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Joseph Steatham's baptism.

Robert Steatham - Sons


Robert Steatham (1775-1827), had ten children,

James Steatham (1800-1816).
Thomas Steatham (1803-1873).
John Steatham (1805-1806).
Joseph Steatham (1806-1889).
Sarah Steatham (1809-1810).
Elizabeth Steatham (1809-1810).
William Steatham (1811-1811).
Moses Steatham (1813-1891).
Samuel Steatham (1815-1884).
James Steatham (1818-1819).

Only four sons survived;

This is the story of Joseph Steatham.


This research is broken down into Five sections;

Quick Overview.

Detailed Research (Joseph's life and Children).

Census findings.

Discussion.

Research - Additional Planned.


Quick Overview

Joseph Steatham born 1806, married Sarah Dangerfield in 1839.

They had five children,

Philemon born in 1842, married Ann Williams, and died 1913. They had 15 children.

Joseph born in 1844, not found after baptism, suspect he died 1844.

Samuel born in 1846. not found after baptism, suspect he died 1846.

Hannah born in 1848, she married James Plant.

Joseph born in 1850, married Hephzibah Cotterell, and died 1929. They had 7 children.




Memorial to John Waltham M.A.,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.
Detailed Research.

Joseph Steatham was born on Thursday the 11th December 1806, baptised on Thursday the 25th December at St Lawrence, Darlaston, by the Rector John Waltham M.A.

John Waltham M.A. was Rector from 1800 to 1814.

The following is taken from a book about Darlaston [A history of Darlaston - Frederick Hackwood, 1887].

The Rev'd John Waltham is said to have been a fine stalwart man, 6 feet 4 inches in height. He was a magistrate and occupied the bench when the court used to sit in the room at the back of The White Lion Inn.

It is related of him, that in his attempts to suppress bull-baiting in his parish, he often displayed indomitable courage.

On one occasion, hearing of a baiting that was going on at the Bull Stake, he stalked down upon his erring flock, walked straight up to the bull, unfastened the brute, and led it away to his tithe-barn; remarking to the astonished awe-struck rabble that "he would like to see the man who would fetch it away !"

Whether it was consciousness of the parsonís great physical strength or a dread of incurring his magisterial wroth, or both, it is certain that the bull was not claimed: and that next day the beast was slaughtered and its flesh distributed amongst the poor.


A Communion Plate was gifted to the church by the Rector, John Waltham M.A.

It is inscribed "The Gift of the Rev'd John Waltham A.M.? Rector to the Parish of Darlaston June 1805".

Just over 13 years later, the Church Records record on the 11th September 1816, a 12 year old boy being buried, who drowned while stealing turnips on the Sabbath.

[End quote]

On the 25th July 1832, John Green, the first victim of cholera in the town was buried, all the burial register entries for the victims were marked with the letter 'C'.

No Steathams have been found.

To read about the cholera in Darlaston, Click here

Steatham Research - Asiatic cholera




Joseph Steatham's marriage.
Note the mention of Robert Steatham.

Moving on with the story, Joseph Steatham, Gun Lock filer, born 1806, married Sarah Dangerfield, on Monday the 29th July 1839, at St Johns Church, Wolverhampton, they had five children.

On to the night of the 1861 census, Sunday the 7th April, we find Joseph Steatham aged 53, with his wife Sarah aged 50, born Wednesbury, and son Joseph aged 9, all living at "Opposite Mr. Carter's Works" - along Walsall Road.


Joseph Steatham's burial.

Joseph Steatham's story for us ends in 1889 when he dies, aged 82, and is buried at the Wesleyan Methodist, Pinfold Street Chapel, on Saturday the 10th August 1889 by a J? Hadman?


Sarah Steatham's burial.

Sarah dies, aged 66, and is buried at the Wesleyan Methodist, Pinfold Street Chapel, on Wednesday the 14th February 1877 by a William Thomas Armstrong.


Sarah Steatham's
Death Registration form - front.

To perform a burial it was required to obtain a receipt to prove that the death had been registered. By chance the one for our Sarah Steatham [Nee Dangerfield], is inside the front cover of the burial register.

It must have been handed by Joseph Steatham to the Minister.

Genealogy is not always just names, when we find something like this, we are touching history!

Sarah Dangerfield is my wife's Great Great Grandmother.


