Henry Sutton

(1864 - )

23rd January 1864 Birth

Henry was born in Union Street, Wednesbury. No father's name is given, but later Rebecca declares herself a widow, so his father may have died, or he may be illegitimate, and he dead husband may not be his father. Rebecca was not from the area and had moved there with her daughter - age nine at the time of Henry's birth. Henry's father may well be different from his sister's.

His mother Rebecca cannot read or write and marks her name with a cross.

1881 Census

The family are living at number 16, Upper High Street, Wednesbury.

Henry is aged 16 years and working as a butcher. He was born in Wednesbury.

He is living with his mother, Rebecca, a widow, aged 52. She is working as a needlewoman and originally came from Walsoken, Norfolk.

His sister, Mary Jane, age 25, is a dress maker. She was born in Lincolnshire.

29th October 1889 Marriage to Rebecca Poxon

Henry, aged 25, married Rebecca, age 23 in the registry office.

They were both living in Walsall Street, Wednesbury. Number 44 was the address of Job's business for many years.

Henry's father was William Sutton. He was deceased and had been a painter.

Rebecca's father was Job Poxon. He was a breeze dealer.


1891 Census

Henry, age 27, is married to Rebecca, age 24,and they have their first child, a son - Harry. He is 5 months old.

They are living in Princess Street, Bilston and Henry is working as a butcher's assistant.

1901 Census

The Sutton family were settled in their premises above the pork butchers shop at 48, High Street, Bilston.

Henry was aged 37 and his wife Rebecca was 35.

They had five sons:

They also had a girl living with them as a domestic servant: Mary Edith Oldfield, age 22, from Wolverhampton.


2nd April 1911

Census Entry

This entry sees Rebecca Louisa Rose Wood living with the family at the shop in 48, High Street, Bilston in the role of 'servant'. Rebecca (called Louisa) was the daughter of Elizabeth - Henry's wife's sister.

Louisa's Aunt Rebecca was married to Henry Sutton. Louisa is listed as a 'servant' in the census but that simply means she was employed by the family. She probably did domestic chores and worked in the shop. She is named as Lousea... a spelling error for Louisa, the name she went by rather than her first given name.

Henry Sutton was a master butcher and had been incharge of the shop in the high street for over ten years at the time of the census, but Violet Gough (another neice of the Suttons), who is also listed in this census entry is a 'fruitier', so the Suttons may well have had a grocery outlet as well as a meat one!

The Suttons still had five sons living at home with them: Harry (1890 – 1946), William Job (1892 – 1973), Wilfrid (1894 – 1953), Sidney James (1897 – 1970) and Llewellyn (1899 – 1940).

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