Esther Horton was the fifth child of James Horton & Elizabeth Hale born at Sedgley, Staffs & christened December 8th, 1840 at Gornall, Staffs.
In 1841 Esther & her mother & sister Jane were visiting Esthers’s grand parents Henry & Esther Horton at Walsall St, West Bromwich.
In 1851 Esther & her parents were living at Gornall Wood, Lower Gornall, Sedgley. There were 2 older brothers & a younger brother & sister at home.
Esther married John Box in Jan-March 1871 at Dudley. John was christened August 13th, 1848 at Sedgley, Staffs, the daughter of Sophia Box.
At the time of the 1871 census John & Esther were living with Esther’s parents at 49 New St, Lower Gornall. John was an agricultural labourer. Also with them were Esther’s brother Samuel & sister Sarah.
By 1881 Esther & John were living at 8 Straits, Sedgley & John was described as a timber sawyer. They had 3 children – Emily (9), Elizabeth (7) & Esther (2).
John & Esther continued to live at 8 Straits & were there at the time of the 1891 census with children Emily, Esther & Charles (8).
They were at the same address in 1901 & John was still a wood sawyer. Only daughter Emily was at home.
Esther died prior to the 1911 census & at that time widowed John was still living with his daughter Emily at the same address. John continued to be a wood sawyer at an estate timber yard.
John died in July-September 1914, aged 66, his death being registered at Dudley.
The children of Esther Horton & John Box were:
h.18.104.22.168 Emily Box christened October 4th, 1871 at Lower Gornall, Staffs
h.22.214.171.124 Elizabeth Box christened July 2nd, 1873 at Lower Gornall, Staffs
h.126.96.36.199 Esther Box born April-June 1879 at Sedgley, Staffs
h.188.8.131.52 Charles Box christened March 21st, 1883 at Lower Gornall, Staffs