Sarah Steatham's
Death Registration form - back.
 
  Children.



Philemon Steatham's (1842-1913) baptism.

Philemon Steatham (1842-1913)

Born 1842, baptised Wednesday the 17th April 1842, at St Lawrence, Philemon, married, Ann Williams born 1843.

They have fourteen children,

  Ann (1861-).
Not in 1881 census so must have married, trying to locate this record.

Sarah Ann (1862-1927).
She never married, and dies on Wednesday the 12th January 1927, and was buried at James Bridge Cemetery on Thursday the 20th January 1927 in grave N2 419.



Robert Steatham's (1862-1928) grave.
Robert Steatham (1862-1928).
He was baptised on Wednesday the 7th March 1883, at St Lawrence. He was a Stamper in the Lock Trade, and married (down as Statham in civil records) in 1884, Mary Parker born 1860, in Wolverhampton.

Robert died on Thursday the 31st May 1928, and was buried at James Bridge Cemetery, on Wednesday the 6th June 1928, in grave N2 419.

Mary died on Sunday 18th August 1937, and was buried on Monday the 23rd August 1937, in grave N2 419.

Click the following link the view the cemetery in Steatham Research Cemeteries James Bridge, Darlaston.
  Agnes (1864-).
She married either, Joseph Foster or Enoch Orton, in Wolverhampton in 1886, and is now lost to us.

Elizabeth (1865-).
As name is so common, she is lost to us.

Alfred (1868-1868).
He was baptised at Wesleyan Methodist, Pinfold Street Chapel, Darlaston on Monday the 26th the February 1868.
He died in 1868. May have been twin with Samuel.

Samuel (1868-).
He was baptised at Slater Street, Primitive Methodist, Darlaston on Monday the 26th February 1868.
He died in 1868. May have been twin with Alfred.

Mary Jane (1869-).
Named Jane in most of the census, she married Joseph Thomas Walters, in 1889, and is now lost to us.

Thomas Arthur (1871-1939).
Born on Saturday the 2nd January 1871, married Minnie in 1897, Thomas Arthur died in 1939. Minnie died in 1956.
They had one child.

Hannah (1873-).
As name is so common, she is lost to us.

Florence (1876-).
She married either Richard Day or Samual Harper, in Dudley in 1901, and is now lost to us.

Rose Amy (1880-).
Not in death records so must have married, trying to locate this record.

Frances (1883-).
She married, either James Woodward or Alfred Rhodes, in West Bromwich in 1902, and is now lost to us.


George Steatham

A World War I hero...


George Steatham (1885-1917).

He is the only Steatham to have died as a result of his World War I service.


He also is the only Steatham to have is name mis-spelt (Streatham) on his gravestone!


George Steatham is a Featured person, click here to read more about him.


George Steatham (1885-1917)




Joseph Steatham (1844-) baptism.

Joseph Steatham (1844-), born 1844, baptised on Sunday the 7th July 1844, at St Lawrence, by the Curate, J Bradshaw.

Not found after baptism, suspect he died 1844.






Samuel Steatham's (1846-) baptism.

Samuel Steatham (1846-), born New Street, Darlaston, baptised on Friday the 29th November 1846, at St Lawrence.

Not found after baptism, suspect he died 1846.


Hannah Steatham's (1848-) baptism.

Hannah Steatham (1848-), born 1848, baptised on Friday the 28th May 1848, at St Lawrence, married in 1873, James Plant born 1848, Colliery Clerk.

They had one child.


Joseph Steatham's (1850-1929) baptism.

Joseph Steatham (1850-1929), born 1850, baptised on Sunday the 1st September 1850, at St Lawrence, by the Stipendiary Curate Charles Walker Simons.


Joseph Steatham's (1850-1929) marriage.

Joseph married, Hephzibah Cotterell on Thursday the 17th June 1872, at St Michaels, Rushall, Staffs.





They had seven children,


Joseph William Steatham's (1872-1946) baptism.

Joseph William (1873-1946).
He was baptised as Steedham (sic) on Tuesday the 24th December 1872, at Fallings Heath Methodist church, by John Porter.

He married in 1902, Elizabeth Anderson.
Joseph died 1946.

They had three children.




James Arthur Steatham's (1874-1950) baptism.

