Sarah Ann Horton was the third child of Henry
Horton & Sarah Ann Hancock born c1852 at West Bromwich, Staffs.
By 1861 the family had moved to the High St, Knutton, Silverdale, Staffs. Sarah had 3 sisters & 3 brothers at home.
On September 6th, 1869 Sarah married William Heath, the marriage being registered at Wolstanton.
William was born in 1851 at Horton, Leek, Staffs, the son of Harriet & Richard Heath, a labourer at the coal pit.
In 1871 Sarah Ann & William were living at Beswick St, Tunstall, Staffs & William was an engine cleaner. They had a 1 year old son Richard.
By 1881 they had moved to 24 Haywood Place, Burslem, Staffs & William was now an oil refiner. The family had grown to include Richard, Sarah A (9), William H (7), Samuel (5), Clara (3) & Eliza H (9 months). Sadly little Eliza died later that year.
Sarah Ann died in Oct-December 1883, aged only 32, the death being registered at Wolstanton.
The children of Sarah Ann Horton & William Heath were:
h.22.214.171.124 Richard Heath born Oct-December 1869 at Tunstall, Staffs; died 1929 at Coventry
h.126.96.36.199 Sarah Ann Heath born Oct-December 1871 at Tunstall, Staffs
h.188.8.131.52 William Henry Heath born Oct-December 1873 at Tunstall, Staffs
h.184.108.40.206 Samuel Heath born 1876 at Leek, Staffs
h.220.127.116.11 Clara Heath born Jan-March 1878 at Burslem, Staffs
h.18.104.22.168 Eliza Hannah Heath born July-September 1880 at Burslem, Staffs, died July-September 1881 at Burslem, Staffs
h.22.214.171.124 Ernest Heath born July-September 1882 at Burslem, Staffs
William remarried on December 8th, 1884 at Wrexham, Denbighshire. His second wife was Margaret Smith, born c1853 at Wilderspool, Cheshire, the daughter of Mary & John Smith, a groom.
In 1891 William & his wife Margaret (39) were living at Bishopgate Green, Coventry. William was described as a steam engine fitter & children from his first marriage still at home were William, an iron polisher, Samuel, a printer’s assistant, & Ernest (9). Daughter Clara was listed with her aunt Harriet, Sarah’s sister, & family at the time of the census. There were 2 additional children, presumably from his second marriage – Maggie (4) & Harriet (2), both born in Coventry.
William & Margaret were still living in Coventry in 1901, at 86 Eagle St. William’s children from his first marriage had all left home. He & Margaret now had 3 children with them – Maggie, a silk weaver, Harriett & Ted (6).
In 1911 William & Margaret were still living at the same address & William was now described as a millwright working for a motor manufacturer. Their 3 children were still at home & son Ted was now working as a machine hand at a motor manufacturer. It was noted on the census that Margaret had had 8 children, only 3 of whom survived.
William died on August 21st, 1927 at 86 Eagle St, Coventry, aged 76. Probate was granted on September 26th, 1927 to Bernard Richard Masser, solicitor, & his son Samuel Heath, a licensed victualler. His effects were £1,566.14s.8d.