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Thomas Wall [w.1]

Thomas Wall was the first child of Edward Wall & Mary Garner born September 25th, 1807 & christened October 18th, 1807 at St Philips, Birmingham, Warwicks.

There is a marriage for Thomas Wall & Mary Barker on May 18th, 1835 at St Mary’s, Handsworth, Staffs.  Witnesses at the wedding were Edward & Mary Wall.  However, the GRO birth registers for Thomas’ children indicate that the mother’s maiden name was He(m)ings.  No marriage has been found for Thomas Wall & Mary Hemmings.  Mary was born c1810 in Birmingham & it is possible to conjecture that she had been married previously.

In 1841 Thomas & Mary were living at Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury. He was a hammerman & he & Mary had 3 children – Eliza (5), Margarett (3) & Thomas (7 months).

In 1851 Thomas & Mary were still living at Holyhead Rd., & Thomas was a shingler of iron. They had 5 children with them at the time of the census – Eliza (16), Margaret (13), Thomas (11 & an assistant at the iron works!), George (8) & Josiah (6).

On Christmas day 1852 daughter Eliza married John Parker, a shingler of iron, at St Martin, Tipton, Staffs.

In 1861 Thomas & Mary were living at Cross St, Wednesbury. At home were Thomas, now a forgeman, George, also a forgeman, Josiah, a forgelad & a new son Edwin, aged 9. They also had a 13 year old house servant.

At the time of 1871 census Thomas & Mary were still living at Cross St, at no. 55, & Thomas was still a shingler at the ironworks. Son Edwin was the only child at home working as an iron roller. Nearby at no. 57 Cross St. was son Josiah Wall, a shingler at the ironworks, & his wife Sarah Ann, born Glasgow, Scotland c1849.

Thomas died on March 7th, 1872, aged 64, his death being registered at West Bromwich.  Administration of his will was granted to son George Edward Wall of 14 Hobbins St, Wednesbury, forgeman.  His estate was £41.

In 1881 widowed Mary (69) was still living at 55 Cross St & was noted as ‘property owner’. Living with her was daughter Margaret & her husband Joseph Thomas Smith, a striker, & their children Thomas Joseph (20), Sarah (12), Joseph (10) & Arthur (3). Son Josiah & family were still living at no. 57 Cross St.

There is a death recorded for Mary Wall in Jan-March 1884, aged 72, registered at West Bromwich.

The children of Thomas Wall & Mary were:

w.1.1 Eliza Wall christened April 19th, 1835 at Smethwick, Staffs
w.1.2 William Wall christened July 10th, 1836 at Smethwick, Staffs, died February 8th, 1837
w.1.3 Margaret Wall christened December 31st, 1837 at Smethwick Staffs; died June 22nd, 1914 in Pittsburgh, USA
w.1.4 Thomas Wall christened December 6th, 1840 at Smethwick, Staffs; died April 21st, 1898 at 15 Horseley Rd, Tipton

w.1.5 James Wall born July-September 1842 at Smethwick; buried September 22nd, 1842 at St Bartholomew’s, Wednesbury
w.1.6 George Edward Wall christened September 3rd, 1843 at Smethwick, Staffs; died December 3rd, 1886 at Hobbins St, Wednesbury
w.1.7 Josiah Wall christened July 6th, 1845 at Smethwick, Staffs; died June 7th 1904 at Potters Lane, Wednesbury

w.1.8 John Wall christened February 27th, 1848 at St John’s, Wednesbury; buried March 4th, 1848

w.1.9 Mary Wall born Oct-December 1849 in Wednesbury; buried February 3rd, 1851 at St Bartholomew’s Wednesbury

w.1.10 Edwin Wall born July-September 1851 at Wednesbury, Staffs; died April-June 1935 at Penistone, W. Yorks


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