James Arthur Steatham (1874-1950),
Born on Friday the 17th April 1874 at 76 Old Park Rd, Kings Hill, baptised on Tuesday the 5th May 1874, at Methodist Fallings Heath, by Charles Dudley.

He married on Saturday the 21st December 1901 in All Saints, Darlaston, Hannah Devey.

They had six children.

Hannah died in 1917.

James Arthur then married, Elizabeth Sheldon (nee Smith) on Saturday the 4th October 1919 in Walsall Registrar Office.

They had seven children.

Photo of Richard Steatham
Richard Samuel Steatham

Richard died in the Normandy landings
of World War II.

James Arthur and Elizabeth's last child was Richard Samuel Steatham (1924-1944).

He is the only Steatham to have died as a result of his World War II service.

Richard Samuel Steatham is a Featured person, click here to read more about him.

Richard Samuel Steatham (1924-1944)


Sarah Susan Steatham's (1875-) baptism.
Sarah Susan Steatham (1875-1968).
Born on Sunday the 24th October 1875, baptised on Tuesday the 23rd November 1875, at Fallings Heath Methodist church, by Richard Lees.

Married in 1897, either William Wisper or Frederick William Denning, and was then lost to us.





Mary Jane Steatham's (1876-) baptism.

Mary Jane Steatham (1876-).
Born Wednesday the 13th December 1876, baptised on Tuesday the 9th January 1877, at Fallings Heath Methodist church, Darlaston.

Married in 1899, Joseph Thomas Walters.
They had 7 children.


Photo of Isaiah Steatham's (1878-1950) baptism

Isaiah Steatham's (1878-1950) baptism.

Isaiah Steatham (1878-1950).
Born 1878, married in 1900, Clara Fisher.

He died in 1950, at 25 Raglen Street, Willenhall, and was buried on Thursday the 21st December 1950, at Bentley Cemetery, Willenhall. They had 7 children.
Photo of Polly Steatham's (1881-) baptism

Polly Steatham's (1881-) baptism.


Polly? Steatham (1881-).
Born 1881, married in ?.
They had 2 children.
Photo of Samuel Steatham's (1880-1941) baptism

Samuel Steatham's (1880-1941) baptism.

Samuel Steatham (1880-1941).
Born 1880, married Elizabeth Pearce in 1904, at Walsall.

Samuel died on Saturday the 22nd March 1941, at 9 Birmingham Street, Wednebury (sic), and was buried on Saturday the 29th March at James Bridge Cemetery in grave number T183.

They had 2 children.
  Census findings.

I have searched the 1841-1911 Census's, and here are the results.

Searching Census records for Steathams is problematic to say the least as the enumerator did not always record the surname correctly.

This is compounded by the modern transcripts used to search the records as they are also full of mistakes, with the Steatham surname being stated as Beatham, Heathem and so on.

I will state what was recorded on the actual census, also Joseph Steatham & Sarah Steatham [Nee Dangerfield] will marked as bold & underlined, and their children will be marked as underlined.

The latest Census 1911, now required the Head sign the bottom right hand side of the sheet, plus any married persons state their number of years married (YM), children born alive (CBA), children Still living (CSL), and children died (CD).

The 1911 Census should have the most Steatham present, but a search of the index does not reveal all that should be there. This is due to the name Steatham being transcibed incorrectly. When I find them I will indicate what they have been transcibed as.

The Census was always conducted on a Sunday.


[1841 - June 6th]

In this Census, relationship to head not given.

Joseph Steatham, aged 30, Lock Filer, Sarah, aged 30, Sarah Dangerfield [Sarah's mother], aged 60.

At Kings? Hill, Darlaston.


[1851 - March 30th]

Joseph Steatham aged 43, Sarah aged 40, born Wednesbury, and Philemon aged 8, Hannah aged 3, Joseph, aged 1.

At King Street, Darlaston.



[1861 - April 7th]

Joseph Steatham, aged 53, Sarah aged 50, born Darlaston, and Joseph aged 9.

At "Opposite Mr. Carter's Works".

1861 Census

1861 Census


Philemon Steatham, aged 19, Gun Lock Filer , wife Ann, aged 19, Sarah A, aged 9 months.

Philemon is living with his mother's parents Joseph Williams, and wife Mary.

At Audley Street.

1861 Census

1861 Census


Hannah Statham [sic], aged 14, Pupil, born Darlaston.

At School in Aldridge, near Walsall.


