Hallett is a relatively uncommon surname in England, and historically it is found mainly in Dorset and Somerset. Its most likely origin is the Norman-French forename Alard (or Aylard), which in turn derives from the Old Germanic name Adelard, meaning “noble-hard” or “noble-strong”. Among other surnames which share this origin are Adlard, Allard, Ellert and Hallard. Older records for our family show several spellings of the name, including Hallat(t), Hallet(t), Allat(t), Allet(t), etc, but for the sake of clarity I have used the modern form throughout.
Our own branch of the family can be traced back to the village of Trysull in Staffordshire, where they appear for the first time in the second half of the 18th century.
The starting point of our Hallett family is Richard Hallett, who married Elisabeth Stringar in All Saints Church, Trysull on 25 May 1772. No Halletts are recorded in Trysull before this date, and Richard’s place of origin is unknown at present. According to his burial record he was aged 82 at the beginning of 1830, so was born in about 1747. His wife Elizabeth was baptised in Trysull on 23 December 1750 and was the daughter of Thomas Stringer and his wife Mary Johns. (Thomas, son of John Stringer, was baptised in Trysull on 3 August 1718.)
Richard and Elisabeth had nine known children:
m. Mary Knight, 1811
m. Ann Corns, 1810
m. Ann Keynton, 1817
Elisabeth was buried in Trysull on 6 March 1815 and Richard on 20 January 1830.
Thomas Hallett, son of Richard Hallett and Elisabeth Stringar, was baptised in All Saints Church, Trysull on 31 December 1774 and spent his working life as a servant. He married Mary Knight in St Mary's Church, Enville on 1 September 1811 and the couple had ten children, all born in Enville:
m. Louisa Norbury, 1843
m. Sarah Reynolds, 1838
m. Benjamin Price, 1835
m. William Hayes, 1853
m. Lavinia Mason, 1849
m. William Holloway, 1846
Mary was buried in Enville on 22 April 1848 and Thomas on 26 December 1863.
John Hallett, son of Richard Hallett and Elisabeth Stringar, was baptised in All Saints Church, Trysull on 6 April 1783 and married Ann Corns at St Bartholomew's Church, Penn on 10 July 1810. Ann was baptised at St Nicholas' Church, Codsall on 3 August 1788 and was the daughter of Thomas Corns and Mary Whitehouse.
John and Ann had five daughters:
m. William Brookes, 1835
m. William Gregory, 1838
John died when the children were still young, and Ann married Frederick Dudley, an iron works labourer, in Tettenhall on 14 June 1824. Frederick was born in Stafford on 18 October 1798 and was the son of William Dudley and ELizabeth Dent.
Ann and Frederick had two children:
m. James Hodgkiss, 1845
Ann’s grandson Samuel Gregory seems to have lived with her and Frederick as a child, and later the couple lived with their married daughter Susannah, along with several members of the extended family.
Ann died in Wolverhampton and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 22 May 1865. Frederick died in 1884.
Richard Hallett, son of Richard Hallett and Elisabeth Stringar, was baptised in All Saints Church, Trysull on 23 June 1793 and worked as a groom. It is likely that it was his work which took him to Buckinghamshire, where he married Ann Keynton in Farnham Royal on 17 August 1817. The couple's first child was born in Buckinghamshire, but they then returned to Staffordshire, where their other three children were born:
m. Jemima Chell, 1843
m. John Maxfield, 1846
m. Jane Hickson, 1845
Richard died of dropsy in Wolverhampton and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 13 December 1853. Ann was buried there on 11 January 1855.
Henry Hallett, oldest son of Thomas Hallett and Mary Knight, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 19 April 1812. He spent most or all of his working life as a gardener, moving from Enville to Bowdon, Cheshire by 1841. Two years later he married a young fellow-servant in the same household, Louisa Norbury, in St Mary's Church, Bowdon on 17 August 1843, and moved with her to Sherbourne, Warwickshire. They had five children:
m. Agnes Topp, 1865
m. Sarah Ann Soden, 1870
m. Emily Frances Dexter, 1875
Henry and Louisa moved to Warwick in the 1870s, and Louisa died there on 31 July 1895. Henry died in Warwick on 7 February 1898.
William Hallett, son of Thomas Hallett and Mary Knight, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 24 October 1813 and became a shoemaker. He married Sarah Reynolds in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 22 February 1838 and had four children:
m. Jane Lowe, 1865
m. Margaret Ann Birchall, 1866
m. George Morgan, 1864
m. John Brookes, 1866
William was buried in Enville on 2 September 1861 and Sarah died in Tipton in 1891.
Jane Hallett, daughter of Thomas Hallett and Mary Knight, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 20 August 1815 and married Benjamin Price in Oldswinford, Worcestershire on 5 December 1835. Benjamin was born in Kingswinford in about 1810 and worked in one of the numerous glassworks in nearby Wordsley. The couple spent all their married life in Wordsley, and had eleven children:
Emma Jane Price
m. George Gunnell, 1863
m. Sarah Ann Stevens, 1858
m. Sarah Hall, 1863
m. Nathan Moore, 1876
m. Robert Aldis, 1879
Benjamin died in Wordsley in 1868 and Jane in 1881.
Mary Hallett, daughter of Thomas Hallett and Mary Knight, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 11 May 1817 and married William Hayes, a shoemaker, in Kidderminster on 3 May 1853. The couple had one son:
Sadly Mary died when her son was just two months old, and was buried at St Mary's Church, Enville on 17 November 1853. William later remarried, and had five more children with his second wife Ann Croydon.
John Hallett, son of Thomas Hallett and Mary Knight, was baptised in St Peter's Church, Kinver on 28 January 1821 and married Lavinia Mason in St Philips's Church, Birmingham on 27 May 1849. Lavinia was born in Birmingham on 2 December 1828 and was the daughter of Joseph and Jane Mason.
John and Lavinia had seven children:
m. Mary Shepherd, 1876
m. Phoebe Palmer, 1877
m. Euphemia Rutherford, 1876
m. Sarah Shepherd, 1881
m. William Shepherd, 1877
m. Samuel John Roberts, 1881
In 1861, the family moved to Groby in Leicestershire, where John worked as a groom for the Earl of Stamford at his newly-built residence, Bradgate House. When the Earl became master of the Quorn Hunt, he constructed a stable block which cost £30,000 - an enormous sum at the time. John worked at Bradgate House for at least twenty years, then moved to Barton under Needwood in Debyshire, where he worked as an ostler at the George Hotel until he was in this eighties. He died in Market Harborough in 1909.
Maria Hallett, daughter of Thomas Hallett and Mary Knight, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 28 January 1827 and married William Holloway, a cooper, in Kidderminster on 12 February 1846. The couple lived in Kinver and had six children:
m. Annie Jane Bostock, 1871
m. Emma Pratt, 1879
m. Thomas Lloyd, 1895
Maria died in Enville in 1871, either in childbirth or shortly afterwards, and William subsequently married Ellen Hince, with whom he had another son.
Harriet Hallett, second daughter of John Hallett and Ann Corns, was baptised in Codsall on 16 May 1813 and married William Brookes in St Mary’s Church, Handforth on 1 November 1835. William was a coal miner who was born in West Bromwich in about 1810. They lived in West Bromwich and had seven children:
Mary Ann Brookes
m. Mary Ann Scarlett, 1867
m. Thomas Osborne Shingler, 1889
Maria died in Enville in 1871 and William subsequently married Ellen Hince, with whom he had another son.
Henry Hallett, oldest son of Richard Hallett and Ann Keynton, was baptised in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire on 16 January 1818, but moved to Staffordshire with his parents as a small child and spent nearly all his life in Wolverhampton. He had a couple of brushes with the law, and was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment with hard labour for assaulting a woman on 15 March 1841, but was acquitted of receiving stolen goods two years later.
He married Jemima Chell in St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton on 11 September 1843 and had five children:
m. Matilda Rogers, 1868
m. William Henry Wheeler, 1865
m. Alice Craddock, 1879
m. Henry Vaughan, 1874
As a young man, Henry worked as a brass founder, but later became a furniture broker, and at one point was publican of a beer house in Wolverhampton.
Jemima was buried in St Matthew's churchyard on 14 April 1847, and Henry married Susannah Jones in St Peter's Church on 11 October 1874. He was buried in Merridale Cemetery, Wolverhampton on 21 October 1884.
Eliza Hallett, daughter of Richard Hallett and Ann Keynton, was baptised in Lichfield on 12 May 1822, but moved to Wolverhampton with her family as a small child and spent the rest of her life there. When she was about 20, she had an illegitimate daughter whose father is not known:
Betsy died at the age of 14 months and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 10 April 1842.
In 1846 Eliza married John Maxfield, a tailor from Bristol, and had eight further children:
Ann Maria Maxfield
m. Rebecca Ann Todd, 1871
m. Henry Brookes, 1870
m. Sophia Taylor, 1871
m. Emma Amelia Tranter, 1876
m. Rowland Hughes, 1877
Eliza died at the age of 38 giving birth to a stillborn child and was buried with her child in Merridale Cemetery on 17 February 1861. John died in Wolverhampton in 1868.
George Hallett, son of Richard Hallett and Ann Keynton, was baptised at St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton on 25 October 1825 and became a tinplate worker. His wife Jane Hickson was baptised in the same church on 6 June 1824 and was the daughter of Richard Hickson and Sarah Debouroux. The couple married at St Peter's Church on 27 January 1845 and had four children, but sadly all died before the age of 5 and were buried in Merridale Cemetery:
Jane died in Wolverhampton in 1887 and George in 1895.
