Friday, 2 September 2011

Thomas Read and Ann Hill

Thomas Read was the son of Silvester and Sarah Read. He was born in Willenhall, a small town near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, in 1792 and was baptised at St Giles' Church in Willenhall on 6 July 1792.

On 14 September 1812 Thomas married 17 year old Ann Hill at St Peter's Church in Wolverhampton. I haven't yet found a birth/baptism record for Ann.

The couple settled in Willenhall where they had several children:

Sarah Read 1813-??
Silvester Read 1815-1879
George Read 1817-??
Catherine Read 1820-1899
Priscilla Read 1822-1893
Hannah Read 1825-1828
Elisabeth Read 1827-1828

The family moved to Birmingham sometime after the deaths of Hannah and Elisabeth in 1828. Three of the children - Silvester, Catherine and Priscilla - married in Birmingham churches between 1833 and 1841.

In 1841, the census shows that Thomas and Ann were living at Stone Yard, Deritend, Aston (a suburb of Birmingham) with Silvester and his family. Thomas was listed as an anvil maker.

The next, and last, reference to the couple that I have is the 1851 census. This shows them living in Grosvenor Street, Birmingham (the same street their son Silvester was living in) with Thomas listed as a currycomb maker.

I can't find the couple on the 1861 census, and as they would have been in their late 60s by 1861, I assume that's because they died in the 1850s. However, I've so far not found death records for either of them - that needs to be my next job on this couple.

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