[1871 - April 2nd]

Joseph Steatham, aged 63, Gun Lock Manufacturer, Sarah aged 60, Hannah, aged 22, relationship [unreadable], and Joseph aged 20, Gun Lock Filer.
At 78 Back Street, Kings Hill Field.

1871 Census

1871 Census


Philemon Steatham, aged 29, Gun Lock Filer, wife Ann aged 29, Robert aged 10, born Bilston, Agnes aged 8, Elizabeth aged 6, and Mary Jane aged 2.

At 74 Back Street, Kings Hill Field.



[1881 - April 3rd]

Joseph Steatham, aged 73 widower, Bolt Manufacturer, Sarah Fletcher aged 46, Servant.

At 77 Birmingham Street.

Next door...

1881 Census

1881 Census


Joseph Steatham, aged 32, Gun Lock Filer, wife Heziah? aged 33, Joseph W. aged 8, James A, aged 6, Sarah aged 5, Mary J. aged 4, Isaiah aged 3, Samuel aged 1.
At 76 Birmingham Street.

Next 75 is empty, then we have at 75...

1881 Census

1881 Census


Philemon Steatham aged 38, Gun Lock Filer, wife Anne (Annie?) aged 38, Robert, Stamper ?, aged 18, Jane aged 12, Thomas aged 9, Hannah aged 8, Flora, 5, Rose A. aged 1.
At 75 Birmingham Street.

1881 Census

1881 Census


At 78, next door to her father Thomas, is Hannah Steatham and her family.

James Plant, aged 31, Colliery Clerk, wife Hannah, aged 32, and their only child, Walter, aged ?


[1891 - April 5th]

Joseph Steatham, died in 1889.

1891 Census

1891 Census


Philemon Steatham, not yet found.

But his children are there as follows:-

Philemon's son Thomas Steatham, aged 20, Apprentice Gun Lock Filer, sister, Hannah aged 17, sister, Florence, aged 14, ? Painter, Rose, aged 12, Frances, age 8, and lastly our George aged 5.

At 24 Walsall Road, Darlaston.

1891 Census

1891 Census


Hannah Plant [Nee steatham], aged 42, husband James Plant, aged 41, Clerk, born Cosely, Staffordshire, Walter Plant, aged 14.

At 77 Birmingham Road, Darlaston.

1891 Census

1891 Census


Joseph Steatham, aged 49, widower, Publican, Samuel, aged 27, Blacksmith, Thomas, aged 23, Brolley Riveter, Hannah, aged 18, Minnie, aged 9.

At 36 Walsall Road "Prince of Wales" Public House.

Next door at 34 Walsall Road is Moses Steatham, aged 78, Gun Lock Filer.


[1901 - March 31st]

Philemon Steatham, not yet found.

Hannah Plant [Nee steatham], aged 52, husband James Plant, aged 50, ? Clerk, born Cosely, Staffordshire, Walter Plant, aged 23.

At 77 Birmingham Road, Darlaston.

1901 Census

1901 Census


Samuel Steatham ?. aged 35, publican, Harriet, aged 38.

at 74 Walsall Road.

Next door at 72 is,

William Steatham (1850-1913). aged 51, widower, ? in Bridge Yard, William, son, aged 21, Mary Donaldson daur, aged 22, Joseph Donaldson, aged 26, son in law. nut and bolt maker, Alice Steatham, aged 8, daur., W Donaldson, aged 1, grandson.

1901 Census

1901 Census


Robert Steatham aged 38, born Bilston, Gun Lock Stamper, wife Mary aged 39, Edward aged 16, Tap & ? maker, Gertrude aged 15, Mary A. aged 13, Nut ? ?, Sidney aged 1, Frances Steatham , sister, aged 18, Bolt ? ?
At 64 Pinfold Street.

Next door at 65, is Thomas Evans, aged 66, Licensed Victualler, 'own'.


[1911 - April 2nd]

YM - means Years married
CBA - means Children Born Alive
CSL - means Children Still Living
CD - means Children died


Joseph Steatham aged 60 [Widower], Gun Lock filer; his son Samuel Steatham aged 31, Stamper, Ironworks; Samuel's wife, Elizabeth Steatham aged 34; Elsie May Denning aged 12 [Neice]; Elizabeth Steatham aged 1, Joseph Steatham's Granddaughter.

At King's Hill.