Charles Hallett, oldest son of Henry Hallett and Louisa Norbury, was baptised in Sherbourne, Warwickshire on 18 October 1846 and became a gardener like his father. He married Sarah Ann Soden, a servant, at St Paul's Church, Warwick on 2 January 1870. Sarah was baptised at Bishops Itchington on 10 December 1844 and was the daughter of Richard Soden, a carpenter, and Ann Haynes.
Charles and Sarah had eight children:
Charles Henry Hallett
Sarah Ann Hallett
m. Florence Lucy Keeler, 1899
m. Albert Charles Richard Bradley, 1934
Henry and Louisa moved to Warwick in the 1870s, and Louisa died there on 31 July 1895. Henry died in Warwick on 7 February 1898.
Thomas Hallett, son of William Hallett and Sarah Reynolds, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 16 December 1838 and married Jane Lowe in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 4 July 1865. Jane, daughter of Thomas Lowe and Ann Taylor, was born in Wordsley and baptised at St Mary's Church, Kinswinford on 3 June 1838. Thomas spent all his working life in one of the local glassworks, becoming a foreman by 1881.
The couple had four children, all born in Wordsley:
m. Harry Bird, 1892
m. Richard Charles Johnson, 1893
m. Martha Annie Venables, 1892
Jane died at the age of 49 and was buried in Kingswinford on 27 February 1888. Two years later, John married her younger sister Eliza at St Matthew's Church, Tipton on 28 May 1890.
John Harry Hallet traveled to Philadelphia in 1896, giving his final destination as Brooklyn, and does not appear to have returned to England.
Thomas and Eliza had moved to Claverley, Shropshire by 1911, and Eliza died there in 1921.
Ann Hallett, daughter of William Hallett and Sarah Reynolds, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 9 April 1843, and married George Morgan in the same church on 14 April 1864. George was born in Morville, Shropshire in 1826, and was a tailor. Ann had a daughter in 1862 whose birth was registered under her mother's maiden name, but who subsequently took the surname Morgan. Three more daughters were born following the marriage:
m. John Fowkes, 1907
m. William Edward Jones, 1892
m. George Smith, 1889
Ann died in Wombourne in 1886.
Mary Maria Hallett
Mary Maria Hallett, daughter of William Hallett and Sarah Reynolds, was baptised in Kingswinford on 19 January 1847 and worked as a domestic servant before her marriage to John Brookes in Stourbridge in 1866. John was baptised in Stourbridge on 8 December 1844 and spent most of his working life as a foreman in an oil works in Tipton. Mary and John had ten children, but the name of one who died in infancy is not known at present:
m. Eliza Allen, 1900
m. Alice Steventon, 1904
m. Evelyn Hickman, 1908
m. Nellie Pemberton, 1913
John died in Tipton in 1915 and Mary in 1929.
Rachel Price, oldest daughter of Benjamin Price and Jane Hallett, was baptised in Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley on 27 March 1836 and worked as a nursemaid before her marriage to George Gunnell in St Martin's Church, Worcester on 23 August 1863. George was a railway porter, who later worked as a packer in one of the railway warehouses. The couple had seven children, all born in Worcester:
m. Frances Mabel Humphreys, 1900
m. Nellie Frances Martin, 1896
m. William Matthew Child, 1894
m. Walter William George Norman, 1916
m. Elizabeth Ann Shute, 1912
m. Polly Mary Digger, 1904
Rachel died in Worcester in 1904 and George in 1914.
Henry Price, son of Benjamin Price and Jane Hallett, was baptised in Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley on 6 January 1839 and by the age of 12 was working as a glass maker - the trade he followed for the rest of his life. He married Sarah Ann Stevens in Christ Church, Coseley on 25 January 1851 and had nine children:
m. Sandis Darby, 1878
m. Elizabeth Patrick, 1887
m. George Cartwright, 1887
m. Francis Passmore, 1890
m. Annie Dunn, 1896
m. Alice Cooper, 1899
m. William Henry Bidder, 1900
m. George Hirons, 1896
Sarah died in Kingswinford in 1881 at the age of 40, and a few months later Henry married Matilda Linecor in Kidderminster. He had one more daughter with his second wife:
m. Harry Bullock, 1905
Matilda died in Kingswinford in 1906 and Henry in 1908.
Edward Price, son of Benjamin Price and Jane Hallett, was born in Wordsley on 28 October 1842 and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 20 November 1842. He became a glass cutter and married Sarah Hall in St John's Church, Swindon in 1863. The couple had ten children, five of whom died in infancy:
Harry Victor Price
Zillah Edith Price
m. Sarah Firmstone, 1891
m. Florence Radford, 1887
m. Eliza Annie Field, 1907
m. Alice Perks, 1896
Edward died in Wordsley and was buried in Kingswinford on 31 March 1894. Sarah died in 1920.
Sarah Ann Price
Sarah Ann Price, daughter of Benjamin Price and Jane Hallett, was born in Wordsley and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 19 January 1845. She married Nathan Moore, a labourer from Oldswinford, in the same church in 1876 and had three children:
m. Florence Timmins, 1902
m. William Lane, 1902
m. Arthur Vickers, 1910
Nathan died in Stourbridge in 1933.
Hannah Price, daughter of Benjamin Price and Jane Hallett, was born in Wordsley and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 7 May 1849. She had a daughter whose father is unknown:
m. Thomas Charles Pratt, 1891
Hannah then married Robert Aldis, a spade moulder, in St Thomas' Church, Stourbridge in 1879. Robert was a widower with two daughters from his first marriage, but the couple had no children together. The family moved to Aston in the 1880s and Robert died there in 1899. The following year, Hannah married Charles Hemming, a groom, in Walsall. He too was a widower, with five children from his first marriage.
Hannah died in Walsall in 1929.
James Hallett, oldest son of John Hallett and Lavinia Mason, was born in Enville in late 1849 and baptised in St Mary's Church on 3 March 1850. He moved to Leicestershire with his family as a child, and like his father worked with horses, first as a groom and later as a domestic coachman. He married Mary Shepherd in Leicester in 1876 and had eight children:
James Henry Hallett
Charles Wilfred Hallett
Florence Grace Hallett
Thomas Frederick Hallett
James Mason Hallett
m. Harriett Ann Marston, 1896
m. William Neale Finlay, 1904
m. Florence Ada Birch, 1908
m. John W Holmes, 1925
m. Rose Clark, 1921
James Mason Hallett emigrated to Canada in 1913 and served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First Word War.
James died in West Langton in 1912 and Mary in 1932.
John Henry Hallett
John Henry Hallett, son of John Hallett and Lavinia Mason, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 1 June 1851 and moved to Leicestershire with his family as a child. As a young man he worked as a groom before becoming a butler, and in 1881 he was working at Goscote Hall, the home of John Coupland, a shipping magnate and master of the Quorn Hunt. John married Phoebe Palmer in Melton Mowbray on 4 June 1877 and had three children:
George Henry Hallett
m. Margaret Whait, 1919
m. John H Randall, 1931
John died in Melton Mowbray in 1911 and Phoebe in 1935.
Samuel Hallett, son of John Hallett and Lavinia Mason, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 12 August 1855 and moved to Leicestershire with his family as a young child. He worked in a variety of jobs, including groom, domestic servant and platelayer's labourer. In 1881, he married Sarah Shepherd, whose sister Mary was married to Samuel's oldest brother James, and whose brother was married to their sister Ellen. The couple had four sons:
James Henry Hallett
Samuel Mason Hallett
Robert William Hallett
m. Gertrude E Shepherd, 1913
m. Harriet Beeby, 1918
The family moved to Bramcote, Nottinghamshire before their youngest son was born, and Samuel died there in 1904. Sarah subsequently married Francis Fletcher, a cotton lace maker, in 1910.
Ellen Lindsay Hallett
Ellen Lindsay Hallett, daughter of John Hallett and Lavinia Mason, was baptised in St Mary's Church, Enville on 6 June 1858 and moved to Leicestershire with her family at the age of 4 or 5. She had an illegitimate child who seems to have been brought up by his grandparents, and is later recorded living with (or visiting) his uncle William Hallett in Edinburgh:
William Horace Rutherford Hallett
Shortly after William's birth, Ellen married William Shepherd, a coachman, whose sisters Mary and Sarah married two of her brothers.
William and Ellen had three children:
Walter William Shepherd
George Frederick Shepherd
Evelyn Nelly Shepherd
m. Rachel Charlotte Horner, 1917
m. Thomas Powell, 1917
Ellen died in Burton upon Trent in 1896, and William subsequently married Elizabeth Cadwallader in Derby in 1897 and had another son with his second wife.
Annie Maria Hallett
Annie Maria Hallett, daughter of John Hallett and Lavinia Mason, was baptised in St Philip & St James Church, Groby on 12 July 1863, shortly after her family moved from Staffordshire to Leicestershire. She worked as a housemaid before her marriage to Samuel John Roberts, a groom, in Market Bosworth in 1881. The couple had six children:
Ernest Frederick Roberts
Bertie Stephen Roberts
John William Roberts
Percy Walter Roberts
Beatrice Eveline Roberts
Zena Nancy Roberts
m. Emily Lizzie Dew, 1910
m. Edward Hill, 1918
m. Lorrie Ablott, 1935
Annie died in Leicester in 1936.
