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William Wall [w.9.1]

William Wall was the first child of Joseph Wall & Sarah Timmins born Jan-March 1846 at Rowley Regis, Staffs.

In 1851 William was living at home at Tividale, Rowley Regis with his parents, brother & sister.

William was still at home in 1861 but the family were now living at Chapel St, Rowley Regis.

William married Mary Ball on May 22nd 1866, at Rowley Regis, Staffs. Mary was the daughter of Elizabeth Bird & James Ball, an engineer, born c1849 at Rowley Regis. William & Mary were neighbours at the time of the 1861 census in Rowley Regis – William lived at no.83 & Mary at no. 84 Chapel St – so he married the girl next door!!

In 1871 William & Mary were living at 4 St James St, Wednesbury & William was a puddler. They had 2 children – Ann E (3) & Thomas (1). They also had a 16 year old servant, John Edwards.

By 1881 the family had moved to Tipton & were living at 72 Lea Brook Rd. William was an iron worker & besides Ann & Thomas they now had W (7), E (4), J (2) & H (7 months). There was also a boarder – W Essex, an ironworker.

It appears that William died before the 1891 census as Mary had remarried by then. There is a death for William Wall, aged 41, registered at Dudley (includes Tipton) in Jan-March 1885.

The children of William Wall & Mary Ball were:

w.9.1.1 Ann Eliza Wall born July-September 1867 at Tipton, Staffs
w.9.1.2 Thomas Wall born November 1st, 1869 at Tipton, Staffs, died December 19th, 1952
w.9.1.3 William Wall born c1874 at Tipton
w.9.1.4 Elizabeth Wall born 1876 at Tipton
w.9.1.5 Joseph Wall born 1878 at Tipton
w.9.1.6 Henry Wall born 1880 at Tipton
w.9.1.7 Samuel Wall born September 23rd, 1882 at Lea Brook Rd, Tipton; died September 20th, 1970 in Toronto, Canada
w.9.1.8 Charlotte Wall born April-June 1885 at Tipton

Mary Ann Wall married Joseph Groves in Oct-December 1890 at Dudley. In the 1891 census Mary (43) & Joseph (34) were living at the same address - 72 Lea Brook Rd – as on the last census. Joseph was a boatman born c1857 in Worcester. The children with them were Elizabeth Wall (14), Joseph Wall (12), an errand boy at the port, Henry Wall (10), Samuel Wall (8) & Charlotte Wall (6).

By 1901 Mary was living at 11 St James St, Wednesbury (i.e near to where she was living with William in 1871). Joseph was not recorded at home at the time of the census. Still at home were Henry (listed as Harry), a tapper of locomotive wheels, Samuel, a tube screwer & Charlotte, a domestic servant.


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