William Freeth was the first child of Samuel Freeth & Catherine Wilton born at Smethwick & christened May 16th, 1858 at North Harborne, Staffs.
In 1861 William & his parents & younger brother Samuel were living at Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick.
The family were still living at Brasshouse Lane in 1871 & William now had 3 younger brothers & a younger sister.
By 1881 William had moved north to Middlesbrough, N. Yorks where he was working as an iron moulder. He was lodging with Sarah & James Woods at 5 Crown St, Middlesbrough.
William was not found in the 1891 census but by 1900 he had moved to Lancashire. Here he married Alice Littler in Jan-March 1900 at Wigan. Alice was christened February 18th, 1866 at Wigan, Lancs, the daughter of Ann & James Littler, a mechanic.
In 1901 William & Alice were living at 13 Victoria Avenue, Wigan & William was a pig iron moulder. They had a daughter Annie, aged 10 months.
William & Alice were still living at the same address in 1911 & William continued to be an iron moulder at an engineering works. They now had 3 children – Annie, Leonard (9) & Albert (7).
Son Leonard married Mary Agnes Ashton in 1928 in Wigan.
William died in July-September 1936 at Wigan.
Alice died in July-September 1938, aged 72, at Wigan.
The 1939 register shows son Leonard & his wife Agnes were living at 11 The Avenue, Standish with Langtree, Lancashire. Leonard was an engine tester with Walker Bros. Son Albert & daughter Annie were both unmarried & still living at 13 Victoria Avenue, Wigan. Albert was a general labourer for the LM&S railway & Annie was a dress sewing machinist.
The children of William Freeth & Alice Littler were:
fh.18.104.22.168.1.1.1 Annie Freeth born May 9th, 1900 at Wigan, Lancs; died Oct-December 1973 in Wigan
fh.22.214.171.124.1.1.2 Leonard Freeth born August 14th, 1901 at Wigan, Lancs; died Oct-December 1976 at Wigan
fh.126.96.36.199.1.1.3 Albert Freeth born June 25th, 1903 at Wigan, Lancs; died April-June 1983 at Wigan