William Holloway, son of William Holloway and Maria Hallett, was baptised in St Peter's Church, Kinver on 29 June 1850, and became a cooper like his father. He married Annie Jane Bostock in St Mary's Church, Oldswinford on 30 March 1871 and raised a large family of eleven children:
m. Alice Freer, 1891
m. Rosina Cripps, 1893
m. Ellen Jane Whitting, 1915
m. Cornelia Minnie Davis, 1900
m. James Regan, 1901
m. George Nicholas, 1910
m. Charles Henry Teale, 1924
At the beginning of the 1880s, William changed careers, moving to Birmingham to work as a carriage painter. He died in Birmingham in 1909 and Annie died there in 1936.
Samuel Holloway, son of William Holloway and Maria Hallett, was baptised in St Peter's Church, Kinver on 4 June 1854 and became a cooper like his father and brother. He married Emma Pratt in Kidderminster in 1879, and had five children, all born in Birmingham, including a daughter who was apparently born before their marriage:
Annie Maria Holloway
Alice Mary Holloway
Maud Elizabeth Holloway
m. William Henry Carter, 1907
Samuel died in Birmingham in 1890 and Emma then married Edward Curtis there on 6 December 1897.
Ann Maria Holloway
Ann Maria Holloway, youngest daughter of William Holloway and Maria Hallett, was born in Kinver on 1 June 1866 and worked as a lady's maid as a young women. She married Thomas Lloyd, a machinist, in St Peter's Church, Kinver on 24 February 1895. Thomas was a widower with six children from his first marriage, and the couple had three more children together:
Thomas William Lloyd
Hubert Cyril Lloyd
Hilda Louisa Lloyd
m. Florence Winifred Inskip, 1924
m. Lilian May North, 1923
m. Edward Stone, 1923
Ann died in Walsall in 1964.
Joseph Brookes, son of William Brookes and Harriet Hallett, was born in Swan Village, West Bromwich on 13 February 1839 and worked for many years as a coal miner. He married Mary Ann Scarlett in St Matthew's Church, Wolverhampton on 16 April 1867 and had three children:
Harriet Elizabeth Brookes
Frederick John Brookes
Edward James Brookes
m. Edward Slaney, 1892
Mary Ann and her youngest child Edward both died when he was just seven weeks old and were buried together in Merridale Cemetery on 11 November 1874. The following year, Joseph married Sarah Ann Slaney in St James' Church, Wolverhampton on 10 May 1875 and had six more children:
m. John Stacey, 1912
m George Arthur Watkins, 1912
Shortly after his second marriage, Joseph left the coal mines and worked as a labourer for the rest of his life. He died in Heath Town on 22 May 1905 and was buried in Merridale Cemetery. Sarah died in Wolverhampton in 1927.
George Henry Hallett
George Henry Hallett, oldest son of Henry Hallett and Jemima Chell, was born in Wolverhampton and baptised in St Peter's Church on 19 June 1844. After serving an apprenticeship he became a plumber and painter, and married Matilda Rogers in St Peter's Church on 6 August 1868. The couple lived in Wolverhampton for a short time before moving to Bilston, where all but the first of their nine children were born:
m. Edward Harry Jukes, 1893
m. Herbert Fell Sproson, 1904
m. Thomas Herbert Mapson, 1905
m. Margaret Emma Hyde, 1907
m. Ellen Sarratt Danks, 1917
George died in Bilston on 5 January 1917 and Matilda died in West Bromwich on 25 April 1920.
Ann Eliza Hallett
Ann Eliza Hallett, daughter of Henry Hallett and Jemima Chell, was born in Wolverhampton and baptised in St Peter's Church on 10 May 1848. She married William Henry Wheeler, an engineer, in the same church on 23 July 1865, aged just 17, and had two children:
Clara Marfell Wheeler
m. John Fisher, 1888
By early 1871, Ann was already a widow, and later that year she married John Harrod, a labourer, in St Matthew's Church, Wolverhampton on 7 September 1871. There were no children from her second marriage, and after John's death Ann lived with her married daughter Clara and her family until her own death in Birmingham in 1931.
Henry Hallett, son of Henry Hallett and Jemima Chell, was born in Wolverhampton and baptised in St Peter's Church on 22 February 1852. He became a plumber like his older brother George and married Alice Craddock in Wolverhampton in 1879. They had three children:
Florence Alice Hallett
Frederick George Hallett
Mabel Eveline Hallett
m. George H Moody, 1912
m. Alice Maud Gorton, 1904
m. Albert Edward Jukes, 1920
Alice died in Wolverhampton in 1914 and Henry on 10 February 1939.
Betsy Hallett, youngest child of Henry Hallett and Jemima Chell, was born in Wolverhampton and baptised in St Peter's Church on 8 April 1855. Like her older sister Ann, she married young, and was only 18 when she married Henry Vaughan, a beerhouse keeper, in St Matthew's Church, Wolverhampton on 1 February 1874. The couple had eight children:
m. Sarah Elizabeth Pitt, 1903
m. Eunice Munn, 1900
m. Lois Munn, 1902
m. Annie Doris Taylor, 1920
m. Ruth Elizabeth Dubock, 1912
m. John Henry Matthewman, 1912
m. John Ernest Pedley, 1915
Betsy died in Wolverhampton on 28 March 1930 and Henry on 4 May 1938.
William Maxfield, oldest son of John Maxfield and Eliza Hallett, was baptised at St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton on 7 February 1847 and worked as a nut and bolt forger. He married Rebecca Ann Todd in her home town of Belfast in 1871, and the couple lived there for a short time at the beginning of their marriage. They then lived briefly in Salford before settling permanently in Handsworth, Staffordshire in about 1875.
William and Rebecca had thirteen children:
Albert William Maxfield
Florence Rebecca Maxfield
Margaret Gertrude Maxfield
Jessie Marion Maxfield
Frank Alexander Maxfield
m.Minnie Dawson, 1901
m. Alfred Cox, 1903
m. George Watts, 1897
m. William Henry Wells, 1911
m. Frances Minnie Baggs, 1906
m. Arthur Hunstone, 1905
m. Joseph Alfred Oldbury, 1916
m. Margaret Tandy, 1912
m. Wilfred Morris, 1919
William and Rebecca's youngest son, Frank, attested for military service with the Army Service Corps on 10 December 1915 aged 18, and was mobilised on 18 April 1916. He was drafted to France on 30 August 1916 and served in the Motor Transport section. Frank survived the war without major injury, and re-enlisted in the Defence Force during the National Emergency of 1921, when reservists were mobilised and ex-servicemen invited to enrol in order to protect mines and railways against threatened industrial action.
Rebecca died in Handsworth in 1916 and William in 1921.
Sarah Ann Maxfield
Sarah Ann Maxfield, daughter of John Maxfield and Eliza Hallett, was baptised at St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton on 7 October 1848 and like several of her siblings moved to Birmingham in the 1860s, possibly following the death of their parents. She married Henry Brookes, a brass dresser, in 1870 and according to the 1911 census gave birth to fifteen children, although only twelve have been identified:
Annie Maria Brookes
m. George Henry Sidwell, 1901
m. Matilda Trueman, 1897
m. Thomas Cotton, 1898
m. Sarah Jane Dale, 1906
m. Lily Curtis, 1911
m. William Edward Sirrell, 1928
m. John George Aizlewood, 1910
Henry died in Birmingham in 1904 and Sarah in 1913.
John Maxfield, son of John Maxfield and Eliza Hallett, was baptised at St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton on 20 April 1851 and moved to Birmingham as a young man, working in the local gun making industry. He married Sophia Taylor in 1871 and had six children:
Edith Adelaide Maxfield
m. Mary Humphries
m. George Swingler, 1904
m. William Thomas Pitt, 1903
m. Norah Davis, 1906
m. Frederick Joseph Harris, 1908
Sophia died in Birmingham in 1903 and John in 1924.
Alfred Henry Maxfield
Alfred Henry Maxfield, son of John Maxfield and Eliza Hallett, was born in Wolverhampton in 1852, and like his older brother John moved to Birmingham as a young man and worked in the local gun making industry. He married Emma Amelia Tranter at St James' Church, Handsworth on 13 February 1876 and had seven children, three of whom died in infancy:
Henry James Maxfield
Lilian May Maxfield
Alfred William Tranter Maxfield
William Harold Maxfield
m. William Thomas James Witnall, 1921
m. Beatrice Alice Ingram, 1916
Alfred died in Edgbaston on 4 October 1924 and Emma died in Aston on 16 August 1935.
m. Florence Edna Driver, 1905
m. Robert Handley Fox, 1908
m. Winifred Libra Jones, 1914
Eliza Maxfield, youngest surviving child of John Maxfield and Eliza Hallett, was born in Wolverhampton in 1856 and worked as a domestic servant before her marriage to Rowland Hughes in West Bromwich in 1887. Rowland, a carver and gilder, was born in Worcester in 1852 and was the son of Alfred John Hughes and Selina Maria Hurlstone.
Rowland and Eliza settled in Manchester and had eight children, four of whom died in infancy:
Florence Elizabeth Hughes
Harold Earlstone Hughes
John Maxfield Hughes
Rowland died in Stockport in 1931 and Eliza possibly died in Manchester in 1933.
Charles Henry Hallett
Charles Henry Hallett, third child and only son of Charles Hallett and Sarah Ann Soden, was born in Sherbourne, Warwickshire in 1873 and became a gunsmith. He enlisted in the King's Royal Rifle Corps on 9 October 1893 and served in South Africa between 1899 and 1903. He served a term of twelve years and was discharged at the termination of his engagement on 9 October 1905. While in the Army, he married Florence Lucy Keeler at Alverstoke on 12 October 1899.
