A bit busy this week to be honest, but I’ve had this pair of enquiries in for a week now, so I thought that this would be an opportune moment to throw them out to the audience both have come in via Facecebook.
First off, Pat Upstone Pond is interested in her great great uncle William Sidney Smith who was a Toll Collector in Brownhills around 1851. She asked:
My 2x great uncle William Sidney Smith had come up from Oxford with his wife Mary. He was listed as a Toll Collector in Brownhills in the 1851 Census.
I wondered if you had an history on him or his wife? I think he died 1853. Not sure what happened to wife Mary.
Also, Victoria Power asked:
This is a bit of a long shot, but I wondered if anyone would have, or know where I can find, information about the Red Cow pub in Heath End from about round 1870-1895.
I’ve been tracing my family tree and have very recently found out that my ancestors used to run it during that time. I’ve so far tried the history centre, Walsall Museum and Staffordshire archives with no joy.
Joseph Dixon is listed in the Local History Centre as starting his license in 1870. He’s definitely living there on the 1891 census, but his employment is written as retired publican. His son John Dixon and his family are also living at the pub with John listed on the census to be the licensed member of the family. Joseph died there on Christmas Day December 1893 with his probate still referring to him as ‘…of the Red Cow Inn, Pelsall.’
If you can help with either of the above enquiries, please do comment here of mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!