We are grateful to the son of Joseph Thomas Horton [h.18.104.22.168] for information on this page
Henry Horton was the sixth child of Henry Horton & Sarah Ann Hancock born May 17th, 1858 at West Bromwich, Staffs.
By 1861 the family had moved to the High St, Knutton, Silverdale, Staffs. Henry had 4 sisters & 2 brothers at home.
At the time of the 1871 census Henry & his parents & brothers & sisters were living at Bank St, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. Henry, at the age of 13, was working at the forge. A report in the Staffordshire Sentinel & Commercial & general Advertiser of June 30th, 1877 states that Henry was a witness at an inquest into a terrible boiler explosion at the Ravensdale Old Iron Works, near Chatterley Station, where he worked. In the explosion at least 10 people were killed & many badly injured. Perhaps this prompted Henry’s change in occupation!
Henry married Mary Morris on August 5th, 1880, at St Paul's, Burslem, Staffs. Mary was born c1860 at Burslem, Staffs, the daughter of Mary Gregory & Thomas Morris, a carter.
In 1881 Henry & Mary were living at North Rd, Burslem, Staffs & Henry was now an upholsterer.
By 1891 they were living at 50 Nile St, Burslem & Henry was still an upholster & also a furniture dealer. They now had 4 children – Joseph T (9), Judith M (7), Sarah A (4) & Clara (9 months).
At the time of the 1901 census they were living at 64 Hamil Rd, Burslem. Henry was a skilled cabinet maker & owned businesses employing up to 20 men. Their oldest son Joseph was a teacher at the elementary school & daughters Judith & Sarah (known as Sally) were described as ‘potters paintresses’. Also at home were Clara, Mary L (7), Ada (5) & a 1 month old son whose name was not known at the time.
(photo courtesy of Henry's grandson)
In 1911 Henry & Mary were still living at the same address & Henry was still employed as an upholsterer. At home were Sarah Ann & Mary Lucy, both earthenware enamellers, Clara, an earthenware gilder, Ada, a dressmaker & Wilfrid Aidan (10) who was at school. It was noted on the census that Mary had had 9 children, only 7 of whom were still living. Son Joseph had become a clergyman by this time & was living in Bradford, Yorks. Daughter Judith had married John Colclough, a joiner, in 1907 & was living at Stockport, Cheshire with their daughter Linnie aged 2.
Daughter Sarah Ann married Stephen Farmer, a GPO fire officer, in April-June 1914 at Wolstanton. They were to have 3 children, Marjorie, Joan & Mabel.
Daughter Mary Lucy married Robert Pearson in July-September 1928 in Stockport, Lancs. They were to have 2 children, Margaret & Barbara.
Henry died on September 8th, 1934, aged 76, at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
Widowed Mary lived with her unmarried daughter Ada in the 1940s who had a womens/childrens clothing shop at Castle St, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire.
Mary died in July-September 1947, aged 88, at Stockport, Cheshire, her death probably being accelerated by the shock of flying bombs falling in the next street. Her funeral was at St Mark's Church, Edgeley.
The children of Henry Horton & Mary Morris were:
h.22.214.171.124 Joseph Thomas Horton born July 27th, 1881 at Burslem, Staffs; died March 3rd, 1966 in West Yorkshire
h.126.96.36.199 Judith May Horton born May 22nd, 1883 at Burslem, Staffs; died Oct-December 1968 at Stockport, Cheshire
h.188.8.131.52 Florence Horton born July-September 1885 at Wolstanton, Staffs, died Jan-March 1887 at Burslem, Staffs
h.184.108.40.206 Sarah Ann Horton born January 3rd, 1887 at Burslem, Staffs; died April 4th, 1955 at 150 Colonial Rd, Bordesley Green, Birmingham
h.220.127.116.11 Henry Horton born Jan-March 1889 at Wolstanton, Staffs, died Oct-December 1889 at Wolstanton, Staffs
h.18.104.22.168 Clara Horton born August 11th, 1890 at Burslem, Staffs; died December 9th, 1983 at El Cajon, San Diego.
h.22.214.171.124 Mary Lucy Horton born September 2nd, 1893 at Burslem, Staffs; died April-June 1967 at Bolton, Lancs
h.126.96.36.199 Ada Horton born February 18th, 1896 at Burslem, Staffs; died January 11th 1980 at Stockport, Manchester
h.188.8.131.52 Wilfrid Aidan Horton born March 30th, 1901 at Burslem, Staffs; died February 6th, 1928 in USA