Charles and Florence's first child was born in Alverstoke, but after he left the Army they moved to Folkestone, where three more children were born:
Dorothy Emily Hallett
Arthur Leonard Hallett
Winifred Phyllis Hallett
Violet Gladys Hallett
m. Thomas John Drinkwater, 1924
m. Dorothy Edith Hackney, 1935
m. Alfred W Murphy, 1934
m. Frederick Thomas Giles, 1937
After the outbreak of World War I, Charles enlisted in the Army Service Corps on 14 August 1915, rather curiously claiming to have no previous military experience. He was drafted to Egypt within a month, and served there for a little over two years. On 1 August 1917 he was transferred to the Labour Corps, but returned to the Army Service Corps on 8 February 1918 and went to France with them on 13 May 1918. He survived the war without major injury, although like many who served in Egypt his health was affected by illness, and he received a small temporary pension after his final discharge in 1919.
Charles died in Folkestone on 6 September 1933 and Florence on 28 January 1949.
Their son Arthur Leonard emigrated to New Zealand in 1950 with his wife and son, settling in Napier, on the east coast of the North Island.
Edith Antoinette Hallett
Edith Antoinette Hallett, oldest child of Thomas Hallett and Jane Lowe, was born in Wordsley in 1866, and became a teacher. She married Harry Bird, a clerk, in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 10 April 1892 and had three daughters:
Dorothy Jane Bird
Edith Harriet Eliza Bird
Phillis Marion Bird
m. William Freeman, 1921
m. Samuel H Williams, 1922
Edith continued working after her marriage, and is recorded as a governess on the 1901 census. She died in Brierley Hill in 1911.
Laura Jane Hallett
Laura Jane Hallett, daughter of Thomas Hallett and Jane Lowe, was born in Wordsley and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 16 May 1869. She married Richard Charles Johnson, a baker and confectioner who worked in his father's business, in St Mary's Church on 30 September 1893 and had two sons:
Charles Benjamin Johnson
m. Maud Kathleen Mayne Young, 1921
m. Annie Elizabeth Hames, 1930
Laura was a teacher, and like her older sister Edith continued to work after her marriage. However, when Richard took over the family bakery she stopped teaching to assist in the shop. She died in Birmingham in 1930. Richard later moved to live with his married son Frank in High Wycombe, where he died in 1944.
William Arthur Thomas Hallett
William Arthur Thomas Hallett, son of Thomas Hallett and Jane Lowe, was born in Wordsley and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 28 May 1871. He spent a large part of his working life in an electroplate works, becoming a manager there by 1901. In 1892 he married Martha Annie Venables in Stourbridge register office, and had seven children, three of whom died in infancy:
Oswald Thomas Hallett
Stanley William Hallett
Doris Gwendoline Hallett
Leonard Arthur Hallett
Roland Eric Hallett
Edna Marjorie Hallett
Vernon Albert Hallett
m. Minnie Orme, 1917
m. William James Chamberlain, 1920
m. Lavinia Cosimi Brain Stone, 1926
William and Martha spent most of their married life in Birmingham, where Martha died in 1930 and William in 1932.
Lucy Beatrice Morgan
Lucy Beatrice Morgan, daughter of George Morgan and Ann Hallett, was born in Enville and baptised in St Mary's Church on 8 January 1865. She worked as a domestic servant as a young woman, and married William Edward Jones, an iron worker, in St Benedict's Church, Wombourn in 1892. The couple spent nearly all their married life in Congleton and had six children:
Beatrice Annie Jones
William Edward Jones
Lily May Jones
Frank Bertram Jones
George Henry Jones
Sarah Helen Jones
m. Thomas Barlow, 1929
m. Guy Shaw, 1919
m. Jane Davenport, 1924
m. John Gray, 1927
Lucy died in Congleton in 1929.
Emily Jane Morgan
Emily Jane Morgan, daughter of George Morgan and Ann Hallett, was born in Enville and baptised in St Mary's Church on 2 September 1866. By the age of 14 she was "in service" as a nursemaid, and she married George Smith, a groom, in St Benedict's Church, Wombourn in 1889.
George and Emily had five children:
George William Smith
Elsie May Smith
Emily Jane Smith
Arthur Bertram Smith
George died in the early 1900s, and Emily then married John Tatlow in Birmingham in 1905. She died in Leek in 1917.
George Alfred Brookes
George Alfred Brookes, son of John Brookes and Mary Maria Hallett, was born in Tipton and baptised in St Paul's Church on 3 November 1872. He worked as a labourer in an oil and grease works, and married Sarah Eliza Hughes in St Matthew's Church, Tipton in 1897. Sadly she died the following year aged just 25 - probably in childbirth, as the birth and death of an unnamed Brookes baby were registered at the same time. George then married Eliza Allen in St Thomas' Church, Dudley in 1900, and had one son:
George Alfred Brookes
George died in Tipton in 1930.
Frederick Thomas Brookes
Frederick Thomas Brookes, son of John Brookes and Mary Maria Hallett, was born in Tipton in 1880 and worked as a railway porter. He married Annie Steventon in St Matthew's Church, Tipton in 1904 and had eight children:
Alice Mary Brookes
Frederick John Brookes
William Arthur Brookes
m. James Percival Burgess, 1931
Frederick died in Bilston in 1963.
Albert Ernest Brookes
Albert Ernest Brookes, son of John Brookes and Mary Maria Hallett, was born in Tipton on 24 July 1885 and worked as a carter. He married Evelyn Hickman in St Matthew's Church, Tipton in 1908 and had at least three children:
Mabel Millicent Brookes
Nancy Gwendoline Brookes
m. Simon Harold Hill, 1932
m. George C Willliams, 1941
Albert was a very early volunteer for the Army in World War I, attesting with the South Staffordshire Regiment on 11 August 1914, just days after war was declared. However, during training in bad weather he fell seriously ill with pleurisy and pneumonia, and was finally discharged from the Army as medically unfit on 11 August 1916 without seeing active service.
Immediately prior to World War II, Albert was working as a sandblaster, having fully recovered his health.
Evelyn died in Wednesbury in 1958 and Albert died in Tipton in 1967.
Harold Brookes, youngest son of John Brookes and Mary Maria Hallett, was born in Tipton on 10 November 1887 and worked as a clerk for a timber merchant. He married Nellie Pemberton in Wolverhampton on 26 April 1913 and had three children:
Harold Pemberton Brookes
Arthur Lionel Brookes
Eric William Brookes
Harold enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps on 27 March 1917 and formed part of the clerical ground staff.
Harold's youngest son Eric followed in his footsteps, becoming a pilot and flight sergeant in the Royal Air Force in World War II. He died on 21 January 1944, probably when his plane was shot down during a bombing raid over Berlin or another of the eastern German towns. He is buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.
Nellie died in Tipton on 22 January 1958 and Harold probably died in 1969.
Henry Edward Gunnell
Henry Edward Gunnell, oldest son of George Gunnell and Rachel Price, was born in Worcester in 1865 and worked on the railway like his father. He emigrated to Australia in 1889, joining the Railway Department in Adelaide before being transferred to Peterborough, South Australia, and later Mount Pirie. He lost a leg in a shunting accident, and returned to Peterborough in 1894 to work in the storeroom.
Henry married Frances Mabel Humphreys in Peterborough on 10 October 1900 and had three children:
Francis Edward Alfred Gunnell
Gladwyn Tamsin Gunnell
Maxim Clarence Gunnell
m. Leisa Mary Lovely, 1928
Henry died in Peterborough on 15 August 1935.
Walter Alfred Gunnell
Walter Alfred Gunnell, son of George Gunnell and Rachel Price, was born in Worcester in 1868 and baptised in St Clement's Church on 27 June 1869. He worked on the railway in various manual jobs, and married Nellie Frances Martin in Worcester in 1896. They had eleven children, all born in Bromsgrove:
Albert Edward Gunnell
Susannah Fort Gunnell
Robert Lysworth Martin Gunnell
George Francis Gunnell
Percie Henry Gunnell
Helen Sophia Gunnell
Leon Celestine Gunnell
Frederick Cecil Gunnell
Charles Anthony Gunnell
Peggie Annie S Gunnell
m. Harry Westwood, 1922
m. Lily Hamblin, 1925
m. Agnes Mary Worgen, 1929
m. Thomas A Hurley, 1939
m. Gwendoline Sarah Crawford, 1938
m. Harold E Price, 1943
Henry and Nellie's oldest son Albert was an early casualty of the First World War: his service number suggests that he joined the South Wales Borderers before the outbreak of war, and this is confirmed by the fact that he arrived in France on 13 August 1914, less than two weeks after war was declared. Sadly, he was killed in action three months later, on 14 November 1914, defending Gheluvelt during the first Battle of Ypres.
Walter died in Birmingham in 1949 and Nellie died in Bromsgrove in 1970 at the age of 94.
Siriah Gunnell, son of George Gunnell and Rachel Price, was born in Worcester in 1868 and baptised in St Martin's Church along with three of his siblings on 21 January 1882. His unusual forename (sometimes spelled Seriah or Syria) was shared with his uncle and is taken from the Old Testament: Seraiah was chief priest during the reign of Zedekiah, and was executed by Nebuchadnezzar.
Siriah married Polly Mary Digger in Worcester in 1904 and had one son:
m. Violet Crump Hiscox, 1930
Siriah died in Stafford in 1938.
