William Horton [h]
William Horton was born c1762 & married Elizabeth c1780.
The children of William Horton & Elizabeth were:
h.1. Henry Horton born c1785 at Lapworth, Warwickshire & christened September 1st, 1788 at St Martin, Birmingham
Henry Horton [h.1]
Henry Horton was the child of William Horton & Elizabeth born c1785 at Lapworth, Warks, & christened September 1st, 1788 at St Martin, Birmingham.
Henry married Esther Lines on May 20th 1804 at St Mary’s church Handsworth, Staffs. Esther was born September 1st, 1786 at Burton-upon-Trent & christened December 31st, 1786 at St Modwen church, Burton-upon-Trent, the daughter of Esther & John Lyne.
In 1841 Henry & Esther (Horter in Ancestry.co.uk index) were living at Walsall St, West Bromwich, Staffs where Henry was a labourer. Their children at home were Richard (20), an engineer, Charles (20), a miner, Henry (15) a forgeman, Joseph (15), a plasterman, & William (14). Daughter Hannah Wilkinson (20) & her daughter Sarah (3) were also at Walsall St, as were daughter-in-law Elizabeth Horton (married to son James) & her children Jane (6) & Esther (6 months). Another Esther Horton, aged 10, was also listed, but it remains uncertain who her parents were as there was no record found for the birth of Esther c1831 to Henry & Esther. (There is a record of a christening of Esther Maria Horton on October 31st, 1830 at Christ Church, West Bromwich to a mother Ann Horton.)
Henry & Esther were still living at Walsall St in 1851. Daughter Hannah (Anna in census) aged 32, & her daughter Sarah, aged 12 were still living with them. Living next door was Henry & Esther’s son William, a 24 year old labourer & his wife Sarah (21) who had a 2 month old daughter Esther.
Henry was still a labourer at the age of 76 & living with Esther, now a tailoress, at Walsall St in 1861. Daughter Hannah was still living with them who was also a tailoress. Hannah’s daughter Sarah & her husband, George Stephens, an iron roller, were also living with Henry & Esther.
In 1871 Henry & Esther were living at Walsall St with a servant, Ann Bird, aged 45.
Henry, 88, died on July 18th, 1873 at Walsall St, the cause of death being given as old age & his occupation was road labourer. He was buried at All Saints Church, West Bromwich.
Esther died Jan-March 1874 at West Bromwich, aged 87.
The children of Henry Horton & Esther Lines were:
h.1.1 Sarah Horton christened May 22nd, 1805 at St Phillip’s, Birmingham
h.1.2 John Horton christened March 31st, 1807 at St Phillip’s, Birmingham
h.1.3 Ann Horton born January 30th, 1808 & christened June 14th, 1808 at St Phillip, Birmingham
h.1.4 James Horton christened September 16th, 1810 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.5 Jeremiah Horton christened April 26th, 1812 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.6 Esther Horton born October 21st, 1814, christened November 13th, 1814 at All Saints, West Bromwich, died November 26th, 1827
h.1.7 Richard Horton christened August 18th, 1816 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.8 Hannah Horton christened October 11th, 1818 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.9 Charles Horton christened November 19th, 1820 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.10 Henry Horton christened June 15th, 1823 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.11 Joseph Horton christened April 17th, 1825 at All Saints, West Bromwich
h.1.12 William Horton christened April 8th, 1827 at All Saints, West Bromwich
Richard Horton [h.1.7]
Richard Horton was the seventh child of Henry Horton & Esther Lines christened August 18th, 1816 at All Saints, West Bromwich. Staffs.
In 1841 Richard was living at home with his parents (Henry & Esther Horter in Ancestry.co.uk index) at Walsall St, West Bromwich, Staffs where he was an engineer. There were 4 other brothers at home as well as 2 sisters & a visiting sister-in-law.
Richard married Mary Phipps on April 18th, 1846 at All Saints, West Bromwich. Witnesses at the wedding were Esther Horton & William Phipps. Mary was christened February 13th, 1814 at Tipton, Staffs, the daughter of William & Ann Phipps.
Richard & Mary (Harton in Ancestry.co.uk index) were living at Grant Village, West Bromwich in 1851 with daughter Sarah (3) & son William (1). Richard’s occupation was given as engineer.
In 1861 Richard & Mary were living at Grout St, West Bromwich. Richard’s occupation was an engine driver but he was described as an invalid in the census. They had 3 children at home at this time - William (11), Richard (9) & Mary (5). Mary was never found in any future census & could be a mistaken entry for Henry who was 5 years old & was not found at this time. Daughter Sarah (13) was visiting her uncle David Phipps & his wife Mary J, also living in West Bromwich. Living next door to uncle David was David’s widowed mother Ann Phipps (75).
By 1871 the family had moved to Dunkirk Rd, West Bromwich & again Richard was described as an engine driver in the census, but diseased. At home were Sarah (23), a school mistress & Henry (15), a pupil teacher. Next door was Mary’s brother David Phipps (50), a grocer, & his wife Mary Jane.
