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Martha Elizabeth Stone [st.2.4.2.]

Martha Elizabeth Stone was the second child of Benjamin Stone & Amelia Hackett born September 1st, 1855 at Lombard St, West Bromwich, & christened October 21st, 1855 at Christ Church, West Bromwich, Staffs.

In 1861 Martha, known as Eliza, was living with her parents & older brother James Henry at 16 Lombard St, West Bromwich.

In 1871 the family were living at Dudley Rd, West Bromwich & Eliza now had 2 more sisters – Letitia & Miranda. Visiting was Emily E Young, aged 17, whom brother James was to marry later that year.

On January 6th, 1879 Eliza married Richard Horton at the Parish Church of West Bromwich after the reading of banns. Richard was described as a 26 year old grocer of West Bromwich & Eliza was a 23 year old spinster of West Bromwich. Witnesses at the wedding were Eliza’s father Benjamin Stone & her younger sister Letitia Jane Stone. Richard was the third child of Richard Horton & Mary Phipps born c1852 at West Bromwich.

By 1881 Richard & Eliza were living at 60 Old Meeting St, West Bromwich & Richard was a grocer. They had a 1 year old son Denys.

In 1891 Richard was a grocer on the High St, West Bromwich. The family were living at #232-234 High St. In addition to Denys they now had Henry N (9), Sydney H (5), Alfred (3), Oscar (1) & Margaret A (4 months). Two grocer’s assistants were living with them, as well as a domestic nurse & a general servant.


By 1901 Richard & Eliza were living at 37 New St, West Bromwich & Richard was a grocer/shopkeeper working at home. Children at home were Henry N, a grocer’s assistant, Sydney H, a junior clerk, Alfred, a grocer’s assistant, Oscar & Margaret A.

By 1911 Richard & Eliza had moved to 15 Oxford Rd, West Bromwich & the census states that Richard was a grocer's assistant. Sydney Herbert was the only child living at home & at age 25 he was a manager in a glass warehouse.

Richard died April 23rd, 1929 at 15 Oxford Rd, West Bromwich, the cause of death being uraemia due to prostate cancer. The informant of the death was his son Denys of 74 Dagger Lane, West Bromwich.

The 1939 Register reveals that Eliza was living with daughter Margaret Amelia Horton in the borough of Doncaster, West Yorks.

Eliza died on January 20th, 1945, aged 89, at 257 Ashbourne Rd, Leek, Staffs. The cause of death was myocarditis & senility. The informant was her daughter Margaret.

The children of Martha Elizabeth Stone & Richard Horton were:

h. Denys Horton born October 9th, 1879 at Bilhay St, West Bromwich, Staffs, died July-September 1966 at Arthog, Wales
h. Henry Norman Horton born Oct-December 1881 at West Bromwich, died May 6th, 1917 at Zillebeke, Belgium
h. Sydney Herbert Horton born Oct-December 1885 at West Bromwich, died April 19th, 1918 at Picquigny, Amiens, France
h. Alfred Horton born July-September 1887 at West Bromwich
h. Oscar Horton born April-June 1889 at West Bromwich
h. Margaret Amelia Horton born Jan-March 1891 at West Bromwich, died December 25th, 1972 at Skegness, Lincs


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