Emma Jane Price
Emma Jane Price, oldest child of Henry Price and Sarah Ann Stevens, was born in Kingswinford in 1858 and married Sandis Darby in St Mary's Church, Oldswinford in 1878. Sandis was born in Stourbridge in 1858 and worked as a glass cutter. The couple had one son:
m. Phoebe Corbett, 1903
Emma died in Wordsley in 1915 and Sandis in 1920.
Henry Price, son of Henry Price and Sarah Ann Stevens, was born in Kingswinford in 1862 and became a glass maker like his father. He married Elizabeth Patrick in St Thomas' Church, Dudley on 14 February 1887 and had three children, including twins who died in infancy:
Agnes Gertrude Price
Elsie May Price
Henry travelled to America in May 1905 and was joined there by his wife and daughter a month later, when his address was given as Brooklyn. They do not appear to have returned to England, although they have not been definitely located on subsequent US census returns.
Hannah Maria Price
Hannah Maria Price, daughter of Henry Price and Sarah Ann Stevens, was born in Kingswinford and baptised in St Mary's Church there on Christmas Day 1864. She married George Carter, an iron worker, in the same church exactly 23 years later, and had five children:
m. Nellie May Mobberley, 1929
George and Hannah died within a short space of time in 1935.
Eliza Price, daughter of Henry Price and Sarah Ann Stevens, was born in Kingswinford in late 1868 and baptised in St Mary's Church on 10 January 1869. She married Francis Passmore, a seed warehouseman, in Stourbridge register office in 1890 and had two children:
William Francis Passmore
Elsie Beatrice Passmore
m. Lizzie Houseman, 1929
m. Henry Salter, 1937
Eliza died in Kingswinford in 1936 and Francis in 1937.
William Henry Price
William Henry Price, son of Henry Price and Sarah Ann Stevens, was born in Kingswinford and baptised in St Mary's Church on 3 August 1873. He worked in the local glass industry like his father and brothers, becoming a glass blower. He married Alice Cooper in Stourbridge in 1899 and had four children, the first of whom was born several years before their marriage:
Margaret Frances Price
William Henry Price
John Reginald Price
m. James W Thompson, 1915
m. Richard Robert Lowe Spears, 1920
m. Louisa Dinah Payton, 1926
m. Maud Evelyn Tomkins, 1933
William died in Kingswinford in 1938 and Alice died in Brierley Hill in 1971 at the age of 97.
Mary Matilda Price
Mary Matilda Price, daughter of Henry Price and Sarah Ann Stevens, was born in Amblecote on 4 December 1875 and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 19 December 1875. She married William Henry Bidder, a cooper, in Stourbridge register office in 1900 and had nine children:
William Henry Bidder
Alice Maud Bidder
Doris Eveline Bidder
George Thomas Bidder
Kathleen Mary Bidder
m. Harold Ashton, 1925
m. Alice Brittain, 1929
m. Cyril Albert Plackett, 1933
m. Walter Grime, 1937
m. Archie Hallas, 1939
m. Alice M Shepherd, 1938
m. George A Price, 1941
The family moved from Wordsley to Stapleford between 1906 and 1909, and William died there on 29 January 1952. Mary died on 29 December 1968.
Sarah Ann Price
Sarah Ann Price, youngest daughter of Henry Price and Sarah Ann Stevens, was born in Amblecote in 1878, and married George Hirons, a carter, in St Mark's Church, Stambermill when she was just 17. The couple had four children, but only one survived past infancy:
Thomas George Hirons
William Henry Hirons
Ellen May Hirons
m. Herbert Richard Fletcher, 1937
In 1911, Sarah and her surviving child were living with her younger half-sister Margaret.
Margaret Frances Price
Margaret Frances Price, only daughter of Henry Price and his second wife Matilda Linnecor, was born in Amblecote in 1883 and married Harry Bullock, an iron worker, in St Michael's Church, Brierley Hill in 1905. They had four children:
Hilda May Bullock
Nellie Matilda Bullock
m. Elsie May Watterson, 1938
m. Lilian M Smith, 1937
Magaret died in Kingswinford in 1951.
Arthur Samuel Price
Arthur Samuel Price, oldest son of Edward Price and Sarah Hall, was born in Wordsley and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 24 January 1864. In common with many of the male members of his family he worked in the local glass industry as a glass cutter, and married Sarah Firmstone in St Michael's Church, Brierley Hill on 19 July 1891. The couple had six children:
George Edward Price
Edith May Price
James Harold Price
Lottie Alice Rose Price
m. Beatrice Alice Hall, 1916
m. Lily Arundel Tolley, 1924
m. Lily Chance, 1938
Arthur died in Wordsley in 1921.
Edward Price, son of Edward Price and Sarah Hall, was born in Wordsley on 15 December 1864 and baptised in St Mary's Church, Kingswinford on 5 March 1865. He was one of the few male members of this family not to work in the glass industry, and instead became a groom and moved to Newmarket, where he worked in one of the racing stables. He married Florence Radford in Great Bradley in 1887 and had three children:
Harry Edward Price
Frank Herbert Price
Agnes Florence Price
m. Ethel Elizabeth Ribbons, 1921
m. George Ernest Lander, 1921
Edward and Florence's younger son Frank emigrated to Australia, settling in New South Wales. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 June 1915 and saw service in Egypt and France, where he was wounded on 8 June 1917, and he was invalided back to Australia before being discharged on 19 February 1918.
Florence died in Newmarket in 1926 and Edward in 1941.
Harry Victor Price
Harry Victor Price (also known as Henry Victor Price), son of Edward Price and Sarah Hall, was born in Wordsley in 1870 and worked as a glass blower. He married Eliza Annie Field at All Saints' Church, West Bromwich in 1907 and had one daughter:
Nellie Irene Price
m. Charles Henry Jackson, 1935
Harry died in Kingswinford in 1938.
Albert Price, youngest son of Edward Price and Sarah Hall, was born in Wordsley on 25 February 1875 and worked as a glass maker. He married Alice Perks in Stourbridge register office in 1896 and had one son:
m. Hilda Laura Rushton, 1923
Alice died in Rowley Regis in 1959 and Albert in 1961.
Alfred Moore, oldest son of Nathan Moore and Sarah Ann Price, was born in Oldswinford on 29 September 1876 and became a glass cutter. He married Florence Timmins in St John the Evangelist's Church, Stourbridge in 1902 and had two sons:
Alfred Conrad Moore
m. Gertrude Lilian Parker, 1938
Florence died in Stourbridge on 2 December 1951 and Albert probably died in Kidderminster in 1960.
Alice Maud Moore
Alice Maud Moore, daughter of Nathan Moore and Sarah Ann Price, was born in Oldswinford in 1878 and married William Lane, a tram driver, in St Mary's Church, Oldswinford in 1902. The couple settled in Kinver and had four children:
William Arthur Lane
Gladys Frances Lane
Elsie May Lane
m. Arthur Snape, 1931
m. Doris May Hartland, 1936
The family later moved to Birmingham, where William died on 14 February 1931 and Alice on 30 April 1936.
John William Hallett
John William Hallett, oldest son of James Hallett and Mary Shepherd, was born in Markfield, Leicestershire on 27 October 1876 and became a domestic groom like his father. He married Harriett Ann Marston in Market Harborough in 1896 and had six children, three of whom died in infancy:
John William Hallett
Grace Alice Hallett
Samuel Power Hallett
Reginald Thomas Hallett
Samuel Power Hallett
Grace Elizabeth Hallett
m. Nellie Frances Trueman, 1924
m. Blanche Eva Greatrex, 1929
m. George Thomas, 1926
Harriett died in Market Harborough in 1905 and John subsequently married Martha Jane Wills there in 1907. He died in Birmingham in 1951.
Lavinia Mary Hallett
Lavinia Mary Hallett, daughter of James Hallett and Mary Shepherd, was born in Quorn in 1880 and married William Neale Finlay, a stud groom, in Market Harborough in 1904. They had two children:
Neale James Finlay
Kathleen Grace Finlay
m. Doris Meadows, 1928
m. Allan Herbert Cooper, 1933
Lavinia died in Blaby in 1933, and the following year William married Gertude E Bentley. He died in Leicestershire in 1969.
Charles Wilfred Hallett
Charles Wilfred Hallett, son of James Hallett and Mary Shepherd, was born in Quorn on 20 November 1883 and spent all his working life as a gardener. He married Florence Ada Birch in Sheffield in 1908 and had five children:
Kenneth Charles Hallett
Kathleen Nora Hallett
Phyllis May Hallett
James Noel Hallett
Ritson Wilfred Hallett
m. Arthur Longbottom, 1959
m. Edna Metcalfe, 1938
When the 1911 census was taken, Charles and Florence were living with his parents in West Langton, and Charles was recorded as an "invalid", but by the end of 1914 he had apparently recovered, and the couple were living in Stokesley, Yorkshire.
Charles attested for military service on 7 December 1915 and was mobilised on 2 August 1916 to serve with the Labour Corps. He spent the war on home service, and during this time aggravated a pre-war injury to his heel (an accidental gunshot wound), leading to the award of a small temporary pension after his discharge in 1919.
Following the war, the couple's marriage apparently broke down, and Charles entered into a relationship with Beatrice Evelyn Gunson, with whom he had four more children:
Christine Joyce Hallett
Lawrence Alan Hallett
Derek Anthony Hallett
Sylvia Patricia Hallett
m. Leonard William J Glanville, 1941
m. Mavis Georgina Danby, 1955
m. Charles G Solloway, 1951
The births of the first two children were registered under the surname Elliott, but later records show them as Hallett.