The Census indicates -

Joseph Steatham YM 38, CBA 8, CSL -, CD 3.
Samuel Steatham - YM 6, CBA 2, CSL -, CD 1.
Elizabeth Steatham - YM 6, CBA 2, CSL 1, CD 1.


1911 Census

1911 Census


Robert Steatham aged 48, Stamper, Gun Works; Mary Steatham aged 49; Gertrude Steatham aged 25, Domestic Servant; Mary Ann Steatham aged 23, Turner bolts, Nut & Bolt Man; Sydney Steatham aged 11.

At 64 Pinfold Street.

The Census indicates -

Robert Steatham - YM ?, CBA 7, CSL 4, CD 3.


1911 Census

1911 Census


A few doors down, opposite them, in the same street we can see Robert's son Edward, liviing with his wife, Edith.

George Ensell aged 72, Old age pensioner (Axle Smith); Pamela Ensell aged 57; Arthur Ensell aged 26, Labourer (out of work); Edith Steatham aged 20; Edward Steatham aged 26, Tool Maker, married 1 year.

At 59 Pinfold Street.




Discussion.

This is very large group, but the main lineages are Philemon, and Joseph (1850-1929). I have a vast amount information of the descendents of this group.

Notables in Philemon's descendents, are Robert Steatham (1862-1928), who was the first person, to be named after Robert, and Robert's brother George Steatham (1885-1917), who is the only Steatham to die [sic] of his World War I service.

Joseph Steatham (1850-1929) descendents include, his grandson Richard Samuel Steatham (1924-1944), and he is the only Steatham to have died as a result of his World War II service.

I have always wondered why Joseph never seemed to be financially well off; both his brothers Thomas, and Samuel had been very succesfull.

Research has revealed that Joseph had numurous entries in the "London Evening Gazette", that clearly show that he went bankrupt shortly before his death.

15th July 1887.
Receiving Orders, Deptor's name - Joseph Steatham, 78 Birmingham Street, Kings Hill Fields, Gun Lock Manufacturer, date of filing 12th july 1887 [No of matter - 24 of 1887].

19th July 1887.
First Meetings and public Examinations, Deptor's name - Joseph Steatham, 78 Birmingham Street, Kings Hill Fields, Gun Lock Manufacturer, date of first meeting 27th July 1887 at 11 am at Official Receiver's Office, Bridge street, Walsall. Date of Public examination 27th July 1887 1. noon at Court - house, Walsall. Date of order if any, for Summary Administration 13th July 1887.

Photo of Map of showing location of St. Peter's Close

Map of showing location of St. Peter's Close.

16th November 1888.
Notices of Intended Dividends, Deptor's name - Joseph Steatham, 78 Birmingham Street, Kings Hill Fields, Gun Lock Manufacturer, Court Walsall, [no 24 of 1888], last day for receiving funds 8th December 1888, Name of Trustee Edwin Pritchard, who lives at St Peter's Close (see photo for location), Wolverhampton.

25th December 1888.
Notices of Dividends, Deptor's name - Joseph Steatham, 78 Birmingham Street, Kings Hill Fields, Gun Lock Manufacturer, Court Walsall, [no 24 of 1888], Amount per Pound 2s 2?d, Final and First Dividend, payable on 28th December 1888, at Official Receiver's Office, St Peter's close, Wolverhampton.

28th June 1889.
Notices of Release of Trustees, Deptor' Joseph Steatham, 78 Birmingham Street, Kings Hill Fields, Gun Lock Manufacturer, Court Walsall, [no 24 of 1888], Trustee's Name Edwin Pitchard, Trustee's Address Wolverhampton, Trustee's Description Official Receiver, date of Release 26th March 1889.

All this happened just prior to Joseph's death on the 10th August 1889.



Research - Additional Planned.

In Progress.

Obtain photo of marr. for Philemon Steatham (1842-1913).
Obtain photo of marr. for Robert Steatham (1862-1928).
Obtain photo of marr. for Joseph Steatham (1850-1929).
Obtain photo of marr. for James A. Steatham (1874-1950).


Planned.

Obtain death certificate for Joseph Steatham (1806-1889).
Obtain death certificate for Sarah Steatham (1821-1887).
Obtain death certificate for Philemon Steatham (1842-1913).
Obtain death certificate for Joseph Steatham (1850-1929).



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