas Wall born October 2nd, 1866 at Wednesbury
w.1.4.4 Sarah Ann Wall born July-September 1868 at Wednesbury; died April-June 1870 at West Bromwich
w.1.4.5 Samuel Wall born April-June 1870 at Wednesbury
w.1.4.6 Eliza Wall born Jan-March 1871 at Wednesbury; died July-September 1938 in Manchester North
w.1.4.7 George Henry Wall born Jan-March 1873 at Chorlton, Lancs
w.1.4.8 Fanny Wall born July 27th, 1875 at Chorlton, & christened March 7th, 1883 at Christ Church, Bradford, Lancs
w.1.4.9 Jane Ann Wall born Oct-December 1877 & christened March 24th, 1880 at Christ Church, Bradford, Lancs
w.1.4.10 Arthur Henry Wall born March 1880 at 11 Britannia St & christened March 24th, 1880 at Christ Church, Bradford, Lancs; died Jan-March 1888 at Openshaw
w.1.4.11 Margaret Wall born at 9 Britannia St & christened June 28th, 1882 at Christ Church, Bradford, Lancs; died at Openshaw & buried December 23rd, 1882 at Christ Church, Bradford