Florence died in Leeds in 1968 and Charles died in Holderness the following year. Beatrice died in Hull in 1978.
Mabel Hallett, youngest child of John Henry Hallett and Phoebe Palmer, was born in Birstall, Leicestershire on 15 January 1893. She married John Henry Randall in Melton Mowbray in 1931 and had one son:
Maurice Henry Randall
Mabel died in Melton Mowbray on 6 January 1940, at which time her husband was licensee of the Royal Oak public house.
Samuel Mason Hallett
Samuel Mason Hallett, son of Samuel Hallett and Sarah Shepherd, was born in Rochester on 24 August 1888, although his family only appears to have lived there briefly, and he spent most of his childhood in Leicestershire. He married Gertude Evelyn Shepherd (no relation to his mother) in 1913 in Bramcote , Nottinghamshire, where he worked as a painter and decorator.
Samuel and Gertrude had one daughter:
Frances Lorna Hallett
m. Leslie Few, 1936.
During World War One, Samuel served with the 9th Batallion of the Scottish Rifles. He was a relatively early volunteer, and after training was drafted to France on 12 May 1915. Later that year he was hospitalised for a short time with rheumatic fever: a not uncommon result of the cold and wet conditions in the trenches.
After the war, Samuel remained on the electoral roll in Nottinghamshire until 1923, but at some point his marriage to Gertrude broke down, and by 1939 he was living as man and wife in Manchester with Margaret Evelyn Cockhill, a widow whose husband Sidney Joseph Haughton Walton died in Mesopotamia in 1917. Gertude remained in Nottinghamshire, and in 1939 was recorded in the same household as Frederick Hindley, an iron worker, whom she would marry after Samuel's death.
Samuel died in Manchester and was buried in Southern Cemetery on 18 August 1945. Margaret was buried in the same grave on 15 July 1953, while Gertrude died in Nottingham in 1955.
Wilfred Hallett, youngest son of Samuel Hallett and Sarah Shepherd, was born in Bramcote on 1 December 1894 and became a gardener. He married Harriet Beeby in 1918 and had one child:
Wilfred died in Stapleford on 16 January 1940, aged 45, and Harriet later moved with their son to Cheshire, where she died in 1982 at the age of 90.
Ernest Frederick Roberts
Ernest Frederick Roberts, oldest son of Samuel John Roberts and Annie Maria Hallett, was born in Newfoundpool, Leicestershire on 2 May 1882 and worked as a groom like his father. He married Emily Lizzie Dew in Oundle in 1910 and had one daughter:
Violet Evelyn Roberts
m. Edward George Tate, 1946
Ernest died in Melton Mowbray on 29 November 1952 and Emily died in Scunthorpe in 1970.
William Holloway, oldest son of William Holloway and Annie Jane Bostock, was born in Kinver on 22 April 1871 and moved to Birmingham with his family in his early teens. He worked as a tube solderer and married Alice Freer in Birmingham in 1891. They had five children, the first of whom was born shortly before their marriage and registered in his mother's maiden name, but was subsequently known as Holloway:
William Freer (Holloway)
Annie Violet Holloway
m. Ada Cale, 1914
Alice died in Birmingham in 1909 at the age of 37 and William died there in 1942.
Henry Holloway, son of William Holloway and Annie Jane Bostock, was born in Kinver on 21 February 1873 and moved to Birmingham with his family as a child. He worked for a time manufacturing iron tubes for bedsteads, and later as a tool malker. He married Rosina Cripps in Birmingham on 17 July 1893 and had four children:
Henry Rufus Holloway
Harold William Stephen Holloway
Hilda Rose Holloway
m. Alice Foster, 1916
m. Elizabeth May Moore, 1928
m. Samuel Joseph Cemm, 1923
m. Herbert Andrews, 1929
In 1911, Henry's niece Annie, daughter of his older brother William, was living with them following her mother's early death.
Henry died in Balsall Heath in 1918 and Rosina died in Birmingham in 1950.
Richard Holloway, son of William Holloway and Annie Jane Bostock, was born in Kinver in 1879 and moved to Birmingham with his family as a small child. He married Cornelia Minnie Davis (known as Nellie) in St Stephen's Church, Birmingham on 27 May 1900 and had six children, although only two survived past infancy:
Oliver Lewis Holloway
Richard William Holloway
Beatrice Violet Holloway
May Louisa Holloway
m. George Bright, 1928
m. Ernest Inett, 1927
After the outbreak of World War I, Richard enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment and was drafted to France on 9 August 1915. He was killed in action in the Loos sector just over two months later on 13 October 1915.
Cornelia never remarried and died in Birmingham in 1965.
Annie Maria Holloway
Annie Maria Holloway, daughter of William Holloway and Annie Jane Bostock, was born in Kinver in 1881, shortly before her family moved to Birmingham. She was a brass press worker before her marriage to James Regan, a tube drawer, in 1901. James was a widower with one daughter from his first marriage and the couple had seven children together:
James William Regan
Ivy May Regan
m. Harriet Kane, 1925
m. William Barlow, 1929
m. Dennis Cobley, 1937
m. Beatrice Alice G Biddulph, 1937
m. Sydney Pitts, 1940
Annie died in Birmingham on 17 January 1941 and James on 10 August 1963.
Eliza Ellen Holloway
Eliza Ellen Holloway, daughter of William Holloway and Annie Jane Bostock, was born in Birmingham and baptised at St Nicholas' Church there on 21 October 1886. She married George Nicholas at St Stephen's Church, Birmingham on 4 December 1910 and had three daughters:
Jane Elizabeth Nicholas
Rose Ellen Nicholas
m. Harry Loveridge, 1935
m. John James Carlyon, 1937
Alice Mary Holloway
Alice Mary Holloway, daughter of Samuel Holloway and Emma Pratt, was born in Aston, Warwickshire on 25 January 1886 and married William Henry Carter, a brass dresser, in Birmingham in 1907. The couple spent their married life in Birmingham and had eight children:
William Henry Carter
Ernest George Carter
Frank William Carter
Samuel Joseph Carter
Alice Louisa Carter
Lilian Alice Ellen Carter
Doris Dorothy May Carter
Joan Alice H Carter
m. Annie Louise Gill, 1936
m. Laura M Elkington, 1948
m. Jesse Alfred Bennett, 1940
m. Alfred Thomas Broomfield, 1941
m. Lewis Frank Coughtrey, 1945
Alice died in Birmingham in 1957.
Harriet Elizabeth Brookes
Harriet Elizabeth Brookes, oldest (and only surviving) child of Joseph Brookes and his first wife Mary Ann Scarlett, was born in Wolverhampton in 1868. Her mother died when she was six years old, so she was partly brought up by her stepmother, Sarah Ann Slaney, and the 1891 census shows her living with Sarah's father Edward Slaney, listed as his "granddaughter". The following year, she married Edward, who was more than forty years her senior, and the couple had one child :
William Edward Slaney
Edward died when his son was a just few months old and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 20 June 1896. William only lived to the age of 19 months, and was buried in the same cemetery as his father.
Harriet then married William Moore, a lodging house manager, in Wolverhampton in 1903 and had another son:
James William Moore
m. Lily Lloyd, 1933
Harriet died in Wolverhampton in 1919.
Bertha Brookes, daughter of Joseph Brookes and his second wife Sarah Ann Slaney, was born in Wolverhampton in 1892 and went into domestic service as a young woman. She married John Stacey, a coppersmith, in St Lawrence's Church, Kirkdale on 19 October 1912 and had three sons:
George Gale Stacey
Edward Samuel Stacey
m. Alice Murphy, 1939
m. Ellen Swift, 1957
Bertha died in Chorley in 1957 and John in 1977.
Sarah Jane Brookes
Sarah Jane Brookes, daughter of Joseph Brookes and his second wife Sarah Ann Slaney, was born in Wolverhampton on 17 May 1889 and worked as a varnisher. She had a son whose father is unknown:
George Edward Brookes
m. Edith May Barnes, 1951
Sarah then married George Arthur Watkins, a locksmith, in Wolverhampton in 1912 and had six more children:
Hannah Elizabeth Watkins
Leonard William Watkins
Arthur J Watkins
Daisy Alice Watkins
Ralph Dennis Watkins
m. Frederick W Stonier, 1943
George died in Wolverhampton on 26 January 1955 and Sarah on 9 April 1971.
Lilian Hallett, oldest daughter of George Henry Hallett and Matilda Rogers, was born in Wolverhampton and baptised in St Peter's Church on 31 October 1869. She married Edward Harry Jukes, a grocer and provision merchant, in Bilston on 19 September 1893 and had three children, two of whom died young:
Harry Hallett Jukes
Lilian Mary Jukes
m. Thomas Rawlin Jubb, 1924
Edward died in Handsworth on 18 October 1939, and Lilian died in Birmingham in 1968.
Matilda Jane Hallett
Matilda Jane Hallett, daughter of George Henry Hallett and Matilda Rogers, was baptised in Bilston on 27 April 1873. She married Herbert Fell Sproson, a licensed victualler, in Bilston on 17 September 1904 and had six children:
Herbert Hallett Sproson
George Frank Sproson
Florence May Sproson
m. Violet Roxie Fellows, 1939
m. Constance Alice Berry, 1933
m. Dennis Patchett, 1959
Herbert died in Willenhall on 13 December 1946 and Matilda on 31 May 1948.
