Esther Horton was christened March 23rd, 1851 at Christ Church, West Bromwich, Staffs, the first child of William Horton & Sarah Hancox.
In 1861 Esther, her parents & 2 sisters were living at Mestey Croft, Wednesbury, Staffs.
At the time of the 1871 census Esther was visiting Eliza & Richard Richards, a farmer, and their family at Harwell, Berks.
Esther married John Dearlove at St John’s church, Wednesbury in 1880. John was born Oct-December 1852 at West Hagbourne, Berks, the son of Martha A Dearlove & Mr Dearlove.
In 1881 John & Esther were living at the Railway Station, West Challow, Berks where John was a groom.
By 1891 John had become a railway packer & he & Esther were living at Challow Station, West Challow, Berks. With them was a niece, Lydia Dearlove, aged 4.
By 1901 Esther & John still had no family & had moved to Fernham Village, Berks where John was a railway ganger.
Esther & John were still living in Fernham in 1911 & John was still a railway ganger for the Great Western Railway. Esther was listed on the census form as ‘Hester'. With them was a niece, Elizabeth Annie Dearlove, aged 27, a parlour maid.
John died on November 16th, 1916, aged 64, at Fernham, Faringdon, Berks. Administration was granted to widow Esther on February 10th, 1917 at Oxford. His effects amounted to £242.7s.8d.
Esther appears to have moved back to Staffordshire after John’s death. She died on June 19th, 1920 at 113 Mill St, Kingshill,Wednesbury, aged 69. Probate was granted on July 20th, 1920 to her sister, Mary Ann York, widow. Her effects were £286.8s.8d.