Fanny Freeth was the third child of James Freeth & Maria Vezey christened March 6th, 1836 at Smethwick, Staffs.
At the time of the 1851 census Fanny was living at home with her parents, brothers & sisters at Moore St, West Bromwich.
Fanny married Joseph Westwood in April-June 1856 at West Bromwich. Joseph was born c1833 at West Bromwich.
In 1861 Fanny & Joseph were living at Sams Lane, West Bromwich. Joseph’s surname was given as Westwood Lawley & he was working as a roller.
In 1871 Fanny & Joseph were living at Albert St, West Bromwich & Joseph was a roller in the iron works. They had 3 children – George (8), Joseph (5) & William H (13 months). Another son, Anthony was born in 1878 & at the time of his christening in June 1879 Joseph & Fanny were still living at Albert St & Joseph was still a roller.
In 1881 Fanny, noted as married, was living at 87 Sams Lane, West Bromwich & was described as a charwoman. With her were George, a painter, Joseph, an iron worker & William, a scholar. The whereabouts of Joseph at this time are uncertain.
By 1891 Fanny, now listed as a widow was living at 14 Pitt St, West Bromwich. She was now described as a caretaker & with her were sons Joseph, a spring maker, & William, a gauge maker.
Fanny was still at the same address in 1901 & was now described as living on her own means. Head of the house was son William, a steam gauge finisher, & he was now married to Annie. Son Joseph had married Jane Morris in 1891 & they were living at 11 Moor St, West Bromwich at the time of the census with their 2 children, Fanny & Sydney. Joseph was still a spring maker.
Fanny died on April 2nd, 1907 at 20 Pitt St, West Bromwich. Probate was granted at Lichfield on May 15th to brother-in-law Joseph Poulton (husband of Fanny’s sister Elizabeth [fh.18.104.22.168.2]), a turner, & Jane Westwood, wife of son Joseph. Fanny’s effects were £207.4s.
Son Joseph & his wife Jane were living at 26 Barrow St, West Bromwich in 1911 & in addition to Fanny & Sydney they now had son Joseph. Joseph was still a spring maker but now an employer.
The children of Fanny Freeth & Joseph Westwood were:
fh.22.214.171.124.3.1 George William Westwood born 1863 in Albert St, West Bromwich & christened July 19th, 1863 at Christ Church, West Bromwich
fh.126.96.36.199.3.2 Joseph Westwood born Oct-December 1866 at West Bromwich
fh.188.8.131.52.3.3 William Henry Westwood born April-June 1870 at West Bromwich
fh.184.108.40.206.3.4 Anthony Westwood born December 3rd, 1878 at Albert St & christened June 27th, 1879 at St John, West Bromwich; died July-September 1879 at West Bromwich