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Josiah and Harriet Steatham.

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This is very interesting group, which is now included in Featured Steathams due to new information and photographs being discovered.

Robert Steatham's third surviving son Moses Steatham, had nine children, their third child, Josiah Steatham, married Harriet Fisher in West Bromwich in 1865.

Josiah Steatham (1842-1920)

Josiah was born in Darlaston, and married Harriet Fisher, who was from nearby Willenhall.

The banns were read on Sunday the 17th, 24th, and 1st October, at St Bartholomew's church, Wednesbury. Indications are that they were married, on Monday the 2nd of October 1865.

Josiah and Harriet had four children.

#1) Sarah E (1866-1866), born Wolverhampton (Willenhall).

#2) Alfred (1868-1948), born Willenhall.

#3) Mary Lousia (1870-1952), born Darlaston.

#4) Gervase (1876-1957), born Derby.

Note - as children are born their lives will be covered in their entirety, before moving on with Josiah and Harriet's story.

#1) Sarah E (1866-1866).

Josiah and Harriet's first child, registered in Q4 of 1866 tragically died before Christmas.

#2) Alfred (1868-1948).

Alfred was born Tuesday the 14th April 1868, in Willenhall. He moved with his family to Derby, but them emigrated to Australia in 1890 never to return.

His life in Australia has been researched, click here to read this fascinating story.

The photo of Joseph and Harriet is one that Alfred Steatham had for many years framed in his home.

Note it is just possible to see Harriet's wedding ring!

We now see Josiah and Harriet in the 1871 Census living in Bull Street, Darlaston...

Josiah aged 28, Plater at the Iron Bridge Co., born Darlaston, Harriet, aged 30, born Willenhall, Alfred, aged 2, born Willenhall, and finally Mary L., aged 1, born Darlaston.

Moving on ten years to the 1881 Census, we now find they have moved to Derby and living at 9 Upper Brook Street, St Alkmund.

Josiah aged 34, Whitesmith, born Darlaston, Harriet, aged 36, Dressmaker, born Willenhall, Alfred, aged 13, born Willenhall, and finally Mary L., aged 11, born Darlaston, Gervase, aged 5, born Derby.Their first child Alfred Steatham was born in Willenhall, I suppose at Harriet's mother's house.

So Josiah and Harriet Fisher left the Black Country to live at Derby, to begin the branch of the Steatham tree we now call the The Derby Steathams.

Alfred Steatham lived for a while at Derby, and them immigrated to Australia in 1890, and never returning to England.

Alfred Steatham's story, his life in Australia, has been fully researched, and is what we call the Steatham Australian connection.

#3)Mary Louisa (1869-).

Joseph and Harriet's next child was born in 1869 (Jul-Aug-Sep - Civil Reg. 6b 576), and married in 1898 (Jul-Aug-Sep - Civil Reg. 7b 152), a John William Tomlinson, who was from Derby.

They had two children, both boys.

@01)John Alfred Tomlinson, was born on Sunday the 4th of June 1899, and baptised on Wednesday the 19th July 1899 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, King Street, Derby. John Alfred, dies aged 12 aged 12, on Monday the 13th November 1911, and was buried 3 days later on Thursday the 16th of November 1911, in grave, number 49891, at Nottingham Road Cemetery.

@02)William Tomlinson, he married Beatrice Rose Burton (Trixie), in 1926 (Oct-Nov-Dec - Civil Reg. 7b 1212), at St. Barnabas, Derby. They had two children, again boys, Michael and William.

#4)Gervase (1875-1957).

Joseph and Harriet's next child was born on Sunday the 26th September 1875, baptised on Wednesday the 3rd November 1875, at Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, King Street, Derby, and married on Friday, a Sarah Rebecca Lee, born 1876. Gervase died 1957, and Sarah Rebecca, died in 1952.

They had three children, Gervase Lee (1904-1980), Margeret Louisa and Harriet Norah.

Note Gervase Lee Steatham is a Featured Person Click Here to read his story.

Moving on ten years to the 1891 Census, we now find they are now living at Green Street, St Alkmund, Derby.

Josiah aged 46, Whitesmith, born Darlaston, Harriet, aged 48, born Willenhall, Mary L., aged 21, born Staffordshire, Gervase, aged 15, born Derby.

There son Alfred is now missing as he went to Australia the year before.

Moving on again another ten years to the 1901 Census, we now find they are still living at 14 Green Street, Derby.

Josiah aged 58, Whitesmith, born Darlaston, Harriet, aged 59, born, Gervase, aged 15, born Derby.

Mary Lousia is now missing as she is now married.

We now find at 12, Green Street, Derby, John William Tomlinson, aged 31, born Derby, Mary L., aged 31, born Darlaston, John Alfred, aged 1, born Derby. So there they are living just a few doors away.

The Tomlinson boys
with Josiah Steatham.
The above covers, broadly the Derby Steathams as I call them which we can include as well the Tomlinson lineage, their ancestors and descendants. This is an interesting because we have many details of them.

Now Josiah Steatham's son Alfred Steatham keep in contact with both his sister Louisa, and his family back in England, and his descendents have provided information that has enabled a more detailed study to be undertaken.

