Letitia Freeth was the fifth child of Thomas Freeth & Sarah Hemings christened December 16th, 1832 at Smethwick.
In 1841 Letitia was still living with her parents, sisters & brother at Oldbury Rd, Harborne, Smethwick
In 1851 Letitia was a servant for Thomas & Hannah Tilsley at Summer Row, Birmingham. Her occupation was described as ‘all work’. Thomas Tilsley was a victualler.
Letitia married Richard Battersby in April-June 1855 at Kings Norton. Richard was born c1830 at Warrington, Lancs.
In 1861 Letitia & Richard were lodging at 8 Heath St, Mile End Old Town, Stepney at the house of George Tomsette, a master mariner & pilot. Richard was an iron turner & they had 3 children, Letitia (5), James (3) & Richard M (9 months).
Letitia & Richard were still at Heath St (now at #10), Mile End Old Town in 1871. Richard was described as an engine turner. Children at home were James (13), Richard (11), George S (7), Anna (4) & Ellen (1 month). A son William had been born to Letitia & Richard in 1869 who sadly only lived for 2 weeks. His burial record reveals that the family were non-conformists.
By 1881 the family had moved to Bromley St Leonard in the parish of All Hallows, East India Dock, & were living at 36 Benlade (?) St. Richard was an engine fitter (at works), son James was a general labourer & George an engine fitter. Also at home were Ellen & another son Joseph (7).
In 1891 Richard & Letitia were living at 26 Abbott Rd, Bromley. Richard was working as an iron turner & Letitia was described as a fancy trimmer. Son James was a waterproof maker & also still at home were Ellen & Joseph who was a pattern maker. Lodging with them was Letitia’s brother Thomas Freeth (listed as Furth) who was an engineers labourer, aged 54.
By 1901 Richard & Letitia had moved to Plaistow, West Ham, Essex & were living at 97 Malmesbury Rd with their 43 year old son James who was an iron foundry labourer. Richard (68) was still an engineers turner.
In 1911 Richard & Letitia were living at 97 Malmesbury Rd, Canning Town, West Ham & Richard was now a pensioned engineer. Son James was still living with them & his occupation was given as ‘general labourer, not working’. It was noted on the census that Letitia had had 9 children, only 4 of whom were still living.
Letitia died in Jan-March 1914, aged 80, her death being registered at Poplar, London.
Richard died in Jan-March 1917, aged 86, his death being registered at Poplar, London.
The known children of Letitia Freeth & Richard Battersby were:
fh.18.104.22.168.5.1 Letitia Battersby born July-September 1855 at West Bromwich
fh.22.214.171.124.5.2 James Battersby born Oct-December 1857 at Smethwick
fh.126.96.36.199.5.3 Richard Malcolm Battersby born Aug-September 1860 at Mile End Old Town
fh.188.8.131.52.5.4 George Henry Battersby born June 1st, 1863 at 110 Heath St, Mile End Old Town
fh.184.108.40.206.5.5 John Battersby born July-September 1865 at Mile End Old Town; died July-September 1865 at Mile End Old Town
fh.220.127.116.11.5.6 Annie Battersby born Oct-December 1866 at Mile End Old Town
fh.18.104.22.168.5.7 William Battersby born April 1869 at Mile End Old Town; died at 10 East? St, Mile End Old Town & buried May 5th, 1869 at Victoria Park Cemetery, Hackney
fh.22.214.171.124.5.8 Ellen Battersby born April-June 1871 at Mile End Old Town
fh.126.96.36.199.5.9 Joseph Battersby born July-September 1873 at Mile End Old Town