At the time of the 1881 census Richard was at 103 New Rd, Tipton, Staffs & was described as an iron worker. His wife Mary was visiting their daughter Sarah, now married to John Fisher (not at home in census), & her children John & Mary. The Fishers were living at 52 Whitehall Rd, West Bromwich. Once again Sarah’s uncle David Phipps & his wife were living next door at 48 Whitehall Rd.
Richard died on December 6th, 1884 at 52 Whitehall Rd, West Bromwich, aged 68. His occupation on his death certificate was engine driver & the cause of death was senile decay. The informant was W Horton (possibly son William) of St Pauls Rd, West Smethwick.
Mary died on May 7th, 1888 at 52 Whitehall Rd, aged 74. The cause of death was ‘hemiplegia, exhaustion’ & the informant was son Henry Horton of 53 Upper Normacot Rd, Longton.
The children of Richard Horton & Mary Phipps were:
h.1.7.1 Sarah Horton born c1848 at West Bromwich
h.1.7.2 William Horton born c1850 at West Bromwich
h.1.7.3 Richard Horton born c1852 at West Bromwich
h.1.7.4 Henry Horton born c1855 at West Bromwich
Richard Horton [h.1.7.3]
Richard Horton was the third child of Richard Horton & Mary Phipps born c1852 at West Bromwich.
In 1861 Richard was still at home with his parents & older brother William & sister Mary at Groat St, West Bromwich.
In 1871 Richard was a grocer’s shopman, & was with John Gregory, another grocer’s servant in Great Bridge, West Bromwich. There were 4 other grocer’s shopmen living there.
On January 6th, 1879 Richard married Martha Elizabeth Stone at the Parish Church of West Bromwich after the reading of banns. Richard was described as a 26 year old grocer of West Bromwich & Martha was 23 year old spinster of West Bromwich. Witnesses at the wedding were Martha’s father Benjamin Stone & her younger sister Letitia Jane Stone. Martha was born September 1st, 1855 at Lombard St, West Bromwich, the daughter of Amelia Hackett & Benjamin Stone, an iron roller.
By 1881 Richard & Martha, known as Eliza, were living at 60 Old Meeting St, West Bromwich & Richard was a grocer. They had a 1 year old son Denys.
In 1891 Richard was a grocer on the High St, West Bromwich. He & the family were living at #232-234 High St. In addition to Denys they now had Henry N (9), Sydney H (5), Alfred (3), Oscar (1) & Margaret A (4 months). Two grocer’s assistants were living with them, as well as a domestic nurse & a general servant.
By 1901 Richard & Eliza were living at 37 New St, West Bromwich & Richard was working as a grocer/shopkeeper working at home. Children at home were Henry N, a grocer’s assistant, Sydney H, a junior clerk, Alfred, a grocer’s assistant, Oscar & Margaret A.
Richard died April 23rd, 1929 at 15 Oxford Rd, West Bromwich, the cause of death being uraemia due to prostate cancer. The informant of the death was his son Denys of 74 Dagger Lane, West Bromwich.
Eliza died on January 20th, 1945, aged 89, at 257 Ashbourne Rd, Leek, Staffs. The cause of death was myocarditis & senility. The informant was her daughter Margaret.
The children of Richard Horton & Martha Elizabeth Stone were:
h.188.8.131.52 Denys Horton born October 9th, 1879 at Bilhay St, West Bromwich, Staffs, died July-September 1966 at Arthog, Wales
h.184.108.40.206 Henry Norman Horton born Oct-December 1881 at West Bromwich, died May 6th, 1917 at Zillebeke, Belgium
h.220.127.116.11 Sydney Herbert Horton born Oct-December 1885 at West Bromwich, died April 19th, 1918 at Picquigny, Amiens, France
h.18.104.22.168 Alfred Horton born July-September 1887 at West Bromwich
h.22.214.171.124 Oscar Horton born April-June 1889 at West Bromwich
h.126.96.36.199 Margaret Amelia Horton born Jan-March 1891 at West Bromwich, died December 25th, 1972 at Skegness, Lincs
Denys Horton [h.188.8.131.52]
Denys Horton was the first child of Richard Horton & Martha Elizabeth Stone born October 9th, 1879 at Bilhay St, West Bromwich.
In 1881 Denys was with his parents at 60 Old Meeting St, West Bromwich.
By 1891 the family had moved to 232-234 High St, West Bromwich where his father was a grocer. Denys now had 4 younger brothers & a younger sister.
Denys married Gertrude Wall at St Philip, West Bromwich in July-September 1907. Gertrude was the second child of Paul Thomas Wall & Louisa Freeth born April-June 1883 at Derby.
Denys became head teacher at West Bromwich Secondary School where he was also an organist & Gertrude, known as Gertie, trained as a teacher.
In 1910 Gertrude & Denys were living at West Bromwich where their first child, Frances Mary (known as Molly), was born on May 2nd.
