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Family of William Charles DEAKIN and Elizabeth Mary SMITH

Husband: William Charles DEAKIN (1868?-1941)
Wife: Elizabeth Mary SMITH (1875?- )
Children: Reginald Victor DEAKIN (1895-1965)
Marriage Q4 1894 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire1

Husband: William Charles DEAKIN

Name: William Charles DEAKIN
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1868 (cal) Bilston, Staffordshire2
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 3) Bilston, Staffordshire2
46 Oxford Street
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 13) Bilston, Staffordshire3
95 Church Street
Occupation 3 Apr 1881 (age 12-13) Scholar; Bilston, Staffordshire3
Death Dec 1941 (age 74) Brighton, Sussex4

Wife: Elizabeth Mary SMITH

Name: Elizabeth Mary SMITH
Sex: Female
Father: Charles W. SMITH (1841?- )
Mother: Sarah Susannah SADLER (1847?- )
Birth 1875 (cal) Birmingham, Warwickshire

Child 1: Reginald Victor DEAKIN

Name: Reginald Victor DEAKIN
Sex: Male
Birth Q4 1895 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire5
Death Jun 1965 (age 69) Walsall, Staffordshire6

Note on Husband: William Charles DEAKIN


Note on Wife: Elizabeth Mary SMITH

Sarah was my 2x great grandfathers sister and she took in her niece, my great grandmother Elizabeth Sadler, when her mother died and father entered an asylum and also her second husbands nephew, my great grandfather Samuel Meads , when his mother died in childbirth. These two married and emigrated to new Zealand at the start of the 20th century.

My grandmother was about 9 when they arrived here and it is her notes that have made it possible to track down the marriages that Sarah contracted between censuses.

The reminiscences are obviously correct in essence if not entirely in fact!

I will quote what she wrote:

"Sarah Susannah married Charlie Smith... [followed by a time line that indicates two sets of twins, two dashes, one labelled boy suffocated 9 months, 3 dashes and then one labelled Elizabeth married Will Deakin]

Sarah had one daughter live out of 11 by 1st husband Charlie Smith all girls bar one who died through suffocation by servant who slept with child.. Day of inquest mother of Sarah locked up in case of incriminating statements by her as she didnt like maid. Lizzie is 10 years old when father died.Then Sarah married Sgt Major Solomon Benjamin Price Royal Engineers, Crimean War, Marble Mason own business.Lived four years seldom sober but he was a gentleman. His first wife died of cancer and he married Sarah six weeks after her death. Neighbours threw rotten eggs at carriage and caused sensation in the street. They had not previously met before wifes death. Next became third wife of Mr Oliver ropework owner in Bilston. Married Feb died Oct. 8 months he had 7 sons by previous marriage. Next married John Bennett Hotel Proprietor. She was his second wife. Lived two years. She was 62 when died. Owned tin factory Seymour St Balsall Heath."

It would be interesting to know what happened to Elizabeth Smiths descendants, I couldnt find them in the 1911 census. I have some postcards sent to New Zealand by "Lizzie" and wonder if the chilhood contact was maintained.


[Email to Graham Hoadly by Sherrie Bird - October 2009]


1"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website:" (Internet). Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: Marriages Dec 1894 (>99%)

Deakin William Charles Wolverhampton 6b 1047
Smith Elizabeth Mary Wolverhampton 6b 1047
Internet. Call Number: (electronic).
2"Census 1871 (William Hanson Deakin) Bilston, Staffordshire RG10/2950/166/6".
Text From Source: Census 1871 Bilston, Staffordshire RG10/2950/166/6
46 Oxford Street

William Deakin Head 28 Confectioner Staffs. Wolverhampton
Ann Deakin Wife 30 War. Birmingham
William Deakin Son 3 Staffs. Bilston
Samuel Chilton Apprentice 15 Confectioner Staffs. Bilston
Jane Butter Serv 16 Gen. Serv. Staffs. Bilston
Assessment: Primary evidence.
3"Census 1881 (William Hanson Deakin) Bilston, Staffordshire RG11/2814/99/5".
Text From Source: Census 1881 Bilston, Staffordshire RG11/2814/99/5
95 Church Street

William H. Deakin Head M 38 Confectioner Staf. W'hampton
Ann Deakin Wife M 40 War. Birmingham
William E. Deakin Son Unm 13 Scholar Staf. Bilston
William Dukes App Unm 19 Confectioner Staf. Wed'bury
Sarah Wainwright Serv Unm 19 Gen. Serv. Staf. Bilston
Assessment: Primary evidence.
4"GRO Indexes". Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source:
England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2005
about William C Deakin
Name: William C Deakin
Death Registration Month/Year: Q4-Oct-Nov-Dec 1941
Age at death (estimated): 74
Registration district: Brighton
Inferred County: Sussex
Volume: 2b
Page: 511
5"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website:" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Name: Deakin, Reginald Victor
Record Type: Births
Quarter: December
Year: 1895
District: Wolverhampton
County: Shropshire Staffordshire West Midlands
Volume: 6b
Page: 647
Internet. Call Number: (electronic).
6"GRO Indexes". Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source:
England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2005
about Reginald V Deakin
Name: Reginald V Deakin
Death Registration Month/Year: Q2-Apr-May-Jun 1965
Age at death (estimated): 69
Registration district: Walsall
Inferred County: Staffordshire
Volume: 9b
Page: 645