Jenny Hallett, daughter of George Henry Hallett and Matilda Rogers, was baptised in Bilston on 3 April 1879, and married Thomas Herbert Mapson, a pawnbroker's manager, in Wolverhampton in 1905. The couple had one daughter:
Jenny Alice May Mapson
During World War I, Herbert served as a private in the Worcestershire Regiment. He was probably not an early volunteer, as he did not go overseas until 1916 at the earliest, and he was killed in action during the Battle of the Lys on 10 April 1918.
Jenny died in Kingswinford on 26 October 1924 when her daughter was just twelve years old, and there is some indication that she may have been hospitalised for a time preceding her death. The younger Jenny appears to have been taken in by her paternal aunt Edith Mapson and her husband Frederick Robinson, and lived with their family until at least 1948.
George Henry Hallett
George Henry Hallett, son of George Henry Hallett and Matilda Rogers, was born in Bilston on 4 October 1881 and became a plumber and decorator like his father. He married Margaret Emma Hyde in St Julian's Church, Shrewsbury in 1907 and emigrated to Canada in 1910. The couple settled in Victoria, British Columbia, and had at least two daughters:
Georgina Margaret Hallett
George died in Victoria on 11 January 1948 and Margaret on 16 February 1972.
Harold Hallett, youngest son of George Henry Hallett and Matilda Rogers, was born in Bilston on 20 November 1888 and became a plumber like his father and brother. He married Ellen Sarratt Danks in Wolverhampton in 1917 and had two daughters:
Lilian Mary Hallett
Joyce Danks Hallett
m. Kenneth George Jenkins, 1943
m. Kenneth James Thompson Downs, 1950
Immediately prior to World War II, Harold and Ellen were running a shop and sub-post office in Bilston.
Ellen died in Bilston on 10 February 1953 and Harold on 12 August 1962.
Clara Marfell Wheeler
Clara Marfell Wheeler, daughter of William Henry Wheeler and Ann Eliza Hallett, was born in Wolverhampton and baptised in St Peter's Church on 2 September 1866. She married John Fisher, an iron worker, in Wolverhampton in 1888 and had three sons:
John Leonard Fisher
Charles Ainsworth Fisher
m. Beatrice Maud Clement, 1919
m. Elsie M Wheeler, 1914
m. Lena Rosina Rogers, 1929
Clara died in Birmingham in 1914, and John married Annie Sophia Smith in Aston four years later. He died in Birmingham on 17 May 1932.
Frederick George Hallett
Frederick George Hallett, son of Henry Hallett and Alice Craddock, was born in Wolverhampton in 1882. He worked in the building trade, and by 1911 was a clerk of building works. He married Alice Maud Gorton in Wolverhampton in 1904 and had two daughters:
Violet Marjorie Freda Hallett
Beryl Edna Irene Hallett
m. Maurice Vinson Moore, 1934
The family moved from Wolverhampton to West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, where Frederick died on 15 January 1954 and Alice on 6 January 1963.
John Charles Vaughan
John Charles Vaughan, son of Henry Vaughan and Betsy Hallett, was born in Wolverhampton in 1878 and married Lois Munn there on 6 October 1902. Lois' sister Eunice had married John's older brother Henry Albert two years earlier, so the families were doubly related. John and Lois had one child:
Allen John Vaughan
m. Evelyn Munslow, 1939
John died in Wolverhampton on 4 June 1936, and Lois died in Tettenhall on 14 April 1950.
Horace Vaughan, son of Henry Vaughan and Betsy Hallett, was born in Wolverhampton on 2 August 1888 and as a youth worked as a clerk before joining the army on 13 April 1904. In 1911 he was a sergeant (clerk) in the Coldstream Guards, but by the outbreak of the First World War he was serving with the West Riding Regiment. As a regular soldier he was among the first to go overseas, arriving in France on 16 August 1914, twelve days after the declaration of war. Later in the war he transferred to the Tank Corps, which was created in 1916, and finished his military career as a regimental sergeant-major.
Horace married Ruth Elizabeth Dubock in West Ham on 28 September 1912 and had one son:
Henry James Noel Vaughan
m. Esther Madeline Tyson, 1953
Horace died in Salisbury on 1 January 1965.
Ada Jemima Vaughan
Ada Jemima Vaughan, daughter of Henry Vaughan and Betsy Hallett, was born in Wolverhampton on 12 June 1884 and worked as a typist and shorthand writer before her marriage to John Henry Matthewman, a railway clerk, in 1912. The couple lived in Wolverhampton and had two sons:
Frederick Henry Matthewman
George Cecil Matthewman
John joined the Navy on 25 July 1917 and held the rank of Able Seaman when he was demobilised in 1919.
Ada and John's younger son George served as a sapper in the Royal Engineers during World War II and was found shot in the head in the house where he was staying in Blackpool on 24 June 1940. An inquest concluded that he had committed suicide, attributing his state of mind to his "grim" experiences in France, where his unit had been severely bombed and where he had volunteered for an unspecified "nasty" job.
John died in Stafford on 21 February 1958 and Ada on 12 May 1961.
Annie Florence Vaughan
Annie Florence Vaughan, daughter of Henry Vaughan and Betsy Hallett, was born in Wolverhampton in 1888 and married John Ernest Pedley there in 1915. They had one daughter:
Nancy Joan Pedley
Annie died in Wolverhampton on 2 December 1956 and John on 26 January 1959.
John Maxfield, oldest child of William Maxfield and Rebecca Ann Todd, was born in Belfast on 20 July 1872, but moved to England as a baby and spent most of his youth in Handsworth. He worked as an engine fitter and married Minnie Dawson in St James' Church, Handsworth on 25 May 1901. The couple lived briefly in Wolverhampton before moving permanently to Birmingham in about 1903. They had four children:
Ida Rebecca Maxfield
William Eric Maxfield
John Leslie Maxfield
Robert Laurence Maxfield
m. Ernest Thomas Wilkins, 1943
m. Bessie Evelyn Lawrie, 1936
m. Helen Josephine Perks, 1934
m. Mildred M Knight, 1947
John and Minnie's older son William emigrated to Australia in 1923 at the age of 18, settling in Victoria and serving with the Australian forces during the Second World War. His brother John and his wife joined him there in 1953.
John died in Birmingham in 1935 and Minnie died in Solihull (where their other two children were living) in 1966.
Elizabeth Hallett Maxfield
Elizabeth Hallett Maxfield, daughter of William Maxfield and Rebecca Ann Todd, was born in Salford on 20 March 1874 and moved to Handsworth with her family as a baby. She worked as a housemaid before her marriage to Alfred Cox, a jeweler, in Handsworth on 19 September 1903. The couple settled in Birmingham and had three children:
John Maxfield Cox
Edith Lorna Cox
William Roy Cox
m. Wilfred Geoghegan, 1940
Elizabeth died in Birmingham on 24 October 1942.
Jane Maxfield, daughter of William Maxfield and Rebecca Ann Todd, was born on 22 January 1876, not long after her family moved to Handsworth, and like her older sister Elizabeth worked as a domestic servant as a young woman. She married George Watts, a blacksmith, at St James' Church, Handsworth on 2 January 1897 and had four children:
Clifford Richard Watts
Kathleen May Watts
George Arnold Watts
Norah Maxfield Watts
m. Harold Truby, 1944
m. Winifred Hannah Griffiths, 1935
m. John Pearson Norris, 1927
George underwent a dramatic change of career between the 1901 and 1911 censuses, becoming an insurance agent and confectioner, with Jane assisting him in the shop. In 1939, Jane was working with her daughter Norah and son-in-law John Norris in their draper's shop.
George died in Handsworth in 1926 and Jane died in Pelsall on 6 July 1947.
Annie Maxfield, daughter of William Maxfield and Rebecca Ann Todd, was born in Handsworth on 27 January 1878 and worked as a clerk in a nut and bolt works. She married William Henry Wells, a labourer, at St James' Church, Handsworth on 9 April 1911 and had two children:
Annie Hazel Wells
Lyle Maxfield Wells
m. Albert Gilbert, 1936
m. Mary F Hingley, 1950
Annie died in Birmingham in 1952.
Ada Maxfield, daughter of William Maxfield and Rebecca Ann Todd, was born in Handsworth on 27 December 1881 and worked in a warehouse as a young woman. She married Arthur Hunstone, a tube works manager, at St James' Church, Handsworth on 9 September 1905 and had three children:
Arthur Gerald Hunstone
Vera Winifred Hunstone
m. Gwendoline Elizabeth Sawkins, 1937
Ada died in Walsall on 27 June 1961 and Arthur died in Northampton on 20 May 1964.
Kathleen Maxfield, daughter of William Maxfield and Rebecca Ann Todd, was born in Handsworth on 16 November 1884 and worked as a shorthand typist as a young woman. She married Joseph Alfred Oldbury, a journalist, in Stratford upon Avon in 1919 and had one daughter:
Pamela Mary Maxfield Oldbury
Joseph, who became a director of a public company and also served as a magistrate, died in Sutton Coldfield on 26 January 1947 and Kathleen on 20 June 1949.
Herbert Maxfield, son of William Maxfield and Rebecca Ann Todd, was born in Handsworth in 1887 and worked as a machine broker. He married Margaret Tandy at St James' Church, Handsworth on 2 March 1912 and had two daughters:
Eileen Vera Tandy Maxfield
Joan Florence T Maxfield
m. Martin Harold Dutton, 1939
m. Hugh Collins, 1942
Herbert died in Birmingham on 4 March 1931 and Margaret died in Bromsgrove on 28 October 1963.
