William Thomas Horton was the second child of Samuel Horton & Ann Maria Oakley born December 1 st , 1876 at Musk Lane , Lower Gornall & christened December 27th, 1876 at St James, Lower Gornall , Sedgley, Staffs.
In 1881 William (known as Thomas) was living with his parents, brother & sister at 36 Musk Lane , Lower Gornall , Sedgley.
Thomas was still living at home in 1891, now at 15 Barr St , Lower Gornall & he was now a coal miner. He had 4 brothers & 2 sisters.
At the time of the 1901 census Thomas was still with his parents at 33 Barr St & was described as a coal miner labourer below ground. There were 5 brothers & a sister still at home.
Thomas married Esther Wilkes on May 12th, 1901 at All Saints, Sedgley. Esther was born Oct-December, 1878 at Gornall Wood, Sedgley, the daughter of James Wilkes.
In 1911 Thomas & Esther were living at 31 Barr St, Lower Gornall, Dudley & Thomas was a sinker at the colliery. They had 6 children by this time – Benjamin Rupert (9), Samuel (8), John Thomas (6), Sarah Jane (5), Leonard (3) & Annie (1).
The 1939 register shows Thomas, listed as William, & Esther living at 28 Barr St, Sedgley. Thomas was now a general labourer at the gas works. With them were daughters Annie, a tailoress trouser finisher, & Mary Virginia, a tailoress trouser machinist.
Living 2 doors away was son John & his wife Mary E & their family. He was a cable layer for the Midland Electric Company.
Thomas died on June 20th, 1959 at 28 Barr St, Lower Gornal. Probate was granted to son Samuel, yard worker, & Michael Howard Jones, solicitor. His effects were £1,082.
The children of William Thomas Horton & Esther Wilkes were:
h.22.214.171.124.1 Benjamin Rupert Horton born July 31st, 1901 at Gornalwood; died May 1989 at Dudley, Staffs
h.126.96.36.199.2 Samuel Horton born January 22nd, 1902 at Gornalwood; died April-June 1970 at Dudley, Staffs
h.188.8.131.52.3 John Thomas Horton born December 25th, 1904 at Gornalwood
h.184.108.40.206.4 Sarah Jane Horton born Jan-March 1906 at Gornalwood
h.220.127.116.11.5 Leonard Horton born Jan-March 1908 at Gornalwood
h.18.104.22.168.6 Annie Horton born March 25th, 1910 at Gornalwood
h.22.214.171.124.7 Maria Horton born April-June 1912 at Gornalwood
h.126.96.36.199.8 Rachel Horton born July-September 1914 at Gornalwood
h.188.8.131.52.9 William Horton born July-September 1917 in Dudley
h.184.108.40.206.10 Mary Virginia Horton born July 8th, 1917 in Dudley