John Leonard Freeth was the fifth child of William Freeth & Emma Standley born April-June 1866 at Smethwick, Staffs.
In 1871 the family lived at Oldbury Rd, Smethwick & John Leonard (known as Leonard) now had 3 sisters & 2 brothers.
By 1881 Leonard, his 3 brothers & 3 sisters & parents had moved to Cemetery Rd, Oldbury & Leonard was now a glass maker.
Leonard enlisted with the Royal Highlanders in 1884 & served with them until 1889 when he was transferred to the Army Reserves.
In 1891 the family were living at 36 Trinity Rd, West Bromwich where Leonard was now a brick layer’s labourer.
Leonard married Mary Ann Morgan in 1900 at St Andrew’s, West Bromwich. Mary Ann was born c1873 at Pleck, Walsall, Staffs, the daughter of Mary Ann & Moses Morgan.
In 1901 Leonard & Mary Ann were living with Mary Ann’s widowed mother, Mary Ann Matthews, at 65 Sheepwash Lane, West Bromwich. Mary Ann’s father had died in 1881 & her mother remarried in 1886 to Edward Matthews, who died in 1890. Leonard had returned to being a sheet glass maker. Living with the family were Mary Ann’s brothers, Moses & Thomas.
Leonard & Mary Ann were still at the same address in 1911 with Mary Ann’s mother. Leonard was now described as a labourer & he & Mary Ann had 2 children – Winnie (8) & Annie (4). It was noted on the census that they had had 3 children but one had died. Also with them was Mary Ann’s brother Moses.
The children of John Leonard Freeth & Mary Ann Morgan were:
fh.18.104.22.168.4.5.1 Winifred May Freeth born December 23rd, 1902 at West Bomwich; died July-September 1976 in West Midlands
fh.22.214.171.124.4.5.2 Thomas Freeth born Oct-December 1904 at West Bromwich; died Oct-December 1904 at West Bromwich
fh.126.96.36.199.4.5.3 Annie Freeth born April-June 1906 at West Bromwich