Their second child, Denys (known as Peter), was born on April 4th, 1918 at 74 Dagger Lane, West Bromwich. They lived here until at least 1941 when son Denys was married.
Denys & Gertie bought a house named Troed-y-Bryn, (meaning foot of the hill) in Arthog, North Wales which lies beneath the Cader Idris range & is set in the beautiful estuary of the River Mawdach. It seems likely that they bought Troed-y-Bryn in the 1930s since daughter Molly was married in Merionethshire in 1936. Denys & Gertie were to live out their retirement here. Troed-y-Bryn became a focus for family holidays for daughter Molly & son Denys & their families, & other family relatives. Nearby Fairbourne beach was a great family attraction.
Denys was active in church activities at Arthog & was the church organist.
Gertie died December 6th, 1952 at Arthog. Denys continued to live at Troed-y-Bryn after the death of Gertie & was lovingly cared for by housekeeper Ann Morgan, who lived in Arthog village.
Denys died in 1966 at Arthog & is buried at Arthog church.
The children of Gertrude Wall & Denys Horton were:
h.184.108.40.206.1 Frances Mary Horton born May 2nd, 1910 at West Bromwich, died November 18th, 2005 in London
h.220.127.116.11.2 Denys Horton born April 4th, 1918 at West Bromwich, died March 26th, 2003 at Lincoln
Denys Horton [h.18.104.22.168.2]
Denys Horton was the second child of Denys Horton & Gertrude Wall born April 4th, 1918 at 74 Dagger Lane, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Denys’ childhood was spent at Dagger Lane. He attended West Bromwich Secondary School where his father was headmaster. He was awarded the William Poulton medal for excellence in science on November 7th, 1934 & again on October 30th, 1935. He was a keen sportsman & excelled at football & was always a keen supporter of West Bromwich Albion.
Denys studied medicine at the University of Birmingham & qualified in 1940 with an M.B., Ch.B. It was during this time that he met Stella, his future wife, at a dance, another of his hobbies!
At the age of 23 Denys married Stella Kathleen Fry on May 3rd, 1941 at the Parish church of St Edmund, Roundhay, Leeds. Denys was a medical practitioner & Stella was a teacher. Witnesses at the wedding were Albert E Fry (Stella’s father), Anthony Fry (her younger brother) & Gertrude Horton (Denys’ mother). Stella was the first child of Albert Edward Fry & Rose Marion Barnett, born January 6th, 1914 at 10 Bentcliffe Lane, Leeds.
In the war Denys (known as Peter) served as a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve & was mainly involved with working with convoys in the North Sea. He served on destroyers, e.g. HMS Vanquisher, & with the Royal Marines. During the war years Peter & Stella lived for a while at 33 The Drive, Tynemouth with their first son Peter David, born September 1942. Whilst on leave in 1942 Peter went rabbit shooting which almost cost him his life – he was running down hill when he fell & ruptured his intestine.
In 1945, second son John Denys was born in Leeds where they were living at 3 The View, Roundhay. After Peter was demobbed, they moved in 1946 to Billinghay, Lincolnshire where Peter joined Dr Constance Hill in general practice. The family lived initially at Jessamine Cottage, Billinghay, then in 1948 at Sunny Ridge, Billinghay, where Richard Jeremy was born in 1949. In 1950 they moved to Gordon House, Billinghay where they lived for almost 30 years. Their home was attached to the surgery which meant that Peter (& Stella!) was always on hand for patients.
Family life was of utmost importance to Peter & Stella. Family holidays centred around caravanning in both the UK & Europe, including trips to France, Norway & Yugoslavia. Gordon house had a large & beautiful garden & Stella won prizes for flowers and vegetables at local shows. They enjoyed travel – eg to Game Parks in Africa, to USA, Tobago, Southern Europe, UK, as well as walking, trout & salmon fishing & swimming. Another of their hobbies was studying wildlife, particularly birds – Stella built a hide to enable her to study & film kingfishers at Tattershall. As well as being a skilled fly fisherman Peter was an excellent shot & loved to go rough shooting with his dogs in the Lincolnshire Fenns. Political life was not ignored, with service on the local medical committee & chairmanship of Lincoln Medical Society.
In 1977 they retired to ‘Copperfield’ in Canwick, Lincoln where they continued to be keen gardeners growing their own fruit & vegetables for many years. Peter & Stella celebrated their diamond wedding in 2001.
Stella died on January 10th, 2003 aged 89 at Canwick. Peter died on March 26th, 2003 aged 84 at Lincoln County Hospital, & both funeral services were at the Lincoln Crematorium.
The children of Denys Horton & Stella Kathleen Fry were:
h.22.214.171.124.2.1 Peter David Horton born at Horsforth, Leeds
h.126.96.36.199.2.2 John Denys Horton born at Headingley, Leeds
h.188.8.131.52.2.3 Richard Jeremy Horton born at Billinghay, Lincoln