Jane Horton was born 1856 at Wednesbury, Staffs, the third child of William Horton & Sarah Hancox.
In 1861 Jane, her parents & 2 sisters were living at Mestey Croft, Wednesbury, Staffs.
Jane was still living at home in 1871 with her parents & sisters at Moxley, Wednesbury. She was a tailoress.
Jane married George Ward on August 26th, 1872, at St Martin’s, Bradley, Bilston, Staffs. George was born in 1854 in Heath Town, Wednesfield, Staffs, the son of Harriet Walford & Samuel Ward, a miner.
In 1881 Jane & George were living at 3c, 12h Old Moxley, Wednesbury & George was described as an iron mill furnace man. They had 3 children by this time – William (7), who was visiting his grandparents William & Sarah Horton at Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury at the time of the census, Esther (5) & Joseph (2) who were both at home.
Jane & George were still living at Moxley in 1891 & George was still a labourer at the iron works. At home were Joseph, Amy (9), Sarah (7), George (3) & Annie (6 months). Daughter Esther was working as a domestic servant for the Barlow family in Wednesbury at this time.
In 1901 Jane & George were again at Moxley living at 1in 2ct Queen St & George was now a general labourer. Son George was a steel bolt shaper & also at home were children Annie & John T (2). Listed as a boarder was William Ward, aged 21, whose occupation was given as ‘galvaniser odd work’. This could possibly be son William who should be now aged 27.
Jane & George were living at 1 Darlaston Rd, Moxley in 1911 & George was now a blacksmith striker employed by the Axletree Company. Son John Thomas was still at home & granddaughter Maud Shakespeare (9) was with the family. Also living with them was nephew William Ward (30), a fire stoker at the iron works, & his wife Annie (20) with their son William (1). It was noted on the census form that George & Jane had had 9 children, only 7 of whom were still living.
Granddaughter Maud was the child of daughter Esther who had married James Shakespeare in 1901. Esther & James, a commission agent, were living in Wolverhampton at the time of the 1911 census with 3 of their children. It was noted that sadly they had only 4 children (Maud, James, William & Benjamin) surviving of 9 born to Esther!
Esther Shakespeare (nee Ward) with granddaughter in 1941
Photo copyright of Rob Clark, great grandson of Esther
The children of Jane Horton & George Ward were:
h.188.8.131.52 William Ward born c1873 at Moxley, Staffs
h.184.108.40.206 Esther Ward born c1875 at Moxley, Staffs; died 1945
h.220.127.116.11 Joseph Ward born c1878 at Moxley, Staffs
h.18.104.22.168 Amy Ward born April-June 1883 at Moxley, Staffs
h.22.214.171.124 Sarah Ward born c1885 at Moxley, Staffs
h.126.96.36.199 George Ward born c1887 at Moxley, Staffs
h.188.8.131.52 Annie Ward born 1890 at Moxley, Staffs
h.184.108.40.206 John Thomas Ward born Oct-December 1898 at Moxley, Staffs