So let's look into the lineage of John William Tomlinson, who married Mary Louisa Steatham in 1988.

In 1819 we see a Jabez Tomlinson, born [IGI] at Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire.

In the 1861 Census, we see Jabez Tomlinson, now aged 42, with his family living at 15 City Road, Derby, now employed as a wood sawyer. His wife Rebecca, aged 37, was born at Shoreham, Kent, and he has a son also called Jabez Tomlinson, aged 16, born in Derby, being employed as a silk weaver.

The rest of the family, all born in Derby, were Eliza aged 14, silk weaver, Harriet aged 12, silk weaver, Laza aged 10, Rebecca aged 8, Ann aged 7, and finally William under 4 months.

We can see the burial of a Rebecca Tomlinson on Tuesday the 6th of February 1877 at Dronfield, Derbyshire. We know that years later when he is buried, he has with him a Sarah Tomlinson, I suppose this is either his new wife or possibly a sister?

6 years later on Monday the 10th of June 1867, at St. Paul's church in Derby, we see his son Jabez Tomlinson being married [IGI] to a Sarah Calladine.

In the 1871 Census we find Jabez Tomlinson living with his in laws.

At Little Chester, Derby, we find the head is a John Calendine [not residing in the house], there is our Jabez Tomlinson, aged 27, born Derby, woodcutter, Sarah Tomlinson aged 27, Eliza Calladine aged 20, a cotton mill hand, and Mary A. Tomlinson aged 3, and John W. Tomlinson aged 1, all born at Little Chester, Derby.

Then years later in the 1881 Census we see the whole family again, still at Little Chester, Derby, but now living on their own.

We have Jabez Tomlinson aged, 36 occupation sawyer, his wife Sarah aged 37, Mary A. Tomlinson aged 13, factory hand, and our John William Tomlinson aged 11, factory hand, and finally Rebecca Tomlinson aged 6.

John William Tomlinson's grave - right panel.

Copyright 2011 - Nigel James Wright.

John William Tomlinson's father, Jabez Tomlinson, dies aged 67, on Wednesday the 3rd of April 1912, and is buried in the grave his son purchased, grave number 49780.

Then John William Tomlinson's mother, Sarah Tomlinson, dies aged 77, on Wednesday the 9th of November 1921, and is buried with her husband Jabez Tomlinson, in grave number 49780.

/AT REST APRIL 3rd 1912,/
/AT REST NOVEMBER 9th 1921,/

John William Tomlinson's grave - right panel.

Copyright 2011 - Nigel James Wright.

John William Tomlinson now marries Mary Louisa Steatham, in Derby.

They have their two children, the Tomlinson boys as we call them,

The grave, number 49891, was purchased by John William Tomlinson on Tuesday the 14th of November 1911, for his oldest son John Alfred Tomlinson, born on Tuesday the 4th of June 1899, who had died aged 12, on Monday the 13th November 1911, and was buried 3 days later on Thursday the 16th of November 1911.

Their next son William Tomlinson, survived, and he married Beatrice Rose Burton (Trixie), in 1926 (Oct-Nov-Dec - Civil Reg. 7b 1212), at St. Barnabas, Derby. They had two children, again boys, William and Michael.

John William Tomlinson himself dies, aged 76, on Friday the 25th of January 1946, and is buried on Wednesday the 30th January 1946, in grave number 49891, with his son, John Alfred Tomlinson and In Laws.

Maria Louisa Tomlinson, dies aged 82, on Wednesday the 7th of November 1951, and is buried on Friday the 9th November 1951, in grave number 49891, joining her husband, son, and her parents. Now altogether for eternity.

/In Loving Remeberance of/
/BORN JUNE 4th 1899,/
/AT REST NOVEMBER 13th 1911./
/AT REST JAN 25th 1946 AGED 76 YEARS/
/AT REST NOV. 7th 1951, AGED 82 YEARS/

This ends the Tomlinson Story.

John William Tomlinson's grave - left panel.

Copyright 2011 - Nigel James Wright.

Josiah Steatham dies, aged 77, on Friday the 6th of August 1920, and is buried on Wednesday the 11th of August 1920, in grave number 49891, along with his grandson.

Just under thirteen years later Harriet Steatham dies aged 93, on Friday the 20th of April 1934, and is buried on Wednesday the 25th of April 1934, in grave number 49891.

/AT REST AUGUST 6th 1920/
/AT REST APRIL 20th 1934/

So to summarize who is in what grave.

Note - Both graves were purchased by John William Tomlinson.

49890 [purchased for his parents].

[1912] Jabez Tomlinson, aged 67.
[1920] Sarah Tominlinson, aged 77.

49891 [purchased for his son].

[1911] John Alfred Tomlinson, aged 12.
[1920] Josiah Steatham, aged 77.
[1934] Harriet Steatham, aged 93.
[1946] John William Tomlinson, aged 76.
[1951] Maria Louisa Tomlinson, aged 82.

The grave 49890 that John William Tomlinson purchased for his parents is now filled (sic), and that grave does not have any more occupants.

Two other things to read about this are links to...

Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby.

The visit I made with one of Alfred's descendants, Robert Caldwell, to see the graves.    All Rights Reserved.