Hannah Freeth was the first child of William Freeth & Sarah Gutteridge christened November 9th, 1828 at Smethwick, Staffs.
In 1841 Hannah was a servant with the Thomson family at Cross St, Harborne.
In 1851 Hannah was living back at home at Robuck Lane, Smethwick with her parents & brothers & sisters - George (20) a caster at the iron works, Samuel (17) a glass maker, William (14) & Thomas (12) both labourers at the glass works, Edwin (10), John (8), Emma (6), Sarah (3) & Jane (3 months). Also listed on the census was a grandson Leonard Freeth (2), the illegitimate child of Hannah.
fh.126.96.36.199.1.1 Leonard Freeth born March 8th, 1849 at Smethwick & christened November 11th, 1849 at Christ Church, West Bromwich; died Oct-December 1915 at West Bromwich
Hannah married Henry Blackman on July 19th, 1857 at St Peter’s, Harborne. Witnesses at the wedding were George Blackman & Hannah Elizabeth Blackman. Henry was the son of Sarah & George Blackman christened April 6th, 1828 at Tockenham, Wilts.
In 1861 Hannah & Henry were living at 10 Roebuck Lane, Smethwick, near her parents at #6 Roebuck Lane. Her illegitimate son, Leonard, was in fact still living with his grandparents & was working as a carter boy. Hannah & Henry had 2 children – Samuel F (3) & George H F (1), & Henry worked as a plate layer.
By 1871 Hannah & Henry (Honey in census) had moved to Jesson St, West Bromwich where Henry was a railway labourer. At home were Samuel, George H, Sarah H F (9), William (5) & Edwin (3). Also with them at the time of the census was Jabez S Blackman, a 5 year old nephew. Their daughter Mary J F was visiting her uncle John Freeth & aunts Sarah & Jane and half-brother Leonard at Roebuck Lane, Smethwick.
In 1881 Henry & Hannah (referenced as Blackmoor in Ancestry.co.uk) were living at 40 Bilhay St, West Bromwich & Henry was listed as a railway platelayer. At home were Samuel, also a railway platelayer, Sarah H, Mary J, William, an ironworks boy, & Edwin. With them at the time of the census was niece Mary J Freeth (3) & a boarder, William Partridge (32), a brass founder.
In 1891 they were still living at Bilhay St (now #37) & Henry continued to be a railway platelayer. Still at home were Samuel, now an assurance agent, Sarah H F, a spring maker & William, a cutter down. Still boarding with them was William Partridge. Daughter Mary Jane had married Benjamin Smith, a coal miner, by this time & they were living at 24 Richard St, West Bromwich with their 2 sons & 2 daughters.
Hannah died in Jan-March 1900, aged 71, her death being registered at West Bromwich.
Henry died in Oct-December 1900, aged 71, his death being registered at West Bromwich.
At the time of the 1901 census their children Samuel, still an assurance agent, Sarah, still a spring maker, William, now a horse driver & Edwin who was an assurance agent & also widowed by this time, were still living in the parental home at 37 Bilhay St. They had a domestic servant, Gertrude Harcourt (15).
Son Samuel decided to marry in 1906 & he & his wife Emma Elizabeth (nee Casswell) were living at 61 Temple St, West Bromwich in 1911 & he was still an insurance agent.
The children of Hannah Freeth & Henry Blackman were:
fh.188.8.131.52.1.2 Samuel Freeth Blackman born Jan-March 1858 at Smethwick; died April-June 1926 at West Bromwich
fh.184.108.40.206.1.3 George Henry Freeth Blackman born Oct-December 1859 at West Bromwich; died Jan-March 1915 at West Bromwich
fh.220.127.116.11.1.4 Sarah Hannah Freeth Blackman born Oct-December 1861 at Bilston, Staffs
fh.18.104.22.168.1.5 Mary Jane Freeth Blackman born Oct-December 1863 at Bilston, Staffs
fh.22.214.171.124.1.6 William Blackman born Jan-March 1866 at West Bromwich
fh.126.96.36.199.1.7 Edwin Blackman born Jan-March 1868 at West Bromwich; died Oct-December 1926 at West Bromwich