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William Wall [w.9.1]

William Wall was the first child of Joseph Wall & Sarah Timmins born Jan-March 1846 at Rowley Regis, Staffs.

In 1851 William was living at home at Tividale, Rowley Regis with his parents, brother & sister.

William was still at home in 1861 but the family were now living at Chapel St, Rowley Regis.

William married Mary Ball on May 22nd 1866, at Rowley Regis, Staffs. Mary was the daughter of Elizabeth Bird & James Ball, an engineer, born c1849 at Rowley Regis. William & Mary were neighbours at the time of the 1861 census in Rowley Regis – William lived at no.83 & Mary at no. 84 Chapel St – so he married the girl next door!!

In 1871 William & Mary were living at 4 St James St, Wednesbury & William was a puddler. They had 2 children – Ann E (3) & Thomas (1). They also had a 16 year old servant, John Edwards.

By 1881 the family had moved to Tipton & were living at 72 Lea Brook Rd. William was an iron worker & besides Ann & Thomas they now had W (7), E (4), J (2) & H (7 months). There was also a boarder – W Essex, an ironworker.

It appears that William died before the 1891 census as Mary had remarried by then. There is a death for William Wall, aged 41, registered at Dudley (includes Tipton) in Jan-March 1885.

The children of William Wall & Mary Ball were:

w.9.1.1 Ann Eliza Wall born July 14th, 1867 at Tipton, Staffs
w.9.1.2 Thomas Wall born October 24th, 1869 at Tipton, Staffs, died December 19th, 1952 in Wisconsin, USA
w.9.1.3 William Wall born Jan-March 1874 at Tipton; died at Lea Brook Rd & buried November 23rd, 1892 at Ocker Hill, Tipton
w.9.1.4 Elizabeth Wall born July-September 1876 at Tipton
w.9.1.5 Joseph Wall born August 15th,1878 at Tipton; died December 12th, 1952 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA
w.9.1.6 Henry Wall born Oct-December 1880 at Tipton; died October 1958 in Wednesbury
w.9.1.7 Samuel Wall born September 23rd, 1882 at Lea Brook Rd, Tipton; died September 20th, 1970 in Toronto, Canada
w.9.1.8 Charlotte Wall born April-June 1885 at Tipton

Mary Ann Wall married Joseph Groves on November 16th, 1890 at St Mark’s, Ocker Hill, Tipton, Staffs.  Witnesses at the wedding were Sarah & William Ward.  Joseph stated that he was a 25 year old bachelor, a boatman, son of Robert Groves, a brushmaker.  He was born in Worcester.

In the 1891 census Mary (43) & Joseph (now giving his age as 34) were living at the same address - 72 Lea Brook Rd – as on the last census. Joseph was a boatman born c1857 in Worcester. The children with them were Elizabeth Wall (14), Joseph Wall (12), an errand boy at the port, Henry Wall (10), Samuel Wall (8) & Charlotte Wall (6).

By 1901 Mary was living at 11 St James St, Wednesbury (i.e near to where she was living with William in 1871). Joseph was not recorded at home at the time of the census. Still at home were Henry (listed as Harry), a tapper of locomotive wheels, Samuel, a tube screwer & Charlotte, a domestic servant.

Son Samuel, a mechanic, emigrated to Canada in August 1905 & the 1911 Canadian census shows Samuel and mother Mary A Groves living in York, Ontario.  Mary Ann & daughter Elizabeth had followed Samuel to Canada in September 1905. 

Mary Ann died on September 25th, 1919 & was buried on September 27th, 1919 at Prospect Cemetery, York, Toronto.  The owner of the burial plot was Samuel Wall of 64 McRoberts Avenue, York Town, Toronto.


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