The Hamilton Story
Let’s start with the Hamiltons as Julia and I were born with the surname Hamilton, although that turns out not to be quite right
Dad has written elsewhere about his childhood in Roebuck Street, growing up in the 1920s and 30s.
Dad’s father was Walter Hamilton, born on 30th September 1887 and registered as Walter Hambilton, although he always said the family name was Hamilton and spelt it Hamilton himself. Walter married Lily Gertrude Timmins on 2nd January 1911, and they lived the rest of their married lives at 17 Roebuck Street, with eventually nine children
I haven’t included any personal details on this blog about anyone who is still alive
Walter died in 1966 and Gert in 1969.
Walter’s father was Joseph Hamilton. He was colliery engine driver at Sandwell Park Colliery. Joseph was born on 11th February 1850 at Tividale in Tipton. He married Sarah Emily Mills on 2nd November 1873 in Dudley Parish Church.
In 1871 Joseph was living with his mother and his sister Mercy in Sedgley Road East in Tipton, his father having died.
In 1881 Joseph was married and living at 10 Groveland Road Tipton , with his wife and the first three children, Emma, Thomas and Alfred.
By 1891 the family had moved to West Bromwich, to 74 Roebuck Street with their children Thomas, Alfred, Ernest, Emma, Sarah, Joseph, Walter and Eva. Joseph’s wife, Sarah Emily was, according to Dad, always known as Emily. At this time her mother Elizabeth Mills was living with them.
In 1901 they are at no 41 and have one more child Lilian, she who allegedly ran off to Tenbury Wells with the money.
Joseph died on 25th January 1933 aged 83.
It is Joseph who was probably responsible for the variations in our name, together with some fairly slapdash census enumerators.
1845 Samuel’s marriage certificate Hamblet
1850 Joseph’s birth certificate Hamlet
1851 Census Hamlett
1861 Census Amphlett
1862 Samuel’s death certificate Hamlet
1862 Birmingham Daily Post Amblett
1871 Census Hamlet
1873 Joseph’s marriage certificate Hamlinton
1881 Census Hamilton
1887 Walter’s birth certificate Hambilton
1891 Census Hamblington
1901 Census Hamlinton
1911 Walter’s marriage certificate Hamilton
1911 Census Hamilton
1933 Joseph’s death certificate Hamilton
In 1911 the Hamiltons were living at a number of properties in Roebuck Street and probably owned a few more. The 1911 census wasn’t available when Mandy started doing this and it gives us some useful information. Joseph, Emily (Sarah) are living at no 66. Some of the children have married and left home, and of these two are living in Roebuck Street, Walter at no 17 and Ernest at no 102. Later Walter’s son Arthur lived at no ? and we lived at no 85.
Joseph’s father was Samuel Hamlet. He was also a pit engineer at Tipton Green Colliery.
Samuel was born around 1827. This was of course before the registration of births, and we think that he was born at Charlton in Shropshire (according to the 1851 census). The 1861 census however gives a completely different birthplace. The transcribers have it down as illegible, but it’s possible that it says Wrockwardine in Shropshire. St Peter’s church in Wrockwardine was (is) the parish for Charlton. A Samuel Hamblett was christened there is 1818, according to the IGI. There was also a Samuel Amphlett christened at St Thomas in Dudley (where Samuel got married), on 26th December 1830. This baby had a father called John, and we know from Samuel’s marriage certificate that his father was called John.
Samuel married Sarah Whitehouse on 10th August 1845 in Dudley Parish Church. Samuel and Sarah were both living in New Hall Street Dudley at the time of their marriage.
I can’t find anyone on the 1841 census that I can definitely say is Samuel.
The 1851 census shows Samuel and Sarah living in Tividale with two children Samuel Jnr aged 4 and Joseph aged 1. Samuel’s place of birth is given as Charlton in Shropshire, and Sarah was born in Tipton. By 1861 they have moved to Park Lane Tipton and have another child Mercey.
Samuel died tragically, on 18th January 1862 as a result of a accident at work. The Birmingham Daily Post of 23rd January 1862 wrote it up as follows. The paper, as well as giving him yet another spelling, says he had six children, but I have only been able to identify three.
FATAL COLLIERY ACCIDENT – On Saturday evening last, there occurred an accident at the Tipton Green Colliery, which cost the life of a married man, with six children, named Samuel Amblett. Deceased was employed at Mr. Edward Williams’s colliery, at the above-named place, and was highly respected. He was engaged on Saturday morning at about eleven o’clock, in his usual duties as engineer of the colliery, when, by some means or other, he became entangled in the revolving arms of the cylinder upon which the pit rope is wound, and, before he was extricated, he was so severely injured that all possible chance of the resuscitation of life was gone.
Samuel’s marriage certificate (1845) gives his father’s name as John. He is deceased by then, and he was also an engine man. I haven’t yet been able to find John. As Samuel was born around 1818, I would guess that John was born around 1790.
Part 2 will take the Hamiltons further back, probably into Shropshire.