Samuel Firth married Hannah Jowett in 1848 in Higham, near Barnesly. He seems to have died between 1857 and 1861. Hannah Firth then remarried Samuel Grayson. The information I have so far is given below.
However since at least 3 Samuel Firths died in the Dewsbury area in that period then I am not sure when mine actually died.
In the 1871 Census, the family of Samuel Firth was living with Samuel Grayson, as follows:
73 Brewery Lane, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury
Samuel Grayson, head, married, age 40, born Thornhill, Yorkshire. Occupation - maltster
Hannah Grayson, wife, age 42, born Alverthorpe, Yorkshire
Eli Firth, son-in-law, age 19, born Ossett, Yorkshire. Occupation - coal miner
Samuel Firth, son-in-law, age 17, born Alverthorpe, Yorkshire. Occupation - coal miner
(PRO entry Wakefield, June Quarter 1853, 9c 40)
Fanny Firth, daughter-in-law, age 14, born Alverthorpe, Yorkshire. Occupation - blankett weaver
John Grayson, son, age 11, born Thornhill, Yorkshire. Occupation - coal picker
Willie Grayson, age 10, born Thornhill, Yorkshire. Occupation - coal picker
Joseph Grayon, son, age 5, born Thornhill, Yorkshire. Scholar
George Grayson, son, age 4, born Thornhill, Yorkshire. Scholar
Sarah Ann Grayson, age 1, born Thornhill, Yorkshire.
Incidentally, Eli Firth, one of my great grandfathers, was killed in the Combs Pit mining disaster in 1891, along with two sons.
However, I have had trouble in confirming that I have the right family of Samuel Firth. The information on hand to date is given below
There are problems in deciding whether or nor Samuel’s mother was Julia or Judith. I strongly suspect it was Julia.
Secondly, I have trouble tracing the siblings of Samuel Firth in the 1851, 1871, 1881,1891, and 1901 Census’s.
Matching names can be found for Firths born in Alverthorpe, but not Dewsbury. It seems this Firth family moved from Dewsbury to Alverthorpe between 1837 and 1841, but it would not explain why the children say they were born in Alverthorpe, would it - unless Alverthorpe folk were getting their children christened in Dewsbury in those days.
According to a Joan Kaysen, Benjamin Firth and Judith Riley had the following children:
James Firth, born8 September 1811, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England
John Firth, born 18 September 1814, Ossett, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England. He was farmer who married Elizabeth Blakeley on 5 Oct 1834 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England. The couple had the following children: Edwin Firth, born26 Nov 1843; Emma Firth, born 21 September 1845; George Firth, born 14 Sep 1845; and Ellen Firth, born 14 September 1845.
Joseph Firth, born 12 October 1817, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
Esther, born 30 April 1820, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England.
Samuel Firth, born 17 Nov 1822, Dewsbury.
Squire Firth, born 13 November 1825, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England.
William Firth, born20 April 1828, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England (may have died Wakefield 1842, 1843, 1845, 1846).
Mary Ann Firth, born. 13 February 1831, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England.
Eli Firth, born 17 January 1833, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England (may have died Wakefield, June Quarter 1847).
Hannah Firth, born 3 April 1836, East Ardsley, Yorkshire, England.
According to the IGI, before the 1841 Census this Firth family was living in Dewsbury, and then Kirkhamgate. The details are as follows:
Joseph Firth, christened 12 October 1817, Dewsbury. Parents Benjamin and Julia Firth. He may have died in Wakefield in December Quarter,1852, or June Quarter 1859.
Esther Firth, christened 30 April 1820, Dewsbury. Parents Benjamin and Judith Firth.
Samuel Firth, christened 17 November 1822, Dewsbury. Parents Benjamin and Julia Firth
Squire Firth, christened 13 November 1825, Dewsbury. Parents Benjamin and Judith Firth. He probably married Sarah Hartley in Wakefield in 1849 (PRO entry March Quarter, 22 525).
William Firth, christened 20 April 1828, Dewsbury. Parents Benjamin and Judith Firth. He probably married in Wakefield in 1850, spouse unknown (PRO entry December Quarter, 22 766).
Mary Ann Firth, christened 13 February 1831, Dewsbury. Parents Benjamin and Judith Firth. Possibly died in Wakefield in 1850 (PRO entry June Quarter, 22 471).
Eli Firth, christened 17 July 1833, Dewsbury. Parents Benjamin and Judeth Firth. Possibly died in Wakefield in 1847, 1851, or 1857.
Hannah Firth, christened 3 April 1836, East Ardsley. Parents Benjamin and Judith Firth. She probably married in Wakefield in 1859, spouse unknown (PRO entry June Quarter, 9c 42).
The family of Benjamin Firth was apparently living at Kirkhamgate, Wakefield during the 1841 Census. Details of the family, all born in same County, are as follows ( Piece No HO 107/1271/3. Folio Nos 53/54, Pages 14/15):
Benjamin Firth, age 50, coal miner
Julia Firth, age 50
Joseph Firth, age 23, coal miner
Esther Firth, age 21, worsted weaver
Samuel Firth, age 18, labourer?
Squire Firth, age 15, coal miner
William Firth, age 13, coal miner
Mary Firth, age 11
Eli Firth, age 8
Hannah Firth, age 5
The family of Hannah Jowett (then Grayson) was apparently living in the same street as Samuel Firth in the 1841 Census. The family connection appears to be strengthened by the fact that Mark Jowett, a brother of Hannah, may have married Ester, a sister of Samuel.
Finally, I have not been able to find a marriage date of Hannah Firth or Hannah Jowett to Samuel Grayson between 1857and 1871.
So any further information that can be suppliedhave would be greatly appreciated.