born 1868 in Goldenhill.
died 1955 in Goldenhill.
married July 6th 1890 in St Johns Goldenhill.
died 8th March 1951.
William Henry Caton was the son of Rupert and Eliza. William and Annie lived in Goldenhill where William worked as a Hewer in a Coal mine - very possibly the nearby Birchenwood colliery. They lived at number forty Taylor Street and had seven children. Williams nickname was apparently Swimmer maybe because of the amount of beer he drunk.
There is a story that my mother told me that William Henry had hidden his money (his life savings) in the chicken shed, when he died it took a while before anyone found this money and when found it was all mouldy. Clara my grandmother was given the task of taking it to the bank and explaining how it got in this condition.
Annie died before William.
|Sarah Caton||married George Colclough at Goldenhill St James in 1936. They had two children: Irene and Alma Colclough.|
|Lillian Caton||married William Wright at Goldenhill St James in 1930 and had three children: William , Marion and Douglas Wright.|
|Eliza Caton||was born in Goldenhill on 8th July 1890.|
|Rupert Caton||was born in Goldenhill on 28th August 1891 and was named after his grandfather.|
|Leonard Caton||married Elizabeth Brindley at Goldenhill St James in 1920. They had three children: Grace, Fanny and Gladys Caton. Leonard died in the Birchenwood mining disaster.|
|Levi Caton||married Clara Dale in 1917 at Longton St John the Baptist Church. They had five children. Edna May, Ada, Levi, Mavis and Derek Caton.|
|George William Caton||married a woman named Sarah Ellen Heath and had a child named George.|
|Timothy Caton||was born in Goldenhill on the 17th January 1898.|
|Jacob Caton||was born in Goldenhill on 9th March 1903. Thomas and Jacob were twins.|
|Thomas Caton||was born in Goldenhill 9th March 1903. Jacob and Thomas were twins.|
|Gladys Caton||married Daniel Colclough at Goldenhill St James in 1936 and had three children: Beryl , Edna and Daniel Colclough .|
When Lilly got married her father
William, locked her in the bedroom as for some
unknown reason he did not want the marriage to take place. Her two brothers
Levi and George put a ladder up to the window and helped her escape.
Gladys Caton was born with a hunchback or as it was known by my mother
Caton a Charlie on her back. Gladys married
Daniel Coclough in 1936 and they had
three children Edna, Beryl and a son
Daniel named after his father.
brought up for several years by my grandmother Clara Dale who had her from being
a baby to toddler age, Clara did not really want to give
Gladys who was very very frail was treated roughly by Danny her husband. Gladys was thin and undernourished and should not have been having children. She died giving birth to another child, and she had very probably miscarried several babies before this.
Edna moved to Buxton and apparently kept a pub somewhere for a while.
Sarah and Gladys married brothers George and Daniel Colclough.
William appears on the earlier census records with his family.
|1891 Census Record Dwelling :- New Street Goldenhill, Staffordshire.|
|Wm H Caton||22||Head||Miner||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Annie Caton||21||Wife||0||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Eliza Caton||9mth||Dau||0||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|1901 Census Record Dwelling :- 10 Queen Street Goldenhill, Staffordshire|
|William H Caton||32||Head||Coal Miner Hewer||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Annie Caton||31||Wife||0||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Levi Caton||8||Son||Scholar||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Leonard Caton||7||Son||Scholar||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|George Caton||5||Son||Scholar||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Edmund Whittaker||51||Lodger||Coal Miner Hewer||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|John Brundrett||48||Lodger||Coal Miner Hewer||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|1911 Census Record Dwelling :- 44 Taylor Street Goldenhill, Staffordshire|
|William H Caton||43||Head||Coal Miner (Hewer)||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Annie Caton||41||Wife||0||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Levi Caton||18||Son||Potter plate maker||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Leonard Caton||17||Son||Pumping Engine Collery||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|George W Caton||15||Son||Pit Driver (Pony)||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Gladys Caton||5||Daughter||School||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
|Lily Caton||3||Daughter||0||Goldenhill Staffordshire|
We can see by this last census record "1911" that William and family had moved into 44 Taylor Street - they were still at this address at the time of Williams death in 1955. It may also be noted that he owned this house along with 64 Brakespear Street, which was the home of his son Levi and his wife Clara who he married in 1917. I don't know when the houses were purchased or how much was paid for the two houses or indeed how William came to have this considerable sum of money. Was it perhaps an inheritance ? William was a coal miner and the weekly wage for that sort of work was not a great deal.
My mother knows that the house was rented from William as she went round to his house weekly to pay the rent and remembers that Annie his wife would give her a penny.