Clara Brookes, oldest surviving child of Henry Brookes and Sarah Ann Maxfield, was born in Birmingham in 1873 and worked in a pen factory as a young woman. She married George Henry Sidwell, a blacksmith's striker, at Holy Trinity Church, Bordesley on 26 August 1901 and had two children, one of whom died in infancy:
Clara Elizabeth Sidwell
m. Frank Ernest Clifford, 1923
George died in Birmingham in 1935 and Clara in 1938.
Henry Brookes, son of Henry Brookes and Sarah Ann Maxfield, was born in Birmingham in 1874 and worked as a brass dresser. He married Matilda Trueman at Holy Trinity Church, Bordesley on Christmas Day 1897 and had seven children:
Henry John Brookes
Alice Matilda Brookes
Edith Annie Brookes
Arthur Charles Brookes
Albert John Brookes
Elsie Lydia Brookes
m. Frank Ernest Clifford, 1923
The couple lived in Birmingham for a few years after their marriage before moving to Hay Mills, Worcestershire and finally to Bromsgrove in about 1912.
The 1911 census shows Matilda and the children living in Hay Mills, where she was working as a capstan lathe hand, while Henry was serving a term of imprisonment in Maidstone Gaol.
Henry died in Bromsgrove in 1931 and Matilda in 1965.
Sarah Eliza Brookes
Sarah Eliza Brookes, daughter of Henry Brookes and Sarah Ann Maxfield, was born in Birmingham in 1876 and worked as a brush dresser before her marriage to Thomas Cotton, a printer's machinist, in Aston in 1897. The couple had eight children, four of whom died in infancy, but only seven have been identified at present:
William Charles Cotton
Florence Millicent Cotton
Clara Estella Cotton
m. Ernest Frank Baker, 1924
m. Marjorie Olive Boulton, 1925
m. Marjorie Gwendoline Jones Kitto, 1939
m. Albert Samuel Cain, 1930
In 1914, Thomas and his oldest son William travelled to Australia, settling in Bendigo, Victoria, where they were joined by Sarah and the other surviving children the following year.
William enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on his eighteenth birthday, 7 May 1918, but the war ended before he completed his training, and he was demobilised in December 1918 without seeing active service.
Sarah died in Bendigo in 1938 and Thomas died in Alphington in 1957.
John Brookes, son of Henry Brookes and Sarah Ann Maxfield, was born in Birmingham in 1881 and worked as a bedstead caster. He married Sarah Jane Dale at St Gabriel's Church, Deritend on Christmas Day 1906 and had eight children:
Henry Charles Brookes
Annie Elizabeth Brookes
Albert William Brookes
Ronald Alfred Brookes
m. John Henry Warner, 1933
m. Lily May Manders, 1934
m. Charles Arthur Freeman, 1939
John and Sarah's son Henry served in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War, enlisting on 29 September 1939, less than three weeks after the declaration of war.
John died in Birmingham in 1926 and Sarah in 1953.
Charles Brookes, son of Henry Brookes and Sarah Ann Maxfield, was born in Birmingham on 5 October 1885 and worked as a labourer. He married Lily Curtis in Birmingham in 1911 and had two daughters, although only one survived past infancy:
m. Benjamin Knight, 1940
Charles died in Birmingham in 1953 and Lily in 1975.
Alice Brookes, youngest child of Henry Brookes and Sarah Ann Maxfield, was born in Birmingham on 20 May 1889 and worked in a factory as a young woman. She married John George Aizlewood, a leather worker, in Birmingham in 1910 and had four children, three of whom died in infancy:
Male twin Aizlewood
Male twin Aizlewood
John George Aizlewood
Gladys Alice Aizlewood
m. Elizabeth Jane Jeffries, 1934
John served in the Labour Corps during world War I, but was probably not among the earliest volunteers, as he did not go overseas until 1916 at the earliest.
John died in Birmingham in 1928 and Alice in 1948.
Alfred Harry Maxfield
Alfred Harry Maxfield, oldest son of John Maxfield and Sophia Taylor, was born in Birmingham in 1873 and worked in the cycle making industry. He apparently married Mary Humphries, a young woman from Oxfordshire, in about 1891, but no marriage record has been found. Alfred and Mary had three children, all born in Birminghzam:
John Harry Maxfield
Maud Harriet Maxfield
Lyle Alfred Maxfield
m. Rose Lilian Foster, 1913
m. Christopher Ernest Bunting, 1917
m. Rose Green, 1919
Maud's husband, Christopher Bunting, joined the Wiltshire Regiment early in World War I and was drafted to France on 19 July 1915. He was presumably home on leave when he married Maud in 1917, but their marriage was short-lived, as he was killed in action less than a year later on 18 June 1918.
Alfred died in Birmingham in 1927, and in 1939 Mary and Maud were living together in Birmingham. Shortly after this they moved to Lancaster, where Mary died in 1941.
Maud Maxfield, daughter of John Maxfield and Sophia Taylor, was born in Birmingham on 13 September 1874 and was a press worker before her marriage to George Swingler in Birmingham on 3 May 1904. George served in the South Staffordshire Regiment from 1894 to 1910 and was in India and South Africa from 1895 to 1902.
George and Maud had ten children:
Francis George Swingler
Benjamin John Swingler
William Frederick Swingler
John Joseph Swingler
Florence Maud Swingler
Albert Edward Swingler
m. May Broughton, 1931
m. Mabel Reeves, 1933
m. Lilian Broughton, 1938
m. Frederick Henry Ellard, 1936
m. Ivy Gorman, 1938
After the outbreak of the First World War, George rejoined the South Staffordshire Regiment on 7 September 1914 and was drafted to France on 14 July 1915. He was promoted to Sergeant and was wounded in the field in February 1916. He was later transferred to the Labour Corps, possibly because his physical condition had deteriorated, and when he was demobilised in 1919 he was awarded a disability pension in respect of neurasthenia and defective vision.
George and Maud's second son Benjamin served with the Honourable Artillery Company during World War II and died of wounds in Palestine on 1 August 1942. He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.
George died in Birmingham in 1931 and Maud in 1952.
Florence Harriet Maxfield
Florence Harriet Maxfield, daughter of John Maxfield and Sophia Taylor, was born in Birmingham on 4 August 1876 and was a press worker as a young woman. She had a son whose father is not known:
Francis William Maxfield
m. Nellie Porter, 1919
Florence married William Thomas Pitt, a jeweller, at St James' Church, Handsworth on 12 April 1903. William had served in the South Staffordshire Regiment from 1894 to 1910 like his sister-in-law's husband George Swingler: he was on garrison duty in Gibraltar from 1899-1900 and in South Africa throughout most of the second Boer War from 1900-1902. He rejoined the South Staffordshire Regiment on 7 September 1914 following the outbreak of World War I, but was transferred to the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment before being drafted to Gallipoli on 7 November 1915. Later in the war he was transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps.
William died in Birmingham in 1923, and in 1929 Florence married Thomas Broomhall, a weighing machine maker. Thomas died in Birmingham in 1851 and Florence in 1966.
Lyel Maxfield, son of John Maxfield and Sophia Taylor, was born in Birmingham on 8 September 1879 and after working in the iron plate industry as a youth, enlisted in the Warwickshire Regiment on 7 August 1896 at the age of 18. He transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment on 1 October 1897, and remained with this regiment throughout his military career. He served in South Africa during the Second Boer War, was on garrison duty in Gibraltar when the 1911 census was taken, and later returned to South Africa. At the outbreak of World War I his regiment was recalled to England, before being sent to France on 4 October 1914. Lyel, who by this time held the rank of sergeant-major, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "for gallantry and ability on 29th and 30th October 1914, when he was wounded". He had been wounded in the leg and ankle at the Battle of Ypres, and following this incident he was commissioned Second Lieutenant. By the end of the war he had attained the rank of captain.
Lyel married Norah Davis in Plymouth in 1906 and the couple had one child:
Frances Mary Clare Maxfield
m. Arthur Barrington Bingham, 1950
Norah and Frances were with Lyel in Gibraltar in 1911.
After Lyel retired from the Army the family lived in Luton, where he died on 19 December 1956. Norah died in Oxford on 1 November 1962.
Edith Adelaide Maxfield
Edith Adelaide Maxfield, daughter of John Maxfield and Sophia Taylor, was born in Birmingham in 1882 and was a press worker before her marriage to Frederick Joseph Harris, a printer in 1871.
Frederick and Edith had three children, all born in Birmingham:
Edna May Harris
Frederick William Harris
Phyllis Clara Harris
m. Edith Sarah Taylor, 1934
m. Brynley Bernard Poyner, 1937
Edith died in Duddeston on 19 December 1935.
Edith Mary Maxfield
Edith Mary Maxfield, daughter of Alfred Henry Maxfield and Emma Amelia Tranter, was born in Birmingham on 1 October 1882 and worked as a clerk as a young woman. She married William Thomas James Witnall, an electroplate worker, at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Aston on 26 March 1921 at the comparatively late age of 38. William was a widower, who had previously been married to Edith's maternal cousin Florence Winifred Tranter.
William and Edith had one child, who sadly died shortly before her fifth birthday:
Olive Mary Witnall
William died in Erdington on 2 July 1955 and Edith died in Birmingham in 1958.
Roland Alfred Hughes
Roland Alfred Hughes, oldest surviving child of Rowland Hug